Summit Common Council Green Lights More Than $800,000 for Springfield Avenue Improvement Project

A 'before' photo (top) and 'after' rendering (bottom) of the Springfield Avenue walkway project. Credits: City of Summit Photo Services

SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Common Council, at its second meeting of the month, awarded an $808,341.50 contract to Reivax Contracting of Newark for a Springfield Avenue Improvement Project that, according to Council public works chairman Richard Sun, will involve construction of a pedestrian walkway adjacent to the Springfield Avenue overpass similar to a walkway project completed some time ago adjacent to the Passaic Avenue overpass.

Also at the meeting, Council introduced ordinances setting 2017 salary ranges for all union and non-union city employees, and allowing user-fee increases for City of Summit Community Programs Department programs -- as well as registration for those programs -- to be set by resolution rather than requiring ordinances for their enactment. The public hearings and possible final adoptions of these ordinances will be held at the Council meeting June 7.

Council general services chairman Patrick Hurley said the recreation fee measure would simplify the process for fee adjustments without eliminating Council oversight of these adjustments.

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The Council also adopted an ordinance setting the 2017 Summit residential sewer usage fee at $229 and that for residences of New Providence, whose sewer system is jointly operated with Summit, at $190.96.

Industrial fees were set at $793.22 for FRC-Electrical, $844.07 for Novartis Pharmaceuticals, $20,623.22 for Lucent Technologies, $48,289.28 for Celgene East and $25,052.11 for Celgene West.

The Council also voted to appoint Steven Spurr to the Summit Board of Adjustment.

In other meeting activity, Summit Mayor Nora Radest officially swore-in a new Summit Police Department lieutenant and a new sergeant, the former of which involved the promotion -- from sergeant to lieutenant -- of 15-year Summit police veteran Richard Proctor. A new police officer, Anthony Pyzik, also joined the force.

Proctor, who joined the Hilltop City force after serving three years with the Hillsborough Police Department, spent four years with the Military Police contingent of the Marine Corps at Camp LeJeune, NC.

In Summit, where he supervised the community policing unit among many other duties, he also acted as liaison with the city’s schools and houses of worship. He earned a Meritorious Service Award and three Distinguished Service Awards in addition to the Chief’s Special Service Award.

Moving from police officer to sergeant was 10-year Summit Police veteran Ryan Peters.

Peters, a graduate of Toms River High School East, earned his bachelor of business administration award from Towson University. After graduation he held a number of responsible posts in the financial services sector of Morgan Stanley.

Det. Sgt. Peters has served as field training officer with the Hilltop City department in addition to completing the FBI SWAT School and anti-terrorism training. He also has won the Meritorious Service Award.

New officer Pyzik, a veteran of the New Jersey Army National Guard, served as a dispatcher with the Rahway Police Department from 2011 to 2014 and as a corrections officer at New Jersey East State Prison from 2014 to 2016 before being hired as a police officer by Kean University.



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