Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Board of Commissioners approve a plan to quicken the delivery of emergency funds to residents seeking public assistance
Nutley officials Tuesday night took steps that will make it easier and faster for families in need to obtain financial assistance. Nutley’s chief financial officer will be authorized to immediately cut a check to any resident in emergent need of public assistance, after the Board of Commissioners introduced a change to speed up the process during their regular meeting. The township is the source of public assistance "of last resort," according to Commissioner Steve Rogers, who sponsored the ordinance. "We need to tighten up the language, and give the township CFO the authority to give residents a check right away if needed," Roger said. The township will then be reimbursed by county and state public assistance funds, he said. Mayor …
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Belleville and Nutley hold observances for local residents lost on 911, while schools teach students about the attacks, Belleville officials discuss school overcrowding and more last week.
Residents and elected officials in Belleville and Nutley remembered 9/11 with two separate ceremonies on Tuesday. At the Belleville 9/11 Memorial site at Franklin Avenue and Chestnut Street, a wreath was placed by a small group of residents, who also planted small flags around the site. At the 9/11 Memorial located in front of Nutley Town Hall on Chestnut Street, residents wept and held each other. Joseph Fornarotto, chairman of the township’s veterans council, was joined by other veterans joined students at a 9/11 Memorial at the edge of Belleville School No. 7. With the fall season, boy scout leaders in Nutley and Belleville are welcoming any boys in grades one through five to join their ranks and enjoy many fun activities. There was a …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Sealed bids will be opened on Sept. 25
The Nutley Board of Commissioners will open bids on Sept. 25 from interested companies that want to collect leaves and haul away recycling from the town’s drop off site. The bids will be read at 3 p.m. on Sept. 25. Commissioner Joseph Scarpelli said the state requires competitive bidding for leaf collection. Announcing the bid process for leaf pick-up was one of the first things the council did after returning from summer break in early September. The town switched from leaves being collected at the curb to leaves being bagged because of state regulations that are meant to keep sewers from clogging with leaves, Scarpelli said. In other action, the township and the board of education are sharing services with physicians, Commissioner …
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Families in Belleville and Nutley share their first days of school experiences, both towns schedules 911 anniversary observances, and Belleville firefighters quickly contain a house blaze.
Nutley and Belleville students began the 2012-13 school year on Thursday with excitement. School officials in both towns said the first day went smoothly, with several new principals beginning assignments in Nutley. Belleville children returned to schools that had fresh paint, repaired ceilings and improved electrical systems. The communities of Belleville and Nutley scheduled remembrance ceremonies to honor those who died in the 9/11 attacks. Both events will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Joining township officials will be clergy, friends and families of those who died. In addition, local churches are holding special observances. Belleville will have a remembrance at 9 a.m. at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Chestnut Street, officials …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Board of Commissioners meet tonight to continue work began earlier this summer.
While Nutley residents have enjoyed vacationing this summer, Nutley officials have been hard at work. That work will continue when the board meets tonight at 7 p.m. in Nutley Town Hall Commissioners Chambers on Chestnut Street. At its last meeting, Nutley commissioners approved funding assistance for a special needs group, exempted artists from paying fees to attend an upcoming event, and OK’d an application to repair sidewalks and repave streets. Commissioner Mauro Tucci said at the Aug. 21 commissioners meeting a bid was awarded for services to the Special Young Adults group in town, but a second bidder has contested the award, so the official vote had to be delayed. The group, which provides an adult day program for special needs youth…
Monday, August 20, 2012
Nutley has public meetings and a free blood pressure screening, while both township libraries have lots of summer programs left for adults and children.
What's happening in Belleville and Nutley this week? Here are some events happening in town that may be worth checking out: There are also some programs coming up this week at the Belleville Library, at 221 Washington Ave. For more information on these and other programs, call the library at 973-450-3434.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Commissioner Mauro Tucci aims to balance keeping costs down with keeping more than 135 different programs under Nutley's recreation program.
Commissioner Mauro Tucci has directed Nutley's Department of Parks, Recreation and Public Properties since 2000, and said he wants to balance costs while keeping a recreation program that is competitive with others in the area. To do that, Tucci said he is undertaking a complete reorganization of the department, looking into each position and the dollars being spent. "We need to maximize the use of every dollar, like we've done with installing new synthetic turf at Monsignor Owens Field," he said. “That will now save us money going forward because it needs less maintenance and allows us to use the whole park as much as possible." On July 12, Nutley recreation officials broke ground on a 169,000-square-foot synthetic turf field on Owens …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Board passes resolution outlining how it plans to replace $9.1 million in tax revenues, act to find different purposes for the huge site's buildings and include town's attorneys and professionals.
Nutley commissioners and the town's tax assessor talked about Monday about a plan to respond to Roche Pharmaceuticals decision to leave and take more than $9 million in tax revenues. A month after the news that the town's biggest employer known for its groundbreaking research was leaving the iconic 127-acre campus partly in Clifton on Route 3 by the end of 2014, Commissioner Mauro Tucci said the governing body and town's professionals are uniting to ensure the best outcome for residents. The resolution passed July 17 outlines the commissioners plans to use town attorneys, planning and zoning officials, and tax professionals and possibly outside tax counsels to tackle lost tax revenues, possible contamination of the site and how best to use…
Friday, July 20, 2012
Nutley Commissioners resolve to place tax liens on properties where brush, hedges, grass and weeds were overgrown and the township pays a private company to clean up yards.
If you want to avoid a tax problem in Nutley, cut your lawn. Residents with overgrown public or private properties may be subject to having their properties cleaned up at a cost to the town. But the Township of Nutley intends to recoup those costs from property owners - even if it means putting a tax lien on their property. Nutley Commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday to place tax liens on properties that are overgrown and had to be cleaned up by a private company hired by the town, according to Commissioner Thomas Evans. "We want to make sure Nutley stays beautiful, and this gives us the opportunity to provide a short-term cleanup of a property, and we're willing to wait to get the money back later when the property is sold," Evans …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
But the two sides appear to be far apart on reaching an agreement about tax abatements and demolishing buildings, leaders said.
A tax abatement agreement, demolishing vacant buildings and the financial impact of the closing of the Roche campus closing in Nutley were some of the topics discussed at meeting between a key Roche executive and two township leaders. Though an executive from the company and township leaders met - they appeared to have a long way to go before agreeing on what would happen to Nutley once the Roche campus closes a year from now. Nutley Mayor Alphonse Petracco and Commissioner Thomas Evans, director of Nutley’s Dept. of Revenue and Finance, confirmed Monday they met with Tom Lyon of Roche last week. Lyon is vice president and site head of the Roche campus in Nutley and Clifton. The mayor said Monday the company will work closely with Nutley…