NUTLEY, NJ - Digital archive ordinance passed and master plan review date questioned by residents during the Tuesday evening, Jan. 16 Nutley Board of Commissioners public meeting.

The Nutley High School Raider Marching Band was given a proclamation on their accomplishments at the Florida Gator Bowl by Board of Commissioners and presented by Board of Education President Daniel Carnicella. See related story NHS Marching Band Honored. The band earned the school $10,000 for new music equipment.

Ordinances

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Ordinance No. 3379 to amend the regulation ordered in code of the township of Nutley, Chapter 228 “Vehicles and Traffic,” particularly Article V, section 20 “Stop Intersections” was introduced by Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco. If the ordinance is approved a stop sign will be placed at the intersection of Crestwood Avenue and Hope Street.

A public hearing and second reading of the ordinance will be held at the Feb. 20 public meeting.

A public hearing and second reading on Ordinance 3378 was held by Commissioner Thomas J. Evans. The ordinance is to provide funds appropriating $200,000 for digital archiving of code enforcement records and related service for Nutley. The ordinance was passed unanimously by the board.

Public Comments

Resident Amy Celento questioned the overtime in water operations for the two week period in the bill list dated Jan. 12. According to the bill it was 44 percent on top of the general salary. Mayor and Public Works Commissioner Joseph P. Scarpelli said, “We had 19 water breaks between Dec. 5 and today.”

Celento also questioned the 6 percent overtime for public safety. Petracco responded, “Traditionally the police department will run $4,000 every two weeks for overtime. However during the holidays we put anti-crime units out there, we put extra staffing out. Traditionally we have a lot of home burglaries this time of year. We put a presence out there on the corners also and I’m very happy to report yes we did spend some money but we did not have one house burglary through the holiday season. …I [would] rather have a safe community and no burglaries.”

Celento requested for a report from the police and fire department. Petracco said he would be able to provide that in the future.

Celento also questioned when the master plan will be reviewed. Scarpelli responded that the master plan by law has to be reviewed every 10 years, so the last one was 2012.” Resident Matthew Brown also questioned the master plan and the development of the On3 property and the Ciccolini Brothers Property and the addition of the multifamily dwelling and asked for the commissioners to review it sooner than 2022.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6.

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