NUTLEY, NJ : The 2017 budget and the pending Historic Preservation Ordinance were discussed and various resolutions were passed by the Board of Commissioners at the recent public meeting on June 20.  All commissioners were present.

Parks and Public Property Commissioner Mauro Tucci raised a few questions about the Historic Preservations’ pending ordinance. The mayor and commissioners discussed it and Township attorney Alan Genitempo was advised to make further changes with the HPC. The revised ordinance will be on the agenda to be discussed in the next township meeting.

Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas J. Evans alerted the commissioners that the state aid has still not cleared and the budget was still on hold. According to Evans taxes will be slightly higher in the third quarter but if the projected aid of $4,675,000 comes through from the government the difference would be reflected in the fourth quarter, bringing the cost significantly lower to residents in that tax period.

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“I can’t get any level of assurance from the Governor’s office. The last conversation I had, I was told not until July,” said Evans.

Evans plans to send a letter to the residents in July along with the third quarter bill, which is due in August, explaining the 2017 budget status.

Resolutions

The board approved 12 resolutions during the public meeting.

Commissioner Evans request for emergency temporary appropriations for the 2017 budget in the amount of $10,995,888 was approved, as well as an emergency appropriation for the 2017 Water Utility Budget in an amount of $1,165,038.

A resolution to grant the tax collector to issue estimated 2017 tax bills for the third quarter in a timely manner since the state aid figures in the 2017 budget are delayed. The total estimated tax levy for 2017 is set for $111,604,644 and the estimated tax rate is set at $3.461.

A refund was granted for overpayment of tax charges to five properties in the total amount of $14,728.15.

A resolution to authorize inclusion in the Essex County Urban County Community Development Program for 2018 to 2020 was approved.

Township liquor licenses were approved with the exception of the Huddle.

Related story:  Huddle Liquor License Questioned during Nutley Board of Commissioners Meeting

A resolution to award a contract to Cross Roads Pavement Maintenance LLC of Nutley not to exceed $17,400 to mill and pave the parking lot of 44 Park Ave., the Parks and Public property. The board approved change order #1 for a decrease in the amount of $114,104.36 for AJM Contractors in Clifton for various roadway improvements. The board also approved D&L Paving Contactors Inc. in Nutley the amount of $430,759.49 for various roadway improvements.

The board announced they will be accepting sealed bids on July 12 to pave Harrison Street from Franklin to Bloomfield avenues.

Raffle licenses for Holy Family Church during Sept. 21 through Sept. 24 were approved for carnival games, money wheel and 50/50 cash raffle.

Commissioner note

Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco noted the quick response of the fire department in a recent incident near his deli on Bloomfield Avenue. “Next to my deli my son Sonny smelled smoke and he knocked on the door. Officer Joe Villano was in the area and the two got the dogs and people out. I’m a proud parent tonight,” he said.

Related story: Team Effort by Nutley Citizens Saves Nutley Home from Fire

Public Comment

Resident Vaicels raised concerns about the property on Clover Street which is behind her property on Church Street. “There are a slew of trees wrapping around the fence, vines….ivy and poison ivy, my gardeners won’t go near them. Is there someone I can contact if I can get something done from the people who taken over the property if not what can I do?” she asked.

Evans replied that he would get back to her and help her address the problem. He also noted the chicken coops that were there and mentioned in a previous meeting are now gone and this was done on the owner’s expense.

Resident Rory Moore expressed his concerns about the recent accident involving the Nutley Fire Engine turning over on Chestnut Street and the expense.

The Board of Commissioners scheduled a special meeting is for 5 p.m. Monday, June 26. 

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