A Verizon employee inspects a utility pole on Ocean Avenue Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
Sea Bright officials have requested that Verizon and JCP&L inspect all utility poles in town and provide a report on their condition, a move spurred by a chain-reaction of pole collapses during last week’s rainstorm.
Heavy winds knocked down poles on New Street, leading to a power outage and evacuation of all residents of the street.
In addition to heading off a potential problems in the future, the council wants to know if the failures might have been avoided.
Officials in Sea Bright hope to quell a rumor that the borough intends to outsource its public works operations at the beginning of next year.
Yet members of the borough’s council who approved a shared service agreement with Rumson to perform mechanical repairs for its DPW and police vehicles don’t deny its validity.
At Tuesday night’s council meeting, resident Cristine Sinnott confronted the governing body about a confidential email that she received and, she says, has been seen by many others in town saying that Rumson will take over the seaside town’s public works responsibilities on January 1. The source of the email is unclear.
It’s a move that, if it happens, wouldn’t sit well with her. If she’s paying taxes in Sea Bright, she wants to keep the money flowing in Sea Bright, she told the council.
“I have an issue with that,” she said of the possible shared service. “The taxpayers should know.”