Updated Jun 17, 2021
COVID-19 Pandemic and Township Office Update:
Effective Monday, May 17, 2021
Citizens, employees, and all other persons entering St. Joseph Charter Township buildings will be required to wear a face mask indoors unless they are fully vaccinated, or if they are covered by another exception to the face mask requirement under section 7 of the May 14, 2021, MDHHS Order, including but not limited to if they medically cannot tolerate a face mask or if they are actively engaged in a public safety role. All outdoor face mask requirements have been lifted. St. Joseph Charter Township will continue taking other precautions by keeping the Township buildings clean and sanitized.
If there are any questions about this MDHHS directive, please feel free to contact the Township at 269-429-7703.
For any citizens who are immune-compromised or otherwise desire to continue remote assistance, please see the list below of tools to contact the Township.
Tools to access Township services:
- Permit forms, Assessing information forms, Tax information and much more can be accessed from this website under Departments. Also, check out this main page of the website for current general information.
- You may email the Township at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Secured, camera monitored, and frequently checked drop boxes, both curbside and at the building to the left of the main entrance door are available to drop off payments and other documents.
- You may send information via postal mail to St. Joseph Charter Township, P.O. Box 147, St. Joseph, MI 49085. Our mail is collected M-F.
- You may phone the Township on the main line at (269) 429-7703. Building Inspector (269) 930-2453. The main phone line is answered M-F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- TextMyGov is a new smartphone texting application that allows you to text in a number to look up Township information. You may also text in a number that will allow you to receive notifications from the Township. See the TextMyGov section on this website for more information on how to get started.
- The Township also sends information to its Facebook page at St. Joseph Charter Township.
Thank you for your understanding as we work to keep our residents and employees healthy and safe.
Township Road Construction 6/18/21 –
Work to prepare and mill butt joints on Maiden Lane between Lincoln Ave. to Washington Ave. in St. Joseph Charter Township is set to begin Friday, June 18th. Paving is currently anticipated to follow and take place on Wednesday June 23rd. Work to prepare and mill butt joints on Pontiac Rd. between Napier Ave. to Miami Rd. is set to begin Friday, June 18th. Paving is currently anticipated to follow and take place on Thursday, June 24th. Schedules for both projects are weather and contractor permitting.
St. Joseph River Celebration -
PBS Michiana WNIT, will be airing the documentary, “Then, Now, and Always… The St. Joseph River Story. This documentary is all about the story of the St. Joe River from Hillsdale to Lake Michigan. TV Airdate – Channel 34.1 on September 9th, 2021 at 8:00 p.m.
This summer, there are things happening in communities all along the river from Hillsdale to Lake Michigan. For more information, visit www.wnit.org/celebratethestjoe .
In St. Joseph Charter Township, check out Carronde Park which is located at 2650-2698 Riverbend Dr., Benton Harbor, MI, right on the St. Joseph River. Carronde offers a softball field, a tennis court, fishing, 2 pavilions available for rent, children’s playground equipment, boat dock/launch and restrooms.
Zoning Ordinance Revisions –
As presented to the Township Board June 7, 2021. Revisions are set to be approved by the Board at the July 12th Board Meeting.
Click here to view the ordinance revisions.
Short-Term Rental Legislation -
HB 4722 is moving fast in the House of Representatives and an identical bill is also moving in the Senate. If it becomes law, proposed short-term rental legislation in Michigan may have an impact on your neighborhood. For further information visit: http://blogs.mml.org/wp/inside208/author/jrigterinkmml-org/?nomobile
Berrien County Disaster Management –
Berrien County is asking it’s residents to participate in a survey to answer the following questions:
What disasters we should be most focused on?
Where do we suffer the worst impacts or damage?
What should we do about lessening those impacts?
To participate in the survey visit: BerrienPREPARED.com
Zoning Board of Appeals Vacancies -
The Township has two openings on the Zoning Board of Appeals. The Zoning Board of Appeals hears all questions that arise in administration of the zoning ordinance. The Zoning Board of Appeals makes interpretations of the zoning ordinance, hears variance requests, hears appeals from administrative determinations by zoning officials or bodies and other matters assigned by the zoning ordinance. Desirable applicants should be qualified by experience and/or training in matters related to land use and planning and/or zoning such as: architecture, building construction/engineering, GIS/AutoCAD, Land Use Planning, Real Estate/Development/Law, Zoning. Members must be St. Joseph Charter Township residents from outside of the Village of Shoreham. Terms are three years and members receive a per diem compensation for each meeting attended.
Meetings are held as needed at the Township Hall. Dates and times vary. Click here for an application.
