SUMMIT, NJ - A group of Summit residents, using the hashtag 'summitCOMMUNITYstrong', is encouraging residents to attend the June 20 Summit Common Council meeting to voice their opposition to a plan which would create a Summit Family Aquatic Center corporate membership program. The governing body is set to vote on the ordinance after introducing it at the previous council meeting June 7. At that time, Ward I Councilman David Naidu was the lone 'no' vote.
In addition, the group is circulating an online petition that includes an overview that reads, in part, "Corporate memberships would change the culture of our community pool... Our community pool is an extension of our immediate family – it’s our Summit Family. And we know you each have Summit residents' best interests in mind so we urge you to VOTE NO on corporate memberships for SFAC."
The proposed ordinance would add a corporate membership -- similar to that in effect at the Summit Municipal Golf Course -- wherein any Summit-based corporation could purchase an annual corporate membership in the city swimming facility for $1,500, and its employees could be admitted to the facilities by showing a corporate identification card and paying a guest fee.
A brief video opposing the ordinance is also making the rounds on social media. The video includes a call for citizens to contact their Common Council members, providing the e-mail addresses of Council President Mike McTernan and Council Members Steve Bowman, Patrick Hurley and Robert Rubino.