PEAPACK AND GLADSTONE NJ - A representative of First Energy, the parent company of Jersey Central Power and Light, will appear at the August 15 meeting of the Peapack-Gladstone Borough Council, according to Councilman Don Lemma.

"There has been an inordinate number of power outages east of Main Street," said Lemma.  "The outages have been heaviest on Willow, Tainter, School, Mendham, Branch, Prospect and Main."

The problems with power outages have percolated and found their way to different members of the borough council by way of the social media platform Next Door Peapack Gladstone, and by way of word of mouth.  Lemma, Mayor Muller and Council President Suriano all took an interest in the problem.  After initial inquiries, Lemma became the point person on the council to interact with First Energy.

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"First Energy is aggressively pruning trees and branches where they are able to do so," continued Lemma.  "They have been very responsive."

First Energy will be on the agenda for the August 15 borough council meeting.   Their representative will answer questions from the public and the borough council.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30.