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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. 

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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. 

Township to Host 2020 Census Information Session and Town Hall Meeting on February 20 at St. John's Baptist Church

The Township of Scotch Plains will host a 2020 Census information session and town hall meeting on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:00pm at St. John’s Baptist Church (2387 Morse Ave).


The event is being organized and run by the Scotch Plains Census Complete Count Committee. The event will help prepare residents in advance of receiving their census questionnaires in mid to late March. Everyone from the public is invited to attend.


This information session and town hall meeting will provide residents with critical information about the importance of the 2020 Census. Residents will also have the opportunity to ask questions to members of the Scotch Plains Complete Count Committee and U.S. Census Bureau staff. 


Click here to read the entire press release. 

Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Pancake Breakfast | Sunday, February 23 from 8 a.m. to Noon

Come support the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad at the 11th annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, February 23rd from 8 a.m. to noon at 1916 Bartle Ave. 


Tickets for the breakfast are only $5 per person (children 5 years old and under are free) and can be purchased at the door.   The event is sponsored by the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Auxilary.


For more information, email scotchplainsauxiliary@gmail.com.

Final Phase of Hometown Heroes Banner Program

St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church, in partnership with the Township of Scotch Plains, the Borough of Fanwood, American Legion Post 209 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10122, is continuing the Banner Program and is seeking to honor our local Veterans and those currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.   


The Banner Program Phase II will continue to recognize those Veterans (living and deceased) and Active Duty Military personnel who live or have lived in Scotch Plains or Fanwood.   


Banners for those who were a part of Phase I will be put up again in May and banners for those who are in Phase II will be added.  This is will be the final chance to participate in the Banner Program.  Also, please note that we cannot honor any requests to place a banner in a particular location.   


Eligibility Requirements


Individuals are eligible to participate if they are serving or have served in any one of the following branches of the United States Armed Forces:

  • Air Force
  • Army Coast Guard
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Merchant Marines
  • Women Airforce
  • Service Pilots (World War II) 

For more information, visit the Hometown Heroes of Scotch Plains-Fanwood Banner Program page

NJ.com Feature on 100th Anniversary of Shady Rest Golf and Country Club

It was once the center of African-American society in New Jersey, an institution that became home to an emerging middle class enjoying the amenities of country club life in Scotch Plains Township. 


A year after it opened in 1921, there were 200 members at the Shady Rest Golf and Country Club, which is considered to be the first African-American owned and operated country club in the United States.


Read the entire feature on NJ.com.

Scotch Plains Goes RED for Women's Heart Health on Friday, February 7

Township staff showed their support for the nationwide Go Red for Women initiative on Friday, February 7 by wearing red.   


Go Red For Women is a movement that starts with you. Lead by example and make the time to “Know Your Numbers.” It’s knowledge that could save your life.


It’s time for all women to learn the most critical numbers in their life — their hearts depend on it.   


Click here for more information on the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign.

Scotch Plains Residents Invited to Participate in the Trex Thin Film Plastics Recycling Program

How do you turn 500 pounds of thin film plastic into a high-performance park bench for Fanwood & Scotch Plains?  By participating in the Trex Thin Film Plastics Recycling Challenge! 


The Scotch Plains & Fanwood Green Teams are joining forces to reduce these plastics in the waste stream and invite all residents to participate in the Trex Challenge, which will run from February 1, 2020 – August 15, 2020.


A total of 10 Trex Challenge Bins are being stationed at various locations around the town including:

  • Scotch Plains Municipal Building (430 Park Ave.)
  • Scotch Plains Police Department (430 Park Ave.)
  • Scotch Plains DPW (Plainfield Ave)
  • Scotch Plains Library (1927 Bartle Ave.)
  • Shady Rest Clubhouse (820 Jerusalem Rd.)
  • The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (1340 Martine Ave.)
  • The JCC of Central Jersey (1391 Martine Ave.)

Click here to read the entire press release.


If you are interested in joining the Scotch Plains Green Team, please contact Carla Kelly at  scotchplainsgreenteam@gmail.com.

Scotch Plains Council Recognizes 100th Anniversary of 19th Amendment -- The Women's Right to Vote

The Scotch Plains Township Council recognized the 100th anniversary commemorating the women's right to vote and showed their support to the historic New Jersey suffrage movement a century ago at Tuesday evening's Conference Meeting. 


On February 9, 1920, New Jersey became the 29th state to ratify the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. The centennial offers an opportunity to commemorate a milestone of democracy and the rights of United States citizens to vote. 


The American suffrage colors – purple, white and yellow – stood for loyalty, purity and hope, respectively. The Municipal Building and Alan Augustine Park will be lit in purple the week of February 10th.

Union County Polling Clerks Needed for 2020 Presidential Election Cycle

Union County residents seeking an opportunity to help during the 2020 Presidential election cycle can apply to become poll workers this year. All poll workers must attend a mandatory training session and will earn a $200 stipend for their services on Election Day.


Poll workers perform essential services on Election Day, by ensuring every eligible voter is afforded an opportunity to exercise their constitutional right to vote.  Any Union County resident who is 18 years or older, and registered to vote in Union County, can apply to become a poll worker.     


No experience is needed. All new poll workers must attend a single-session training course. Returning poll workers take a refresher course every two years.  Persons interested in becoming a poll worker for the Primary Election on June 2nd and the General Election on November 3rd are advised to apply now to reserve a spot. 


