The City Engineer is responsible for the handling, planning, oversight, and reporting on all city-led engineering projects.

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Alex Austin

Assistant City Engineer:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Address: 700 Broad Street
Phone: (269) 983-5541
Fax: (269) 985-0346

  • Handling water, sewer, and roadway related constructions permits in the public right-of-way.
  • Planning, prioritizing and seeking funding sources for future infrastructure projects.
  • Oversight of Engineering Consulting Services.
  • Construction Progress Meetings and Site Inspections of ongoing construction projects.
  • Responding to Citizen Concerns including Periodic Updates on Construction Progress.
  • Administration of the City's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits.
  • Archives infrastructure project record drawings.
  • Plan review and approval of infrastructure-related elements of new developments.

2017 Resurfacing Project Update 10/9/2017

The milling of the pavement is now scheduled on Tuesday, October 10th instead of Monday as previously communicated.  Paving remains scheduled for this coming Wednesday.  In response to questions from some of the residents, please put your trash cans out on your usual pickup day.  If for some reason the pickup does not go as planned, leave your trash can out until access is restored to allow Bestway Disposal Inc to dump it. 

As a reminder, the 2017 Resurfacing Project work will occur on Morton Avenue between Botham Avenue and Highland Avenue and on Lake Boulebard form Hatch Street to Main Street to Main Street.  Residents fronting on the project are encouraged to park on nearby side streets to reduce the potential of delay as driveways will be closed during milling and paving operations.  More information can be found on the City website at . The initial public nottice can be downloaded by clicking on the link that follows.

Thank you for your patience and please feel free to contact me (Phone: 269-983-5541, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have any questions or concerns.

SAW Grant

Public Meeting Maps


Wallace Avenue Reconstruction Project 

On Wednesday, September 13th at 9 AM, a meeting will be held to review the Wallace Avenue Reconstruction plans with an Arborist on site. The meeting will commence west of the Lakeview Avenue and Wallace Avenue intersection next to the softball field in Dickinson Park. City staff has arranged for an excavator to be on site for the meeting to help in the evaluation process. The goal of the meeting is to look at practical methods to minimize the impact to the trees. The meeting is open to the public.

A Permit is required for work within the Right-of-Way.

The Right-of-Way typically includes the street, tree lawn and sidewalk area in front of your property. Please refer to the Right-of-Way Permit application - at the link that follows - for additional details on the requirements.

Right of Way Application (PDF)(revised 5-7-2014)

Please submit applications and supporting materials to Alex Austin at the contact information noted above. 

City of St. Joseph and Southwest Regional Sanitary Sewer and Water Authority Standard Specifications and Details for new water main construction

Water Main Permits

2017 CSO Project

CSO Project Update 7-17-2017

CSO Project Update 6-5-2017

CSO Project Update 5-19-2017

2017 CSO Bid Tabulation

Public Notice for the Combined Sewer Overflow Project (2/27/2017).

2016-03-11 2016 SRF Plan Report

2016-06-23 2016 SRF Plan Supplement

2016-03-11 2016 SRF Plan Appendices A thru G 

2016-03-11 2016 SRF Plan Appendices H thru K

February 1, 2017at 2:00 pm Bid Results.

Environmental Assessment Notice for the Combined Sewer Overflow Improvement Projects (1/17/2017).  







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