Some Montclair residents are taking a dim view of the lack of working lights on the newly renovated South Park Street.
The communications director for Montclair, Katya Wowk, says the township sent in the forms required to have the electricity turned on a month ago. “We did what we needed to do, and now we’re trying to find out from PSE&G when the lights will be working. It was supposed to take two weeks, and it has been nearly a month,” says Wowk. “Right now we don’t have a lot of information about when the lights are going to come on from PSE&G.”
Wowk says Kim Craft, the township engineer in charge of project, is planning to talk with the contractor today to get an update. Baristanet left messages with Craft and PSE&G spokespersons, and will update the story when we have more information.
The one bright spot is the big party planned for this Saturday, Sept. 15, to celebrate the makeover is scheduled for 10am to 6pm, before sunset.
Former township councilman Cary Africk responded to the controversy today on the the Montclair Watercooler listserve:
I’ve spoken to my engineering and other contacts within PSEG and am in the process of putting together the entire story.
As one might expect, PSEG has a different perspective.
I assume people do know that originally, the town’s contractor cut through PSEG lines. We blamed PSEG for not “marking” out the service properly. PSEG disputes this, saying to me initially that our contractor didn’t even make the call.
There were many problems with the contractor according to PSEG.
I wonder where our especially hired outside engineering firm was? I think we paid them something like $30K per month. I was at South Park many times. I never saw this FULL TIME person. Workers said they saw him now and then.
Nonetheless, when pressed as to “when the darn electric will be turned on” I was asked by PSEG “Did the town fill out the application to start service,” i.e. did we even ASK them to turn on the electric?