HOPATCONG, NJ - At Wednesday's borough council meeting, Officer Bob Haffner reported on the efficiency of Jersey Central Power & Light in restoring power to 1,800 borough residents within 24 hours after the storm on Thursday, Sept. 12.
Haffner also commended the borough Department of Public Works for rapidly removing trees and branches from roads so the fire department and power company could access the areas without power. He said the CERT volunteers monitored live wires until they could be reached by power company employees.
“JCP&L made a lot of changes,” Haffner said, “they have a new representative for Hopatcong.”
Mayor Sylvia Petillo noted, “everyone worked as a team.” She and Haffner both reminded residents not to call the police when their power goes out, but to call the JCP&L toll-free number 1-888-544-4877.
Petillo said the borough has implemented another emergency number. Reverse 911 didn’t work during Hurricane Sandy because most of the state was without power. The borough now has Honeywell Alert which is based out of state. The public can sign up for Honeywell Alert on the computer. Those without internet access can contact Haffner at the police department, 973-398-5000, ext 247 and be signed up, Petillo said.
Borough Administrator Robert Elia noted the borough has done pretty well at auctioning off unneeded property. He said there is another parcel on Maxim Drive that can be auctioned off once the section where they Bayview well is located is divided off.
Elia also explained the three bids for road improvements on Dupont Avenue came in too high. Council rejected them and awarded the project to Tilcon New York, Inc., via the 2013 Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council. The cost will be $173,848, paid for with state aid. The Morris County Co-op contract with Denville Line Striping will also be used on that project at a cost of $6,090.
In other business, council contracted with Fennally Environmental Associates to investigate a spill that occurred years ago. The state Department of Environmental Protection requires the borough to have the spill investigated and remediated.
Council authorized the police department to dispose of bicycles acquired over the years. The Boy Scouts plan to refurbish the bikes they can and distribute them to children who cannot afford new ones.
Council also canceled the Oct. 16 meeting because it is the date of the special election. A special meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. to pay bills.