NUTLEY, NJ - A moment of silence was held for the family of the Jan. 18 Park Avenue fire during the Nutley Board of Commissioners Tuesday, Feb. 4 public meeting. Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci was absent excused.

Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco thanked the first responders and mutual aid from the surrounding towns. “The EMTs, ambulance squad, police and fire, it’s amazing how they really earn their money and they are worth their weight in gold and the things they have to take home and they see,” he said.

Mayor and Public Works Commissioner Joseph P. Scarpelli commended the residents of Nutley who gave their support through GoFundMe, in person donations, gift cards. “When the chips are down this town rallies around their fellow citizens and always do the right thing. It’s unfortunate that we have to have tragedy for that to kick in, but it is certainly gratified to know that are citizens do care about everybody. The whole town should be commended,” he said.

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A moment of silence was also held for Marie Algieri, 94, of Nutley, who died on Jan. 23.

Ordinances

Ordinance 3437 introduced by Petracco amends Chapter 510 Articles 1 and 2, Section 510-1 through sections 510-20 entitled peddling, soliciting, and canvassing. The complete ordinance can be found on the township website Ordinance 3437 introduction.

A public hearing will be held during the March 3 Board of Commissioners public meeting.

Resolutions

Nutley is requesting a grant of $148,452 from the County Trust Fund for the demolition of the current baseball field, site preparation and installation of a bandshell at Glotzbach Memorial Park

Resolution No 20-10 was approved proclaiming February a National Heart Health Month. Feb. 7 was designated as National Wear Red Day.

Resolution No. 32-20 was approved recognizing February as National African American History Month. The resolution reads “Dr. Carter Goodwin Woodson established Black History Week in February of 1926 choosing a month that marks the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass, who both greatly impacted the African American population.”  In 1976, the observance was expanded to the month and in 1996 it was renamed to National African American History Month. 

Public Affair Commissioner Steven L. Rogers asked that the late John H. Walker, assistant superintendent of schools and former principal of Yantacaw School also be recognized. “I think it is appropriate to mention that one the greatest African American leaders that we ever had in this town cross our paths was John Walker. This man was a giant of a role model for people no matter what race, color, creed, religion. Always out there with the kids […],” he said. Evans added that an amendment to the resolution include Walker.

Transfer of 2019 appropriation reserves were approved for the Department of Public Affairs $1,000 from Garbage and Trash Removal to Military and Veteran Affairs Salary and Wages; the Department of Revenue and Finance $25,600 from Construction Code Official Other Expenses; Adminstration of Township Ordinance Other Expenses; and Treasurer’s Office Other Expenses to Construction Code Official Salary and Wages and Treasurer’s Office Salary and Wages; the Department of Public Safety $1,000 from Municipal Court Salary and Wages to Public Defender Salary and Wages; and the Department of Public Works  $1,200 from Municipal Prosecutor Other Expenses and Rent Leveling Other Expenses to Municipal Prosecutor Salary and Wages and Rent Leveling Salary and Wages.

Dot Designing, LLC in Monroe Township was awarded a contract not to exceed $21,000 for recreation uniforms, equipment and supplies.

Dujets Tree Experts in Woodland Park was awarded a contract not to exceed $50,000 for tree removal service.

A refund of $1,639.50 in escrow fee was refunded to 432 Owners, Inc. for the property of 1 River Road.

The Law Firm of Piro, Zinna, Cifelli, Paris and Genitempo in Nutley was awarded a non-fair and open contract not to exceed $50,000 to provide legal counsel services concerning municipal tax appeals. The services exceeded the contract and Change Order No. 1 was approved not to exceed $3,062.65.

The Law Firm of Piro, Zinna, Cifelli, Paris and Genitempo in Nutley was also awarded a non-fair and open contract on March 5, 2019 not to exceed $17,000 for services of an attorney who specializes in Municipal Land Use Law in connection with the Township’s Land Use Policies and Litigation. The services exceeded the contract and Change Order No. 1 primarily related to the Diamond Spring v. the Township of Nutley case was approved not to exceed $114.98.

Nicolette Auto Body Works and Twin Inc. trading as Twin Towing, both of Belleville were awarded contracts for towing services in the township. A schedule was created switching between the two companies each month.

Raffle applications were approved for St. Mary’s Catholic Church for an on-premise 50/50 cash raffle on May 29; Knights of Columbus #14712 Holy Family Council on-premise merchandise raffle on April 26; Lincoln School PTO for on-premise merchandise and 50/50 cash raffles on March 29; HAS Good Shepherd Academy for on-premise merchandise and 50/50 cash raffles; and Friends of the Phoenix Center on-premise 50/50 cash raffle and Casino Night on May 1.

Public Comment

Rory Moore claims that municipal employees have to pay for their own schooling and questioned recent schooling the township paid for. Township Attorney Alan Genitempo said the commissioners could not comment on it as Moore filed a complaint with the Government Records Council.

Joan Rubino inquired about the status of the municipal employee handbook. Genitempo said it was completed and it’s being printed. He is unsure if it will be a public document.

Rubino also questioned about the railroad crossing at Highfield Lane and Whitford Avenue. Scarpelli said she should first call the DPW and then if they cannot handle it they will contact Norfolk Southern Railway.