HUBBARD TWP., Ohio (WKBN) — The date of a planned power outage from FirstEnergy in Hubbard has changed.
The new date is Thursday, Sept. 8 from about 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. It was originally set for Wednesday, Sept. 7.
Most of the customers impacted will be on the east end of the township.
This is a Hubbard Township outage, not Hubbard City.
The outage will affect some customers on the following roads:
- Pothour Wheeler Road
- East Liberty Street
- Schotten Road
- John White Road
- Creed Avenue
- Bedford Road and Bedford Road SE
- Hubbard Bedford Road
- County Line Road
- State Line Road and North State Line Road
- North Hubbard Road
- Pound Road
- South Fox North Road
- Price Shaffer Road
- Yobe Court
- Oak Tree Vista
- Triangle Drive
Trustee Rick Hernandez has been outspoken about his frustration with FirstEnergy and what he calls a lack of communication.
He issued the following statement on Tuesday:
I’m very concerned for our elderly in the township due to the power shutdown in the township. (We The Trustees) are very unsatisfied and concerned of the way that First Energy has been negligent in contacting their customers prior to this shutdown. The residents affected should have been notified by registered mail at least two weeks prior to the shutting down of their power to plan for their needs. Especially medical needs! A company as large and as relied on by their customers should be ashamed and held accountable for these missteps. Proper authorities, Fire, EMS and Police have been contacted and have been given the over 350 residents addresses that will be affected in case of emergency needs by the Trustees. It is my hope that in the future First Energy will be more professional and act accordingly in doing their due diligence as a good neighbor in any other communities experiencing this type of power shutdownRick Hernandez, Hubbard Township Board of Trustees
FirstEnergy notified about 380 customers (Ohio Edison accountholders) by phone ahead of the planned outage, according to company spokesperson Lauren Siburkis.
“We realize there is never a convenient time for a power outage; however, the work on Thursday will help prevent and minimize the length of future, unexpected outages in the Hubbard area. This planned outage will allow our utility workers to install fuses along our equipment in the vicinity of Pothour Wheeler Road,” she said.
In the event of inclement weather, Siburkis said the planned outage will be rescheduled for Friday during the same timeframe.
“We appreciate our customers’ patience and understanding while we perform this work to improve their electric service reliability,” she said.