NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Board of Commissioners passed a resolution to recognize and celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the third Monday in January (Jan. 18) during the Tuesday, Jan. 5 public meeting.

The BOC acknowledged the deaths of Nutley resident Louis Minichini, 83; retired Bloomfield Police Chief John “Jack” McNiff, 81; Anthony J. Intile, 89 of Clifton, formerly of Nutley; and Rudolph Valentino Bini, 94, of Bloomfield, formerly of Belleville.

Minichini died on Jan. 5. He was a Nutley Police Department Crossing Guard for five years. He served in the United States Army and was a member of the Honor Guard of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 22, Belleville-Nutley. McNiff died on Dec. 31. He was the Bloomfield police chief from 1986 to 2005. Intile died on Dec. 29. He was a retired police officer with the Nutley Police Department and a member of Nutley PBA #33 and served in the United States Army.

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Mayor/Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci reminded residents to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to social distance, wash hands, and wear a mask. “We’re heavily into round two here of the new strain. Allegedly it is a lot more contagious but not as deadly but we see that folks are still passing away. So we all need to be careful and double our efforts to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy,” he said.

COVID-19 overtime for the Dec. 24 Payroll is $18,788.48. The state government will reimburse these funds as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

Resolutions

The BOC granted Jarret McCarthy, employee of the Department of Public Works unpaid leave of absence effective Dec. 9, 2020 through March 31, 2021.

The Board approved Resolution No. 2-21 authorizing the tax collector to charge eight percent each year on all late taxes, subject to any abatement or discount for the late payment of taxes provided by law. Quarterly tax payments made by cash, check or money order have a 10-day grace period. The resolution states that the fixed rate is eight percent each year on the first $1,500 of the delinquency and 18 percent per year on any amount in excess of $1,500.

Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas J. Evans said the resolution is recognized by state statute. “I want to be clear as it relates to addressing COVID related issues we will certainly take all that into consideration before we finalize any charges related to this interest rate,” he said.

The BOC entered into contract with DMR Architects in Hasbrouck Heights as licensed planner architects, to provide services primarily related to the Blight Study of the Diamond Springs Pool Club, 35 Evergreen Ave. as an area in need of redevelopment according to the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law. The contract is from Nov. 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 and is not to exceed $25,000.

The BOC entered into a contract with Dassa-Haines Architectural Groupin Montclair as Project Coordination and Construction Management to redesign the fire department’s first floor. The one-year contract is not to exceed $6,200.

Resolution 7-21 was approved to establish a $650 petty cash account in the Department of Revenue and Finance.

Due to an error in the account code, the BOC rescinded Resolution No. 316-20 and approved Resolution No. 1-21 to transfer $500,000 of the 2019 Appropriation Reserves in the Department of Revenue and Finance from Group Insurance to the Capital Improvement Fund.

A transfer of $50,000 of 2020 Appropriation Reserves in the Department of Public Works from Sewer Salary and Wages to Recycling Disposal Contracts was approved.

A transfer of $7,000 of 2020 Appropriation Reserves in the Department of Parks and Public Property from Prosecutor Other Expenses and Information Services Other Expenses to Prosecutor Salary and Wages and Information Services Salary and Wages was approved.

A refund overpayment of 2020 property taxes for $618.58 due to a successful tax court judgment was granted to the owner of 15 Hillside Ave.  Additionally, a refund of overpayments of the 2020 tax charges for $712.81 was approved to the owner of 216 East Passaic Ave.

Rory Moore of Nutley questioned the interest of the township in the private property of Diamond Springs Pool Club as an area in need of redevelopment. According to Tucci, the owner and a partner are developing the property. “By trying to determine whether it is an area in need of redevelopment there are certain tools that could be available to the owners […],” he said.

Tucci clarified the tools available are financial and other incentives for example a payment in lieu of taxes through the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law from the state. Evans added that the cost is reimbursable to the township.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19 via Zoom. To gain access to the meeting go to zoom.us/j/98805921694. Password: 876956. For those without computer access or mobile device you may dial into the meeting at:  (number based on your current location) US: +1 929 205 6099; +1 312 626 6799; +1 301 715 8592; +1 346 248 7799; +1 669 900 6833; or +1 253 215 8782. Meeting ID: 988 0592 1694.

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