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Updated Jul 11, 2020

On Friday, July 10th , the Governor signed Executive Order 2020-147 that goes into effect Monday, July 13th. The basics of this order are: 1. Face coverings are required in public places and if a person does not comply they can be charged with a misdemeanor and a fine of up to $500. 2. Face coverings are required in crowded outdoor spaces where people are unable to maintain 6 feet of social distancing. Again, those who don’t comply can be charged with a misdemeanor and a fine of up to $500. 3. Businesses or places that serve the public must refuse entry to those who do not wear a face covering. If the business does not comply they can face a suspension of license(s). To comply with the latest Executive Order, beginning Monday the 13th, the entrance to Township Hall will be locked. We encourage you to use the drive-up drop box at the front of the Hall if you simply need to drop off an item. If you need further assistance you will need to bring your cell phone with you and call 269-429-7703 from your automobile. You will be asked if you are willing to wear a face covering in order to enter the Hall. If not, one of our office staff members will meet you at your automobile.

New Drop Box

Check out our NEW drive-up drop box! It is located in the parking lot in front of the Township Hall.  The box is secure and under video surveillance.  The box may be used for tax payments, election applications, ballots, or any type or correspondence to the Township.

Like our walk-up drop box, it will be checked frequently. 


St. Joseph Charter Township Planning Commission scheduled Zoom meeting. 

Topic: ordinance revisions workshop (5:30-6:30); monthly meeting (6:30) Time: Jul 14, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8694... 

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Township Parks Are Open

Due to COVID-19, the restrooms remain closed however, Porta Potties are available.  At this time, the Governor is allowing only groups of 100 or less and social distancing of 6 feet or more is still required.  

Napier Avenue Road Project – Expect Traffic Delays   

Beginning July 6, 2020, Napier Avenue from Langley Avenue to Colfax will have one lane of traffic going in each direction as the road will receive a 2” mill and fill from the St. Joseph River bridge to Colfax.  The project is estimated to take approximately four weeks to complete.   Napier Avenue from Colfax to M-139 will be closed to through traffic starting July 6th through July 15th for a water project.  No through traffic will be permitted on Napier Avenue between Colfax and M-139.  All through traffic must seek alternative routes or use the established detour route.  Napier at M-139 will only be open for local traffic accessing properties that are located between M-139 and Colfax.  Detour for this area will be M-139 to Nickerson Avenue to Colfax.

Pesticide Collection

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Township Board of Trustees Special Zoom Meeting July 23th

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Dog Leash Law - 

Click here for an announcement concerning the Township's Dog Leash Law

National Night Out - Date Change

The date for National Night Out will be changed in 2020. Click here for further information.

2020 Road Maintenance – 

This year’s Berrien County Road Department maintenance schedule for St. Joseph Charter Township local roads includes:  Tucker Drive Subdivision with Ultra-Thin HMA to the road surface to an average of three quarters inch on Tucker Drive, Valley Lane, Westwood Drive, Heights Drive, Field Drive, Wadena Road, Carley Lane and McLin Road for 1.73 miles.  Lu-Al Subdivision with HMA as needed up to 50 tons per square mile then sealcoat on River Bend Drive, Lora Drive, Lawdon Drive and Lu-Al Drive for .91 miles.  Samuel Avenue Subdivision with HMA as needed up to 50 tons per square mile then sealcoat on Samuel Avenue, Spencer Street, and Riverview Court for .57 miles.  Roncy Road Subdivision with HMA as needed up to 50 tons per square mile then sealcoat on Roncy Road, Marral Drive and Fairview Drive for .50 miles.
In addition, primary road work for Napier Avenue that did not occur in 2019 is back on the schedule for this spring.

Landfill Passes   

The Township has secured four new dates for landfill pass use at Orchard Hill Landfill:  June 26 & 27 and July 10 & 11.  Landfill passes will be available at the Township Hall beginning Tuesday, June 9th.    

Census Takers In Your Neighborhood

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 2020 CENSUS UPDATE… 

Updates on the Census response rate as of May 10th, show that 78.9% of St. Joseph Charter Township residents have completed the census. If you have not already completed your Census information, we urge you to do so.  Every household’s response makes a difference! 

There are three ways to complete the census:

1.  Online – 

Responding Online

The 2020 Census is happening now! You can respond online using your computer, phone, or tablet. You can also respond by phone or by mail.

