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Posted on: July 7, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Summary of 7/5 Common Council Meeting

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While members of Common Council always appreciate when citizens are able to attend our meetings, we understand that often our constituents are unable to do so. Following is my summary with some highlights from the meeting on Tuesday night. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like additional information:

In her report, Mayor Radest highlighted the PAL Pet Show and the great Fourth of July celebration, despite the soggy weather that forced cancellation of the fireworks. She also praised a Hilltopper, Ryan Sebastian, who competed at the Olympic trials as a swimmer.Finally, Mayor Radest gave an update to the Master Plan process, announcing the next public meeting to take place September 13th at the Connection.

City Administrator Rogers announced the full slate of summer activities on the Green (see DCP site for schedule), thanked merchants who contributed to the July Fourth celebration, and gave an update on construction activity in Summit – permits up 13% yoy, construction value +39% yoy.

Finally, Council President McTernan gave the Summit Historical Minute with a brief presentation on the namesakes of De Forest and Hobart Avenues.

Public Comments
No member of the public commented at this meeting.

Four ordinances had public hearings and were subsequently approved. The first established procedures to apply for a waiver for noise restrictions as well as to ban commercial contractors from working on Sundays. The second established the salaries for non-union city workers for 2016, resulting in a 1.5% increase, and established new procedures for advancement and pay increases for new hires. The third allowed council to set a fee for special event parking for non-Summit residents as the need arises. The last ordinance established a $229 fee for City sewer charges to residents.

Twenty-two resolutions were passed at this week’s Council Meeting. Highlights include authorizing the establishment of a Parklet through a public/private partnership on Springfield Avenue. Two business owners, Donna Puzella and Annie Goldman, voiced concerns about the loss of two parking spaces associated with the plan. Council also approved applying to Union County for a van to augment our transportation services for Summit seniors, as well as the hiring of an architect to begin the process of restoring the Cornog Field House.

Please note: This summary document is for informational purposes only and is not a record of the official action taken by Common Council. Approved meeting minutes constitute the only record of official City of Summit Common Council action. The minutes of the meetings will be available after they are approved by the Common Council at its next regularly scheduled meeting.

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