Storm Recovery Update – March 10

From JCP&L:

Crews have been dispatched to Pleasant Hill / Hillside and are at Mile Drive. A crew has been dispatched to fix a broken crossarm that is affecting power around Rt. 24 in Chester headed towards Long Valley.

From Police Chief Williver:

Looks like a lot of progress was made last night with restoration.  Power crews were working all night on Ironia Road near number 8.  Power crews are expected back on Hillside Road this morning to complete repairs.  I asked JCP&L for some lead time if they have to shut down the circuit for Hillside Road so that we can warn our communities of another temporary outage.  I also asked him to send a crew to Spring Lake Drive at Rt. 206 to open the roadway (this damage is from Winter Storm Quinn). Phone and cable lines are across the road at Spring Lake/206 (not live wires).

The overnight patrols also went throughout town and updated our “Century Link List” for trees and communications cables which still may be down or have trees laying on them.  This list has been forwarded to our contact at Century Link.  They have advised that they will come out and address the issues.

JCP&L update 3/9

 

Storm Recovery Update – March 8th

Office of Emergency Management surveying need for shelter
Please take a 2-question survey to help the Office of Emergency Management ascertain the number of Chester residents interested in relocating to a storm shelter. Click here to take this very short survey.
Chester Police report
JCP&L work crews are at:
  • Cherry Tree Lane
  • Pottersville Road
  • Lamerson Road
  • E. Fox Chase
The following roadways are closed due to wires and/or trees down:
  • Pleasant Hill Rd. near Flanders
  • Hillside Rd. at Pleasant Hill Rd.
JCP&L will be energizing Ironia Road and Pottersville Road near the Kay Center very soon.
Mayors’ report on phone call with JCP&L
The Mayors’ call with JCP&L today was one of collective frustration with the utility and its lack of communication with their customers that is accurate, timely and reasonable.  The Mayors of Morris, Hunterdon, Warren and Sussex counties have the largest number of unrestored residents. Mayors gave anecdotal accounts received from their residents of the failure of the company to have a good handle on what has actually been repaired, or still needs to be repaired even if the company thinks it has been repaired. Recounting of conversations between out-of-town utility workers and residents on progress, or lack thereof, in terms of restorations were also shared.
Suffice it to say that the general consensus is that customers have little to no faith in any communication from JCP&L.  Suggestions were given about providing realistic restoration times.  While it might not make anyone who is without power feel better, please know that every town and mayor is experiencing the same frustrations.
Both Mayors, with Police Chief Williver,  have been in contact with JCP&L officials to attempt to get a commitment on specific roads being restored. Unfortunately, we don’t know if a crew is addressing local outages until a police officer notifies the Chief. Then we can pass that information on to residents.
Today’s JCP&L report
“Yesterday’s new storm hit JCP&L’s service area very hard, with some places getting 25 inches of new, wet snow. Roads and access across the state remain a challenge, but crews are working as quickly and safely as they can, with our priority to attend to outages remaining from last week’s storm first.
A brief synopsis of our current priorities:
New safety hazards, including downed wires and other damage that could endanger the public or impede first responders, existing outages from Winter Storm Riley (Northern New Jersey), clearing blocked roads to get access to new areas with heavy damage, and restoring the balance of our customers who were recently impacted.
We have well over 4,000 people working the storm, and we hope to have restoration estimates for all customers affected by early this afternoon.
Because yesterday’s snowstorm impacted a wider range of towns than last Friday’s storm, several hundred PSE&G crews that were helping in the northwestern counties have been pulled back to their customer base further base, but existing work assignments for the JCP&L work crews are staying consistent as they were before the snowfall.  There may be circumstances that require them to respond to a life and safety emergency, but other than that the customers still without power from winter storm Riley are the top priority.”
Warming Centers Open:
Town Hall, Borough Hall, during normal business hours
Chester Library, during normal hours (note: closed on 3/8)
First Congregational Church
Community Presbyterian Church
St. Lawrence the Martyr Catholic Church
Feel free to drop in should you need some warmth or to charge electronics.
We regret being unable to respond to as many social media posts and comments as we can. We are relying on our Communications Coordinator to monitor and forward us comments that reflect what people are experiencing in our community. Thanks to all the residents who have taken the time to contact us and offer suggestions on how we can both improve our response to emergent situations and be as proactive as we can in making sure our towns are not vulnerable to the effects of these kind of storms.
Mayor Janet Hoven, Chester Borough
Mayor Marcia Asdal, Chester Township

