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A message from Wall Township Mayor Jeffrey Foster

A message from Wall Township Mayor Jeffrey Foster

 

I do not normally post on blogs or comment in chat forums, but the November 7th comment made by Mr. Eric Brophy on the Wall Patch, was incorrect and must be addressed.  Mr. Brophy is not only an attorney, but is the Democratic Party Chairman in Wall Township who knows how to reach me; my cell phone # is public knowledge and is listed on the township webpage.  We are currently in a crisis situation and this is not the time for partisan politics.  Keep in mind, Mr. Brophy has a political agenda and his statements are not accurate or reliable.  Right now, our main concerns are for those without electricity and heat.  A major portion of North Wall and some areas in the Sea Girt section have not had power for 10 days.  This includes my own personal auto repair business and home.  I have no connection with the Racestar gas station and its sales as Mr. Brophy stated.  On November 1st, the owner of Racestar informed me there were 7,000 gallons of fuel in the ground but no power to the station. He subsequently purchased a generator and had it installed at his own cost, so the residents of Wall would have fuel for their generators and cars; It is my understanding that gas prices were never changed from those which were being charged prior to the storm.  Wall Township Police Department was notified that he would be opening until he ran out of fuel, which is what happened.  The Wall Township Police Department and resident customers were very appreciative of this process.

More importantly, I would like to provide the Patch readers with a brief power update. The Township Committee is very concerned about all of our areas without power and especially the condition of the Glendola Substation located at the corner of Marconi Road and Brighton Avenue which was flooded out by a 13ft tidal surge.  Last week, JCP&L brought in a mobile unit to switch over the power.  They had hoped to re-energize the system one phase at a time (there are a total of 4 phases) in hopes of restoring power two days ago.  However, we were informed that continued complications have been encountered by JCP&L during their efforts. 

Furthermore, we are proud of the efforts of our municipal employees including the Police and Public Works Departments in an effort to eliminate road hazards throughout the Township.  However, last night’s nor'easter, has caused them to encounter more downed trees and wires, which complicated all of our efforts. 

I understand everyone's concerns and frustrations.  Three of the five Township Committee members are also without JCP&L services at this time.  We understand there must be changes in the Marconi power station – to elevate it or to move it.  

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Keith Brown from the Wall Patch for working with us on an almost hourly basis, beginning last Monday before the storm even started, in an effort to provide public information.  Please see attached storm updates sent from the Wall Police Department.  Since 10/29/12 the Wall Police Department has issued 26 press releases to local news media outlets.  These updates are sent from the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) as a Press Release, and are forwarded to local news organizations as they become available.

Please call 1-888-LIGHTSS to report any power outages or electrical wires that are down.  Also, for the most recent and accurate updates, please register for Global Connect on the Wall Township Police webpage (www.wallpolice.org).  I cannot emphasize enough the need for all residents to go online, through your own system, or if without power, through a neighbor or friend's system, and register your cell phones for Global Connect.  That is the primary way we can get information out to our residents in any type of emergency.

 

