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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. 

2019 Summer Day Camp Registration Opens February 13th for Residents

Registration to the 2019 Summer Day Camp (June 26 to August 2 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at Brookside Park opens to Scotch Plains residents on Wednesday, February 13th at 10 a.m. and all other residents on Friday, February 15th at 10 a.m. 


All registrations are done via Community Pass and registrants are urged to make sure their accounts are set up and ready to go on registration day.


There are only a limited number of open spots remaining for the summer camp, so register soon!

Scotch Plains Rescue Squad to Host Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Sunday, February 24

The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad will be hosting it’s 10th annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Sunday, February 24 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 1916 Bartle Ave. 


Tickets are only $5 per person and can be purchased at the door. For more information email scotchplainsauxiliary@gmail.com

SP-F PAL Cops and Kids Program for 5th to 8th Graders (February 19 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 19 and March 12 after school programs can be downloaded by clicking here


* The February 19 event is a makeup for the postponed February 12 event.

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

Frazee House Outreach Committee Presentation

A major fundraising effort was undertaken last year to restore the exterior of the Frazee House.


Andy Calamaras, the President of the Frazee House Committee will present an update regarding the exterior renovation progress and future plans for interior renovation at a Frazee House Community Outreach Presentation on Thursday, February 28 from 6-9 p.m.


Mayor Al Smith will also give an update regarding historic preservation. 

Fire Department to Host 150th Anniversary Fundraiser on Thursday, February 28

The Scotch Plains Fire Department will be hosting a 150th Anniversary Fundraiser at the Stage House Tavern on 1099 Route 22 in Mountainside on Thursday, February 28 from 6-9 p.m. 


Tickets for the event are $35 per person or $65 for a pair of tickets. 


For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Fire Chief John Lestarchick at jeblestarchick@gmail.com.

Township Officials Participate in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Gerry Cooney's Boxing Academy

Gerry Cooney's Boxing Academy at Yeti MMA (2507 Route 22 West) hosted its ribbon cutting grand opening on Thursday, February 7 and featured a special guest -- former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes as featured in TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood


Mayor Al Smith, Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler, Deputy Township Manager Margaret Heisey and Downtown Redevelopment Coordinator Tom Strowe were all present for the grand opening ribbon cutting.   


The mission of the boxing academy is to provide the highest level of instruction, motivation and coaching to all athletes.  They work with athletes of all levels, from novice, competitive amateurs to professionals.   


Click here for more information on how to sign up. 

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.

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.

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.

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.    




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

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. 

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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