CHATHAM TOWNSHIP, NJ - On Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m., Chatham Township Mayor Nicole Hagner provided the following statement regarding recovery updates in the wake of Hurricane Sandy for residents of Chatham Township:

We understand everyone's frustrations and we want all to know that every effort is being made to clear streets and keep JCP&L working to get our power back. Unfortunately the numbers put up by JCP&L yesterday and published through Nixle were inaccurate. We are trying to get accurate numbers and locations through JCP&L, and are in constant contact with our area manager. The Governor has also requested JCP&L to revise and frequently update their restoration estimates.

Our main issue is that the Green Village substation and Traynor substation were substantially damaged, and primary lines feeding in/out are still being restored. These substations serve a large portion of the township including the whole area along Southern Boulevard from Hickory Square through Rolling Hill, the Highlands area, Pine, Lenape and Spring Street areas and more. Chatham Twp lost 100% of its power as a result of the storm. The Borough did not and Madison has its own power utility...so we cannot compare our situation to other towns.

We do not have control over JCP&L's work process which is frustrating for us and certainly for our residents. We have been successful in sourcing additonal crews through JCP&L to dedicate exclusively to our town, but the township can not work, or hire anyone to work, on the power lines. Line crews are working in the western section of town where power is available through the Long Hill substation that is now operational. Crews are putting up power poles and reconnecting homes connected to this facility. As more power comes online, line crews will be on the streets that are fed by those other substations.

The municipal building has power today and we are opening it to residents to get warm, charge phones and have wifi access. We are also trying to open the senior center. Our police station is open using generator power. For non-emergencies, residents may call 973­-377­-0100 and press 1. Information is also available on the township website, JCP&L website and the State of New Jersey Website.

I am speaking with Mayor Harris about Halloween and with the superintendent about opening schools. The weather is expected to turn colder tonight, so I encourage neighbors to check on one another, and it would of course be great for those with heat and power to reach out to others who are not yet online.

Additonal information from our website has been pasted below. Updates will continue to be posted through Nixle. Please feel free to contact me or any elected official with concerns that we can address.

Mayor Nicole Hagner

Additional Info:

Charging Stations and Showers availability

New Location: The township municipal building located at 58 Meyersville Road is open for residents. The residents can come have a warm place to stay, charge phones, and access the Internet.

Chatham Emergency Squad/Spring St charging station is open Sunday 9am to 9pm. Please park in the TENNIS lot.

The Madison Area YMCA will open free of charge to Township residents Sunday 8am-8pm and Mon-Fri 5:30am-10:30pm. Showers are available. Please bring your own towels and toiletries.

Debris Clean-up:

There are no current plans in the township to curbside pickup any storm debris. Residents are urged to bring your debris to the Tanglewood mulch complex daily from 8am-3pm. Contractors are allowed to bring your debris. Please separate leaves and branches.

Please do not place any debris in the roadway.

Morris County Shelter:
Mennen Address: 161 Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960
If you have special needs, please call the Morris County OEM at 973­-829­-8600
http://www.morrisoem.org/contact.asp

Election Day Voting Information and Poling Center Changes:
For election day November 6th, 2012 between 6am and 8pm, please note the following poling center updates:
District 1-5 Green Village Fire Department on Green Village Rd.
District 6-10 River Road Firehouse on River Road
If you previously voted at Long Hill Chapel and Corpus Christ, you should go to Green Village Firehouse.

If you previously voted at the Municipal Bldg/Senior Center/Briarwood/Coachlight, you should go to River Road Firehouse.