Updated Jun 22, 2018

Flooding on Manitou Rd.

Yesterday, June 21st, St. Joseph Charter Township received five inches of rain in four hours and storm drains were unable to keep up with the flow of water on many streets. 

In the afternoon, St. Joseph Township Police arrived to find four to six inches of standing water on  Manitou Rd.  The Township police officer cleared debris from the top of storm drain grates so that water would flow more readily out of the street. 

Storm drains are the property and responsibility of the Berrien County Drain Commissioner’s office.   The Township is not authorized to service or maintain storm drains even though they are located in the Township.    Please contact them at 269-983-7111 ext. 8255.

In a heavy rain situation like yesterday, the Township Public Works department priority is sanitary sewer; and all public works employees were on task yesterday to ensure that Township sanitary sewer equipment was functioning as needed.

At approximately 5:00 p.m., St. Joseph Township Public Works employees arrived at Manitou Rd. to assess the street flooding situation and see if there was anything within Township authority that could be done to clear the standing water.  From 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the Public Works employees repeatedly cleared the debris from the top of storm drain grates to allow the water to drain out of the street.

The Township fully understands the frustration of those who are dealing with flooding from the heavy rains.  Please be cautious when traveling in the Township as many areas are experiencing flooding.  We welcome questions and will do our best to connect you with the person or agency that is able to offer you assistance. 


Denise Cook, Manager

St. Joseph Charter Township

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.

Driveway Repairs

We are finally having our driveways repaired!   Years of heavy fire trucks have taken their tole.  Please watch out for asphalt equipment if you have to come to the hall.   They hope to be done my June 22nd, weather permitting.

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. 

It’s OK2SAY!

From State Senator John Proos

In the 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.

Attorney General Bill Schuette and the OK2SAY program have done a fantastic job in helping protect Southwest Michigan students and save lives by providing students with a safe and easy way to report threatening behavior. OK2SAY is the state’s most effective prevention-based reporting mechanism. It received more than 6,600 tips last year and has logged nearly 12,000 tips since it launched in 2014.

OK2SAY is a confidential reporting system designed to allow Michigan students, parents, school employees, health officials and law enforcement officers to share and respond to safety threats.

Students can report tips by calling 1-855-OK-2-SAY (65-2-729), texting a message to 652729, emailing ok2say@mi.gov or filling out a form at www.mi.gov/ok2say. An app is also available in the app stores for iPhone and Android devices.

I am proud that Michigan has already implemented a successful program to help Michigan students feel safe — and be safe — at school. I encourage all area schools to take steps to promote OK2SAY and raise student awareness about this proactive initiative.

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

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


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.

Image result for facebook logoCheck 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.

                                         FOIA Request Detailed Cost Itemization

                                         FOIA Procedures and Guidelines

                                         FOIA Public Inspection of Records Policy

                                         FOIA Public Summary of Procedures and Guidelines

                                         FOIA Request for Public Records

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 Jun 22, 2018

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.

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