Berrien County Closure

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SERVICES, OPERATIONS, & PROCEDURES DURING CLOSURE

The following list represents the Berrien County continuity of operations plan under the conditions of reasonable staffing levels but not public access to County facilities except by appointment (Does not include Trial Court (all divisions) and Sheriff)

Masks required and social distancing guidelines being followed in all County facilities.

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ADMINISTRATION/BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS/CORPORATE COUNSEL 

  1. Phone Number: 269-983-7111, ext. 8095
  2. Fax Number: 269-983-5788
  3. Email Address: akrieger@berriencounty.org
  4. Address: 701 Main St., St. Joseph

ANIMAL CONTROL

  1. Phone Number: 269-927-5648 / after-hours call Dispatch
  2. Email Address: animalcontrol@berriencounty.org
  3. Website: Facebook or County website
  4. Address: 1400 S. Euclid, Benton Harbor
  5. Appointments must be made in advance with office staff.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

  1. Phone Number:  269-983-7111 ext. 8617 
  2. Email Address: commdev@berriencounty.org
  3. Address: 701 Main St., St. Joseph
  4. Description of Services available during Emergency:
    1. Berrien Bus will continue to provide demand-response service for essential needs including scheduled medical appointments, employment and grocery shopping.  Additional service changes may be implemented based on guidance from MDOT or County Health Officials.

COUNTY CLERK – VITAL RECORDS

  1. Phone Number:   (269) 983-7111  Ext. 8233
  2. Email Address:  vitalrecords@berriencounty.org
  3. Website:  www.berriencounty.org   
  4. Address: 701 Main St., St. Joseph
  5. A drop box is available outside the Administration Building for:
    1. Original birth records for filing.
    2. Vital record requests (mail instead of mailing them in)
    3. Payments for copies

DRAIN COMMISSIONER

  1. Phone Number:  269-983-7111 Ext. 8261
  2. Email Address:  draincommissioner@berriencounty.org
  3. Address: 701 Main St., St. Joseph
  4. All Services Available

EQUALIZATION

  1. Phone Number: (269) 983-7111 Ext: 8215
  2. Email Address: wparrish@berriencounty.org
  3. Website: https://www.berriencounty.org/274/Equalization
  4. Address: 701 Main St., St. Joseph
  5. All Services Available

GENEALOGY

  1. Phone Number: 269-983-7111 x8233 or x8265
  2. Email Address: vitalrecords@berriencounty.org
  3. Website: https://www.berriencounty.org/152/County-Clerk
  4. Address: Walk in at 210 E. Empire, Benton Harbor

GIS/LAND DESCRIPTION

  1. Phone Number: 269-983-7111 Ext. 8300
  2. Email Address: lwinans@berriencounty.org
  3. Website: http://www.berriencounty.org/276/Geographical-Information-Systems-GIS
  4. Address: 701 Main St., St. Joseph

HEALTH DEPARTMENT

  • The Health Department offices and clinics in Benton Harbor and Niles remain open to the public, although most services are available by appointment only; walk-ins are only being accepted on a limited basis. 
    The Three Oaks office remains closed until further notice.
    Other program and service changes include: 
    • Clinics are available by appointment for immunizations and all Sexual Health clinical services, such as birth-control supply visits, annual visits, and STD testing/treatment. TB tests are available as needed.
    • Any clinical questions or concerns can be directed to Public Health Nursing, who have nurses available via telephone for questions from clients.  
    • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) will continue client appointments, but will move to as many tele-health visits as possible and will authorize and/or extend benefits over the phone.
    • Water filters/replacement cartridges are still available for Benton Harbor residents to pick-up in office or can be mailed upon request. Residents can call 1-800-815-5485 (select option #2) to have a filter/cartridge mailed to them.
    • Community coalition meetings, events, classes, and other community gatherings have been altered to ensure social distancing and wellness of participants are maintained. Please contact designated staff for current meeting formats and times. 
    • Home visiting services, parenting classes, and Children’s Special Health Care Services are shifting to predominately tele-health visits/consultations, and in-person services are limited. 
    • All Hearing and Vision pre-school screenings continue to be postponed until further notice.
    • All clients are asked to call to reschedule appointments if they are feeling ill. Client appointments have been spaced throughout the day to maintain appropriate distancing for those visiting and working in the clinic.
    • As offices remain open, the public is encouraged to call with further questions about services that are available at this time. BCHD staff are working hard continue monitoring and managing COVID-19 response and will continue to provide new information to the community as things change.
    • Callers with questions regarding COVID-19, including COVID-19 vaccinations, can be directed to the BCHD hotline 1-800-815-5485. More information can be found at the Berrien County Health Department website at www.bchdmi.org or by following BCHD on social media. To contact the Health Department via email, email: publichealth@bchdmi.org.

