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Friday, June 14, 2024

Tree Trimming Eases Knowlton’s Power Problems

Trees are the primary culprit in the power problems that have plagued the Lime Kiln Road area, according to Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), and the utility has been at work trying to rectify the situation, a spokesperson told residents at an October Township Committee meeting in Knowlton.

“Forestry seems to be the problem with a lot of the outages here,” said Amy Overman, a
representative of JCP&L.The electric utility is continuing an emergency tree trimming effort, Overman said.

In addition, JCP&L is in the process of adding infrastructure improvements such as sensors on utility poles that can alert the power company to outages in a specific area, often narrowed down to the individual pole.

Knowlton Mayor Adele Starrs said that since the tree trimming has started, there have been no reported power outages. She added that JCP&L has committed to removing about a dozen ash trees from Hemlock Road. Many ash trees have been stricken with deadly diseases, and the dying trees often damage power lines.

Residents of Lime Kiln Road, a two-mile road linking Delaware Road and Knowlton Road, have experienced at least 16 power outages in 2022, ranging from a few hours to a few days.

JCP&L has acknowledged there is a problem and sent a letter to township officials listing 16 power outages at the time of the correspondence in September. An outage on Sept. 22 gave the road a double dose of darkness when power went out, was restored, then went out again. Residents noted that there was not wind or rain that day, which
has been the case with most of the blackouts this year.

A lengthy outage in July was attributed to a heavy thunderstorm that rocked the area and knocked out power to Lime Kiln Road and many other areas of Knowlton Township. Most of the other outages, however, have occurred with no inclement weather.

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.