Thursday, March 26, 2020

Belleville, Van Buren limit local services

As with all other municipal buildings in the area, Belleville city officials have closed all municipal offices through March 30.
Only essential city services like police, fire protection, trash service, and sewer services will be provided during this closure.
The Belleville Public Library is also closed. Parks and recreation events are also canceled through March 30, according to an official statement.
Events at parks with 50 people or more will be canceled until May 11. All inspections conducted by the Health, Housing and Building Department will be scheduled on a case-by-case basis until further notice, the statement concluded.

Members of the Van Buren Township Board of Trustees voted to shut down all township administration offices including the Senior Center, Parks and Recreation Department, all Van Buren public parks, Fire Stations one and two to the public, and the Public Safety records window for two weeks. After two weeks, the shutdown will be re-evaluated, according to an announcement posted on the township website.
The Public Safety Department including police, fire and dispatch operations remain open. All preliminary breath testing will be suspended until further notice. All programs and events have been canceled until Monday, April 6.
The Senior Center Meals on Wheels program will continue as planned. Seniors participating in the program have received five frozen meals should the program experience any delays. However, hot meals are still being delivered daily.
Senior Center transportation services are still operating as planned.
For more information, call (734) 699-8918 or email Lynette Jordan at
Yard waste and garbage pick up are still operating as scheduled. Residents who need landfill passes will have to wait until further notice.
For police and fire reports, submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request available on the township website: The FOIA request form can also be emailed and/or faxed to you directly by contacting the Records Office at (734) 699-8939 or by emailing Tina Harman at When sending email requests, please write FOIA Request in the subject line. Copies of traffic crash reports can be obtained on the CLEMIS website: The report number will be necessary  to obtain a copy of the report. These reports can also be obtained by submitting a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request form. To obtain the report number, contact the records office at (734) 699-8939. Due to records window closure at this time, local background checks will not be done at the window.