HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Due to the current COVID-19 situation, Hillsborough Township is taking the following precautions to minimize person-to-person contact in an attempt to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, according to Mayor Doug Tomson:
The Municipal Building will be closed to the public until further notice however many municipal services will be available on-line or via the telephone. Please refer to our Township website "How Do I" section for self-services functions like on-line payments, forms and contact phone numbers for departments.
Until further notice we will not have extended hours in the Building Department.
The inaugural Hillsborough Township Litter Awareness and Clean-up Day scheduled for Saturday, March 21st, has been canceled.
Municipal Court is rescheduling court sessions scheduled from March 16th to March 27th as part of the efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Please contact the court at 908-369-3532 to determine your new court date. For your safety and the safety of our staff, we ask that you refrain from coming in to the violations bureau. The staff will be available to assist you during normal business via phone.
Closures and cancellations of meetings and programs are posted on our website and can be accessed by clicking the scroll at the top of the site or by vising this link.
All Senior Programs have been canceled until further notice. Senior busing will be available for doctors appointments. Seniors should contact our Social Services Department if they need assistance in obtaining items from the grocery store or prescriptions.
Beginning Monday, March 16th through Sunday, March 29th, the Library System will be closed to the public. The Library System will continue to evaluate and communicate future plans as information becomes available. For more information visit the SCLSNJ website. Until further notice, DO NOT place books in the outside dropbox. Keep the loaned material(s) as it will be automatically renewed so you will not incur any fines.
Police Chief Michael McMahon also announced updated procedures that will be followed by police officers:
"As a result of COVID-19, it has become necessary to put a temporary patrol response plan in place. This plan allows for our police officers to take reports over the phone for calls that do not require evidence to be collected, an on-scene investigation to be conducted or otherwise require an officer to respond to a scene. Residents having incidents meeting this criteria shall give their information and telephone number to the dispatcher as normal and will be contacted back by an officer to determine the course of action and ifi a physical response is needed.
"Our officers will be practicing social distancing and avoiding contact with you to the extent possible.
"Non-emergency fingerprinting and all community policing events including our YMCA basketball nights will be suspended until further notice. Firearms applications will only be accepted online.
"Residents needing to pick up a police report should contact the Records Bureau at 908 369-4584 before coming to the Police Department. Arrangements can be made to email or transmit a report in another fashion while avoiding unnecessary contact.
"The Police Department Lobby is open; however, residents are encouraged to contact police by phone at 908 369-4323 before coming in if possible.
"The goal of these temporary procedures is to help decrease unnecessary contact and reduce the risk of person-to-person transmission of novel Coronavirus.
"These are unprecedented times. There is no ned to panic but there is a lot of reasons to take this seriously and follow the advice of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and Health Departments in order to "flatten the curve" as intended.
"Rest assured, if you contact 911 with an emergency, you will receive the same professional response from our officers that you are accustomed to.
"We must do our best to limit unnecessary exposure to our officers so that they are still able to serve you during this time. Thank you for your understanding."