NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Board of Commissioners met for a public meeting on Tuesday evening Feb. 7. The mayor and all commissioners were present with Thomas Evans via phone.

After a brief review of the evening’s discussions the group broke into an executive session for an hour.

Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco made a comment about Gov. Chris Christie’s visit to Nutley.

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“Gov. Christie came to Washington School this morning for our LEAD program to not to try drugs. Officer Steve Rogers Jr. was instrumental in this. Police want to extend a hand in this community instead of those running from them, they will be running to them,” he said.

“Commissioner Petracco you really dug your feet in with drug abuse, you did not let up. The LEAD program helps young children,” said Public Affairs Commissioner Steve Rogers.

“I want to commend the department, it is unparalleled, many communities can’t reach,” said Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mauro Tucci.

Tucci also spoke about the presence of the Nutley Irish American Alliance and their dedication to the community. “The Grand Marshal Dinner was Friday night. They are a part of Relay for Life, all the community they are involved in. Whenever there is help needed they are there,” he said.

“To have the Governor come and choose Nutley, it was a great honor,” said Mayor Joseph Scarpelli.

Scarpelli announced that Electronic Recycling Day will be held from 9 to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18 at Municipal Lot 8 on William Street.

The board approved the following:

  • Tucci’s event application for a street concert to be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on June 16 along Franklin Avenue between Vreeland Avenue and High Street.
  • The Nutley Irish American Association’s application for their annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade from 11 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4.
  • Luna Wood Fire Tavern to extend their premises for their St. Patrick’s Day event from 12 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 4.
  • The Nutley Chamber of Commerce’s application for their annual 5K Fun Run to be held from 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday, May 7.
  • Friends of the Phoenix Center Foundation, Inc.’s application for a Social Affair Permit for their Casino Night fundraiser to be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 28 at the Phoenix Center, 16 Monsignor Owens Place.
  • The Rotary Club of Nutley’s application for a Social Affair Permit for their Beefsteak and Trick Tray event from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Nutley Parks and Recreation Building.
  • Knights of Columbus #14712 Holy Family Council to hold a raffle at 1:05 p.m. Sunday, May 28 at Holy Family Church, 28 Brookline Ave.


The board approved Tucci’s resolution to authorize Change Order #3 in the amount of $1,296.25 to Viridian Environmental Consultants.

The board also approved Tucci’s resolution to authorize to enter into a contract with Viridian Environmental Consultants PO Box 3009, Upper Montclair not to exceed $15,100 for 12 months from the date of the award.

Four resolutions requested by Evans were approved. Tax certificate for foreclosed by summary proceedings in Rem; to rescind resolution No 20-17 for 27 Oak Crest Place; to refund overpayment of water charges in the amount of $3,906.32 for 450 Hartford Drive; and to refund the zoning certificate fee of $250 to Janet DePalma at 527 Franklin Ave.

Petracco’s resolution was approved for the Emergency Management Agency Assistance Subgrant award No. FY 16-EMAA-0716.

The board approved eight resolutions requested by Scarpelli.

To authorize escrow agreement with PB Nutclif Master, LLC.

To provide payment/reimbursement of Township expenses related to the potential redevelopment of all or portions of the remaining HLR Redevelopment Area.  To authorize to purchase a Kenworth T370 4x4 Chassis and related accessories in the amount of $188,428 from National Auto Fleet Group, an approved National Joint Powers Alliance Vendor.

To endorse the submission of the 2016 Municipal Recycling Tonnage Grant Application to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and designates Salvatore Ferraro as recycling coordinator.

Authorized to enter into contract with Pennoni Associates, Inc. 24 Commerce Sr., Suite 300, Newark for engineering services from Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2017 not to exceed $165,000.

Authorized to enter into a contract with S. Rotondi & Sons, PO Box 1407, Summit for 2017 acceptance of recycling vegetative waste to include leaf and grass clippings for one year not to exceed $71,000.

To celebrate National African American History Month.

Approved various raffle license applications. Also approved license to conduct senior bingo games for the Senior Service Club effective March 1, 2017 to March 1, 2019.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 21.