Repairs Have Failed in Woods, No Restoration Estimate

Grosse Pointe Woods public safety officers are hand-delivering letters to residents northeast of Mack and Vernier early Sunday alerting them of failed repairs by DTE and no estimation on the return of power.

The 1,197 remain in the dark despite DTE efforts to repair the power grid.

The DTE Outage Map shows there are another 277 new outages northwest of Mack and Oxford along with the 377 in Grosse Pointe Shores--the last of which had been restored as of late Saturday but is now out again.

public safety officers are hand-delivering a letter early Sunday alerting residents of the most recent news from DTE and the city.

According to the letter, DTE workers replaced a burned out cable at the Mack and Anita transformer but power has still not returned and the power grid is continually "tripping and blowing fuses."

The Public Safety Department has increased patrols in the neighborhood without power. The Grosse Pointe Woods Community Center is also available to any residents needing shelter and those requiring special assistance should contact the public safety department for help at 313-343-2400.

When the officer dropped letters to residents on Hollywood Avenue early Sunday, he said there is no current restoration estimate by DTE. Workers from DTE are continuing to try to fix the problem.

The hum of generators fills the air in the neighborhood, which has been . This is the first lengthy outage . That outage spurred residents and Grosse Pointe Woods city council to contact DTE about the problem in that particular neighborhood.

While many residents have generators to at least keep the refridgerator running, many do not.

Among those without power are several businesses who have been closed since Friday night, including , , the Mobil gas station and more.

The outage spans from Vernier Road to Brys Road from Mack Avenue to a few streets beyond Marter Road.

The Mack and Vernier intersection is operating on a generator. It had been initially turned into a roundabout with emergency tape by the Department of Public Safety late Friday but was put on the generator early Saturday.

