What Changes Would You Like to See in Summit in 2014?

What's on your wish list for Summit?

With the arrival of a new year, Patch wants to know: what resolutions would you make for the City of Summit in 2014?

While multiple new businesses set up shop in Summit in 2013, pharmaceutical giant Merck announced plans to close its Summit campus by 2015. Mayor Ellen Dickson and Common Council members have been working with Merck officials to find a new occupant for the 88-acre campus, which generates about $9 million in taxes annually. 

2014 will see the continued development of a 35,000-square-foot building at 466-474 Springfield Avenue. The project's anticipated completion is scheduled for first quarter 2015. 

While the Village Green Pedestrian Improvement Project, which began in September, saw the installation of newly-aligned walkways and lighting enhancements, residents expressed their ongoing concerns for pedestrian safety.

The new year will likely see continued debate regarding the proposed helipad at Overlook Medical Center. On Wednesday, Nov. 27, the hospital filed an application with the New Jersey Department of Transportation to move ahead with the project, which hospital officials said is necessary in order to advance the hospital's stroke center. 

Donna Miller, of Citizens Against the Helipad, said the grassroots group has been galvanized by the recent action. At its mid-December meeting, the Summit Common Council voted 7-0 to inform the DOT that it opposes Atlantic Health System's recent application to build the helipad atop Overlook Hospital. 

A widespread power outage in mid-December was caused by a raccoon interfering with Summit Substation equipment on Franklin Place. Approximately 3,000 customers lost power and Brayton Elementary was closed for the day. Mayor Ellen Dickson said she and City officials have been meeting with JCP&L and representatives from the Board of Public Utilities, which regulates the electrical utility industry, to address the status of Summit’s electrical grid.

“I will continue to work with JCP&L to improve the reliability and robustness of the present infrastructure,” Dickson reiterated. “But it is not an easy fix.”

Summit dad David Shanker has made multiple requests to have Summit Board of Education meetings televised. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nathan Parker said he has discussed the cost of televising meetings with HomeTowne TV and has several options that he would like the Communications Committee to examine in January.  

What changes would you like to see in Summit in the new year? Tell us in the comments section. 
Anthony Della Rosa December 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM
I would like to see more events for kids in town. I would also like to see more community projects that kids could get involved with like the community garden. I also would like to see town meeting publicized on TV as well as an upgrade to Briant park.
jeff goldstein January 01, 2014 at 09:37 AM
I would like to see property taxes go down instead of always going up. I realize that we have no control over the out of control Union County portion. At least I would like to see the school and city portions go down.
jeff goldstein January 01, 2014 at 09:41 AM
Summit needs a fish and chips place.
jeff goldstein January 01, 2014 at 09:42 AM
JCP&L needs to upgrade their substations so it takes more than a racoon to wipe out electric service for most of Summit. Before looking at complicated and expensive solutions like underground facilities they need to at the very least upgrade their substations to be more reliable and to be able to recover quicker.
Rebecca January 01, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Summit desperately needs a small grocery store near the train station so people coming home from work can pick up milk or necessities on their way home.
Max January 02, 2014 at 10:32 AM
(0) All of the above. (1) Abolition of county government in New Jersey, or, barring that, at least Summit's secession from Union County. (2) a public school system that meets the needs of the children of Summit through full compliance with the mandates of New Jersey Administrative Code Title 6a, Chapter 8 (for me, compliance with subchapter 3.1(a)5 will save me $300,000 over the next decade). (3) a Mayor capable and willing to display outrage at the pain of his or her constituents.


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