JCP&L Storm Update – Morning of March 8, 2018 

“Yesterday’s new storm hit JCP&L’s service area very hard, with some places getting 25 inches of new, wet snow. Roads and access across the state remain a challenge, but crews are working as quickly and safely as they can, with our priority to attend to outages remaining from last week’s storm first.
A brief synopsis of our current priorities:
New safety hazards, including downed wires and other damage that could endanger the public or impede first responders, existing outages from Winter Storm Riley (Northern New Jersey), clearing blocked roads to get access to new areas with heavy damage, and restoring the balance of our customers who were recently impacted.
We have well over 4,000 people working the storm, and we hope to have restoration estimates for all customers affected by early this afternoon.”

Storm Update, March 7th

5:00pm

Heaviest snow this afternoon
From Chester Police: Please stay off roads until further notice. Conditions rapidly deteriorating. Shelter in place.
JCP&L late afternoon report: “For the safety of our workers, we have ceased work until the weather is more favorable except for life and limb emergencies.
We are getting more outages from today’s snow storm. Again, we will work to restore customers from the first storm before today’s except where safety dictates.
Our current outage counts do not necessarily reflect the work done today and also reflect ongoing current outages.
JCP&L has restored power to more than 242,000 of the nearly 272,000 customers in New Jersey affected by the recent storm that inflicted widespread damage on its facilities. More than 4,100 employees and contractors – including about 1,500 line workers – are now involved in the massive effort and will continue working until full restoration is achieved. An additional 200 line workers are arriving in New Jersey today from Virginia. Approximately 29,000 customers remain out of service, primarily in Hunterdon, Morris, Warren and Sussex counties.
As part of its storm restoration process, JCP&L has taken the following steps:
• Ramped up storm updates on social media and on the company website. Follow JCP&L on Twitter @JCP_L, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JCPandL or online at www.jcp-l.com
• Aired radio ads telling customers how to prepare for storms
• Initiated update calls with officials
• Activated its Emergency Command Center
• Activated its Incident Command System
• Communicated with emergency management officials, state officials, regulators, and local officials about storm restoration efforts
• Staffed additional dispatchers and analysts at regional dispatch officesAfter local power lines are repaired and put back in service, damage to individual
customer service wires may become apparent. Customers are reminded that if their neighbor’s power is on and theirs is not, the problem may be isolated to their individual service, and service to the neighbor could be fed from a different circuit. Customers are encouraged to report such problems, even at this latter stage in the restoration process.
JCP&L reminds customers to immediately report downed wires to their utility at 888-LIGHTSS (888-544-4877)”
Trash pickup:
Blue Diamond Disposal will pick up garbage tomorrow (Thursday 3/8) in Chester Township.  Recycling collection has not yet been modified; assume Friday pickup until we hear otherwise.
Chester Borough Recycling collection has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 8th.  Recycling cans must be curbside by 7 am.

