NUTLEY, NJ - Weight limit restriction on four streets and intersection blocking ordinances were introduced during the Tuesday, June 7, public meeting. 

Ordinances

Ordinance No. 3387 to amend an ordinance in the Nutley township code, Chapter 228 “Vehicles and Traffic,” Article III “Weight Restrictions,” particularly section 17 was introduced by Commissioner Alphonse Petracco.

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The ordinance is to add a four ton weight limit on Chestnut Street from Franklin Avenue to Passaic Avenue; Vreeland Avenue from Franklin Avenue to Passaic Avenue; Evelyn Place from Park Drive to Passaic Avenue; and Harrison Street from Franklin Avenue to Passaic Avenue.

The Department of Public of Works will put signs saying “No Trucks Over 4 Tons” and “No Left/Right Turns for Trucks Over 4 Tons”

There will be a fine of $100 or imprisonment of 10 days or both for violators.

Ordinance No. 3388 to add handicap parking to 102 Brookdale Avenue on the east side, beginning at a point 250 feet south of Kingsland Street and also to 183 Park Ave, A Walnut St., on the west side beginning at a point 110 feet south of Park Avenue was introduced by Petracco.

Ordinance No. 3389 adds Do Not Block the Box to the Chapter 228 “Vehicles and Traffic” was introduced by Petracco. The purpose of the ordinance is to stop vehicles from obstructing critical intersections causing gridlock and preventing traffic from moving at congested intersections. Block the box refers to streets with intersections making it hazardous for pedestrians to utilize the crosswalk.

Intersections labeled critical are Franklin Avenue at New Street on the east side intersection and Chestnut Street 60 feet west of Vincent Place for 90 feet at the Public Safety Building driveway. Signs will be installed at the intersections as well as lane markings. There will be a minimum fine of $100 to a maximum of $500.

Ordinance No. 3390 will allow the township of Nutley to enter into an agreement with an outside vendor to coordinate all requests for extra duty assignments in the police department. The outside vendor will charge the party requesting extra duty police services an additional fee for processing the request. This includes the school board, private entity or individual requesting services.

Extra duty services include road construction or traffic detail control by a police officer shall be paid by cost-benefit analysis. Mandatory extra duty assignments will be paid at a rate of time and half and a minimum charge of two hours will be applied. Police security not requiring traffic control or in-street presence will be paid $30 an hour. Police security for Dunkin Donuts, 177 Washington Ave will be $25 an hour in accordance with a prior negotiated contract.

Public hearings on the above ordinances will be held on July 3.

A public hearing was held for Ordinance No. 3384 to amend the regulation ordered in code of the township of Nutley, Chapter 6723 “Vehicles, Impoundment and Towing,” to add Section 5: Towing and was passed.

The ordinance introduced by Commissioner Petracco clarifies the criteria and standard operating procedures that are reasonable, non-exclusionary, and nondiscriminatory in the selection and use of towing operators on a rotational basis in providing towing, road services. It also include the towing of vehicles which are abandoned, disabled, illegally parked, stolen, involved in accidents or are suspected or identified by the Township as being involved in criminal activities. The ordinance

Resolutions

Public Affairs Commissioner Steven L. Rogers declared June as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. 

“To my surprise even people in their upper 40s and 50 begin to get inflicted with this, so it’s important that the public maybe get some education on this, the signs of this,” said Rogers.

According to Rogers the police department keeps a log of people who have Alzheimer disease.

Rogers also recognized June as Men’s Health Month.

A resolution was passed to allow the tax collector to prepare and issue estimated tax bills for the township for the third installment of the 2018 taxes, due to the delay in the figures of the transitional aid given by the state for the 2018 budget. The township cannot finalize the 2018 budget until the aid goes through. Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas J. Evans believes this will happen in a few weeks.

The total estimated tax levy for 2018 is set at approximately $115.6 billion. The estimated tax rate is set at $3.537.

A resolution was made to make Kathy Rempusheski to be the designated custodian of the petty cash fund in the amount of surety bond for $10,000.

Due to the 2018 budget not yet finalized emergency appropriations were made for the 2018 Water Utility Budget for approximately $1.2 million. Also temporary appropriations were made for debt services for interest bonds, principal bonds, Green Acres loans for principal and interest and for water operating debt service.

Emergency temporary appropriations for contacts, commitments or payments in the township in the approximate amount of $1.3 million were approved.

The annual report for 2017 has been filed by a registered municipal accountant with the municipal clerk and was given to each of the commissioners.

Refunds for tax charges for 2018 were granted to 260 Bloomfield Ave. for $4,619.09 and 56 Columbia Ave. for $217.07. Refunds for property taxes for 2016 and 2017 for 650 Passaic Avenue in the total amount of $6,843 were approved.

Turnout Uniforms was awarded a contract to furnish and deliver police, dispatchers and crossing guard uniforms and equipment. Funds in the amount of $48,000 are available in an appropriation entitled police and dispatcher maintenance and allowance and $12,500 are available in an appropriation entitled crossing guards allowance.

Mott MacDonald of Iselin was awarded a non-fair an open contract to provide professional engineering services to assist the township in defending itself against a tort claim made by Hoffman-La Roche and other environmental issues.

Nutley Post 30 American Veterans of World War II holder of Club Liquor License voted to no longer renew their license.  The board approved the termination of the license effective June 7, 2018.

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

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