Saturday 8/8 Noon Update from Mayor Al Morgan:
Crews are working on Runnymede… Hang in there! We are getting it done.JCP&L has informed us that there will be a hard shut down at 3pm on Mountain Ave, which may impact surrounding areas, while that system is being repaired.OEM Coordinator and Police Chief Gazaway and I have been relentlessly pressing JCP&L and will continue to do so until every home and business is restored. We will continue to update you with confirmed information.In addition to letters of complaints, calls, and meetings to Gov, commission, and all concerned parties regarding this situation with JCP&L, I have already personally reached out to our state legislators to work on putting together a Mayors Summit to prevent this situation from ever happening again. My plan brings all parties together with the Public Utilities Commission to focus on prioritization on the local level during outages and improved communications and accurate information flow. It is vital that each municipality have better (or at least some!) control at the local level of prioritization of crews during outages. The way it currently works, only big clusters are prioritized for maximum restoration numbers, which is of little use or comfort in a community such as ours with so many homes and businesses affected. Everybody pays their fair share, and should be treated at least somewhat equally. Minimum crews should be assigned to EACH municipality. This can NEVER be permitted to occur again. I will continue to do all I can for a better solution and will continue to provide you confirmed information.
Please hang in there. We will get through this, and then we will work to solve this situation once and for all. We have had ENOUGH! Thank you all for your patience and understanding. Please continue to look out for each other, and help each other as we get through this nightmare. Pioneer Strong!