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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. 

Annual Earth Day Celebration

The Township of Scotch Plains hosted its annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday morning on the Village Green. The event featured a variety of Earth-friendly activities provided by many local sponsors.


Mayor Al Smith, Deputy Mayor Llewellyn Jones, Councilman Ted Spera, Township Manager Al Mirabella, and Parks & Recreation Director D.J. Salvante were among those in attendance.

VIDEO: Earth Day Celebration

Coles Elementary School Students Plant Trees

Students at Coles Elementary School joined Township Officials and Caffrey Tree & Landscape on Friday afternoon as they planted two trees on the school property in celebration of Earth Day. 


Mayor Al Smith, Councilman Ted Spera, Downtown Redevelopment Coordinator Tom Strowe, Special Projects Coordinator Margaret Heisey and Parks & Recreation Director D.J. Salvante were among those in attendance. 

VIDEO: Pat DiNizio Way Ceremony

Branch & Brush Pick-up Update

The Scotch Plains DPW continues to work diligently to ensure the Township’s streets are safe for our residents and is continuing to work on pick-up of storm related debris. The North Side of town has completed their pick-up of storm related debris. Please note that large tree parts (whole trees) or stumps or roots will not be taken in the spring cleanup which begins approximately April 23rd. Storm related pick up is still ongoing on the South Side of town.    


We ask that all residents please place any leaves, gumballs, and branches  in separate piles against the curb for pick up. Please note branches need to be cut to no longer than 6’ in length and 2 “ in diameter.  No logs or stumps will be taken. The DPW will be continuing their spring pick-ups starting approximately April 23rd.

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.  

Do You Know This Scotch Plains Business?

Mayor Al Smith and Margaret Heisey visited Wild Birds Unlimited (2520 Route 22 East) on Thursday, April 18 as part of the Do You Know This Scotch Plains Business? initiative. Wild Birds Unlimited is a retail store stocking supplies for feeding & observing birds, including bird baths and binoculars.      


To view the Facebook video promoting the business, click here

Presentation on the Dangers of Vaping

The Scotch Plains and Fanwood Police Departments will host a special discussion on Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. on the dangers of vaping and juuling at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Auditorium. 


The session is free to attend and was funded by the GCADA through the UCDHS Division of Planning. 


The public is invited to attend.

Food Truck Festival Benefiting SPFHS on May 6

On Sunday, May 6, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School will host a food truck festival featuring a variety of vendors and live entertainment.


Admission to the festival is $5 and will benefit the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Project Graduation. 

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).

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.


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. 

Mayor Al Smith Joins Sandy Hook Promise

Since the day I was sworn-in as Mayor, I have made the safety of Scotch Plains residents, especially our children, my highest priority.  Working with the Township Council, Police Chief Conley and his dedicated Police department, we have added two new police officers and various promotions to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of our Police force. School safety is always at the top of our list when we meet to discuss safety issues.  


To help with our efforts, I have joined Sandy Hook Promise, a national non-profit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. 


Click here to read the Mayor's entire Letter to the Editor in TAP into Scotch Plains-Fanwood.


For more information on the Sandy Hook Promise, visit: https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/new_video_our_plan_to_prevent_gun_violence_and_how_you_can_help

Joint Statement on School Security

We recognize that safety is on everyone's minds these days, especially the safety of our young people. With yet another horrific school shooting, particular questions are raised about school security.


As public officials, we share your concerns.   Click here to read the entire joint statement from the Township of Scotch Plains, Borough of Fanwood and Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education. 

Scotch Plains ADA Advisory Board Access and Inclusion Survey

The Mayor, Township Manager, Town Council, and the members of the ADA Advisory Board are dedicated to promoting a welcoming environment for all Scotch Plains residents, regardless of their needs.


The ADA Advisory Board works to improve access, participation, and provision of appropriate services for those with disabilities in our Township.  We encourage Scotch Plains residents and visitors to let the ADA Advisory Board know how the Township can be inclusive and accessible.   Please complete this survey to inform us of your needs and interests.  


If you have a disability and need assistance completing this survey, contact Margaret Heisey at 908-322-6700 ext. 314 or by email at mheisey@scotchplainsnj.com. All responses are and will remain confidential within the ADA Advisory Board.  


Click here to be directed to the short survey. 

Scotch Plains Ranks Among Top 100 Safest Cities in New Jersey

Scotch Plains ranks 47th among the safest cities in New Jersey according to a recent report published by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, a trade association of security professionals that advocates for safe communities and home safety.    


"I am extremely proud of the work that the men and women of the Scotch Plains Police Department have done in making the Township of Scotch Plains the 47th Safest City in New Jersey according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security,” said Scotch Plains Township Police Chief Ted Conley. “We strive each and every day to make Scotch Plains an extremely safe environment for our residents and visitors to our town. Hopefully we can achieve an even higher ranking in the years to come!"    


Scotch Plains is the 3rd highest ranked town in Union County and one of only 6 Union County towns to make the top 100.  Click here to read the entire press release. 

Tree Replacement Program

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!

Frazee House Project Update

Through grants and sponsorships as well as funds raised  at the Mayor’s Charity Gala,  almost all the funds necessary to begin the next phase of  restoration to the historic Aunt Betty Frazee House have been secured.


For more information on the latest fundraising efforts and how you can get involved, please click here.

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 Bond Rating Upgraded to Aaa

Scotch Plains Township Municipal Manager Al Mirabella announced this week that Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Scotch Plains’ bond rating to Aaa.


This is the 2nd upgrade in two years. In 2015, the Township of Scotch Plains was upgraded by Moody’s Investors Service Rating to Aa1.  It took just two years, under the prudent management of the Municipal Manager, Al Mirabella and the Township Council for Moody’s to upgrade the bond rating of the Township of Scotch Plains to Aaa. Scotch Plains joins Summit, Westfield and New Providence as the only municipalities in Union County that currently earned this highest possible rating. Statewide, Scotch Plains is one of only 7% of the 565 municipalities assigned this highest rating.


Click here to read the press release. The full report is available here. 

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. 

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.

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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