From today’s Mayors’ Call with JCP&L:

  • JCP&L repeatedly assured us that the customers who have been without power the longest are their top priority, even through today’s snowstorm.
  • Despite JCP&L’s automated system constantly giving bad info, residents without power should continue to call every day to report the outage.
  • Providing accurate estimates of when power will come back on is fluid and is often altered based on differences between what was expected when the initial damage assessment was done and the extent of the damage that is actually discovered once the work crews arrive.  They have discovered more broken poles and more complex damage once they arrive on the scene than what was initially reported in the early hours and days after the storm hit.
  • JCP&L has been using helicopters to help assess damage, but in areas with heavy tree canopies, like Chester Township,  they’ve been using drones. Drones have been reported on Cromwell Avenue off Pleasant Hill Road. The drones are not being used to verify outages. They are not being operated from miles away but are being used within the line of sight of the operators.
During these daily conference calls with JCP&L, NJ mayors do not receive updates on individual towns or streets, even when we ask for such information. The mayors are as frustrated as the residents as to the lack of information.
Our Police Chief is working tirelessly in the name of public safety to get the roads open and power restored. The Mayors and Police Chief are in constant contact. Even though the information we put out may not be what you are looking for, it’s all we have.
We wish to thank everyone for the feedback you’ve been sending our way. We’ll be working with JCP&L and other elected county and state officials, as well as our own Borough and Township staff  to determine how we could improve procedures and information in the event of another serious weather event.
We thank you for your patience and kindness both to each other and to the workers who are on the ground.
Mayor Marcia Asdal, Chester Township
Mayor Janet Hoven, Chester Borough

JCP&L Storm Update – March 7, 2018

Afternoon briefing:
JCP&L Continuing Massive Restoration Effort  as New, Powerful Storm Impacts New Jersey Customers Without Power the Longest Remain Top Priority 
Morristown, N.J. – More than 4,100 utility workers continue their efforts around the clock to restore customers of Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) as a new snowstorm creates hazardous conditions and the potential for additional outages in northern New Jersey.
Last night, the Governor of New Jersey declared a State of Emergency for the entire state. Heavy wet snow, falling at rates as much as two inches an hour, may cause more tree damage, block roads that were previously cleared, damage additional poles and wires, and make driving difficult for utility crews. JCP&L remains focused on restoring customers who have been out the longest, and will address any new outages based on its priority system that deals with the largest outages first.
JCP&L has restored power to more than 242,000 of the nearly 272,000 customers in New Jersey affected by the recent storm that inflicted widespread damage on its facilities. More than 4,100 employees and contractors – including about 1,500 line workers – are now involved in the massive effort and will continue working until full restoration is achieved. An additional 200 line workers are arriving in New Jersey today from Virginia. Approximately 29,000 customers remain out of service, primarily in Hunterdon, Morris, Warren and Sussex counties. Until the full impact of today’s storm is known, it is difficult to predict an overall restoration time, but local estimates will continue to be posted at www.firstenergycorp.com/outages.
“We’re entering the most time-consuming phase of this effort – restoring individual homes to service – and inclement weather and bad roads could create more challenges,” said Jim Fakult, president of JCP&L. “But we have a massive contingent of crews on the ground who are up to the challenge of working safely in snowy conditions so we can get our impacted customers back up and running again.”
As part of its storm restoration process, JCP&L has taken the following steps:
• Ramped up storm updates on social media and on the company website. Follow JCP&L on Twitter @JCP_L, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JCPandL or online at www.jcp-l.com
• Aired radio ads telling customers how to prepare for storms
• Initiated update calls with officials
• Activated its Emergency Command Center
• Activated its Incident Command System
• Communicated with emergency management officials, state officials, regulators, and local officials about storm restoration efforts
• Staffed additional dispatchers and analysts at regional dispatch officesAfter local power lines are repaired and put back in service, damage to individual
customer service wires may become apparent. Customers are reminded that if their
neighbor’s power is on and theirs is not, the problem may be isolated to their individual
service, and service to the neighbor could be fed from a different circuit. Customers are
encouraged to report such problems, even at this latter stage in the restoration process.
JCP&L reminds customers to immediately report downed wires to their utility at 888-LIGHTSS (888-544-4877), or to their local police or fire department. Customers should never go near a downed wire even if they think it is no longer carrying electricity. Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled in trees or other debris.

