The Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission awarded the town of Nutley and Mayor Mauro G. Tucci a $5,308 check on Tuesday morning, stemming from a rebate program in which town code enforcement officials ensure that new projects comply with the PVSC’s rules and regulations.
Tucci told Patch that he would like to see the $5,308 be allocated toward the town’s code enforcement efforts.
“This is a direct result of their due diligence so I would prefer [the money] to go back into enforcement,” Tucci said.
Wayne Forrest, the executive director of the PVSC, joined Tucci, PVSC Commissioner Kenneth Lucianin and PVSC Special Assistant Michael DeFrancisci for a check presentation at the Nutley Parks and Recreation Department on Tuesday morning.
The PVSC Municipal Rebate Incentive Program began in 2003.
“The PVSC is continually striving to introduce innovative programs to help streamline our operations while reinforcing our core mission of protecting our local waterways and our environment,” Forrest said in a statement. “The PVSC MRI Program accomplishes this while providing a welcomed new source of revenue for the municipalities we proudly serve.”
The town officials act as the PVSC’s local contacts to ensure that all of the businesses and residences connected to the sewerage system are operating under the correct guidelines.
The $5,308 payment is above the approximately $4,000 average distributed to other municipalities. The PVSC distributed checks to 20 municipalities thus far this year, totaling $84,460.
Forrest said the amount of the local rebate depends on a few factors, including how many new users in a town paid a connection fee to the PVSC, as well as how many new users the town’s code enforcement office was able to identify.
“I am confident that the cooperation between Nutley and the PVSC will continue to yield beneficial results far into the future for both entities,” DeFrancisci said.