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.
Have general questions about Covid-19?
24-Hour Phone Hotline: 1-800-962-1253
Text: NJCOVID to 898-211
New Jersey State Department of Health
24-Hour Phone Hotline: 1-800-222-1222
* Please note: If this is a medical emergency, please consult your physician or call 9-1-1. This inquiry form will be monitored during regular office hours of the Municipal Building.
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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* From our own Fire Department's weather station
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.
To help preserve the local roads in Scotch Plains, the Township has implemented a Report a Pothole form for residents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Tuesday evening's Council Business Meeting at 5 p.m. will be closed to the public, but it will be available via live stream on Facebook as well as TV on Fios Channel 22 and Comcast Channel 34.
Public comment will be taken by phone only during the public comment portions of the meeting by calling 908-322-2076.
Those who plan on calling in should wait until the Mayor announces that phone lines are open before dialing in.
Comments will not be taken over Facebook or email.
Scotch Plains Township has been notified by the Rahway Regional Health Department that two members of Scotch Plains Community have died as a result of the COVID-19 virus. One death occurred yesterday, Friday April 4th. There is no immediate information about the other death.
As of today, the total number that have tested positive for the COVID19 virus in Scotch Plains is 71 including the two deaths. As available, the Township will post limited, allowed details concerning the two deaths and those who have tested positive on its Coronavirus webpage.
Mayor Al Smith stated, "Our thoughts are with the families that have lost their loved ones, and we ask that everyone respect their privacy. I speak for the Township Council and all of Scotch Plains in saying our hearts break for these families. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”
The Mayor continued, “It is so important at this critical time that we all continue to follow the “Stay At Home Order,” practicing social distancing if you must go out, frequently washing your hands and sanitizing surfaces to protect them from becoming breeding grounds for the virus. Our lives and the lives of our loved ones and the community in general depend on each of us doing these basis health requirements.”
Echoing the thoughts of Fanwood Mayor Collen Mahr, Mayor Smith stated, "I want to extend my gratitude to all hospital staff, caregivers, doctors, nurses, and first responders who are putting their lives on the line during this troubling time. They continue to risk their lives every day to protect ours, and we are all eternally grateful to them. Please join me and the Township Council in keeping them, their families, and the victims of this horrible virus in our thoughts and prayers during this uncertain time.”
You can honor and show your support for our essential workers by participating in the Illuminate Scotch Plains & Fanwood event scheduled for Sunday evening April 5, 2020 by leaving an extra light on or placing a candle in the window to light the way for all these extraordinary individuals. Let’s light up Scotch Plains!
In a display of solidarity in the Township, Mayor Al Smith and the Scotch Plains Council members all showed their support and gratitude for essential workers as they united in lighting the town on Sunday, April 5.
From medical teams, first responders, mail and delivery workers, pharmacy, grocery, restaurant workers, teachers, childcare workers, government employees, to gas station attendants and more, we'd like to express our gratitude for being the heartbeat of our community during these tough times.
As the Township continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus (Covid-19) developments in our state and area, we will do our best to provide video updates to our residents each day where they are available.
Here is a recap of the weekly updates issued to the Township via Facebook:
Follow us on Facebook for the live updates and latest information in real time by clicking here.
In response to the evolving COVID-19 crisis, Governor Murphy has signed two executive orders that further restrict gatherings in the state of NJ and essentially shut down all non-essential business. All of these restrictions go into effect at immediately and are in effect until further order.
Cancelling gatherings: Gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, are cancelled, unless otherwise authorized by the Order (i.e. the activities mentioned above).
Mandatory telework/work-from-home: All businesses or non-profits in the State must accommodate their workforce, wherever practicable, for telework or work-from-home arrangements. If a business or non-profit has employees that must be on site, it shall reduce staff on site to the minimal number necessary to ensure critical operations can continue.
Pre-K, K-12, and higher education: All continue to be closed to students. This is unchanged as well.
