Friday, June 16th from 4-8
Saturday, June 17th 10-3
Sands Township Transfer and Recycling Station
987 S M-553 (south of the township park)

Now Hiring For the Transfer Station Facility!
Available immediately!
Hours Of Operation:
Wednesday: 3pm-7pm
Friday: 12pm-5-pm
Saturday: 9am-1pm
The Transfer Station is located on Carlshend Rd, just off US 41, and M-94 E.
Please contact the town hall for more information @ 906-942-7400 or or please come by in person to fill out an application on Wednesday 2-7 or Friday 12-5.
Applicants do not need to be a resident of West Branch or Skandia Township.

West Branch Township had the honor of celebrating the retirement of Fire Chief Dave Gallion and EMT Michele Bahrman on Saturday, February 6, 2021.

The township board would like to thank them for their many years of service to our community. Their dedication will be missed in our township but, we are grateful for their years of service.

Our Team

The West Branch Township Board consists of five members:

  • Supervisor, Jack Heidtman
  • Clerk, Michelle Christal
  • Treasurer, Catherine Shaw
  • Trustee, Tim Overmyer
  • Trustee, Kris Shaw

County Commissioner for District 3:

  • Bill Nordeen


Services offered to West Branch Township residents include:

  • West Branch Township Hall
  • West Branch Township Volunteer Fire Department
  • West Branch Township Transfer Station
  • West Branch Township Cemetery
  • West Branch Township Building and Zoning Permits

Connect with Us

Wednesday: 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm



West Branch Township

For Your Information

Let’s make a difference TOGETHER. Help our community plan for the next 10 years for health care, education, highways, and more. Please respond to the 2020 Census today at or call 884-330-2020. #everyonecounts . Want to do something to help our emergency responders and public health officials? Respond now to the #2020Census. Census data informs funding for hospitals, clinics, and emergency services across the U.S. 

How is our county or city doing in responding to the census? Check out the 2020 Census Response Rate Map updated daily at
If you have not yet responded to the 2020 Census, take a moment to respond now: If you have already, please encourage your family, friends, neighbors, and everyone to be counted. This count affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources (roads, health clinics, schools, etc.), how we plan for the future, and our voice in government: 

All regular & annual meetings will be held at the Township Hall as scheduled.  Social distancing precautions will be followed.

To read the Q&A on Township Considerations for COVID-19 Planning per the Michigan Township Association click here.

Absent Voter Ballots

If you would like to receive an Absent Voter Ballot, send a request with your name and address to  You will be sent an Absent Voter Application.  You may also fill out an Absent Voter Application through this document: Absent Voter Application and send it to the Clerk by mail (P.O. Box 56, Skandia, MI  49885) or email.  Remember, you must complete an application before we are able to mail your ballot.

It’s time to get REAL

Your Michigan driver’s license or identification card may not get you through airport security later this year.

Oct. 1 is when the federal government will fully enforce the post-9/11 REAL ID Act, and standard state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards will no longer be accepted to board domestic flights within the United States, or when entering certain federal facilities, such as military bases or nuclear power plants.

Many people already have a REAL ID document, such as a valid U.S. passport, a DHS Trusted Traveler Card or an Enhanced Driver’s License. A full list of acceptable REAL ID documents is available at Those who don’t can make their Michigan license or identification REAL ID-compliant by visiting a Secretary of State branch office and presenting the required documents. 

Here’s what you need to do to get a REAL ID:​

  • Bring your driver’s license or state identification card to a Secretary of State office.
  • Bring your certified birth certificate, with a raised seal or stamp issued by a governmental agency; your valid, unexpired U.S. passport; or an approved citizenship or legal presence document. (Faxes and photocopies won’t be accepted.)
  • If your name differs from what is on your birth certificate, bring certified documents for every time your name has changed, such as marriage licenses or court orders.

There’s no additional fee to turn a license or state ID card into a standard REAL ID if it’s done during your normal renewal time; otherwise a duplicate card fee of $9 or $10 will be charged.

December, 2019

The Secretary of State recently announced that Michiganders can now register to vote and update their voter registration address in Michigan online at  You must have a valid Michigan driver’s license or state ID card. If you don’t have one, find out how to register to vote by going to Registering To Vote.  Michigan has also implemented automatic voter registrations as part of driver’s license and state ID card transactions at all Michigan Secretary of State offices.

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