Summit Mayor Makes Emergency Call to JCP&L (Update: 6p.m.)

Ellen Dickson shares updates with the community ahead of another storm expected to hit the region.

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(Update 6p.m.): According to the latest post on Mayor Dickson's Facebook page, she concluded another call with the president of JCP&L about an hour ago. She said that the company will not be able to provide a street-by-street power restoration assessment. That level of detail from the utility is "not happening," she wrote. The president of the utility has told her that "all will have power back by Saturday." 


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Mayor Ellen Dickson made an "emergency call" in to Jersey Central Power & Light this morning, according to a status update on her Facebook page.

"Please go to my website ellendickson for a new update," she shard with her over 1,300 Facebook followers. (You can follow her official mayor's Facebook account, here http://www.facebook.com/mayorellen.dickson ) 

She offered the following timeline, which appears on her website:

  • Today, November 7th: 11 customers;
  • Tomorrow, November 8th:  956 customers;
  • Friday, November 9th: 19 customers;
  • Saturday, November 10th: 393 customers.


Meanwhile, there are still over 2,000 residents without power in Summit, many going on their ninth day in the dark following Sandy's massive blow to the city.

One resident has even expressed her frustration with the delay by creating an online petition. The organizer, Amy Feng, has been encouraging residents to leave comments for statewide politicians like Gov. Chris Christie's Facebook page as well as local. "Send emails to Mayor Dickson edickson@cityofsummit.org and plea her to deliver the Petition for us," she writes. 

According to the petition, Feng is "dissatisfied with the power restoration process in our community and the communication regarding the same." The petition has close to 250 signatures so far.

Still, City officials and the Mayor seem to be doing all they can. "I have been making calls last night and this morning," Dickson continued in a recent Facebook post. "Congressman Lance is looking into getting more linesmen into the area. I have left messages with the Gov. and Lt. Gov.

I put in an emergency call to JCP&L . I have anecdotal evidence of crews on Passaic, Fernwood. The Police will give me a report at noon of where they have spotted crews."

Mayor Dickson continues to update the situation on her website.

The following is from the mayor's website ellendickson.com:

As of this hour, the JCP&L website reports 2,140 customers without power, or 23% of all Summit customers. Click here to find the info on their site.

Here are the restoration estimates made yesterday, November 6th, 2012 at noon by JCP&L:

  • Today, November 7th: 11 customers;
  • Tomorrow, November 8th:  956 customers;
  • Friday, November 9th: 19 customers;
  • Saturday, November 10th: 393 customers.

Total: 1,379 customers. This info was extracted from this download. According to this data, that would leave 761 still without power as of Saturday, or a bit over eight percent of customers.

There has been some discussion concerning neighboring towns having had power restored faster than Summit. Below please find data from the JCP&L site as of just a few minutes ago which shows comparative data from neighboring towns.

DescriptionSummitMillburn (JCP&L)SpringfieldChatham (township)New Providence Customers Affected 2,140 2,371 2,001 1,545 1,332 Customers Served 9,217 8,054 7,413 4,428 5,204 %Customers Affected 23% 29% 27% 35% 26%


Robert Steelman November 10, 2012 at 07:34 PM
The former Mayor seemed to get more than his fair share of supporters with their Caps lock on.
AG November 11, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Dear Council Members Rob Rubino, and Tom Getzendanner, Hi! Maybe you don’t remember me, but I live in your Ward in summit. As you know, it has been 13 days and Fernwood Road still doesn’t have any power. I know you know where Fernwood is, because when you were running for office, you found it in order to come and ask for my vote. I can understand you were busy for the first few days of this blackout, but two weeks later, and you still could not bring yourself to knock on my door? Send me an email? Leave a note at my door just like you did when you were running for office? Here is a hypothesis: Mayor Dickson is a neighbor of Fernwood, she told the power company to fix her house, (and your Ward) last so it would not look bad for her and so she could keep telling people that she doesn’t have power either. What do you think? By the way, from what I understand, Mayor Dickson has been at the Summit Grand for the black-out so it may not matter to her what happens in your Ward. I am not expecting miracles. I know there are a few other streets that are still dark. But really, in all this time, couldn’t you have least come by once to check out the people who live in your Ward? Even just to ask if there on newborns on the street, elderly folks, people who might be ill? You sure did not hesitate to come by when you wanted my vote.
T Durden November 11, 2012 at 03:13 PM
...but hey those parking lots are almost done...7-0...6-1...the grand summit?...haha thats this summit council's staging area...they are toasting a job well done at the hat tavern...comical...you raise excellent points...hope you get power back today...
T Durden November 11, 2012 at 03:14 PM
...his name was robert steelman....his name was robert steelman...
Kathleen Wagenbach November 12, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Maybe sosummit sounds a bit more rational than you. Just saying.... You seem to have a vendetta vs. our mayor. Think about the people who lost so much at the shore.


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