At the Common Council meeting on June 6, there will be a presentation by Annette Dwyer on behalf of Shaping Summit Together. There will be a hearing on four ordinances related to financing of capital projects. There are two ordinances that will be introduced - one that rewrites the taxi and livery regulations and another that amends the principal permitted uses in the downtown. There are resolutions on (a) the placement of a privately-financed historical marker for Fountain Baptist Church, (b) the receipt of $100,000 from Union County to be used for the final phase of Springfield Avenue road work, and (c) the appointment of residents to the Zoning Board and the Recycling Advisory Committee.
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Shaping Summit Together Presentation
There will be a presentation by Annette Dwyer on Shaping Summit Together, a 501 (c)(3) organization, which grew out of the Valuing Diversity Initiative. Shaping Summit Together has been involved in working with community organizations, businesses, residents and the city in honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. through a day of service.
Four Ordinances for Hearing and Voting
Four ordinances will be heard and voted upon. Each ordinance deals with financing certain capital expenditures through the issuance of bonds, including: (1) various improvements to municipally-owned facilities (e.g., Memorial Field tennis courts, signage and safety at the Transfer Station, purchase of rescue equipment for the Fire Department, purchase of vehicles for various departments), (2) upgrading the sewer system (e.g., improving a pumping station and pipelines), (3) resurfacing parking lots and improving signage at various lots operated by the Parking Services Agency, and (4) resurfacing and reconstruction of various roads (e.g., Wallace Road, Hobart Avenue, Linden Place, Oakland Place, Laurel Avenue, and Larned Road). Passage of these ordinances requires a two-thirds majority vote. Once respective projects are ready to proceed, council will have an additional opportunity to review the project and vote on approving it, or not.
Two Ordinances for Introduction
There will be two ordinances introduced. The first proposed ordinance is to revise the taxi and livery regulations to ensure it is consistent with changes in state law and with the city’s practices. The second proposed ordinance is to change the types of businesses permitted in the downtown. Among the new permitted uses are indoor recreation, performing arts, and wineries and breweries. Additionally, the proposed ordinance specifies that downtown construction is subject to architectural and design guidelines.
Resolutions for Consideration
Zoning Board and Recycling Advisory Board: Based on the closed session discussion, council will nominate a new alternate member to the Zoning Board and a new member to the Recycling Advisory Committee.
Fountain Baptist Church: Fountain Baptist Church is first African American church in Summit, celebrating its 120th anniversary this year. Fountain Baptist is willing to privately finance the installation of a historical marker near the proximate location of its original church. The historic marker will be located on public property. We congratulate Fountain Baptist on its anniversary and thank its members for their contributions to the growth and development of this community.
Springfield Avenue Road Repairs: Summit will be receiving $100,000 from Union County to complete roadwork on Springfield Avenue. This work will focus on an area between Railroad Avenue and Morris Avenue.
Next Council Meeting: Tuesday, June 19 at 7:30PM.
There has been date change for the next Council on the Road event. It will now be held on July 11 at 7PM at the First Aid Squad Building on 1000 Summit Ave.