NUTLEY, NJ - A parking ordinance was introduced and various contracts were awarded as well as questions on the Davis Property were asked during the open public meeting Thursday evening, June 8. Present were Mayor and Public Works Commissioner Joseph P. Scarpelli and Commissioners Alphonse Petracco, Mauro G. Tucci and Steven L. Rogers and Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas J. Evans.

Before the meeting began Commissioner Evans addressed the audience about his health and thanked the commissioners for their flexibility. “I been out the last several months, I had back surgery and recovering from that,” he said.

Ordinances

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Ordinance No. 3359 was introduced by Commissioner Petracco. The ordinance amends an ordinance codified in the code of the Township of Nutley, chapter 228 entitled “Vehicles and Traffic” – Article VII “Special Zones and Areas,” Section 29A entitled “Handicapped Parking,” to add the location of 57 Hope St, beginning at a point 200 feet west of Crestwood Avenue. A public hearing will be held on July 5.

A second reading was held for Ordinance No. 3358 introduced on May 5 to amend an ordinance in the code of the Township of Nutley, Chapter 34 entitled “Court, Municipal,” particularly Article II “Public Defender,” Section 9.  The Ordinance was passed by the board that the fee for a public defender is changed from $50, to up to $200.

Resolutions

The board approved three resolutions requested by Commissioner Tucci. A contract was awarded with utilizing the National Cooperative Purchasing Program for a stump cutter model SC802 and related accessories to Vermeer North Atlantic in Lumberton for the amount of $50,470. A refund of a tree removal permit was agreed upon for to 20 Daily St. in the amount of $100.

Also a resolution to urge federal legislators and representatives to take any and all necessary action to insure that the National Flood Insurance Program is extended beyond the Sept. 30 expiration date.

Six resolutions requested by Commissioner Evans were passed by the board. The authorization of the tax collector to issue a duplicate tax sale certificate for three properties was granted. A contract with Keystone Purchasing Network utilizing the National Cooperative Purchasing Program for June 1 to Dec. 31, 2017 was awarded.

A refund will be issued for overpayment of tax charges in the amount of $5,770.14 for various properties.  Also a refund will be issued for the COAH fee in the amount of $1,185 to the Masouleh Corp in Clifton for the property located at 159 Kingsland St. A refund for overpayment of a water bill in the amount of $1,129.39 for 91 Harrison St. will also be issued. Also a refund for duplicate payment of a 2017-2018 dog license fee for $28 will also be issued.

Mayor Scarpelli requested approval for the raffle applications for the VFW Post 493 Stuart E. Edgar and St. Mary’s Church were approved.

The board interviewed both Topology, a NJ based firm in Ironbound Newark, and DMR Architects in an open public review meeting. Topology was hired as the planner for the On3 project. 

Public Comment

Resident Rory Moore again addressed the Mayor, questioning the status of allowing those unable to come to a meeting to phone in and state their concerns on record. The Mayor asked Township Attorney Alan Genitempo to answer Moore’s question. Genitempo explained he did not find any law for it. The township is still looking into an answer for this.

Resident Neil Henning again rehashed his questions about the legal sale of the Davis Property, the Bike Shop on Franklin Avenue.  Henning asked if the State Inspectors were involved. Genitempo explained that the township’s inspectors did it in conjunction with the state.

He again questioned how the Bike Shop was sold without a certificate of occupancy. Genitempo addressed him that they ran the inspections and property was sold.

“[Deputy Fire Chief] Paul Cafone didn’t see any wrong doing was done. We were trying to be proactive,” said Petracco. “Do I think it can be done a little differently? I made a recommendation to the deputy chief so next time we do not go through this again,” he added.

Henning said he also contacted the state. “If I didn’t file the OPRA request, none of this would have been addressed. This was a written fire code violation and it was never abated until I opened it,” he said.

Again the mayor granted Henning one more question beyond his allotted five minutes. He claimed this violation cost the township $4,000.

Carmine Alessio of Nutley again addressed the township about his property on East Centre Street. He came forward about a car accident he was involved in asking for help. The mayor directed him to Petracco who directed him to see the traffic officer at the police department.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 20.

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