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Durham residents frustrated as Met-Ed outages persist


Durham Township supervisors continue to field more and more complaints from residents about frequent power outages — some as long as 15 hours. The entire township is served by Met-Ed, a FirstEnergy Company.

At the April meeting, during a discussion of the problem, Danielle Cox, township administrator, said she had just received four more calls from residents asking for help with the problem.

The township building has also been affected by a lengthy loss of power. Cox has been working for months with Met-Ed as well as the staff at the office of state Sen. Jarrett Coleman, R-16, but, she said, that has offered “not a lot of progress.”

In addition, two residents of Stouts Valley Road asked the supervisors to look into open burning in the area. They cited family members with breathing problems and also said the smoke from the fires is heavy and makes it impossible to open their windows.

Lois Oleksa, of the township’s environmental advisory council, reported on a tree-measuring project she and Sarah Snider have undertaken. She said they believe the township’s oldest tree is 362 years old. It stands on Durham Road directly across the street from the Robert Crouse farm.

Supervisor Chairman Bartley Millett announced Durham Day for 2024 will take place on Oct. 12, the second Saturday of the month. Traditionally it had been held on the first Saturday but Palisades Regional Fire and Rescue has taken that date for a community event it stages annually. Millett said Durham Day will now permanently fall on the second Saturday to avoid any conflict.

The township office will be closed April 23, Primary Election Day.

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