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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. 

Winter Storm Watch

The Township of Scotch Plains is currently under a Winter Storm Watch with weather forecasts from the Mount Holly Office calling for an estimated 4-6 inches of snow from Saturday evening to Sunday morning. Please take this into consideration for your travels and preparation this weekend and stay tuned for updates!

Scotch Plains Issues Statement, Grieves for Families on Parkland, Florida Shooting

Mayor Al Smith and Police Chief Ted Conley offered their condolences to the families who tragically lost their loved ones in the Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday afternoon while reminding residents about the importance of safety precautions.  


Click here to watch the video. 

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. 

2nd Annual SP-F PAL 'Cops and Kids' Program

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL is hosting its second annual 'Cops & Kids' intramural program for students in 5th to 8th grade. The first two dates have been announced for Terrill Middle School -- Tuesday, February 20th and Tuesday, March 13th. 


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 our great community. 


Kids must bring a signed permission form in order to participate. Click here to download the form. 

Shady Rest Re-Opening Friday, February 23

The third and final phase of the renovations at the Shady Rest (820 Jerusalem Rd.) are complete and the Township will celebrate on Friday, February 23 from 3 to 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend and tour the newly renovated building. There will be refreshments and artifacts on display throughout the building.  


Mayor Al Smith and Thurman Simmons, who have been integral in the restoration of the historic building held a Facebook Live discussing the impact of the site while offering residents a sneak peak inside. Click here to watch the video. 

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!

Building Department to Host Deck & Pools Sessions on Saturday, February 24

The Scotch Plains Building Department will be holding two (2) sessions on the anticipated construction of decks and swimming pools (both above-ground and in-ground) on Saturday, February 24 at 9 a.m. for decks and 10 a.m. for swimming pools at Room 202 in Town Hall.


Even though winter is just a little over a month old, and we’ve all endured many, many days of sub-freezing weather, we are all looking forward to the warmer, sunnier days of spring and summer that lay ahead.  Being able to look forward to, and utilizing more of, out outdoor quality time, you may be thinking of building a deck, or installing a swimming pool; or perhaps both.


Click here for more information. 

Township Officials Celebrate Go Red for Women

Township officials participated in the nationwide Go Red for Women initiative by showing their support and 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.

Scotch Plains Library Goes Red for Women

 The Scotch Plains Public Library staff is pictured in a photo next to a catalog of books promoting good health habits.

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. 

Complete Streets Resolution Passed at Council Meeting

On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, the Scotch Plains Township Council passed a Complete Streets Resolution to reinforce its commitment to creating a balanced, flexible, comprehensive, integrated, and connected street network that accommodates all road users of all ages and abilities and for all trips.  


A Complete Streets policy directs our planners and engineers to design and operate the entire right of way to enable safe access for all users, meaning that transportation projects will make the street network better and safer for drivers, transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists – making Scotch Plains a better place to live.    


Click here to watch Mayor Al Smith discuss Scotch Plains’ Complete Street Resolution and Policy.    


Click here to view the full Complete Streets Resolution.

Dog License Renewal for 2018

New DPW Ecycling Program to Start February 8

The Mayor and Township Council of Scotch Plains are pleased to announce that the Township is now offering free electronics recycling.  Starting Thursday, February 8th, and every Thursday after, from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.,


Scotch Plains residents can safely get rid of old or unwanted electronic equipment that is not allowed to be disposed of in the regular garbage (batteries excluded). The drop off program is available at the Municipal Public Works yard located at 2445 Plainfield Avenue. This program is for Scotch Plains residents only and residents must show ID. 


Click here to read the full press release. 

Firefighters Honored at Annual Awards Dinner

The Scotch Plains Fire Department held its annual awards dinner on Saturday, January 13 at the Westwood in Garwood while honoring its local heroes. Scotch Plains Police Sgt. Jerry Brown was the Guest of Honor at the awards dinner. 


Among those recognized at the awards dinner were:

  • Deputy Fire Chief Skip Paal (20 years of service)
  • Fire Captain Dennis Hercel Jr. (Above & Beyond)
  • Firefighter Doug Freitag (40 years of service)
  • Firefighter Matt Adams
  • Lori Sternberg (Sternberg Fitness)
  • Ralph Checchio (Checchio Paving & Concrete)

Downtown Redevelopment Summary Report

The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC) recently published its 2017 annual summary report to the Township Council. Tom Strowe, Project Coordinator for Redevelopment, presented the key findings and recommendations compiled in the report on behalf of the SPDRC at the Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Town Council Business Meeting. The Town Council voted to accept the report and publish the report on the Township’s website.


