NUTLEY, NJ - Resident asks township to join the West Essex Out of the Darkness suicide awareness and prevention walk during the Tuesday, July 16 Board of Commissioners public meeting.


Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas J. Evans announced the Department of Motor Vehicle mobile van will be available again on Oct. 11 at the Parks and Recreation parking lot on Park Avenue.

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Mayor and Public Works Commissioner Joseph P. Scarpelli thanked his fellow commissioners and the department employees for all their help with the Fourth of July festivities. According to Scarpelli, over 5,000 people showed for the fireworks display.


A public hearing was held for Ordinance No. 3421 to fix the salaries of certain officers and employees of the township effective Jan. 1, 2019 for the Department of Revenue and Finance introduced by Commissioner Thomas J. Evans. The salaries for elevator sub-code official part time minimum will be $20,000 and maximum will be $25,000; plumbing sub-code official part time minimum will be $40 an hour and maximum will be $45 an hour; and plumbing sub-code official part time salary will be $40,000 minimum and maximum will be $45,000. The ordinance was approved unanimously.


Resolution No. 186-19 was approved to reject the bid offer of $269 from Marczaks, Inc. of Metuchen for municipal vehicles and equipment no longer useful and/or have come to the end of their practical term of services to the township. Those vehicles and equipment are a 1995 Club Car electronic golf cart, a 2002 Blue Bird and a 2002 Chevrolet 2500-HD 4x4. According to Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci, the township will make more money by scrapping them. 

Resolutions 184-19 and 188-19 were approved granting liquor licenses renewals to both F&S Maintenance, LLC (a pocket license) and the Huddle Sports Bar and Grill (plenary retail consumption license) which were up for renewal on June 30, 2019.

A refund of $280 was awarded to Artisan Tasty Bites by Caribbean Breeze in Pemberton for payment for the Farmers’ Market vendor fee.

On-premise merchandise and 50/50 cash raffle tickets were approved for St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church for Friday, Oct. 25.  An Off-premise merchandise raffles license was approved for Holy Family Catholic Church for Sept. 19 through 22. An on-premise merchandise raffle was granted to HSA Good Shepherd Academy for Wednesday, July 31.

Public Comment

Christina Murphy of Nutley, and Rosemary Gabbe, board member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, requested the township’s presence at the West Essex Out of the Darkness Walk at Verona Park on Oct. 20. Murphy said they were there to educate people who have been touched by suicide and help as many people as possible prevent it from happening. Gabbe said AFSP focuses on research, education, advocacy, support and outreach in many communities.

Mayor Scarpelli said he would find a way for the township to participate. Public Affairs Commissioner Steven L. Rogers said his department has been working on a project for about a year that he hopes will go national and launch out of Nutley that will impact mental health and would discuss it further with them.

Rogers asked if the organization will specifically work with veterans and their families as there is an increase of suicides among veterans.

For more information on the West Essex Out of the Darkness Walk, visit

Rory Moore of Nutley apologized to Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas J. Evans for a comment he made incorrectly on July 2 for the lot at 44 Freeman Place.

Nicholas Cozzarelli inquired about how he can acquire the small empty lot adjacent to his property on North Myrtle Avenue near the railroad, to not build on but to keep the children away. Municipal Attorney Alan Genitempo said he would discuss the method and process to do that with him.

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