Township of Monroe

Announcements

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

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2017 ENERGY AGGREGATION PROGRAM PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING SCHEDULE

2017 Town's ...

Energy Program Public Meetings

  • Monday, October 16 -1:30 pm
    Monroe Township Senior Center,
    12 Halsey Reed Road
    Open to all Township residents

  • Tuesday, October 17-1:00 pm
    Rossmoor Meeting House
    Open to Rossmoor residents only

  • Wednesday, October 18 -7:00 pm
    Community Center, 120 Monmouth Road
    Open to all Township residents

  • Monday, October 23-1:00 pm
    Clearbrook Clubhouse
    Open to Clearbrook residents only

  • Tuesday, October 24-7:00 pm
    Concordia Clubhouse
    Open to Concordia residents only  

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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

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Heaviest Tomato Contest

 

 

 

Open to all Monroe Residents

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3rd QTR TAX INFORMATION

3rd QTR TAX INFORMATION

 
The Monroe Township Tax Collector's Office confirmed that residents' third quarter tax bills will be mailed out by Friday, July 28, 2017.  A grace period for payment has been extended to Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.  The delayed issuance is the result of recent legislation regarding school funding, which postponed the County Tax Board's certification of tax rates for the school districts and Counties.

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Residents: Your Input is Needed!

 

 

Please take a brief survey (less than 5 minutes!) about how and where you get information about things that are important to you: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MonroeTwpInfo.     Thank you!

 

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Creative Summer Camps - Cultural Arts

 

CREATIVE SUMMER CAMPS 

ART - THEATRE - CREATIVE WRITING - FILM...

more fun provided by our Cultural Arts Commission



Draw Paint Create!!

Children will create their own masterpieces and learn some basic drawing & painting techniques.

Who: Students  - Ages 9-11
Monroe Twp. Residents Only
 
Where: Monroe Township Community Center
When: August 21st - 24th, 2017  9:30 - 3:30pm -
Thursday Night Art Exhibit at 7pm
Fee:    $100 - Make check payable to: Monroe Twp. Patrons of the Arts


For additional information and registration forms Click here

 

Children's Theatre Camp

Directed by Bobbi Blumenthal, this camp is sponsored by the Mighty Oak Players. This camp gives children the opportunity through direct participation to learn aspects in the craft of theatre.

Who:  Boys and Girls Ages 7-11 yrs. old  Monroe Twp. Residents
Where:   Monroe Twp. Community Center
When:    August 14th—August 17th, 2017
Time:     9:30AM—3:30PM
Fee:       $125-Make check payable to: Mighty Oak Players
Date of Performance: August 17th at 7:00PM

For additional information and registration form please Click Here

 

Creative Writing Camp


Creative Writing Camp is a camp for students who love to write. The camp will cover poetry, fiction and non-fiction styles of writing with a focus on writing for multimedia. Students will spend time learning to write using a variety of writing techniques and prompts.

Who:  Children Ages 11-15  Monroe Twp. Residents Only
Where:  Monroe Township Community Center
When:   August 14th - 17th
Time:    9:00am -2:30pm
Fee:      $120 - Make check payable to: Monroe Twp Patrons Of The Arts

For additional information and registration forms Click here

 

Film Camp

This course is designed as a building block to develop a student's career in film making. Whether a student is new to film making or comes with previous experience, this class will help them develop their skills. Each session includes hands-on projects that will address pre-production, directing with the camera, screenwriting essentials, camera operations, lighting with available light and introduction to editing.
 
Who: Students Ages 11-15 Monroe Twp. Residents Only
Where: Monroe Township Community Center
When: August 28th - 31st
Time:  9:00am - 1:00pm
Fee:   $120 - Make check payable to: Monroe Twp. Patrons Of The Arts
For additional information and registration forms Click here

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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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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    

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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.

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Joseph Harvie Bike Trail Dedication

Saturday’s Harvie Dedication


This Saturday, the Township will honor its late Public Information Officer, Joe Harvie, by dedicating a local bike trail to the Monroe native, an avid cyclist who lost his life while on a ride in early August. 

In recognition of Harvie’s contributions to the community and to his sport-related fundraising, a series of tributary signs will now christen the five-mile path, which begins at the intersection of Forsgate Drive and Half Acre Road and ends on Half Acre and Applegarth roads.   

Please join Township officials and Harvie’s friends and family at 8:30 a.m. at Half Acres Road, directly across from the Greenbriar community’s entrance, to pay tribute to this Monroe son with the installation of his inaugural sign.  

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