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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. There is a $1 ACH fee charged for each transaction. 


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. 

Tree Replacement Plan

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 Program webpage.  

Report a Pothole

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

Scotch Plains Celebrates Earth Day

Dozens of local residents turned out for the annual Earth Day celebration on the Alan Augustine Village Green to participate in environmentally friendly activities. Mayor Al Smith, Councilman Ted Spera and Councilwoman Rose Checchio were among those in attendance.

Tree Replacement Program

The Township of Scotch Plains prides itself on the preservation and maintenance of our natural resources and is committed to preserving environmental integrity by planting trees and other plant life throughout our parks and neighborhoods.      


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 Program webpage.  


* Please note, our tree crew will evaluate the location and make the final decision on the appropriate tree for replacement.

Scotch Plains Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Hundreds of local residents turned out for the annual Easter Egg Hunt and festivities on the Alan Augustine Village Green on Saturday morning.  Mayor Al Smith, Councilman Ted Spera, and Councilwoman Rose Checchio, who led the face painting activities were among those in attendance. Click here to watch the video of the day's events. 


The event was sponsored by the Scotch Plains Cultural Arts Committee and the Scotch Plains Recreation Commission.    

Video: Easter Egg Hunt on the Village Green

St. Bart's 5K Kicks Off Season's First Run

Hundreds of local residents braved the cold weather on Saturday, April 1 to participate in the annual St. Bart's 5K, the first of four races scheduled to happen in Scotch Plains this year. Mayor Al Smith, Deputy Mayor Llewellyn Jones, long-time building official Bob LaCosta and SP-F Board of Ed. member Evan Murray were among those who participated in the event.


As a reminder, residents who participate in three or more qualifying runs/walks in town this year will be awarded the Mayor's Medal. 


The next race is the YMCA 5K, which is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. with the one-mile family walk/run set for 6:30 p.m. 

Mayors Wellness: Upcoming 5K Races

As part of the Mayors Wellness Campaign, an initiative to promote a healthy and active Scotch Plains, Mayor Al Smith will award the Mayor's Medal to any individual competing in three of the following runs/walks in town this year:

  • St. Bart's 5K (April 1)
  • YMCA 5K (May 17)
  • Race to Summer 5K (June 29)
  • Union Catholic 5K Spooktacular (October 28)

For more info, contact Margaret Heisey at 908-322-6700 or via email at mheisey@scotchplainsnj.com.

Leaf and Brush Pick-up Notice for April 17

Notice from the department of Public Property (DPW) - Pickups for leaves, limbs, brush and gumballs will begin at 7:30 am on Monday, April 17. The Department will be picking up brush, leaves, limbs and gumballs only.  Stumps and other material will NOT be collected.  


Branches must be maximum of three inches in diameter and maximum of three feet in length.  Branches and limbs should be separate from leaves, brush and gumballs.  


Please Note:  Important have material out to the curb no more than 7 days prior to pick up. Remember the DPW will be going through the Township once.  Township ordinance prohibits putting vegetative waste at the curb unless a pickup is scheduled.

Distracted Driver Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the Scotch Plains Police Department is joining  law enforcement agencies in New Jersey and around the country by  stepping up their patrols to crack down on distracted drivers.      


STATISTICS: The National Safety Council estimates that texting while driving raises the likelihood of a crash by 8 times. AAA now says that distracted driving accounts for 25 to 50 percent of all accidents. 61 percent of people  surveyed by AT&T in May 2015 showed that roughly 70 percent of them use their smartphones while driving. Texting was most common, with 61 percent saying they’ve read, sent or replied to texts while driving, but respondents also indicated they use email, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram while driving, and even conduct video chats, shoot videos and snap selfies behind the wheel.  


Please take steps not just this month, but every day to put the phone down and drive.  

Volunteer Firefighters Needed!

The Scotch Plains Fire Department is seeking volunteer firefighters for the upcoming year and invites interested members to attend its upcoming Information Night on Monday, May 8 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Station #161 on 430 Senger Place.  


For more information, visit https://www.scotchplainsnj.gov/departments/public-safety/fire/.

* Please Note: Application Status Update

The application for Ernest Fantini, 444 Myrtle Avenue, App. 15-02, has been withdrawn by the applicant.

* Please Note: Application Status Update

The application for Plainfield Gas, 2246 North Avenue, App. 16-32, has been withdrawn by the applicant.

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. 

Scotch Plains Police Dept. Gets Accreditation

The Scotch Plains Police Department has officially received its accreditation from the NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police as it was presented with a certification at the Scotch Plains Council Conference meeting on Tuesday evening.  


Only about one-third of the law enforcement departments in the State of New Jersey have achieved the status of accreditation, which gets renewed every three years.

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 2017 Hours & Schedule

Union County Surrogate James LaCorte will host evening hours at the Scotch Plains Township Hall (430 Park Avenue, Room 202) on the second Monday of the month from 5-6 p.m. 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 the second Monday of each month throughout 2016 on the following dates:


January 9

March 13

April 10

May 8

June 12

July 10

August 14

September 11

November 13

December 11


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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