Welcome to the official website of the Township of Scotch Plains, NJ. The government of Scotch Plains is committed to keeping you informed of important news and events and emergency situations. Sign up to receive text alerts from Union County First Alert.  Sign up for our email advisories and, check this website often for updates. 

 

* Please Note: The Municipal Building is open by appointment only. Call 908-322-6700.

 

Tax and other payments can be left in the drop box in the Police Department lobby or via online by clicking here






* Residents with local concerns of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) should contact the Rahway Health Department at 732-827-2085.


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Monday - Friday

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

Main Phone:

908-322-6700

 

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recreation@scotchplainsnj.com


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Request a Tree For Fall 2020

If your property had a township tree which fell during a storm or was lost or removed due to disease or age, and you wish it to be replaced let us know.

 

Or, if you would like a tree planted in front of your house, on public property only, please let us know by submitting your information on the Tree Replacement form.

Get Latest Recycling Info on Recycle Coach App

The Township of Scotch Plains launched Recycle Coach, a free app designed to help make recycling information more accessible to residents. Recycle Coach provides accurate up-to-date information on Scotch Plains recycling schedules in a handy, user-friendly app format.   

 

Residents can access Recycle Coach from their mobile devices, desktop computers, or through digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. The Recycle Coach app is available to download free of charge on the Google Play and the Apple iTunes Store.

 

Click here for more information on the Recycle Coach App. 

Use Reusable Grocery Bags

Online Taxes and Sewer Payments

Online Tax Bill and Sewer Bill Payments are now available on the Township website. Making your payment online is fast, easy, and safe. In just a few minutes, your transaction will be complete. You can choose to pay by a Checking Account ACH Payment (e-Check) or by a Credit Card Payment. 

 

To accommodate those who cannot get to the Municipal Building during normal operating hours, a locked Dropbox has been installed in the vestibule of the Police Department. 


Social Media Updates


Don't Rush to Flush!


Please Dispose Latex Gloves and Masks in Trash Bins -- DO NOT Recycle Them

We are receiving a high amount of latex gloves and masks in the recycling loads this week at Union County processing facility.   

 

These items are NOT considered household recycling and should be properly disposed as trash.     

 

The health and safety is our number one priority and we appreciate your cooperation in this matter. 


Downtown Committee

The Township has developed a committee comprised of approximately 20 members that includes Township officials, business and property owners, local residents and other experts.  

 

The landing page can be accessed by clicking here


Online Tax Account Page

The Township of Scotch Plains has simplified the Online Tax Payment process through a new one-stop landing page.

 

The new link allows residents to find their property by name or address and then directs the amount due for taxes and sewer payments. Click here to access the new landing page.    


Report a Pothole

To help preserve the local roads in Scotch Plains, the Township has implemented a Report a Pothole form for residents. 


Report a Tree Concern

If you are having an issue or concern with a Township Tree, we're here to help. Please submit your request today through our Report a Tree Form by clicking on the link.


Medicine Drop Box

In an effort to curb pill and painkiller abuse, the Scotch Plains Police Department has launched the Project Medicine Dropbox for expired medications in pill form only.   

 

The collection box is located in the lobby of the Scotch Plains Police Department office on 430 Park Ave. Residents have access to the medicine dropbox 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If residents are interested in dropping medicine off beyond office hours, they must check in at the intercom at the side of the building to be buzzed in. 


Emergency Notification System: UC First Alert

The Township of Scotch Plains has transitioned from CodeRed to EverBridge, officially branded as Union County First Alert for its emergency notification system. 

 

Click here to register for emergency updates via Union County First Alert.


Reporting a Coyote Sighting in Scotch Plains

Due to the high number of calls/emails that pertain to coyote sightings and resident’s concerned for their safety or the safety of their family and/or pets, I have directed our Patrol Division that they are to respond to ALL calls pertaining to coyotes.

