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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.
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.
Changes to Scotch Plains 2019 Recycling Schedule to take effect January 14, 2019.
Southside Collection will now be on MONDAYS January 2, 2019 will be the last Wednesday Southside Collection, Monday pickups starting the week of January 14th.
Northside Makeup for New Year’s Day will be Saturday January 5, 2019.
The Department of Public Works continues their fall leaf pickup program. The following streets are scheduled the Week of December 17:
North Side – Starting at Crestwood Road Section to Happel Court neighborhoods. This is the third and final round on the North Side.
South Side – Scotchwood Glen, Indian Run, Swans Mill Lane, Short Hills Lane, Wellington Downs sections will be completed this week and marks the end of the second round for the South Side. There will be a third and final round of pickups for the South Side.
This program is for the pickup of leaves only therefore branches are not permitted for pickup at the curb. Residents are asked to store any brush or branches on their property.
On Tuesday evening, the Township Council recognized exiting Councilmen John Del Sordi, Jr. (2015-2018) and Andrew Bondarowicz (2018) for their service to the community. The Township appreciates all of their hard work, dedication and commitment to excellence.
Pictured from left to right: Councilman Andrew Bondarowicz, Mayor Al Smith, Councilman John Del Sordi, Jr., Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler, and Deputy Mayor Ted Spera.
The Scotch Plains P.B.A. Local #87 raised twice the amount of toys in this year's annual toy drive. We'd like to send out a big thank you to our residents who participated in the program and made this year a success. The toys were shipped out earlier this week and will be given to children in needy families for the holidays.
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
- Union Catholic's 'Spooktacular' 5K (Cancelled but residents received credit for racing if they were registered)
The Township of Scotch Plains hosted its annual Holiday Celebration on Sunday afternoon as hundreds of residents braved the steady mist throughout the day to participate in the festivities.
The event featured the pleasant sounds of Christmas caroling and a performance from the Theatrical Artists Prep students. Hot chocolate and other treats were given away by students from Union Catholic High School. Residents also enjoyed the historic Osborn Cannonball House Museum, which was adorned with Christmas-themed decorations.
Of course the headline of the event was the tree lighting on the Alan Augustine Village Green as Mayor Al Smith, Santa Claus and Downtown Redevelopment Coordinator Tom Strowe took a lift in the fire truck to light the tree in holiday colors.
Deputy Mayor Ted Spera, Township Manager Al Mirabella, Deputy Township Manager Margaret Heisey, Police Chief Ted Conley and Fire Chief John Lestarchick were among those who were also in attendance.
Click here to view more photos in the Facebook Photo Album.
The Scotch Plains Business and Professional Organization and the Township of Scotch Plains hosted its 4th Annual Menorah Lighting on Monday evening on the Alan Augustine Village Green to commence the first night of Hanukkah. The Chabad of Union County presided over the lighting. Mayor Al Smith participated in the lighting of the Shamash, the first candle that gets lit on the Menorah.
Deputy Ted Spera, Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler, Council-elect Josh Losardo, Township Manager Al Mirabella, Deputy Manager Margaret Heisey and Downtown Redevelopment Coordinator Tom Strowe were among those who participated in the celebration.
Click here to view the Facebook Photo Album.
As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly. Consider the following this holiday season:
Stay safe this holiday season!
Scotch Plains Township Manager Al Mirabella announced that Moody's Investor Service has reaffirmed Scotch Plains' Aaa Bond Rating in their Annual Issuer Comment Report (AICR) for the Township.
According to Moody's, "Scotch Plains has an exceptional credit position and its Aaa rating is much stronger than the median rating of Aa3 for US cities. Notable credit factors include a robust financial position, and a sizable tax base with a very strong wealth and income profile. The credit position also incorporates the Township's low debt burden and a somewhat elevated pension liability."
Click here to read the entire press release.
We have many great businesses in Scotch Plains! Pictured above are a few of them.
Please support our local businesses throughout Scotch Plains on #SmallBusinessSaturday on Nov 24 and during the entire holiday season.
The full press release can be viewed by clicking here.
Click here to view Mayor Al Smith’s resolution on Small Business Saturday in Scotch Plains. Visit the Scotch Plains Facebook page to view more photos and videos of local businesses.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler was sworn into office during the Council Conference Meeting on Tuesday evening with family and friends in attendance.
She replaces the vacant seat of the late Councilwoman Rose Checchio. Earlier this month, Stamler was one of three Council members elected into office and will begin that term in January 2019.
The Township of Scotch Plains, American Legion Post 209, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars 10122 honored its local heroes in a special ceremony at The War Memorial (Park Ave. & Front St.) on Sunday morning, the 100th anniversary of World War 1, with dozens of military veterans in attendance.