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Getting Started

You can respond to the 2020 Census by visiting our online questionnaire.

The 2020 Census is for everyone. RESPOND

RESPOND

If you are responding online, please note that you cannot save your progress and that you must complete the census in one sitting. (You can preview the questions asked here.)

Language Support You can complete the online questionnaire in the following languages: English, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese.

To help you respond, the Census Bureau also offers web pages and guides in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, as well as guides in Braille and large print. Visit Language Support to learn more.

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Your Unique Census ID

The quickest way to respond to the 2020 Census is online with your Census ID, which easily links your response with your address. However, you can still respond if you don't have a Census ID.

Your Census ID can be found on the letter or questionnaire you receive from the Census Bureau. These mailings began arriving between March 12-20. After clicking the "Start Questionnaire" button on the online form, you will be prompted to enter your Census ID. By April 1, most homes will have received an invitation to respond. Homes that have not already responded will receive a paper questionnaire in mid-April. From May through July, census takers will follow up in person with every home that has not responded to the census.

Trouble Finding Your Census ID?

Your Census ID can be found on the letter or questionnaire you receive from the Census Bureau. All Census IDs have 12 characters (letters and numbers). These census mailings are marked with the 2020 Census logo and show the U.S. Department of Commerce in the return address. Visit What To Look for in the Mail to see images of where the ID is located on different Census Bureau mailings.

If you have not received anything from the Census Bureau yet, you can still respond online. Visit the online form and select “Start Questionnaire.” Below the ID field, click the link that says, “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.”

Confirm That Your Form Is Complete

Once you complete your questionnaire online, a confirmation number will appear to indicate that your response was submitted successfully.

If you do not see a confirmation page, return to the online questionnaire and resubmit.

2.  By Phone – 

Responding by Phone

The 2020 Census is happening now. You can now respond online, by phone, or by mail.

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Getting Started

The 2020 Census will ask a few simple questions about you and everyone who is or will be living with you on April 1, 2020. To see an image of the questionnaire, and for more information on answering each question, please visit Questions Asked. You have the option of completing the questionnaire by phone. To begin, call 844-330-2020, or call the number associated with your preferred language below.

Language Support

The 2020 Census can be completed by phone in the below languages.

English and Spanish Language Hours of Operation: Customer Service Representatives are available every day from 7am to 2am Eastern Time on the following phone lines: · English (for 50 states and Washington, D.C.): 844-330-2020 · Spanish (for 50 states and Washington, D.C.): 844-468-2020 · English (for Puerto Rico residents): 844-418-2020 · Spanish (for Puerto Rico residents): 844-426-2020 · TDD (Telephone Display Device): 844-467-2020

Non-English and Non-Spanish Language Hours of Operation: Customer Service Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8am to 10 pm Eastern Time on the following phone lines: · Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-2020 · Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-2020 · Vietnamese: 844-461-2020 · Korean: 844-392-2020 · Russian: 844-417-2020 · Arabic: 844-416-2020 · Tagalog: 844-478-2020 · Polish: 844-479-2020 · French: 844-494-2020 · Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020 · Portuguese: 844-474-2020 · Japanese: 844-460-2020

To help you respond, the Census Bureau also offers web pages and guides in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, as well as guides in Braille and large print. Visit Language Support to learn more.

Request a Callback

The Census Bureau is offering a callback option to better respond to requests during periods of high call volume.

When the callback option is presented, simply provide your preferred phone number and time of day for a return call, and an official census representative will call you back to collect your response to the 2020 Census.

Calls From the Census Bureau

In addition to requesting a call back before you respond, there are other circumstances in which you may receive a call from the Census Bureau to the number you provided.

Census workers will occasionally follow up with homes to ask questions about their responses. The goal is to ensure that no person is left out of the census or counted in more than one place.

All responses are kept confidential. The 2020 Census caller will not ask about your financial information or Social Security number. They will only review the responses that you previously provided. If you think you missed a call from the Census Bureau but want to confirm, call 844-330-2020 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.

3.  By Mail -

Responding by Mail

To respond to the census, you can mail back the paper questionnaire sent to your home. You can also respond online or by phone.

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Getting Started

Most households received their invitation to respond to the 2020 Census between March 12 – 20. These official Census Bureau mailings will include detailed information and a Census ID for completing the census online.