 

Please see the attached information pertaining to coyotes. If you see a coyote and are concerned about your safety or the safety of your family and/or pets, call the Police Department immediately and we will dispatch an officer to the scene!


Township Officials Participate in 12th Annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood MLK Day of Service

Township officials participated in the 12th annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 18th, which also included remarks from Mayor Josh Losardo in this morning’s virtual opening program.

 

Pictured are Mayor Josh Losardo, Deputy Mayor Elizabeth Stamler, Councilman Roc White, Councilwoman Ellen Zimmerman and Councilwoman Suman Dahiya-Shah donating non-perishable goods and essential items to those in need.

 

Click here to view the virtual MLK Day of Service Opening Program.

Town Hall Lit in Amber Colors to Honor Lives Lost Due to COVID-19

A memorial to remember and honor the lives lost to COVID-19 in cities and towns across the country was held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. The Washington, D.C. ceremony featured a lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.   

 

Town Hall were lit in amber colors on Tuesday evening as Scotch Plains shows solidarity in the fight against COVID-19. 

The Township Council participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday afternoon to celebrate the grand opening of the new restaurant Yummies (2581 Route 22 West) with owner Arnie and the general manager Jay.

 

Visit https://www.orderyummies.com/ to view the delicious food they have on their menu. Call ahead and place your order for pickup at 908-977-9077.

Statement from Scotch Plains Police Department on Locking Car Doors

We would like to remind residents to lock your cars at all times, especially if you are warming up your vehicle.  There has been a large number of thefts from vehicles and stolen vehicles due to unlocked cars.

 

Please lock your cars, don’t leave your keys, phone, wallet, purse, computer or other valuables in the vehicle.  Recently there have been stolen vehicles from Country Club Blvd area and there have also been numerous theft from vehicles on streets near Route 22, including Mountain Ave, Pine Terr and Watchung Terr.  Please, help us help you- LOCK YOUR CARS!

Christmas Tree Pickup Begins January 11

The DPW will begin its Christmas tree pickup on Monday, January 11, 2021.  The trees should be placed at the curb with all ornaments and tinsel removed.  No wreaths or garland please.   

 

If you wish to dispose of the tree yourself, you can drop if off at the Department of Public Property yard on Plainfield Avenue.

Mayor Josh Losardo Condemns Violence in Washington D.C.

New Jersey's elected leaders in Washington, DC, condemned the chaos in our nation's capital on Wednesday when pro-Trump demonstrators stormed the U.S. Capitol Building to express their disagreement with the results of the 2020 presidential election. 

 

Mayor Josh Losardo said: "There is absolutely no excuse to take over the Capitol and disturb the people's business. Our country is firmly based on democracy; and voters have cast their ballots through an open and fair democratic process that has been consistently upheld. I agree with Joe Biden in saying enough is enough is enough."

 

Click here to read the entire story on TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood. 

Mayor Josh Losardo and Councilwoman Ellen Zimmerman Sworn Into Office

Mayor Josh Losardo and Councilwoman Ellen Zimmerman were sworn into office this afternoon by Senator Nicholas Scutari in a ceremony on the front steps outside Town Hall. Afterwards, they thanked those in attendance and watching from home for their support and their ambitious plans while serving in office. 

 

During the proceedings, Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler was named Deputy Mayor.

Governor Phil Murphy Congratulates Mayor Josh Losardo and Councilwoman Ellen Zimmerman

Councilwoman Suman Dahiya-Shah Sworn Into Office

Councilwoman Suman Dahiya-Shah was sworn into office during Tuesday's Council Reorganization Meeting after being selected to fill the vacant Council seat.

 

After being sworn in, Councilwoman Dahiya-Shah thanked those watching the Council meeting from home, including her family in India for their support before explaining how excited she was to join the Council.

Pre-Registration for COVID-19 Vaccine is Now Open to the Public

Governor Phil Murphy has announced the rollout of a central online location for the State of New Jersey and official vaccine-related information as well as a landing page for the Vaccine Registration portal, which is now open to the public. 

