Welcome to Salem Township

Bulletin Board

Salem Township Fire Department

Salem Township Fire Department wants to remind everyone to stay safe this winter and holiday season. If you haven’t already done so, change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.  If your smoke alarms are over 10 years old, they should be changed out with new ones.  Contact us for Smoke Alarm Program information at 616-896-8715 or email captain@salemtownship.org.

 The department would also like to say thank you to the community for the support we receive.  We don’t always get to meet the community members on the best of days, but one thing that we do get to see is community members helping each other.  Whether it is before we arrive or the days that follow, this community comes together in a way that makes it one of the best townships to live in.

 Have a safe and happy Holidays

Salem Township Assessor

Welcome Heather Mitchell, our new Salem Township Assessor. Heather will have office hours weekly on Thursdays from 2-5p.m. Feel free to contact Heather at 616-896-9857 or assessor@salemtownship.org. A big thank you and good luck to Lynette Wagner for her years of service as Salem Township Assessor.


Pickup is the 4th Wednesday of each month. It is recommended that the carts be set out the night before as pickup times can vary month to month. In the event of a major holiday falling on the week of our recycle pickup, the pickup will be Thursday instead.

Accepting: newspapers, grocery bags, clear glass, empty aerosol cans, plastic bottles and jugs. Please rinse food containers. We also take magazines, phone books, flattened cardboard, newspapers, office paper and junk mail. We now can take household batteries placed in zipper lock plastic bags.

Private drives and seasonal roads (unpaved) will not get pick up in front of their house. You will need to put recycle bin at your nearest crossroad.

If you have any questions about the recycling program, please contact Kathy VanderKolk at the Township office, or Rosemary Graham at Allegan County at 269-673-5415.


A 96 gallon recycle cart is available free of charge from Republic Services.

How to lease a cart: Contact Kathy VanderKolk at Salem Township at 616-896-9857 or at secretary@salemtownship.org


Support the Salem Township Fire Department by purchasing a safety sign for your home. These highly reflective, visible signs help 911 personnel find your home quickly in the event of an emergency. Click on this link to access the Order Form along with instructions to order your sign.

Order Form


Membership in the Wayland Ambulance Vital Care Program means that when you have injury or illness that requires medical transport, you will receive the highest quality care without the worry of how to pay the bill. Through the Vital Care Program, you have the opportunity to make an investment in the Wayland Area Emergency Medical Service and at the same time receive protection from unexpected ambulance costs. Please click on the link for more information and the membership contract.

Township Information

3003 142nd Ave.
P.O. Box 49
Burnips, MI 49314

Phone: (616)896-9857
Fax: (616)896-7247

Office Hours
We are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from
9AM - 12PM and 1PM - 4PM.

The Assessor will be in on Thursday 2PM - 5PM

Township Officials

Supervisor: Jim Pitsch
Clerk: Betty Brower
Treasurer: Ashley Brower
Assessor: Heather Mitchell
Trustee: Dan Striegle
Trustee: Don Sebright
Fire Chief: Dan Kipen