Updated Sep 4, 2019
Water Valve Exercising Program
St. Joseph Charter Township participates in a water valve exercising program through Southwest Michigan Regional Sanitary Sewer and Water Authority (SMRSS&WA). Valves in the Authority's water system are periodically exercised to assure they are in good working order. It is very important that valves function properly as a damaged valve will not allow a broken watermain to be isolated from the rest of the system. Without the means to isolate a broken main the entire water system would be in jeopardy. Trucks and workers will be in the road right-of-way for the next two weeks as Wachs Water Services inspect and test valves on the west side of the Township as shown on the map. The east side of the Township (Fairplain) is on a different valve exercising schedule, has been addressed more recently, and will not be tested this year.
The 2020 CENSUS IS RAMPING UP......
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:
* 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.
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.
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.
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
Check out our Facebook page!
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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 Sep 4, 2019
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