Dear Summit Neighbor,

I hope you are having a wonderful start to the New Year. With 2017 in full swing, I wanted to take this opportunity to provide a progress update on some activities in town. 

1. The Winter Farmer’s Market has arrived. Held at Calvary Church every Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., there is a great selection of fresh produce and locally prepared food at the Market. It is also a great way to support our Downtown merchants on Saturdays. More exciting progress for Summit Downtown is in the pipeline.

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2. In December 2016, Council moved forward on a Digital Permitting Software that should offer a significant upgrade to the incumbent system. Our hope is that the new software and people processes will dramatically increase the customer experience in receiving a resident permit for home improvements and also enhance Summit’s reputation as a great place to start a business. We look forward to your feedback as the software is fully implemented in Q2 2017. 

3. Although not one of the most glamorous projects, one area that I am focused on for 2017 is enhancing the City’s Vehicle Fleet Maintenance Program. The project will help the City have a more holistic view on vehicle usage, allowing us to be more efficient with fuel costs and also better track the useful life of our fleet. It will give us a clear understanding of the cost to maintain an existing vehicle vs. the cost of acquiring a new one. This measure will allow us to better manage our budget and minimize future impacts to taxpayers. I want to thank my colleague Sandy Lizza for her leadership in getting the City started on this important project. 

As I reflect on my first year serving on the City Council, I am truly grateful for the privilege of serving our community and proud of the work we have done. It has re-affirmed to me the commitment to service, especially at the local level, during this turbulent national political climate. Please let me know if there is anything I can help with and if you would like to get more involved in our community.

My best wishes for the year ahead

Richard Sun
Summit Common Council Member, At-Large