NUTLEY, NJ - A brief Board of Commissioners open public meeting Wednesday, Nov. 8 approved several ordinances and resolutions. Inquiries for a potential microbrewery were addressed during public comment. Public Affairs Commissioner Steven L. Rogers was delayed and Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci was absent. The meeting was approximately 30 minutes long.

A moment of silence was held for the victims in Sutherland Springs, Texas. “It seems that we have to have these moments of silence way too much,” said Mayor and Public Works Commissioner Joseph P. Scarpelli.

November was declared as Diabetes, Pancreatic Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month during the meeting.

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A Best Practices Analysis was submitted to Division of Community Affairs. According to Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas Evans the township exceeded the minimum requirement requested by the DCA. “If you are below the minimum requirement it could cause you to have a deduction in your state aid,” explained Evans.

Ordinances

Public hearings were held for ordinance numbers 3370, 3371 and 3372.

Ordinance 3370 is for improvements of the water supply and distribution system in Nutley appropriating $169,00 and authorizing an issuance of a bond or notes for $161,00. Ordinance 3371 is to reconstruct various roadways and sidewalks in Nutley appropriating $409,00 and authorizing an issuance of a bond or notes for $388,550. Ordinance 3372 is for various general improvements for Nutley appropriating $1,181,300 and authorizing an issuance of a bond or notes for $1,122,234.

“All of these ordinances relate to our annual capital financing plan where we try to stay close to $1.5 million in total to authorize the ongoing services needed,” said Evans. All three ordinances were approved. 

Resolutions

A municipal services agreement was made for solid waste collection and disposal for Arbor Hills, 1 River Road and the 432 owners for the 2018 calendar year. The township will reimburse the community at a rate of $7 per a unit, per a month.

A contract with Delta Dental for dental plan services not to exceed $362,100 was made for township employees. The township retained a one-year renewal rate with a 2 percent increase.

A contract was made with Dujets Tree Experts in Woodland Park for tree removal services. The change order is for $8,000.

Surplus equipment of items including a snow blower, Chevy 3500 Dump and a chipper were sold to the highest bidders Robert Perez of Jersey One in Jersey City and Pat Buccino of Nutley. Total amount for the 10 items was $7,940.77.

The services for the Banker Group, LLC in West Caldwell were exceeded from the original contract amount of $25,275. A resolution was passed for the change order number two for $2,025. The first change order was made in December of 2016 in the amount of $5,750. According to Commissioner Evans the funds are not coming out of taxpayer dollars. “This is a trust account, these funds in total are not paid for by the taxpayers of Nutley they are paid for out of the trust account established by the redeveloper for the medical school [at the former Hoffman-La Roche site],” said Evans.

A resolution was passed to increase the bid threshold to the maximum which is $30,000. According to Evans this is allowed because Kathy Rempusheski was appointed the qualified purchasing agent for the township on Oct. 1. “We are actually doing this temporally to determine whether or not it is a full benefit. We will evaluate this at the first of the year whether or not it will still continue to apply,” said Evans.

Overpayments for tax charges were approved for refund for 225 Raymond Ave. of $2,242.80.

An insertion of revenue for the 2017 budget in the amount of $21,780 for the Municipal Alliance Grant Program requested by the Director of the Division of Local Government Services was approved.

Public Comment

Resident Mike Chokeir approached the township with questions about opening a brew pub. Chokier explained the microbrewery would make approximately 3,000 gallons of beer a year which would only be sold only at the bar. If approved Chokier explains he plans to build the microbrewery at 259 Centre Street where currently an abandoned auto body shop is located.

Mayor Scarpelli said the township has no liquor licenses. Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco believes there are pocket liquor licenses out there. A pocket license is one that is inactive and no longer at a business.

Scarpelli was unaware of what was required for a microbrewery to be established in Nutley. He asked township attorney Alan Genitempo look into it the details and the steps Chokeir would have to take for approval.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21.