NUTLEY, NJ - Event permits and the League of Municipality questioned during the public comment portion of the July 9 Board of Commissioners meeting.
Public Affairs Commissioner John V. Kelly III announced that the Pediatric Vaccine Clinic is resuming and will be held every third Wednesday of the month, by appointment only.
In addition, Kelly said that masks are required in all public spaces, whenever people cannot maintain the required 6 feet of social distancing. He also cautioned those who wear glasses, to be careful crossing streets as the masks may fog up the glasses. In addition, Kelly stated that an elderly woman lost consciousness, crashed, and died due to wearing a mask while driving. “I strongly encourage people to remove their masks if they are driving by themselves,” he said.
Rory Moore of Nutley questioned why Nutley Thriving Survivors needed to submit an application for their annual walk, while Black Lives Matter did not need to for their protest. Moore believes it is a safety issue and benefits the townspeople to know how many people will be there, if streets will be blocked off and what public restrooms will be used.
Tucci explained that all Nutley sponsored events or events held in the town that the Board supports need to submit event applications. “It’s not a protest, it’s an event,” he said.
Municipal Attorney Alan Genitempo added, “It’s a First Amendment issue verses a community event issue. […] Political protests are considered differently under the constitution. […] Political First Amendment protesters are not necessarily required to gather a permit or permission, however luckily they have been very cooperative with the township, advised us of their intentions and have been very cooperative with the police department and the township in their activities.”
Moore also again questioned the township’s involvement with the League of Municipalities and the convention. According to Moore, the number one reason people attend is to see the vendors and then to network. He claims the township spends $35,000 on the League of Municipalities and an additional $3,400 on the convention and does not receive any direct benefit.
Moore said when he asked if the League will hold a convention this year, they were unsure and said the ability to host mini conventions where attendees can sit at their desk and watch videos all day is available. Moore believes the convention is wasteful spending. In addition, Moore claims he inquired about township employees taking the classes and the League has no record of any of them.
Tucci said many employees of the township must attend the convention usually held in Atlantic City to receive their continuing education units and to recertify their individual licenses and/or certifications. According to Tucci, one class needed is from the Joint Insurance Fund on employee practices liability, where the township receives a reduction in their premium of $250 per a commissioner.
The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 7 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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