NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to award a professional services contract to Daniel Geltrude to do a forensic audit of the Nutley Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad (NVERS). The contract is not to exceed the amount of $15,000.
Ahead of the vote, during the portion of the meeting reserved for public comment on resolution items, James Mazza, an assistant chief of EMS, questioned the resolution. He question centered on why the Township of Nutley was auditing a private 501(c)3 that is not a part of the Township of Nutley.
Township attorney Alan Genitempo replied that the township controls the squad and that the purpose of the audit was to "see where the direction of the squad goes." Genitempo further explained that Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco trusts Geltrude.
After the single public comment, the Board of Commissioners went into a closed Executive Session for over two hours. The subject of that meeting is not know. When the commissioners returned, the meeting resumed. At time, Commissioner Petracco read the resolution, all five commissioners approved the resolution.
The resolution reads:
WHEREAS, the Township of Nutley has the need to retain the services of a forensic accountant who specializes in financial auditing;
and WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40A:11-5 (1) (a)(i) permits the award of a professional services contract without public bidding;
and WHEREAS, Daniel Geltrude, of the Accounting Firm of Geltrude and Company, LLC, 513 Franklin Avenue, Nutley, New Jersey 07110 has submitted a proposal to do a forensic audit of the Nutley Volunteer Rescue Squad, on an hourly basis, in the amount not to exceed $15,000.00;
and WHEREAS, funds are available from Account No. 0-01-314-205 and will be certified by the Chief Financial Officer subject to the adoption of the 2020 Municipal Budget;
and WHEREAS, the anticipated term of this contract is for twelve (12) months, from July 15, 2020 through July 15, 2021; and WHEREAS, the Accounting Firm of Geltrude and Company has completed and submitted a Business Entity Disclosure Certification which certifies that they have not made any reportable disqualifying contributions to a political or candidate committee in the Township of Nutley in the previous one year, and that the contract will prohibit them from making any reportable contributions through the term of the contract;
and NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Nutley, County of Essex, State of New Jersey, that the Mayor is hereby authorized to enter into a contract with Daniel Geltrude, of the Accounting Firm of Geltrude and Company, LLC as a Professional Service.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution, as well as the Contract shall be placed on file with the Clerk of the Township of Nutley; and a notice in accordance with the Local Public Contracts Law of New Jersey in the form attached hereto shall be published in the Nutley Sun.
Geltrude and Company had provided professional services to NVERS in the past. Geltrude and Petracco both graduated from Nutley High School in the class of 1983.
During the closed executive session, TAPinto Nutley received two letters to the editor regarding this matter. One was from a volunteer EMS, the other from the president of the Nutley Volunteer Emergency and Rescue Squad.
Letters to the Editor:
In 2019, Geltrude was inducted into the Nutley Hall of Fame: Nutley Hall of Fame Inducts Class of 2019 in Ceremony at Nutley Public Library
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