Welcome to the official website of the Township of Scotch Plains, NJ. The government of Scotch Plains is committed to keeping you informed of important news and events and emergency situations. Sign up to receive text alerts from Union County First Alert. Sign up for our email advisories and, check this website often for updates.
* Please Note: Until further notice, the Municipal Building will be closed to the public.
Tax and other payments can be left in the drop box in the Police Department lobby or via online by clicking here.
* Residents with local concerns of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) should contact the Rahway Health Department at 732-827-2085.
Have general questions about Covid-19?
24-Hour Phone Hotline: 1-800-962-1253
Text: NJCOVID to 898-211
New Jersey State Department of Health
24-Hour Phone Hotline: 1-800-222-1222
* Please note: If this is a medical emergency, please consult your physician or call 9-1-1. This inquiry form will be monitored during regular office hours of the Municipal Building.
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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* From our own Fire Department's weather station
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.
We are receiving a high amount of latex gloves and masks in the recycling loads this week at Union County processing facility.
These items are NOT considered household recycling and should be properly disposed as trash.
The health and safety is our number one priority and we appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
Scotch Plains currently has one of the top 2020 Census response rates in the nation, with 78.3%, as of May 14. While we are beyond thrilled to see that Scotch Plains is doing so well with the 2020 Census, we still have a long way to go to a complete 100% count.
When responding to the 2020 Census everyone living in your home as of April 1, 2020 should be included. Parents, children, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, roommates – every person living with you on April 1, 2020 are all considered members of your household.
Census results are important as they determine how many seats each state is apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives as well as how over $675 billion in federal funds are distributed annually to states and communities on services ranging from roads, infrastructure, schools, libraries, and emergency services.
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.
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.
To help preserve the local roads in Scotch Plains, the Township has implemented a Report a Pothole form for residents.
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.
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.
The Township of Scotch Plains has transitioned from CodeRed to EverBridge, officially branded as Union County First Alert for its emergency notification system.
Click here to register for emergency updates via Union County First Alert.
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.
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.
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!
The Governing Body of the Township of Scotch Plains overwhelmingly condemns the actions of Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin and the other officers who stood by and watched while Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck until he lost consciousness and ultimately died. There is a zero-tolerance policy for horrific acts of violence and acts of racism in our police department and in our community.
At the same time, we pledge our support to the Scotch Plains Police Department. The police leadership, specifically Chief Conley (and in conjunction with Fanwood Chief Trigo) released a statement also condemning these actions. Our police department has worked hard to establish and build trust in our community and our sincere hope is that this horrific incident in Minnesota will not diminish these efforts. Several years ago, our governing body implemented body worn cameras to protect the both the officers and the public during police interaction.
Scotch Plains is and remains No Place for Hate! Incidents like this remind us that there is still much work to do with racial healing in our country. The history of hate and oppression in our country should not be forgotten. We must use this as a time to reflect and continue to educate ourselves as a community. And, as a community, continue to work on the local level to be proactive with thoughtful and ongoing communication. Teams such as Truth and Racial Healing, the SPF Ministerium and Social Justice Matters are so important during any time of crisis and injustice and we are thankful that these teams are part of our community.
We’ve all seen the protests around the country that turned to violence. Although we acknowledge the feelings people have, we are proud of our community’s peaceful response and reactions to this crime and we stand united in our commitment to providing equitable and just leadership for all our residents.
We are writing this statement to the residents of Scotch Plains and Fanwood to announce our official condemnation of the actions of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and the other officers who stood by and watched while Chauvin knelt on Mr. George Floyd’s neck until he lost consciousness and ultimately died. We have watched that video from multiple angles, and cannot find one single justification for why any individual, in handcuffs, not resisting, is put in the prone position with an officer kneeling with his full weight on his neck, for nearly 9 minutes!
Neither of us have ever been part of, been witness too, nor given approval for any kind of training that would authorize a tactic such as this to be used by any of our officers. We fully agree with the arrest and charges that were put on Derek Chauvin, and anticipate that the other officers who stood by and did nothing to offer assistance to Mr. Floyd, will also find themselves being charged, as they should be.
The members of the Scotch Plains and Fanwood Police Departments have made many strides in an effort to build a trusting relationship between the residents and visitors to our towns. We, along with every other police department in Union County, under the direction of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, have implemented a body-worn camera program where all of our patrol officers and other officers who are in contact with the public must wear a body worn camera and record all encounters with members of the public.
