Mayor Makes Motion To Sue JCP&L Over Broken Street Lights

At the Township’s Reorganization meeting today, the Mayor made a motion to sue JCP&L for their failure to repair the close to 500 burnt out street lights in Lakewood. The Township submitted the list of lights which required fixing, but the Mayor says the electric company has still not repaired the burnt out lights, which pose a danger to pedestrians.

The Township has held back payment from JCP&L until they complied.

The motion was seconded by Committeeman Steven Langert. TLS-CCP.

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  1. I have been complaining since 2004 to the Township, JCP&L, and the BPU. I filed complaints. Lakewood sat back all these years.

    Lakewood may deduct all of the monthly charges, they should have done that since 2004.

    Lakewood must also object in writing to the BPU for any raises by any of the utilities.

  2. Ok JCPL is guilty, but what about all the other problems going on in this town that are OUR problem , can we sue lakewood township? like the lack of lightpoles on MANY streets? Or the lack of stop lights at major intersections. its so easy to look tough when its JCP’s problem , but Im sure we have lots more to worry about

  3. Cool it.

    Lets not mix business with pleasure.

    Im sure you would love to have lights glaring everywhere- as if Lakewood in London, Paris or NYC.

    But face it. Lakewood is a realtivly small out of town community, nowehere ready for where your imagination takes you.

    Before replying- take a night drive through Brick, or Jackson, or any number of surrounding sililiar size communities and see just how on level we are in comparison.

    Besides- until you are ready to personally sign for the extra resources your ideas behold, lay off.

    Great job mayor- great to have you back.

  4. We can sue all we want, and even win, what will that get us. JCP&L will go to the BPU and ask for a rate increase to pay for all the law suits. Lose Lose situation. But I think it is worth it, it keeps JCP&L on their toes. Keep up the good work Mr. Mayor.

    Hey #5 Let the other towns fight for their lights.

  5. The money saved by not paying the town light bill could be used to get the public school teachers a raise. Think about those people working without a raise for two years having to pay bills

  6. Some of the comentators want to fix every issue with the snap of their fingers while lounging in front of their computers reading this blog. Its easy to rattle off all the things that “should” be in the perfect world. Yet, there is someone who is willing to roll up his sleeves, attend countless meetings and lobby for our causes – THE MAYOR!!
    Keep up the great work Mayor Miller. Don’t back down on this issue until it is fully resolved.

  7. This is one strange story. One time there was a streetlight on my block that was out for months then and I called Jcp&l and they fixed it within 2 days

  8. I think you’re mixing up the township committee with the school board. They are both elected boards but the school board is what votes on teachers wages and salaries, not the township committee.

  9. What sheychus does schools, wages etc have to do with street lights?
    Menashe & Meir are going to war with JCP&L over streetlight outages. This in iteself is a major accomplishement.

  10. #15 THE TEACHERS are not the problem !!!!
    with a 37% graduation rate , I blame those who are making the decissions that utimately effect the teachers and students …………

  11. I am so proud of this Mayor. He is gentle enough to be a caring Chaplain for our troops yet strong enough to wage war on a utility giant.
    Keep up the good work Mr. Miller!

  12. I dont understand why people are writing that they had light fixed right after they called. If a basketball player scores 50% of the shots that he shoots, does that make him a good player? Do you say, Hes a great player because he hit some shots? YOU NEED TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE MISSES. So to, they may have fixed some lights but not nearly enough.

  13. Are they fixing the lights or not fixing them? if they are working on the problems, what time frame did they give to make all repairs? 500 lights could take some time to repair? A google search states they have a CEO that is a Lawyer. could be an interesting legal battle.

  14. If the mayor wants to sue JCP&L go for it. Then JCP&L should be able to turn off the electrical grid off to the whole town until the law suit is settled.

  15. Just wait until they shut the street lights on Clifton and route 9 just to show us who`s in charge.. Nice work Mayor but i don’t think we have enough ammo for a law suit against Jcpl, we are a town not a city and that makes all the difference

  16. It is good to see that our Municipal Government is confronting the Utility Companies. It is my hope that Lakewood gains support from Brick, Toms River, and Jackson in this effort. The OC Board of Chosen Freeholders also need to join the Legal Action.

    The State BPU needs to begin the process of limiting profit margins of regulated utilities. We need to gain their attention through the pocket books of the Utilities.

    It is also time to assess liability for the inaction and lack of maintenance by JCP&L.

  17. You got on the topic of schools, Lakewood was rated the Lowest test scores in NJ. Hooray for 15,000.00 per student.

    Don’t worry the teachers will defend themselves and say the books are old and outdated.

    FYI Cheder/ Bais Faiga books are at least 10 yrs old and work fine.

  18. I am sorry to inform you but LPS books are much more then 10 years old I am 33 and they have the same books in the public schools that I had when I went to them in Lakewood and then they were already 10 years old so that makes them at the very least 25 years old and the problem with the success rate of Lakewood school is not solely the teacher fault but the rest of the Lakewood school system that doesn’t like to help children in need. Also the parents have a lot to do with it also, some who can’t read or understand English or the parents who just don’t care anymore. And my last point is the mayor is doing what he believes (and is told by legal counsel) is right.

  19. #26
    Thank you ! and you and I know that the problem with the lakewood schools is so much more than the teachers, Lakewood schools have the lowest graduation rate in the whole state and you cannot blame that on the teachers They have their hands tied with those who are calling the shots ,what has taken place with public schools here in lakewood vcannot be fixed by those who now control things ,they have proven that with the results that were posted in the news we need state intervention

  20. #26
    What’s wrong with books that are 25 years old? if it worked for you (i guess, I see you can read and write) shouldn’t it work for the next generation too?

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