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Fair Lawn Plagued By Smoking Live Wires

Live wires down around town continue to smoke and alarm residents, police said.

The nearly three-dozen power lines down around Fair Lawn are not only preventing borough workers from clearing tree-blocked roadways, they've also exposed live wires that continue to smoke and alarm residents, police said.

Lt. Derek Bastinck said police don't have the manpower to stand guard at every live wire in town, but they have cordoned them off to ensure the public's safety.

However, as the wires continue to glow and smoke like a slow fuse, Bastinck said police have received an abundance of calls from concerned residents who report them as small electrical fires.

Bastinck said Tuesday that smoking wires on 26th Street, Morlot Avenue and Van Saun Place, and Plaza Road and Ramsey Terrace were "going pretty good" and have generated the most phone calls.

While the sight of smoking wires often frightens residents, Bastinck said police and fire are aware of the areas where downed wires are live and are on top of the situation -- even if they've been instructed by PSEG not to touch anything until the utility can arrive and cut the power.

Deputy OEM Coordinator Wendy Demeraski instructed residents to remain vigilant and assume all wires are live.

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Burt Muelenberg November 01, 2012 at 10:33 AM
Remain vigilante , means we r screwed!
Ezra P. November 01, 2012 at 01:34 PM
So - what is the time frame for PSEG to come in? When "snow" emergency route (Plaza Road) cannot get cleared in three days - makes you wonder what PSEG's priority in this boro is...
Jerry Gips November 01, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Appears that Fair Lawn, especially the Radburn area, is very low priority. Haven't seen a single PSE&G crew at work while it appears they have concentrated their efforts on the more upscale communities of Glen Rock and Ridgewood.
Jerry Gips November 01, 2012 at 01:59 PM
The larger question is why we lose our power at least once, if not twice every year.
Russell Hauptman November 01, 2012 at 02:04 PM
I'm going to go on record and repeat that the tree that is blocking Plaza Road by Berdan is completely unacceptable. That should have been a number 1 priority as it is a major thoroughfare and is causing extra traffic on Rt208 and through the side streets up by Sanford for people to pass to the center of town. Major arteries should have been cleared already. I think there's even still a tree blocking the left lane of Midland by Dorchester heading into Fair Lawn. Where are these 3,000 or whatever extra workers?
Lucy Riccardo November 01, 2012 at 02:38 PM
You're all a bunch of spoiled whiners. When you get your power back and can see what OTHERS are going through, and have LOST forever, you SHOULD count your blessings.
Russell Hauptman November 01, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I'm sure we all feel very badly for the people in those areas. I personally cried a little when I saw the before and after Ariel view of Seaside Heights that has been floating around the internet. I spent 6 years on the Fair Lawn Rescue Squad. I helped cut trees and pump basements during Floyd, and shoveled storm drains on Rt 208 during a blizzard among whatever else for those years. Fact is though that we are a community and we have problems here as well. The guy with a toothache in Fair Lawn deserves as much treatment as the person who lost their leg in Seaside. That's WHY they brought in the extra workers. Should MORE workers be allocated to the shore. Absolutely, no question. But that doesn't mean workers shouldn't also be allocated to the north where damage is less, but still present.
Leonid Krimer November 01, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Absolutely agree. I have not seen any activity in Fair Lawn on any kind of restoration of power. Neither fallen trees removal nor PSEG trucks... I am going to call town hall. Lenny K.
Ezra P. November 01, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Even a statement for town hall saying that they have been in contact with PSEG and here is what we know - would go a long way. Last year with Irene - there was a big todo that towns did not know any more than the consumers and that the power companies were supposed to create a channel for the mayors to find out what was really happening. Does such a channel exist? Two-to-three days out - what is emergency management doing? What are the issues? Power lines are down - and FL DOT cannot handle - what external resources are being brought in? From what I can see - the school closures is do to power outages and live wires - do we really have an expectation that any will be resolved by this weekend?
Jenne November 01, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Just on a positive note-- as of last night the traffic light at Wagaraw and Maple was still out but I was impressed by the way drivers were politely handling the traffic. Usually that's a very scary intersection but people were considerate of others there.
BADgirl November 01, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Everyone is a top priority for PSEG! In some cases there are larger issues involved for them than simply putting the wires back up. Each of their employees are working 16 hours a day 7 days a week to try and help all of the more than 800,000 people which remain out of power. Their job is very dangerous and rather than complain we should all be thankful that we still have houses standing waiting for power! There are thousands of others who have lost everything.
David Fidler November 01, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Did you see the item in the Record on Fair Lawn? seems Sgt. Schultz believes that the majority of Fair Lawn residents have power back, certainly not true of the parts of Fair Lawn that I've seen or where I live.
Tax Payer November 01, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Well , it is probably due to very high taxes paid in Fair Lawn. They are busy counting the money
95Crash November 01, 2012 at 07:01 PM
In the recent Record articles on the storm damage, most towns in the county report actual number estimates (5,000 or 10,000 or 15,000) or percentages (10%, 25%, 50%, etc.) of people withouth power. But Fair Lawn's officials, for some reason, have chosen to tell The Record that the town came out relatively unscathed or that the majority of people have had their power restored. Why do they insist on downplaying the power outtages in town? Keep in mind, technically, 51% constitutes a majority. For all we know, 49% of the people still have not had their power restored!
* November 01, 2012 at 09:56 PM
@David Fidlir, don't you remember Hogan's Heroes?
Deleted because of harassment November 04, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I read that same article, saw who was quoted, and immediately thought that is the last person with any direct knowledge of anything - if they'd asked a patrol officer, they would have heard the truth.
Zak Koeske November 04, 2012 at 12:54 AM
I have spoken to Schultz personally, and he said he was misquoted/never said that. Town backs him. The officials really have not known specifics on outages in town until the PSEG work schedule was released today. On Friday, the borough manager demanded PSEG give them something to tell residents, even if it was an extended period of time, because they hadn't been given anything other than the general message PSEG had on its website and was telling residents who called
Deleted because of harassment November 04, 2012 at 01:08 AM
I am not arguing that he was misquoted, but anyone that has driven down Fair Lawn Avenue after dusk can see the evidence that power is NOT back. We have a house guest that we took in after his apartment sat in the dark in Jersey City since Monday who has been trying to figure out when he can go home based upon PSEG's website, and he's still trying to figure out. They have shown their usual lack of communication skills in spades this week. I'm one of the lucky ones with power, but the estimates of a ten day window was both cruel and not excusable by anything but a lack of competence. They face all sort of damages they can't see until they start work, but for them to throw out random numbers? Again - that's cruel to people who at the least deserve some reasonable expectations for when they can take a warm shower or blow out the candles and turn on a light.
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