Holmdel Mayor: Power Restoration Effort Thwarted Last Night

A huge swath of Holmdel was supposed to get power last night, but utility workers hit some kind of problem.

By interviewing line workers in utility trucks yesterday, Holmdel Mayor Patrick Impreveduto learned that a huge area of Holmdel -- from Crawfords Corner Road to the area west of Route 34 -- was supposed be back online yesterday. 

But they encountered some kind of unexplained problem and the electricity was not restored, he said. 

"It was supposed to be up and running last night," said the mayor today around 11 a.m. He said the trucks seen massing at Holmdel High School have been being dispatched to various locations in the township to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy, but if winds build in advance of the nor'easter to more than 40 mph, workers will have to withdraw. 

The mayor put out a Code Red message to residents moments earlier, informing them that Town Hall is closed for the rest of the week, and that a 24-hour relief center at the Community Center will open at noon. 

He wanted to assure residents that Holmdel officials are "doing everything humanly possible to get everything restored."  

"Once this storm is over I will continue to demand JCP&L give us answers," said Impreveduto, who has personally not had power restored for more than a week. Like many in southern Holmdel, he is double-jinxed because electricity powers their household well water access.  

He dismissed a FirstEnergy outage map that says 30 percent of Holmdel is without power. "There is no way in God's creation that 70 percent have power in Holmdel. These figures haven't been accurate since the beginning," he said. 

Patch's attempts to reach JCP&L spokesman Ron Morano have not been successful. 