Click here to read the entire statement.
Please be advised that Martine Ave from Portland Ave to Raritan Rd in Fanwood/ Scotch Plains will be under construction on or about Monday, June 1, 2020. It is anticipated that the work will take approximately 10 days to complete, weather permitting.
Affected residents and businesses should be aware that there may be mobilization and prep work on the part of the contractor about a week or two in advance of the actual start day. This activity should have little or no impact on local traffic.
The work being performed will consist of various road improvements, such as milling, paving, and striping of the road. Due to the nature of the work involved, the amount of workers and machinery required, full road closure will be necessary in the area of work to optimize the safety of the work crews and motoring public alike. The road will be closed from approximately 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day.
On behalf of the Township Council, I would like to thank the Scotch Plains – Fanwood Parade Committee for pulling off a Memorial Day event to remember. We went from having no planned Ceremonies about two weeks ago because of the pandemic to having a wreath laying ceremony, honor procession for our two co-Grand Marshals, special tributes to our 21 fallen heroes from Scotch Plains, and a virtual patriotic concert.
On Tuesday, the Township and Library Board submitted an application for a $6 million state grant to offset half the cost of our proposed new library, which is expected to cost approximately $12 million. We will be providing more information about the new library plan and the grant application in the coming weeks, especially how the library project fits into the downtown redevelopment plan.
Our fight against the coronavirus continues to go well. As of this writing, Scotch Plains has 271 residents who have tested positive for the Coronavirus. Gratefully, we still only have had 13 deaths to date, and have not had a new death reported since May 10th, 2020. As the chart above shows, we are continuing to win the battle against the coronavirus which is so important to opening our town up.
Click here to read the entire letter from Mayor Al Smith with insights on the recently passed Municipal Budget and his appearance at the Farmers' Market this weekend to promote the 2020 Census.
The Township of Scotch Plains hosted its annual 2020 Memorial Day Service on Monday morning while practicing social distancing and limiting the crowd size in front of the War Memorial on the corner of Park Ave. and Front St.
The service featured a traditional wreath laying ceremony that included the participation of the 2020 Memorial Day Grand Marshals Alphonse Fantini (U.S. Army 1941-45) and Patrick D. Moore (U.S. Army Iraq/Afghanistan). Mayor Al Smith delivered his remarks at the ceremony.
Click here for more photos in the Township's Facebook photo album.
Click here or on the graphic above to watch the Scotch Plains 2020 Memorial Day Ceremony.
Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, the Scotch Plains Hometown Heroes Banner Program has returned to the downtown district. The Township honors those that have served in the military throughout different eras, including the 21 fallen heroes who gave their lives in service to America.
Click here to view more photos in the Township's Facebook album.
The Scotch Plains Farmers' Market made its long anticipated return on Saturday, May 23rd as residents flocked to the downtown district -- in a safe manner while practicing social distancing and other safety precautions.
The fresh produce available at the Farmers' Market each week is great for the immune system and overall healthy living. Every Saturday the Farmers' Market will be open in the Municipal Lot (430 Park Ave.) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Parking is available on Park Avenue, East Second Street, and both of the Municipal parking lots across the street - behind the retail stores. Additional Handicapped Parking spaces will be reserved on Park Avenue. Masks are required to attend and social distancing efforts are in place throughout this pandemic.
Click here to view more photos from the reopening.
Scotch Plains Spreads Positivity: Vanessa Cerchio from Dream A Party NJ donated and built a rainbow themed balloon with local resident Deanna Dell Bene in front of Town Hall as a symbol of hope during the tough times of quarantine.
Share your photos of hope during the quarantine (artwork or nature such as window signs, lawn signs, rainbows, chalk art, balloon art, etc.) in the comment section or post on social media using the #SPspreadspositivity.
Click here to view the photos from the event.
As the Township continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus (Covid-19) developments in our state and area, we will do our best to provide video updates to our residents each day where they are available.
Here is a recap of the weekly updates issued to the Township via Facebook:
Follow us on Facebook for the live updates and latest information in real time by clicking here.
Please help the Scotch Plains and Fanwood Cub Scout Packs and Scouts BSA Troops help our neighbors in this unprecedented time of food insecurity by safely donating non-perishable food or grocery gift cards.
