At the Common Council meeting on February 21, there will be a presentation from the chairperson of the Environmental Commission, a hearing to vote on an ordinance prohibiting cars from being parked on front and side lawns, introduction of an ordinance to relieve residents from needing a variance from the Zoning Board to install air conditioning condensers if certain conditions are met, a resolution to approve installation of artificial turf at Upper Tatlock field, and an announcement of the first council listening session on March 27 at 7PM at Wallace Chapel. Full agenda
Environmental Commission Presentation
This year, council is beginning a new initiative for members of city committees, commissions, and boards to make presentations to council during its scheduled meetings. The purpose is for council members to learn about the good work these volunteers are doing, as well as to develop an understanding of current projects and priorities, issues of current concern, and long/short-term goals for these groups. Presentations to council will also provide the public with an opportunity learn about the important work undertaken by city volunteers, and offer information on ways for citizens to get more involved in ongoing projects.
Restriction on Cars on Front and Side Yards
A hearing will be held on an ordinance prohibiting motor vehicles from being placed on front or on side yards in Summit (unless permission has been granted by the Zoning or Planning boards, there is an emergency, or the area in question is a driveway). After the hearing, which will include an opportunity for public comments, council will vote on the measure.
Relieve Variance Requirement for Installation of Air Conditioning Condensers
Based on a request made by the Zoning Board with a recommendation from the Planning Board, an ordinance will be introduced for consideration by council to set forth conditions to allow residents to install air conditioning condensers without a Zoning Board variance. For example, a variance would not be necessary if the unit is located five feet away from the side yard property line (in most zones), is screened from view, and located no more than five feet from the residence. Public comments will be heard at the next council meeting on March 6. After consideration of public comments, council will vote on whether or not approve this ordinance.
Upper Tatlock Field Turf Replacement
Council will vote on a resolution to approve a contract to replace 11-year-old artificial turf at Upper Tatlock field. The new turf will have sewn, marked lines for football, lacrosse, and soccer, and reduce maintenance work by our Department of Community Services Parks Division. Funding for this project was approved in the 2016 Capital Budget and included in the Field Restoration Fund. Council will now consider whether or not to move ahead with this project.
Council on the Road
As announced in January, Common Council is planning a series of community outreach meetings in locations throughout Summit. It is an opportunity for the public to attend listening sessions with council to discuss ideas, share concerns and provide feedback to members of the governing body in an informal setting. The first session will be held at Wallace Chapel on March 27 at 7PM. Three additional sessions will be held this year; locations to be announced.
Next Council Meeting: Tuesday, March 6 at 7:30PM.