The press release and full report can be viewed by clicking here

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!

Fair Share Housing Settlement Agreement

Please click here to view the Settlement Agreement Between the Township of Scotch Plains and Fair Share Housing Center January, 2018.

Affordable Housing Powerpoint Presentation

Township Planner Michael Mistretta of Harbor Consultants presented on the Affordable Housing Settlement Agreement in front of the Township Council at the Council Business Meeting on Tuesday, January 16.


Click here to view the Powerpoint Presentation.

Notice: Affordable Housing Hearing February 16

The Township of Scotch Plains has announced that there will be a Fairness & Preliminary Compliance Hearing for the Township's housing element and fair share compliance plan on Friday, February 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the Union County Courthouse. 


Click here to view the notice with the full details. 

Township Council Reorganizes for 2018

The Township of Scotch Plains held its Council Reorganization Meeting on Tuesday, January 2 announcing new appointees and liaisons to the local committees as well as professional services for 2018.  


Click here to read the appointees and committees on TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood.   The full meeting can be viewed by clicking here

Parks and Recreation Director DJ Salvante Officially Starts

This week, DJ Salvante officially assumed his role as the Township's Director of Parks and Recreation. DJ comes to the Scotch Plains Parks and Recreation Department after serving as Superintendent of Recreation for the Township of Union for close to three years.


In his role there, he worked on adding additional and innovative programs and events for Township residents as well as initiatives that fostered upgrades to Township parks and facilities.    Prior to leading the Recreation Department in Union, DJ spent eight years working for the Essex County Parks Department at the now named South Mountain Recreation Complex serving in many roles but lastly as the Director of Operations for the Complex.  


As a part of the Essex County Parks System, considered among many the “jewel of Essex County," the South Mountain Recreation Complex is home to the Turtle Back Zoo, Codey Arena, Treetop Adventure Course, Safari MiniGolf and Waterfront as well as the location of McLoone’s Restaurant.    


During his time there and due to the commitment of Essex County leadership, DJ was active among countless upgrades, development, and construction projects as well as the logistical management of the hundreds of thousands of visitors that have made the Complex what it is today. Born and raised in South Orange, he attended Seton Hall University and graduated from the W. Paul Stillman School of Business with a double major in Sport Management and Marketing. Currently a resident of Basking Ridge, DJ is married to wife Susan and father to his 1-year-old daughter, Francesca.

Tree Pick-Up Schedule

The DPP will begin Christmas Tree pickup on January 8, 2018. 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 23rd. 

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.

Union County Deer Management Program

Union County, NJ — The Union County Department of Parks and Recreation has released details of its annual Deer Management Program, which will begin on Monday morning, January 8 in six County parks and one municipal park.  


The program will operate in the Watchung Reservation, the Summit portion of Passaic River Park, Ash Brook Reservation, Lenape Park, Nomahegan Park, Oak Ridge Park and the Hawk Rise Sanctuary.


Click here to read the full press release. 

City of Plainfield Deer Management Program

Please be advised that the City Council of the City of Plainfield has authorized a deer management program, to be conducted in 2018 on a parcel of open space in Plainfield known locally as the Cushing Road Detention Basin.  


This program is intended to address complaints from Plainfield residents about the impacts that are typical to deer overpopulation – destructive browsing of residential landscaping, a high incidence of deer-related motor vehicle accidents, fear of Lyme disease, and fecal droppings on lawn areas.    


This 31-acre forested green space is located on Block 922, Lot 10, in the eastern corner of the City, roughly bordered by Terrill Road and Cushing Road.  


Click here to view the program guidelines.

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. 

5K Participants Receive Mayor's Medal

Mayor Al Smith awarded the Mayor's Medal to eligible participants at Tuesday evening's Council meeting to recognize those who ran or walked in at least three of the four 5k races in Scotch Plains this year.


Those races included:  


- St. Bart's 5K  

- YMCA's United for a Cause 5K

- Patrick's Downtown Race to Summer 5K

- Union Catholic's 'Spooktacular' 5K


Races for 2018 will be announced in the coming months.

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 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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