Emergency Generator Badly Needed For Power Outages, Township Officials Say

Portable generator could be used in several areas of town


Township officials are looking into purchasing a portable emergency generator that could be used in several areas in case of power outages.

"We really need to move forward on this," Township Council President James J. Byrnes said at the Sept. 25 council meeting.

The township currently has no shelters that can be used during prolonged power outages or natural disasters.

When Hurricane Irene hit in August 2011, Berkeley waterfront residents under mandatory evacuation orders had no place to go in town and were advised to head for shelters in Toms River. A temporary shelter was later set up at St. Maximilian Kolbe R.C. Church, but there were no beds or kitchen facilities.

Byrnes has met with Central Regional Superintendent Triantafillos Parlapanides and Berkeley schools Superintendent James D. Roselli to discuss using the generator at the high school and Berkeley Township Elementary School.

Other areas the generator could be used include the Berkeley Township Recreation Center on Route 9 and one of the clubhouses in Holiday City, he said.

Byrnes said Congressman Jon Runyan had suggested the township look into obtaining a surplus generator from the federal government.

Robert Murdock September 27, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Berkeley Township Officials: Look at the AT&T Building (that you own) and evaluate scrapping or selling the existing 750 KW Gas Turbine generator which just sits and rots. You could use the funds to purchase a smaller, efficient unit that runs on natural gas.
Keeping whats mine October 01, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Jcp&l sucks. I bought my own generator
foggyworld October 02, 2012 at 09:11 PM
You are right on the money. We as taxpayers should not be spending money that should be spent by that monopoly of a power company. Service in southern NJ does feel like this is the third world. Try living up north where the power never goes off. What's wrong with this picture? Maybe the pols should go to see the Utility Commission. They get paid big bucks to solve these problems and yet we never hear about them trying to help us.
foggyworld October 02, 2012 at 09:13 PM
The problem is that many people in Berkeley Township cannot afford to purchase their own generators - and they shouldn't go without what is supposed to be a 24/7 monopoly controlled service.
Xavier Brown November 01, 2012 at 05:15 PM
We have new generators in stock for immediate delivery based out of Miami. ranging from 8KW to 300KW. Call Xavier at 305 503 5979. In most cases we can arrange for next day or 2 day delivery depending on the size of generator and availability of trucks.


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