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Utility Advisory Committee Presents Hazard Inventory To Warren Township Committee: 95% Of Hazards Have Been Resolved

Brenda A. Nemcek

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 • 12:17pm

WARREN, NJ - In advance of the 2014 storm season, the Warren Township Committee announced the results of the Township Utility Hazard Inventory and Remediation Project conducted by a group of volunteers known as the “Warren Township Utility Advisory Committee (WTUAC).” The WTUAC presented the results at the Township Committee meeting on Thursday, April  3.
 
The Hazard Inventory was conducted in the fall of 2013 to:
 
• Document potential threats (hazards) to the townships electrical delivery system,
• Report the hazards to the utility companies (JCP&L, PSEG)
• Develop and implement a remediation plan to address the hazard list
 
The overarching goal of the hazard inventory is to reduce or eliminate disruptions of service to the township power supply by stabilizing and strengthening the utility infrastructure.
 
More than 250 miles of the electrical system were reviewed. As a result of the hazard inventory conducted during the fall of 2013, 351 hazards were documented and reported to the utility companies. The WTUAC was assisted by Dr. Janne Lindqvist, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering at Rutgers University on the development of a “Hazard Tracker Application” used to conduct the hazard inventory.
 
Through the development of a collaborative relationship with both JCP&L and PSEG, 95% of the identified hazards have been reviewed and corrected by the utility companies. Jersey Central Power & Light serves approximately 85% of Warren Township and Public Service Electric & Gas serves 15%.
 
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Of all of the hazards identified, the following have been addressed:
Pole: Cracked/broken pole
95% complete
Pole: Leaning/stressed pole
100% complete
Tree: Tree/branches in threatening position
100% complete
Tree: Tree/branches on wires
97% complete
Wire: Wires off pole/hanger
87%complete
Wires: Wires twisted
100%complete
In Total, 332 hazards of the 351 or 95% of the hazards have been eliminated.
 
The Utility Advisory Committee anticipates the remaining hazards will be addressed by the utility companies before the end of April 2014.
 
In addition, the utility companies conducted additional preventative maintenance on the system (tree removal, branch trimming, pole straitening and new wire hangers) while addressing the items on the hazard inventory list.
 
Committeeperson George Lazo commented, “Warren Township is prepared for an upcoming storm season.  The efforts of the Utility Committee have been extraordinary.  This has been a great example of how a group of Warren volunteers, professionally engaged our Township leadership and the utility companies to benefit all of Warren residents – which is proof that when residents get involved, and both local government and the private sector work together, much can be accomplished.  On behalf of the entire Township Committee, I wish to express special thanks to co-chairs Bob Morrison and Judy Weiniger and the entire Utility Advisory Committee for their commitment and cooperation.
 
The Warren Township Utility Advisory Committee was created by the Township Committee in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  Their objective is to advise the Township Committee regarding the improvements to the utility infrastructure and related community education and engagement with related utility issues. The Utility Committee is co-chaired by Bob Morrison and Judy Weiniger. Committee members are Mally Becker, Scott Bowen, Lisa Caliccio, Alex Khalil, Eric Lerner and Ram Nagappan. George Lazo serves as the Township Committee Liaison.
 
The purpose of the Warren Township Utility Advisory Committee as established by the Township Committee is:
 
a. To recommend to the Township Committee, ways to improve communication and use of other tools in emergency and nonemergency situations.
 
b. To document and report to the Township Committee and various departments, various hazards and poor utility poll conditions that may create disruptions of service to the Township’s power supply.
 
c. To identify and recommend ways to increase community education and engagement in support of Township efforts with utility companies and appropriate public officials to stabilize and strengthen the utility infrastructure.
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