Royalton Township
980 Miners Rd.,
Saint Joseph, MI. 49085

Office hours:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday, except on designated holidays.
Phone: 269-429-2501
Fax: 269-429-8373

Staff Members

Steve Tilly
Building Official
Bill Boyd
Deputy Clerk
Patti Knight
Deputy Treasurer
Mary Zwar
Chris Laski
Shane Soteriou

Contract Staff
Electrical Inspector
Ken Simpson
Mechanical Inspector
Rod Wilder
Plumbing Inspector
Phyllis Centers
Shalice Northrop
Jim Straub - Straub, Seaman and Allen
John Olson


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Royalton Township - Saint Joseph, Michigan

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110th Blossomtime Festival

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Influenced by a growing agricultural industry, in 1906 Rev. W.J. Cady of the First Congregational Church in Benton Harbor was the first to urge his parishoners to drive through the orchards and view the fruit blossoms.  Cady termed them "symbols of life renewed" and his sermon is credited with the birth of the Blossomtime Festival.


In 1923, a local fruit processor, Fred L. Granger, and the Reverend Joshua O. Randall conceived the idea of a floral parade to promote the expanding local business.  They secured assistance from the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club and the Exchange Club.  Initially, the publicity consisted of the circulation of a decorated truck around Chicago’s “Loop” inviting people to come to Southwest Michigan.  The first Grand Floral Parade was held on a Wednesday afternoon.  The second parade was held on May 14, 1924.  It included 30 floats, two marching bands and hundreds of private automobiles, which made a tour of the new “Blossom lanes” of Southwest Michigan.


The Festival temporarily ceased in 1943 with the advent of World War II.  In 1951 the St. Joseph and Benton Harbor Chamber of Commerce created Blossomtime, Inc., a non-profit organization of some 75 members governed by a Board of Directors.  The first post-war parade in 1952 attracted approximately 105,000 spectators who viewed 56 units.  The Parade now hosts 200,000 spectators annually.


The Blossomtime Festival is the oldest and largest multi-community Festival in the state of Michigan.  This year marks its “110th Celebration” 1906-2016 with a fun filled week of wholesome family entertainment.  Hope you get to join with us in celebrating our beautiful Southwestern Michigan.



Shoe Box Float Parade – for Elementary Grades 1 - 6 – 4:30 p.m. on May 2, 2016 – Downtown St. Joseph



Youth Parade – Open to any youth through Junior High - 5:00 p.m. on May 5, 2016 – Dickinson Stadium



Grand Floral Parade – 1:00 p.m. on May 7, 2016












Click on the link below for important information on how the municipalities in Cass and Berrien Counties are working together to ensure cleaner and safer water in the Lower St. Joseph River Watershed.

Lower St. Joseph River Watershed


Royalton Township Lift Stations are equipped with a warning light to acknowledge a possible equipment malfunction.  If the red light on a sewer lift station is on, please call the Township immediately at 429-2501, or call Chris Laski, Maintenance Department on cell phone number 876-6152, or 369-3804, or 876-6149.  Thank you!

Beginning May 14, 2005, Royalton Township Board adopted an amendment to Ordinance Number 25, "Water Rate Ordinance", which addresses Water Conservation Regulations.  This amendment allows for lawn sprinkling using municipal (city) water on days that coincide with your address.  Properties with 'even' number ending addresses (example - 1436) may use water from the public water system for the purpose of sprinkling only on 'even' numbered calendar days, and residents whose address ends in 'odd' numbers (example - 295) may use water from the public water system for the purpose of sprinkling only on 'odd' numbered calendar days.  Properties without an assigned address are considered 'odd' numbered for the purpose of this ordinance.

Exemptions for this rule are for newly planted grass, trees, and other plants for the first 30 days following planting.  Further, sprinkling of vegetable gardens is exempt from this section of the ordinance.  Also, 'sprinkling' shall not include drip irrigation systems, the use of a container such as a watering can or pitcher, or the use of hose equipment with a spring-loaded shutoff device that automatically stops the flow of water if the hose is left unattended. 


2016 Holiday Dates


New Year's Day - Friday, January 1, 2016

Spring Holiday - Friday, March 25, 2016

Memorial Day - Monday, May 30, 2016

Independence Day - Friday, July 1 and Monday, July 4, 2016

Labor Day - Monday, September 5, 2016

Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 24 and Friday November 25, 2016

Christmas Holiday - Friday, December 23, 2016 and Monday, December 26, 2016

New Year's Eve - Friday, December 30, 2016




FOIA forms and information is located under the Zoning Page








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