NUTLEY - Second readings on public safety ordinances for salaries were postponed during the Tuesday, Aug. 15 public meeting. Also the family of the late Rev. Joseph Wilbert “JW” Reid Sr. was presented with a resolution by the Nutley Board of Commissioners. All commissioners were present with Commissioner Thomas J. Evans via phone.

Reid, a former resident of Nutley, raised his children here. The resolution states among his many jobs he was a postal carrier in the township, a Boy Scout leader and a member of the Kiwanis Club. He also joined the U.S. Army at age 17.  Reid was the deacon at First Baptist Church in Nutley. He retired as deacon emeritus and took up residence in Red Oak, North Carolina.

Mayor Joseph P. Scarpelli shared his memories of Reid and the commissioners offered their condolences to the family. “The recognition is well deserved,” said Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci. “He was a good man, a good American… and a real good role model for many, many people to follow,” said Commissioner Steven L. Rogers. “I didn’t know your father but I was so impressed with his commitment to helping others and being a genuine caring individual,” added Evans.

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Commissioner Alphonse Petracco deferred the second reading and public hearing for ordinances numbers 3364, 3365, 3366 and 3367 all which were to fix salaries of the certain officers and employees of the public safety department. The ordinances were introduced July 5.

A second reading for ordinance number 3363 to amend the ordinance arranged in the code of the township of Nutley, chapter 228, entitled vehicles and traffic particularly article two, parking on certain streets, section two, parking time limited was presented and voted in approval on by all five commissioners.

The revised ordinance now allows residents on Highfield Lane, from Washington Avenue to River Road and residents on Conduit Place from Highfield Lane to White Terrace to park their vehicles from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.Monday through Friday. The ordinance was introduced on July 5.

“We are going to try to solve this problem with commuter parking. It gives residents a chance to park in front of their own homes as well. Hopefully dilutes a little bit from the commuters parking. I’m hoping that this works so we can institute it on streets like Edison Avenue, and all other areas that are having parking issues,” said Petracco.

The historic preservation ordinance number 3361 was approved by all five commissioners after the second reading and public hearing. The ordinance now defines what is deemed historic and the steps that will be taken to protect historic property in Nutley. The ordinance was introduced on July 5.


Tucci asked to advertise for a qualified tree forester was approved. The applications are due by 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. Also approved was a request for sealed bids for the Park Avenue cellular antenna installation. They are due by 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at which time they will be opened and read.

Evans request to provide full tax exemption for disabled war veteran Michael Joseph Walsh is approved starting July 30, 2017.  A refund for overpayment of tax charges to 112 Walnut St. in the amount of $1,310.93 was granted. Also a refund for a permit application fee of $330 to Applied Services Corps, property at 145 Franklin Ave. was approved.

Petracco’s request for Nutley to join the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” 2017 state wide crackdown from Aug. 18 to Sept. 4 was approved.

A refund of $500 of overpayment made on HazMat work on Dec. 20, 2016 to Elliot Rogoff was granted. 

The sale of abandoned vehicles will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in accordance with the Division of Motor Vehicles. There are currently 17 vehicles the township has record of and will be using Nicolette Towing in Lyndhurst for their auction.

Mayor and Public Works Commissioner Joseph P. Scarpelli request for various raffle applications were approved.

A contract was given to D&L Paving Contractors, 675 Franklin Ave. for Harrison Street improvement project from Franklin to Bloomfield avenues in a total amount of $273,173.99.

The board broke for a second long executive session for the evening. The public meeting will continue at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22.  A special meeting is also planned for 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28. The next regular Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5.