Public Notice: St. Joseph City Commission
Please click on the Notice of Public Meeting to find out more detail about the upcoming St. Joseph Meeting being held on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers, 700 Broad Street St. Joseph, Michigan 49085.
Special Meeting Monday, December 18 @ 5:30 p.m. - Public Forum
Please be advised that a Public Forum will take place Monday, December 18, 2017, @ 5:30 p.m. for the purpose of interviewing the final eight (8) applicants vying for the 5th Commission seat.Read more ...
Looking for Affordable and Fair Housing?
Please be advised that there will be a booth at the Maud Preston Palenske Library, 500 Market Street, St. Joseph, Michigan, on Thursday, December 14th from 4 - 7:30 p.m.Read more ...
Agenda for December 11 City Commission Meeting @ 6 p.m.
The City Commission will meet Monday, December 11 @ 6 p.m. to conduct regular business.Read more ...
2017 Coastal Study Draft
The draft coastal study update and appendices will be presented to the City Commission at its regular meeting Monday, December 11, 2017. Please click on the update and/or appendices in order to view and download them.
Request for Proposal (RFP) Water & Sewer Repair and Maintenance Supplies 2018
Proposals will be received until 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by the city of St. Joseph, at the City Clerk's Office; 700 Broad Street, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085. Click to view the Notice, RFP, and the Bid Form.
Request for Proposals - Public Works Materials and Supplies
The City of St. Joseph is soliciting Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop a price list for the purchase of construction and maintenance materials and supplies for use by the Department of Public Works.Read more ...
December "City Connection" Newsletter
The December 2017 City Connection newsletter has been published.
To read all the latest news, click here.
Commissioner Jeffrey Richards
Jeff Richards was first elected as a St. Joseph city commissioner in April 1984, and currently is the longest serving commissioner with continuous service to the community, two of those as St. Joseph's mayor.
"In my years of work in the city, I've learned not to abuse power, but to use the power of the commission to make the most of what we have. I love this community and I ran initially to keep things pretty much the same. I still feel that way. We have a great community with lots of natural advantages that I want to preserve," said Richards, who moved to the area in 1973. "Let me tell you a little story. About 300 years ago, the explorer and missionary, Father LaSalle, dropped anchor at the site of what is now present day St. Joseph, where the St. Joseph River flows into Lake Michigan - the BIG lake!
"He recognized the area as a special place, a pleasant port. In my years as a commissioner, I have endeavored to make those necessary changes that will continue to make St. Joseph 'A Special Place on the Lake,' a city that works well together, and a great place to live and play."
In addition to experience, Richards brings the vested interest of a business owner in the community to the commission table. A doctor of veterinary medicine with credentials from Michigan State University, Richards owns and operates the St. Joseph Veterinary Hospital at the Edgewater Center, 435 Upton Drive.
"In city business, as in any business, order is very important. Rules of law are created by the people to maintain order, to give the body structure. Weighing those laws and making those decisions in the best interest of the people can be difficult, but I think I am a good and fair-minded decision-maker," he said.
When doing business in South St. Joseph and representing St. Joseph's Southtown business community, Richards has also served on various boards, including the St. Joseph Today board of directors and he has represented the city for many years on Michigan Municipal League's board of trustees. He is married to Nancy Burch.
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- Population - 8,365
- City Employees - 81
- City Budget - $22.8 million
- City S.E.V. - $531,397,117 Avg.
- Residential True Cash Value - $199,000
- Square Miles - 4.4
- City Charter - Approved 1928
- Commercial S.E.V. - 96 million
- Industrial S.E.V. - 35 million
- Residential S.E.V. - 395 million
- Tax Millage - 16.5344