NUTLEY, NJ - A Nutley resident questioned restricted parking situation on Conduit Place during the public comment portion of the Tuesday, Oct. 1 Nutley Board of Commissioners public meeting. Public Affairs Commissioner Steven L. Rogers was absent excused.

Annelise Spence of Nutley asked Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco about the permit parking on Conduit Place. Spence believes Nutley residents who do not live on that street should be eligible to park there. She requested the new parking permit rules change to include all Nutley residents.

A pilot program was introduced as Ordinance No. 3400 on Nov. 20, 2018, limiting parking hours on certain streets in Nutley. Parking on Highfield Lane from Washington Avenue to River Road, and the entire streets for Edison Avenue, Oakley Terrace and Conduit Place are limited to two hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. except Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, unless a parking permit placard is shown in the car. Parking permit placards are only allotted to residents of those streets. Note: Nutley does not allow for overnight parking.

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Petracco suggested she park in the Clifton Commons Park and Ride, which is right down the street from Conduit Place.

According to Spence, the residents on Conduit Place have driveways and therefore other Nutley residents not of that street should be able to park there. “For me, it’s a quality of life issue, a large parking space, busier traffic area, all of that, verses quiet, peace neighborhood and I like my commute, I’m not trying to change my commute,” Spence said. “It doesn’t make sense that another home owner should not also have that same access to parking,” she added.

Petracco said these quiet neighborhoods haven’t been too quiet because of the commuter parking. “This is really a work in progress […] I’m learning a lot of things about it. I learned that when you make these parking restrictions that it pushes the problem down to the next block. […] If we start allowing that for you how many more requests are we going to get when there is a [park and ride] two seconds down the street,” he said.

Nutley resident Chris Cullari questioned why municipal debt has not gone down but the principal payments have gone up.

According to Evans, said the township has been paying it down; the true debt for the municipality is $13.5 million at about 10 years and 2.5 percent. “There are accelerated payments with the Davis [property] the bike shop building on Franklin Avenue, there is no debt on that building now it is completely paid for and we have been paying down the Ciccolini [Brothers] property as well to manage our way through that,” he said.

The ultimate borrowing ceiling for the municipality is $140 million.

Petracco took a few moments at the end of the meeting to thank all his family, friends and colleagues who came to his mother’s, Victoria Petracco, funeral. She died on Sept. 10, 2019 at the age of 79.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15.

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