The Borough of Totowa is soliciting proposals from firms licensed to practice in the State of New Jersey to provide professional services for the positions of Municipal Attorney, Tax Appeal Attorney, Tax Appeal Consultant, Municipal Auditor, Municipal Engineer, Municipal Planner, Risk Management Consultant, Bond Counsel, Special Counsel, Grant Writing Professional, Planning Board Attorney, Zoning Board of Adjustment Attorney, Board of Health Attorney, Registered Environmental Health Specialist and Affordable Housing Administrative Agent for the Borough of Totowa for 2021.

Three (3) copies of the proposal must be submitted in a sealed envelope bearing the name and address of the vendor and the name of the contract being bid upon on the outside of the envelope.  The proposal shall be addressed to Joseph Wassel, RMC, Borough of Totowa Municipal Clerk, Municipal Complex, 537 Totowa Road at Cherba Place, Totowa, New Jersey 07512 and must be received no later than 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.  No proposal shall be received in person or by mail after the designated time.

Specifications and instructions are on file and may be obtained at the office of the Municipal Clerk of the Borough of Totowa, Municipal Complex, 537 Totowa Road at Cherba Place, Totowa, New Jersey 07512, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or online at  

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the most advantageous to the Borough of Totowa, all factors considered.  Proposals will be evaluated by the Mayor, designated members of the Council, Planning and Zoning Boards as well as members of the Borough’s administration.  The evaluation will consider:

  1. Experience and reputation in the field;

  2. Knowledge of the Borough of Totowa and the subject matter to be addressed under the contract;

  3. Availability to accommodate any required meetings;

  4. Compensation proposal;

  5. Other factors if demonstrated to be in the best interest of the Borough of Totowa.

Contracts for Municipal Attorney, Tax Appeal Attorney, Tax Appeal Consultant, Municipal Auditor, Municipal Engineer, Municipal Planner, Risk Management Consultant, Bond Counsel, Special Counsel, Grant Writing Professional, Planning Board Attorney, Zoning Board of Adjustment Attorney, Board of Health Attorney, Registered Environmental Health Specialist and Affordable Housing Administrative Agent will be awarded as provided by law. Proposals are being solicited through a fair and open process in accordance with N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.5 et                                                                                

     Joseph Wassel, RMC

     Borough of Totowa Municipal Clerk 

Council Meeting Information

Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and the Governor’s Executive Order 107, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 10:4-8(b), this meeting will not be open to the public, but will be held by remote means on Zoom. Details on how to access this meeting through remote means are listed below. Any questions you may have for the public portion of the meeting can be emailed to Mayor John Coiro at or Municipal Clerk Joseph Wassel at in advance of the meeting up to 7:30 p.m. Any questions received after this time or during the meeting will be addressed after the Council Meeting.


Borough of Totowa is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Council Meeting
Time: Nov 24, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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A Message from OpGrad Parents

Our Hornets can use your help! 🐝 Like most children, our seniors have been in a virtual setting since March. They’ve had minimal interaction as a high school senior.
The Hornets Card will be the major fundraiser for project graduation this year. The cost for the card is only $20, and best of all, it is reusable until 11/30/2021. You can save much more than the $20 cost by supporting a few of the 25 premium local merchants per month.
If you are not living in the area or just not needing the card, please donate to support the PV senior class of 2021 Project Graduation. This has been a tough senior year experience so please consider to help us make project graduation a lifetime memory for the 304 students in the graduating class.
Please message Susie Matari at 201-697-5411 or Christine Basile at 973-851-1666 or email them at if you're interested... they accept Venmo, cash, check!
Thanks so much in advance !! 🐝🎓🐝 #pvopgrad2021

A Message from the Totowa Police Department

The Totowa Police Department will be conducting special D.W.I. checkpoints and patrols for impaired driving during the months of November and December for the holiday season.





 The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP & USF) offers financial assistance to those having difficulty paying their electric, gas and deliverable fuel bills. You can also inquire about our FREE Weatherization Assistance Program, which helps eligible families by reducing your heating/cooling costs with FREE energy upgrades to your home, including windows and doors, insulation, and heating systems. Click here for more information.

Totowa Health Department Issues Rabies Alert

The Totowa Health Department is issuing a Rabies Alert to residents who may have had contact with a rabid raccoon found in the area of Washington Place in Totowa.  The raccoon, which was picked up by Paterson’s Animal Control Division on 6/20/20, and tested by the New Jersey Department of Health Public Health Laboratories, was confirmed to have tested positive for rabies.  If you suspect that you or your pet has come into contact with this raccoon or another raccoon in the area,  immediately call the Totowa Health Department for any general questions or contact your healthcare provider to determine the best course of action. Read On...



A Message From PSE&G

As a result of the Governor’s recent executive order and approval by the Board of Public Utilities, PSE&G has resumed appliance repairs and residential work connected to GSMP, such as connecting a gas line from a home to the main pipe in the street.   Accordingly, PSE&G is planning to return to work connecting gas services beginning the week of June 1st. Please note that since the pandemic started, we have continued to work inside approximately 25,000 customer’s homes utilizing all the necessary PPE and following proper protocols.    Please click here to view these protocols.


