NUTLEY, NJ - Residents brought forward Harrison Street safety concerns during the public comment section of the Tuesday, July 21 Nutley Board of Commissioners meeting. All commissioners were present however after ordinance introductions, Mayor/Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci left early and Revenue Finance Commissioner Thomas J. Evans presided over the meeting as deputy mayor.

While the BOC is meeting in person in the Commission Chambers, the public may only participate via Zoom where they are able to view the meeting and speak during public comment in real time. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the remainder of the 2020-year public meetings have been moved to Zoom until further notice. 

COVID-19 Overtime for the July 10 Payroll is $6,901.70. The state government will reimburse these funds as part of the CARES Act.

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Announcements

Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas J. Evans gave an update on the Business Collaboration Committee in regard to reopening. Evans said there is talk of use of a parklet and possibly closing Franklin Avenue. Parklets usually take up on-street parking for people to gather where green space is lacking. While they are usually temporary mini parks open to the public, restaurants can with permits, put them up for dining purposes. Evans said he and Public Affairs Commissioner John V. Kelly III were to talk with the Nutley Chamber of Commerce on further planning on July 27.

Kelly said because the recent blood drive was such a success another one will happen in August and the department is looking into holding them monthly.

Kelly announced that the Essex County Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Voucher program is again available for those 60 years and older with a valid photo ID and a monthly income of no more than $1,928 per month or $908 bi-weekly. Nutley Township also will provide eligible seniors with additional coupons. To apply residents must call the Health Department at 973-284-4976.

Ordinances

Ordinance No. 3447 introduced by Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco will enforce two hour parking on both sides of the street on Morris Place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Hancox to (north) end. If the ordinance passes the Department of Public Works will erect and maintain signs so stating ‘’Two Hour Time Limit Parking Only 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.”

Ordinance No. 3448 introduced by Kelly amends the salaries of certain officers and employees of the township effective Sept. 1, 2020 — part time public health physician base minimum salary $5,000 and base maximum salary $30,000.

Public hearings for both ordinances will be held during the Tuesday, Aug. 18 BOC meeting.

Resolutions

The BOC approved Resolution No. 162-20 rescinding Resolution No. 154-20 adopted on July 9, 2020 entitled “Award of Professional Services Contract to Daniel Geltrude of Geltrude and Company LLC.” The BOC had entered into contract with Geltrude to do a forensic audit of the Nutley Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad.

Resolution 159-20 states the Annual Report of the 2019 Audit was read by the commissioners and filed by the registered municipal accountant with the municipal clerk.

The BOC approved emergency temporary appropriations for the total amount of $11,001 for shared service with the Montclair health officer — other expenses.

Resolution 164-20 authorizes the township’s inclusion in the Essex County Urban County Community Development Program for 2021 to 2023.

The township entered into a three-year contract with Integrity Recycling and Waste Solutions in Flemington effective Oct. 1, 2020. The township has an opportunity for two one-year contract extensions.

The township refunded $1,981.17 in overpayments of 2020 tax charges to the owner of 143 Frank St.

The township approved Holy Family Catholic Church’s off-premise 50/50 cash raffle for Sunday, Dec. 27.

Public Comment

Rory Moore of Nutley questioned three items on the July 21 bill list. Two payments to the Township of Belleville for $617.50 and $455 by the Public Safety Department and MUA Specialists LLC, a chiropractic center in Hackensack for $7,500. 

Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco stated the $7,500 was for COVID-19 cleaning for the entire Public Safety building due to the pandemic and is part of the COVID-19 funds.

He also said the payments to Belleville were for outside assignments, the venders will pay the charges, and will not be paid for with taxpayer money.

Moore asked why the Cultural Inclusion and Diversity Council’s virtual meetings are not open for public viewing. Evans said since it is an internal committee it is not required to be public.

Moore also suggested stationing a police car on Harrison Street that recently there was an accident involving someone speeding.

Nancy Ciminnisi of Nutley and a resident of Harrison Street said her husband had a car rear-ended and then last October had a car damaged severely by a hit and run. Ciminnisi said it is a hazard pulling out of their driveway. She is a parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and said the intersection of Prospect and Harrison streets is very dangerous. She asked what the township could do to improve the safety on Harrison Street with speed and the intersection.

Petracco said someone suggested a four-way stop sign, and he will consult with Nutley Police Chief Thomas Strumolo Jr. and the Department of Transportation.

Related article: Commissioners Approve Introduction of Ordinance To Dissolve the Nutley Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad 

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4 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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