Repeated and Unexplained PECO Lights Out in Ardmore Leaves Residents PISSED OFF

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Ardmore residents left in the dark - again
By Cheryl Allison
Main Line Times
Published: Friday, September 27, 2013

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Power outages have been a recurring problem in the area around Cricket Avenue and in other parts of the Ardmore business district. Residents have been left in the dark, and stores and restaurants have lost business hours and days.

An outage on Sunday, Sept. 22, with recurrences as late as Thursday afternoon, is generating more heat than usual, however.

After repeated requests for information, a spokesman for PECO Energy, Greg Smore, provided information about both incidents, but said he could not comment on concerns voiced by some neighbors and business owners about specific properties, calling it a “customer privacy matter.”

Earlier, Chief Tom Hayden of the Merion Fire Company of Ardmore had reported that the company was dispatched to the area of Cricket Avenue and Cricket Terrance at 8:50 a.m. Sept. 22 for a report of an underground explosion....Hayden said buildings in the block had to be evacuated due to high levels of carbon monoxide. He said the Bryn Mawr Fire Company was also called to assist with ventilation, and there were no injuries.....they felt “a rumbling,” and opened the door to smell smoke. They called 911.

In addition to the apartments, the outage affected several businesses on Cricket Avenue, including Gillane’s Bar and Grille, Merrick Apothecary and Viking Pastries....During the outage through most of the day Sunday.....power was on at nearby McCloskey’s Tavern on Cricket Avenue and it was open for business. When neighbors asked the PECO crew on site later in the afternoon why repairs had not started, she said they were told the utility was waiting to begin work until McCloskey’s closed for the evening, out of a concern that the business would sue over the loss of business.... another outage affecting the area early Thursday morning....The problems associated with an aging infrastructure are not unique to Cricket Avenue or Ardmore.....“They wait for a transformer to explode, Band-Aid everything, and it weakens the whole system,” Barson said.

The recent outages have inconvenienced residents and businesses, Simons said, but she added that she is concerned about the frequency of losses of power in the Cricket Avenue vicinity in particular, given plans for a major new development on Lower Merion Township’s Cricket Avenue parking lot.

Yes, once again the lights are going out in Ardmore. The latest round started in Ardmore on Sunday morning. It went on all day and all night...PECO was on the streets of Ardmore a lot of Sunday but didn't really start repairs until 9:30 PM Sunday evening...after McCloskey's had closed. To the best of my knowledge this is not McCloskey's doing, but a judgment call of a PECO guy onsite who told residents and other affected businesses that they were waiting for McCloskey's to be done for the day so they weren't sued turning off the power.

Now of course PECO is acting like that didn't happen and in my humble opinion, newer on the job or not, PECO's talking head PR guy on this issue kind of avoided, dodged, mucked up and ducked.

Read Cheryl Allison's article. An educated guess? PECO knows they have screwed up and are circling the wagons. This reporter seems understandably irritated with PECO's lack of response, then conflicting
non-sensical non-answers. Much like the residents and business owners feel, I might add.

It doesn't seem that McCloskey's asked for special treatment, it seems as per residents that a job site foreman from PECO made a judgment call. And then PECO basically infers residents are Fibber McGees and won't give reporters answers citing "privacy" concerns? A simple yes or no would suffice. Did PECO make a poor judgment call YES or NO? Can PECO upgrade their failing infrastructure now given the history of outages? YES or NO?

Residents are furious and super bothered. It is not like soon to be retired Doug Cleland has ever acted managerial and gotten answers for residents. It is not like the ward commissioners Jane Dellheim and Steve "We the People" Lindner have ever stood up for residents and small businesses and fixed ANY of the issues that plagues them.

A related aside? Rumor has it Jane Dellheim is getting herself a retirement project and opening a business in BRYN MAWR? What happened to her undying devotion to Ardmore? As in she saw the future and first it was eminent domain for private gain and Plan A & B and then it was Dranoff? is it because she knows small businesses don't have enough parking now and definitely won't when the Dranoff project begins on the Cricket Lot?

Speaking of Dranoff, if his building is going to be what now? Empire State Building high? Well that new building will suck a lot of infrastructure stuff like power and water, right? And what of the other approved plans set to pop all around the Dranoff project, over near Suburban Square and into Wynnewood? It's not rocket science is it? If the transformers and cables and what not are going kerpluey underground and outages are not frequent but chronic and all to date that Excelon (parent company of PECO) and PECO have been willing to do to date is apply little bittle band-aids, what do you all think will happen when all these new projects are built?????

Ahhh yes, Bangladesh.

I will leave all of you with a hypothesis going around: Doung Cleland is retiring, right? Is it partially because he would not survive another contract battle, made unexpected non-friends in commissioners you would have thought would have supported him, or because he has led the S.S. Lower Merion a la The Titanic and wants to "git" while the "gitting" is good? Or all of the above? So now Lower Merion has to coax Liz Rogan into retirement, right? She is a pleasant person some of the time, but as a former township staff person would she have lasted in the township building or was becoming a commissioner her "out" so she did not have to find out? Backwards Blockbuster gal that she is, right?

Lower Merion is like a third world country with a First Class Township designation and the AAA bond rating...but hey, they get what they pay for in the Magic Kingdom, right? I guess they just can't keep the power on, right? Good thing Daylin Leach's office and Tim Briggs' office are aware of this, right?

This is just tsk, tsk Friday in Ardmore I am afraid...

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I'm sure Doug was not pleased with this. Seems he has reported on outages like this in Ardmore many times over the years.

Who knows how big Dranoff's building will be? He needs to make his money off our tax dollars with the gift the commssioners gave him with their crony capitalism/welfare for the rich.

Isn't Dellheim a teacher? If so, must be nice to retire early and open up a business, but then teachers are paid private sector wages these days with better benefits and very cushy guaranteed pensions.

At this point I could care less about Cleland. Just glad the bozo is out the door. He represents everything that is wrong with LMT.

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Yep, I even included a map in my past posts.

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Doug told me about the 3 am one yesterday. As for Jane I do not think she was ever a teacher, maybe a realtor

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So I am on the phone with Si and the generator and PECO equipment was moved for what residents feel is Ardmore Initiative's Oktoberfest in September and now the power is going up and down again. That transformer that was temporary was also moved like nothing happened. Hope Ardmore Initiative is feeding the neighborhood beers tomorrow

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