NUTLEY, NJ - Mayor and Public Works Commissioner Joseph P. Scarpelli addressed the public about a racist video circulating on social media by Nutley teenagers during the Thursday, Jan. 2 Nutley Board of Commissioners public meeting. Public Affairs Commissioner Steven L. Rogers was absent excused.

At the time of the Thursday night meeting the video was still under investigation.  It was determined that evening after the BOC meeting by Nutley Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutors Office that no crime was committed. Scarpelli said, “As a township we do not condone this kind of speech and as a Board we want to ensure that Nutley is the place to feel safe, secure and welcome.”

Ordinances

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Ordinance No. 3431, introduced by Mayor and Public Works Commissioner Joseph P. Scarpelli on Nov. 18, 2019 was approved. The ordinance will fix the salaries of certain officers and employees for non-union employees in the departments of public affairs, revenue and finance, public safety, public works and water, parks and public property, and legal.

Karen O’Malley of Nutley inquired why in the ordinance certain minimum based salaries are listed at $8 or $10 an hour, while as of this year New Jersey state minimum wage is $11 an hour. Scarpelli said there are some exceptions.

Rory O’Moore questioned how the township arrives at the minimum and maximum base salaries listed in the ordinance. Scarpelli said the township researches what those positions are paying in other municipalities keeping the township competitive in salary wages.

Ordinance No. 3433, introduced by Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco on Dec. 3 was approved. The ordinance allows for handicap parking on Jefferson Street on the south side, beginning at a point 285 feet west of Crestwood Avenue, east for a distance of 22 feet; and removal of handicap spaces at Wesley Place on the east side, from point 135 feet south of King Street, south for a distance of 22 feet; Milton Avenue on the north side, beginning at a point 530 feet west of Bloomfield Avenue, west for a distance of 22 feet; and King Street on the south side, from point 234 feet east of St. Mary’s Place, east for a distance of 20 feet.

Rory Moore questioned if the spot was only for the handicap residence or if anyone who is handicapped can park in the spot. Moore said some towns designate spots only for the person who lives at the location. Scarpelli said the way Nutley has the ordinance set anyone who has a handicap placard can park in the spot. Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas J. Evans agreed with the mayor and cited NJSA 39:4-197.5 confirming that anyone with a valid handicap placard or license can park in the designated spot.

Ordinance No. 3434 introduced by Petracco on Dec. 3 was approved. The ordinance fixes the salaries of certain officers and employees of the township effective Jan. 1, 2018 for the IBEW Local 1158 of the Department of Public Safety. Public Safety telecommunicator’s salaries will be $23,000 minimum $23,000 to $64,000 maximum.

Ordinance No. 3435 also introduced by Petracco on Dec. 3 was approved. The ordinance fixes the salaries of certain officers and employees of the township effective Jan. 1, 2018 for the FMBA Local 44 and 44A Department of Public Safety. The salaries for firefighters will be $25,000 minimum and $105,599.19 maximum; lieutenants’ salary will be $106,300.64 minimum and $127,124.67 maximum; captains will be $126,590.37 minimum and $148,650.22 maximum; and deputy chief will be $166,688.58 minimum and $185,879.89 maximum.

Resolutions

Resolution No 3-10 states the township entered into a collective bargaining agreement with the Nutley Dispatchers I.B.E.W. Local 1158. On Dec. 30, 2019, the memorandum of agreement which was reached by both parties resolving all issues and disputes. The township entered into a three year contact from 2017 through 2019 with the Nutley Dispatchers I.B.E.W. Local 1158.

Resolution No. 1-20 was approved authorizing the township to establish a Cooperative Pricing System and enter into a Cooperative Pricing Agreement with its administration. New Brunswick Parking Authority agreed to offer voluntary participation in the Cooperative Pricing System for the purchase of goods or services.

Resolution No 4-20, a bylaw amendment for the Suburban Essex Joint Insurance Fund was approved. The amendment states the name change from Suburban Essex Joint Insurance Fund to Suburban Metro Joint Insurance Fund.

Richard Mazzitelli, a Department of Public Safety employee was granted medical leave of absence without pay effective Dec. 3, 2019 through March 31, 2020.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14.

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