All food donations appreciated. Donations can be delivered to the Fanwood Presbyterian Church (74 S. Martine Ave. -- Fanwood, NJ) on Saturday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Refer to the graphic to see which items are in the most demand.
The grace period to pay 2nd quarter taxes, which were due on May 1st has been extended to June 1, 2020. Payments received after June 1, 2020 will be subject to interest.
Since Town Hall is currently closed to the public, payments should be submitted as follows:
By regular mail: Mail to tax collector
Township of Scotch Plains
430 Park Avenue
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Online – On our homepage click on tab for Online Payments, you will be directed to a site to make an online payment using credit card or e-check (additional charges may apply see information listed on payment site). The ACH fee have been waived for this quarter.
Drop off – There is a payment box located in the lobby of the police department. To gain access to the building ring bell located on side wall and state that you want to drop off a tax payment. You will be buzzed in. Go to police lobby and drop payment in box.
Update: NJDOT has responded to Councilwoman Stamler’s and Manager Mirabella’s correspondence regarding the removal of trees along Route 22 and Glenside Avenue. NJDOT will begin the cleanup process of the site next week. NJDOT will also work with the Township on replanting trees once their landscape contract has been approved.
Special thank you to our State Legislators, Senator Scutari, Assemblyman Kennedy, and Assemblywoman Carter for assisting Scotch Plains with this issue.
Click here to read the entire letter.
As the weather continues to get warmer as we head towards summer, the Scotch Plains Police Department would like to remind its residents to practice bike safety as it is May Walk & Bike to School Month.
While schools remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, it is still important to preach and practice safety while riding your bike.
Click here to download a graphic with safety advice and recommendations from the Scotch Plains Police Department.
This week, Mayor Al Smith joined Mayors from the 7th Congressional District towns of Garwood, Westfield, Scotch Plains, Kenilworth, Springfield, Summit, Clinton and Raritan in calling on the U.S. House and Senate leadership of both parties to provide for dedicated municipal funding in the next CARES package expected to come up for a vote in early May.
“I have also sent the congressional leaders a letter specific to Scotch Plains and the negative potential impact of an uncertain economic environment,” said Mayor Smith. “For example, a 5% loss of property tax collection could cause a 21% deficiency in the municipal government budget given that the municipality must first pay the Board of Education and County.”
Mayor Smith continued, “Loss or reduction in state aid would compound the situation. Municipalities of all sizes need the ability to tap into emergency funding to care for this probable revenue loss.”
The joint letter urged support for including U.S. Rep Tom Malinowski’s bill, H.R. 6467, which would provide $250 billion in stabilization funds to localities with populations lower than 500,000 in any future CARES package. Under this Coronavirus Community Relief Act, state and local governments with a population under 500,000 would be eligible for support to cover expenses attributable to the COVID-19 epidemic, including lost revenue.
Click here to read Mayor Smith's letter.
The coronavirus is causing financial difficulties for businesses across the U.S. The economic impact and recovery will last for months, and potentially even years. As congress and other government authorities move to save different areas of the economy, it’s important to understand what resources you have available to you as a small business owner.
The Township has launched a COVID-19 webpage dedicated to resources that small business owners can utilize during this tough time. Click here to be redirected to that page.
If you are a small business owner or resident in need of guidance or assistance with federal, state relief programs or unemployment, you can contact your Federal or State legislators.
Click here to view the graphic with the contact information to your Federal and State representatives for assistance.
As we are all facing hardships while shopping for groceries during this COVID-19 pandemic, there are several Scotch Plains businesses that are offering fresh produce to go including:
Click on the graphic for details on how to order at each business.
Click on the graphic above to be redirected to New Jersey's COVID-19 Information Hub, the official source for live updates.
In an effort to maintain social distancing and do what we can to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), we have provided you with a list of services and how you can still access them without making a trip to Town Hall.
Click here for the graphic with clickable links.
As part of the Mayor's Wellness Campaign in 2020, Mayor Al Smith will award the Mayor's Medal to any individual who complete three of the following runs/walks in town this year:
For more info, contact Margaret Heisey at 908-322-6700 Ext. 314 or via email at email@example.com.
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.
The Township of Scotch Plains launched Recycle Coach, 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 Store. Click here for more information and to read the entire press release. Click here to watch the Facebook video promoting the new mobile application.
“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 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:
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