Updated Oct 8, 2019

Fall Landfill Passes 

Will be available for pickup at the Township Hall  beginning September 27th.  Passes are good for rubbish drop-off at Orchard Hill Landfill in Watervliet on the following dates: October 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26.  A household may have one (1) pass for rubbish clean up from that property.  If you have any questions on what is allowed, please call the landfill office at 468-3658.  

United Way of Southwest Michigan is hosting a Day of Action for Seniors on November 7th and 8th

Before winter hits, raking your yard and cleaning out gutters is a vital step to ensuring spring snow melt does not cause water damage to your home or lawn.  Many area seniors try to accomplish this work on their own,  putting them at risk for falls and serious injury.  Join us in giving them a helping hand when prepping for winter.  On November 7th and 8th, 2019, hundreds of area volunteers will mobilize to help seniors in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties rake and bag leaves and clean gutters as part of United Way's annual Day of Action for Seniors.  This day serves seniors, age 60 and older, who are physically unable to perform yard work or can't afford to pay for services.  seniors are helped on a first come, first serve basis and dependent on the number of volunteers recruited. www.uwsm.org/rakeadifference 


Water Quality Workshop

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Bridgman City Hall, 9765 Maple St., Bridgman, MI 49106

This event is FREE and open to the public.  The event includes a free water test* and information on further testing options.  There will be giveaways for all participants, refreshments and a grand prize raffle. We do ask that you RSVP at www.SWMIWorkshop.eventbrite.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/150635... 

Twin Cities Sustainable Harbor Project:

Two final community input sessions will take place Tuesday, October 15th at Kinexus, 499 West Main Street, Benton Harbor.  These session are open to the public.  This is the last chance for you to offer information that will help build a vision for our harbor.  The first session is scheduled for 4-5:30 p.m. and the second for 7-8:30 p.m.  Click here for further information.   


What is the 2020 Census? The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and the five U.S. territories.  The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted every ten years by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.  The Census Bureau needs to know where people live so an accurate population number is provided for counties, states, and local governments.  Participating in the census is required by law, even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau.  There are three ways to respond to the 2020 Census.  By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census.  You will have three option for responding:

* Online

* By phone

* By mail

Why is the census important? Census data is used to:

* Determine the number of congressional seats distributed to each state, (fair representation)

* Determine if and how state legislative lines are redrawn

* Determine school and voting districts

* Determine what community services to provide

*  Determine funding from the federal government to the Township

* Determine how more than $ 675 billion is spent, supporting our state, county, and township's vital programs

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 Stated can access your individual response.

2020 U.S. Census Job

The U.S. Census Bureau is now hiring for a variety of temporary jobs for the 2020 Census.  The temporary jobs include census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff and supervisory staff.  To be eligible for hire you must be at least 18 years old, have transportation, a valid social security number, and be a U.S. citizen.  Census takers earn $16.00 per hour with paid training and mileage reimbursement.  Jobs begin in August 2019 and are flexible with your schedule.  The first phase in August will involve updating addresses and maps in local neighborhoods.   The Census takes place in our country every ten years.  The quality of services offered to Township residents is greatly influenced by the amount of state revenue sharing dollars received.  Township revenue sharing dollars received from the state is based on how many residents are counted in the Census.  The greater the count, the greater the dollars received.  This count will be the Township's official count for the next ten years.

Learn more and apply at:  www.2020census.gov/jobs  

Clean Water Survey

Do you know what contributed the most to the pollution of lakes, rivers, and streams?  We are curious about what you know and we have a 5-7 minute survey we would like you to take if you live or have a home in Berrien or Cass County.  Take the survey online at www.letskeepitblue.org  Storm water runoff (rain water) picks us a variety of pollutants from many sources and washes them into rivers, our ground water, and ultimately Lake Michigan.  In fact, most of this polluted runoff begins at home.  This survey will help us understand what you know about local water pollution and water quality so that we can improve education and communication about water quality issues in Berrien and Cass Counties and take measures to achieve improved water quality.

Library Survey

Please follow this link www.stjoseph.lib.mi.us to take a survey for the Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library in St. Joseph. On the front page under "we want your feedback!", click on "complete our survey".

Grass Clippings and Debris in the Road

Due to potential driving hazards blowing or placing debris in a road is not allowed.  The road right-of-way is regulated by Berrien County Road Department ordinances and it is considered an ordinance violation to place grass clippings, yard waste, snow or debris of any sort in the road.  If you own or maintain property in the Township be aware that violators will be contacted by the County Road Department Weigh Master and noncompliance may result in a $250 citation.  

Coyote Warning

Township residents are reporting an increase in coyote sightings.  Coyotes are nomadic, will follow food sources, and WILL attack pets.  For your pets safety, be sure that they are leashed or maintained within a fenced area and don't let them run free in Township parks or on Township trails.  The Michigan Department of Natural Resources advises: Never approach, touch or intentionally feed a coyote.  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, make lots of notice to scare it aware and let it know that this is your space.  

Planning Commission Zoning Ordinance Update Discussions Open to the Public

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

St. Joseph River Voluntary No Wake Zone

Boaters click here for an important erosion prevention request.

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.  

Yard Waste Pickup

Please put your yard waste at the curb on your normal trash pickup day, April 1 through November 30.    Yard waste should be in paper yard waste bags (no plastic bags) or trash cans marked "Yard Waste".  Sticks may be wrapped in bundles less than 4' long.  Don't forget to bring your cans back to their storage spot next to your house or garage!

Berrien County Recycling Events

April 10th 3-7 at Lake Michigan College - Household chemicals, electronics, magazines, books, shoes, foam/polystyrene, eye glasses, bicycles, plastic grocery bags, American flags, and personal documents (on site shredding).

May 9th 3-7 and May 10th 8:30-11 am at the Berrien County Road Department - Tires

May 18th 8-12 at  SE Berrien County Landfill Recycle Center - Household chemicals, electronics, document shredding.

June 15th 9-1 at the New Buffalo Fire Station - Household chemicals and electronics.

August 14th 3-7 at Love Creek County Park - Household chemicals, electronics.

September 21st 9-1 at Silver Beach County Park - Household chemicals, electronics.

October 12th 8-12 at SE Berrien County Landfill Recycle Center - Household chemicals, electronics, document shredding.

Please go to the Berrien County website for more information Berrien County Recycling.  Some items are for a fee.

In addition, you may drop off unused medications at the following locations:

Berrien County Sherriff’s Office, 919 Port St., St. Joseph

Lakeland Community Hospital Pharmacy, 1234 Napier Ave., St. Joseph

Lakeland Pharmacy Shoppe, 3900 Hollywood Rd., St. Joseph

Meijer, 1920 Pipestone Rd., Benton Harbor

Meijer, 5019 Red Arrow Highway, Stevensville

Walgreens, 1260 Hilltop Rd., St. Joseph

Power Outage?  Call AEP at 800-311-4634

Street Light Outages

Report street light outages directly to Indiana Michigan Power at 1-800-311-4634 or online at their website at https://indianamichiganpower.c....  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 269-429-6890.

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!

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:

FOIA- Public Summary Of Procedures And Guidelines

FOIA- Procedures And Guidelines




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 Oct 8, 2019

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.

2019 Dates the Office will be Closed

Tuesday, January 1st - New Year's Day

Friday, April 19th- Spring Holiday

Friday, May 24th & Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day Weekend

Thursday and Friday, July 4th & 5th - Fourth of July

Friday, August 30th & Monday, September 2nd - Labor Day Weekend

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

Wednesday, December 25th & Thursday, December 26th - Christmas

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - New Year's Day