The next Common Council next meeting will be held on October 2. There are two public presentations scheduled. The first presentation will be from the chair of the Community Programs Advisory Board and the second will be from the Parking Services Manager. Hearings will be held for two ordinances. One hearing will be on an air rights easement over the alley way behind the Bank of America building in the downtown. A second hearing is on updating the locations of commercial loading zones and installation of signage in the downtown. There are a number of resolutions for review, including: (a) approval of an agreement with NJDOT for installation of a bike storage locker; (b) approval of two-year contract extensions related to HVAC, landscaping, hardware and lumber contractors; (c) approval of a three-month extension of a contract for a grant writer; and (d) approval of a $138K for four new salt spreaders.
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There will be two presentations. The first presentation will be from the chair of the Community Programs Advisory Board to discuss initiatives that are underway and under consideration for parks, pool and programs for children. This presentation is part of an ongoing effort to have different council committees attend a meeting and provide insight on what they are working on. The second presentation will be from the Parking Services manager to discuss new trends in parking and transportation, including the future of autonomous vehicles, ride hailing, drone deliveries, electric vehicles, parking garages and car sharing.
Ordinances for Hearing and Vote
There will be hearings on two ordinances. The first ordinance is to authorize a permanent air rights easement for a skywalk that exists between buildings on 367 Springfield Avenue and 40 Beechwood Road. This skywalk has been in existence for fifty years. The city would be paid $750 for the air rights. The second ordinance will identify all loading zones in the downtown and authorize signage and stripping for these areas. This ordinance is based on months of work between the Police Department and Summit Downtown, Inc.
Resolutions for Consideration
- Council will vote on a license agreement to replace an existing 14-bike locker with a modern 36-bike locker. The license would be for five years with a minimal payment by the city as a license fee to the State. The city would also need to enter into an agreement with the New Jersey Bike Walk Coalition, which would construct and maintain the new bike structure. In 2006, representatives of the New Jersey Bike Walk Coalition made a presentation on the modern and attractive bike shelters it constructed and maintains in Bloomfield and Montclair. The project has been on hold until an arrangement could be reached with the State of New Jersey. Having a safe and secure location for placement of bicycles should promote use and could, potentially, reduce commuter-parking needs.
- Council will consider two-year extensions for existing contracts with Dreyer’s Lumbers, Summit Hardware, HVAC contractor and Scheppe Landscaping for services on demand at a discounted rate.
- Council will consider extending a $10K contract for a grant writer until the end of the year. Among the grant writer’s accomplishments was obtaining $400,000 from NJ DOT for downtown safe street efforts.
- Council will vote on whether or not purchase four new salt spreaders to replace four existing salt spreaders that would be mounted on dump trucks at a total cost of approximately $138,000.
Next Council Meeting: Tuesday, October 16 at 7:30PM.