Vartan's Views - June 19

Below is a link to the TAPinto Summit Summary of the Council Meeting on 6/19/18.

Here are my three thoughts:

1. Every time I’m in the same room with John Kilby, I learn something. He’s the President of the Shade Tree Advisory Committee and shared that Summit has lost 10-15% of the tree canopy since Superstorm Sandy. I recognize and support the idea that trees are incredibly important. Cost will continue to be a factor in determining whether we should plant more trees than the 80 we plant annually now, and I wouldn’t want Summit to commit to doing that without seeing the rest of the budget priorities, but I also agree with Councilwoman Fox that we should do more to enforce the laws related to trees already on the books when it comes to replacement and permits. 

2. The Fire Department has saved thousands of lives in Summit and continues to do incredibly fine work every single day out of a building that is extremely sub-par. I believe the new fire station is an investment the city needs to make. I am fully supportive of this project and looking forward to its next steps, especially as it will pave the way for continuing conversation about the Broad St. West re-development project. 

3. The next Council on the Road session will be held July 11th at the First Aid Squad. I’ll be there and you should too!

What do you think? 

June 19, 2018 council meeting summary (TAPinto Summit)

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