SUMMIT, NJ—The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, which recently opened its new headquarters building and has served the city since 1962, was honored by Mayor Ellen Dickson and the Summit Common Council at the governing body’s first session since the summer break.
The Mayor presented a proclamation to squad president Ken Herr declaring September as Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad Month.
On a related matter, Dickson proclaimed September 8 as Chip Duane Appreciation Day in the Hilltop City, honoring the owner of Salerno Duane Ford for donating the use of office and parking facilities in his dealership to the first aid squad for a year while the squad’s new facility was being completed.
On another matter, in honor of the national celebration of the signing of the United States Constitution, Dickson declared September 17 through 23 as Constitution Week in Summit.
She presented a proclamation for Constitution Week to Lois Hageman of the Beacon Fire Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
Hageman -- pointing out that September 17, the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, is a somewhat-less-celebrated national holiday -- also announced that the DAR will present a plaque commemorating the lighting of beacon fires by colonists to warn revolutionary war troops of the approach of the British to the Reeves Reed Arboretum for placement near the arboretum.
Council president Robert Rubino, Jr. also announced that Summit Heritage Day, honoring the various ethnic groups that call the city home, will be held on October 18 from 2 to 6 pm on the Village Green beginning with a ceremony and with vendors offering various products in honor of the day.
Rubino also announced that the group raising funds for construction of the Summit Highline, a linear park to be constructed from Briant Park to the central business district, had received its tax-exempt status and residents wishing to do so may donate at robertrubino.com.
The council also authorized additional funding for the next phase of the feasibility study regarding the Highline.
Also approved was a professional site design services contract with Stonefield Engineering & Design for the Summit Community Center building redevelopment and expansion project, at a fee not to exceed $24,200.
Council members also welcomed new city administrator Michael Rogers, who took over the reins of the administration department on September 8.
Rogers announced that the replacement of the Morris Avenue bridge over the New Jersey Transit tracks had begun, and would take about a year and a half. He said those with questions on the project should telephone New Jersey Transit at 973-275-5555.
Governing body members, at their meeting, also approved relocation of two No.70 bus stops that were eliminated due to the bridge construction.
On another matter, the council adopted an ordinance restricting parking on school days to two hours from 7 to 10:30 am on Evergreen Road west of Madison Avenue to its terminus. Residents of the area had requested the restrictions because they said student drivers parking on the street had made it difficult to get in and out of resident driveways.
The councilmen also adopted an ordinance appointing Robert Ghelli as city solicitor until December 31 of this year.
Also authorized was the appointment of Sonia Viverios, who comes to Summit from the Bernards Township municipal staff, as deputy city clerk.
The governing body also introduced an ordinance reorganizing the department of community services.
Council personnel chairman Michael McTernan said the ordinance, which would combine the division of code administration with the division of economic development and the sewer utility, provides a succession plan within the department, outlines additional responsibilities at some supervisory levels and deletes one superintendent position, will save the city about $82,000 next year.
Under the ordinance, city engineer Aaron Schrager also will serve as deputy director of community services under newly-appointed director Paul Cascais.
The public hearing and possible adoption of the ordinance are scheduled for October 6.
During the Summit Historical Minute Rev. Dr. Denison D. Harrield, Jr., pastor of the city’s Wallace Chapel, recounted the life of suffragette and women’s temperance advocate, Rev. Florence Spearing Randolph, who served as the second pastor of the chapel from 1925 to 1946.