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Municipal Complex Summer Hours

Beginning Monday, July 27th through Friday, September 4th the Muncipal Complex will be on a summer schedule. The hours are as follows:

Monday through Thursday ~ 8:45 am - 5:00 pm

Friday ~ 8:45 am - 12:15 pm

 
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 mayorcoiro@totowanj.org or Municipal Clerk Joseph Wassel at jwassel@totowanj.org 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: Jul 28, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

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Third Quarter Taxes

The third quarter taxes will be mailed out the last week of July. Please be advised this will be an estimated bill. The grace period has been extended to August 25, 2020. If payment is not made by August 25th, interest will accrue back to August 1, 2020. Please call the Tax Department with any questions at (973) 956-1000, ext. 1002.

 

You can pay your taxes the following ways:

Mail to: Borough of Totowa, Tax Office, 537 Totowa Road, Totowa, New Jersey 07512.

Lockbox: On the wall between the Police Station and the Library.

Online: See below.

 

 
Passaic County Action Plan - CARES Act

 

Please click here to view the CDBG-CV Action plan on how the County of Passaic will be utilizing CARES Act funding provided by USHUD. This

document will be on public display between July 31, 2020 and August 6, 2020. 

 
 

 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...

 
TOTOWA FARMERS MARKET

The Totowa Public Library presents Totowa Farmers Market on Fridays from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm beginning July 10th and ending August 28th. The Market will be located at the Totowa Public Library's side parking lot located at 537 Totowa Road. Local vendors will be selling the following:

Fresh fruits - Nuts - Vegetatbles - Fresh Baked Goods - Herbs

Spices - Sauces - Locally Harvested Honey and Maple Syrup

 

NOTE:

LOCATION CHANGE

 

Due to the high attendance expectancy for two of our summer concerts, the location has been changed to the Totowa PAL located at the corners of Lincoln and Chamberlain Avenues. The two concerts are:

 

The Infernos

July 22nd

 

The Emerald Experience

July 29th

 

 

 
PVHS Baseball Senior Video 2020

To see a production of highlights of the eleven seniors of the 2020 Passaic Valley High School baseball team, including their accomplishments, memories, and several other entertaining pieces of content, along with the class of 2020, please click here.

 

 

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 mmonteyne@totowanj.org.

 

 

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 mmonteyne@totowanj.org.

 
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 -

* * * * CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE * * * *

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

 

 
Compost Bin/Rain Barrel Sale

Passaic County's Office of Solid Waste and Recycling is selling Compost Bins and Rain Barrels along with an Education Program on how to compost on the days listed below from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm (RAIN OR SHINE). For more information on how to purchase a Compost Bin, Rain Barrel or other items, please visit Passaic County's online store at www.passaiccompstersale.ecwid.com.

Please note that there will be strict guidelines for anyone attending these events:

1)     Masks must be worn at all times
2)     Only one person per car may attend
3)     Residents must stay in their cars
4)     If leaving car for any reason, social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet must be adhered to.

Sunday, October 4 - Pompton Lakes (St. Mary's Church) 10 Lenox Avenue

 
Used Bicycle and Seweing Machine Collections

Passaic County will be collecting used bicycles and sewing machines for residents on the days listed below from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm - RAIN OR SHINE.

Please note that there will be strict guidelines for anyone attending these events:

1)     Masks must be worn at all times
2)     Only one person per car may attend
3)     Residents must stay in their cars
4)     If leaving car for any reason, social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet must be adhered to.

Sunday, November 1 - Woodland Park (Borough Hall) 5 Brophy Lane

 
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 www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount 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.