NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley Commissioners acknowledged Nutleyite Ruth Bedford with a proclamation and Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas J. Evans addressed the township’s current debt during the Board of Commissioners May 1 public meeting.
Mayor and Public Works Commissioner Joseph P. Scarpelli read Ruth Bedford’s Proclamation for record. The proclamation was presented to her at her 100th birthday party on April 25.
Bedford served on many Nutley boards including Nutley Family Service Bureau, where she is a lifetime trustee and Nutley Thriving Survivors. She hosts many charity events at her home on Highfield Lane including The NFSB September Social and the annual Lollipop Party for the Nutley Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad.
Each of the commissioners made some remarks about Bedford congratulating her. Rogers said, “Well deserved. I remember sitting in her living room one day when she told me she was working for Dwight Eisenhower. I mean could you imagine the history that this great American has a lot to offer the town?”
Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco said, “[…] talk about a Nutleyite and what she has done for this community and the history that she knows. It’s a blessing that we still have her.”
Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas J. Evans said, “I have been very fortunate in my life to get to know Ruth Bedford.…She is a delight to be around. I can’t get over the fact that someone who is 100 years old is still a teenager at heart. She has all the energy and all the vibrancy.”
Scarpelli added, “Ruth is truly Nutley’s Matriarch.”
To read more about Bedford see related story Ruth Bedford Gives Back to Nutley with her 100th Birthday Party.
Evans read the 2017 year-end accrued sick and vacation time liability report. According to Evans 80 percent of it is fully funded and 20 percent will be funded over time. “It’s not a significant burden on the township as you may read in other towns when somebody retires. Nutley has been prepared for a very long time,” he said.
Evans read the notification determination for the recent bond sale. The bond is for almost $6.8 million at a 2.52 percent interest rate for 10 years. The townships total current debt is at $15.1 million with most the bonds interest rates at two percent and 2.75 percent. According to Evans $15 million worth of debt is a small percentage against the townships borrowing capacity and under statute the township has the ability to borrow $126 million.
“We have a program in place that manages our capital purchases to invest in the town each year. …Because of the work we been doing working together we were able to reduce our debt service down by $300,000 and we will continue to manage debt down,” he said.
Evans said he received several phone calls asking why the township does not collect development fees. Evans clarified the township has been collecting fees. “There are other things that I have been noticing that are in error on social media and I will make announcements periodical to make sure that we are correcting the record with actual facts.”
According to Commissioner Rogers about a dozen residents were in touch with him after PSE&G completed work on their property. “Some of their properties, their front lawns have not been replaced back to its original form after PSE&G did some work.”
Rogers said he spoke with PSE&G supervisor Everton Scott and PSE&G is making a commitment to restore the damaged lawns the way they originally were. Rogers requested for residents that had their lawn affected to email him at email@example.com.
“Residents did inform me that PSE&G did repair their properties,” Rogers said in an interview.
Rogers announced that Commissioner Petracco will be honored by Councilman Kevin Kennedy in Belleville for the work he has done for Veterans. According to Rogers on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Petracco has provided dinners for veterans and clothing as well. He has also opened his store on a holiday for veterans who were alone and disabled.
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