Updated Apr 15, 2019
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.
The Township received word this morning (April 4, 2019) that AEP has contracted with a company to trim underbrush and limbs on Knauf Trail with work beginning today.
Fairplain Road Work
The B.C. Road Department is cutting down high shoulders on Jakway, Fairplain, and Miami. The workers start 2 feet from the edge of the pavement up into yards. Then they will roll it to smooth out. The reason for cutting into the grass/yard is so that proper drainage can occur and water will not sit on the road which causes potholes and cracking. When they finish cutting they will seal these three roads with tar and stones. They should finish all three roads in about 2 hours. During that time there will be signs and flagging with no thru traffic. Folks who live there may have a 2 to 3 minute delay getting in and out...it takes 2 to 3 minutes to put the stones down after the tar so that it can be driven on. The Road Department will hydro seed areas as needed to repair grass/yards.
The Road Department does not give prior notice to the Township or residents for times when they will be doing projects mainly because their projects are weather driven. Weather could delay a project for days.
The Road Department is within their rights to cut into the yard because the right-of-way that they own is approximately 33 ft. from the center of the road.
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!
Spring Cleanup Pass
Your landfill pass will be available for pickup at the Township Hall beginning April 15th. The pass is good for rubbish drop-off at Orchard Hill Landfill in Watervliet on the following Fridays and Saturdays: April 26-27 or May 10-11. 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 463-5588.
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.
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
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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 Apr 15, 2019
- 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.
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 22rd & Friday, November 23th - Thanksgiving
Wednesday, December 25th & Thursday, December 26th - Christmas
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - New Year's Day