NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Board of Commissioners met for a public meeting, Tuesday evening April 4. Present were the Mayor and Commissioners Alphonse Petracco, Mauro G. Tucci and Steven Rogers. Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas J. Evans was given an excused absence.
The board discussed the concerns about a pilot program for daytime parking for the residents of Edison Avenue and Oakley Terrace and if allowing permits would open a discussion for overnight street parking. “Not as long as I’m here,” commented Mayor Joseph Scarpelli. “[Overnight parking] would increase the crime rate,” added Public Affairs Commissioner Steven L. Rogers.
“This is only for the residents on Edison and Oakley not carte blanche to everyone?” asked Park and Recreation Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci. “If they are Nutley residents parking there, let it go,” said Petracco. An application for the decal will have to be filled out by Edison Avenue and Oakley Terrace residents according to Sandra Carella, assistant to Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco.
The board broke into an executive session to discuss sensitive public safety and security issues.
When the board returned Mayor Scarpelli acknowledged Troop 147 Boy Scouts Vipul Kothakonda, Archer St. Amant and Ryan Lui. The scouts observed the meeting to meet the requirements for the Citizenship in the Community merit badge.
The board approved applications for Nutley Hockey Booster Club’s event application to hold the Father’s Day Street Fair June 18 on Franklin Avenue between Centre and Chestnut streets; and by Knights of Columbus No. 14712 Holy Family Council to hold a Sunday raffle August 7 at Holy Family Church, 28 Brookline Ave.
Petracco introduced two ordinances which will amend previous ones. Ordinance 3356 would alter an ordinance in the code of the Township of Nutley, Chapter 228 entitled Vehicles and Traffic, particularly Article IX (Angle and Permit Parking), Section 32 entitled “Permit Parking” for Oakley Terrace and Edison Avenue. “[The Township] will move forward with the decals only on those streets for six months, review it and see if anything needs to be tweaked,” said Petracco.
Also ordinance 3357 to adjust an ordinance in the code of the Township of Nutley, Section 11 of Chapter 228 entitled “Parking Time Limited” for Highfield Lane. A public hearing is scheduled for May 2 on both ordinances.
A second reading and hearing on ordinance 3353 that was introduced on March 7 to amend an ordinance in the code of the Township of Nutley, Chapter 228 entitled Vehicles and Traffic, particularly Article II (Parking on Certain Streets), Section 14 entitled “Parking Prohibited During Certain Hours,” to add the location River Road, Sleepy Hollow Condominiums set fourth therein.
The board approved resolutions requested by Tucci. A contract was awarded to Viridian Environmental Consultants not to exceed $15,000 from Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2017 for ground water investigations.
The board authorized to advertise for sealed bid for a tractor, loader and backhoe.
In addition to the above resolutions requested by Tucci the board also approved five resolutions to salute and congratulate the Nutley Jaycees 2017 46th annual Distinguished Service honorees: Business Man of the Year John Monacco, Civic Affairs recipient Linda Buset, Educator of the Year Lynn Zazzali, Public Safety and Health honoree Marianne Zurawski and Outstanding Young Man of the Year Salvatore Scarpelli.
The board approved six resolutions requested by Rogers on behalf of Evans, in his absence. Authorized to issue a duplicate tax sale certificate for Block 101 Lot 4 due to the original certificate lost in the amount of $400.
A refund of 2016 Senior Citizen property tax deductions for a total of $500 was approved for two properties equivalent to $250 each. Full property tax exemption for disabled veteran James S. LaFaso at 27 Oak Crest Place was granted as well as a refund of $625.68 for tax payments received and a refund of the 2014 Homestead Rebate in the amount of $899.95.
Also approved by the board were temporary appropriations of total debt service in the amount of $47,000, emergency temporary appropriations for the 2017 budget $13,056,519 as well as the 2017 water utility budget temporary appropriations in the amount of $1,165,038.
Two resolutions by Petracco were approved by the board. Adrianna Russo was appointed as interim administrator of the municipal court for a one year term from April 3, 2017 to April 3, 2018. “She has to complete certification within the term. Then can be reapproved for two years with a $65,000 annual salary,” said Petracco. He also acknowledged the late Patti Conroy. “Russo will have big shoes to fill.”
Sealed bids for the purchase of police and crossing guard uniforms and equipment will be advertised.
The Mayor’s three resolutions were also approved; a contract was awarded to Ricci Planning, an independent planning expert, to assist the zoning board of adjustment from Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2017 in the amount of $120 per hour. Sealed bids for the purchase of asphalt material will be advertised. The board also approved the applications for various raffle licenses.
River Road resident John DeFilippis expressed his concerns during public comments. “In reference to Sleeping Hollow Number 33-53 parking on River Road, it’s a major, major safety issue. Will this take effect in 20 days and signs and yellow curbs in May,” he asked. “Soon as an ordinance is passed it will be done in the time period,” said Scarpelli.
DeFilippis also questioned the litter in the back west end of Sleepy Hollow. “There is a steep hill to the recycling plant. The trees on the hill are not trimmed on a timely fashion; trash blows down from the plant. It’s a quality of life issue,” he said.
“Tucci and I are on a joint effort to clean it periodically, now that winter is over we will address the trash. We will make every effort to resolve the issue, within two to three weeks,” said Scarpelli.
All above sealed bids will be opened and read on April 26 at 3 p.m. at the Town Hall, 1 Kennedy Drive, pursuant to the requirements of NJSA 10:5-31et seq. and NJAC 17:27.
The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18.