NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley Board of Commissioners meeting was held Tuesday, March 6. A former mayor was remembered and resolutions were passed in anticipation of refinancing bonds during the meeting. Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci absent excused.

Mayor and Public Works Commissioner Joseph P. Scarpelli held a moment of silence for Sen. Carmen A. Orechio, former Nutley mayor and commissioner, who died Feb. 26 and Township Attorney Alan Genitempo’s dad, John, who died Feb. 28.

Public Affairs Commissioner Steven L. Rogers said, “For those of you who never had the opportunity to meet Mayor Orechio, he is the epitome of an individual who really loved this town. I remember the years being here, he always put Nutley first. And if there was a bill in the Senate, if there was something going on statewide, he would make sure that this township was being taken care of.

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“There is not a bad word you can say about this guy, a real gentleman, always treated people with respect and with honor and dignity. He was certainly an inspiration to me when I became a police officer here,” he added.

Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas J. Evans agreed that Orechio was a strong advocate for Nutley.  “He had a passion for veterans but especially young adults and anyone who was actually in need. Whatever he could do he was always there,” he said.

Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco read a post he made on Facebook about Orechio on the day of his funeral. Petracco said he was Orechio’s mother’s paper boy at age 10 when he first met him.  “One day during my second [year] as mayor, I ran into Carmen at a wake and he shook my hand saying ‘you’re doing a good job kid’. His approval meant everything to me,” he said.

Scarpelli said that although Orechio didn’t want anything named after him, Tucci will look for an appropriate place. “[…] He was an icon statewide not only here,” he said.

Resolutions

A resolution was passed to declare March as Women’s History Month.  

Rogers acknowledged two World War II veterans, both achieving the rank of admiral. One was a nurse during World War II and the other a grand marshal of a township parade. “For some reason lost in our history books is the contributions of women to this country during World War II,” he said.

Three related resolutions were passed in anticipation of refinancing bonds in May for the general aggregating bonds in the amount of approximately $6.8 million and bond anticipation notes for about $2.7 million from the Cicciolini property. Evans said, “Overall our debt service going forward it will be less annually … It will be lower by $200,000 per a year.”

A change order for legal services in the amount of $2,110.16 was approved for Scarinci and Hollenbrook in Lyndhurst.

A transfer of 2017 appropriation reserves from the public safety department was approved.  $10,000 in police salary and wages will be transferred to police overtime and expenses.

An auction will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 5 for four abandoned vehicles at the location Nicolette Towing in Lyndhurst. The vehicles are a 2002 Ford, a 2003 Chevy, a 2004 Honda, a 2008 Mazda and a 2008 Toyota.

Overpayment of property taxes for 2017 and 2018 in the amount of $7,888.05 was granted for 289 Franklin Ave. Also approved were refunds for 2018 property taxes for 320 Walnut St. in the amount of $3,126.57; 12 Plymouth Road for $2,216.65; 150 Ridge Road for $3,843.75; 414 Manchester Drive for $3,044.09 and 6 Homer Ave. for $1,884.12.

Escrow monies for land use were refunded to 64-66 Franklin Ave. for $1,000 and 180-184 Centre St., for $3,390.

Public Comments

Nutley resident Amy Celento questioned potential revenue the township would lose in terms of house inspections. According to Celento the State Dept. of Community Affairs announced significant changes in terms of billing permits and inspections such as roofing, siding, indoor plumbing, fixture replacement, alarm systems, indoor sheet rock and drywall.

Celento also questions the PSE&G repaving.  According to Scarpelli nothing has been scheduled yet.

Terri Quirk, of Nutley, addressed the school safety issues requesting the police be permitted in the public schools. Nutley resident John V. Kelly III also addressed school safety requesting that veterans get first preference to be hired to protect the schools.  Commissioner Rogers wants to look at such as a possible ordinance. Petracco said hiring police officers in the schools is not something he can do; it is up to the Board of Education.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20.

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