Following a lawsuit and subsequent pressure from Lakewood officials – particularly from Mayor Miller and Committeeman Lichtenstein – Jersey Central Power & Light is taking light outages very seriously.
Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed more of the JCP&L trucks around town, and that’s because they’re in the process of changing hundreds of bulbs, and adding many new structures in the darker areas in Lakewood.
The Township in the recent months has submitted requests for the placement of hundreds of lights in an effort to increase pedestrian safety.
“Lakewood has a very large pedestrian population,” says Committeeman Meir Lichtenstein. “There are people walking all the time. including before dawn and even more so after dusk.”
Committeeman Lichtenstein, a veteran Hatzolah member, has seen first hand the outcome of dark roads. Over the past several months, there have been multiple pedestrians struck by vehicles on roads which had inadequate lighting.
“We will continue to press for more adequate street lighting to ensure our residents’ safety,” says Lichtenstein.
The efforts to get JCP&L to place more focus on Lakewood included withheld payment – initiated by Committeeman Lichtenstein – as well a lawsuit, initiated by Mayor Miller. The efforts resulted in an open line of communication between Township officials and JCP&L.
The locations currently being improved are based mostly on information gathered from residents who submitted the information to the Township. Once a the information is submitted, the Township forwards it to the electric company, which then sends out foremen to confirm the issue prior to putting in a work order. The process can take up to several months.
Committeeman Lichtenstein however intends to ensure the project continues, and the needs of the fast-growing community are further met.
“This will be an ongoing top priority for us,” says Lichtenstein. [TLS]