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Municipal Office Hours

 

Monday - Friday

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

 

Main Phone:

908-322-6700

 

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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. 

Over 100 Attendees Participate in Annual Walk for Breast Cancer Research

The Township of Scotch Plains participated in its second annual Walk for Breast Cancer Research as 140 attendees helped raise over $2,600 towards the cause on Saturday morning. Beth Ellen Hornstein and Marcy Lechner, organizers of the non-profit Play for P.I.N.K. played an integral role in the success of the fundraiser.

 

The participants trekked one mile through the downtown district while raising important awareness for a disease that affects the lives of so many.

 

Councilwoman Rose Checchio, a breast cancer survivor told her emotional story and road to recovery to before embarking on the walk. Mayor Al Smith, whose late wife also fought breast cancer, had some words of encouragement to those fighting the disease.

 

Click here to view the Facebook photo album.

Residents Enjoy Health & Wellness Fair

Dozens of local residents, vendors and small business owners participated in the annual Health & Wellness Fair on the Alan Augustine Village Green on Saturday morning.  

 

Local vendors from all different backgrounds offered informative advice to residents while advocating for a healthier Township.

 

Click here to view the Facebook photo album.

Ash Brook Golf Course Ground Breaking

Mayor Smith and Al Mirabella spoke at the Ashbrook Golf course ground breaking - October 10, 2017. Also speaking was Bruce Bergen, Chairman of the Union County Freeholder Board.  Representing Scotch Plains at the ground breaking were Claudette Desiato, Margaret Heisey, Deputy Fire Chief Paal and Police Chief Ted Conley.  The new, state-of-the-art clubhouse is expected to open in September of 2018. 

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.

Poll Clerks Needed for Upcoming Election

The Union County Board of Elections is seeking a number of poll clerks for the upcoming General Election (Tuesday, November 7).   Eligible board workers must be available for the full-day shift (5:15 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) on Election Day and must attend a one-hour training class. Compensation is $200 for the day of work.  

 

Those who are interested in becoming a poll clerk can register by calling 908-527-4236. For more information, visit http://ucnj.org/board-of-elections/.

Able Body Spa Celebrates 3 Years in Downtown

Mayor Al Smith and Township Manager Al Mirabella joined Able Body Spa owner Ruth Wolinsky and her staff over the weekend to celebrate their third anniversary in the downtown district on 405 Park Ave. 

 

The spa specializes in massages, hair, skin care, and other beauty services.

Trunk or Treat! Set for October 28

On Saturday, October 28, the Township of Scotch Plains will host its 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat on Park Avenue from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Bring the family to the Alan Augustine Green for a fun afternoon, including the Car Decorating Contest, costumes, crafts and hayrides.  

 

Hayrides and Halloween activities, including crafts and spooky stories, courtesy of the Scotch Plains Library, will be available on Alan Augustine Village Green (430 Park Ave.)

Union Catholic's Spooktacular 5K

Union Catholic (1600 Martine Ave.) will host its 7th annual Spooktacular 5K Run on Saturday, October 28.

 

Check-in and registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the race will start at 9 a.m.  There is a $20 registration fee for entrants who register before October 21 ($25 after that). Register online by clicking here.  

 

In addition to the 5K, there will be a 1-Mile Children's Costume Trek at 8:30 a.m.   For more info, call 908-889-1600 or email racedirector@unioncatholic.org.

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:  

 

https://www.pseg.com/home/customer_service/bill/scam/index.jsp  

Downtown Redevelopment Survey

The Scotch Plains Downtown Redevelopment Committee (SPDRC) launched a survey today aimed to gather input from the community on downtown redevelopment. Participation in the survey will help guide the SPDRC as it prepares its redevelopment plans. The 23-point survey asks residents everything from “what is your primary reason for coming downtown,” to “what type of housing should be developed downtown?” and “what cultural activities do you support for downtown?” Many directions and decisions will be made based on survey results.  

 

The online survey can be found by clicking here.  

 

Hard copies of the survey can be found at Scotch Plains Town Hall, 430 Park Avenue, room 205. After completion, hard copy surveys can be submitted at a dropbox in room 205. Hard copies will also be available at Township events such as Scotch Plains Day on October 1st, 2017.

 

For more information on the Downtown Redevelopment Initiative, please visit our website:  https://www.scotchplainsnj.gov/departments/downtown-redevelopment-committee/.

 

Click here to read the full press release. 

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. 

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.    

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. 

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.

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. 

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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