Updated Jul 13, 2018
Secretary Johnson urges
voter registration ahead of August primary
primary election in advance of the Nov. 6 election will be held on
People who aren't registered to vote have until
Monday, July 9 to register at any Secretary of State office, or at
their county or local clerk's office.
Check your registration status at the Michigan
Voter Information Center at www.Michigan.gov/vote.
You also can view your sample ballot as
well as find your polling location and track your absentee ballot.
A list of primary candidates can be found online.
How you can get an absentee
who qualify may choose to cast an absentee ballot. As a registered
voter, you may obtain an absentee ballot if you are:
- Age 60 or older.
- Physically unable to attend the polls without
the assistance of another.
- Expecting to be absent from the community in
which you are registered for the entire time the polls will be
open on Election Day.
- In jail awaiting arraignment or trial.
- Unable to attend the polls due to religious
- Appointed to work as an election inspector in a
precinct outside of your precinct of residence.
ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. on Election Day. That means that you
should mail 5 business days prior to the Election or contact your
local clerk to find out how you can drop it off.
us online to find out more.
ExpressSOS.com allows voters to change address
Michigan residents who already are registered to vote can
change their official state address, including their voter registration
address, online at no cost.
Visit ExpressSOS.com and follow the
Voter ID reminder
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will be asked to present valid photo ID, such as a Michigan driver’s
license or identification card.
who does not have an acceptable form of photo ID or failed to bring it
with them to the polls still may vote. The person will be required to
sign a brief affidavit stating that he or she is not in possession of
photo ID. The ballot will be included with all others and counted on
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In February, the St. Joseph River flooded Carronde Park and severely damaged the park’s playground structure. The Township filed for the loss of the structure with its insurance carrier and received a claim payment that allows for replacement of the damaged equipment. The new playground structure features an updated design that is ADA compliant. The structure is expected to be delivered to the Township the week of July 12th and be installed the following week.
State of Michigan Contacts
At the July 2nd Board Meeting discussion occurred regarding changes in speed limit laws and posted speed limit signs. Residents were encouraged to contact state legislators to pursue a long term change in the laws affecting local speed limits. Click here for contact information for State legislators who serve our area.
No Wake Ordinance
First Reading - July 2, 2018
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Law Enforcement Division
Special Local Watercraft Control
JOSEPH RIVER, ST. JOSEPH CHARTER TOWNSHIP – WC-11-18-003 – Slow-no wake speed
On that portion of the St. Joseph River,
Charter Township of St. Joseph, from the northern township boundary upstream to
latitudinal line 42° 5’ 48.119” N, (42.0967), it is unlawful for the operator
or a vessel to exceed a slow-no wake speed.
The northern township boundary is a mutual boundary with the city of Benton Harbor and can be approximated by where West Empire Avenue as extended westerly, meets the St. Joseph City Boat Launch on Marina Island on the opposite side of the river.
Latitudinal line 42° 5’ 48.119” N, (42.0967)
can be approximated as an east/west line from shore to shore that intersects
the northern most point of Hidden Isle.
“Slow-no wake speed” means a very slow speed
whereby the wake or wash created by the vessel would be minimal.
The boundaries of the area described above shall be marked with signs and/or with buoys and maintained by the Charter Township. Public access sites within the area described above shall also be marked identifying this local watercraft control. All buoys must be placed as provided in a permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources and be in conformance with the State Uniform Waterway Marking System. Buoys shall not be placed in a commercial shipping channel. This local watercraft control is only enforceable when clearly and properly marked. Datum: NAD 1983 Michigan GeoRef (Meters)
Coyote Attacks on the Rise in Michigan
Michigan residents are reporting an increase in coyote attacks on small dogs. Coyotes are frequently seen in St. Joseph Charter Township. At home, keep your dog leashed or maintained within a fenced area. Never let your dog run free in Township parks or trails. Not only is this important for the safety of your pet but it is also a Township Ordinance.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources advises: Never approach, touch or intentionally feed a coyote. Remove outside food sources, especially pet foods and bird feeders. Put garbage out the morning of pickup. Clear out wood and brush piles, which are good habitats for rats and mice and may attract coyotes. Don’t allow pets to roam free when coyotes are present. Keep them indoors or go with them outside, especially at night. If you see a coyote, clap your hands, bang pots and pans, and make a lot noise to scare it away and let it know that this is your space.
Planning Commission Dates Changed
Due to the August 7th and November 6th elections the Planning Commission meetings for August and November will be rescheduled to August 14th and November 13th.
With all of the rain and warm weather we have had lately our lawns are really taking off. Please remember to keep your grass and weeds 6" or shorter. This includes your back yard and empty lots. If you don't mow your lawn the township will and bill you a minimum of $75. If you are having problems with your mower or lawn service please call the township and let us know.
Yard Waste Pickup
Please put your yard waste at the curb on your normal trash pickup day. Yard waste should be in approved paper yard waste bags or "yard waste" marked trash cans. Sticks may be wrapped in bundles less than four feet long. Don't forget to bring your cans back to their storage spot next to your house or garage.
From State Senator John Proos
aftermath of the recent Florida school shooting, I am reminding students,
parents and educators about Michigan’s OK2SAY hotline, a 24-hour confidential
tip line designed to help prevent school tragedies.
2045 Twin Cities Area Transportation Study (TwinCats) Long Range Transportation Plan
Click www.swmpc.org/survey.asp to participate in the study by taking a survey. There are three surveys: biking, walking, and driving on this site. When you fill out a short survey you will be registered to win a Meijer gift card!. The purpose of this study is to give a better understanding of how people travel in the Benton Harbor & St. Joseph area. Input will help guide future transportation improvements and investments.
Parks & Recreation Plan Update
STREET LIGHTS OUTAGES:
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.
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....
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.
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.
Property tax information is available online at www.bsaonline.com. Our information is listed under “St Joseph Charter Township”, "Click Here" under the Berrien county blue bar. 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 Jul 13, 2018
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.
2018 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