To apply, download an application form at the Board of Elections website, ucnj.org/Poll-Worker-Application-2020.pdf, or request an application form by mail by calling the Board of Elections at 908-527-4120.     


For more information, follow the Poll Worker Resources link at ucnj.org/ucboe.

Participate in Census Day 2020 at Scotch Plains Public Library on Wednesday, April 1

The Township of Scotch Plains and the U.S. Census Bureau will co-host a 2020 Census Day event on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, from 9:00am to 8:00pm at the Scotch Plains Public Library (1927 Bartle Avenue) to provide information and assistance on completing the 2020 Census.   


In mid to late March, Census questionnaires will be mailed to residents inviting them to complete their 2020 Census questionnaire either online or by phone.


Residents who have questions about completing their form will be able to attend the Scotch Plains 2020 Census Day event on April 1 and receive help directly from Census Bureau employees.   


In 2010, Scotch Plains had an 87 percent response rate. While this is an excellent response rate, that 13 percent non-response rate could mean the difference between more or less funding for our community. The Mayor and Township Council are committed to obtaining a complete and accurate count in 2020.   


For more information about the 2020 Census visit, https://2020census.gov/ or https://www.scotchplainsnj.gov/departments/2020-census/ or contact Tom Strowe, Township Census Coordinator at (908) 322-6700 ext. 317 or tstrowe@scotchplainsnj.com.

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Make a Difference with the Rutgers Environmental Stewards of Union County

Union County residents can make a New Year’s resolution that will have a lasting impact by joining the Rutgers Environmental Stewards of Union County. The all-volunteer Environmental Stewards program helps members of the public learn how to take specific steps leading to improvements in the environmental health of their communities.   


“The Environmental Stewards program equips residents who have a passion and desire to improve the quality of the environment locally, with the knowledge and tools to be effective,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski.  The Environmental Stewards program is designed to help non-scientists learn more about the science behind the environmental issues impacting their communities. 


The Environmental Stewards hold weekly classroom training sessions on Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. beginning January 30th through early June. Classes are held at the Extension offices in the Union County complex, located at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield. Registration for the program ends on January 30th.


Click here to read the entire press release and find out how you can make a difference. 

Construction Upgrades and Improvements to Raritan Road Sewage Pump Station and Lamberts Mill Road Sewage Pump Station

Construction of upgrades and improvements to the Raritan Road Sewage Pump Station and Lamberts Mill Road Sewage Pump Station, located within the Township of Scotch Plains, and with an estimated construction cost of $2,000,000.00, were financed by the New Jersey Water Bank (NJWB).


The NJWB is a State Revolving Fund program jointly administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank (Infrastructure Bank) and uses a combination of funds provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the DEP, and the Infrastructure Bank to provide very low interest loans to borrowers for environmental infrastructure projects. 


This project will provide water quality benefits by improving the reliability of the sewage conveyance system for residents and businesses in Township of Scotch Plains.  State Revolving Fund programs around the nation provide states and communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure protecting our valuable water resources nationwide.

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.


We are informing dispatch to send an officer, we are no longer requiring that the coyote has to be acting aggressive, if we get a call, we are sending an officer. 


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!

Now Hiring: Cross Guards Needed!

The Township of Scotch Plains has immediate openings for substitute crossing guards available.   


Salary starts at $17 an hour and will be provided a uniform and equipment supplied by the Police Department. Applicants must be in good physical condition and have their own form of transportation.   


For more information, please contact Sgt. Brown of the Scotch Plains Police Department at 908-322-7100 Ext. 104. 

Scotch Plains Designated as a Healthy Town to Watch

The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute (NJHCQI), located in Princeton, designated Scotch Plains as one of the seven Healthy Towns to Watch last month. The NJHCQI issued its annual New Jersey “Healthy Town” designation to eight communities participating in the Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC), a program of the Quality Institute, in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.   


“It is an honor for Scotch Plains to be designated as a Healthy Town to Watch for 2018. The residents of Scotch Plains continue to be supportive and involved in our Mayors Wellness Campaign. With the distinction of this honor, it is my hope that even more residents will participate in our events. This has been a very rewarding experience for both myself and Margaret Heisey, our program director. Not only do we have fun as we offer opportunities to our residents to become healthier by eating well, exercising, and managing stress, but we have seen our own health improve as well,” said Mayor Al Smith.


Click here to read the entire press release. 

Emergency Notification System Update: Union County First Alert

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


To continue receiving emergency notifications you will have to register for the new system. No data will be transferred from CodeRed to EverBridge. 


In order to avoid a lapse in you receiving emergency messages, register for the new system by April 30, 2019. 


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

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 Residents and Business Voluntary Camera Registry

The Scotch Plains Police Department wants your help in reducing crime by voluntary taking part in our camera registry program. The program allows residents and business owners to register their video surveillance systems and other video devices with the Scotch Plains Police Department. When a crime occurs, police will have the ability to identify locations of nearby video cameras and seek the assistance of the c to help our officers collect video evidence and follow up on investigations of criminal activity. 


Click here for more information on the program.

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.

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.

Union County Surrogate 2020 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 2020 on the following dates:


January 13

February 10

March 9

April 13

May 11

June 8

July 13

August 10

September 14

October 12

December 14


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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