Lincoln Township still looking for next assessor

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

STEVENSVILLE — Lincoln Township has received one application for its assessor position since the job was posted a couple of months ago.

At Tuesday’s board meeting, Supervisor Dick Stauffer asked trustees for guidance on the salary to offer its next assessor. The board agreed on a range of $63,000 to $65,000 a year depending on experience and certification.

Stauffer said the lone applicant is a St. Joseph resident who is working toward becoming a Level III assessor. Stauffer said it can be difficult to find someone with the certification level the township needs.

An assessor estimates the value of real property within a municipality’s boundaries. Stauffer said it is considered a full-time position.

The township’s current assessor, Barbara Cheek, is retiring in November.

Hearings and meetings

The Berrien County Road Commission has scheduled a public hearing for 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Lincoln Township Hall to hear comments on an application for the use of the county’s right-of-way on Lake Street as access to Lake Michigan.

If approved, the applicant – Oselka Construction – would use the right-of-way to address erosion control issues for four lakefront properties.

Also, the board set a special meeting to discuss how it will go about searching for its first full-time fire chief. The meeting is at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16 in the Lincoln Township Hall.

Trustees will discuss how it will accept applicants and what role the fire board will play in the hiring when it comes to making recommendations for candidates. The board recently hired consultants to conduct a study that determined the township was in need of a full-time fire chief. Trustees already approved this year’s budget to include the fire chief’s salary.

The next regular board meeting is at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Aug. 10, 2016)

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