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Plainsboro Township Public Notices

Posted on: March 23, 2020

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Bulletin Board

Coronavirus

BUILDING/FACILITY PHASED RE-OPENING BEGINNING JULY 6th 

All municipal offices will begin re-opening to the public in phases beginning July 6th.

  • The week of July 6th, the building will be open on Monday (7/6), Wednesday (7/8) and Friday (7/10) from 8:30am to 4:30pm. On Tuesday, July 7th, the building will be open only to voters from 6:00am to 8:00pm
  • The week of July 13th, the building will be open on Monday (7/13), Wednesday (7/15), Thursday (7/16) and Friday (7/17) from 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • The week of July 20th the building will open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm

All visitors to the municipal building are required to: 

  • Wear a face covering throughout their visit 
  • Please stay home and do not visit if you or a close family member have been ill 
  • Please maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between other visitors and staff
  • Use hand sanitizer located throughout the building, if needed 

Offices may be conducting business by appointment only.  It is recommended that you contact the office by email or by phone prior to coming to the building.  A list of contact information for the various municipal offices, along with a list of their responsibilities can be accessed here   https://www.plainsboronj.com/148/Departments

Recreation Programs/Food Pantry Operation - After much consideration, and with the health and safety of our residents always being our top priority, the township came to the decision to cancel all of the original summer programming and camps (which includes the Wicoff House Museum classes and events).  For a listing of alternate programs and events, click here https://www.plainsboronj.com/DocumentCenter/View/8861/Summer-2020   The Plainsboro Police Department continues to partner with the Department of Recreation and Community Services on distribution of food through the food pantry.

Park Facilities - All passive park areas (walking/biking paths and trails), including the Plainsboro Preserve, have opened to the public consistent with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order. We have begun a phased reopening of our active park areas where possible consistent with the Governor’s Executive Order.  We ask anyone utilizing our parks to understand that:

  • Parking is limited to 50% of maximum capacity. Parking is prohibited in undesignated areas
  • Social distancing is required with the exception of immediate family members, caretakers, household members or romantic partners
  • Plainsboro Park tennis courts (for singles only) are open to the public.  Please follow posted guidelines. Schalks Park tennis courts are closed until further notice
  • The Dog Park will re-open to the public on Friday, June 19th.  Please follow posted guidelines.
  • Park restrooms remain closed at this time
  • Playground areas are open to the public.  Please follow posted guidelines.
  • We are currently accepting picnic area permits.  Social distancing is required with the exception of immediate family members, caretakers, household members or romantic partners and masks are recommended. Gazebos remain closed.
  • The Rush Holt Environmental Education Center at the Plainsboro Preserve will be open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm as of Thursday, July 9th.  A face covering is required for all visitors.  Please stay home and do not visit if you or a close family member have been ill. Please maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between other visitors and staff.

Conservation/Recycle Center - The township conservation/recycle center is now open to township residents on Saturdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Items accepted at the center include:

  • Grass
  • Brush
  • Leaves
  • Motor Oil
  • Automobile Oil Filters
  • Automobile Tires
  • Automobile Batteries

The next bulk waste event is scheduled for August 8th.

Plainsboro Public Library - 

Curbside Pick-up is coming to Plainsboro Public Library June 29! Library staff is busy preparing for curbside pick-up! We are excited to get this new service up and running. Here is an update to our operations.

Starting Monday June 22:

* The Library will open the book drop for returns. All returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours before being placed back on our shelves and made available for checkout. Be advised, these items will remain on your library card until the quarantine period is complete.

* The information desk will be open for calls Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00 AM -5:00 PM.

* Library staff will begin pulling the available holds that were frozen in the library catalog for the last two months. Patrons that have materials on hold will receive notices via email or phone.

Starting Monday June 29:

* Patrons that have received notice of materials available can pick-up items Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM.

* Patrons will be able to place holds in the library catalog.

* The information desk will be open for assistance Monday through Friday 10:00 AM -5:00 PM

Please visit the library website for complete details and instructions at https://plainsborolibrary.org/  We still encourage patrons to borrow e-books and e-audiobooks at eLibraryNJ, download magazines at RB Digital, watch films, documentaries, and Great Course classes at Kanopy and research topics through their databases

Property Taxes - The third quarter installment for property taxes is due August 1, 2020 with a 10 day grace period ending on August 10, 2020. In an effort to minimize personal contact and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, following are ways in which residents can make property tax payments.