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Morning briefing:
“JCP&L continues to work the restoration process from last week’s storm, even as a new storm has arrived in the area. As of 9:30 this morning, we have 29,000 customers out, with minimal new outages from today’s storm right now. We remain committed to restoring service to customers who were impacted by the storm Friday, and are prioritizing those outages in our system.
 
We now have more than 4,000 people on the ground working, and we will be holding those crews until all customers from both storms are restored. We also plan to work through today’s storm, addressing public safety hazards as they arise.
 
We have three staging areas set up, one each in Sussex, Morris and Hunterdon counties to provide more immediate response and concentrate our efforts.
 
JCP&L reminds customers to immediately report any downed wires to the company, or their local police and fire department. Customers should never go near a downed power line and extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled in trees or other debris.
 
Customers are reminded to report outages by calling 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) or by clicking the “Report Outage link at www.firstenergycorp.com.”

March 6th – Prepare for new storm; recovery continues

From the Morris County Office of Emergency Management:
The Morris County Office of Emergency Management has activated its Emergency Operations Center, and is monitoring the pending storm.
We have serious concerns with regards to the current forecast data due to our current Morris County electrical outage issues, and our many Morris County residents that still remain without power. At the time of this communication, we currently have 14,183 JCP&L customers without power. We spoke with members of the JCP&L team earlier this morning, and it does not appear that we will see resolve prior to the arrival of this next storm. The current restoration time estimate provided by the JCP&L team is Thursday, March 8th at 11:30PM, however, we expect this estimate will likely change depending on the magnitude of the incoming storm.
With each forecast update, we see increased confidence that we will be dealing with a major storm, as snowfall totals have significantly increased since yesterday. We have reviewed models predicting approximately 1ft. of snow, with increased totals of up to 20″ in the higher elevation areas. We have also reviewed other models showing snowfall totals between 7-10″ with a worst case scenario of 10-15″. At the height of the storm, we anticipate seeing snowfall rates of 1-3″ per hour. Regardless of which model we review at this time, we recognize that we are in for a major storm, and we are planning accordingly. The snow is expected to begin late this evening and will continue through Wednesday. Due to the heavy and wet nature of the snow, trees and power lines will once again be at a higher risk to come down, especially those that suffered damage from the last storm. Although the winds will not be as significant as the last storm, we anticipate seeing gusts between 25-35mph.

Prepare at Home: Stock up! 

  • Food that doesn’t require heating or refrigeration
  • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Battery powered or hand-crank radio
  • Battery powered clock
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medications and Medical Items (if necessary)
  • Cellphones with chargers
  • Pet food, water, and additional supplies
  • Baby supplies (formula, bottles, diapers, etc.)
  • Alternate heating methods (wood, coal burning stoves, etc.)
  • Warm coats, gloves or mittens, boots, and extra blankets
  •  Keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  •  Check tires for proper inflation
  •  Check antifreeze
  •  Pack emergency supplies in a backpack for a kit on-the-go:
    • Ice scraper
    • Jumper cables
    • Tire chains
    • Small shovel
    • First Aid Kit
    • Flashlight and batteries
    • Warning Flares or reflective triangle

On the Road: Winterize your vehicle. Have a Plan. Be Prepared.

From Chester Office of Emergency Management:
Be advised that a significant weather event will be starting at 9 p.m. tonight that is expected to extend through midnight Wednesday.  If you feel you can’t shelter in place for this time period due to a power outage or other circumstances, it is recommended that you leave today before the storm begins.  Consider staying with relatives, friends, or checking into a hotel.
We anticipate that Morris County OEM will be establishing countywide shelters.  More information on these shelters will be forthcoming later today.   We will post updates as they become available.
Wednesday trash pickup: 

Chester Borough trash will be picked up very early Wednesday morning, March 7th.  Trash cans must be curbside by 4:45 am. Wherever possible the crews will attempt to pick up trash around road closures.

