Vartan's Views - May 15, 2018

My thoughts on the Council Meeting 5/15/18

1. I have always known Summit is special because the people give so much of their time and talent to make it a better place. A prime example of that commitment was the energetic and thorough presentation from the Historic Preservation Commission. As we review the DRO (design standards for downtown) and begin the process of redeveloping on Broad St, preserving the character of our wonderful city has never been more important!

2. Council voted to have hearings to spend a bunch of money (more than $5 million) but it's important to know the budget was already passed. These are just the resolutions to actually go ahead and appropriate the funds and there will be public hearings on each item at the next meeting in June.

3. At a Council meeting back in April some residents commented on the state of their street. That's one of the streets set to be resurfaced this year. That's the good news. The bad news is the price of resurfacing roads went up by 16% over last year. That's a direct result of increases in oil prices.

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May 15, 2018 council meeting summary (TAPinto Summit)

Vartan's Views - May 1, 2018

My thoughts on the Council Meeting 5/1/18

1. May is Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Month. One of my first jobs in Summit was teaching swim lessons, I was a lifeguard and taught the training class for more than 7 years. Water safety is no joke and lifeguards are not babysitters!

2. GREAT JOB to Council for canceling the RIDICULOUS "decorative paver" project on Beechwood Road! There are so many better ways to spend tax dollars.

3. Council is becoming more inclusive and proactive. The next Council on the Road listening session is June 13th at the First Aid Squad. I'll be there and you should too! I hope all current Council members attend.

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May 1, 2018 council meeting summary (TAPinto Summit)

Vartan's Views - April 16, 2018

Here's TAPinto Summit's summary of the Council meeting Tuesday 4/16/18 and my 3 thoughts:

1. Hats off for all members of the City staff and for Council on passing a municipal budget with 0% tax increase. It's a truly amazing achievement and we should all be grateful and proud.

2. There's no easy or simple way to address our parking problem. I think most can agree that a step in the right direction would be making it easier to find an open spot in front of the wonderful restaurant or store you'd like to patronize. I think the ordinance that was passed will make that more likely. I probably wouldn't have believed that changing the rate would actually work, but when we consider that this method was extremely successful with the Deforest lots, I think it's worth a try. More than once, Council has revisited issues and that is always an option if this solution doesn't work as intended.

3. Summit's downtown is graced with several pieces of art. I love some and have considerably different feelings about others. Regardless, when I walk or drive by I usually find myself talking about them. For Summit Public Art that means the mission was accomplished. I think we're lucky to have a group dedicated to expanding our minds through the power of art. Murals are on the way!

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April 16, 2018 council meeting summary (TAPinto Summit)


Vartan's Views - April 3, 2018

This article is a great summary of the Council meeting on 4/3/18. Here's my 3 thoughts:

1) Grateful as always for our extraordinary first responders and the wonderful community response to the apartment fire Dec 31, 2017. I'm honored to serve with the amazing people on the First Aid Squad!

2) I'm thrilled that two major initiatives are moving forward. Those two initiatives are the Free Market building at the transfer station and the online permit process. City staff balanced implementing and learning the new software at the same time!

3) I was surprised at the resistance to the idea of an economic development committee. It's clear to me that there's a difference in philosophy among current council-members about the role of government. I am extremely supportive of the idea of an economic development committee. We can be proactive or reactive. We can have more people involved in the process of governing or we can have less. For me it's a no-brainer. Our government should be proactive and we should tap into the incredible talent of the people of Summit.

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April 3, 2018 Council meeting summary (TAPinto Summit)

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