Mental Health and Substance Use –
The State of Michigan is integrating Michigan Warmline into MiCAL. The Warmline provides emotional support to individuals with mental health and substance use conditions from a certified peer support specialist or peer recovery coach from 10:00 am – 2:00 am., seven days a week. Call 1-888-733-7753 or visit the MiCal page at https://mcal-prod.force.com/mical/s/ and scroll down to Michigan Warmline.
2021 Community Recycling Event For Berrien County Residents
For information on Berrien County recycling events viist http://www.berriencounty.org/564/Berrien-County-Community-Recycling-Event or email email@example.com or call 269-983-7111 x8234
Yard Waste -
Yard waste pickup begins April 1st on your regularly scheduled pickup day.
Clean Sweep Pesticide Collection Event -
Michigan Clean Sweep is a free, safe disposal option for unwanted agriculture pesticides. The Clean Sweep Pesticide collections for the Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren county area are Wednesday, June 23, and Wednesday, July 28, 2021.
Clean Sweep is open to all Michigan farmers, greenhouses, golf courses, pesticide retailers, and individuals. Accepted items are pesticides which include all the classes of “cides” – fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, and rodenticides. Fertilizers are NOT accepted as part of Clean Sweep unless they are a component of a pesticide formulation.
Participants must register at least two weeks prior to the event. The registration process is simple and designed to help organizers be prepared for incoming materials. A registration form can be obtained at www.berriencounty.org/465/Clean-Sweep-Pesticide-Collections, or contact the Berrien County Parks Department at 269-983-7111 x8234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms are also available through Conservation District and MSU-Extension offices.
After registration, participants will be given a general drop off time and directions to the collection event. The event takes place on the Berrien County Road Department property in Benton Harbor.
Over 266,500 pounds of pesticides have been collected and disposed safely through the Berrien County site since it began. This state-wide grant program is administered by the Michigan Department of Ag and Rural Development and funds waste pesticide collection sites throughout Michigan. The next closest Clean Sweep collection program site is in Kalamazoo. Contact the Kalamazoo County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center directly for more information, www.kalcounty.com/hhw or call 269-373-5211.
Property Tax Payments –
In order to keep you and our employees safe, we encourage you to mail your tax payments to the Township Hall at P.O. Box 147, St. Joseph, MI 49085 OR place them in the curbside drop box or the drop box slit to the left of the main entrance door at the Township Hall. Both drop boxes are secured - locked and under surveillance. If you would like a receipt, please include a self-addressed and stamped envelope and a receipt will be mailed to you.
If you need in-person assistance, you may ring the doorbell on the front entrance of the Township Hall. If you are wearing a proper face covering, (Halloween masks and face coverings with holes are not acceptable) you will be allowed into the lobby through an automatic door opening system. There may be a short delay as Township staff will buzz you in when they have finished helping those that arrived before you.
The Township has launch TextMyGov as an additional method of communication for our St. Joseph Charter Township residents.
Using the regular messaging app on any smartphone, the smart texting technology allows residents to ask questions and get immediate responses, find links to information on the Township's website, address problems, report issues and upload photos by texting (269)-421-4001. Click here to view flyer.
It also allows the Township to communicate information to residents in a timely manner. To have updates texted to you: under messaging type in 91896 then type in SJCTOWNSHIP. Click here to view flyer.
Beginning January 14th, an icon that you may click on for further information on TextMyGov will be located on the lower right corner of the main page of the Township's Website.
Dog Licenses -
All renewal forms have been mailed out by Berrien County Animal Control (BCAC):
- Mail the renewal form and check (and proof of rabies or spay/neuter) back to the county.
- Create an online account where you can pay using a credit card (there is a fee).
- If it is a new puppy, there is a form on the county’s website to download, fill out and mail along with payment to the county.
- You can call BCAC and make an appt. to go in and get the license.
Parks & Recreation Plan Update
Check out our Facebook page!
It's 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 happenings in the township. You can also get information at https://www.facebook.com/SJTwp..., the St. Joseph Township Police Department. Also check out our fire departments pages, https://www.facebook.com/Sjctf..., https://www.facebook.com/sjctf....
For Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) please click on the following:
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.
Updated Jun 17, 2021
- When scheduled, links to special meeting information will appear below.
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.
2021 Dates the Office will be Closed
Friday, April 2nd- Spring Holiday
Friday, May 28th & Monday, May 31st - Memorial Day Weekend
Friday, July 2nd & Monday, July 5th - Fourth of July
Friday, September 3rd & Monday, September 6th - Labor Day Weekend
Thursday, November 25th & Friday, November 26th - Thanksgiving
Friday, December 24th & Monday, December 27th - Christmas
Monday, January 3rd - New Year's