Tax Collection Drop box located in municipal building Police entrance and available 24/7/365. Checked twice per day, no stamp necessary. Please NO CASH!!!

You may pay on-line. Click here for more information: https://wipp.edmundsassoc.com/Wipp/?wippid=1218

E-check is $1.05. Pay by Credit Card service charge of 2.95% of balance paid that goes 100% to the credit card provider.

Direct withdrawal via ACH from your checking or savings account is also available. It is FREE and an email is sent informing you of the withdrawal date.

Click here for a .pdf of the form- https://www.plainsboronj.com/DocumentCenter/View/55/Automatic-Debit-Authorization-Form-PDF?bidId=

To schedule an in-person appointment, contact us at 609-799-0909 x2546 or email us at Taxcollection@PlainsboroNJ.com

Plainsboro/Cranbury Municipal Court - As of May 13th, Plainsboro-Cranbury Municipal court operations will resume via video or phone conference only. The building will remain closed to all members of the public. Court staff will provide notice and instruction to all defendants as to their required court appearance. Additionally, court fines can be paid on-line through the state website.

Vital Records - Requests for certified copies of vital records (birth/marriage/death) may be done online through the state website at https://www.state.nj.us/health/vital/order-vital/. For local mail in or in-person options please contact the Clerk’s Office at townshipclerk@plainsboronj.com or visit our website at www.plainsboronj.com for more information. Contact the Township Clerk’s Office for an appointment for submission of marriage license applications.

Planning and Zoning - The Department of Planning and Zoning is processing Road Opening Permits and Tree Removal permits. Issues regarding zoning matters (decks, sheds, building additions) can be addressed by calling the office at (609) 799-0909 ext. 1502. Applications can be submitted electronically or in-person with an appointment. The department’s website contains the details on public meetings and hearings which are being held virtually. Please allow a few days to answer phone messages and emails as not all staff are available all the time. Thank you for your patience, if you have any questions or concerns please email planningandzoning@plainsboronj.com

CONFIRMED PLAINSBORO CASES OF CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 AS OF JULY 4, 2020

Plainsboro Township receives confirmed Coronavirus/COVID-19 case information from the lead health agency, the Middlesex County Health Department. As of this date, no additional cases were reported, bringing the total number of cases in Plainsboro Township to 212. The latest information from the county is available at www.middlesexcountynj.gov/casecount

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 RESOURCE AND SCREENING INFORMATION 

Rental Assistance - The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CVERAP) will provide temporary rental assistance to low and moderate-income households that have had a substantial reduction in income or became unemployed due the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants may be eligible for a maximum of up to six months of emergency rental assistance.  Click here for more information https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/cverap.html

Small Business Loan/Grant Information - The New Jersey Economic Development Authority recently announced a $50 million expansion of a grant program for businesses impacted by COVID-19. Click here for more information https://www.njeda.com/pdfs/NJEDA_COVID-19_Loan_App_Walkthrough and https://www.njeda.com/microbusinessloanexpansion In addition, Middlesex County has created a Small Business Grant program to assist small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus. To learn more about the program and to see if your business is eligible visit www.middlesexcountynj.gov/COVID19businessgrants

For general information and other basic needs NJ-2-1-1 is available to all state residents. Simply dial 211 or text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive alerts and updates. You may also visit the state’s COVID-19 website at https://covid19.nj.gov/

The State of New Jersey has established a website that lists and details all executive orders. To view the site click here https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/approved/eo_archive.html

If you are feeling anxious and overwhelmed by the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, visit https://nami.org/getattachment/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2020/NAMI-Updates-on-the-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Updated-Guide-1.pdf?lang=en-US for helpful information from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Penn Medicine Princeton Health created a video to help people that are having difficulty managing the emotions that can come from changes associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. View the video here www.ustream.tv/princetonhealth

If you are feeling ill and you are concerned that you or a loved one may have contracted Coronavirus/COVID-19, the CDC recommends that you call your doctor for guidance on medical screening. It is important NOT to go directly to the hospital for testing - or you will be turned away. If you do not have a primary care physician, call the CDC Coronavirus/COVID-19 Hotline at (800) 962-1253 or (800) 222-1222 for screening information. For more information on what to do in the event of illness visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

Testing Locations - Middlesex County Health Department is the lead health agency for COVID-19 testing. Testing information, including sites and available sessions, can be found on the County website at http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov/Government/Departments/PSH/Pages/COVID-19--Testing.aspx



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