JEFFREY FOSTER

Mayor, Wall Township

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Laurie November 08, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Since there have been further complications at the Glendora substation, do we have an estimate for when our power will be restored? We r now into day 11!
Mayor Jeff Foster November 08, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Hi Laurie, To answer your question, according to JCP&L the Glendola substation should be up and running sometime Friday.
dizzybritches November 08, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I live near the Glendola substation. Am I going to have power anytime soon? I need an answer. I have a 72 year old husband who has already had pneumonia twice, as well as two dogs, one with bone cancer. And we are freezing. Does the Friday date apply to us? We live near the corner of Monmouth and Taft, near Marconi Road and the Space Museum and Camp Evans.
dizzybritches November 08, 2012 at 11:50 PM
BTW, the Wall Police have been wonderful, checking in on us when distant relatives called to see if we were OK. I can't say enough good things about them.
Jenn Romelfanger November 09, 2012 at 12:17 AM
The committee is doing a great job and I am happy with the hard work from JCP&L
Rich November 09, 2012 at 12:44 AM
As a Wall Township resident, I would first like to thank the current members of Wall Township’s Committee for the excellent work and dedication that they have put forth during this critical time, and also their continued efforts to make this town what it is today. Unfortunately, the effects of inclement weather, including downed power lines, broken trees, and flooding are uncontrollable forces of nature. Although I have been without power for several days, I can not deny the fact that the Township Committee and the men and women from utility companies from across the nation are working extremely hard to restore power to our area. I commend the linesmen for working around the clock, sleeping in tents, and being away from their families for days, if not weeks. Keep up the good work Wall Township, and thanks for making this a great place to live!
Kevin Giblin November 09, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I for one have not heard any communication from the mayor. We have received updates from the Board of Education on almost a daily basis and from the Wall Twsp Police when certain information regarding public safety was needed.Why is it that the Mayor and his committee couldn't use the same form of communication with the residents of Wall? In my opinion, JCP&L has done a terrible job with communicating with its customers. The Wall Twsp committee needs to come up with a better way of communicating with the residents to let us know they are on the job. It is very possible they may have been doing their job but by not communicating with us, how would we know what's going on? As the mayor, you should be up front and center so that we know where we are at throughout the process. As an example, I have heard the Mayor of Belmar on 101.5, read in the Asbury Park Press what was happening in their community. In a time of crisis people look towards the leadership for guidance. In my opinion, I feel we have been left in the dark(no pun intended) by the leadership of our community. I sent an email over a week ago with no response. I was not surprised at the non response since it wasn't the first time that an email has not been responded to from the committee. Obviously we have never had a storm of this magnitude so let's try and learn from these experiences and move forward.
Dan M. November 09, 2012 at 03:54 AM
I would like to thank Mayor Foster for his ongoing communication with myself & the public. The Mayor lives 1 block away from me & he has also been without power for 11 days. I lookied his cell phone number up on the internet & left him a message about my situation ( 2 young kids, 2 dogs, a traveling husband & medical issues of my own). He called back about 2 hrs later after he "did his homework". He informed me of everything that was happening with the substation, the down trees & wires & in addition he went above and beyond by contacting the chief of police to tell him about my situation. The minute I hung up with him the police called & discussed JCP&L, my family options as well as options to obtain speciality medication that needed to be refrigerated & was lost during the early days of the storm. Since my 1st call w/ the Mayor I have been in contact w/ him daily. He has been in contact w/ the Governor, Wall Police & the workers. In addition he has been helping out neighbors who are alone, cold & without food & water. He is out there advocating & trying to get things done & is passing the information out to the residents to the best of his ability under the circumstances. Again he is on day 11 like many other North Wall residents w/out power. Thank you Mayor Foster for making the long days a little more tolerable by providing us with "real information". We have been lucky in our town that workers from all over have left their own families in the dark to come and help us.
Gary Faraci November 09, 2012 at 10:59 AM
We don't need the mayor talking partisan politics right now. We need our power back on. And we don't need the Township Committee cheerleaders leaving posts saying what a great job they are doing. We don't have power, which shows they are NOT doing a god job. Not being able to tell when we will get power back is NOT doing a good job. Get our power back on before you get back to your partisan political crap and cheer leading
Guntoter66 November 09, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Mr. Faraci. I've lived in Wall for over 40 years and for almost that long, you've been at the forefront, constantly complaining, moaning and wailing about anyone who even looks like a Republican. Stop whining. May I point out Mayor Foster's post was in rebuttal to comments made by a Mr. Brophy , who it appears is a leader in the local Democratic machine. So who's politicking now?
angela tamayo November 09, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I personally have received messages from the wall oem since before the storm. I think they have been great. Have you signed up for global connect? Have you done anything besides send an email that may have not been received due to power outages? The wall patch has been great keeping everyone updated, so lets just work together to get through this terrible situation. The men and women that are working on our power are not in the trucks playing checkers. They are doing all that they can on a terrible situation.
