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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. 

Scotch Plains Hosts Annual Holiday Celebration

The Township hosted its annual holiday celebration on the Alan Augustine Village Green on Sunday afternoon as hundreds of residents turned out to participate in the festivities.


The event featured a variety of holiday activities, hot chocolate, pony rides, and of course, Santa Claus! At the close of the event Mayor Al Smith, Councilman Elizabeth Stamler, Santa Clause and Deputy Fire Chief Skip Paal went up in the bucket together to light the Christmas Tree adjacent to Town Hall.


Click here to view more photos on the Township's Facebook page. 

Township Hosts 29th Annual Mayor's Gala at Shackamaxon Country Club

The Township hosted its 29th annual Mayor's Gala at the Shackamaxon County Club as they raised over $12,000 towards charities chosen by each of the honorees and a portion to the Scotch Plains Municipal Alliance. 


The honorees for the evening included:

  • Female Volunteer of the Year: Kelly Price


  • Male Volunteer of the Year: Jim Checchio


  • Volunteer Organization of the Year: Patrick’s Downtown Race to Summer Committee

Click here to view more photos from the event. 

Township Officials Show Support for Small Business Saturday

Township officials joined local businesses this past weekend in the downtown district to show their support for Small Business Saturday. 


Mayor Al Smith, Councilman Ted Spera, Deputy Township Manager Margaret Heisey and Downtown Redevelopment Coordinator Tom Strowe participated in the event. 


Local residents enjoyed chocolate chip cookies donated by The Scotchwood Diner and hot chocolate donated by Apple Blossom Flower Shop. Shoppere received Small Business Saturday bags stuffed with coupons to promote local businesses.

Council Recognizes Brunner Elementary School Students for Raising Over $5,000 for Mallory's Army

The Township Council recognized third grade Brunner Elementary School students Olivia Haley, Grant Haley, Dante Castonuovo, Miles Weisholtz and Ian Weisholtz for their efforts this summer while raising more than $5,000 for Mallory's Army to with their third annual lemonade stand. 


Inspired by Dianne Grossman, mother of Mallory Rose Grossman, a 12-year-old girl from Rockaway, NJ who took her own life in 2017, the elementary school students' efforts go towards putting an end to bullying and combatting youth suicide.   


Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler read a proclamation to the students at the Council Meeting on Tuesday evening.

Leaf Pick-up Week of December 9

Leaf pick-up is entering its second round of pickups. Residents may begin to put their leaves out 10 days prior to their scheduled leaf pickup. 


A street by street schedule for leaf pickup is as follows for the Week of December 9:  


Northside -- Streets between Park Avenue and Westfield Road

Mountain Avenue to Westfield Road Section

Southside -- Winding Brook Section and Lake Avenue Section


* Please note: This collection is for leaves only, and crews will be dispatched on both the Northside and Southside of the Township. At least three collection cycles should give everyone adequate time to place all leaves at the curb. Please NO BRANCHES or LIMBS and remember to leave space along the curbline for  water to flow freely to the catch basins.


Biodegradable paper bags are acceptable. Please keep as many cars off the road as possible. Branches will not be collected. It is very important that leaves are free of branches, rocks, stumps, etc., to prevent equipment damage.


Weather permitting, sweepers will be operating after the last cycle.

Register for Scotch Plains' Holiday Home Decorating Contest

The Scotch Plains Recreation Department and Scotch Plains Fire Department are sponsoring a Holiday Home Decorating Contest this year in an effort to get residents in the holiday spirit while benefiting the community.   


Register your home on Community Pass up until Sunday, December 8th the pick up your lawn signs at Town Hall between December 8th and 13th. Set up a box to collect canned goods (food will be collected on January 4th). 


Voting will take place from December 14th through January 3rd. Participation is limited to the first 25 Scotch Plains homes to register. For more information, please call the Department of Parks and Recreation at 908-322-6700 Ext. 223.

Menorah Lighting on the Village Green on December 22nd at 4 p.m.

 The Scotch Plains Business and Professional Association and the Township of Scotch Plains will host the 5th Annual Menorah Lighting on Sunday, December 22 at 4:00 pm.         


Festivities will include a light show and refreshments. The Chabad of Union County will preside over the lighting. The event will be held at 430 Park Avenue on the Alan Augustine Village Green.


The Menorah Lighting is sponsored by the Scotch Plains Business and Professional Association and the Chabad of Union County.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL to Host 3rd Annual 'Cops and Kids' Program at Park Middle School | November 22 & January 17

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL is holding their 3rd Annual ‘Cops & Kids’ Intramural Program, for students in 5th-8th grade at Park Middle School on November 22 and January 17 from 2:40 to 4:30 p.m.  Forms are available in the Middle School Offices.


You can also go to the following websites: www.scotchplainspolice.org or www.fanwoodpolice.org to download a copy.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL to Host 3rd Annual 'Cops and Kids' Program at Terrill Middle School | December 20 & February 7

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood PAL is holding their 3rd Annual ‘Cops & Kids’ Intramural Program, for students in 5th-8th grade at Terrill Middle School on December 20 and February 7 from 2:40 to 4:30 p.m.  Forms are available in the Middle School Offices.


You can also go to the following websites: www.scotchplainspolice.org or www.fanwoodpolice.org to download a copy.

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 2019 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 2019 on the following dates:


January 14

February 11

March 11

April 8

May 13

June 10

July 8

August 12

September 9

December 9


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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