 

New Jersey will roll out COVID-19 vaccines in a phased approach to all adults who live, work, or are being educated in the State. Within six months, New Jersey aims to vaccinate 70 percent of the adult population.

 

Visit: www.ucnj.org/covid19/covid-19-vaccination/ for more information.

Attention Senior Citizens: Important Message Regarding 2019 Senior Freeze Application | Property Tax Reimbursement

The deadline to send in your application for the Senior Freeze (AKA property tax reimbursement) has been extended to February 1, 2021. 

 

If you are already in this program, you would have received an application in March (the BLUE BOOK) 

 

There is a page in the application packet that needs to be filled out and signed by the Tax Collector.  Since our building is closed to the public, you can mail the page titled “FORM PTR-2A” “HOMEOWNERS VERIFICATION OF 2019 PROPERTY TAXES ” to Tax Collector 430 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains or drop it off in the drop box located in the Police Department Lobby. We will complete it and mail it back to you. 

 

It is important for you to send the completed application to the State in the envelope they provided by November 2nd. It is the only way to maintain the base year that your reimbursement is based on.  If you did not receive the booklet please call 1-800-882-6597.

Snow Plowing Procedures/Standards of Scotch Plains DPP

As a reminder to our residents, the Scotch Plains Department of Public Property’s policy is to begin plowing once there are 2-3”of snow on the ground.

 

Each storm is different & analyzed accordingly. DPP supervisors work closely with the offices of the Scotch Plains Police, Emergency Management, as well as the Board of Education & the Township Manager in developing a plan of action. 

 

The first roads to be plowed are our main roadways and then arterial roadways as well as the roads around our schools.

 

Thank you for your cooperation in removing vehicles from roadways so that the plows can get the roads cleared.

Elizabethtown Gas Offers Tips to Keep You Safe During a Winter Storm

As a potentially significant winter storm approaches our region, Elizabethtown Gas is preparing our system and workforce.

 

At the same time, it is important for our customers and other residents to take the necessary safety precautions.

 

Elizabethtown Gas offers these tips to help keep you safe. Click here for tips on how to prepare and handle the upcoming winter storm. 

Update from New Jersey American Water

New Jersey American Water has turned off ground water facilities and is now using surface water facilities to serve customers in Green Brook, Warren, Watchung, Plainfield, North Plainfield, Fanwood, Scotch Plains and Mountainside.

 

Customers may temporarily experience cloudy or discolored water due to this change, especially if using a home water softener. Customers that experience discolored water should run their cold water tap until its clear and refrain from washing clothes while the water is discolored. With this change in your water source, customers who use a home water softener may need to adjust their settings or may not need to use it.

 

Thank you for your patience.


Update: For the latest details on the water facilities update, please visit www.amwater.com/alerts/extended/water-source-change-in-somerset-and-union-counties

Fanwood Train Station Parking Permits

The Borough of Fanwood has announced that a renewal sale period will be offered to current parking permit holders and new applicants.

 

“No-contact” commuter parking permit renewals for Scotch Plains residents start on November 30, 2020 and new applicants will be eligible starting on December 7, 2020.

 

Please visit tocite.net/fanwoodnj/portal to complete your sale.

 

Any questions should be directed to Dianne Howarth at dhowarth@fanwoodnj.org

 

Annual Fees for Non-Fanwood residents:  $650

Rent Relief for Eligible Residents Impacted by COVID-19

The Union County Freeholder Board is pleased to announce a rent relief program for eligible residents adversely impacted by COVID-19.

 

Residents can apply through one of three partner non-profit agencies for needed assistance beginning November 16. The Board approved funding for the program through the federal CARES Act on November 12. 

 

A total of $1,350,000 will be available through federal funds for residents who have fallen behind in payments as a result of job loss or income reduction. The program will provide a minimum of three months of assistance. An additional three months of assistance will be provided to eligible County renters in need of further assistance.   