Recycling collection has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 8th.  Recycling cans must be curbside by 7 am.
From JCP&L: 
Crews are currently working on State Park Road, South Road, Hillside Road and Pleasant Hill Road.  Once these jobs are complete, crews will move on to the other outages in town.  JCP&L will continue working through the snow storm tomorrow.

JCP&L continues to adhere to the priority list as follows:

  • 911 calls
  • Critical facilities
  • Road openings
  • Schools
  • Largest customers
  • Smaller groups
  • Single customers
We know that neighbors are helping neighbors and are appreciative of how supportive Chester Township residents are to one another.  Please continue to check on each other and offer assistance as needed.
Mayor Janet Hoven, Chester Borough
Mayor Marcia Asdal, Chester Township

Storm Recovery Update – March 5th

STORM RECOVERY UPDATE

Good evening,

A few notes from the Mayors’ call with JCP&L this afternoon (March 5th):

• The majority of customers will be restored by the end of business on Tuesday.  JCP&L believes, at this time, that only single home outages will completed by the end of business Wednesday or Thursday.  

• JCP&L now has a staging site near County College of Morris in Randolph, which brings resources closer to Chester.  Additional crews are arriving today. (Initially they were only staging up at Sussex County Fairgrounds.) 

• There are 2900 workers on the job now, representing JCP&L employees, mutual aid companies and PSE&G employees who have been loaned to JCP&L.

• The tree on Hillside Road was cleared today.  

• Crews are in town clearing the remaining roads in the Borough and Township.

• JCP&L is hyper-aware of impending snow on Wednesday and the ability of our towns’ DPW trucks to plow where there are still wires and trees across the roads. JCP&L crews can and will work through snow, although the bucket trucks will be shut down if winds reach 35-40 mph. 

• They are working with the county OEMs to prioritize road openings. Chester Police provides input on those priorities.

• JCP&L continues to adhere to the priority list as follows:

911 calls

Critical facilities

Road openings

Schools

Largest customers 

Smaller groups

Single customers 

• JCP&L is providing free water and ice to residents who have lost power. Shop Rite of Chester is one of the distribution sites, as is Kings in Mendham. Stop by the Customer Service desk to find out how to redeem this offer. 

When this storm has passed and things get back to normal, the Mayors will arrange a public meeting with the JCP&L Municipal Liaison. We ask that residents compile a list of concerns and suggestions in preparation for that time, while they are fresh in your mind.

DPW Update

Parts or all of these roads still have closures today:

  • Hillside Rd.
  • Cora Lane
  • Fox Chase Rd.
  • Ironia Rd.
  • Melrose Dr.
  • Pleasant Hill Rd.
  • Pottersville Rd.
  • Benjamin/Frederick
  • Rogers Rd.
  • Furnace Rd.

Chester Township and Borough DPW crews are preparing for the impending storm expected to arrive on Tuesday evening.  These late winter snows are usually very heavy snows which can result in more trees down, and more mailboxes being knocked over from the weight of the snow.  

If your mailbox has been damaged by plows:

Borough residents- notify Scott Beam at sbeam@chesterborough.org or 908-879-3660 ext. 2118

In anticipation of Wednesday’s snow, electronics waste collection is being rescheduled to Saturday, March 10th from 8:00am-12:00pm. There will be no collection on Wednesday, March 7th.

Brush pick-up in the Borough will likely be the first two weeks of April.

Offices/Schools Reopening

Chester Borough offices will reopen on Tuesday, March 6 at 8:00 am. 

The Chester School District has announced that school will reopen this Tuesday, March 6th. West Morris Mendham HS will be open. West Morris Central HS is still without power, and will announce tomorrow’s schedule when it’s clear whether or not power will be restored.

Offering Assistance

Please continue to check on neighbors in need. If you have tried to contact a neighbor in town that you are concerned about, and have not been able to reach them, please call the police non-emergency number and request a ‘welfare check.’ The non-emergency number is (908) 879-5514, option ‘0’.