John F Martin July 08, 2012 at 03:08 PM
This is ridiculous. And as much as the city wants to place blame on DTE (and has for as long I've lived in this little power-troubled enclave), the fingers need to be turned toward city officials now. Get this problem fixed. If not for the residents, then for the businesses who are losing a great deal of money every hour they are without.
Judith Wilcox July 08, 2012 at 03:15 PM
So tired, tired of waiting, tired of waiting for this problem to be resolved!
Anna Kociba July 08, 2012 at 03:23 PM
The first thing our neighbors told us when we moved to Mack / Hollywood 6 years ago was to buy a generator and not to stock the freezer in the summer. My 4 boys love the occasional power outages and consider it a great adventure ! I think some of there best memories of growing up in GPW will be camping in the basement and playing flashlight tag during outages . A shout out to GPW Public Saftey they have been great !
Common Sense July 08, 2012 at 04:26 PM
DTE does not report to any City nor is it regulated by municipalities. DTE, to the extent it is regulated after deregulation laws passed in Lansing, is governed by the State of Michigan through the Michigan Commerce Commission. DTE should be taken to task since it is reponsible. But then look to your state officials.
Pete Waldmeir, GP Woods July 08, 2012 at 08:42 PM
John Martin, you hit the nail square on the head! While we're pointing our fingers at Woods' Mayor Bob Novike, Mayor Pro Tem Vickie Granger and the rest of the Novitke cronies for their lack action despite all these outrageous DTE outages, however, we have to remember to put our thumbs on the "NO" levers in the voting booths on Nov. 6 when this irresponsible gang of tax consumers ask us redidents to vote to RAISE our taxes by 4 mills - that's $400 more every year, forever - to pay for $10 million-for-10 years road construction bond and a $10 million-for-10 years blank check HEADLEE OVERIDE. Remember July 6, folks! Tell Novitke and the Gang of 6 to cut needless and extravagant spending and start giving taxpayers solutions instead of passing the buck to explain away their incompetence.
Pete Waldmeir, GP Woods July 08, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Golly, Ms. Kociba, I just bet all those elderly folks at the two Grosse Pointe Woods' Sunrise senior residences look forward to these frequent power outages so they can camp out in the hallways and play flashlight tag in their wheelchairs in the dining areas. I've lived in the Woods 27 years and I'm on my third generator. Too many times to count I've had to trudge out to my garage in rain, snow, sleet etc. every few hours to gas up my noisy auxiliary power plant while I ran a spiderweb of extension cords to two of my neighbors plus my house to keep an air conditioner running for an asthmatic child or a refrigerator running and a few lights on so an older couple could survive. You and Ms./Mr. "Common Sense" ought to get together and have fun playing hide and seek. If you run out of places for your games in the dark, I'm sure a few hundred residents of the north end of Grosse Pointe Woods will be thrilled to let you use their basements - particularly those whose sump pumps have died - while they sweat and wait for the city administration to light a fire under DTE.
walden schmidt July 08, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Common Sense, you are absolutely correct. Local governments are powerless against the utility companies. While they can voice displeasure with the lack of service, they have no standing to hold the power companies accountable. Only the Michigan Public Service commission has the authority to levy penalties and compel a utility company to make changes. Residents should file complaints against DTE with the MPSC. Below is the link. http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/mpsc/electric/eleccomplaint.html
Pete Waldmeir, GP Woods July 08, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Mr. Schmidt: I spent 4 years on the Woods city council while Novitke and Vickie Granger ducked, dodged and doodled and made excuses for DTE instead of nailing them. Mayor Novitke's long-time lackey, former Council member Al Dickinson, is a retired DTE executive and apologist for DTE. That's one reason why Joe Sucher, Lisa Howle and I decided not to run again for the council. These outages have been going on for 15-20 years. Hey, at some point leaders like our mayor have to lead...not just get happy-feet every time a crisis occurs. Also Mr. Schmidt, do you live in the Woods? Or are you just a citizen of the world? How come your name's not in the Woods' phone book? Mine is. Why not fess up and explain why we should listen to your expertise anyway?
Anna Kociba July 08, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Pete Waldmeir . I do realize how rough this is on the elderly and family's with young children . This is a serious and on going matter ! All I was trying to do was to teach my sons a sence of adventure and the ability to rise to any challenge ! I truely hope that you have cooled off !
Pete Waldmeir, GP Woods July 08, 2012 at 11:10 PM
I'm not hot. I raised four kids. Been there, done that. I grew up in a single parent household - when my mother could afford a household anyway. Played all of kinds of goofy made-up games as a child. Just think it's kind of insensitive to treat as trivia something that's a real tragedy for so many people, that's all. I live on Hollywood, too. Re. the cops, why pay them to go door to door with those apologetic flyers.? The mayor and council should be doing that. Free, to apologize for their lack of oversight.
Chris K July 08, 2012 at 11:37 PM
HUH? If it's DTE that is the responsible public utility (not that's an oxymoron) why are we paying our police department to hand out fliers to residents? Shouldn't DTE be doing that or are we going to be reimbursed by DTE for the man hours used? by our public safety officers Can't have it both ways here. Whose responsible. In any event GPW city leadership needs to stop talking with DTE and start taking action on behalf of the residents who live there!
Kathy Abke July 09, 2012 at 03:44 AM
And this is why I stopped commenting on Patch. Pete Waldmeir, you had no business attacking Ms. Kociba for staying positive. She was not trivializing anything. Take your anger somewhere else please.
