The next Common Council next meeting will be held on Monday, September 17. There are two public presentations scheduled. The first presentation is an update on improvements to Wallace Road and the second is an update on traffic signals. There is one ordinance for hearing, authorizing the sale of property adjacent to the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad building on 1000 Summit Ave. There are resolutions on the following: (a) appointment of residents to the Transfer Station Task Force; (b) a series of grant applications related to improvements at the Village Green and the downtown, as well as on New Providence Avenue and Butler Parkway; and (c) a change order regarding Community Center costs that will be covered with grant monies. Mayor Nora Radest will issue a proclamation to the Daughters of the American Revolution marking Constitution Week.
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There will be two presentations by members of the engineering division. The first presentation by City Engineer Aaron Schrager and Assistant Engineer Rick Matias will provide an overview of upcoming improvements to drainage design on Wallace Road. Residents have come to two recent council meetings about flooding issues that have existed on Wallace Road for over 30 years. The second presentation by Aaron Schrager will provide an update on the recently completed traffic signal network inventory and plans for ongoing maintenance of the signal network.
Ordinance for Hearing and Introduction
In May, ordinance #18-3164 authorized the private sale of a portion of property at 1000 Summit Ave. adjacent to the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad building. As required by state statute, the ordinance must include the minimum price of the property of $40K, which was determined by appraisal. The proposed amended ordinance will include the minimum price of the property.
An ordinance for introduction identifies all of the loading zones in the downtown and will authorize signage and stripping for these loading zones. This ordinance is based on months of work between the Police Department and Summit Downtown, Inc.
Resolutions for Consideration
Transfer Station Task Force Appointments. Earlier this summer, council approved the creation of a Transfer Station Task Force, which would include the appointment of five at-large citizens. In order to obtain state funds for remedial investigation of the property, the city needs to develop a “end use” plan for the site. Council wanted to have citizen input on “end uses” of the property, while recognizing that Transfer Station operations would continue in the future. A number of residents have volunteered, and council will select from among those citizens who have submitted an application.
Change Order for Community Center. Council will vote on approving a change order for approximately $134,000 for the Community Center due to, in part, repairs of previously unknown conditions and replacement of unsuitable soil in front of the building. The Community Center is expected to be mostly complete by January 31, 2019. The resulting change order costs will be covered by new grant monies.
Grant Applications. The city is submitting a series of grant applications:
- A grant application to NJDOT for $375,000 would be used for continued improvements to the Village Green, such as the installation of a bicycle parking/storage, wayfinding signs, ADA upgrades, lighting and beautification.
- A grant application to NJDOT to fund repaving, curbing and improvements to the sewer and storm water systems on New Providence Avenue.
- A grant application to NJDOT to fund repaving, curb repairs, and improvements to the sewer and storm water systems on Butler Parkway. In addition, funding may be used to reduce the pavement width along the entire length of Butler Parkway for additional traffic calming measures and safety improvements.
- A grant application to NJDOT to fund pedestrian access to and from city parking garages to the train station, including, curb realignment, sidewalk replacement, the addition of planters, signage, LED lighting, warning systems and high visibility crosswalks.
Next Council Meeting: Tuesday, October 2 at 7:30PM[NBD1] . The next Council on the Road event will be held on September 26 at 7PM in the library at Summit High School.