Hopatcong Mayor and Administrator discuss Storm Damage with JCP&L

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Hopatcong Mayor Michael Francis and Borough Administrator Ron Tappan were among the Local, State and Federal officials met with Jersey Central Power and Light management in a roundtable discussion on January 21, 2020 to discuss winter storm damage.

This meeting comes on the heels of the power outages Sussex County experience at the beginning of December. The combination of snow on top of ice brought a large number of trees down, and, with them, power lines.

“It was a well-attended meeting with a great interaction with JCP&L leaders facilitating ways for improvements with our communications during storm and hazard events.  Many great ideas were suggested along with continued efforts for vegetation management and more point of contacts from JCP&L during the event.  I am sure that the dialog will continue, and it was certainly noted that after each incident that the communications and interactions between all entities have greatly improved.” Stated Ron Tappan, Hopatcong Borough Administrator

According to reporting from Township Journal, New Sparta Mayor Jerry Murphy said he will be waiting to see what comes of it. “It’s always after the fact that all these meetings take place,” he said. “I’d like to see them (JCP&L) be a little more proactive and come out with a plan.”

U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-5, and U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-11, took part in the roundtable with state Sen. Steven Oroho, R-24 and local mayors and first responders, with the goal being a workable plan for the next storm.

“What was particularly important about today’s constructive conversation was coming up with new ideas, best practices,” Gottheimer said.

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