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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. 

New Updates to Township Recycling Program

Effective immediately, recycling will no longer be picked up if it is bagged as the guidelines for recycling processing have recently been updated. 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

Recycling Do's and Don'ts

Council Recognizes Public Services, Nurses, and First Responders at Conference Meeting

On Tuesday evening, the Township Council recognized the following distinctions in special presentations:

  • Rescue Squad Month with Mayor Al Smith, Rescue Squad Chief Carolyne Sorge and President Ed Fiedler
  • Nurses Week with Carolyn Perkins, Mayor, Councilwoman Checchio  
  • Municipal Clerk's Week with Township Clerk, Bonnie Lacina, Mayor, Councilwoman Checchio, Deputy Mayor Jones
  • Public Service Recognition Week with Tom Strowe, Margaret Heisey, Officer Florio representing SP Township employees, Mayor, Councilwoman Checchio, Deputy Mayor Jones
  • Mayor Al Smith joined family members of Retired Officer Thomas Culp who recently passed away

2018 Public Property Messenger

The “2018 Township of Scotch Plains Property Messenger” has been published and residents should be receiving the hard copies shortly in the mail.


Please note up to date information which is posted in this year’s Messenger regarding our Permitted Bulky Waste Collection application.  


Please click here to download the eight-page document. 

Scotch Plains Historical Society Meeting

Scotch Plains & Fanwood:  Have you ever thought about how New Jersey was created?  Perhaps you’ve wondered about how East and West Jersey came to be?  Or you’ve considered how life changed for landowners as the American Revolution intensified?  

The way the state developed before, during and after the revolution, including some of its distinctive features that still remain today, is fascinating.  At the monthly meeting of the Historical Society of Scotch Plains and Fanwood on Tuesday evening May 22nd, these significant topics like New Jersey’s role in politics, transportation, trade and agricultural on the eve of the revolution will be explored. 

This engaging meeting by a popular speaker is made possible by funding from the NJ Council for the Humanities.  It is free and open to everyone.  The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22nd at Shady Rest of Scotch Hills Country Club on Plainfield Avenue & Jerusalem Road in Scotch Plains. Refreshments and fellowship follow the meeting.

 For further information, contact Connie Klock at 908-232-9489.

Memorial Day Weekend Events

The Township of Scotch Plains and Borough of Fanwood is proud to announce it will be hosting its annual Memorial Day Weekend festivities this year. 


The events will start with a Memorial Day Concert on Sunday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Side of the Fanwood Train Station. The following day, there will be a special ceremony at The Gazebo on Park Ave. & Front St. at 10 a.m. and the Memorial Day Parade will follow that.


SP-F Memorial Day Parade shirts are available in white or blue for a $25 donation at Bob LaCosta's office at Town Hall (430 Park Ave). Donations by either cash or by check made payable to the Township of Scotch Plains. Bob can be reached at 908-939-8448 or blacosta@scotchplainsnj.com.


For more information on the Memorial Day Weekend festivities, visit https://www.scotchplainsnj.gov/calendar/memorial-day-weekend-2018/

Patrick's Downtown Race to Summer 5K

The Township of Scotch Plains is proud to announce that it will host the 3rd Annual Patrick's Downtown Race to Summer on Wednesday, June 27. Kick off summer 2018 with a family friendly road race and party in the heart of downtown Scotch Plains.    


This year's race will use the same 5k course, starting and finishing across from the Fire House on Senger Pl, and conclude with a live band performance and BBQ from the Stagehouse Tavern on the grounds of the Scotch Plains Municipal building.


Click here to be directed to the page for more information. 

NJ Clean Energy Program Video

Police, Fire & Rescue Squad Responders Honored

Fanwood and Scotch Plains police, fire and rescue squad responders were recognized on April 25th at the annual Shield Awards presented by the Knights of Columbus, Father John Nelligan Council, at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church in Scotch Plains.


This event is special because it brings together all police and volunteer first responders from both towns for recognition of their service to our communities.  


Award recipients:  Scotch Plains: Det. Brad Belford, Scotch Plains, PD, for a warrant search that resulted in the confiscation of a large amount of illegal drugs and a gun. Presented by Chief Ted Conley.  EMT Jerry Handsman, Deputy Chief of Scotch Plains Rescue Squad, for his years of dedicated volunteer service. Presented by Chief Carolyn Sorge.  Firefighter Robert Villegas, Scotch Plains FD, for dedicated volunteer service to his community as both a firefighter and an EMT. Presented by Battalion Chief Joe Rodrigues. 


Fanwood: Officer Elliot Bernard, Fanwood PD, for his service in Puerto Rico with a NJ State Police Task Force that helped recovery efforts last fall after Hurricane Maria. Presented by Chief Richard Trigo.  EMT Nicholas Routé, Fanwood Rescue Squad, for dedication and outstanding volunteer service to his community. Presented by squad President Ed Winsor. Nick's father Joe is a firefighter with the Fanwood Fire Department and was present for the fire award.  The Fanwood Fire Department, presented as a group award by Assistant Chief Steve Szanto, who highlighted the ongoing partnership between the Fanwood and Scotch Plains Fire Departments.  


The awards event was emceed by Seth McQuillan, Grand Knight.


Special thanks to Tom Kranz for the photos. 

Branch & Brush Pick-up Update

Storm debris pick up is complete for both the North and South sides of town. Starting Monday, April 30th the regularly scheduled leaves, small limbs, brush and gumboil pick-up will begin on both sides of town. We ask that all residents please place in separate piles and stay clear of storm drains.    


Note that that limbs need to be cut to no longer than 6’ in length and 2” in diameter. No logs or stumps will be taken.  

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.  

Senior Nutrition Program

On Tuesday, May 1st, Scotch Plains will become one of 24 sites hosting the Union County Congregate Nutrition Program. The lunches will be held every Tuesday from approximately 11:30am – 1:30pm  at the Shady Rest at Scotch Hills Country Club. The meals, which are paid through Federal grant funds, consist of a hot protein entre; vegetable, or salad; potato, pasta or rice; bread; milk; and soup or juice.  


The central objective of the lunch program is to maximize independence and dignity of our seniors. Any person who is 60 years of age or older is cordially invited to participate. Sign up for the lunch is required and menus and sign up details will be available through our Senior Citizen Services Coordinator the week of April 23rd. There are no income guidelines to participate; however a voluntary donation of $1.75 per meal is suggested. If one person of a couple is under age 60, the suggested donation is $4.00. Donations are used to offset the cost of the meals and to expand the program.      


If you are interested in attending, please make your reservation by calling 908-322-5151.

Important Info Regarding Sewer Utility Changes

The Township of Scotch Plains recently revised the billing schedule for annual sewer user fees.


Sewer bills will be mailed out in June; one payment only; due on September 1st (10 day grace period will apply).

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. 

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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