The next Common Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 2 at 7:30 PM. 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 cityclerk@cityofsummit.org.  Comments must be received by noon on March 2. Those that submit written comments will have their comment read by the clerk or summarized if substantially like other comments and will not be permitted to speak on that same subject at the meeting. The access codes for the Zoom platform and instructions for public comment will be posted on the city website prior to the meeting.  

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.  

The first item on the agenda is the ceremonial award presentation by the Mayor and Common Council to the Summit Volunteer of the Year, Reverend Dr. Dennison D. Harrield.  

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The Capital Projects and Community Services Committee will introduce an ordinance for introduction to adopt new stormwater management regulations. These new regulations align the Summit’s stormwater management program with the 2020 amendments to the State of New Jersey stormwater regulations. They also provide for the use of green infrastructure to capture and treat stormwater. The hearing for this ordinance will be held on March 16. 

The Finance Committee will introduce three resolutions. The first resolution authorizes temporary appropriations to the 2021 temporary operating budget. This resolution adds $150,400 to the current temporary operating budget to meet expenses that must be paid prior to the final adoption of the 2021 budget. Second, council will vote on a bookkeeping measure to authorize the transfer of unused funds in 2020 operating accounts to operating accounts with insufficient funds. These transfers are allowed only in the last two months of the fiscal year and the first three months of the succeeding year and do not have any effect on the total expenditures in the 2020 budget. Finally, council will consider a resolution to approve a one-year extension of the city’s contract with Millennium Strategies for grant writing services. In past years, Millennium has assisted the city in researching and identifying grants, writing grant applications, and managing grant reports and documentation. Millennium’s services have allowed the city to identify and apply for grants that it would not have otherwise known about. 

The Law and Labor Committee will introduce a single resolution to extend sick leave with pay to a Department of Community Services employee. 

Finally, council will consider three Safety and Health Committee resolutions. One resolution will appoint an existing police officer to serve as a Humane Law Enforcement Officer (HLEO). Under state law, each police department must designate a HLEO to investigate suspected animal cruelty. Next, council will consider a resolution to approve submission of NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety Distracted Driving Statewide Crackdown grant to reimburse up to $9,000 of overtime enforcement during the month of April. Last, council will hear a resolution to declare a vacancy for a police officer. 

To view the complete Common Council agenda, go to  

https://www.cityofsummit.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/515?fileID=26754.

Next Common Council Meeting: Tuesday, March 16, 2021.