Nick November 08, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Anyone know how many were to be restored in Holmdel today? I think JCP&L took down there spreadsheet...
jonboyd November 08, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Shame on you people. The mayor is not sincere, he has no leadership. What a line of bull. This man has communicated with us twicw a day. i never heard him say he couldn"t contact JCPL. He said the information wasn"t accurate that they were providing. I was at that meeting you must be the same people who bood the lady from Lousiana by stating you don't know what devastation is. Look to our shore towns and you are complaining about no lights. Shame on you. Grow up money can't buy everything. You fold with a little adversity. Thalk about backbone
Nicole Magnotti November 08, 2012 at 10:34 PM
You people bashing the Mayor really have no clue on how the restoration project works. Local politicians have no authority over where JCP&L sends their crews, so don't shoot the messenger. And why don't you tell your neighbors to take down their tress that hang above power lines. That's where the real problem is!
mary zamp November 08, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Nicole a vast majority love our Mayor and appreciate all he is trying to do. Look at the election results.Better then two to one for his candidates. Thanks mayor we know you are trying
Jan November 08, 2012 at 10:49 PM
I for one, do not feel our Holmdel town leadership is a disgrace. I generally vote Democrat in the Holmdel elections, but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with the way Mr. Impreveduto is handling this situation. He is sending out daily (or more than daily) communication via Code Red alerts as well as paper communications via mail. He held a town meeting to tell us what he knew. He got several of the gas stations to open up by providing spare generators. He is not God. He really is a mayor of a small town that just doesn't get as much priority as some of the bigger towns. We need to fight against JCP&L, not our mayor.
Jan November 08, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Honestly, what do you expect our local politicians to do more than they are doing? The mayor has tried very hard to get the ear of JCP&L, and they turn a deaf ear -- what can he do? He has requested that the town mobilize against JCP&L by attending any BPU hearings that will be scheduled, writing letters,etc. The mayor can't fix the power himself. I just got my power back after 9 days, so my family has certainly gone through a lot too.
jw November 08, 2012 at 11:20 PM
gov. christie cant get jcpl to turn on power or get them work faster what makes anyone think the mayor in holmdel would have better luck with jcpl
Jan November 08, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Nick -- I don't know what you are talking about. We received sometimes multiple code alerts from the mayor each day -- I get them on both my home line and my cell phone. For those without phone service, the mayor sent mail to every resident!! At the town meeting, the mayor asked for suggestions from the townspeople -- some were there only to complain rather than try and contibute something constructive. If President Obama cannot figure out what happened in Benghazi almost 2 months after it happened, what do you expect a town mayor to do to "get to the bottom of this" delay? A mayor of a smaller town like Holmdel, compared to some of the larger towns, doesn't have much clout. During hurricane Irene, we lost power for 5 days, so we bought a generator. This time, we did a lot of preparation -- filling the generator beforehand, making sure we had enough food, water and gasoline, Buying batteries, flashlights, etc. Yes, this is a big inconvenience ,but don't blame the mayor. He can only work on the things that he can control.
fran ferrone November 08, 2012 at 11:40 PM
hey nick Maybe the Mayor dosen't have power to answer your questions. Maybe he can't access his email. He said Sunday he has no power and water
fran ferrone November 09, 2012 at 12:01 AM
I guess our Mayor is not alone in critizing JCPL. Read comments in the Star Ledger by Assemblymen Bucco, Mayor Gormally , Mayor Short,and Freeholder Caliguire. Washington Township Mayor Ken Short lashed out at the utility saying he was "totally fed up by (JCP&L) and their lies and their lack of service. All they do is supply power and they can't even do that right." State Assemblyman Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) said the information provided in conference call with local officials and utilities was too generic. In a comment by Mountain Lakes Mayor Charles Gormally, the commenter said he agreed with Bucco, and "the command and control of the management of JCP&L has not been properly organized to communicate and address the widespread devastation that we have sustained. Somerset County Freeholder Mark Caliguire issued a statement calling JCP&L’s response to Hurricane Sandy in the northern part Somerset county "abysmal," members told residents they "share in your frustration with JCP&L's lack of communication and information. Morris Township officials said they "began demanding a comprehensive restoration plan from JCP&L once the storm subsided. To date we only have projected restorations by municipality for each day." But despite pressure from several municipalities, "JCP&L is unwillingly (sic) to provide to us or any municipality at this time, Interesting only Mayor Pat is fighting for us. Assembly, Freeholders we can't hear you
fran ferrone November 09, 2012 at 12:44 AM
The Patch should print Fran ferrone( my) article
Amy November 09, 2012 at 03:18 AM
