NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Board of Commissioners held their first virtual public meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, May 5. All five commissioners were present from separate locations. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the remainder of the 2020-year public meetings have been moved online to Zoom until further notice.

A moment of silence was held for the residents who died from COVID-19 pandemic.

Payroll overtime as of April 17 for the COVID-19 pandemic is a total of $1,764.72 which includes the Department of Public Safety $1,321.15 and the Department of Parks & Public Properties S443.57 which will be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the CARE Act.

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Announcements

The commissioners wished Public Affairs Commissioner Steven L. Rogers well on his “retirement” from the board. This was Rogers final BOC meeting as the next meeting on May 19 is after township elections. Scarpelli noted that Nutley is one of the few townships to have a Veteran Affair’s Department, something that Rogers created during his time as commissioner. Rogers made a speech at the end of the meeting thanking his fellow commissioners, Municipal Clerk Eleni Pettas and Municipal Attorney Alan Genitempo. Rogers closed his speech with a quote from President Ronald Regan when he left office, “Gentlemen, ladies not bad, not bad at all.”

Proclamation

A proclamation was read to recognize May 6-12 as National Nurses Week and the month of May as, “Nurses Month: You Make a Difference.” The proclamation acknowledges Nutley Public Health registered nurses, Patricia L Cruz, Kim Lewis and Madeline Goglia for their service during the COVOD-19 pandemic.

Ordinance

Ordinance No. 3441 introduced by Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco will remove the charge and collection of the $25 administration fee on every vehicle towed to compensate the Township for its administrative costs. The ordinance will amend the ordinance in the code of Nutley, chapter 673, entitled Vehicles, Impoundment and Towing, particularly Section 5 entitled “towing,” Subsection K entitled “Towing and Storage Fee Schedule.”

Ordinance No. 3442 to amend the salaries of certain officers and township employees — public health nurse supervisor was tabled.

Ordinance No. 3443 to exceed the 2020 municipal budget appropriation limits, and to establish a cap bank was introduced by Commissioner Evans. Evans said this is a paper entry and that if something extraordinary happened within the two years the cap bank would then be applied. “We never had a need to do that. This board has always been adamant about the fact that we will not do that. We do that as a security measure simply because you need to be prepared for what could be the unknown; to what we are facing with the global pandemic,” he said.

Public hearings for both ordinances will be held during the June 4 Board of Commissioners meeting.

Resolutions

A resolution was approved declaring May as Mental Health Month “Tools 2 Thrive.” “It’s important that we raise awareness especially at this time that many people in our township, as well as around the country, got depressed, and they gotten truly affected emotionally with this crisis but in our township we have a lot of resources […], don’t be ashamed to make a phone call and ask for some help or somebody to talk with you,” said Rogers.

Residents can reach out to Nutley Family Service Bureau at 973-667-1884 and Nutley Health Department at 973-284-4976.

A resolution was also passed to declare May as Military Appreciation Month. According to Rogers, due to the pandemic many veterans who have died because of COVID-19 or other illnesses and because of state regulations and national rules, were denied the proper military honors that would normally be entitled to them including a call from a military officer, flags, and the playing of “Taps.” “This Board of Commissioners […] decided we will not allow that go by without being answered,” said Rogers.

Rogers said the township has a list of some Nutley veterans that have died. The board is making sure that a military officer would call the families, the veterans would get flags and military honors when the pandemic subsides. Residents who know a veteran who passed should let the township know. “Every day is military appreciation day in this township,” said Rogers.

Resolution 86-20 was approved granting an extension of the grace period to June 1 with no penalty for the second quarter property tax payments due to the pandemic. On March 9, Gov. Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 103 declaring a public health emergency and a state of emergency.

Integrity Recycling and Waste Solutions, Inc. of Flemington was awarded a three year contract with two one-year options for contract extensions on July 1, 2015. The contract was extended from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. Change Order No. 1 was approved to increase the contract by $60,000. The total adjusted contract amount is $120,000.

Refunds of overpayment of taxes were issued to the owners of 38 Cedar St. for $250 for 2019 taxes and to 456 River Road Apt. L for $3,651.17 for 2020 taxes.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 19 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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