Township of Monroe

Announcements

Winter Preparation

When possible, we ask that residents stay off the roads during snow storms.  Should you need to travel, please take extra precautions and drive safely.

Monroe’s Public Works Department, which covers some 156 miles of roads, would also like to share a few helpful tips with our residents:

Be patient.  Typically, staff strive to complete an initial plowing of streets within 24 hours after precipitation has ended.   Please remember that main roads will be plowed first and kept clear for the safe passage of emergency vehicles; secondary and neighborhood roads will be plowed following this.  Depending on the severity of the storm, a secondary and curb-to-curb sweep of roads and neighborhoods will follow.  

Try to delay shoveling at home.  The plow trucks will unavoidably push some snow back onto residential properties as they attempt to clear the roadways.

Prior to a storm, please remove all vehicles, trailers and basketball hoops from Township roadways.  This will better enable the DPW to thoroughly plow your road.

Please remember to be a good neighbor, remove snow and ice from the sidewalks bordering your home, help firefighters by clearing around fire hydrants and check on neighbors who may require assistance clearing their walks.

If there is a medical emergency, continue to follow normal protocol by calling 911.

Home Energy Assistance

 

JCP&L and Affordable Housing Alliance Hold Walk-In Events for Low Income Home Energy Assistance and PAGE Applicants

 

Monroe Township, N. J. – To help customers with their utility bills during the winter season, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) and the Affordable Housing Alliance are holding walk-in registration events for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) and Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric (PAGE) programs.  The event is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the following JCP&L office location and will allow customers to work directly with representatives from the assistance organizations to easily submit the required applications:

 

Tuesday, December 19, at 1345 Englishtown Road in Old Bridge

 

Similar events also will be scheduled beginning in January.  To see if they qualify for the assistance programs, customers should visit http://www.njpoweron.org. As part of the qualification process, applicants will need to bring copies of required documents, including driver’s license, social security card, pay stubs, proof of residence and recent utility bills when they attend one of the meetings.

LIHEAP is designed to help low-income families and individuals meet home heating and medically necessary cooling costs.

 

To apply or learn more about other JCP&L programs, visit www.firstenergycorp.com or call 1-800-662-3115.

First-Ever Electric Car Charging Station in Monroe

In an effort to reduce carbon emissions, the Township has installed the first-ever electric car charging station in Monroe. For all of you hybrid and all-electric vehicle drivers, this no-cost, level 2 station is operating 24-seven and located in an exterior spot, marked by a large green symbol, in the Library’s parking lot.

What's Happening At the State Level

Article from NJDEP Website

AQES’ Role in Facilitating Electric Vehicle Deployment

In New Jersey, the transportation sector is a large factor in creating ground-level ozone, or smog, the State’s most pervasive health-related air pollutant.  

Tailpipe emissions also include toxics that are harmful to public health. And the transportation sector accounts for almost half of the State’s greenhouse gas emissions. Greater use of electric vehicles will address all of these issues, reducing pollution and improve the quality of our air.

The State’s Energy Master Plan highlights electric vehicles as one of the options that will drive New Jersey’s transportation future. Since electric vehicles run on electricity stored in a battery, they are ultimately powered by New Jersey’s electrical grid, which is among the cleanest in the nation. Therefore, charging an electric vehicle in New Jersey reduces harmful emissions compared to driving a gasoline or diesel powered vehicle. 

AQES looks at electric vehicle deployment from all angles, including the technology, charging infrastructure, regulations, incentives, outreach and education, and regional coordination.  The Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) program focuses on getting electric vehicles to NJ, while the highly successful It Pays to Plug In: Electric Vehicle Workplace Charging Grant Program encourages employers to install electric vehicle charging equipment. It Pays to Plug In has awarded nearly $850,000 for 180 charging stations, and will expand beyond workplace charging in the Fall of 2018.  AQES also works with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to promote cleaner transportation alternatives.

