Welcome to Salem Township

Bulletin Board


Salem Township has added an additional option for your Election Absentee Voter Ballot returns. Right inside the Township Office front door, directly to the left, you will find the ballot box. The box is easy access 24 hours per day for everyone and will be 100% secure and confidential. You are also welcome to drop off your ballots in person during our open hours on Tuesday and Thursday from 9-12noon and 1-4pm as well as returning through the US Post Office.

2024 Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Events
Click this link to read more about the events.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Passport Grant
Salem Township is working on a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Passport Grant for Pickleball Courts for the Salem Township Park. Letters of Support are encouraged and very much appreciated. Please send your letters by email to secretary@salemtownship.org , or mail letters to Salem Township, PO Box 49, Burnips, MI 49314. Thank you.

Township Master Plan
We are excited to let you and our neighboring communities know that the draft for the Salem Township Master Plan is available for review. Please follow the link to view the Plan.
Township Master Plan

Salem Township Annual report 2023 – STFD Letter
Announcement Letter
STFD Annual Report 2023

Salem Township Recycle Pickup is moving to a TUESDAY schedule and going to an every 4 week schedule instead of once per month. Click on the attached link to view the Collection Calendar or go to the right side of the Home Page and view in the Township Event Calendar.
Collection Calendar

Allegan County negotiated a public-private partnership with 123NET and is contributing approximately $17.7 million of the Allegan County American Rescue Plan Act funds to the fiber construction project. 123NET submitted a proposal to the ROBIN (Realizing Opportunities with Broadband Infrastructure Networks) in March 2023 for an additional $30 million. The MIHI (Michigan High Speed Internet) Office announced Initial Grant Recipients in June 2023; 123Net's Allegan County project was the 3rd highest scoring out of 154 projects. The MIHI office expects to announce the final grant award winners in early October.

The Allegan County Broadband Project needs YOUR INPUT! Please visit www.allegancounty.org/broadband to look up your address on our Comprehensive Broadband Project map. We need your help to fine tune the map and ensure not a single house is left out. All grant funding for building fiber to the home is limited to addresses that do NOT already have an option for 100M download speed. Please email Jill Dunham at jdunham@allegancounty.org if you have any questions or the information on the Broadband map is inaccurate for your address.

Note: 123NET will own and operate the open access network. Allegan County will have no role in providing internet service.

HOTSPOTS are now available from the Library for Internet Access. Please visit salemtownshiplibrary.org to view the Mobile HotSpot Lending Agreement and additional information or call the Library at 616-896-8170.

American Rescue Plan Act of 2022 (ARPA)

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

Want to be a Firefighter?

Salem Township Parks and Recreation Plan Adopted 2022-2026


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: Renee Busscher
Treasurer: Ashley Brower
Assessor: Heather Mitchell
Trustee: Dan Striegle
Trustee: Don Sebright
Fire Chief: Dan Kipen