JCP&L half hearted efforts to restore power and safety to Holmdel is downright criminal. I have been living with downed power lines overhanging my driveway and front lawn for 1.5 weeks. I have made numerous attempts to contact JCP&L about removing the hazard from my property and they have hung up on me at least 5 times- once by a supervisor. At this point, I don't even care about the power or lack thereof. I just want them to get their useless, hazardous equipment off my property so I'm not living in constant fear for my family's safety. I called every government official conceivable today to plead for help. I am incensed and outraged by JCP&Ls mismanagement. I hope our elected officials hear our outcry and revoke their license to supply residents with power in the future. JCP&L has shown an utter lack of concern for the people of Holmdel and many other surrounding communities. I'll be intently watching to see how our elected officials hold JCP&L accountable in the ensuing weeks and months.
Eve November 09, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Just looked at the newest JCP&L's outage map. Guess what? Only 148 customers in Holmdel are out. LIE!!! Just came home recently, drove through a large swath of town. No way only 148 are out! Only in the area around me at least 100 homes are out, but so many other sections are still dark. Saw the trucks in town, some work is being done, but I have no idea when we will get restored. Police car drove by - I hope they realize that the light in the windows of the few houses around is from the generators, that the power is not back!!! I called JCP####L, no info whatsoever, they gave me the boilerplate "restored by Sunday or earlier, do not have more detailed information". Closing in on day 12, getting more gas for the generator, have not seen the utility trucks anywhere close to where I live.
Nick November 09, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Eve...not sure where you are but just before 9 the power by village school came on..I also saw several trucks headed down crawfords being escorted by state troopers...so I am hopeful that the rest of us will ok by tomorrow..
Nick November 09, 2012 at 04:31 AM
I know people here believe I am to critical of the Holmdel leadership...but given what you are dealing with I don't think I am. That danger you speak of should be dealt with..and you as a resident can only turn to the local leaders to help your cause...JCP&L won't answer you but I have to believe the leaders of our township have other means to reach out. This is my criticism...I don't expect miracles but I do expect them to be there when the community is in danger and under duress. I hope you get action soon
elaine November 09, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I live in Holmdel on Holmdel Road and we still have no electricity. JCP&L just puts us on hold.
Amy November 10, 2012 at 03:16 AM
I live on Glenn Way in Holmdel and we are still in the black as well. Now JCP&L say they will have the "majority" of Holmdel residents who are still in the dark restored by Saturday night. When I asked for specific details about who, where and when people would get power, they refused to answer. I guess we are supposed to be appeased by such statements and optimistically assume we are part of the "majority" they speak of eventhough we haven't been in that group thus far (given that we are really the small minority of residents still without power). Maybe I'm just a cynical person, but I'm having a hard time believing anything they say.
Debbie Brew November 10, 2012 at 05:03 AM
The last of us had power turned on today....except at least 77 who are in Spring Valley and 1 on Heyward Hills Drive. Not sure if Glenn Way was turned on or if there are any others but the people on Spring Valley, where I don't live, were out for 10 days, put on for 8 hrs and lost power because of Noreaster and were put on back burner. Heyward Hills house is a wire issue and they are the only one on their street with the problem...hope they are not forgotten. Hope they all get on tomorrow. When the site was reading 140 and we all knew there were more, it is because 140 were reported. Every single house needs to report or they don't know, they told me that themselves. I posted this here and on Facebook at 8 am and begged people to go to each neighbor and tell them to call JCPL and by 1pm the number was up to 890. Its a shame we have to figure all this out ourselves but the problem lies with JCPL, not the mayor, in my opinion. I think he did all he could do....JCPL simply was of no help...we all grasped at every bit of info we heard from rumor, grocery store and here. It shouldn't be. My neighborhood was last to be turned on for Irene and last again (except for Noreaster people). How about next time switch the order....it isn't fair. I wrote down the order this time, even though i memorized it last time...same thing. It cannot happen again.
Debbie Brew November 10, 2012 at 05:06 AM
JCPL are not only bad communicators but they are also ripping us off...consider signing the petition: http://jcplshowusthemoney.org/
HolmdelResident November 10, 2012 at 01:42 PM
This is all on JCP&L. Not on our Mayor or Governer but JCP&L. I will gladly sign that petition. The only way things get done is by having enough people who can voice an opinion and enact a change. Keep calling JCP&L even after your power is back and demand answers. Call Declan O.Scanlon, the Governer and anyone else who can clamp down on the incompetent individuals who run JCP&L/First Energy. We are consumers, they are supposed to provide a service. I will be all over this until some resonable answers and actions are taken to ensure that this will never happen again.
Eve November 10, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Agree, this was not Mayor's fault, even though it would have been great to have at least someone answering Town Hall's phones or emails. He provided us with updates, and apparently worked hard on getting the town back on the grid. If there is any way for our town to get rid of JCP&L, it needs to be looked into. We got our power yesterday, finally. But from now on we will have our generator serviced and ready. if JCP&L's infrastructure is that fragile, any strong wind or some snow can knock our power out again, so many homes lost the power again due to Nor'easter. We did not have serious issues with power for many years, the only time we went for a few days without power was Irene. It is impossible to get any info out of JCP&L, and whatever they say is often not true. Can we switch to something else, as a town, or form our own utility non-profit, possibly together with other towns around?
