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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. 

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

Farmers' Marketplace

The Scotch Plains Farmers' Market has returned for its 25th year. The open-air market will be open in the Municipal Lot (430 Park Avenue) every Saturday until November from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. , unless otherwise mentioned.


Click here to learn more about the Farmers' Market.

Report a Pothole

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

Fire Department Unveils New Engine at Southside Station

The Scotch Plains Fire Department unveiled its newest fire engine at the Southside Station on Thursday evening.  


Township Manager Alexander Mirabella, Scotch Plains Fire Chief John Lestarchick, Scotch Plains Fire Deputy Chief Skip Paal, Deputy Mayor Llewellyn Jones, and Councilman Ted Spera were all present for the ceremonial event.

Shop Small This Saturday in Scotch Plains

The Township of Scotch Plains encourages its residents to support our local businesses on Small Business Saturday on November 25.  


It is a day dedicated to celebrating and supporting small businesses and all they do for their communities.

Scotch Plains Honors Its Local Veterans

The Township of Scotch Plains honored its local heroes in a special ceremony at The War Memorial (Park Ave. & Front St.) on Saturday morning with dozens of military veterans in attendance.


After the ceremony local residents and veterans met at the American Legion on Park Ave. to celebrate.


Mayor Al Smith, Deputy Mayor Llewellyn Jones, Councilmen Ted Spera and John Del Sordi, and Township Manager Al Mirabella were among those in attendance.

Fire Department Receives New Radios from Union County

The Union County Freeholders provided the Scotch Plains Fire Department with 21 public safety communication radios as part of Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen's 2017 radio initiative. The radios provide state-of-the-art communications between first responders at municipal, county, and state agencies.  


Township Manager Alexander Mirabella, Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith, Scotch Plains Fire Chief John Lestarchick, Scotch Plains Fire Deputy Chief Skip Paal, Union County Public Safety Director Andrew Moran, and Union County Division of Emergency Services Director Christopher Scaturo were on hand for the presentation along with members of the Fire Department.

Leaf & Brush Pick-Up Schedule and Guidelines


Plainfield Ave. and Crestwood Section to the Evergreen area.  



Shady Lane, Hetfield, Mapleview to Christine Circle 


The 2017 Guidelines for eligible items can be found here.

December 3: Scotch Plains Holiday Celebration

27th Annual Mayor's Gala Set for December 8

The 27th Annual Scotch Plains Mayor's Gala is scheduled for Fri., December 8 from 6 to 11:30 p.m. at the Shackamaxon Country Club. A silent auction and raffle will be held.


This year's honorees include:

  • Paulette Coronato 
  • Vincent Losavio
  • Pamela & Rich Duthie

Tickets for this event are $85 and can be purchased through the Community Pass page under activities in Scotch Plains Recreation. 


For more info, call 908-322-6700 Ext. 220.

December 12: Third Annual Menorah Lighting

Downtown Redevelopment Survey #2: Library/Community Center

The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC) launched a new survey today aimed to gather input from the community on both a new, expanded library and a community center facility. The need for this has been identified through Downtown Redevelopment Committee member comments and public input at several meetings.    


Residents are urged to take the survey as their opinions will help shape the future of Scotch Plains.


Click here to take the survey.  To read the full press release, it is available on the Downtown Redevelopment page

Scotch Plains Receives Several Grants

The Township of Scotch Plains received several grants from Union County including: 

  • Kids Recreation Trust ($55,000)
  • Greening Union County Trees ($3,750)                              
  • Preserve Union County (Frazee Property) ($43,320)                          
  • Scotch Plains Fanwood / BOE (Terrill) ($25,000)

Kids Recreation Trust Grant is for improvements and upgrades to the Mini Golf Course &  Pro Shops including new turf and adding a food and beverage area as well as additional seating. Also planned is additional pavilion areas for group outings and camps.    


Greening Union County award will be used to supplement the Tree Replacement Program (you can embellish with info from past postings if you have room or feel necessary).


The Scotch Plains-Fanwood-SPF Board of Ed award will go towards the rehabilitation of the field at Terrill Middle School; a project which was started last year and funded partially by this grant.

Online Payment and 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.    

Concept Design for Municipal Parking Lot #1

As part of the Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment effort, the Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee instructed our Township Planner, Victor Vinegra of Harbor Consultants to design a conceptual video of a new library/community center/apartment buildings located on the publicly owned municipal parking lot #1. Mr. Vinegra based this concept design on the opinions and comments of Downtown Redevelopment Committee members and members of the public over the course of several meetings.  


The above video is just a concept. The images and buildings in the video have not been approved and are not being constructed. This video just demonstrates a potential possibility for that publicly owned property. The Downtown Redevelopment Committee will continue to research alternatives and possibilities for that property, and come to a consensus on what is best for the town. The Downtown Redevelopment Committee will be conducting a survey soon to gather more opinions from residents.

Airplane Noise Complaint Submission Form

Do you have complaints about airplane noise in the community?


Noise complaints to the Port Authority of NY & NJ can be filed by clicking here or by calling 1-800 225-1071.  


In addition, WebTrak shows the map of the region with actual flights in progress so it's possible to see if you are close by a flight path: http://webtrak5.bksv.com/panynj4

Local Scam Alert: PSE&G Billing

We’ve received a number of calls to Scotch Plains resident and businesses calling about billing.  This is a scam.  


Please review the information direct from PSEG to protect yourself!  Special Thanks to PSEG employee and Scotch Plains resident Ed Zazzali for this important information:  



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 Among Top 100 Towns in NJ

Niche.com, a real estate website that produces rankings of neighborhoods and school systems, has released its list of 2017 “Best Places to Live” in New Jersey. Scotch Plains (A grade, ranked #79 in NJ).  Click here to view the study. 

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 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

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