Nutley Commissioners Contemplate Historic Ordinance

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NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Board of Commissioners met for a public meeting on Tuesday evening March 7. The mayor and all commissioners were present.

Mayor Joseph Scarpelli proposed a minor change in the water ordinance to a $14.24 charge.

The Mayor also proposed a change in the historic preservation ordinance. Township Attorney Alan Genitempo explained the new ordinance. “After due process, if a property is declared historic, owner or business owner will have a right to appeal,” he said.

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The Historic Preservation Committee meets, then it goes to the Planning Board meeting. If they want to make the property historic the owner will be notified. The owner will be able to request an appeal if they do not want their place declared, Genitempo explained.

“Will this have a part in property values,” asked Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mauro Tucci.  “They have to have approval to paint the house a certain color,” said Genitempo. “The Historic Preservation has declared only on the shell of the house, but we can do whatever on the inside,” said Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas Evans.

“If a house is transferred to a new buyer, tell the buyer these guidelines and it will create a lot of problems to a lot of people,” said Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco.

“It should be entire home, what is historic if you have the shell only,” said Public Affairs Commissioner Steve Rogers. Genitempo explained that it is too difficult to make the inside historic since codes have changed over the years.

The board reviewed the evening’s discussions the group broke into an executive session for an hour.

The board returned and held a moment of silence for Department of Public Works Secretary Kim M. Sposato who passed on Feb. 26.

Petracco then spoke of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade held on March 4. “That was the coldest St. Patrick’s Parade, the coldest parade I ever marched in,” he said. “I salute everyone who contributed, everyone had a great time and I salute a great parade,” said Tucci. “The crowds were out, festivities were great, thank you to President Tom McEnery,” added Scarpelli.

The board approved the following:

Holy Family Church’s event application to hold their 26th annual Italian Festival from Thursday Sept. 21 through Sunday, Sept. 24 in the church parking lot, 28 Brookline Ave. Also they requested Sunday raffles on Sept. 24 at 9 p.m., Dec. 31 at 1:30 p.m.

The Nutley-Belleville Columbus Day Parade and Italian Heritage Committee, Inc. requested permission to hold Sunday raffles from 2 to 6 p.m. April 30 at the Nutley Parks and Recreation Building, 44 Park Ave. and from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at John H. Walker Middle School.

Mayor Joseph P. Scarpelli submitted an event application to hold the 98th annual Memorial Day Parade from 10 to 1 p.m. Monday, May, 29 starting at Nutley Park Oval.


Rogers’s resolution to authorize the share services agreement for solid and bulk waste removal between the township and the Board of Education was approved. The BOE will pay $12,500 a year from Nov. 1, 2014 to Oct. 31, 2019 to the township for the use of service.

Rogers also requested the resolution to declare the month of March as National Women’s History Month to honor trailblazing women in labor and business. Both were approved by the board.

Evans requested to authorize and approve the cancellation of $25,363.31 for the business property at 39 Franklin Ave. in accordance with the bankruptcy notice of discharge was approved. A refund for overpayment for water charges in the amount of $33.99 to 106 Brookline Ave. was also approved. A contract was also awarded to Millennium Strategies LLC, 60 Roseland Ave., Caldwell for grant consulting services from Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2017 not to exceed $39,996.

The board approved five resolutions requested by Petracco.

A contract to GTBM, Inc. was awarded for Info-Cop E-Ticketing System in an amount not to exceed $45,000 from Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2019.

Approved the participation with the 2017 State of New Jersey Safe and Secure Communities grant program administration by the Division of Criminal Justice, Department of Law and Public Safety.

Appointed to municipal clerk to sign and execute the NJ Fire Fighter Exempt Association application.

Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.4 or 20.5 an award of non-fair and open contract to Scarinci and Hollenbeck, LLC, 1100 Valley Brook Ave. Lyndhurst to provide labor counsel not to exceed $50,000 was approved.

Note: this resolution was updated at the meeting and requested and agreed by the board to change the amount from $75,000 to $50,000.

Scarpelli requested to authorize various raffle license applications and the board approved them.

This meeting is planned to be continued 7 p.m. Monday, March 13 to discuss resolution number 69-17 a settlement agreement between the Township of Nutley and PBA Local 33 and PBA Local 33 superiors for an agreement of a four year term from Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2020.

A budget workshop meeting of the board is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Friday, March 10. The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21.

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