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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. 

Tree Replacement Plan

The Township 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 & neighborhoods.


Click here to submit a request today!

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. 

Town Hall to Open at 10 a.m. on Thursday

The Scotch Plains Municipal Building will have a delayed opening on Thursday, March 22, 2018.  Offices will open at 10 a.m.

Winter Storm Update

The Township offices are open today, with the possibility that they may close early as the storm intensifies and before roadways become difficult to travel on if not impassable. Public Works is prepared for salting and plowing operations, the Police Department is patrolling and prepared to respond to emergency calls and the Fire Department and First Aid Squad is at the ready to respond to medical or fire safety related issues.  


Governor Phil Murphy has declared a State of Emergency for this Nor’easter effective 7pm last night (Tuesday). Residents are encouraged to comply with orders and guidance from their local emergency management and government officials. Please do not be on the roads unless absolutely necessary. If you MUST drive, take it slow, use caution, and leave extra time to get to your destination.


***There is NO Travel Ban at this time*** 


Click here to read the full press release. 

Winter Storm Warning for Scotch Plains

The Township of Scotch Plains and all of Union County as well as surrounding counties have been placed under a Winter Storm Warning, according to the National Weather Service. 


A light wintry mix is expected to start tonight and progress into a heavier snow through Wednesday afternoon. Heavy, wet snow and gusty winds could cause power outages.


Stay tuned for more updates.

My Alerts Notifications for Power Outages

Residents who are experiencing power outages in their area can register for mobile alerts from PSE&G. They can register for PSE&G's MyAlerts Notifications Program by texting "REG" to 47734 (4PSEG) and report outages by texting "OUT" to 47734 (4PSEG). 


For more information on how to report a power outage in your area or to receive updates on an existing outage, please click here or on the graphic. 

Storm Cleanup to Begin March 19

The Scotch Plains DPW has worked tirelessly during and since the previous 2 Nor’easters to ensure the Township’s streets are safe for our residents.  The initial focus of the clean up was  on the main roads, areas around our schools and then all Township roads.  


Once the snow melts enough for better visibility , crews will begin the brush and limb clean up. The Township of Scotch Plains would like all residents to be aware of the storm clean up procedures:           

  • Please place all storm related branches, trees and brush at your curb.  PLEASE NOTE THAT BRANCHES NEED TO BE CUT TO NO LONGER THAN 6’ IN LENGTH  NORMAL SPRING CLEANUP IN APRIL NO LOGS OR STUMPS
  • Clean up will begin March 19th

Scotch Plains K-9 Officer Chris Aversa Recognized by Council

Mayor Al Smith and the Scotch Plains Council recognized K-9 Officer Chris Aversa for his decade of service to the Scotch Plains police department at last Tuesday evening's Council meeting.    


Aversa was the first K-9 officer for SPPD and joined the force after serving with the Union County Sheriff's Officer for 10 years.   Click here to read the story on TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood. 

Friends of Scotch Plains Library Book Sale

The Friends of SPPL will be hosting their annual Book Sale this month. Donations will be accepted until Friday, March 16.  Thousands of books, audiobooks, DVDs, and CDs will be available for sale throughout the following week.  


Please refer to the dates below:    


Children’s Sale: Saturday, March 17 from 9 am-4 pm Sunday, March 18 from 12 pm-3 pm    


Adult Sale: Member Preview: Wednesday, March 21 from 4 pm-8 pm

Open to the Public: Thursday, March 22 from 9 am-8 pm

Half-Price Sale: Friday, March 23 from 9 am-4 pm

Bag Sale: Saturday, March 24 from 9 am-3 pm

Annual Easter Egg Hunt Set for March 24

The Township of Scotch Plains and the Department of Parks and Recreation will host its annual Egg Hunt at Brookside Park (1255 Hatfield Avenue) on Saturday, March 24th at 10:00 a.m. sharp. 


Join us for this family-friendly event featuring face painting, activities and a special appearance by the Bunny!


The Egg Hunt is only for children eight years of age or younger. Please remember to bring your own basket as they will not be supplied.

Pancake Benefit Breakfast on March 25

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Rotary Club will host its annual Pancake Breakfast at the Scotch Hills Country Club (820 Jerusalem Ave.) on Sunday, March 25 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pancakes, eggs, ham, turkey, sausage, coffee, tea and juice will be served.


Tickets are $10 per person with proceeds going to The Frazee House. There will be prize drawings every 30 minutes. We hope you can attend!

Joint Statement on School Security

We recognize that safety is on everyone's minds these days, especially the safety of our young people. With yet another horrific school shooting, particular questions are raised about school security.


As public officials, we share your concerns.   Click here to read the entire joint statement from the Township of Scotch Plains, Borough of Fanwood and Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education. 

Think Twice About Getting an Easter Pet!

From Karen Fazio at NJ.com    


With spring here and Easter just around the corner, those cute little chicks and bunnies in the pet store seem so irresistible. And how adorable are those pygmy goats and lambs?    


