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SERVICES, OPERATIONS, & PROCEDURES DURING Local State Of Emergency Due COVID-19

The Berrien County Board of Commissioners approved the COVID-19 preparedness and response plan on June 11, 2020 and have moved to Phase 2 of the plan, the re-opening of County buildings (with the exception of buildings under the authority of an elected office, such as the Sheriff and the Courts). County facilities have areas designated as “enclosed public spaces”, which at a minimum, is all areas frequented by the public and in constricted areas. Everyone in those areas (visitors and employees) must wear a face covering. In addition, individuals should practice social distancing, keeping 6’ between individuals. Visitors and employees will be subject to a health screening at the entrance of the buildings.

View the 06-18-2020 Press Release (PDF)

County COVID-19 Response Plan (PDF) Opens in new window

ADMINISTRATION/BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS/CORPORATE COUNSEL 

ANIMAL CONTROL

  • Phone Number: 269-927-5648 / after-hours call Dispatch
  • Email Address: animalcontrol@berriencounty.org
  • Website: Facebook or County website
  • Open to the Public
  • Description of Services Available:
    • Only three people from the public will be allowed inside the lobby area at a time, in order to keep the number of people in a small area limited to 10 as is stated in most recent Executive Orders. 
    • Volunteers may resume working at this facility and will be scheduled accordingly to maintain the limited number of people allowed in the building. 
    • Saturday hours will resume on Saturday, July 11, 2020.

Berrien Bus

  • Phone Number: (269) 471-1100
  • Website: https://www.berriencounty.org/304/Community-Development 
  • Description of Services Available:
    • Public Transportation (Berrien Bus) scheduled flex route services remain suspended at this time. 
    • At this time we are still operating demand response service but ask that customers limit their requests to essential services only such as scheduled medical appointments, grocery shopping or employment. 
    • We will do everything we can to keep the public updated should further service suspension become necessary based on guidance from the Michigan Department of Transportation or Berrien County Health Officials due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

COUNTY CLERK – VITAL RECORDS

DRAIN COMMISSIONER

EQUALIZATION

GENEALOGY

GIS/LAND DESCRIPTION

HEALTH DEPARTMENT

  • Phone Numbers 
    • Benton Harbor Office: 269-926-7121
    • Niles Office: 269-684-2800
    • Three Oaks Office: 269-756-2008
  • Website: www.bchdmi.org 
  • Open to the public
    • Benton Harbor and Niles offices are open 5 days a week from 8:30am-5pm as normal and Three Oaks has resumed normal operations on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
    • All clinical services are available by appointment – please call to make an appointment prior to your visit. Clinic appointments have been spaced out appropriately to ensure social distancing within the waiting room.
    • Virtual, remote, and telehealth services continue to the greatest extent possible
    • Upon entry at our offices, you’ll be asked about your general health status and be asked to wear a face covering if you don’t have one.
    • Please call ahead with questions or to make an appointment.
    • COVID-19 questions can still be directed to the BCHD hotline at 1-800-815-5485 or through social media (Facebook/Instagram)

HUMAN RESOURCES

MSU EXTENSION

PARKS AND RECREATION

  • Phone Number:  983-7111 Ext 8435
  • Email Address: parks@berriencounty.org
  • Website:  www.berriencounty.org/parks
  • Open to the public
  • Description of Services Available:
    • All park restrooms and facilities are now open and following Executive Orders of the Governor regarding group sizes.
    • Playgrounds will be open by Monday, June 22.

PUBLIC DEFENDER (100 CHURCH ST, S/J)

  • Phone Number:  269-982-8693
  • Email Address: pjancha@berriencounty.org
  • Website: https://www.berriencounty.org/293/Public-Defenders-Office
  •  Public Access by Appointment Only
  • Description of Services Available:
    • The Public Defender’s Office, located at 100 Church St., St. Joseph and at the South County Courthouse at 1205 N. Front St., Niles will continue to see clients by appointment only. 
    • To set an appointment, call (269) 982-8698.

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
  • Description of Services Available:
    • Financial Services will continue their processes.
    • Bids are still being accepted and can be left in the drop box at the Administration Center, 701 Main St., St. Joseph.

REGISTER OF DEEDS

ROAD DEPARTMENT

SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECORDS DEPARTMENT

  • Mailing Address: 919 Port St., St. Joseph, MI 49085
  • Phone Number: 269-983-7141, ext. 7211
  • Fax: 269-982-8650
  • Email Address: sdrecords@berriencounty.org
  • Open only by appointment
  • Descriptions of Services Available:
    • Individuals will be able to make an appointment for the following services: Firearms Transactions, Sex Offender Registry, Fingerprinting, and Report Requests.
    • Appointments will be available Monday thru Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
    • To schedule an appointment call (269) 983-7141, ext. 7211 or email sheriffrecords@berriencounty.org.
    • No walk-ins will be accepted.
    • Regarding the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office in Niles, all appointments will be handled at the St. Joseph Office.

TREASURER’S OFFICE

  • Phone Number: 269-983-7111 x 8569
  • Email Address: treasurersoffice@berriencounty.org
  • Website: www.berriencounty.org
  • Description of Services Available:
    • Respond to emails, payments can be made on line or at the drop box outside the administration center.

TRIAL COURT

VETERANS