Updated Jan 12, 2018

Christmas Tree Pickup -

Tree pickup will be January 8th-11th.   Please make sure that all of the lights, garland and ornaments are taken off when you take your tree to the curbside.

 Public Hearing - St. Joseph Public Schools Tower

There will be a Public Hearing on Tuesday, January 2 at 6:00 pm for a Special Use Permit for a Communication Tower at 3275 Lincoln.   Please click here for more information or call 269-932-0263.

The proposed tower at 3275 Lincoln (current Senior Center building) will be approximately 68 feet tall and look very similar to a residential use TV antenna tower.   It would be located in an alcove with the existing building surrounding it and more than 120 feet to either adjacent property line.  It would be used only by St. Joseph Public Schools for enhancing their internet by communicating directly with another tower located at their bus lot off of Palladium Drive.  It will not interfere with any radios, TV's, internet, etc. as it is basically a direct wifi internet connection.  The reason for this is to reduce the down time and issues with their current internet provider and keep the school's internet up and running.  St. Joseph Public School is responsible for maintenance and have an agreement with the Senior Center to remove the tower if no longer in use or no longer lease the property. 


Report street light outages directly to Indiana Michigan Power at 1-800-311-4634 or online via their website at https://www.indianamichiganpow....  You will be asked for the nearest cross street or street address and the pole number.  The number is located on a metal tag about eye level on the street light pole.  If you don’t have internet access, you may report street light outages to the police department at 429-6890.

Parks & Recreation Plan Update

The Township is accepting comments on the draft.  Please click here to see the draft Parks and Recreation Plan.

Planning Commission Vacancy

St. Joseph Charter Township (SJCT) is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving on its Planning Commission.

To apply you must be a resident of SJCT, must not be in arrears on property taxes, and must complete a SJCT Appointment Application.   Training or experience with land use planning or a related field (building constructions, realtor, local government) desired.  Click here for application and more information.

Check out our new Facebook Page!    (St. Joseph Charter Township with a picture of the hall).  Click https://www.facebook.com/St-Jo...to go directly.   If you "like" and "follow" you can be up on the latest posts for the township.   You can also get information at St. Joseph Township Police Department, https://www.facebook.com/SJTwp..., or St. Joseph Township Fire Department's Facebook,https://www.facebook.com/sjctf..., or https://www.facebook.com/Sjctf....

Special Uses for R-2 Property Zoning Amendment:  At the October 2, 2017, St. Joseph Charter Township Board of Trustees meeting held at 3000 Washington Avenue, St. Joseph, MI at 6:00 pm, the Township Board approved an amendment to Special Uses for property in the R-2 (Residential 2) District.  Click here to view the proposed amendment.

 Sec. 46-252.  R-2 One-family residence district.

(c)  Special uses.  The following uses may be allowed by special use permit in accordance with the provisions of article II, division 5 of this chapter:

(7)  Communication towers exclusively for use by Public Service Uses (Section 5) and Schools (Section 6) above, not to exceed 70’ in height.  Communication towers for Public Service Uses and Schools must be used solely to aid necessary communications (internet service and cellular telephone service) for Public Service Uses and Schools.  Communication towers allowed under this section shall NOT be used as co-location sites, or for any purpose other than to facilitate necessary communication for Public Service Uses and Schools.  Communication towers under this section may not be leased out to any third party.  Special use requests under this section shall be considered under the standards of Section IX, Telecommunication Towers, to the extent applicable.

Sewer Cleaning/Inspection -

St. Joseph Charter Township has received a Grant from the State of Michigan to inspect sections of the sanitary sewer system.   We have contracted with Corby Entergy Services (CES) to perform the work associated with this project.   You should be notified by a door hanger information card when they will be working in your area.  Please click here for more information.

Special Uses for R-2 Property Zoning Amendment:  At the September 5, 2017, St. Joseph Charter Township Board of Trustees meeting held at 3000 Washington Avenue, St. Joseph, MI at 6:00 pm, ordinance language was introduced to amend Special Uses for property in the R-2 (Residential 2) District.  Click here to view the proposed amendment.   


At the July 10, 2017, St. Joseph Charter Township Board of Trustees meeting, an ordinance was adopted for Regulation of Storm Water System Discharge.  A copy of the adopted ordinance amendment has been posted in the lobby at the Township Hall, 3000 Washington Ave., St. Joseph, MI 49085 or click here to view. 

Master Plan  -  St. Joseph Charter Township passed a big milestone July 10th when the Board of Trustees formally adopted the 2017 Master Plan.  Many township residents as well as officials and staff contributed to preparation of the Master Plan with the guidance of Wightman and Associates.  Michigan law requires that all municipalities that have zoning authority have a master land use plan and use it as the basis for zoning decisions.  The plan should be reviewed every five years to make sure that it meets current needs.  The master plan contains an implementation guide.  Areas to be addressed include community/place, transportation/connectivity, natural areas/recreation, and economic development. Click here to view.

Yard Waste - Place your yard waste in bins marked "Yard Waste" or in approved paper yard waste bags and place roadside on your scheduled trash day.  Please store collected waste on the side yard behind the front of your home or in back of your home - not in the front yard until your scheduled trash day.

A new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Law went into effect on July 1, 2015. Please feel free to review the updated documents below, and if you have any questions, contact the Township Clerk at (269) 429-7703.

                                         FOIA Request Detailed Cost Itemization

                                         FOIA Procedures and Guidelines

                                         FOIA Public Inspection of Records Policy

                                         FOIA Public Summary of Procedures and Guidelines

                                         FOIA Request for Public Records

Property tax information is available online at https://www.is.bsasoftware.com. Our information is listed under “Berrien County Municipalities”. Tax inquiries for property owners are free for any property that they own. All other inquiries are charged $2.00 each. You may look at the history of the taxes for your property for the last twenty years, see current information, and print off duplicate bill information.  Just follow the directions to set up your account.  If you have any questions, please contact the Treasurer’s Office at (269) 932-0269.

Updated Jan 12, 2018

Special Meetings

Township Meetings

Township Board of Trustees 1st Monday of the Month 12 pm - Workshop 6 pm - Regular Meeting

Planning Commission 6:30 pm - 2nd Tuesday Monthly

Zoning Board of Appeals 7 pm - 2nd Wednesday (As Requested)

Meetings are held at the Township Hall and are open to the Public.

2017 Dates the Office will be Closed

Monday, January 1st - New Year's Day

Friday, March 30th - Spring Holiday

Friday, May 25th & Monday, May 28th - Memorial Day Weekend

Wednesday, July 4th - Fourth of July

Friday, August 31st & Monday, September 3th - Labor Day Weekend

Thursday, November 22rd & Friday, November 23th - Thanksgiving

Monday, December 24th & Tuesday, December 25th - Christmas

Monday, December 31 and Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - New Year's Day