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

 

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908-322-6700

 

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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. 


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. 

MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 21

Join us for our 10th Annual Scotch Plains-Fanwood Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 21st. The opening program ceremony will be held at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA at 10 a.m. A special Volunteer Fair and Children's activities will start at the YMCA at 9:30 a.m. 

 

Volunteer opportunities will be available throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit spfmlkday.org to register.

SP-F Ministerium and Township Partner to Help All Federal Government Workers

As the shutdown heads into its fourth week, the SPF Ministerium and Township recognize that it is becoming a hardhsip for some of our community families. If you are a government employee in the need of assistance, we are ready and willing to help with a variety of resources.

 

All you have to do is visit the Clerk's office in Scotch Plains and register. Information will be handled with discretion recognizing that this is a difficult and stressful time for families. We hope that you find comfort in knowing that your community cares and is here to help.

State Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin Visits Scotch Plains to Discuss Anti-Hunger Initiative

New Jersey State Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin joined Mayor Al Smith and the Town Council at their January 15, 2019 meeting to discuss food insecurity and healthy eating initiatives.     

 

Speaker Coughlin has made fighting hunger and promoting healthy eating in New Jersey a priority, and he recently led the effort to pass 13 bills in the State Assembly to improve people’s access to healthy food and reduce food waste. The bills all passed on a bipartisan basis.       

 

The bills now await passage in the State Senate before they can be signed into law. Speaker Coughlin promoted these legislative initiatives at last night's Council Business Meeting to gain public awareness.   

 

Prior to the meeting, Speaker Coughlin met with the Mayor and Council at the Upper Level Conference Room. 

High End Cigars Grand Opening in Scotch Plains

Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo, Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler, and Councilman Roc White attended the soft opening of High End Cigars (2520 Highway 22 East Ste. 6) on January 20, 2019. Congratulations and best wishes to Anthony and Karen High on their new Scotch Plains business.

Scotch Plains Police Promotes Two, Honors Officer Richard Sopko

The Scotch Plains Police Department promoted two members on its force at Tuesday evening's Council Business Meeting in front of a packed Council Chambers. 

  • Lieutenant Matthew J. Fugett
  • Sergeant Bradley Belford

The Council also honored Officer Richard Sopko who is being deployed by the Military. 

Go Red for Women's Health Fair at the JCC on February 2

The JCC of Central New Jersey (1391 S. Martine Ave.) will be hosting a Go Red for Women's Heart Health Fair on Saturday, February 2 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to raise awareness for women's heart disease and a healthier way of living. 

 

This heart health fair is free to attend and will feature a variety of health-oriented activities including a mini low-impact cardio class, blood pressure checks, guest speakers, a tricky tray raffle and more!  Call 908-322-2242 for more information.

Career Networking Group at Scotch Plains Public Library on Mon., February 11

SP-F PAL Cops and Kids Program for 5th to 8th Graders (February 12 and March 12)

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL is holding their 3rd Annual ‘Cops & Kids’ Intramural Program, for students in 5th-8th grade. The idea is to get kids off of their video games and participate in some lightly-competitive programs with their friends and the Police Officers who serve their community.

 

Kids must bring in the signed form each day letting us know that they have their parents’ permission to participate. Forms for the February 12 and March 12 after school programs can be downloaded by clicking here

SP-F PAL Cops and Kids Program for 5th to 8th Graders (February 26 and March 26)

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL is holding their 3rd Annual ‘Cops & Kids’ Intramural Program, for students in 5th-8th grade. The idea is to get kids off of their video games and participate in some lightly-competitive programs with their friends and the Police Officers who serve their community.

 

Kids must bring in the signed form each day letting us know that they have their parents’ permission to participate. Forms for the February 26 and March 26 after school programs can be downloaded by clicking here

Council Swears in Three New Members, Judge

The Township Council swore in three new Council members during the 2019 Council Reorganization Meeting -- Elizabeth Stamler, Roshan "Roc" White and Josh Losardo, who was also appointed as Deputy Mayor on Tuesday afternoon at Town Hall. During the meeting, the Council appointed new professional service contracts for the New Year and Mayor Al Smith delivered his State of the Town reorganization address, which can be viewed by clicking here. Kelly Waters was also sworn in for her second term as Municipal Judge for the Township of Scotch Plains. 

 

Afterwards, the Council members celebrated their special day at the Stage House Tavern in downtown Scotch Plains.       

 

Click here to view more photos from the event in the Facebook Photo Album. 

Video: Council Reorganization Meeting

2019 Recycling Pick-up Changes

Changes to Scotch Plains 2019 Recycling Schedule to take effect January 14, 2019.   

 

Southside Collection will now be on MONDAYS January 2, 2019 will be the last Wednesday Southside Collection, Monday pickups starting the week of January 14th.

 

Northside Makeup for New Year’s Day will be Saturday January 5, 2019.

Recycle Coach Mobile App Available to Residents to Improve Communications

The Township of Scotch Plains launched Recycle Coach last week, 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.

Tree Pick-up Starts on Monday, January 7

The DPP will begin Christmas Tree pickup on Monday, January 7. 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 it off at the Department of Public Property yard on Plainfield Avenue anytime before January 22nd. 

Scotch Plains Township Releases RFQ/RFP for Redevelopment of Tier 1, Phase 1 Section of Scotch Plains Downtown

Scotch Plains Township released its Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposals (RFQ/RFP) for the Redevelopment of the Tier 1, Phase 1 section of Scotch Plains Downtown on November 1, 2018.   

