Welcome to Salem Township

Bulletin Board

Welcome! Thank you for providing valuable input for Salem Township's 5-Year Parks and Recreation Plan. The Township is updating this plan to obtain an assessment of its parks and recreation facilities and to define goals for future improvements. Your feedback is important, as the goals and actions identified in this plan are intended to reflect the community's needs and desires. Please complete this confidential survey to help inform the Township's future park and recreation planning.

Survey Form
Survey Flyer

You can send your survey to Kathy VanderKolk at secretary@salemtownship.org or drop it in the drop box or during office hours of Tuesday and Thursday 9:00am-12:00 and 1:00pm-4pm.

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

Salem Township Fire Department

"Smoke Alarms for Everyone" now available. For more information, contact the Salem Township Fire Department. Call (616) 896-8715 or email captain@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