NUTLEY, NJ - Improvements to DeMuro Park have been approved during the Nutley Board of Commissioners Thursday, Nov. 7 public meeting. Public Affairs Commissioner Steven L. Rogers was absent excused. Six scouts from Nutley’s Boy Scout Troop 147, sponsored by the Franklin Reformed Church, observed the meeting as a part of their Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge.          

Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci said the township was approved pending passage of a legislative appropriation for improvements to DeMuro Park. Tucci said the track needs to be completely removed and replaced and the township will refurbish all of the tennis courts as well as other additional park improvements for a total cost of $731,160 in which $548,370 will a grant and $182,790 will be a loan.

The township received bronze certification from Sustainable New Jersey. Mayor Joseph P. Scarpelli said, “That’s a cooperative effort among all the departments in the things we do and points that we are to become a bronze level.” He added, “It does help us with DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) grants it gives us a little edge as far as when their scoring our proposal.”

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To receive bronze certification a municipality has to succeed in applying the first significant steps to the commitment they made to sustainability. Requirements include an established mandatory green team, devise two of 12 priority actions, complete six actions of 18 categories and earn a total 150 points. Actions such as prescription drug safety and disposal; recycling and waste reduction education and compliance; water conservation ordinance; and green business recognition program are among the categories.

The board recognized Nov. 11 as Veterans’ Day thanking all veterans for their service. They also acknowledged November as Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and National Diabetes Awareness Month and recognized Nov. 14 as World Diabetes Day. Family and Diabetes is the theme for World Diabetes Day 2019.   

Public Comment

Rory Moore of Nutley questioned a $450 charge from Rutgers State University on the Nov. 7 bill list. Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas J. Evans said it was for training for the Code Enforcement Department. He explained that all employees in his departments go through training. “Every one of the offices and departments in my building have certifications and licenses that are critical to doing their job and they are required by the state to have those licenses,” Evans said.

Moore also questioned where the new pumper truck purchased was going and if the old one would find a new home in Nutley. Petracco said the new one will be at the main headquarters on Chestnut Street and the old engine will most likely be going to the volunteer house on Park Avenue.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18.