NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Board of Commissioners met for a public meeting on Tuesday evening March 21. Present were the Mayor and Commissioners Alphonse Petracco, Mauro G. Tucci and Thomas Evans. Commissioner Steven Rogers was given an excused absence.

Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas Evans discussed the budget workshop. “The budget won’t be final until we get the state aid,” he said. According to Evans the township is also missing $8,225 in revenue. The public hearing will be Tuesday, April 18 but the budget won’t be adopted until sometime in May after they know how much state aid is going to be received. He also said the township lost $148,000 in revenue which affects the municipal rate increase.

Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci announced that the board put in a new sound system in the Commission Chambers. “It was long overdue, people could not hear. Now it’s crystal clear,” he said.

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The board approved Holy Family Church’s event application to hold their Palm Sunday Procession from 11:15 to 11:50 a.m. Sunday, April 9 starting at 174 Franklin Ave. and ending at 28 Brookline Ave. Thriving Survivors’ event application for their Annual Walk to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 beginning and ending at John H. Walker Middle School.

Notice is given that the Township of Nutley has made an application to NJ Transit for vehicles with wheelchair lift gate capabilities to assist in providing transportation to senior citizen and/or people with disabilities in the Township of Nutley. This project will be partly funded with FTA 5310 funds under a grant submitted to the Federal Transit Admission.

Donna Pontoriero approached the podium addressing the commissioners and all present about Special Young Adults Director Anne Rotonda. “Rotonda is re-diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia,” she said. Rotonda was in remission for a few years.  She announced a Bone Marrow Drive to be held Tuesday, March 28 at the Public Affairs Building, 149 Chestnut St.

Evans introduced an ordinance to exceed the municipal budget appropriation limits and to establish a Cap Bank for the 2017 calendar year. According to the Local Government Cap Law, NJSA 40A:4-45.1 in preparation of its annual budget, the municipality can limit any increase in the budget up to .5 percent unless it is unless authorized by ordinance to increase it to 3.5 percent over the previous year’s final appropriation, subject to certain exceptions.

When authorized by the ordinance the municipality may appropriate the difference between the amount of its actual final appropriation and the 3.5 percent percentage rate as an exception to its final appropriations in either of the next two years.

According to Evans this is only a paper contract until the township needs it.

During public comment resident Brian Gibbons questioned the commissioners on the parking problem. “The residents do not want the signs to be taken down. I got 51 percent to sign the petition. Two weeks ago I submitted the petition by email. It shows residents want the sticker program. Many streets [in Nutley] do not have a two hour limits to park,” he said.

“In order for is to go to a pilot program that would have to be voted on by the Board of Commissioners. I am in favor of doing something for people there on these streets,” said Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco.

Petracco proposed a meeting with the commissioners on this issue.

Resolutions:

The board approved three resolutions requested by Evans.  Authorization to refund the escrow fee of $525 from the Zoning Board for the property located at Passaic and Kingsland avenues to Forte Capital Management. Also to refund the escrow fee of $1,590 from the Planning Board for the property located at 1 Cambridge Heights to Cambridge Heights at Nutley and to refund the escrow fee of $3,000 from the Planning Board for the for the property at 11-15 Baltimore St. to RPR Enterprises.

Also approved by the board was Mayor Joseph Scarpelli’s resolution to authorize Change Order #2 for a decrease in the amount of $3,026.40 to AJM Contractors, Inc. for the Park Avenue Improvement Project (Section 3).

In addition to the above resolutions the seventh grade girls’ basketball team and John Monaco of Personal Touch Florist were also given resolutions. A proclamation was given to Det. Sgt. Michael Padilla. See related story at www.tapinto.net/articles/nutley-commissioners-honor-police-detective-flor.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 4.