Police Department Notice

The Totowa Police Department has issued a warning concerning an important traffice issue:

There have been several car crashes that involve vehicles that have been parked contrary to traffic and then have pulled out into oncoming traffic. It is a violation of N.J.S. 39:4-135 to park in this manner. It is required to park on the right side of the roadway and in the direction of traffic.

The fine for this violation is $54.

Home Improvement Program

The Borough of Totowa invites you to apply to the New Totowa Home Improvment Program. If you live in Totowa, own your home, and your total gross annual income falls below the income limit for your household size, you may qualifty. Please review flyer for income restrictions. If you have additional questions or if you do not have internet access, call the Borough Representative at (609) 664-2781.

Board of Recreation Tennis Courts

The tennis courts at the PAL must now be kept locked. You will need to make an appointment to play tennis or pickle ball. To set up a time to play, please contact Mark Monteyne, Recreation Director at 973-956-1781 or email him at



Board Of Recreation's Totowa Trotters

The Board of Recreation presents Totowa Trottters - Spring into shape with Totowa's brand new walking club at the Totowa PAL walking trail. Dates and times will be based on the group's needs. Please call Board of Recreation Director Mark Monteyne for more information at 973-956-1781 or email him at

Recycling Requirements

The Recycling Market’s requirements have changed and they will no longer be accepting any type of plastic bag with recycling items.  This includes putting your commingled or paper recycling in a plastic bag.

Please do not place any of your recyclables in any type of plastic bag. Some examples are:

- grocery store bags
- department store bags
- garbage bags
- clear recycling bags
- Plastic case wrapping (water, gatorade, soda, juice etc)
- Cleaner bags

  Your recycling must be placed loose, in a recycling container only, or it will not be collected. Click here for more information.

Geese Sightings

Have you seen Geese at any of the Boroughs Parks, or any of our Recreational Facilities? If so, please contact Geese Chasers at 855-664-3373. You can leave a message on their machine - make sure you give them the park/facility name and address. Thank you.

Emergency Notifications

Please visit our Office of Emergency Management page to make sure you are included when a message is sent by Mayor John Coiro or our local emergency response team. It takes just a moment to fill in the appropriate information and you will be notified in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts. You may also download a mobile app for your cell phone to receive any alerts.

County Clerk Services at the Totowa Public Library -


The Passaic County Clerk's Office holds full Passport services, Veteran ID’s and Notary registrations on a monthly basis, at the Borough of Totowa Public Library. These services are offered every third Tuesday (11:00 am - 1:00 pm), and on every first Thursday (5:00 pm- 7:00 pm). Click here to see the 2020 schedule.

If you have any questions, please call the Totowa Library at 973-790-3265.

Hazardous Waste Collection


Passaic County Tire Recycling Amnesty Days


Computers and Electronics Collection


Passaic County’s Document Shredding & Recycling Events



Used Bicycle and Seweing Machine Collections



Lightning Detection System

The Borough of Totowa maintains a Lightning Detection System at several athletic fields throughout the borough that includes Minnisink Road Field, Kennedy Field, Veterans Field and the fields located at the PAL. A SUMMARY about the Lightning Detection System is available to educate the public about the system and current policies. Rules for complying with the Lightning Detection System are posted at each of the fields.

Water Quality Report

The Borough of Totowa is pleased to present its 2019 Water Quality Report.  The Borough is required to distribute this report by the USEPA on an annual basis.  You can view the report by clicking here. If you have any questions, please call the Department of Public Works at 973-956-1000 ext. 1071.

Social Security Information Available On-Line

The Social Security Association (SSA) now provides a service called My Social Security. This service is for people who currently receive monthly Social Security and/or Suplemental Security Income. Also, anyone who is 18 and older and has a work history may check their annual statement, which will no longer be mailed. Visit today.


Passaic County Fair Housing Notice

Passaic County fully endorses state and federal laws regarding housing discrimination and actively promotes full access to housing opportunity, both rental and ownership. To see the complete Fair Housing Notice, click here.



Utility Bill Assistance

During cold weather, paying heating bills can become a struggle for some New Jersey residents, but here are a number of programs available to provide assistance to moderate income customers, senior citizens, people on disability, as well as better known programs that assist people with low incomes. New Jersey residents who need help paying their utility bills should call 1-800-510-3102 to find out if they qualify for assistance from any program, and how to apply or click here for more information.

Winter Warning - No Parking on Streets

Just a reminder, there is no parking on streets when snow covered until the Department of Public Works has completed all snow removal. Throwing snow/ice into the roads is NOT permitted. Click here for more details on our snow removal policy.

Please help keep our streets safe and park your vehcile(s) at the following facilities:

- The Community Center - 385 Union Boulevard
- The Municipal Complex Parking Lot - 537 Totowa Road
- Jefferson Place Parking Lot - Union Boulevard (next to American Legion)
- 262 Totowa Road Lot - Next to Memorial School
- Veteran's Field Parking Lot - Totowa Road (Next to Laurel Grove Cemetery)
- PAL Building/Field Parking Lot - Chamberlain Ave (PAL building lot) and Crosby Avenue (field lot) which are both located off Lincoln Avenue

New Jersey Drug Card

The Mayor and Council offers a FREE New Jersey Drug Card which provides help for you and your family with your prescription drug costs. Create and print your Prescription Drug Card and receive savings of up to 75% at more than 56,000 national and regional pharmacies.