The next Common Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:30PM. Members of Common Council, Mayor Radest, and city staff will be participating electronically in this meeting. For this and all future electronic meetings, members of the public will be able to comment by video or audio conference. Comments will also be accepted by email or by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments must be received by noon on October 6. The access codes for the Zoom platform and instructions for public comment are posted on the city website.
Every Common Council meeting is broadcast live on HTTV Verizon channel 30 and Comcast channel 36 and 34. The meeting will also be broadcast live on the City of Summit YouTube Channel.
At this meeting, Nicole DiRado, the Elections Administrator at the Union County Board of Elections, will give a presentation about the vote by mail process and answer questions from Common Council and members of the public. Mayor Radest will issue a proclamation recognizing Fire Prevention Week.
Council will hold a hearing on an ordinance to amend the portion of City Code regulating sidewalk cafes. The amendments will allow year-round operation of cafes and will change the fee structure based on the number of seats rather than on the assessed value of the café space by the City Tax Assessor.
The Capital Projects and Community Services Committee will introduce an ordinance to repeal and replace the Development Regulation Ordinance (DRO) that was adopted in 2019. The 2019 ordinance was a comprehensive revision of the DRO. Upon adoption of the DRO in 2019, the Planning Board proposed to work with city staff in 2020 to make corrections or adjustments to the revised DRO as areas in need of clarification became evident. Because there were many minor typographical and format changes, the DRO corrections will be repealed and replaced to streamline the process. The Planning Board will hold a Master Plan Consistency Review and accept public comments on October 26 and after that is complete, council will hold a hearing on this ordinance at the November 4 Common Council meeting.
The Law and Labor Committee will introduce three resolutions. First, council will consider a resolution authorizing the execution of a settlement agreement concerning the Morris Habitat for Humanity Project at 146 Morris Avenue. This settlement agreement will resolve a challenge to the Zoning Board of Adjustment’s approval of the project and will allow the project to move forward to construct 12 affordable housing units. Second, council will vote on a resolution to authorize execution of a collective bargaining agreement with Teamsters Local 469 for January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2023. The final resolution will authorize sick leave with pay for a Department of Community Services employee.
Council will also consider three resolutions from the Capital Projects and Community Services Committee. The first resolution authorizes the execution of a storm sewer easement agreement between the City of Summit and the Broad Street Portfolio, LLC, for a storm sewer that runs between 150 Broad Street and 152 Broad Street. This agreement governs the responsibilities of each party to maintain the storm sewer. Second, council will hear a resolution to authorize the online auction of unneeded city equipment and vehicles through Municibid.com. The city participates in these online sales annually, resulting in increased revenue from the sale of surplus vehicles and equipment. Finally, council will consider a resolution to authorize the use of a closed portion of Maple Street by Kidville for children’s arts and crafts, and play activities. Kidville will use a portion of the outdoor dining area adjacent to its business during the day when restaurants are not serving meals.
To view the complete Common Council agenda, go to https://www.cityofsummit.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_10062020-779?html=true
Next Common Council Meeting: Tuesday, October 20, 2020.