Mayor Al Smith, Deputy Mayor Ted Spera, Councilman John Del Sordi, Council-elects Elizabeth Stamler, Josh Losardo, and Roshan White, Township Manager Al Mirabella, Deputy Township Manager Margaret Heisey, and Downtown Redevelopment Coordinator Tom Strowe were among those in attendance.
Scotch Plains Township released its Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposals (RFQ/RFP) for the Redevelopment of the Tier 1, Phase 1 section of Scotch Plains Downtown on November 1, 2018.
The Township is seeking qualifications and proposals from qualified and experienced redevelopers to redevelop the approximately 8.22+/- acre public portion of property available for purchase as identified in the Downtown Tier 1, Phase 1 Redevelopment area in accordance with the Redevelopment Plan that was endorsed by the Scotch Plains Township Council on September 25, 2018.
Proposals may also include any of the privately owned parcels or a combination of the publicly owned parcels and the privately owned parcels identified in the Redevelopment Plan.
For additional information about the RFQ/RFP, please contact Thomas Strowe, Project Coordinator for the RFQ/RFP Redevelopment Area, via email only at email@example.com.
Click here to view the entire press release.
October 19 -- Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith and Cranford Mayor Tom Hannen met with Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, the incoming president of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, to discuss various legislative solutions to the current court-driven affordable housing process.
All three Mayors understand the need for affordable housing and are dedicated to providing affordable housing in their communities for low and moderate-income families, seniors, millennials, veterans, and those with special needs and other groups. However, it is clear we need to pursue legislative reforms to make the process fairer for municipalities and prevent overdevelopment. The current court-driven process has created challenges in the areas of infrastructure, public transportation, schools, traffic, open space, and safety that are not adequately being addressed.
This is the beginning of a bipartisan effort of Mayors in conjunction with the New Jersey League of Municipalities to propose legislation that will provide affordable housing in an efficient and effective manner while allowing Mayors to guide the process for their towns and regions.
All three Mayors stand ready to work with the Governor, State Legislature, other Mayors, and residents to develop bipartisan legislative solutions.
My Central Jersey published an in-depth article today detailing the goals and vision of the Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Plan. Great to see Scotch Plains getting some recognition for our work on Downtown redevelopment.
Thank you to the Mayor, Council, and Downtown redevelopment committee for your hard work moving Scotch Plains forward.
Click here to read the full story.
The Sandy Hook Promise Start With Hello program was introduced in our School District this week. Mayor Al Smith, Municipal Manager Al Mirabella and Deputy Manager, Margaret Heisey joined Superintendent Dr. Hayes and School One Principal Mr. Justin Fiory for the Start With Hello activity in Ms. Christine Mills’ 4th Grade classroom on Thursday.
The Township Council recently passed a Proclamation promoting Start With Hello Week and lauding the Scotch Plains – Fanwood Board of Education for its efforts to keep our students safe in a socially inclusive and connected student body. The Start With Hello program, one of the Know The Signs programs of the Sandy Hook Promise, teaches children, teens and young adults how to be more socially inclusive and connected to one another.
Click here for more information about the program.
St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church, in partnership with the Township of Scotch Plains, the Borough of Fanwood, American Legion Post 209 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10122, is seeking to honor our local veterans and those currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.
For more information, contact Elaine at (908) 322-5192, Ext 141 or by email at SPFheroes@gmail.com.
Read more about the program by clicking here.
Residents wishing to arrange for a block party are asked to follow the guidelines below:
1. Pick up a Block Party Application or download it here.
2. Application must be filled out in its entirety, print must be legible & 1. It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit page two of this application, containing signatures of all residents contained within the boundaries of the intended block party/street closing. This is to insure that all residents concerned have been contacted and are aware of the party/closure.
3. The application must be turned in to the Records Bureau at least 14 days prior to the Block party.
4. Once application is turned in it will be reviewed by the SPPD for approval. 5. Once approved a letter is mailed to the applicant and a copy is faxed to the Department of Public Property. The resident may then contact the DPP to arrange for barricades.
If you need further assistance with this process, please contact the Records Bureau at 908-322-7100 ext 105 and 106. Click here to download the form.
“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.
Effective immediately, recycling will no longer be picked up if it is bagged as the guidelines for recycling processing have recently been updated. This includes clear plastic bags. 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.
* IF YOUR RECYCLING IS IN PLASTIC BAGS, IT WILL NOT BE PICKED UP!
For more information on the Recycling Do's and Don'ts, please refer to the graphic below or visit www.recycleoftenrecycleright.com.
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.
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.
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.
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 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:
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