I hope this message finds you and your family healthy and safe.
These are extraordinary times and members of Common Council have been working hard with the Mayor and our dedicated City staff to keep essential City operations going and to protect public health.
Council will continue to meet to ensure the smooth functioning of Summit’s government. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, March 24 at 6:30 PM. To protect public health and to comply with the Governor’s social distancing guidelines, the March 24 meeting will not be open to the public. As always, we will broadcast it live on HTTV (Verizon channel 30 and Comcast channel 36 and 34). The meeting will also be available on the City's YouTube channel. To provide for public input, the Council will accept comments and questions, via email, both in advance of Tuesday’s meeting and during the meeting. Please click here for instructions on how to submit comments.
If you want to keep up-to-date with the issues being voted on by Council, please take a look at my Council President’s agenda preview, which -- along with the Council agenda packet -- is posted on the City’s website and my Facebook page on the Friday before every Council meeting.
Developments regarding COVID-19 are happening very quickly right now, so I recommend that you log onto the City’s website to sign up for email notifications from the City to stay current.
The City website also has a dedicated COVID-19 page with information about City services and response, as well as information from our local health department, the State, and the CDC.
Summit is a wonderful and generous community and, not surprisingly, I have received a number of inquiries from residents asking how they can help. If you are interested in volunteering, here are a few things you can do:
Summit Marches On (SMO) is organizing volunteers to deliver groceries and prescriptions to Summit’s seniors. Click here for more information, and to sign up. SMO has also created a sign-up for families who are willing to “adopt” a family in need of assistance. Click here for more info.
A new group, Front Line Appreciation Group of Summit (FLAG) has formed within the last few days to provide meals to Overlook Medical Center ER and ICU staff. FLAG is taking donations via the Summit Police Athletic League (PAL) PayPal account, and plans to start providing meals sourced from local restaurants to staff who can’t access the hospital cafeteria. You can find them on Facebook at FLAG of Summit. If you’re not on Facebook but want to help, you can donate directly through the Summit PAL here, and make sure to click the“add special instructions” box and specify “FLAG”.
Finally, there is a local effort to sew masks for medical professionals and first responders. Click here to read more about that.
With the closure of non-essential businesses, the number of residents not receiving paychecks and in need of assistance will no doubt continue to increase. We have a number of community organizations that can use financial support, including:
GRACE, which runs a food pantry every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. at Memorial Field’s Cornog Field House. GRACE provides shelf-stable goods, fresh produce, and household necessities. Donations can be made through the Junior League of Summit. Please designate GRACE in the drop-down menu.
Sage Eldercare Meals on Wheels provides meals to people over 60 years old who are frail, disabled, or homebound without regard to income.
The Community Food Bank, which got its start right here in Summit, fights hunger and poverty and is experiencing increasing demand.
Finally, the City is working with Summit Downtown, Inc. to help our small businesses, which contribute so much to our community. The City has designated curbside pick-up spaces downtown to allow customers to take out food or pick up purchases while observing social distancing. You can find a list of businesses that are participating and operating here.
You can also get information on all these topics by liking my Facebook page and the City’s Facebook page.
Please keep in touch should you have any questions or need assistance. I can be reached at email@example.com.
Wishing you all the best,
President, Summit Common Council