Town residents either woke up to, or saw while still awake, something unusual from the Block Island Power Company in the early morning hours of the storm that rolled over the island this past weekend: notices from BIPCo updating residents about what the company was doing to address outages and other collateral damage.
It was like a breath of fresh air had floated in along with the high winds.
A graphic was provided that showed which houses were without power, and messages updated where the crews were tackling what would be considered major issues. There weren’t too many, and BIPCo President Jeffery Wright said that all power had been returned by 1:30 a.m. or so on Monday morning. The BIPCo crews, as they have always done, did a great job under adverse conditions.
On a separate front, the newly installed Board of Utility Commissioners is about to undertake, as a matter of priority, how it will negotiate the purchase of the two-thirds of the company’s stock owned by the town, and, perhaps more delicately, the one-third owned by Sara McGinnes.
We hope that the efficiency and openness that was demonstrated during this most recent storm continues, as much as statutes allow, as this process moves forward.