Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: JCP&L

The following is an ‘Ask The Mayor’ question submitted to TLS, and the Mayor’s response. Email your questions for the Mayor to [email protected].


I’ve reached out again to jcp&l and nothing has been done. There are now 3 lights out on the block. On Trudy and on Frances. It’s really dark at night and especially with nights getting earlier it’s dangerous. I’m at a loss of who to contact if jcp&l doesn’t respond to these requests. The amount I pay in taxes is ridiculous that I can’t get some light bulbs changed so I don’t need to be scared with my kids outside at night.

Thank you

Response from Mayor Coles:

Committeeman Lichtenstein and I met with representatives of JCPL last week. The primary purpose of this issue was to address issues like yours as well as the amount of time it takes to get many things done. They agreed with us that their response time needs to be improved. They informed is that they are adding quite a few personnel in the very near future and that they will be paying closer attention to our needs. To be safe, I asked my office to follow up with them again today to see where your repairs stand.




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  1. I think that JCP&L should designate someone to check the lights. If a light is out in an area where you cannot stop, and the residents don’t call it in, does that mean that the rest of the travelers don’t have light?
    Once, my children and I drove down Chestnut, and I got out on the passenger’s side to write down the pole numbers and call them in. It’s really not normal to be expected to do that, but I had driven my son home from the yeshiva on New Hampshire and was astonished at how dark it was. I decided to count, and was more surprised.
    Please help our neighborhoods by calling in your pole numbers! Please help pressure JCP&L to set up a system where THEY are responsible to check, during the evening hours, which lights are on, and to fix them.
    The water company goes around systematically flushing lines, the power company should also go around and check that their lights are ON.

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