Fire Department

Chief – Bill Knisely

Station 1 –  4770 W US 12 Buchanan, MI 49107
Station 2 – 1895 Foundation Dr. Niles, MI 49120

Burning Permit – please call the Township office at 269-695-5001 during regular business hours to leave your name, address, phone number and date you intend to burn.  You will also receive the “burn permit requirements”.

On the weekends please contact the fire department at 269-695-6191 and leave all of the above information on the answering machine.

*As a community service the fire dept. will burn brush piles or grass fields.For more information please call the fire dept.

Please visit the dept. website or Facebook – Bertrand Firefighters






Howe Cemetery
Please click on the link below to obtain cemetery information for

Bakertown, Howe and Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Bertrand Township owns and maintains Bakertown Cemetery, Howe Cemetery, and Mt. Zion Cemetery.


If you are interested in purchasing a burial plot please contact Don Vite, Clerk at the township hall.

3835 Buffalo Road
Buchanan, MI 49107



Assessing Department

ASSESSOR:  Angela Story

The assessor is available in the office every Thursday from 9 am-noon.  However, a record card can be obtained anytime by calling the township office during regular business hours.  The assessor can also be reached at 269-207-2590.

Please be advised that every year the assessor visits 20% of the township’s parcels to maintain and update the township records.  Maintaining good records helps to insure the township from ever having to pay for an expensive reappraisal.  Please be aware that updating the information does not result in higher property taxes.  Due to Proposal A of 1994, a property’s taxable value cannot increase more than the Consumer Price Index or 5% whichever is less, per year.  The two exceptions to this is when a property has a transfer of ownership and/or something new was added.

Currently the assessor is working in approximately sections 23 to 115.

2023 Land Valuation Studies

2023 Economic Condition Factor Studies

Assessor Record Card Search – BS&A

Community Hall Rental

Built in 1890 the community building is available for rental on a first come first serve basis.  Paid rent secures use of facility.  The hall has 75 chairs and 11 tables.  There is also an outside pavilion that has 4 large picnic tables.

Community hall rental fees are: 

  • $200.00 for residents with $100 Deposit
  • $400.00 for non-residents with deposit of $200 (Cash Only)
  • For more information or to rent the hall please call the township 269-695-5001

Community Hall Rental Agreement

Dog License

if_dog-01_2140043Dog Licenses are available at the township hall from December 1 through the end of February.  The cost of a one year dog license for a male or female is $25. The cost for a spayed or neutered dog license is $10.

A current rabies vaccination certificate and proof of spaying or neutering is required.
Dog licenses are also available at the Berrien County Treasurer’s Office and Berrien County Animal Control Office.

Dog License are now available for purchase on line at the animal control tab at Berrien

Building Department

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Land Division

Land Division Applications and Land Combination Applications can be picked up in the township office or also printed from this link.  Please see the list of requirements also.  The assessor is available to answer any questions by calling 269-207-2590 or by calling the township office to set up an appointment to meet with her.