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.


COVID-19 Resources


Upcoming Events


Summer Office Hours

 

Monday - Wednesday

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

Thursday

8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

 

 

Friday

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 

Main Phone:

908-322-6700

 

Full contact list


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Report a Park Issue:

recreation@scotchplainsnj.com


Weather

* From our own Fire Department's weather station


Scotch Plains Farmers Market Open Every Saturday

Request a Tree For Fall 2020

If your property had a township tree which fell during a storm or was lost or removed due to disease or age, and you wish it to be replaced let us know.

 

Or, if you would like a tree planted in front of your house, on public property only, please let us know by submitting your information on the Tree Replacement form.

Get Latest Recycling Info on Recycle Coach App

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. The Recycle Coach app is available to download free of charge on the Google Play and the Apple iTunes Store.

 

Click here for more information on the Recycle Coach App. 

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. 


Social Media Updates


Don't Rush to Flush!


Please Dispose Latex Gloves and Masks in Trash Bins -- DO NOT Recycle Them

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. 


Take the 2020 Census!

Scotch Plains currently has one of the top 2020 Census response rates in the nation, with 81.7%, as of July 30. 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.


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. 


Emergency Notification System: UC First Alert

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.

Now Hiring: Cross Guards

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. 


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.

 

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!


Road Closures (Updated: As Of August 7 at 12:00 p.m.)

Here is the most recent list of road closures. Please use extreme caution in the area and respect any police closures.

 

Closures with patrol cars, cones, barricades and caution tape should be respected and not moved for your safety. PSE&G has been notified and have not been able to give a time frame for restoration. Downed power lines can still be energized or become energized as crews work on the problem.

 

Tree crews are working in the area as well.  Wilshire run, wires down. 

  • Chiplou- The road is not passable, the wire is hanging too low across the roadway.
  • Church- The road is not passable, the pole is down across the roadway.
  • Rivervale- The road is passable on one side.
  • Mountain and Acacia- The road is passable. The road is cones off but still has both lanes.
  • Raritan rd.- The road is passable and the wire is off the roadway.

Above locations are currently manned by officers due to safety concerns.

PSE&G Power Outage Update

PSE&G has reported that Scotch Plains has 4500 residents currently without power. The estimated time for total restoration is August 6. Please use the following link to the PSE&G power outage map: https://outagecenter.pseg.com/external/default.html

Special Storm Cleanup Begins Monday, August 10

A special storm cleanup of tree limbs, branches and other STORM RELATED debris will begin Monday, August 10th in order to give residents time to get items to the curb.     

 

We ask that limbs and branches be cut into four foot lengths. Anything larger will not be removed. Please leave items in the curb, if possible, and do not block the right of way. This pick up will occur over the next two weeks and there will be  one pass through each street.  Union County will conduct the pick up on County roads.   

 

We thank all residents for their cooperation as we work together to clean up from Tropical Storm Isaias.

Family Movie Night a Hit in Return to Village Green

Residents flocked to the Alan Augustine Village Green for a socially distanced Family Movie Night, which featured a special viewing of Jurassic Park on Thursday night. Circles on the Village Green were marked with spray paint to designate social distancing areas.

Important 3rd Quarter Message for Tax Payers

The State of New Jersey notified municipalities of the delay in the adoption of the State Budget for 2020 and recommended that NJ Municipalities send out estimated tax bills for 3rd quarter tax payments.

 

In June of this year you received a stand alone estimated tax bill for your 3rd quarter tax payment which is due on August 1st. This is an actual bill. It is different than what you are accustomed to receiving. In the Fall a final bill will be sent which will include stubs for your November 1, 2020 payment as well as your February 1, 2021 and May 1, 2021 payments. If you have a mortgage company escrowing for your taxes they receive copies of the tax bill. 

 

Third quarter estimated tax payments are due on August 1st. There is a 10 day grace period to make the payment. 