Area businesses are largely open and ready for visitors. Please call ahead to confirm individual schedules. Nitroflex Fitness Gym is offering use of its showers to area residents. Local gas stations are open, Shop Rite is open, the Chester Library is open, and area restaurants are open. Local churches are offering warmth and refreshments to those in need; please contact them directly for assistance.

Non-potable water is available from a tap outside the Barn at Highlands Ridge Park, 100 North Rd.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. Hopefully, the storm this week will be the last!

Mayor Marcia Asdal, Chester Township

Mayor Janet Hoven, Chester Borough

ALL RESIDENTS URGED TO SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS

If you haven’t yet signed up for the Everbridge Emergency Notification System, NOW would be a good time. Keep informed about emergency conditions. Registration takes about 5-10 minutes. This is a Morris County initiative, and it is used by the Chester Police Department. Please sign up today here.

The Everbridge Emergency Notification System is currently in use county-wide by Morris County, NJ. This is an emergency alert system, similar to the Honeywell system used by the Chester School District, which allows you to sign up to have emergency information sent to you by home phone, cell phone, text, and/or email, according to your specifications. It is so important for our local office of Emergency Management to be able to reach all residents in the event of an emergency, be it weather-related, a natural disaster, chemical spill, or should a lock-down situation be required. Please set up your profile as soon as possible.

Smart 911

Residents of the Chesters can now sign up for Smart 911. With this service, regardless of whether you call from your home phone or your cell phone, first responders will be made aware of any information that might help you in the event of an emergency. This information might include medical needs, emergency contacts, specifics about your home, pets, and/or vehicles.  View a Power Point presentation about what this service offers and how you can sign up here.

Social Media

If you aren’t a Twitter user, you can still receive tweeted alerts. Emergency tweets can show up as texts on your phone. Here’s how: text the message ‘follow @ChesterPoliceNJ’ to the number 40404. You’ll get a confirmation message, and will receive texts whenever the Chester Police Department tweets out emergency information.

The public radio system serving the Chester area is up and running. In the event of an emergency, information is broadcast through this system. Take a moment to set your car radio to 1630AM.  The server for the link can only handle about 100 users at a time, so there may be a wait in accessing. The intention is for users to tune in on a car radio and not via computer during power outages.

Please let neighbors and local contacts know about these methods of receiving emergency information. Help spread the word!

NJ REGISTER READY

This program offers residents with special needs and their families, friends and associates an opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies, so emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency. The information collected here is confidential and will not be available to the public. You can register at:

https://www13.state.nj.us/SpecialNeeds/Signin?ReturnUrl=%2fSpecialNeeds%2f

Any questions please contact Chief Tom Williver at 908-879-5514 x831.

Visit the website for the Chester Township Office of Emergency Management for further information about how to prepare your home for emergencies at

https://chestertownship.org/departments/emergency-info/public-safety-emergency-services/

Storm Recovery Update – March 4th

STORM RECOVERY UPDATE
Good afternoon,
These past few days have been challenging for all of us as Winter Storm Riley blew through Morris County with a vengeance and toppled trees and power lines in so many communities. The Mayors of Chester Borough and Chester Township were part of a conference call between JCP&L and area mayors this afternoon. This newsletter summarizes that call and provides other local information that might be helpful to residents.

JCP&L has dispatched crews to our area to work on restoring safety from downed power lines and then restoring power to homes and businesses.

