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Vaughan 'Disgusted' with JCP&L's Response to Storm

Like many residents, the borough mayor is in his fourth day without power.

Borough Mayor Nelson Vaughan said Wednesday he has "never seen Chatham in this much trouble."

With major roadways and side streets without power since Saturday, Vaughan said JCP&L's response to the October snowstorm is "an abject failure to plan ahead. ... Their answer to everything is 'We didn't plan for anything of this magnitude so quickly .'

"I've been in touch with the governor's office. He's as mad as we are. I've also been in touch with William Chegwidden [director of the Morris County Freeholders.] He's disgusted, too," Vaughan said.

JCP&L held a conference call for municipal mayors Friday afternoon to discuss preparation ahead of the storm. In its aftermath, Vaughan said the conference call was "more like listening to a fairy tale."

Ron Morano of JCP&L said the utility company is currently working on restoring areas where the most customers are affected and working their way down to areas with fewer affected customers. "We're out there restoring equally the largest number of customers and then working our way down," he said.

As of 10:26 a.m. Wednesday, 1,456 Chatham customers still . Morristown has 4,922; Randolph, Rockaway, Denville, Dover, Mendham and Parsippany all have over 2,000 customers still without power.

Morano said crews are working specifically on getting power restored to area schools Wednesday and could not provide information in where Chatham neighborhoods fall in the prioritization list.

Borough services are still operational, including recycling collection Wednesday by Waste Management and garbage collection Thursday. Bulk pick-up is scheduled for Monday.

Trucks from JCP&L and OhioEdison could be seen Tuesday along Kings Road and Lafayette Avenue, but progress remains slow. Vaughan recommended any residents without power , if possible.

"We were promised more trucks," Vaughan said. "Why weren't those brought in last Thursday and Friday? ... What we need from JCP&L is not excuses. We need solutions. We're getting no solutions from JCP&L."

The and the building are open for people to . Summit Middle School is also open 24 hours a day for local residents without power in their homes.

don lunt November 03, 2011 at 11:50 PM
mayor v.nelson vaughan is a joke where has our dpw been ,did he tell them to take the week off after there lack luster show on saturday when there were out with no plows and no salters,or did chatham run out of money after the brick pavers and cobble stone curbs vaughan thought was a good idea.JCP&L would have done a better job if they could get down our streets but they were blocked by downed trees good job VAUGHAN
Peter November 04, 2011 at 12:22 AM
I've said before and I'll say it again...Time to vote these bums out of office! Bye-Bye to Hagner/Vaughan/Brower/Gallop. We need new leadership in the Chathams.
don lunt November 04, 2011 at 12:43 AM
your right peter ,we do need people that know our town
ChathamMac November 04, 2011 at 12:50 AM
I find it upsetting that the only comminication I have been receiving from Nicole Hagner regarding the situation in Chatham is in the mail regarding her upcoming campaign. I would much rather be reading updates of when my power might be restored instead of her political aspirations. Once Nicole and the township commitee has shown me that they handle township problems, I would gladly support them in upcoming elections.
Ron August 18, 2012 at 02:43 PM
OK, so a bit of a different billing issue, but still a large issue. I have a photo voltaic solar system, so I produce electricity that can go back to the grid and I am suppose to get a credit for it. Basically sometimes I consume electricity from the grid and I get billed for it and sometimes I produce an excess of my consumption and I get a credit for it (although not at the same rate). I have what is called a time of day bi-directional meter. The problem is that there are more the four meter reading categories on the bill and it is extremely confusing. As someone said to me, they couldn't make it more confusing if they tried. My bills have been astronomical. I have a small three bed room ranch and my bills have been in excess of $ 800.00 at times. And thats with an expensive solar system that produces electricity. Months and years of complaining have gotten nowhere. Finger pointing between solar installer and JCP&L, with me in the middle paying these bills. I have come to the conclusion that they are not crediting me for my excess because of the numerous meter reading categories and perhaps even charging me for what should be a credit. I finally demanded that they install a simpler meter with just two categories and voila my bills are more than cut in half, Problem is they won't admit to any mistake or over charge for all those past bills. My question is has anyone else had a similar problem?

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