Lockport Township

Information and News about Lockport Township, MI

Changing to a Charter Township

I am sure by now you are aware that on March 8, 2016, Lockport Township will be asking its voter to cast their vote regarding Lockport Township changing from a General Law Township to a Charter Township.  This is a very important vote,  No this is not a ploy to increase your taxes.

The main two reasons to go to a Charter Township status is:

#1. Prevent any further loss of property from Lockport Township to the City of Three Rivers. Since 1980 Lockport Township has lost approximately 715 acres of land to the City of Three Rivers.  Currently Lockport Township has a Temporary Restraining Order against the City of    Three Rivers from attempting to take yet another 81 acres of land for the purpose of a Sports Complex.  Lockport Township cannot continue to loose it’s land.  The loss of such land means the loss of any economic development that could occur within Lockport Township merely to have financial benefit to the City of Three Rivers.

#2. By changing to a Charter Township will mean the addition of two trustee positions on the Township Board.  Lockport Township is very blessed to have residents within the Township that desire to be involved in township government.  By going to a Charter Township this will allow for two additional resident to sit on the Township Board leading to better representation of the Township.

Below is additional information regarding Charter Township.  We encourage you to click on the link below to learn more.  If you have any further questions, feel free to contact one of your board members at the following telephone numbers.


Supervisor Ray Signorello 269-278-5018

Clerk Wayne Timm 269-279-2722

Treasurer Mike Freisner 269-467-9616

Trustee Joe Nowicki 269-278-8138

Trustee Mark Major 269-816-0904

General Law vs Charter Township

Assessing, Tax and Delinquent Tax info

Below is the website location for Assessing, Tax and Delinquent Tax info.


https://is.bsasoftware.com/  – Select “Search Municipalities” – Navigate to St. Joseph County and Lockport Township


Instructions for this site:  Property owner – Create an account and receive a password to view your property info free.

Others – record viewing may cost $2/record


Free Info Searching for: Owners, Addresses, Sales, Assessed & Taxable Values, Property Descriptions & Maps may be viewed for free at: http://www.stjosephcountymi.org/taxsearch



Lockport Treasurer

Welcome to the Lockport Township Treasurer’s page. Mike Friesner is the Treasurer and my wife Beccy is my Deputy.  You can contact us at (269-467-9616) , you can ask for either of us, and if you leave a message we will try to respond as soon as possible.

Please be sure to leave your name, phone number and when you can be reached.

We work from our place of residence, therefore we do not list regular hours, no saturdays please, and by appointment on any of the other 6 days including Sunday.

The Dates we will be in our Office at 20381 M86 Centreville (this address is NOT the Township Hall) to Collect 2015/2016 Taxes.

Available times for paying 2015  past due SUMMER and current WINTER TAXES without Appointment, are:

8am to 6pm (wednesday) 12-30-2015,

8am to 5:30pm (thursday) 12-31-2015,

8am to 6pm (monday) 2-15-2016, 

8am to 6pm (tuesday) 2-16-2016, it is also the Last Day for Winter 2015 Taxes without penalty.

On or after March 1, 2016 all 2015 Summer and Winter Taxes become delinquent and are payable to the St. Joseph County Treasurer ONLY with an Administration Fee of 4% (min. $1.00) and interest per month added until paid.

All other times by Appointment: (no saturdays please) Our Office is closed on all Saturdays!

If you mail in your Taxes and want a receipt, other than your canceled check, you MUST supply a self addressed, stamped envelope with your payment.

Primary Resident Exemption Forms are also available at our office and at the Assessor’s Office.

Our mailing address is:

Mike Friesner, Treasurer

20381  M-86

Centreville, MI 49032

Phone# 269-467-9616           Fax# 269-467-4346

Burn Permit information for City of Three Rivers Fire Department

City of Three Rivers Fire Department

333 W. Michigan Avenue

Three Rivers, MI 49093

Emergency call   911


Fax: 269-278-6808



April 1, 2014



Lockport Township Burn Permits


With the transition to fire protection coverage from the City of Three Rivers Fire Department, it will no longer be necessary for Lockport Township residents to call in for a burn permit. Since Lockport Township residents will no longer be charged for a fire response, the permit process is no longer necessary.

Please contact the Three Rivers Fire Department if you have any questions on what you are burning . They can help guide you to proper burning.


   Residents are reminded that Public Act 102 of 2012 was signed into law on April 19, 2012, prohibiting the open burning of household trash that contains plastic, rubber, foam, chemically treated wood, textiles, electronics, chemicals or hazardous materials. The burning of these household trash items pose a danger to human health and the environment. The changes took effect on October 16 and contain penalty provisions, which may be enforced by local units of government, should a local ordinance not exist.

Residents are also reminded to be responsible with open burning of leaves and brush. Fires should be supervised until extinguished, and weather conditions should be taken into consideration before starting an open burn. Refrain from burning during dry conditions




Lockport Water Department

The Lockport Water Department holds monthly meetings on the FIRST Tuesday of the month, 7 pm, at the Lockport Township Hall.

Household Trash Burning


A Guide for Reducing Trash Burning in Your Community

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Three Rivers Public Library

You are invited to check out the Three Rivers Public Library. Whether it be in person or by the web. There are many programs happening. So stop on in or check out the web site for up-comming programs :


All Lockport Residents are elligble for a Three Rivers Public Library card..

Stop in and say Hello to our new Library Director  Mellissa McPherson.

Assessing Data and Property Tax Information

The  Assessor’s Office is pleased to announce that the Assessing Data and Tax information is now available on the internet. The information has been made available through a partnership with Lockport Township and BS&A Software.

This information will be free of charge for all property owners to view their own detailed information.

All property owners wishing to use this feature on the website will need to create an ” user account “.  at   http://LockportTwp.is.bsasoftware.com

Anyone wishing to view additional properties can do so for an additional fee of $2 per parcel. This can be set up from the BS&A website.

Also, St Joseph County has limited Assessing Data and Tax Information free on their website     http://stjosephcountymi.org/taxsearch/

If you have any other tax information questions you may contact:

Assessor……     Dale Hutson    @ 269-432-2834

Treasurer …….. Mike Friesner. @  269.467.9616  or fax  : 269.467.4346

State Highway Pot Hole Reporting

The State of Michigan would like your help in locating pot holes that you may encounter on your travels. The link below will allow you to report them to the proper person and get them repaired.


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