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Posted on: November 3, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Key Takeaways from Council President Vartan

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There were several reports provided and actions taken at the Wednesday, November 1, meeting of the Common Council.

Mayor Radest shared information on fencing that has been installed around the front of the high school in anticipation of construction that will begin shortly. The construction was part of the recent school bond issuance and will expand opportunities for learning, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. The schools will launch a construction website that will be updated with useful information. An email address, construction@summit.k12.nj.us, has been provided for citizens with questions or concerns. Mayor Radest also asked for a moment of silence to remember the victims of the mass shooting in Lewiston, ME. Finally, as the highly contentious and often divisive local campaign comes to a close, Mayor Radest urged us all to remember that we are neighbors and to treat one another with respect.

Administrator Rogers reported that the deadline for renewal of parking and Transfer Station permits has been extended until November 30. If you have not renewed your permit, please go to cityofsummit.org/parkingpermits and do so. Administrator Rogers also reported on free vaccine clinics for those without health insurance or those who are underinsured (westfieldnj.gov/health) and finally that curbside leaf collection has begun and will continue until Friday, December 1, or the first major snowfall. 

During his report, Council President Greg Vartan acknowledged the passing of Reverend Kay Locke, the Chaplain of the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad and mother of Fire Battalion Chief Rick Locke. He also reminded the community that the purpose of council meetings is to conduct city business and discouraged partisan political behavior during them.

The council considered and adopted several resolutions. These included housekeeping resolutions to authorize transfer of appropriations within the operating budget, approving the contract extension for on-call electrician services, and renewing the contract for another year with the municipal auditor. Another finance resolution was adopted to certify the 2024 NJ Dept. of Community Services Best Practice Inventory Program. Summit's excellent finance department far exceeded the minimum requirements to maintain state aid funding. A resolution for bond counsel services was tabled and will be discussed again at the next Common Council meeting on November 13.

Other resolutions included awarding a bid for animal control services, confirming the Mayor's appointment of Amitha Kumar to the Board of Health, declaring vacancies in the Parking Services Agency and the Public Works Roads Unit. Find employment opportunities with the City of Summit here cityofsummit.org/jobs.

To watch the full meeting, please visit the City of Summit YouTube channel.

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