During this time, homes in areas that are less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire (sometimes known as the census form).

All homes will receive a paper questionnaire if they do not first respond online or by phone. To see an image of the paper questionnaire, and for more information on answering each question, please visit Questions Asked.

When responding, use blue or black ink to fill in the questionnaire. Do not use a pencil.

When finished, return the questionnaire in the envelope provided. If you have lost your return envelope, please mail your completed questionnaire to: U.S. Census Bureau National Processing Center 1201 E 10th Street Jeffersonville, IN 47132

Verifying Your Questionnaire

There are several ways you can confirm that the 2020 Census questionnaire you received is legitimate: · The outer envelope's return address will say "U.S. Census Bureau" and "U.S. Department of Commerce," which is the Census Bureau's parent agency.

· The return address will also show: U.S. Census Bureau

National Processing Center 100 Logistics Avenue Jeffersonville, IN 47144 · The enclosed envelope for mailing the completed paper questionnaire will be addressed to either Jeffersonville, IN, or Phoenix, AZ, where the Census Bureau has mail processing centers. When in doubt, you can review sample copies of all official Census Bureau mailings for the 2020 Census. LEARN MORE

The Census Bureau will never ask you for:

· Your full Social Security number.

· Your bank account or credit card numbers.

· Anything on behalf of a political party.

· Money or donations.

In addition, the Census Bureau will not contact you on behalf of a political party. To learn more, visit Avoiding Fraud and Scams.

Language Support

Bilingual invitations and paper questionnaires in English and Spanish will be sent to select areas of the country.

To help you respond, the Census Bureau also offers webpages and guides in 59 non-English languages, including American Sign Language, as well as guides in Braille and large print. Visit Language Support to learn more.

Why is the Census so important?  For the next ten years your response to the 2020 Census will be used to determine: 

* The number of congressional seats distributed to each state (fair representation) 

* If and how state legislative lines are redrawn 

* School and voting districts 

* What community services to provide 

* Funding from the federal government to the Township 

* How more than $675 billion is spent, supporting our state, counties and townships programs. 

Remember…all census information is confidential.  It is illegal for the Census Bureau, or its employees, to share your personal information with any other government agency including law enforcement, IRS, Welfare, FBI, Immigration, etc.  No court of law, not even the President of the United States can access your individual response. 

Planning Commission Zoning Ordinance Update Discussions Open to the Public

Click here for 7/11/19 revisions to the timeline for zoning ordinance updates.

Zoning Update

The Township has recently been made aware of misinformation that has been published regarding rezoning of properties.  The Township is currently working on a zoning ordinance update, and the purpose of the current zoning update is to achieve a more user-friendly document to work in accordance with the recently completed master plan.  At this time, there is no proposed rezoning of any particular parcel.  However, if at any time rezoning of parcels would be proposed, first a public hearing would be announced and held at the Township Hall.  

Parks & Recreation Plan Update

Please click here to see pages 1-50 of the Parks & Recreation Plan.  Please click here to see pages 51-102.

Check out our Facebook page!

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FOIA

For Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) please click on the following:

FOIA- Public Summary Of Procedures And Guidelines

FOIA- Procedures And Guidelines

FOIA-Request-Detailed-Cost-Itemization

FOIA-Request-for-Public-Records

FOIA-Public-Inspection-of-Records-Policy

Property Tax Information

Property tax information is available online at www.bsaonline.com.  Click on the big green check mark to set up an account.  Our information is listed under the Berrien County blue bar, click on "St. Joseph Charter Township", then "Click Here" on the next page, type in the address and follow directions.    Tax inquiries for property owners are free of charge 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.  If you have any questions, please contact the Treasurer's Office at (269) 932-0269.

Master Plan

Master Plan Part 1 Of 4 2017

Master Plan Part 2 Of 4 2017

Master Plan Part 3 Of 4 2017

Master Plan Part 4 Of 4 2017

Updated Jul 11, 2020

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.

2020 Dates the Office will be Closed

Friday, April 10th- Spring Holiday

Friday, May 22nd & Monday, May 25th - Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, July 3rd & Monday, July 6th - Fourth of July

Friday, September 4th & Monday, September 7th - Labor Day Weekend

Thursday, November 26th & Friday, November 27th - Thanksgiving

Thursday, December 24th & Friday, December 25th - Christmas

Friday, January 1st - New Year's Day

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