Marie November 10, 2012 at 03:48 PM
We are not happy with how Mayor Impreveduto handled our town's storm dilemma. The Holmdel website is useless. His code red announcements were useless. We can receive the same messages he's been sending in 101.5 and even from other township's websites. No messages about how we can even have hot coffee, hot meals, etc in Holmdel. All his messages are not enough to help the town. The town leadership did not support the needs of the residents. I applaude our neighboring towns' mayors who updated every single minute of where to get necessities, etc. It's a disappointing leadership. I didn't even hear if one of our public schools were used as a shelter even without power, a generator will be useful. JCP & L was a total failure and even the Mayor asking us to call the Assemblymen, BPU president, etc didn't even help. Wishing that this township's leadership will be more prepared and on-guard with more specific needs of the residents.
Nick November 10, 2012 at 05:44 PM
As I have been trying to say and you said quite well..the Mayor and the rest of the leadership failed at crisis management...no one blames them for the storm or the power being out or the inept management of JCP&L. However they do to ake responsibility for how they dealt with the residents...it was not a good job in comparison to other towns...that is just a fact. They do have a chance now to show how hey are capable of leading, which I am sure they are, by organizing and leading the charge for Holmdel to hold JCP&L accountable. Don't ask residents to call individually, don't ask residents to call the assemblyman etc...ask the residents to join with him and the town leadership in a collective organized fashion to pursue action against JCP&L. I am sure that with the outrage felt by the town in this horrendous situation of mismanagement they will get full support of the township. But..time has a way of making memories short and now is the time to organize and pursue and more importantly lead.
Jan November 12, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Marie and Nick -- I don't know what you are talking about. I thought the daily and sometimes 2 or 3 times a day messages from our mayor were great. Maybe you missed the code red alert that said the community center would be open while town hall would be closed. How did you now know that the firehouse had meals?? I also learned from these code alerts a) which gas stations were open, thanks to our town lending them generators, b) that non-potable water was available at Cross farms for people with wells, c) the phone numbers of people at JCP&L and state government to complain d) which streets were coming online (Wed and later code reds), e) any other progress or lack of progress by our township committee. I was very happy with our mayor's efforts during this storm. I also listened to 101.5, and heard residents of Rumson saying they heard NOTHING from their mayor once the storm hit. I heard other towns have similar issues with their town's leadership. I felt that Mayor Impreveduto did as much as he could do, given this difficult situation. I agree that he needs the townspeople to support him in complaining to JCP&L, BPU and the governor's office.
Thomas Scarano November 12, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Nick.....dead wrong. It was a excellent example of leadership. Did you manage to stop by townhall during the outage. If you did you would have noticed the mayor there leading by example. And no it's not a fact, as you noted, that it was not a good job in comparison to the mayors of other towns. You might note btw that my neighborhood just got power today.
Thomas Scarano November 12, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Marie....you must have missed the information that was distributed by our local government.
Nathan Boulman November 12, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I think it's actually comical that some Holmdel residents can even think of blaming the Mayor or the administration for a lack of communication. For the first week, we received a letter in the mail from the Mayor and Committeeman Ponisi visited the firehouse on Rt 520 to deliver the next day's mailer and answer questions from residents. Then we would receive at least one call a day from the Mayor explaining what is going on. This problem is JCP&L, so for you spoiled Democrats, stop blaming the local Township Committee and come together as a community so that real reform of JCP&L can take place.
Nick November 12, 2012 at 03:32 AM
We can agree to disagree on what demonstrates good leadership...but let's watch where we go next and how the community is brought together to hold JCP&L accountable. Glad your power came back..mine came back Friday....was able to move my family back in over the weekend after 2 weeks.
Larrabee M. Smith November 12, 2012 at 03:39 AM
What reform are you thinking of Mr. Boulman. JCP&L is a regulated Utility with responsibility for the local grid. They can be expect to have the manpower to assure it proper operation under normal conditions including problems. BUT, only a fool would be willing to allow them to charge enough to provide for the correction of the damage caused by SANDY in a couple days. And, I'm sure you wouldn't be willing to pay for the managment necessary to use all of the help hey received from all over country. And, I was probably resgistered Republican before you were born.
Nathan Boulman November 12, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Mr. Smith, the point of my post was that people should stop blaming the mayor for JCP&L's incompetency. And the reform that I talk about are the changes that I'm sure Gov. Christie will put in place as the backbone of his campaign for Governor.


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