 

Since Town Hall is presently closed to the public, please utilize one of the following payment methods: 

  • Mail payment to: Township of Scotch Plains  Tax Collector  430 Park Avenue  Scotch Plains NJ 07076 
  • Online: Visit scotchplainsnj.gov to make an online tax payment via echeck or credit card.  Note: there are upcharges for these payment methods. Please see details on the  Website. 
  • Drop Box: There is a payment drop box located in the lobby of the Police Department. To gain  Access to the building, ring buzzer on the wall to the right of the side entrance  (by parking lot). The dispatcher will respond and open the door. Proceed down the  Hallway to the Police Department Lobby to drop payment in silver box located on wall.

If you have any questions, please call the tax office 908-322-6700 Ext 207 or 208.

30th Annual Mayor's Gala Nomination Forms

The 30th annual Scotch Plains Mayor's Gala will be held on Sunday, October 4 at Scotch Plains Day on Park Ave. and the Alan Augustine Village Green.

 

This year the Gala will once again honor a male and female volunteer of the year in addition to a volunteer organization of the year.  Nominations are now open and everyone is encouraged to nominate a special person or organization to be honored at the Gala. The only requirement is that the volunteer work must be done in Scotch Plains.

 

Click here to download the individual nomination form. Click here to download the organization nomination form.

 

Forms should be submitted before August 31.

Business of the Week: Boris's Barber Shop

Boris’s Barber Shop (511 Park Ave.) is continuing a haircutting tradition at the landmark location that began in Scotch Plains began about 80 years ago. In 2014, Boris took over the location after working for the previous owner while keeping some of the barber shop’s signature characteristics like the barber chairs and work stations. 


Boris’s Barber Shop is open from Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Appointments are not required, but you can make one by calling 908-322-6022. They even do manicures!

Union County Freeholders Announce New COVID-19 Relief Grant Program for Small Businesses

The Union County Freeholders have announced a new COVID-19 Relief Grant Program for Small Businesses. 

 

The Initial Round of Program would provide grants up to $20,000 for impacted small businesses with 25 or less employees to cover three month's rent, property mortgage, utility and insurance expenses. 

 

The Union County Covid-19 Relief Grant Program is funded by the COVID- Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Federal relief fund. 

 

The County of Union will begin accepting applications for the program through an online portal beginning Thursday at 10 a.m., July 16th at www.ucnj.org/covid-grant

 

Questions about the County's grant programs can be dmesaros@ucnj.org.

Mayor and Council Welcome Back Scotch Plains Businesses

The Scotch Plains Mayor and Council celebrated the reopening of our businesses on Wednesday afternoon by distributing masks for employees and patrons of businesses.

 

We encourage our community to support our local businesses and join us in celebrating the reopening of Scotch Plains.

Pictured in the photos: Mayor Al Smith, Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo, Councilman Ted Spera, Councilwoman Elizabeth Stamler, Councilman Roc White, Township Manager Al Mirabella, and Downtown Redevelopment Coordinator Tom Strowe.

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

Scotch Plains Named 2019 Healthy Town: Quality Institute Releases Mayors Wellness Campaign New Jersey “Healthy Town” Designations

Mayor Al Smith, joined by the Scotch Plains Governing Body and Township officials, unveiled the new 2019 New Jersey Healthy Town banner in front of Town Hall on Tuesday evening.

 

Scotch Plains was one of seven New Jersey communities to win recognition as a 2019 Healthy Town through participation in the Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC), a program of the Quality Institute, in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.

 

“Achieving the Healthy Town designation is a tremendous achievement for Scotch Plains,” Mayor Smith said in a press release earlier this year. “It reflects our commitment to being a sustainable community and our recognition that healthy lifestyles on the part of our residents are a key component of our community.”

 

The Township would like to reinforce its commitment to improving the health and wellness of our community.

 

Click here to read the entire press release. 

Important Notice to Residents Regarding Third Quarter Property Taxes

The State of New Jersey notified municipalities of the delay in the adoption of the State Budget for 2020 and has recommended that NJ Municipalities send out estimated tax bills for 3rd quarter tax payments.

 

In order to comply with the State recommendation, the Township of Scotch Plains has calculated an estimated tax rate for 2020 of 11.566 for the purpose of 3rd quarter estimated billing  In the coming weeks the Township will be mailing tax bills for the 3rd quarter only.

 

This payment will be due on August 1, 2020. A 10 day grace period is allowed.  Once the municipal budget is approved by the State this rate may change.

