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Scotch Plains Council Adopts $25.4M Operating Budget, Resulting in Slight Tax Increase

April 19, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – In a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Scotch Plains Township Council approved its $25.4M operating budget for 2017 its business meeting on Tuesday evening. This will translate to an average tax increase of slightly more than $35 per home for the Municipal component of property taxes. The increase falls below the state’s 2 percent property tax cap and the budget was ...

Mayor Colleen Mahr, Council Honor Three Noteworthy Fanwood Residents

FANWOOD, NJ -- Mayor Colleen Mahr presented proclamations and resolutions to three noteworthy Fanwood residents during the April 17th regular meeting of the Mayor and Council.

Dale Flowers, owner of the Scotchwood Florist flower shop on South Ave., was honored for his many years on the Planning Board, a position from which he retired last December. Flowers also serves as the ...

Fanwood Council Amends Rule on Frequency of Trash Pick-up

FANWOOD, NJ -- The Fanwood Borough Council passed an ordinance during Tuesday’s Regular Council Meeting on April 17 that allows regular trash collection once a week instead of the previously mandatory twice a week.

The Council believes the change may save residents some money if they only require once-a-week trash pickup. Those who require twice a week pick up may continue to ...

BREAKING: Union County Freeholders Chairman Offers Amended Watchung Reservation Resolution

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Freeholders will hold a Regular Meeting on Thursday, April 13th, and a resolution on mountain biking in Watchung Reservation is on the agenda. Currently, bikes are not permitted.

A draft copy of the agenda has been uploaded to the Union County Freeholders website, stating:

2017-329:  CHAIRMAN BRUCE H. BERGEN: Amending Resolution 2016-166, which ...

Scotch Plains Council Appoints Downtown Development Committee

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Mayor Al Smith announced the names of those who will serve on the Downtown Committee at the Council Conference Meeting on Tuesday evening.  The committee will be comprised of 15 members and will include a variety of opinions from Council members and Township officials to business leaders and residents. Additional professionals may be "appointed as ...

Plan Ahead for Passport Delays

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Travelers planning a trip should budget extra time to get their passports because the U.S. Department of State has increased its processing time. The wait is approximately six to eight weeks for routine passport services.

“This extended processing time makes it all the more important for Union County residents to ensure that their passports are in order well in advance ...

Fanwood Residents Turn Out for "Coffee with the Mayor" at Mara's Cafe

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood residents had the opportunity to discuss current topics and learn more about upcoming programs and initiatives in the borough when Mayor Colleen Mahr hosted "Coffee with the Mayor" at Mara's Cafe (250 South Ave., Fanwood) on Sunday.

Among the topics discussed were plans for downtown redevelopment, taxes, road work, education and other local ...

Gas Main Replacement Update for Fanwood

FANWOOD, NJ -- A representative from Elizabethtown Gas attended the Fanwood Council meeting on Tuesday, March 21, to update the borough on the gas main replacement projects taking place in the borough this spring.

One project is currently underway in the southeast quadrant including Shady Lane (pictured), Poplar Place, Clement Place, Winfield Terrace and Beech Avenue.

A second, ...

Hikers Meet Mountain Bikers in Public Comment at Union County Freeholders Meeting on March 23

ELIZABETH, NJ - The Union County Freeholders regular meeting on March 23rd attracted a large crowd who were there to comment on the county’s plan to allow mountain bikes in Watchung Reservation.

Chairman Bruce Bergen gave a short statement before allowing anyone to speak, indicating that in February 2016, the board had adopted a Trails Master Plan to bring up to seven miles of dual use ...

Fanwood Council Recognzies Girl Scouts and Volunteers at Tues, Mar. 21 Meeting

FANWOOD, NJ -- Mayor Colleen Mahr recognized Girl Scout Month by inviting girls from four local troops to the Fanwood Borough Council meeting on Tuesday evening. Girls from Fanwood/Scotch Plains troops (#40181 Daises, #40105 Brownies, and #40164 and #40915 Juniors)  attended the meeting. Some helped lead the Pledge of Allegiance and others took turns reading accomplishments of the ...

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