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Plainsboro Township Public Notices

Posted on: March 23, 2020

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Bulletin Board

Coronavirus

BUILDING/FACILITY INFORMATION

All municipal offices have re-opened to the public.  Visitors are required to:  

  • Wear a mask throughout your visit
  • Stay home and do not enter the building if you are feeling ill, caring for an acutely sick family member, come into contact with an acutely sick individual, or have COVID symptoms
  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between other visitors and staff
  • Remember that only one visitor is allowed at an office counter at any time
  • Use hand sanitizer located throughout the building, if needed
  • When possible, interactions with employees should be done via phone, email or by other virtual means. 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 is open to the public. 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 is open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm.  

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 - 

Plainsboro Library is offering Browse & Go Hours for Plainsboro library card holders to come in to browse the Library’s collections and check out items. The Library will offer three sessions on Wednesday and Friday mornings. Due to safety requirements the building capacity will be limited and patrons will be required to register for a designated 60- minute time slot. To register for a session go to the Library’s website.

At this time indoor library service is limited to browsing library collections in order to check out and take items home. Computers, study rooms, and tables and chairs will not be available. Printing, copying, faxing, and notary services will not be available. 

We are operating in a new environment and are moving carefully to ensure that everyone- patrons and staff- will be safe while on our premises. We ask if you are unwell or need to quarantine that you wait to come into the Library.  We look forward to seeing you and thank you for your patience during this next phase of re-opening.

Required Safety Guidelines:

  • Patrons must wear masks which fully cover the nose and mouth
  • Patrons must observe social distancing rules and remain 6’ apart from patrons and staff
  • Patrons must enter through the Dey Road doors and exit through the Van Doren Street doors
  • Patrons must follow the one-way traffic flow marked on floor
  • Patrons are not allowed to bring in food or drink
  • Patrons under the age of 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult (Adult and child must each be registered for a session)

We encourage patrons to use Curbside Pick-up  but it will not be available during Browse & Go Hours. The new schedule for Curbside Pick-up  is:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday and Friday 2 PM -4:30 PM

Please visit the Library website for complete details and instructions. 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.

Call the Information Desk Monday through Friday 10 AM – 5 PM at 609- 275-2898.  Email any questions to plibrary@plainsborolibrary.org 

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 

Plainsboro Township receives confirmed Coronavirus/COVID-19 case information from the lead health agency, the Middlesex County Health Department. The total number of cases in Plainsboro Township is now 244. 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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