Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Robison died 50 years ago in submarine accident.
Nutley officials joined active members of the U.S. Marine in a solemn ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of Nutley’s Pervis Robison death. Robison, a Nutley High graduate, was a Navy serviceman who died when the submarine he was assigned to lost power and imploded off the coast of Cape Cod during a test run. Nutley Commissioner Steve Rogers, a retired naval commander, led the ceremony at Robison’s memorial outside of town hall on Wednesday morning.
Friday, April 5, 2013
The Board of Commissioners rewarded by the state for sound finances, while it also supports the opposition to draining reservoirs and goes out to bid for annual road repairs contract.
The Nutley Board of Commissioners approved a 2013 municipal budget self-audit, going to bids for road repairs and supported opposing drainage of three reservoirs, at the Tuesday night meeting. First, Commissioner Thomas Evans told the other board members that the township's financial record-keeping history allows the board to conduct its own annual budget examination. "We are approved to self-audit because of the quality of our financial situation," Evans said. “Normally, the DCA (state Division of Community Affairs) would insist on doing this itself, but it allows a municipality to do its own if we're in good financial standing." The resolution from Evans states that, "the state Division of Local Government Services has determined that …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
The Nutley Board of Commissioners, Health Department and Board of Education all joining forces to demand information about removing possible high levels of dioxins from the river.
The Nutley Board of Commissioners said residents worried about pollution very nearby should know that the board and town officials continue to monitor the cleanup of contaminated mud from the Passaic River. “I received the EPA factsheet with information about the Passaic River cleanup that was promised to me by representatives of that agency, and I am distributing the fact sheet to my colleagues tonight, as well as providing it to the Nutley Board of Education," Commissioner Steve Rogers said at Tuesday night’s Board of Commissioner’s meeting. “We are very concerned about reports of high levels of dioxin, a cancer-causing chemical, in the river, and those concerns are heightened because Hurricane Sandy brought the river’s waters onto our …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
The Board of Commissioners Friday reduces $329,000 from the operating budget and $900,000 from capital improvement projects after spending extra days looking for cuts.
The Nutley Board of Commissioners introduced a preliminary $50 million 2013 Municipal Budget Friday morning after trimming an additional $329,000 from operating expenses and nearly $1 million more from capital improvement projects. About 57 percent of properties assessed values stayed the same, but 43 percent lost value, so computing any average tax increase is not possible, Commissioner Thomas Evans said. Evans said the majority of the $629,000 increase in the operating budget came from increases in health care costs, while the second largest increase comes from money set for economic development projects. The total loss of assessed value was more than $100 million, or nearly 2.5 percent of the $3.41 billion in total property values, …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The Board of Commissioners aims to cut a minimum of $180,000 before introducing the 2013 municipal budget Friday, and also vows to reduce capital improvement spending by $1 million.
The Nutley Board of Commissioners aim to slash the 2013 municipal budget by at least $180,000 and trim at least $1 million from capital improvement spending. The board is scheduled to introduce a budget of approximately $55 million at a special Friday morning continuance of Tuesday's meeting. The introduction and spending cuts are needed to meet the state-mandated deadline and to reduce the budget to less than a 2 percent increase, according to Commissioner Thomas Evans, director of the Department of Revenue and Finance. "I need you all to really look at all of your department budgets, and to cut as much out as you can, then give the numbers to my department by Thursday morning," Evans said. "We have to cut at least $180,000 to get our tax…
Sunday, March 10, 2013
The Board of Commissioners continue to explore ways to make Nutley more business friendly, this time focusing on restaurants with outdoor seating.
The Nutley Board of Commissioners talked more about how to make the township more business friendly last week. The board agreed in February to appoint members to an Economic Development Advisory Committee to entice businesses and families to come to the township. Discussions focused on encouraging outdoor seating at restaurants and more generally the board's ability to change existing regulations to favor business. Commissioner Thomas Evans was absent Tuesday but had told the board last month that residents with skills, experience and professional expertise will be asked to recommend ideas about the broader aspects of business and development in Nutley. The purpose of establishing the committee is to have a small, but inclusive group of …
Friday, February 22, 2013
The Nutley Board of Commissioners is soliciting residents with professional expertise for ways to attract businesses and families to the township.
The Nutley Board of Commissioners this week agreed to appoint members to an Economic Development Advisory Committee tasked with enticing businesses and families to come to the township. Commissioner Thomas Evans told the board that residents with skills, experience and professional expertise will be asked to recommend ideas about the broader aspects of business and development in Nutley. "The purpose of establishing the committee is to have a small but inclusive group of folks prepare a report on how to make Nutley a more friendly place for businesses and families," Evans said. "We would decide then which ideas are ultimately feasible, both economically and for other reasons." As an example Evans said Superintendent of Schools Russell …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
EPA and the Essex Regional Health Board will take lead on reviewing results.
On Monday, Feb. 11, Nutley Commissioner Steven Rogers met with representatives of the EPA, the Director of the Essex Regional Health Commission, and representatives of the Nutley Board of Education to learn about the dioxin testing on the Passaic River. "I am satisfied that the EPA will now communicate closely with the Health Department with regard to the work and testing being done on the Passaic River," said Commissioner Rogers. Commissioner Rogers said that the EPA and Sandy Harris, the Director of the Essex Regional Health Commission would take the lead on reviewing and disseminating testing results and other information to Nutley. He added that the Health Department would be in close contact with the Nutley Board of Education as …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The Board of Commissioners on Monday night say goodbye to township nurse leaving for Montclair, while officially announcing the 2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade dignitaries.
The Nutley Board of Commissioners on Monday night said thank you to the township's public health nurse for 10 years of service, while officially recognizing the 2013 Nutley St. Patrick's Day Parade dignitaries. Margaret "Peggy" Brodowski thanked the board and her colleagues, saying, "I consider myself lucky to have been able to live and work in such a wonderful township." Commissioner Thomas Evans, after a proclamation thanking Brodowski was read, joked, "And also, my flu shot didn't hurt too much." Her service was called "above and beyond the call of duty" in the proclamation. Commissioner Steve Rogers joked about how Brodowski began checking his blood pressure after he became a board member last May. "And she made sure I got some …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The Nutley Board of Commissioners looks at joining surrounding municipalities in negotiating a garbage contract as a group to save money, says problems can be solved.,
The Board of Commissioners agreed to extend the nearly $800,000, Nutley trash collection contract for another year, and renewing the option brought discussion of possibly joining other towns to get a lower group rate. The governing body picked up the option on Jan.15 to use the same solid waste collection company through 2013, after discussion about the price being competitive. Officials also praised the quality of the service. At the Jan. 15 public commissioners meeting, Commissioner Steve Rogers brought the idea to the four other board members. Commissioner Thomas Evans then questioned the entire process of negotiating a garbage contract. “Do we know if any of the other towns, like say Bloomfield, are using the same hauler?” Evans asked…