HUMAN RESOURCES

  1. Phone Number: 269-982-8616
  2. Fax Number: 269-983-5788
  3. Email Address: sjasper@berriencounty.org
  4. Address: 701 Main St., St. Joseph
  5. Descriptions of Services available:
    1. Employment applications can be sent via email to bsteltner@berriencounty.org, drop box at the Administration Center, 701 Main St., St. Joseph, or fax at (269) 983-5788.

MSU EXTENSION

  1. Phone Number: 269-927-5674
  2. Email: styburs1@msu.edu
  3. Fax: 269-944-4128
  4. Website:  https://www.canr.msu.edu/berrien
  5. Access by appointment only. 
  6. Description of Services available:   
    1. In order to follow the directive of social distance by closing the office to the public, Berrien County residents can still get assistance from MSU Extension by contacting the office via phone, email or website or by contacting individual staff members.

PARKS AND RECREATION

  1. Phone Number:  983-7111 Ext 8435
  2. Email Address: parks@berriencounty.org
  3. Website:  www.berriencounty.org/parks
  4. Address: 701 Main St., St. Joseph

PUBLIC DEFENDER

  1. Phone Number:  269-982-8698
  2. Email Address: pjancha@berriencounty.org
  3. Website: https://www.berriencounty.org/293/Public-Defenders-Office
  4. Address: 511 Renaissance Dr., Suite 120, St. Joseph

PURCHASING/FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Bid Inquiry Phone Number: 269-983-7111, ext. 8020
  • All other Finance Inquiries Phone Number: 269-983-7111, ext. 8916
  • Email Address: djames@berriencounty.org
  • Address: 701 Main St., St. Joseph

REGISTER OF DEEDS

  1. Phone Number: 269.983.7111 ext 8562
  2. Email Address: rod@berriencounty.org
  3. Website: regofdeeds.berriencounty.org
  4. Address: 701 Main St., St. Joseph

ROAD DEPARTMENT

  1. Phone Number: 269-925-1196
  2. Email Address: Permit requests and permit questions: weighmaster@bcroad.org
  3. Job openings and applications can be found on the County’s website: www.berriencounty.org/581/Employment;
  4.  Website:  www.bcroad.org
  5. Address: 2860 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor
  6. Access by appointment only, 
  7. Description of services available during emergency:  
    1. Normal operations.  
    2. Public is reminded that they may submit road service requests online through our website or by phone

SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECORDS DEPARTMENT

  1. Mailing Address: 919 Port St., St. Joseph, MI 49085
  2. Phone Number: 269-983-7141, ext. 7211
  3. Fax: 269-982-8650
  4. Email Address: sdrecords@berriencounty.org
  5. Open by Appointment Only 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  6. Descriptions of Services available:
    1. Firearms Purchase Permits
    2. Sex Offender Registry for those who need verify that month.
    3. Fingerprinting

TREASURER’S OFFICE

  1. Phone Number: 269-983-7111 x 8569
  2. Email Address: sweich@berriencounty.org 
  3. Website: www.berriencounty.org
  4. Address: 701 Main St., St. Joseph

TRIAL COURT

  1. For details regarding Trial Court operations, view the Trial Court Page

VETERANS

  1. Phone Number: (269) 983-7111 Ext. 8224
  2. Email Address: veterans@berriencounty.org
  3. Website: www.berriencounty.org/veterans
  4. Address: 701 Main St., St. Joseph