NUTLEY, NJ - A resolution was approved objecting the closing of the Highfield Lane at grade rail crossing in Nutley during the Tuesday, March 5 Board of Commissioners public meeting.

The resolution, which was unanimously passed by the Board of Commissioners, states that Nutley strongly objects to the arbitrary and unpredictable selection by Norfolk Southern Corp. to closing the Highfield Lane grade rail crossing to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Norfolk Southern Corp. has recently petitioned the New Jersey Department of Transportation for the closure.

According to the resolution, there has been no train traffic on Norfolk Southern’s Newark Industrial Track crossing Highfield Lane for several years.

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The resolution states closing of Highfield Lane will negatively impact emergency response time in the area east of the existing crossing. The County of Passaic will also be constructing a new bridge at nearby Kingsland Street in Clifton which Kingsland Street will be closed for 12 to 18 months, thus further impacting traffic patterns in that area.

A letter dated Jan. 8, 2019 was sent from Prism Capital Partners, LLC objecting to the arbitrary closing of Highfield Lane grade rail crossing. The Township of Nutley also sent a letter to Norfolk Southern Corp. and New Jersey DOT on Nov. 18, 2018 objecting to the closer and withdrew their support for the conversion of private rail crossings at the former Hoffman-La Roche campus in Clifton into permanent public crossings.

Other resolutions

A resolution was passed to acknowledge March as National Women’s History Month. Nutley observed International Women’s Day on March 8.

A resolution to authorize the execution of a property tax appeal settlement agreement between the Township of Nutley and PB Nutclif Master, LLC.

PB Nutclif Master, LLC has acquired the property known as the former Hoffman-La Roche site. According to Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas J Evans, there were outstanding tax appeals for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018 filed by Hoffman-La Roche.

Evans said, “[…] we now remove that risk to the township and in effect it solidifies our tax base. …We need to continue to move forward with the great progress we are making. To continue to move forward on a solid base and build additional revenues that contributes to the value of the township and the job opportunities. We can’t do that with things like this outstanding.”

Angelo Cifelli Jr. Esq. of the law firm of Piro, Zinna, Cifelli, Paris & Genitempo in Nutley was awarded a one year contract from Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019 not to exceed $17,000 to provide legal advice and services in connection with the township’s Land Use Policies and Litigation.

Quality Fence of Peekskill, Inc. in Peekskill, New York was awarded a contract for $29,695 to replace the fencing around the American Little League baseball field.

The Township of Nutley is submitting the 2018 Municipal Recycling Tonnage Grant Application to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and designates Salvatore Ferraro and recycling coordinator.  It is intent of the Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act to use the tonnage grants to develop new municipal recycling programs and to continue to expand existing programs.

Jersey One Auto Sales, Inc. in Jersey City and Marczaks, Inc. in Metuchen were the highest bidders for equipment no longer needed by the Department of Parks and Public Property. Jersey One Auto Sales, Inc. purchased a 2000 Blue Bird bus for $660, and a 1995 Ford F-450 Super Duty dump truck for $2,661 and Marczaks, Inc. purchased a 1991 GMC Topkick dump truck for $560. The equipment was sold “as is” and “where is.”

A refund of 2019 tax charges in the amount of $2,882.36 was awarded to 204 Regents Drive.

Kevin Hussey, an employee in the Department of Public Safety was granted an extension of a medical leave of absence without pay effective Feb. 18, 019 through April 1, 2019.

Raffle applications were approved for the Nutley-Belleville Columbus Day & Italian Heritage Month Parade Committee for on-premise merchandise and 50/50 cash raffles for Sunday, March 31 and an off-premise 50/50 cash raffle for Oct. 13; and Washington School PTO for an off-premise 50/50 cash raffle and on premise merchandise and 50/50 cash raffle for April 27.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19.