CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Township Deputy Mayor Tracy Ness updated residents on the return-to-power status Friday afternoon, noting that it was difficult to get restoration times from JCP&L and called the situation "unacceptable."

"Working with Chief (Thomas) Miller and our DPW, we have been confirming the road and power issues with our JCP&L representative assigned to us in Ohio, but we are not getting any real information on restoration times," Ness said. "It is not acceptable that we continue to find ourselves in the same situation after significant storms. But we are all trying to get as much information as we can out to residents on our webpage and social media."

Ness reported that as of 12 noon Thursday, "Chatham Township has 1,357 customers without power, down from 1,458 (Wednesday), and 340 orders for service in our area according to a JCPL representative Thursday afternoon."

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Ness said there are 8 forestry orders confirmed as pending with crews on scene on River Road this afternoon, while others still being assigned to an assessment. There has been damage to the substations serving the Township and some progress has been made to repair. The Green Village substation is being worked on, the Traynor substation has been assigned and a crew has
been dispatched to the Gillette substation.

"The damage to the substations are the bigger issue that is affecting restoration efforts across many towns," Ness said. "Until those are repaired,
the crews can work on the lines but substations have to be functioning."

On the Municipal side, of particular concern are the water treatment plants and pumping stations on River Road, which are still running on generator backup power according to Township Administrator Bob Hoffmann. The Municipal building is still running on a generator as well. 

A Warning for Residents 
The Township is still seeing trees and branches coming down. Police Chief Thomas Miller warned that any tree down in any right-of-way is probably entangled with downed electrical wires.

"The public should treat those wires as live," Chief Miller said. "Police have repeatedly warned joggers, bike riders and children to keep away from any wires. Trees on a road should always be treated as potentially electrified until removed by a JCP&L crew."

Chatham Township DPW reports that debris removal will begin Monday. Chatham Township will begin curbside pick-up of debris during the week of August 10th.  This gives residents the weekend to collect broken limbs.
Richard Young, Director of the Department of Public Works, said curbside pick-up will begin on the west side of the Township and move east.

“This will give residents in the hardest-hit eastern sections of the Township more time to get their debris to the curb,” Young said.

The DPW will pick-up only tree and shrubbery debris caused by Hurricane Storm Isaias.  Debris can be no bigger than four feet long and six inches in diameter.  Piles should be at the curb but off of the road. The DPW asks neighbors, where possible, to consolidate piles since a single large pile is easier to pick up than multiple small piles.

Curbside pick-up will be limited to a single pass of each neighborhood, after which residents can bring any remaining debris to the Compost Area.
In addition, the Tanglewood Compost Area will be open on Friday, Aug. 7th, from 7 30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the convenience of Township residents who wish to dispose of their own debris.

The hours Friday are in addition to the Compost Area’s normal hours on Saturdays and Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.