NUTLEY, NJ - Plans to open a tattoo parlor were discussed during the public comment portion of the Nutley Board of Commissioners Tuesday, March 3 public meeting. Public Affairs Commissioner Steven L. Rogers was absent excused.

Announcements

Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas J. Evans reminded residents that the DMV mobile unit will be at the Parks and Recreation Building lot at 44 Park Ave. on March 27 from 10 to 2 p.m., for license renewal with the new required validated federal driver’s license, car inspections and license plate redemptions.

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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 was approved. The complete ordinance can be found on the township website Ordinance 3437 Adopt.

Resolutions

Resolution No. 56-20 was approved allowing Nutley’s Department of Public Works to purchase new single space parking meters and accessories from IPS Group, Inc. in San Diego, California through the New Brunswick Parking Authority Cooperative Pricing System. The total project cost is not to exceed $248,007.50.

Resolution No. 54-20 was approved allowing Nutley’s Department of Public Safety to participate with New Jersey’s Federal Grant Program administered by the Division of Criminal Justice, Department of Law and Public Safety.  The Nutley Police Department is applying for funding of approximately $60,000 with a match of $167,762.21 for an approximate total cost of $227,762.21 for a project under the 2019-2020 State of New Jersey Safe and Secure Communities Grant Program.

The Department of Public Affairs health department has applied for a $20,000 grant through Partners for Health and New Jersey Healthy Community Network, to create and implement a localized Health and Wellness Community Needs Assessment in partnership with Robert Schermer, LLC. Grant monies will be distributed in two payments, $10,000 in January 2020 and $10,000 in January 2021. Results from this survey will be utilized to address the major concerns highlighted by the community within the survey.

The Mayor and Board of Commissioners became a member of the North Jersey Wastewater Cooperative Pricing System for the provision of goods and services effective March 3 through Nov. 24, 2024 and each renewal thereafter of the system unless the township elects to formally withdraw from the system.

Tammy Rossi of 28 Colonial Terrace was granted a refund of $50 per each tree she replanted, a total of $150. Shade Tree Preservation Ordinance No. 665-22 states that for each tree removed a fee of $50 is charged and for each tree planted in its place and approved by the township forester that fee is reimbursed.

Public Comment

Ronak Patel of Nutley, along with his business partners Daloma Iglesias and Oxana Alap approached the commissioners with their plan to open a tattoo studio and art gallery at 381 Centre St. in Nutley. Patel said the partners want to create an upscale studio and will provide a high-end service. They own 7 Souls Tattoos and Piercings, a chain in Jersey City, Fair Lawn and Ramsey as well as studios in Philadelphia and New Haven, Connecticut. According to Patel, the trio has together over 20 years of tattooing experience and 15 years of operational experience. “Everyone here has at least a close family member or a friend that has a tattoo or a piercing […],” said Patel.

Scarpelli said there is no zoning for a tattoo parlor in Nutley and it’s a long process to go through a zoning change. He explained the trio would have to approach the Code Department and it would have to go through the Planning Board before it appears in front of the Board of Commissioners for final approval.

Rory Moore of Nutley questioned the League of Municipalities charges under each department in the March 3 bill list. Moore asked why each department is paying the organization individually. Mayor and Public Works Commissioner Joseph P. Scarpelli explained that it is the yearly dues evenly distributed between each of the five departments.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.