Written by Dan Miller
Last week it was a bird, this week it may have been a squirrel.
In any event, Middletown residents early this morning experienced the second power outage within nine days.
Borough Communications Director Chris Courogen said the outage occurred at about 6:40 a.m. today.
He did not immediately provide details concerning where the power loss occurred. However, a person in the borough office earlier today said the outage appeared to be concentrated in the areas of East Emaus, Race and Rupp streets.
Judging by posts to the Press and Journal Facebook page, the outage also impacted portions of East Main and Adelia streets, a portion of the 600 block of Vine Street; and parts of East Water, Spruce, and Maple streets.
The outage lasted close to an hour and a half, as power was restored by 8 a.m., according to the Facebook posts.
Courogen said he couldn't say for certain, but suspected that a wayward squirrel may have been the culprit. Public Works Director Ken Klinepeter could not be reached.
On Tuesday July 15 borough residents and businesses lost electricity for about 90 minutes. That outage was blamed on a bird that got into the electrical equipment and led to a number of fuses being tripped.
While Middletown isn't the only place where the electricity goes out on occasion, Courogen said it does seem to be happening with more regularity of late - and that critters like birds and squirrels are a major reason why.
"I suspect that the (Middletown Borough Council) Public Works Committee will start looking" at what can be done to solve the problem, Courogen said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 13:08
Written by Dan Miller
Middletown residents can meet one of three finalists to be the borough's next chief of police at the borough hall on Tuesday, July 15.
Councilor Scott Sites, chairman of Middletown Borough Council's Public Safety Committee, said one of the three finalists cannot attend the July 21 meeting that the committee had set for residents to meet all three candidates. So the committee set a meeting for Tuesday so residents can meet that candidate. Residents also will be able to meet the other two candidates during the Monday, July 21 meeting.
As for Tuesday night, Sites said that the committee will interview the candidate behind closed doors starting at 5:15 p.m. He expected this interview to last from 30 minutes to an hour.
Immediately after, the committee will present the candidate to the public in council chambers. Sites said residents can "meet and mingle" with the candidate, and will have the chance to ask questions. The committee will take no action Tuesday night regarding any of the candidates.
Mayor James H. Curry III said Middletown residents have never before had the chance to directly question candidates for the top cop job.
The mayor is not a member of the committee, but has been allowed to participate in the interviews of police chief candidates that have taken place so far. The police chief reports to the mayor under the borough's form of government.
Borough councilors Robert Louer and John Brubaker are the other two members of the public safety committee.
The Monday, July 21 session for residents to meet the two other candidates will start at 4 p.m. in council chambers. The process will be the same as Tuesday's process – the committee will first interview the two candidates behind closed doors, then present them to the public.
Last Updated on Monday, 14 July 2014 15:44