NUTLEY, NJ - A resolution offering a different approach to replacing the DeJessa Memorial Bridge was approved during the Nutley Board of Commissioners Tuesday, Feb. 18 public meeting. Public Affairs Commissioner Steven L. Rogers was absent excused.

A moment of silence was held for Belleville’s Councilman Kevin Kennedy who died at the age of 63 on Feb. 12. Kennedy served as the third ward councilman and at large for 20 years in Belleville.  He was also appointed deputy mayor during his time on council. He was also a member of the Belleville Planning Board, Belleville Historical Commission, Belleville Historic Society and the Second River Joint Meeting.

Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas J. Evans announced that the DMV mobile unit will be at the Parks and Recreation Building lot at 44 Park Ave. on March 27 from 10 to 2 p.m., for license renewal, car inspections, license plate redemption and including the new required validated federal driver’s license.

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Ordinances

Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco introduced Ordinance No. 3438 to allow for handicap parking on 174 Milton St. on the north side, beginning at a point 160 feet east of East Passaic Avenue, west for a distance of 20 feet; and removal of the handicap space at 127 Lakeside Drive on the south side, from point 451 feet east of Passaic Avenue, east for a distance of 22 feet.

Mayor and Public Works Commissioner Joseph P. Scarpelli introduced Ordinance No. 3439 to amend the ordinance in the code of the township of Nutley, Chapter 349, entitled “Flood Damage Prevention.” For full information on the ordinance visit Ordinance 3439 introduction.

A public hearing for both ordinances will be held at the March 17 Board of Commissioners meeting.

Resolutions

Resolution No. 51-20 supporting a preliminary preferred alternative for the replacement of the Bergen County/Essex County Kingsland Avenue (De Jessa Memorial) Bridge over the Passaic River and improvements to the approach roadway intersections in Lyndhurst and Nutley was approved.

According to the resolution, the alternative known as Concept 3C is a complete replacement of the bridge on the existing alignment with a fixed bridge with 12 feet vertical clearance over mean high water (MHW), 5-lane bridge roadway section with an additional westbound lane, Park Avenue eastbound left turn and two westbound lanes at River Road which was prepared by Hardesty & Hanover. This will address structural, geometric and operational deficiencies of the bridge as well as, vehicle traffic issues.

Mercury, LLC in Westfield was awarded a contract from March 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2020 as a consultant related to the ongoing redevelopment of the On3 site, formerly Hoffmann-La Roche.

Viridian Environmental Consultants in Montclair was awarded a one-year contract not to exceed $12,000 for a preliminary assessment of DeMuro Park.

The township entered into a one-year contract from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2020 with the law firm of Scarinci and Hollenback, LLC in Lyndhurst for labor counsel for the Department of Public Safety at a rate of $150 per an hour not to exceed $50,000.

Transfer of 2019 appropriation reserves of $296.000 were approved for the Department of Public Works and Water.

The township will auction off five owner-abandoned vehicles all titled as junk along with one standard title cleared through the Department of Motor Vehicle. A 2004 Dodge will be auctioned at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10 at Nicolette Towing in Belleville. A 1985 Chevy; 2004 Cadillac; a 2006 Chrysler; and a 2007 Toyota will be auctions at 2 p.m. on March 10 at Twin Towing in Belleville.

Raffle applications were approved for Nutley-Belleville Columbus Day and Heritage Parade Committee for an on-premise merchandise and 50/50 cash raffles on Friday, March 29; Nutley Music Booster Association on-premise merchandise and 50/50 cash raffles on Saturday, March 14; Rotary Club of Nutley for on-premise merchandise and 50/50 cash raffles on April 4; PTO Nutley High School for Bingo and on-premise merchandise and 50/50 cash raffles on April 26; and Nutley Family Service Bureau for Night at the Races and on-premise merchandise and 50/50 cash raffles on April 18.

Public Comment

Suzanne Beadle, past-president of the Nutley Community Preservation Partnership, said that although the organization is no longer active they have one more request of the township before the organization dissolves. 

Beadle proposed dedicating “Lambert Square” to William A. Lambert, the architect and builder who built over 500 houses in Nutley. Beadle requested the commissioners come to the ceremony on April 25 to Lambert Square for the ceremony. A talk and reception will follow at the Nutley Museum, 65 Church St. Beadle also requested that April 25 be declared as Lambert Day.

“Nutley looks like Nutley because of William A. Lambert,” said Beadle.

Julie Sidwell of Nutley, brought to the attention of the mayor the dangers at the Frank A. Cocchiola Playground at Yanticaw Park on Centre Street. She presented pictures that show, what she claims is an eight-foot drop next to the slides.

Mayor and Public Works Commissioner Joseph P. Scarpelli said that is an Essex County park. Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci said he will notify the county parks department. Tucci said him and Frank DeMaio will go and take a look at the park, so they can speak from position of authority. Tucci said he would get back to her with a response from the county.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3.

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