Jason Z. November 09, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Wall Police and OEM have done an outstanding job on keeping the residents updated. Our elected officials, including the Mayor, have been MIA and haven't uttered a word in a public forum, online or otherwise, since the storm. It is only when politically-laced accusations are leveled at the Mayor that he saw fit to respond to defend himself. Shameful job by Wall's elected officials and JCP&L on keeping the residents informed, regardless if the news is good or bad. In light of these failings, nothing will change though much should. A little communication goes a long way. Great job Chief Brice!! A least we have some semblance of leadership in Wall.
Jason Z. November 09, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Here is an example of effective communication and leadership exhibited by a mayor of a small town in Long Island in a portion of an e-mail sent to the town's residents. Communicating is not that hard, but the concept seems to escape our town officials and is magnified during a time of crisis: Dear Neighbors: Since my email this evening, I have been bombarded by emails from angry and frustrated residents. I share your frustration, but I want you to keep these facts in mind: I am not picking and choosing which street or which part of village gets power first. LIPA has a priority system which they are following. The main arteries like 25A, Cold Spring Harbor Road, Cove Road, Moore's Hill Road had to be restored first because the rest of the streets get power from these main lines. Regarding LIPA, I agree with all your comments and more. It is the most inefficient, disorganized and unresponsive organization. This is the result of the fact that it has been a dumping ground of political patronage jobs for decades and we have tolerated it. I can not even begin to explain to you my frustrations and stress that I have been through for the past one week. But not to worry. I along with our trustees will continue to chase LIPA till every house gets power and every street is cleared of debris. We volunteer our time and services because we care about our village and our neighbors; and we do that even when the power is on.
Dave H November 09, 2012 at 04:20 PM
The communication from the Mayor, Committee, and JCPL has been pathetic. Too find out about the sub station from Facebook, and have to hear schetchy info from various media outlets is comical. I am in charge of a major business within a major company in NJ. If any of these "leaders" communicated here like they have since the hurricane, they be fired. and should be now!
JWR711 November 09, 2012 at 05:10 PM
The Mayor's role is to work WITH the Police Department to get information out and inform the residents during a crisis. Just because the Global Connect calls and 26 storm update memos sent to the media are not coming directly from the Twp Committee or Mayor himself, doesn't mean they are not working together with the Police Dept and OEM to get this important information out to us. Do you think they are just sitting on their butts? There is not one group or person to commend or thank.. it is a compilation of everyone in our town working together to get through this. Have any of you who are complaining taken the time to contact Mayor Foster or anyone on the committee and let them know of your concerns like Dan M. did? Are you signed up for Global Connect like Angela said? Complaining on a blog post behind a partially hidden name does not get you anywhere.
Dave H November 09, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Its not our $%^& job as taxpayers to reach out for the Mayor/Committee. Its THEIR job to communicate and be honest. As of yesterday you had JCPL communicate Power would be up for ALL of Wall, yet the map showed roughly 1600 still out by the 12th. The Press and Patch say tomorrow, but map on JCPL site still does not show what has been communicated. Why would the Police dispute what JCPL says...regardless of all of this if someone would say u will be up by a certain date..then we deal with it and make plans.
JWR711 November 09, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I just received a Global Connect call explaining your concerns you just listed. It may be a good idea for you to sign up and your questions will be answered.
Kevin Giblin November 09, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Angela, I have signed up for the global connect. I am not looking for a record message from the OEM that never told of us of the daily progress. I am looking for the mayor and committee to be out front and informing the whole town about what is going on, not just the neighbors of the committee. I read the patch when I got to work and never read any announcements from the mayor, besides, most people didn't have access to the internet because there was no power. I agree, the patch has been great, the mayor and the committee have not. I applaud the workers that are out restoring power.
Margie P. November 09, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Last I remember is that the Mayor and committee colaborate with police and all personnel to keep the town informed and safe. Glad I was smart enough to be signed up to Global Connect on my cell phone and fortunate enough to have Internet on my phone to read Wall Patch. Communication has been great through this rough time. Lucky, all we lost was our power unlike folks who live in Long Island and Belmar. Thank you to all who serve Wall and if I ever have any problems I will contact the town directly through phone and not pathetically rant on a blog.
k November 10, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I know first hand about losing power. I loss it for 10 days so I know how hard it is and understand the frustration for those who still does not have power. I consider myself lucky compared what others are going through...There is many who loss their homes, personal belongings and have no where to go. They are misplaced and scrambling to find a place to live temporary. Some will not get back in to their house for months if at all. People need to sit back and be thankful for what they do have. I am really surprised there was not more deaths do to this storm. I pray for those families who actually did lose a loved one, their homes and belongings such as photos that they can never get back. I don't think some realize the magnitude of this storm. They think it is like nothing, no big deal...I just want my power back...Yes it is frustrating but thank your lucky stars that is all it is. What I have seen is devastating. Cut Officials a break, PSE&G...they are doing the best that they can under the circumstances. They are worried and working night and day. It is not as easy as most are making it out to be. This Storm is biggest storm that the East Coast has ever seen and had to deal with. Unfortunately when that happens we all learn and we need all the help we can get...So go out and help and contribute your time to others who need it more than you do.

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