Finally, AQES works to inform New Jersey’s public about the benefits of electric vehicles and dispel the myths about electric vehicle ownership.  For more information about AQES’ Electric Vehicle efforts, visit http://www.drivegreen.nj.gov/

The Three Tenors w/ the NJ Festival Orchestra

 

Canceled as of 12/8

Electric Power Provider South Jersey Energy

(If you are currently with Tri-Eagle enegy, you will automatically switch to South Jersey Energy)

 

As a reminder, the Township has a contract with South Jersey Energy to provide residential electric power supply at a fixed price of $.o7662 per kwh for 2 years beginning December 1, 2017.

If you are currently with Tri-Eagle enegy, you will automatically switch to South Jersey Energy. This is a 19% savings as compared to the current JCP&L rate.  

Any questions, contact Harold Klein at the Township offices, 732-521-4400.

Alert: There are many teaser rates out there for energy supply.  It's important to read the fine print. 

Monroe Township Chorus

Academy Award Oscar Winning Songs…15 songs that won Oscar

Nov. 12 Sunday

Doors open at 1:15 at Marasco Theater

Performance at 2

No Tickets Necessary

No Reservation

Some Songs Include:

Zippidy Doo Daw

Love is a many splendid thing

Never on Sunday

Moon River

Just called to Say I love You

Over the Rainbow

Che Sara Sara

Three Coins in the Fountain

 

Bring Friends

Monroe Township Chorus

Monroe Township Middle School,

Additional information call Chorus Shiela Werfel at 609-619-3229

 

Workplace Safety:

Workplace Safety:

  • Air/Blood borne Pathogens
  • Healthy Back (Ergonomics)                                   
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Sexual Harassment
  • HIPPA Compliance
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Forks lift Training
  • Fit Testing
  • Defensive Driving Course

Annual Juried Art Show 2017

Juried Art Show

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Other Dates: Monday, October 23rd - Monday, October 30th

Location: Monroe Twp. Public Library

Getting to Know Monroe Services

 

           

Learn more about the extensive list of municipal services exclusively available to Monroe residents below: 

 

1. Community Center’s Fitness Center – Open to residents 18 years and older.  An annual $10 membership registration fee is required. Fitness Center is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily with the exception of weekends in July and August, when the Community Center closes at 5 p.m.  Please call 732-723-5000 for further details. Recreation On-Line Registration and Payment "Community Pass" Service

 

2. Recreation Department’s Summer Camp – Accommodates Monroe children Monday through Friday during summer break. Children are provided with supervision and enrichment, as well as sporting activities between 8:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. at one of three locations: The Township Community Center, Mill Lake Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School.  The seasonal cost starts at $100 for the first child and decreases for each additional child.  Staff can be reached at 732-723-5000 to answer any questions about the upcoming season.


3. Library’s Free Museum Passes – Residents can borrow free passes to one of more than twenty regional attractions – everything from rock climbing in Morganville to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City to the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton.  The three-day passes must be booked online prior to pick up and dropped off before 11 a.m. on the day of return.  More details can be found at www.monroetwplibrary.org or by calling 732-521-5000.


4. Bookmobile – If a resident can’t make it out to the library, then they can visit the Library’s Bookmobile. Patrons can get a card, check out or request books or return material through this mini mobile library.  Currently, the Bookmobile cruises by dozens of locations.  The Library also offers door-to-door book deliver, returning every three weeks with new and requested material, for homebound residents. See the full schedule at www.monroetwplibrary.org or call 732-521-5000 for more information.


5. Paper Shredding – Several times per year, Middlesex County, in coordination with the municipal Recycling Department staff, schedule paper shredding events, where resident may take confidential and personal paperwork for shredding at a local site during a designated time or until the shredder is at full capacity.  Dates are typically advertised on the Township’s homepage www.monroetwp.com


6. Bulk Pick Up – Schedule a once-a-year pick-up of larger items like refrigerators, appliances, furniture and more by contacting Monroe Township’s Department of Public Works at 732-656-4575.


7. Paint Drop-offDispose of any outdated or unused paint at Monroe’s Recycling Center, 76 Gravel Hill-Spotswood Road.  Monroe will be accepting paint from residents on the third Saturday of the month between 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.  Call staff at the Department of Public Works at 732-656-4575 for more information. 


