NUTLEY, NJ - Mayor/Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci announced during the Tuesday, Sept. 1 virtual public meeting that Nutley has received some of the promised Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act money. Congress approved the coronavirus relief bill in April.
The township received $551,377.29 from the coronavirus aid bill and $102,000 from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reimbursement. In total, so far Nutley Township has spent $728,000 on the pandemic. According to Tucci, the majority of the spending was for remote government operations so that residents could access the municipal government in an accessible and safe way.
COVID-19 overtime for the Sept. 1 Payroll is $7,770.97. The state government will also reimburse these funds also as part of the coronavirus rescue package.
Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas J. Evans said in a separate interview that the Board is doing all required improvements in response to COVID-19 and taking all necessary actions including filling out all applications for reimbursements. “We are coordinating with [Essex] County to ensure that Nutley receives reimbursement for all areas where we are eligible. We don’t anticipate any added changes to reflect the budget due to these additional costs that we had to incur,” he said.
Evans said they are submitting the balance of $75,000 and other costs as they are incurred to the County.
In addition to day-to-day operations, the township spent money on personal protective equipment including plastic shielding for offices, face masks, cleaning supplies, temperature guns, temperature-reading stations. Some improvements also included strengthening the network and accessing distance-based technology.
“Aside from overtime and cleaning, our biggest expense was to advance the IT department. With the platforms Microsoft Team and Zoom and do our work and engage the public,” said Evans.
Evans said the response to the aid and the support the township is receiving is very generous. “[Gov. Phil Murphy] has fought hard to coordinate for New Jersey,” he said.
Evans also acknowledged the help of Sen. Ronald Rice, Assemblyman Ralph R. Caputo, Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker and Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenco Jr.
“We are doing all we can to protect the employees and ensure that we are providing and complying with state guidance to working in a COVID[-19] environment,” said Evans.
Ordinance No. 3450 introduced by Public Works Commissioner Joseph P. Scarpelli on Sept. 1 was approved. This ordinance increases the parking meters’ time limit from one hour to two hours for Franklin Avenue and from 30 minutes to one hour on High Street.
Ordinance No. 3451 introduced by Evans also on Sept. 1 was approved. The ordinance amends the deputy municipal clerk’s minimum base salary to $49,000 and maximum base salary to $59,000 effective July 9, 2020. Evans explained this is a change in title only, not a change in salary range. Evans clarified the ordinance is to change the title only.
The BOC passed resolutions acknowledging September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, National Blood Cancer Month, and National Preparedness Month.
Evens noted that the blood-based cancers including leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma are the central focus at the Center for Discovery and Innovation at Hackensack Medical Center at the On3 Nutley site.
Resolution No. 194-20 was approved to grant PB Nutcliff, c/o Prism Property Services, LLC. the $29,526.50 bond received by the Code Enforcement Department a payment for Phase I Roadway Bond for Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School Kingsland Street Urban Renewal, LLC. The Planning Board has reviewed and determined that the amount is due to PB Nutcliff.
The BOC approved Change Order No. 2 for $60,000 to the Law Firm of Inglesino, Webster, Wyciskala & Taylor, LLC. in Parsippany. The law firm provides legal services to the township concerning compliance and procedural issues involving the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). According to the resolution, due to the high volume of the OPRA requests processed to date, the services will exceed the contract amount of $50,000, as amended by Change Order No. 1 (Resolution No. 171- 20.
The board approved Resolution No. 186-20 to rescind Resolution No. 158-20 entitled “Refund Overpayment of Tax Charges” adopted by the BOC on July 21. The resolution states that due to the lack of third quarter tax payment due on Aug. 1 there is no longer credit in the account for second quarter overpayments.
Refunds of payments for recreation programs were granted to the following businesses: ZYN Restaurants INC. for the Franklin Spring Festival for $100, Sean McAloon for Track sports for $60 and $50 each to the owners of 153 Vreeland Ave. and 544 East Passaic Ave. for Gleeful Wellness.
The township refunded overpayments of water charges for $1,626.44 to the owner of 317 Wilshire Drive. In addition, refunds of $100 of payment for a municipal parking permit were granted to residents Nicole Caputo and Frank Montanez.
Raffle applications were approved for Home and School Association Good Shepherd Academy for all Mondays from Dec. 7 through Feb. 22, 2021 and Rotary Club of Nutley for an off-premise 50/50 cash raffle on Nov. 1.
The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 via Zoom. To gain access to the meeting go to zoom.us/j/98805921694. Password: 876956. For those without computer access or mobile device you may dial into the meeting at: (number based on your current location) US: +1 929 205 6099; +1 312 626 6799; +1 301 715 8592; +1 346 248 7799; +1 669 900 6833; or +1 253 215 8782. Meeting ID: 988 0592 1694.
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