NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Board of Commissioners held a teleconference public meeting Tuesday, April 21. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the public meetings for the remainder of the 2020 year have been moved online through Zoom until further notice. All five commissioners were present via the phone.  

A moment of silence was held for all the residents who died from COVID-19. Nutley Commissioners expressed their condolences for Nutley residents Peter M. Brown and Dr. Michael G. Giuliano, both who died due to complications of COVID-19. As of April 30, three more have died, making the total deaths in the township 29.

Peter M. Brown, 53 of Nutley, the manager of S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home, died on Saturday, April 11, 2020. Brown was born Dec. 9, 1966 in Belleville, and was a lifelong resident of Nutley. Dr. Michael Gerard Giuliano, 64, died on April 18, 2020. Giuliano was born on Oct. 18, 1955 in Newark. He had a successful general and geriatrics practice in Nutley serving many generations of families for almost 40 years. Donations can be made to The Dr. Michael G. Giuliano Memorial Fund, visit drmggfund.org. The fund’s vision is “reducing suffering from infectious diseases by supporting advancements in medical research and care.”

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Proclamation

A proclamation was read for those working during the pandemic. The proclamation acknowledges first responders, medical professionals, all those caring for and treating patients, scientist and researchers, educators, public employees, truck drivers, social workers, grocery store workers, and all others that are working to assure that the nation is receiving the vital supplies and services.

It states, “WHEREAS, all these brave men and woman are the most fearless, talented and gifted in the world, who’s incredible spirt and resolve is helping to save lives each day and contributing to the wellbeing of our citizens.” See full proclamation.

Announcements

On April 4, the township had a bond sale. The $5.95 million 1 year bond note was renewed at 1.48 percent interest down from the 1.83 percent it was at last year.

The township completed negotiations with the Essex County Board of Taxation and the township was able to defer the revaluation until 2022. “It just didn’t make any sense to try and move forward with a revaluation when everything is in turmoil […] as of right now, no one especially from the safety stand point, no one has to worry about someone coming into their house,” said Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas J. Evans.

Resolutions

Resolution No. 76-20 was approved to authorize for sealed bids for roofing service and purchase for the Department of Parks and Public Property. Sealed bids are due at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13 addressed to the Municipal Clerk, Nutley Township Hall, One Kennedy Drive at which time they will be open and read.

The township awarded N.W. Financial Group, LLC of Hoboken a professional service contract for the year 2020, not to exceed $1,500 in accordance with a proposal dated April 10 to continue disclosure obligations to the public marketplace.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic Resolution No. 83-20 was approved authorizing the extension of the pet license renewal period for 90 days and the waiver of the $10 late payment penalty through July 31, 2020. Due to the government order of no public gatherings the township’s April free rabies clinic was canceled. The township plans to hold a free rabies clinic in June, date to be determined.

IPS Group, Inc. in San Diego, California was awarded a contract in March not to exceed $248,007.50 to purchase new single space parking meters and accessories. Change Order No. 1 was authorized for $7,435 for additional freight resulting from COVID-19 related delays.

The township approved the transfer of a Plenary Retail Consumption License to JON-GRU, LLC for an inactive “pocket” license with the mailing address of 1 Stewart Ave., Nutley to 692-696 Passaic Ave., Nutley.

Sean Irwin of Pompton was the winning bidder for the surplus township equipment no longer in use in April. He purchased a 2002 Dodge Durango and the 1990 Ford Van ambulance for $50 each.

Public Comments

Rory Moore, of Nutley, questioned a charge of $5,250 Essex County Police Academy on the April 21 bill list. Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco said it may be for a past event or something canceled due to the pandemic and he would look into it. He also questioned charges for Amazon.com Services, Inc. Commissioner Evans said the township finally qualifies to make purchases through Amazon. In addition, Moore questioned charges to four local food establishments during the crisis.

Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci explained the charges are discounted meals that the establishments are providing to the senior citizens and the parks department delivers to them. According to Tucci, the township rotates so everyone gets a chance.

Larry Quirk of Nutley said in other towns he sees many large signs thanking the first responders however in Nutley he sees lots of election signs. He requested the commissioners and all those running for office to replace the signs on major intersections with ones of appreciation towards the first responders, essential workers and the hospitals.

Commissioner Tucci said a banner is being made that will go across Franklin Avenue thanking all those. Commissioner Petracco said he would take down his campaign sign on the corner of Franklin Avenue and Centre Street and replace it with a gratitude sign on behalf of the Board of Commissioners.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 via Zoom.

To gain access to the meeting go to zoom.us/j/98805921694. Password: 876956. For those without computer access or mobile device you may dial into the meeting at:  (number based on your current location) US: +1 929 205 6099; +1 312 626 6799; +1 301 715 8592; +1 346 248 7799; +1 669 900 6833; or +1 253 215 8782. Meeting ID: 988 0592 1694.

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