Public Affairs Commissioner announces the new health officer and Italian Heritage/Columbus Day Parade honorees are recognized during the Tuesday, Sept. 5 Nutley Board of Commissioners public meeting.Photo Credit: TAPinto Nutley Staff
By Deborah Ann Tripoldi
NUTLEY, NJ- Public Affairs Commissioner announces the new health officer and Italian Heritage/Columbus Day Parade honorees are recognized during the Tuesday, Sept. 5 Nutley Board of Commissioners public meeting.
Mayor/Public Works Commissioner Joseph P. Scarpelli announced the birth of the township attorney Jonathan Bruno’s baby girl, Luciana Donatello.
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Scarpelli announced the township’s annual Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24 at Memorial Park also known as “The Mudhole.”
Public Affairs Commissioner John V. Kelly III introduced the township’s new public health officer, Michele O'Reilly. “For the first time in over two decades Nutley now has a health officer. This is required by statute. We previously contracted with other municipalities to utilize their health officer,” he said.
According to Kelly, O’Reilly has over 13 years experience in public health, and recently served as Bayonne’s health officer in Hudson County. “And with that we have a lot of opportunity to really expand the health programs, the offerings we have in this town and additionally get some additional grant funding. I think in the last couple years that with the COVID[-19] pandemic, it's just more important now than ever that we have our own health officer to really put Nutley first and make sure that Nutley health is really a priority, more so than it has been in the past.
Revenue and Finance Commissioner Thomas J. Evans introduced Ordinance No. 3528 providing for the reconstruction of the roadway on Vreeland Avenue and utilizing $532,772 worth of grant monies received from the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
A public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 3.
A public hearing was held for Ordinance No. 3525 introduced by Public Safety Commissioner Alphonse Petracco on Aug 1. The ordinance amends an ordinance codified in the Code of the township, Chapter 22 titled "Vehicles and Traffic”, particularly Article 2 “Parking on Certain Streets,” Section 14 entitled “Parking Prohibited, Certain Hours.” The ordinance limits the parking time on New Street south side from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The updated ordinance changed “school days” to Monday through Friday. The ordinance was approved.
Ordinance No. 3526 introduced by Scarpelli on behalf of the Commissioners on Aug. 15 was approved. The ordinance fixes the salaries of certain non-union officers and employees of the township effective Jan. 1.
Ordinance No. 3527 introduced by Evans on Aug. 15 was approved. “This is a fully funded ordinance that we won't have to bond for this, it's for additional funding for certain capital improvements for both the township and the school,” he said.
The Board again recognized September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
The Board of Commissioners recognized the honorees of the Nutley Belleville Italian Heritage Month and Columbus Day Parade with resolutions. The 41st annual parade will be held on Sunday, Oct. 8. This year’s honorees are Grand Marshals — Maria and Vincenzo DiPaolo; Renaissance Awards — Charla Macaluso and Eric J. Lavin; Business Leader— Renee Friscia Cahil; Community Excellence — Matthew Tyahla; Italian Heritage Award — Dennis A. Genuario; Lifetime Achievement Award — Elisabetta Calello; Italian Women of the Year— Linda Monterosa (Nutley) and Frances H. Bacardi (Belleville); and Italian Men of the Year—Daniel A. Carnicella (Nutley) and Peter E. Caggiano (Belleville).
Resolution No. 178-23 was approved to register the annual audit of the townships books, accounts and financial transactions for the year 2022 and will be filed by the registered municipal account with the municipal clerk.
The township entered into a contract with D&L Paving Contractors, Inc.,in Nutley for the Vreeland Avenue Roadway Improvement Project from Franklin to Bloomfield avenues not to exceed $505,856.14.
The BOC approved the refund of overpayments of 2023 tax charges to the owner of 447 Harrison St. for $2,108.18 and the owner of 14 Homer Ave. for $933.80.
Vision Solar, LLC submitted and paid for a solar panel permit at 17 Webster St. for $682. The company is requesting a refund for the municipal permit fee since they did not install the solar panels at the property. The $30 DCA fee and the 20 percent planned fee cannot be refunded. A refund of $515.60 was granted by the Board.
The Board approved refunds of escrow monies for land use applications totaling $3115 for four properties listed in Resolution No. 187-23.
Overpayments of water charges of $111.11 was refunded to the owner of 18 Homer Ave.
Raffle applications were approved for the Rotary Club of Nutley for an on premises Merchandise Raffle on premises 50/50 cash raffle for Nov. 4; Nutley Junior Raider Booster Club for an on premises 50/50. Cash raffles on Dec. 15; and St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church for an on premise 50/50 cash raffle and on premises merchandise raffle and Bingo aon Oct. 13.