 

The Township is seeking qualifications and proposals from qualified and experienced redevelopers to redevelop the approximately 8.22+/- acre public portion of property available for purchase as identified in the Downtown Tier 1, Phase 1 Redevelopment area in accordance with the Redevelopment Plan that was endorsed by the Scotch Plains Township Council on September 25, 2018.   

 

Proposals may also include any of the privately owned parcels or a combination of the publicly owned parcels and the privately owned parcels identified in the Redevelopment Plan. 

 

For additional information about the RFQ/RFP, please contact Thomas Strowe, Project Coordinator for the RFQ/RFP Redevelopment Area, via email only at tstrowe@scotchplainsnj.com

 

Click here to view the entire press release.

Scotch Plains' Aaa Bond Rating Reaffirmed

Scotch Plains Township Manager Al Mirabella announced that Moody's Investor Service has reaffirmed Scotch Plains' Aaa Bond Rating in their Annual Issuer Comment Report (AICR) for the Township.

 

According to Moody's, "Scotch Plains has an exceptional credit position and its Aaa rating is much stronger than the median rating of Aa3 for US cities. Notable credit factors include a robust financial position, and a sizable tax base with a very strong wealth and income profile. The credit position also incorporates the Township's low debt burden and a somewhat elevated pension liability."

 

Click here to read the entire press release.

Small Business Saturday: Check Out Our Local Businesses in Downtown Scotch Plains

We have many great businesses in Scotch Plains! Pictured above are a few of them.

 

Please support our local businesses throughout Scotch Plains on #SmallBusinessSaturday on Nov 24 and during the entire holiday season. 

 

The full press release can be viewed by clicking here

 

Click here to view Mayor Al Smith’s resolution on Small Business Saturday in Scotch Plains.  Visit the Scotch Plains Facebook page to view more photos and videos of local businesses.

Township Officials Participate in Sandy Hook Promise Start with Hello Program at School One

The Sandy Hook Promise Start With Hello program was introduced in our School District this week.  Mayor Al Smith, Municipal Manager Al Mirabella and Deputy Manager, Margaret Heisey joined Superintendent Dr. Hayes and School One Principal Mr. Justin Fiory for the Start With Hello activity in Ms. Christine Mills’ 4th Grade classroom on Thursday.       

 

The Township Council recently passed a Proclamation promoting Start With Hello Week and lauding the Scotch Plains – Fanwood Board of Education for its efforts to keep our students safe in a socially inclusive and connected student body.  The Start With Hello program, one of the Know The Signs programs of the Sandy Hook Promise, teaches children, teens and young adults how to be more socially inclusive and connected to one another.   

 

Click here for more information about the program.

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.

Recycling Update: Bagged Recyclables Will NOT Be Picked Up

Effective immediately, recycling will no longer be picked up if it is bagged as the guidelines for recycling processing have recently been updated. This includes clear plastic bags. Specific protocols on recycling contamination have been revised this year with significant changes affecting the industry worldwide.    

 

When non-recyclable items (contamination) end up in recycling loads, they have the potential to turn the entire load into the trash and increase processing costs resulting in contamination and/or result in additional service charges.    

 

Please note that recycling should be placed at the curb in appropriate bins or containers as recycling placed in plastic bags will not be picked up. The Township does not supply recycling bins or containers.    

 

* IF YOUR RECYCLING IS IN PLASTIC BAGS, IT WILL NOT BE PICKED UP!  

 

For more information on the Recycling Do's and Don'ts, please refer to the graphic below or visit www.recycleoftenrecycleright.com.

Recycling Do's and Don'ts

Report a Pothole

The Department of Public Property is working effortlessly to fix any and all potholes throughout town.  

 

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

Housekeeping Tips: Think at the Sink & Don't Rush to Flush

Out of sight does not always mean out of mind, especially when it comes to your home.

 

Before you rinse anything down your kitchen sink or flush anything down the toilet it is important to be cognizant of the potential consequences. Click on the graphic to view tips and recommendations to protect your home. 

Scotch Plains Police Launch Medicine Dropbox

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.  

 

 For safety reasons, the Project Medicine Dropbox can only accept solid medications such as pills, patches, inhalers and similar objects. No liquids, medical waste, or syringes are allowed. Consumers wishing to dispose of these objects should consult their doctor or pharmacists to identify the best way of getting rid of them.    

 

Once a medication is placed in the box, it cannot be retrieved at any time. Double check the medications you are depositing to make sure you are not putting any current medications in.  

 

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. 

Sign-Up for Code Red Community Notifications

Be the first to know in the event of emergency situations and critical community alerts by signing up for Code Red. Examples include: evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, and missing child reports. There is also an option to sign up for notifications for general township events.  

 

Click here to be directed to the sign-up page.    

 

For more details, visit www.scotchplainsnj.gov.

Union County Surrogate 2019 Hours & Schedule

Union County Surrogate James LaCorte will host evening hours at the Scotch Plains Township Hall (430 Park Avenue, Room 202)  by appointment only for the convenience of local residents. The Surrogate is responsible for administering the estate of a deceased person and judging the legitimacy of wills.

 

Mr. LaCorte will be available throughout 2019 on the following dates:

 

 

January 14

February 11

March 11

April 8

May 13

June 10

July 8

August 12

September 9

December 9

 

Appointments for Scotch Plains can be made by contacting Mr. LaCorte at (908) 527-4280 Monday–Friday between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Residents also have the availability to download the information sheet and instructions at www.ucnj.org/surrogate/information-sheet





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