Evangel Church has launched its Boxes of Hope program to deliver key essentials to the doorsteps of neighbors within our community to those most in need.
Mayor Al Smith and Township Manager Al Mirabella joined Pastor Chris of Evangel Church in talking about the program. Residents in the community can text the word HOPE to 908-325-5163 if you're in need.
The church is prioritizing to meet the need of the following:
Anyone looking to donate food or supplies can do so through the Evangel Church of Scotch Plains. They are accepting the following items for their food pantry program, delivering supplies to those most in need during this crisis:
If any individual or family is in need of food for their home, you can text HOPE to (908) 325-5163.
Click here to view photos from the meeting.
The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, in conjunction with governmental, educational and healthcare partners, have opened the state's first County-run, drive-through facility for testing of the COVID-19 virus at Kean University.
Please note that testing is by appointment only and you must be registered through your doctor or healthcare provider. Union County residents, Union County First Responders and essential personnel, who have been instructed by their doctor or healthcare provider to be tested for COVID-19, must be given a prescription and registered by their doctor or healthcare provider on a secure portal where they will receive an appointment for the drive-through.
Also, if you believe you may have symptoms of COVID-19, there is a self-assessment tool that you should use that has been developed by the State of New Jersey. This tool will assist you to determine what actions you can take to protect you and your loved ones’ health and help determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19, and can be accessed at https://self.covid19.nj.gov/
The Union County COVID 19 drive-through facility is being run by the County through a partnership with the Overlook Medical Center (Atlantic Health System) in Summit, the Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJ Barnabas Health) in Rahway.
IMPORTANT CHANGES AT THE COUNTY TEST SITE:
To be able to provide a larger amount of testing to our residents we are speeding the process at the COVID-19 Drive Thru Facility at Kean University in the following manner:
If you have a VALID PRESCRIPTION for Covid-19 testing please email COVID19TEST@UCNJ.ORG with the following information: Your name, address, phone number, email address, date of birth and a photo of your script, and then you may directly go to our Union County Drive-Thru Testing Center for COVID-19 at Kean University. The testing Center is open Monday-Friday from 9 am-5 pm.
Click on the graphic above to be redirected to New Jersey's COVID-19 Information Hub, the official source for live updates.
Click on the graphic above to be redirected to the new webpage dedicated to the latest updates, critical resources and vital information from the State of New Jersey.
Effective immediately, the Township of Scotch Plains has made the decision to close the Municipal Building, Department of Public Works and all public facilities to the public.
Stay tuned to the website and social media for further details.
Here is an update of the plans made for at least the next two weeks as of Monday, March 16, 2020:
TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy today (March 24) announced the launch of a new online portal to connect New Jersey residents with jobs in critical industries responding to COVID-19. The jobs portal is available here: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov.
Employers in critical industries should submit information about openings with urgent hiring needs related to COVID19 here: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake.
The jobs portal already has more than 12,000 openings and more are being added every day. These openings are in industries that are critical to New Jersey’s COVID-19 response, such as grocery stores, shipping and logistics, healthcare, janitorial services, human services, and warehousing.
By connecting workers to these new openings, the tool will allow New Jersey residents to get back to work while increasing these key industries’ capacity to perform their essential duties.
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.
The Scotch Plains Police Department wants to let all of our residents, business owners and visitors to our Township, that we are here to continue serving you to the best of our abilities.
We have to modify a few things to help protect the health of our officers as well as those who we are serving.
Click here to view the comprehensive statement outlining the Department's protocol for each instance.
While there are restrictions in place for hours of operation & group gatherings during this health crisis, we want you to be able to order pizza, sushi, and more! Please continue to support the businesses of Scotch Plains!
The establishments listed on the graphic adjacent to the post are open for takeout and/or delivery or fresh food and groceries.
Please call ahead to get current hours of operation and menu/delivery information.
At this time, these are the businesses who confirmed they are open. If we’ve missed anyone, please let us know by calling 908-322-6700 ext. 314.