8. Safe Zone – Monroe Township’s Police Department is making it safer for residents to exchange online merchandize, providing a designated area at its headquarters for this type of activity.  At the front of the building, 3 Municipal Plaza, two spots to the left of the flagpole are videotaped and monitored 24 hours per day.


9. Project Medicine Drop-off – A secured box, located in the lobby of the Monroe Township Police Headquarters, 3 Municipal Plaza, allows residents to safely dispose of any unused, excess or outdated prescription drugs at any time, 365 days per year, without any questions.  Further information can be found by calling the Police Department personnel at 732-521-0222.


10. Transportation –  Monroe’s Transportation Department provides out-of-town bus routes for residents. For residents 55 years and older, as well as those who are physically challenged, Monroe also offers in-town busing and curb-to-curb pick-up and drop-off for medical appointments. Contact Transportation Department employees at 609-443-0511 or review an up-to-date schedule at www.monroetwp.com/transportation.cfm.


11. Animal Control – Monroe’s Office of Animal Control responds to calls regarding lost, stray, injured or nuisance domestic animals, as well as wild, rabid animals and vicious dogs.  Staff also handle the disposal of deceased animals on local roads.  In addition, the Township offers a once-a-year free rabies clinic in the winter. More information can be found at 732-521-0222.

12. Links to Services  – For more service info click on the Senior Center, Transportation, Recreation, Cultural Arts, Library, Recycling, Paper Shredding, Project Medicine Drop-off, and Animal Control web pages to view their events and services.

 

Recycling Dos & Don'ts

Paper Shredding Dates


Division of Recycling
55 Edgeboro Road
East Brunswick, NJ  08816
1-800-488-MCIA
732-628-0221

Edward Windas, Recycling Director
mciarecycling@mciauth.com

Middlesex County Solid Waste Management
2017 Paper Shred Events

RESIDENTIALLY GENERATED DOCUMENTS ONLY

 Please find scheduled dates and locations below:      

  3/25/17
4/7/17
4/8/17
4/22/17
5/12/17
5/13/17
6/10/17
6/24/17
7/7/17
7/8/17
7/22/17
8/12/17
8/26/17
9/8/17
9/9/17
9/23/17
10/14/17
10/28/17
11/11/17
Old Bridge Municipal Center Parking Lot One Old Bridge Plaza (off Rt.516) 8857
Monroe Monroe Senior Center 12 Halsey Reed Road 8831
Metuchen Edgar School - Rear Parking Lot Whitman and Lake Avenue 8840
North Brunswick Muncipal Complex 710 Hermann Road 8902
Highland Park Senior Center Parking Lot 220 South 6th Avenue 8904
Sayreville Senior Center Parking Lot 423 Main Street 8872
Woodbridge Department of Public Works 225 Smith Street, Keasbey 8832
South River Department of Public Works 9 Ivan Way 8882
New Brunswick High School Parking Lot 1000 Somerset Street (Rt. 27) 8901
Edison Municipal Building Parking Lot 100 Municipal Boulevard 8817
Spotswood High School Parking Lot 105 Summerhill Road 8884
Cranbury Cranbury School 23 North Main Street 8512
Carteret Community Center 100 Cooke Avenue 7008
DSWM Event Thompson Park Parking Lot near Manalapan Lake 8831
South Brunswick Beech Woods Park 37 Beekman Road 8852
South Plainfield PAL Building/Recreation Center 1250 Maple Avenue 7080
Milltown American Legion Post 25 Parking Lot 4 JF Kennedy Drive 8850
Perth Amboy Department of Public Works 599 Fayette Street 8861
Piscataway Little League Complex 491 Sidney Road 8854

Monroe Among the 30 Safest Cities

#7. Monroe Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey

Along the outer reaches of suburban New York, this New Jersey township has become one of the fastest-growing cities in the Northeast. Residents are attracted by the fantastic educational opportunities in Monroe Township, which was voted best high school in America, Silver in 2014 by US News.4

For detailed information read this Safewise article.

Safe Exchange Zone

In an effort to ensure a safer location to exchange merchandise that has been purchased online, the Township of Monroe has established a Safezone Exchange location at the Monroe Township Police Department Headquarters. 