 

If any changes are necessary they will be reflected when you receive your “final” tax bill in the Fall. Again, the 3rd quarter bill is strictly an estimate, please do not multiply this by four to receive a total amount as it will not be correct.

Swimming Pool Safety Reminder this Summer

 

Swimming pool safety doesn’t just happen; and adhering to regulations can prevent an accident. The S in Safety is more than just Supervision.  Children must be watched closely.  There is no substitute for an adult watching a child.  Do not let anything distract you when a child is in or near a body of water – not even for a second!   Keep your eyes on the pool at all times!     

 

New Jersey has some of the most stringent swimming pool codes in the nation.  We treat all pools in the same manner. We treat above-ground and in-ground pools the same with regard to personal and electrical safety, security.  If you are considering the installation of a swimming pool, please do not hesitate to contact the Scotch Plains Department of Inspections.  We have pool packages ready to assist you with your permit application in order to expedite the process so that you pool can be installed in a timely manner to allow you to enjoy your summer swimming.     

 

The code requirements are the same for in-ground and above-ground pools.  If you purchase a pool at a “big box” store, and it has the capability of holding twenty-four (24) inches of water it is subject to the same rules and regulations as the installation of an in-ground pool, or an above-ground pool with the capacity of holding forty-eight (48) inches of water.  The size of the pool (square footage) does not matter. 

 

Click here for more information on pool safety. 

Survey: Department of Parks and Recreation Seeks Your Input for Building of Master Plan

The Scotch Plains Department of Parks and Recreation is in the process of building a master plan to help guide the development of parks spaces and programming for our residents. A mailed survey will be sent to a select number of households in our community, but you can provide feedback by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SPMP 

 

After you complete the survey, visit our Mind Mixer site and stay a part of the conversation as we go through our master plan building process. The Mind Mixer site serves to provide information about the project, give residents an opportunity to input their ideas, spur conversation, create collaboration, and respond to web surveys and instant polls as we work to develop our Township plan. Please visit: https://spparks.mindmixer.com/

2020 Municipal Budget Presentation

Click on the graphic to view the Township of Scotch Plains 2020 Municipal Budget Presentation
Click on the graphic to view the Township of Scotch Plains 2020 Municipal Budget Presentation

Scotch Plains Farmers' Market Reopens on May 23

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. 

Mayor Al Smith Joins District 7 Mayors to Urge Senate Support of Malinowski Bill: H.R. 6467 Would Provide  Municipal Funding in Next CARES Package

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. 

Coronavirus Assistance Resource Central (Powered by the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Rotary Club)

COVID-19 Resource Page for Business Owners

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. 

Contact Your Federal/State Reps for Assistance

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. 

Scotch Plains Releases Rock the Census! Music Video

Scotch Plains Fresh Produce to Go

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:

  • Asprocolas Acres (From Scotch Plains Farmer's Market)
  • MettaCasa (2015 Westfield Ave.)
  • SoulBowls (2397 Mountain Ave.)
  • Autumn Harvest (1625 E. 2nd St.)

Click on the graphic for details on how to order at each business. 

Be Aware of Coronavirus Fraud & Scams

Live Updates: New Jersey COVID-19 Info Hub

Click on the graphic above to be redirected to New Jersey's COVID-19 Information Hub, the official source for live updates.

Save the Trip to Town Hall

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. 

Mayor's Medal Races and Walks for 2020

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:

  • St. Bartholomew 5K (Rescheduled for Saturday, September 12)
  • YMCA United for a Cause 5K (May 5)
  • Race to Summer 5K (CANCELLED)
  • Union Catholic 5K Spectacular (September 19)
  • The Rose Checchio Walk to Wipe Out Breast Cancer (October 3)

For more info, contact Margaret Heisey at 908-322-6700 Ext. 314 or via email at mheisey@scotchplainsnj.com.

Union County Polling Clerks Needed for 2020 Presidential Election Cycle

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.

Recycle Coach Mobile App Available to Residents to Improve Communications

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 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 2020 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 2020 on the following dates:

 

January 13

February 10

March 9

April 13

May 11

June 8

July 13

August 10

September 14

October 12

December 14

 

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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