Well, if you’re tempted to purchase one of these animals, here’s a tip: It’s probably best to pass up the opportunity. Read more.    


Click here to read more about the town code.

Ninth Annual Pancake Rescue Squad Breakfast

The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad hosted its ninth annual pancake breakfast on Sunday morning and dozens of local residents and community leaders turned out for the charity event. 


Among those in attendance were Township Officials including Mayor Al Smith, Councilman Ted Spera, Township Manager Al Mirabella and Downtown Redevelopment Coordinator Tom Strowe. 


Click here to view the Facebook photo album for more pictures. 

Downed Trees and Other Storm Information

For trees and tree limbs down, creating a potentially hazardous condition please call the Scotch Plains Police Non-Emergency telephone number (908)322-7100  and press “0” to speak to police dispatch.  


Contact Information for Public Service Electric and Gas:   General outage activity throughout our service territory is available online at pseg.com/outagecenter and updates are posted on pseg.com during severe weather.


-Register for PSE&G's MyAlerts service to receive text and email notifications about power restoration through My Account at pseg.com.

-Customers should report downed wires or power outages by calling PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-7734.

-You also can follow them on Facebook and on Twitter (@psegdelivers)

Scotch Plains ADA Advisory Board Access and Inclusion Survey

The Mayor, Township Manager, Town Council, and the members of the ADA Advisory Board are dedicated to promoting a welcoming environment for all Scotch Plains residents, regardless of their needs.


The ADA Advisory Board works to improve access, participation, and provision of appropriate services for those with disabilities in our Township.  We encourage Scotch Plains residents and visitors to let the ADA Advisory Board know how the Township can be inclusive and accessible.   Please complete this survey to inform us of your needs and interests.  


If you have a disability and need assistance completing this survey, contact Margaret Heisey at 908-322-6700 ext. 314 or by email at mheisey@scotchplainsnj.com. All responses are and will remain confidential within the ADA Advisory Board.  


Click here to be directed to the short survey. 

Mayor Al Smith Participates in Read Across America Day at Coles Elementary School

Mayor Al Smith made a special visit to Coles Elementary School on Thursday, March 1 as he participated in Read Across America Day. After reading several stories to the elementary school students, Mayor Smith addressed each classroom he visited with a statement on the importance of education and reading.  


Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.  


Click here to view the Facebook photo album. 

Scotch Plains Ranks Among Top 100 Safest Cities in New Jersey

Scotch Plains ranks 47th among the safest cities in New Jersey according to a recent report published by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, a trade association of security professionals that advocates for safe communities and home safety.    


"I am extremely proud of the work that the men and women of the Scotch Plains Police Department have done in making the Township of Scotch Plains the 47th Safest City in New Jersey according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security,” said Scotch Plains Township Police Chief Ted Conley. “We strive each and every day to make Scotch Plains an extremely safe environment for our residents and visitors to our town. Hopefully we can achieve an even higher ranking in the years to come!"    


Scotch Plains is the 3rd highest ranked town in Union County and one of only 6 Union County towns to make the top 100.  Click here to read the entire press release. 

Tree Replacement Program

The Township 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 & neighborhoods.


Click here to submit a request today!

Councilwoman Rose Checchio Named Union County Women of Excellence Awardee

Scotch Plains Councilwoman Rose Checchio has been named one of the recipients of the 2018 Women of Excellence Awards given by the Union County Commission on the Status of Women. The awardees will be honored at the 26th annual Women of Excellence dinner on Friday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Westwood, 438 North Ave. in Garwood.  


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

Frazee House Project Update

Through grants and sponsorships as well as funds raised  at the Mayor’s Charity Gala,  almost all the funds necessary to begin the next phase of  restoration to the historic Aunt Betty Frazee House have been secured.


For more information on the latest fundraising efforts and how you can get involved, please click here.

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 Bond Rating Upgraded to Aaa

Scotch Plains Township Municipal Manager Al Mirabella announced this week that Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Scotch Plains’ bond rating to Aaa.


This is the 2nd upgrade in two years. In 2015, the Township of Scotch Plains was upgraded by Moody’s Investors Service Rating to Aa1.  It took just two years, under the prudent management of the Municipal Manager, Al Mirabella and the Township Council for Moody’s to upgrade the bond rating of the Township of Scotch Plains to Aaa. Scotch Plains joins Summit, Westfield and New Providence as the only municipalities in Union County that currently earned this highest possible rating. Statewide, Scotch Plains is one of only 7% of the 565 municipalities assigned this highest rating.


Click here to read the press release. The full report is available here. 

Scotch Plains Among Top 100 Towns in NJ

Niche.com, a real estate website that produces rankings of neighborhoods and school systems, has released its list of 2017 “Best Places to Live” in New Jersey. Scotch Plains (A grade, ranked #79 in NJ).  Click here to view the study. 

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. 

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 2018 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 except for February and October 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 2018 on the following dates:


March 12

April 9

May 14

June 11

July 9

August 13

September 10

November 12

December 10


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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