 

Starting Monday November 16, 2020, interested residents can submit their application on one of the following non-profit websites:  Family Promise Union County (familypromise.org) Urban League of Union County (uloucnj.org) United Way of Greater Union County (uwguc.org).   

 

Eligibility requirements for applicants are as follows: 

• Renters living in Union County; 

• Household Income is at or below 80% of Median Family Income (MFI); 

• Household income loss must be due to Covid-19; 

• Applicants must be able to provide documentation of income received as a result of any governmental response program due to Covid-19 (such as unemployment compensation) as well as a current lease agreement. 

 

Residents requiring information or assistance with the application process can call any of the three non-profit partners involved and schedule an appointment. Staff will inform applicants of the required documentation to bring to the appointment.

 

Once staff has a complete application with all required documentation, the application will be reviewed for eligibility. Applicants will be provided with documented proof of their filed rental assistance application for their landlord. Once the application is approved, funds will be disbursed by mailed check directly to the landlord. 

 

If you have any other questions please reach out to Brandon Givens, Director of Community Services at 908-527-4462 or via email bgivens@ucnj.org.    https://portal.neighborlysoftware.com/UNIONCOUNTYNJ/participant

Governor Phil Murphy Announces Launch of COVID-19 Exposure Notification Mobile App

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of COVID-19 exposure notification mobile apps in their respective states that will serve as crucial tools to supplement the effort to trace and contact individuals subject to a COVID exposure.

 

The apps, COVID Alert NJ and COVID Alert NY, notify users of potential COVID-19 exposure while maintaining user privacy and security. With today’s launch, New Jersey and New York join Pennsylvania and Delaware in creating a regional COVID Alert app network that operates across state lines to stop the spread of COVID-19.

 

The free mobile apps–available to anyone 18 or older who lives, works, or attends college in New Jersey or New York — are available for download from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Download the COVID Alert NJ App by visiting covid19.nj.gov/app

 

Click here to read the entire press release. 

Municipal Building Now Open to Public (By Appointment Only)

Beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020, the Scotch Plains Municipal Building will be open to the public by appointment only. All members of the public requesting an appointment shall call in advance.

The Public will be instructed, via signage at the entrance to all facilities, they are required to wear proper face coverings for the purposes of covering the mouth and nose. Hand sanitizer and extra masks will be available.

Click here to view the protocols on visitors in Town Hall. 

Coronavirus Assistance Resource Central (Powered by the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Rotary Club)

COVID-19 Resource Page for Business Owners

The coronavirus is causing financial difficulties for businesses across the U.S. The economic impact and recovery will last for months, and potentially even years. As congress and other government authorities move to save different areas of the economy, it’s important to understand what resources you have available to you as a small business owner. 

 

The Township has launched a COVID-19 webpage dedicated to resources that small business owners can utilize during this tough time. Click here to be redirected to that page. 

Be Aware of Coronavirus Fraud & Scams

Recycle Coach Mobile App Available to Residents to Improve Communications

The Township of Scotch Plains launched Recycle Coach, a free app designed to help make recycling information more accessible to residents. Recycle Coach provides accurate up-to-date information on Scotch Plains recycling schedules in a handy, user-friendly app format.   

 

Residents can access Recycle Coach from their mobile devices, desktop computers, or through digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. TheRecycle Coach app is available to download free of charge on the Google Play and the Apple iTunes StoreClick here for more information and to read the entire press release. Click here to watch the Facebook video promoting the new mobile application.

New Jersey Special Needs Registry for Disasters

“Register Ready – New Jersey’s Special Needs Registry for Disasters” allows New Jersey residents with disabilities or access and functional needs and their families, friends, caregivers and associates an opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies so emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency.  

 

The information collected here is confidential and will not be available to the public. The information will be held securely and only used for emergency response and planning.

 

Click here to register for New Jersey's Special Needs Registry for Disasters. 

 

For Registry Assistance, dial 211 (toll-free) and an operator will assist you in registering.





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