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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. 

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. 

Mayor's Wellness Campaign: Blood Pressure

Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith gets his blood pressure checked by Rahway nurse Michele Kowal at the Scotch Plains Public Library on Tuesday, February 14. The Mayor advocates for a healthy Scotch Plains.


Every month, the Scotch Plains Public Library hosts a free blood pressure screening. The next free screening will be held on Tuesday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Mayor's Wellness Campaign: Go Red for Heart Health

Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith participated in the opening tip-off of basketball games at Park Middle School and Terrill Middle School in a Go Red campaign event to raise awareness for heart disease, the leading killer of women in America on Tuesday, February 14.  


The events were a part of the Mayor's Wellness Campaign.

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.

February 13: Planning Board Meeting Cancelled

The Scotch Plains Planning Board Meeting scheduled for Monday, February 13 has been cancelled. The next meeting will take place on Monday, February 27. 

Scotch Plains Celebrates National Wear Red Day

Scotch Plains employees participated in National Wear Red Day this morning, Friday, February 3.  


Today's National Wear Red Day marks 15 years since the inaugural event, which was first observed to bring national awareness to the fact that heart disease is the top killer of women, according to www.goredforwomen.org.

Mayor's Wellness Campaign Kicks Off at Library

The Mayor’s Wellness Campaign is in full swing this month. In February,  our focus is on Heart Health.  Visit the Scotch Plains Library and check out a book or DVD on heart healthy activities, recipes and more. Other events  in the Township this month are Wear Red Day on Friday, February 3 and the Free Blood Pressure Screening at the Scotch Plains Public Library on February 14.


Look for more updates and news from the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign throughout  the year.  Pictured above are Mayor Al Smith and Library Associate Lisa Scott with some selections from the library’s Heart Healthy book display.

Summer Camp Employment Application

The Township of Scotch Plains Parks and Recreation Department is hiring camp counselors for the upcoming 2017 Summer Day Camp. The annual camp is offered to boys and girls from K-6th Grade and will be held at Brookside Park from July 5 through August 11 from 9 a.m. til 3 p.m.


Click here to download the employment application. The deadline to apply is March 3. 


For more info, contact Julie Aylesworth at jaylesworth@scotchplainsnj.com.

Group Effort Leads to Successful Snow Clean-Up

A huge thank you to the Scotch Plains DPW, led by Director Joe Timko for their tireless efforts in the snow clean-up. The Parks and Recreation Department also pitched in to help with the plowing. Their hard work helped clean up the streets, especially the main roads, in a timely manner.


We'd also like to recognize the hard work of the Scotch Plains Police Department, led by Chief Ted Conley and Lieutenant Beverly Peal for providing the latest traffic and storm updates to keep our residents informed. The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad and Fire Department also diligently prepared to respond to any emergencies. The Office of Emergency Management provided valuable updates under the direction of OEM Coordinator Dennis Van Natta.  


It was a group effort to keep the Township of Scotch Plains safe and we couldn't be prouder of our team. 

Black History Month Celebration on February 27

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is sponsoring its 2017 Black History Month Celebration on Monday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Union County Performing Arts Center on 1601 Irving Street in Rahway.


WQXR radio’s Terrance McKnight will host the event, which will feature a free performance honoring famed Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  To register or for more information, visit ucnj.org/blackhistorymonth or call the UC Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 908-558-2550.

Sign Up for Code Red Alerts

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.  


Click here to be directed to the sign-up page.   


* CodeRed is the official Emergency Notification System used by the Township of Scotch Plains. The Union County First Alert is used to receive Emergency Notifications for Union County. 

2017 Snow Removal and De-Icing Plan

The Township of Scotch Plains has introduced its Snow Removal/De-Icing Plan for the Winter of 2017 in order to better serve our residents. Click here to read all of the guidelines. 

Welcome Mayor Al Smith!

The Township of Scotch Plains is pleased to welcome Mayor Al Smith to the Mayor's Office. 


Mayor Smith will serve on the Planning Board, Class 1, Memorial Day Parade Committee, Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, Finance/Review Committee, Shared Services Coordinating Council, Mayor's Gala, and Library Board.

Welcome Councilman Ted Spera!

The Township of Scotch Plains is pleased to welcome Councilman Ted Spera to the governing body.


Councilman Spera will serve on the Senior Housing Board of Trustees, the Frazee House Committee, Shared Services Coordinating Council, and will be the liaison for the Fire Department.

Energy Saving Advice This Winter

The cold weather has finally arrived as winter quickly approaches. Energy.gov offers some tips that residents can use on a daily basis to boost your savings; others are simple and inexpensive actions you can take to ensure maximum savings through the winter. Click here for the full article. 









If you haven't already, conduct an energy audit to find out where you can save the most, and consider making a larger investment for long-term energy savings.

5 Tips to Avoid Freezing Pipes

Extremely low temperatures are in the forecast across New Jersey. Take the time now to protect your home and prevent the cost, mess and stress of frozen pipes. 


Avoiding Frozen Pipes


• Let cold water trickle from the faucets in your home.

• Keep garage doors closed, especially if you have water supply lines in the garage.

• Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to reach the plumbing (be sure to move any cleaners or chemicals out of the reach of children and pets).

• Keep your thermostat set to a warm temperature. If you're leaving town, set it to no lower than 65 degrees.

• If you will be traveling, consider shutting off your water supply at your home's main valve. Be sure to drain your pipes by turning on your faucets.


If your pipes freeze: turn on the taps, try to warm the affected area with a hair dryer and call a plumber. 


If you experience a burst pipe: immediately shut off the water at your home's main valve. It's a good idea to locate this valve ahead of time.

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

Report a Pothole

To help preserve the local roads throughout Scotch Plains, the Township has implemented a Report a Pothole form online for residents.


The form will notify the Department of Public Property directly via email.

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