Spotswood mayor announces service changes due to COVID-19 crisis

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SPOTSWOOD–Taking precautions to not further spread the coronavirus (COVID-19), Mayor Edward Seely announced changes to municipal office services in Spotswood.

“As the collateral effects of COVID-19 intensify throughout New Jersey and our nation, the Borough of Spotswood has implemented safeguarding measures to protect our community, while minimizing interruptions to municipal services for our residents,” Seely said in a prepared statement.

“We graciously ask for your patience and understanding as we modify our operations during this most trying time,” Seely said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most critical recommendations to slow down the spread of the virus is social distancing, sanitizing and sound personal hygiene.

In furtherance of these recommendations, the Borough of Spotswood closed municipal offices to the general public effective 3 p.m. on March 16 until further notice, according to the statement.

Other changes include:

Online Payment Services: Available for tax, water and sewer. You may access this payment option 24 hours, 7 days a week through the borough’s website.

Drop-Off Payment Services: A dropbox is located outside of the front municipal complex entrance for those who prefer this method. The dropbox will be emptied daily to ensure prompt processing.

Borough Electronic Communications: Emails and phone messages will be reviewed regularly; residents with questions regarding municipal services are urged to telephone staff for assistance. Email addresses and phone extensions can be found in the borough directory on the borough’s website.

All municipal court sessions have been postponed until further notice.

For the Office on Aging, all transportation and programs are canceled until further notice. Staff will be available via telephone to field any questions.

The library will remain closed until further notice.

All Recreation Department programs have been suspended until further notice.

Department of Public Works: There are no interruptions in services.

Officials will update residents using the borough website, social media outlets and Nixle alerts.

“Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. Your continued cooperation is essential for the successful conclusion of this event,” Seely said in the statement.