NUTLEY, NJ - A citizen questioned the Mayor about parking meters and requested an update on the legal action on apartment building violations during the public comment portion of Board of Commissioners’ public meetings on July 3 and 19.

Amy Celento of Nutley asked, on July 3, what the co-mingled recycling offset was since it’s been outsourced. Mayor Joseph P. Scarpelli said although the budget is not finalized yet there was a decrease in staff in Department of Public Works and in its budget.

The township outsourced its co-mingled recycling in January of this year. The first pick-up was the week of Jan. 29. Scarpelli said in a previous interview the total DPW decrease as compared to 2017 was three full time employees, four part-time employees, and all seasonal help. See related story: Nutley outsources co-mingled recycling.

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She also questioned when the township parking meters will accept credit cards. Scarpelli said the board is working on resolving the issue. Although the Mayor could not release a timeline he said, “We are well on our way.”

Celento revisited her question at the June 19 meeting about the developer of the East Centre Street and Franklin Avenue apartments asking for an update on the status. She said she believes there are 18 apartments being built on the East Centre Street property and that plans were submitted and permits were issued. She asked how the change happened after the fact and how was there an addition of 18 apartments.

Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas J. Evans said he could not comment much on it since it’s in legal counsel now.