Holmdel Mayor Blows a Fuse After A Week Without Power For Most of Township

At a public meeting Sunday, Mayor Patrick Impreveduto told neighbors he wants their support when he lodges complaints with the Board of Public Utilities.

In a brief, heated meeting at the Holmdel Community Center Sunday afternoon, Mayor Patrick Impreveduto loudly voiced his frustration to more than 100 bundled-up residents about being disconnected from the grid in greater Holmdel

He had to bellow because there was no electricity to power a microphone. There weren't any lights in the dark hall either. For Holmdel residents, especially those who depended on electricity to pump well water, the whole sorry situation was not acceptable. And all his complaints after the same thing last year, after Hurricane Irene, seemed to have made no difference, he said.  

"I am one mayor in a small town in JCPL's scope," he said. "I got the biggest mouth, but it isn't doing me any good." 

On Sunday the mayor was one of 4,631 residents out of 6,850 in Holmdel -- the unlucky 68% -- who have been listening with envy on how the heat is coming on in sections of neighboring Hazlet and Middletown. 

JCP&L has projected that by day's end, 509 residents would have power restored, and by Monday, another 973 would have power. The following streets were on the short list: Chippewa Court, Laurel Avenue, Mill Road, Route 35, Van Brackle and Union Avenue. 

[Editor's Note: By midnight, JCP&L reported that power had been restored to all but 1,921 residents out of 6,850, leaving 28% without power.] 

"While I fully understand JCPL’s protocol of taking care of the masses of people first, I don’t think its right," said he mayor after the meeting. "Holmdel streets were clean, ready to go, just two days after the storm."

He said during the heated Q & A he gathered some good ideas from residents and intends to follow up with at least one person, a Holmdel property owner with a leadership role in the utility industry.

The mayor thought the meeting was good therapy for all involved. "People got a chance to vent. I think they needed it."

Residents also heard from Dept. of Public Works Director Jeff Smith and the Police Chief John Mioduszewski, who talked about their staffs' considerable contributions during the difficult Hurricane Sandy crisis. 

Mischa November 05, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I was at the meeting. Could the mayor have done more and should the meeting be better organized? Probably. The mayor could have provided the information he gave at the meeting on the many recorded phone calls he left, rather than having a somewhat disorganized meeting. That said, in his defense, many of the questions and comments posed to the Mayor were hypothetical and unanswerable. i.e., sue JCPL (really?), call FEMA (are we in dire straights as many of our shore towns? No), put all the lines underground (who pays for that?), cut all the trees down (what?). While most of the residents are frustrated and cold, common sense should prevail. I stood by the lady from Louisiana who was seething as she heard the comments and complaints. The mayor is a politician - not a magician.
George F November 05, 2012 at 03:28 PM
JCPL outage map is not correct, look at the nj.gov site. Holmdel is no where near up and running.
pechter November 05, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I'm not a great fan of the Mayor's poliltics, but he's done a great job on this crisis. We're kept up to date constantly. The town's supplied generators to gas stations. An excellent job without any control over the power situation.
Kathy November 05, 2012 at 07:01 PM
If you don't want to hear people complain about not getting their power restored, then don't go to a Q&A organized to address power issues. I found the remarks by the lady from Louisiana to be offensive. We didn't experience a 'real' hurricane? Really? As soon as she got on her soap box, I left. I got the information I needed when the Mayor read off the streets being restored from the substation currently being repaired.
Kathy November 05, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I totally agree with you. The Mayor has done a great job controlling the part of this crisis that he can. Alleviating the gas situation has done a lot to make the situation that much more bearable. Thank you, Mayor Impreveduto and the folks at town hall making this happen.


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