In light of the Coronavirus outbreak and in an abundance of caution to limit open public interaction, the Township of Scotch Plains is urging tax payer and tax paying agencies to access property tax information on our website scotchplainsnj.gov
The following can be accessed on the website by clicking bar at the top of the homepage for “ONLINE PAYMENT”
Tax payments can also be dropped off at Town hall in a lock box located in the lobby of the Police Department and can be mailed to Tax Department - 430 Park Avenue, Scotch Plains NJ 07076
We ask that all residents refrain from placing leaves, gumball, vegetative waste in the municipal streets.
Township ordinance prohibits putting vegetative waste at the curb 10 days prior unless a pickup is scheduled. Please note Spring pickups for leaves, gumballs will begin on or about April 20th.
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:
For more info, contact Margaret Heisey at 908-322-6700 Ext. 314 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Township has announced that Park Avenue/Martine Avenue will be closed between East Second Street and Midway Avenue on March 14th thru April 14th from 8pm to 4am due gas line work.
Traffic will be detoured to Westfield Road and Terrill Road.
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 continuing the Banner Program and is seeking to honor our local Veterans and those currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.
The Banner Program Phase II will continue to recognize those Veterans (living and deceased) and Active Duty Military personnel who live or have lived in Scotch Plains or Fanwood.
Banners for those who were a part of Phase I will be put up again in May and banners for those who are in Phase II will be added. This is will be the final chance to participate in the Banner Program. Also, please note that we cannot honor any requests to place a banner in a particular location.
Individuals are eligible to participate if they are serving or have served in any one of the following branches of the United States Armed Forces:
For more information, visit the Hometown Heroes of Scotch Plains-Fanwood Banner Program page.
How do you turn 500 pounds of thin film plastic into a high-performance park bench for Fanwood & Scotch Plains? By participating in the Trex Thin Film Plastics Recycling Challenge!
The Scotch Plains & Fanwood Green Teams are joining forces to reduce these plastics in the waste stream and invite all residents to participate in the Trex Challenge, which will run from February 1, 2020 – August 15, 2020.
A total of 10 Trex Challenge Bins are being stationed at various locations around the town including:
Click here to read the entire press release.
If you are interested in joining the Scotch Plains Green Team, please contact Carla Kelly at email@example.com.
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.
Construction of upgrades and improvements to the Raritan Road Sewage Pump Station and Lamberts Mill Road Sewage Pump Station, located within the Township of Scotch Plains, and with an estimated construction cost of $2,000,000.00, were financed by the New Jersey Water Bank (NJWB).
The NJWB is a State Revolving Fund program jointly administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank (Infrastructure Bank) and uses a combination of funds provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the DEP, and the Infrastructure Bank to provide very low interest loans to borrowers for environmental infrastructure projects.
This project will provide water quality benefits by improving the reliability of the sewage conveyance system for residents and businesses in Township of Scotch Plains. State Revolving Fund programs around the nation provide states and communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure protecting our valuable water resources nationwide.
The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute (NJHCQI), located in Princeton, designated Scotch Plains as one of the seven Healthy Towns to Watch last month. The NJHCQI issued its annual New Jersey “Healthy Town” designation to eight communities participating in the Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC), a program of the Quality Institute, in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities.
“It is an honor for Scotch Plains to be designated as a Healthy Town to Watch for 2018. The residents of Scotch Plains continue to be supportive and involved in our Mayors Wellness Campaign. With the distinction of this honor, it is my hope that even more residents will participate in our events. This has been a very rewarding experience for both myself and Margaret Heisey, our program director. Not only do we have fun as we offer opportunities to our residents to become healthier by eating well, exercising, and managing stress, but we have seen our own health improve as well,” said Mayor Al Smith.
Click here to read the entire press release.
The Township of Scotch Plains launched Recycle Coach last week, 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 Store. Click here for more information and to read the entire press release. Click here to watch the Facebook video promoting the new mobile application.
“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 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:
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