NUTLEY, NJ - A pilot program to resolve street parking problems at Highfield Lane and township historic preservation were among the ordinances introduced during Nutley’s open public meeting All commissioners were present; however two commissioners, Alphonse Petracco and Mauro G. Tucci excused themselves early for personal reasons.
Historic Preservation Ordinance No. 3361 to amend the previous one ordered in the code of the Township of Nutley was introduced by Mayor and Public Works Commissioner Joseph P. Scarpelli. The ordinance will change how a commercial or residential property is deemed historic and what measures will be taken to ensure it is properly listed as such. It will be presented for a second reading on Aug. 1
Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco introduced Ordinance No. 3363 to change the parking time limit for Highfield Lane and Conduit Place. The new time limit will not allow parking between 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. According to Petracco this will discourage commuter people to park there but also allow residents to park in front of their homes after 10 a.m. “This is a pilot program we are hoping it will catch on. If it works on that street then a lot of the two hour time limit parking all over town will start changing,” he said. The second reading on this ordinance will be held on Aug. 1.
Petracco also introduced Ordinance Nos. 3365, 3366 and 3367 to fix the salaries for the chief of police, deputy chief, captain, lieutenant, sergeant and police officer effective Jan. 1, 2018, Jan. 1, 2019 and Jan. 1, 2020. A second reading on all three ordinances will be held on Aug. 1.
A second reading was held for Ordinance No. 3359, which was introduced on June 8, to amend an ordinance arranged in the code of the Township of Nutley to now allow a designated handicap parking spot for 57 Hope St. It was passed by all five commissioners.
Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci announced the township received a preliminary award in a combination of a loan and grant for $350,115 to replace the existing synthetic turf at Father Glotzbach Park. The award will be given as $262,586 in grant funds and $87,529 in a loan. According to Tucci the amount is more than enough needed to replace the turf.
Commissioner Evans addressed why the budget is not finalized yet. “We cannot finalize our 2017 budget until we received notification from the Division of Local Government Services (DCA) on the award of our transitional aid and the total package of our aid for this year. Once that becomes known and finalized we should then be able to move on the adoption of our budget,” he said.
Dorothy Greengrove addressed the board on behalf of the Historic Restoration Trust of Nutley, also known as the Kingsland Manor. She questioned why as of April the organization is no longer allowed to have alerts sent out for their events through the township website. According to Greengrove the organization is under the direction of the Parks and Recreation Departments. The mayor answered that the alert system is reserved for the township and the departments to communicate with the residents. Evans said that a bulletin board on the website is under consideration for such announcements.
Greengrove suggested if the organization can have Kingsland Manor events posted on Channel 42, the township channel. The mayor said he would speak to audio visual teacher Jim Kelly who runs he broadcast channel with the Nutley High School students.
Rory Moore again raised questions on the recent Nutley fire engine crash and the capability of Deputy Chief Paul Cafone and his son, who is also a firefighter. Michael Odria also addressed the board about the crash asking if the driver was given a breathalyzer test. The mayor responded that the accident is under investigation by the prosecutor’s office and could not respond to any related questions.
Resident Carmine Alessio questioned the Green Acres funding for Father Glothzbach Park. He claims there are some issues with the park that are not in compliances with state laws such as handicap accessibility and parking.
The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 18.