 

If you are facing the front of headquarters, the first two spots to the left of the flag pole are reserved for the safezone exchange.  Signs have been erected indicating the safezone parking spots. This area is well lit and monitored by cameras 24 hours a day.

 

 

Reminder Re: BULK Pickup - One FREE Pickup a Year

Limited to approximately one pick-up truck load.

  • No hazardous materials-chemicals, paint, pesticides, etc.
  • No tires, utility poles, railroad ties, construction debris.
  • No stumps, sod, dirt, concrete, asphalt, dirt, or stones.
  • No food. Pallets are limited to three.
  • Please wrap mattresses/box springs in plastic moving bags.
  • Please separate your piles, junk in one and metal and electronics in another.
  • Lumber must have nails removed or bent over.
  • Refrigerators and freezers must have the doors removed (State law 2C:43-1)
  • Everything must be neatly placed at the curb the night before your scheduled pick-up.

Remember…

Anything that the town provides a means for recycling will not be picked up for bulky waste i.e. cardboard, newspaper etc.

Water Postcard Scam

 

VISIT

US Postal Inspection Service - Mail Fraud Schemes or call 877-876-2455

2017 Municipal Budget Includes a Flat Tax Rate for Monroe Residents

Among the upcoming capital improvement projects outlined in its 2017 budget, Monroe Township intends to prioritize pedestrian and road improvements along Monmouth Road.                                    

 

GERALD TAMBURRO
Mayor

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 5, 2017

 

Monroe Council Introduces Budget with Zero Increase Tax Rate

MONROE – Residents will see no increase in the municipal portion of their 2017 tax bill, after the Township Council introduced a $56.15 million budget with a flat tax rate Monday evening.  

If adopted, the proposed budget would maintain the previous year’s tax rate of 45.7 cents per $100 of assessed value.  For a homeowner with a residence assessed at the Township average of $312,219, that translates to an annual municipal tax bill of $1,428.

In addition to ensuring a stable tax rate, Monroe has facilitated no increases for residential water and sewer services for the 26th consecutive year.

After factoring in the fire districts, the library, the school district and Middlesex County, the municipal tax rate in Monroe accounts for 20 percent of a Township resident’s total property taxes.

“Our positive record of achievement is primarily due to a concerted and ongoing effort by residents, employees, volunteers and members of our boards and commissions, who work together for the betterment of the community,” said Monroe Mayor Gerald. W. Tamburro.   “Monroe continues to offer unrivaled services, superior schools and one of the safest communities in the state, all while securing one of the lowest tax rates in the County.”

One of the largest capital expenses in Township’s proposed 2017 budget includes a $2.5 million purchase of land in the southern portion of Monroe, which will be turned over to the school district in exchange for $1 in the coming months.  The parcel is being considered as a future home of an additional freestanding Township middle school.

Other major capital improvements in the proposed budget include pedestrian and road enhancements along Monmouth Road, park and ride improvements, design of a public safety complex, equipment for police, EMS and Public Works, as well as series of new paving projects.

“We here in Monroe understand the importance of capital improvements,” Mayor Tamburro said.  “In recent years, we budgeted for traffic signals at Perrineville and Federal  roads and at Matchaponix and Spotwood Gravel Hill roads, renovations to the Prospect Plains Road soccer complex and lighting upgrades at our library’s parking lot.  These are important facets when considering our residents’ safety and quality of life.”

Despite its careful planning, Monroe has been facing declining municipal and school state aid for eight years now, not to mention a statewide homestead rebate program that passed along dramatic cuts and shrinking reimbursement checks to a broad base of residents.  The state’s annual reduction over the past seven years has cut the average homestead rebate from approximately $1,200 to $500 per qualified household.

 “The homestead benefit program, enacted almost four decades ago by New Jersey legislators, was intended to provide some measure of tax relief to the State’s homeowners,” said Monroe Business Administrator Alan Weinberg.  “While many people once leveraged this program to offset their yearly property taxes, it’s become a highly insecure safety net for our residents. As always, we are seeking County and State grants to help alleviate some of the burdens being placed on our taxpayers. ”  

Monroe Township Council members are expected to adopt the final budget at their May 1 meeting.

