Makanda Township

5420 Old US Highway 51, , Carbondale, IL 62903
618-549-0213 | 618-351-8161 |

Makanda Township

Makanda Township Lt and Fire Investigator Brian Pierce (517) was killed Wednesday, August 4, 2021, while serving as a police officer for the Brooklyn, IL Police Department.  He was 24 years old.  The Makanda Township board established the Brian R. Pierce, Jr. 517 Memorial Fund in his honor.  Donations to this account will be used to fund training opportunities for Makanda Township Fire Department volunteers in good standing.  Brian was invested many hours in training himself as a fire investigator as well as training new recruits.  The Fire Department hopes to maintain the fund through annual fundraisers.

Checks can be made to "Makanda Township" with Brian Pierce Memorial Fund in the memo line or "Brian Pierce Memorial Fund."  Checks can be mailed to Makanda Township, 2767 Springer Ridge Road, Carbondale, IL 62902.

Please keep the Pierce family and his extended police and fire families in your thoughts and prayers.

Welcome to Makanda Township!

Township government in Illinois consists of assessing properties, maintaining Township roads and bridges, and providing general assistance for the indigent.  Additionally, Makanda Township provides fire protection, rescue and first responder services.  Electors choose a Township Supervisor, Clerk, Highway Commissioner, Tax Assessor and four trustees to serve a four-year term.  Elections are held every four years in April following the US Presidential Election. 

Township government is unique in that citizens can attend the Annual Town Meeting and vote on certain matters.  Residents are also encouraged to attend the Township Board's monthly meetings.  The Annual Town Meeting is held the second Tuesday in April at 7 pm at the Unity Point School cafeteria, 4033 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, IL.  The monthly Township Board meetings are generally held the second Tuesday of each month (except April) at 7 pm at Unity Point School cafeteria, 4033 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, IL.

A message regarding COVID-19:

Dear Makanda Township residents,

As the COVID-19 virus continues to impact lives, I’m asking if anyone healthy is willing to pick up food or medicines for those who self-quarantine in our township.  There won’t be any reimbursement for gas, time, etc., and you’ll be on your own insurance if anything goes awry.  I’m asking on behalf of those in our township who are unable to be out or don’t believe it’s safe for them to be in public and have no one else to bring essential items to them.  Please email me at with your name and phone # if you’re willing to volunteer.  Please put “Willing to Volunteer” in the subject line.

For those Makanda Township residents who self-quarantine:  If you get in a pinch and need someone to pick up food or medicine, please email me at with your name, phone #, address, what you need brought to you and when it will be available for pick-up.  I suggest using a debit/credit card to pay in advance for items that are ordered so that cash doesn’t have to be handled or reimbursed.  Please allow at least 24 hours for a volunteer to be available if at all possible.  Please put “Need Delivery Assistance” in the subject line when you email me.

This is an experiment, but one that I’m hopeful will work to help our Makanda Township neighbors.  We’re in this together.

Sara Lipe
Makanda Township Supervisor

The Makanda Township Broadband Committee requests township residents complete a survey regarding internet use, price, and preferences.  The survey can be found at  The committee also requests a copy of residents' internet bills.  Confidential information, including your name, can be blackened.  The committee is most interested in determining the amount Makanda Township households pay for their internet.  Copies of internet bills can be mailed to Mike Holub, 1303 West McGuire Road, Makanda, IL 62958.