Bob Frapples July 09, 2012 at 01:22 PM
...and this is why I KEEP commenting on GP Patch, always waiting to see what I can say on a random subject that might earn me the honor of having Pete Waldmeir jump in, complain that I'm not using my real name, point out why my opinions are wrong, remind me that he has served on city council (i have not so I obviously don't care about changing what is wrong with "the system") then somehow turn it into an anti-Headlee platform. I'm kinda bummed when he doesn't!
Mark July 09, 2012 at 01:50 PM
You forgot he will find a way to mention Mayor-for-Life-Novitke and his cronies as well.
John Hetzler (Editor) July 09, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Please maintain a civil and neighborly tone on the comments. While the comments are a great place to voice your concerns, let's try to address the issues at hand and not take out frustrations on others.
MRSPirateLarz July 09, 2012 at 03:20 PM
While I agree that the City officials need to step up and do more to pressure DTE about fixing the problems on our grid, the truth is the paying customers are truly the only ones that DTE will respond too! The more we claim we want our credits for the power outage ($25 per 16hrs w/o power) and the more we send letters to the appropriate places and people at DTE the more likely it is that they will come out and fix the system. Perhaps Mr. Waldmeir would like to head the charge and setup a public forum with DTE to address the issues? That would be much more constructive than sitting on a computer and venting your frustration out at the general public like a kindergartener. (Sunrise communities had the situation under hand, by the way) Oh, and my children LOVED the urban camping over the weekend, as did my elderly neighbors across the street! In fact, the power outage tends to lead to my small little area banding together to look out for each other and brings a real sense of community and small-town living to the area. I am disgusted with DTE, mildly peeved at the city, but happy to have had a peaceful weekend with my family, friends and neighbors. And yes, I live in GPW, Hampton/Charlevoix... for a wonderful 2 years. But I have been a resident of GPF for the last 29 years. So I am just as entitled to understanding the area and situation.
GPW July 09, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Kudos to the Kocibas for creatively surviving the outage. we will be over next rime LOL!! Mr. Waldmier, sounds like you're angry, but do why take it out on Mrs. Kociba? The change can start with you too. Thanks Walden for the website, we all have to work together from administration to residents and businesses to remedy the issue. Unfortunately, not paying our bills to show DTE how the residents feel is not an option.
GPW July 09, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Mrspiratelarz, Well said!!! What is the process or requesting the money?? I'll also be waiting for he public forum with DTE Mr. Waldmier!!
MRSPirateLarz July 09, 2012 at 03:33 PM
A friend of mine posted this on facebook, I quickly scanned the page but have not attempted this myself yet. Here is the link regarding DTE credits. http://www.dteenergy.com/residentialCustomers/problemsSafety/outageCenter/claims.html
MRSPirateLarz July 09, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Granted, if the power outage was caused by a storm then DTE does not have to give out credits HOWEVER I do belive that Friday evening had very clear skies!
BIll Champion July 09, 2012 at 08:57 PM
The MPSC's Service Quality rules generally require an electric utility like DTE to restore service within 16 hours except in "catastrophic conditions." "Catastrophic conditions" are defined as either: "(i) Severe weather conditions that result in service interruptions for 10% or more of a utility's customers. (ii) Events of sufficient magnitude that result in issuance of an official state of emergency declaration by the local, state, or federal government." Violations are subject to a penalty (in the form of a bill credit) of $25 or the amount of the customer's monthly bill, whichever is greater. The MPSC's website, www.michigan.gov/mpsc has contact numbers and forms to file an informal or formal complaint if DTE does not respond to your satisfaction. It is a good idea to try to reach an amicable resolution with DTE first, but in my experience, the MPSC staff is very helpful if that doesn't work.
Bob Frapples July 09, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I live in the Woods as well and while not effected by the power outage I love the comments about the neighbors coming together to make the best of a bad situation. It's things like this that make me glad to live in this community.
David Kesner July 10, 2012 at 06:12 PM
The more people who complain to the MPSC, the better chance we all have for them to force DTE to permanently fix the problem.
christopher July 10, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Im sure Mr. waldmeir will blame the city council for global warming, world hunger and the war in Afghanistan next. The negativity is getting old and people see right through it.
Todd July 11, 2012 at 03:12 PM
We have had a number of "good weather" failures in our Farms neighborhood over the last two years. Earlier this year (just after the blue sparks stopped raining down on our garage) I overheard the DTE lineman saying that the infrastructure in the GPs was wildly outdated. One of the reasons was that many residents refuse to let DTE widen the right-of-way for the power lines. I don't know if its true or not, but it sure is an interesting thought. Has that ever been discussed at council meetings?
Bob Carr July 14, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I guess that means that we in the Park shouldn't be looking forward to those new DTE street lights working anytime soon, huh? Guess the longer they "work" on the lights, the longer DTE can leave out the signs boasting of what a great job they are doing for us by replacing the lights!
Ken Daher July 15, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Vickie wants a colonial look for our city so it will match DTE"s colonial power grid. The Councill must go. Ken Daher


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