This storm was a multi-state event and it has necessitated the enlistment of out-of-state crews for extra assistance. Protocol dictates that they focus on main arteries first, and on securing public safety along roadways.
Restoration has three categories: critical facilities, road openings, then largest to smallest neighborhoods or areas, followed by individual homes. Schools fall into the critical facilities, although many places are like Chester in that there are many roads still closed with downed trees.
Initially, over 190,000 customers were without power in northern NJ, but that total has come down to less than 95,000 today.
JCP&L expects that the majority of customers in Northern NJ will be restored by 11:30pm on Tuesday, and some in harder hit areas by Wednesday. Some customers who need their service line reconnected from the street to their home could get service restored after that.
JCP&L’s automated system has received many complaints as it provided erroneous information.  It was the suggestion of several mayors to just stop the service.
There are 400 tree groups, 200 hazard responders and 316 linemen working.  An additional 330 linemen are due in today from mutual aid out-of-state resources, and an additional 120 tomorrow, bringing the total number of linemen to over 570.  These are the individuals who reconnect the power.  JCP&L continues to source additional assistance, but the storm cut a wide swath and many states are experiencing similar issues.
JCP&L is utilizing helicopters and drones to assess damage.
The online map showing outages is not the map JCP&L uses to allocate crews. They have an internal system which is more precise and tracks by ticket number assigned when the outage is reported. So don’t despair that nobody knows about your particular outage. If you’ve reported it, it’s on their radar.
Both Mayors have been in contact with their respective JCP&L contacts.  Due to the severity of this section of Morris County, there are two liaisons assigned.  Mayor Asdal and Mayor Hoven have different liaisons, both of whom are aware of the situation here in Chester.
As of today, we have had some restoration of power in Chester. There are a few areas that remain challenging, due to remaining live wires and downed trees. Most towns in Morris County were similarly impacted, some more, some less, so we are not alone in our discomfort or frustration.
Here is today’s road closure list:
Sincere thanks to the Chester Police and OEM for coordinating efforts towards increased safety and communication. Thanks to the Chester First Aid Squad and Volunteer Fire Company for responding to over 30 calls in these past few days. We are all grateful for their hard work.
Chester DPW staff has been working around the clock to remove debris from roads, including downed trees. Trees can only be removed after the live wires they brought down are rendered inactive.
Mailbox repairs in Chester Township are expected to begin on Tuesday. Borough residents need to call the Borough at 908-879-3660 ext. 2118 to report a damaged mailbox. Removal of debris that was placed roadside by the DPW and JCP&L will be ongoing.
We are pleased to see the outpouring of support residents have offered each other, whether it is to invite people over for meals, for charging, for use of showers, or to bring food and coffee to utility workers on the job. Please continue to check on neighbors in need; let’s keep the kindness flowing. If you have tried to contact a neighbor in town that you are concerned about, and have not been able to reach them, please call the police non-emergency number and request a ‘welfare check.’ The non-emergency number is (908) 879-5514.
JCP&L is providing free water and ice to residents who have lost power. Shop Rite of Chester is one of the distribution sites, as is Kings in Mendham. Stop by the Customer Service desk to find out how to redeem this offer.
Area businesses are largely open and ready for visitors. Please call ahead to confirm individual schedules. Nitroflex Fitness Gym is offering use of its showers to area residents. Local gas stations are open, Shop Rite is open, and area restaurants are open.
When this storm has passed and things get back to normal, the Mayors will arrange a public meeting with the JCP&L Municipal Liaison. We ask that residents compile a list of concerns and suggestions in preparation for that time, while they are fresh in your mind.

Every town is experiencing outages, some worse than ours, some not as bad.  JCP&L relies on assistance from mutual aid resources to restore power.  JCP&L is well aware of the public’s desire for accurate information and the fact that the public looks to the Mayors to provide information about their towns.  The Chester Mayors work together, along with our Chief of Police and OEMs to provide accurate and updated information as it becomes available.  We know that this does not translate into having power restored, but please know we are in contact and doing all that we can to provide you realistic information.

Reminder that the Barn at Highlands Ridge Park will be open from 11:00am-7:00pm today as a warming center and a place to charge electronics.
Finally, the Chester School District and the West Morris Regional HS District have announced that school will be closed this Monday, March 5th.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
Mayor Marcia Asdal, Chester Township
Mayor Janet Hoven, Chester Borough