For further details, contact Monroe Township’s Public Information Officer Maria Prato at 732-521-4400 or mprato@monroetwp.com.

 

Mayor Tamburro's 2017 Budget Message

 

In fulfillment of the requirements of the Faulkner Act, I am submitting the 2017 Municipal Budget recommendations.   I would like to thank the Business Administrator, his staff and all Department Heads for their efforts in formulating the annual budget.

 

For the eighth consecutive year, Municipal and School State Aid is continuing at a reduced level from the State of New Jersey.   New Jersey Homestead Rebates are also continuing at a significantly reduced level.

 

Our tax collection rate was a superior 98.89% in 2016.   We are achieving our goal of reducing our reliance on Utility Surplus Revenue by anticipating $1,000,000 less than used in 2016.   For the eighth consecutive year, we were at or below the 2% tax levy cap.

 

The proposed Municipal Budget totals $56,150,367.66.  As a result, the municipal tax rate is $.457 per $100 assessed value. There will be no increase in the municipal tax rate in 2017 due to good budget planning.  For a home with the average assessed value of $312,219., the annual municipal purposes taxes will total $1,428.03 (not including School, County, Fire Districts or Library taxes).

 

For the 26th consecutive year, there will be no increase in non-irrigation residential water & sewer rates, which remain among the lowest in Central New Jersey.

 

The 2017 Municipal Tax, which is the only portion of property taxes that are under the direct control of the Mayor & Council, is estimated at 20% of your total property taxes.   The Board of Education makes up the largest portion of property taxes at 56%; the County at 18%; and the Fire Districts at 6%.

 

The largest 2017 capital improvement funding request is a request for $2.5 million for the Township to purchase privately-owned land for the proposed construction of a new public school building. The Board of Education has identified a property that meets their needs. The Board of Education is fearful of this property slipping out of their hands (if they have to wait and go to a referendum); so the Township is proposing we fund and purchase the land and sell it to the Board of Education for $1 this summer.

 

Other noteworthy capital improvement projects include a Monmouth Road pedestrian improvement project, continuing design work for a new Police/EMS building and our annual paving program.

 

Projects funded last year that will be underway in 2017 include: traffic signals at Perrineville and Federal and Matchaponix and Spotswood Gravel Hill Road, soccer complex improvements at Prospect Plains Road and the Library parking lot lighting improvements.

 

Monroe Township remains one of the premier residential communities in Central New Jersey with a beautiful and green landscape.   We are very proud of our quality municipal services and schools.  We are consistently recognized as one of the safest towns in New Jersey.   Furthermore, Monroe Township remains only one of two communities in Middlesex County with a population density of less than 1,000 people per square mile.   With continuing open space acquisitions to expand our existing 6,600 acres of open space and over 1,300 acres of farmland preservation, Monroe Township continues to work toward its goal of 50% undeveloped land in our community.

 

Our positive record of achievement is primarily due to a continued effort of everyone working together in a united way for the betterment of our Township – residents, employees and volunteers who serve on our boards & agencies and provide dedicated service to all of our residents.

 

Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro    

Monroe Named a N.J. "Safe City"

The Safest Cities in New Jersey

 

The National Council for Home Safety and Security named Monroe Township as one of “The Top 50 Safest Cities” in New Jersey this week.  Each year, the organization identifies the safest municipalities with a population of 50,000 or more by reviewing the FBI’s most recent Uniform Crime Report statistics, along with its own data and research.   

Monroe ranked 14 out of the list of 50 cities in the state. Congratulations to Monroe’s Police Department for their diligent work, as well as the vigilant efforts of the township’s citizens and local officials, who assist and support officers in their ongoing efforts to keep our streets safe.

Recycling Schedule 2017

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2017
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- September (2)
- August (1)
- July (1)
- May (1)
- April (4)
- March (1)
- January (1)

2016
- July (1)
- May (1)
- April (1)
- March (2)
- February (1)

2015
- November (2)
- October (1)
- August (1)
- July (1)
- May (2)


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