NUTLEY, NJ - The Board of Commissioners met Monday evening, March 13 to continue the agenda from Tuesday, March 7. All the commissioners and the mayor were present again. Moments after the meeting began the commissioners broke into a closed executive session for almost an hour to discuss contract negotiations.
Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco’s resolution, a settlement agreement between the Township of Nutley and PBA Local 33 and PBA Local 33 (superiors) for an agreement for a four year term from Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2020 was passed by all commissioners. Public Affairs Commissioner Steven. L. Rogers abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest. Rogers is a retired detective lieutenant for the Nutley Police Department.
“We are giving the police officers three percent increase for the next three years,” said Petracco. “Nutley police have come a long way with me for the last nine years, we had some ups and downs and we appreciate when they took zero percent,” he added.
Petracco noted the township's support with the blue line down Franklin Avenue. He also mentioned all the work they do behind the scenes. “If you don’t see our police department at work, come to my store, or to the court at night and see,” he said. “What is going on around this country is a disgrace, no one is standing up for police officers. In our little slice of heaven in Nutley, your police director stands behind the police department,” he said.
Rogers could not vote on the resolution but voiced his opinion. “No one knows the burden you carry, unless they walk in your shoes,” he said. “We still have the finest police department in the state and country,” he added.
“I want to thank and commend you,” said Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci.
Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas Evans stressed the concerns of the residents if they could afford the three percent increase. He noted that the township would be staying within the budget. “I am here with my cane and everything to support this. We want to be as generous as we can,” he said. “I want to thank you for doing your work every day,” he added.
Mayor Joseph Scarpelli was the last to voice his opinion and he as well pointed out his concerns with the increase on the residents. “Thank you for your service to our community, I vote yes,” he said.
Passing this resolution took away the longevity for the new officers coming in. This means new officers will not receive a raise for years of service.
Ordinance 3352 was introduced to amend ordinance 412 of the code of the township of Nutley, entitled water and more specifically, Chapter 685, Article 1, regulations and rates. A public hearing will be held Tuesday, April 4.
The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21.