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Agenda for City Commission meeting, Monday, July 26 @ 6:00 PM
To view the agenda items before the St. Joseph City Commission at its meeting of Monday, July 26, 2021, at 6:00 p.m go to the following link:
2021 Movies in the Park Lineup
The City of St. Joseph is please to announce another fun-filled summer with Movies in the Park every Saturay through the months of July and August. Click here for the full lineup.
Request for Proposal (RFP) 2021 Mechanical Projects
Proposals will be received until 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday July 27, 2021 by the City of St. Joseph, at the City Clerk’s Office; 700 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085.
Work includes: Varied Mechanical ProjectsRead more ...
Advertisement for Bids: FY 22 LSLR — Future Road Projects
Sealed bids will be received until 3:00 pm local time August 4, 2021 by the City of St. Joseph at the City Clerk's Office, 700 Broad Street, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085.Read more ...
City August 2021 Primary Election
The Clerk's Office has mailed out the applications for absentee ballots to vote in the upcoming Primary Election, which will be held on August 3.Read more ...
Job Opening: Seasonal Laborer
The City of St. Joseph is currently accepting applications for the position of Seasonal Laborer in the Public Works Department.Read more ...
To learn more about Floodplain or the Special Flood Hazard Areas in the City of St. Joseph or the 2019 Preliminary revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM)) out for 90-day appeal process through the Federal Emergency Mangement Agency (FEMA) beginning December 19, 2020.
New website lets tourists visit St. Joseph from the comfort of their couches
ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (July 29, 2020) – The City of St. Joseph, in concert with The Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber and St. Joseph Today, recently announced the launch of a site that allows visitors to virtually stroll through downtown St. Joseph, facilitate shopping and check out what’s new along the bluff.Read more ...
To read all the latest news, click here.
Lead Service Replacement Program
In 2018, the State of Michigan issued a lead and copper rule that placed new requirements on water supply and distribution systems. Two of the more significant changes were requirements to complete a distribution system material inventory (DSMI) and replace lead water services on a set schedule.
The City submitted a preliminary distribution system inventory in December 2019 in compliance with the deadline of the new rule; the final material inventory is due in five years. In order to comply with the final DSMI, the City is conducting point-of-entry inspections to determine service material type where it enters the foundation or structure. Property owners should expect to be contacted by City staff to arrange a convenient time to conduct this inspection if it has not been completed already. A small portion of newer constructed homes in the City will not require an inspection because the City has records on file confirming that no lead is present.
The distribution material system inventory will be used to determine the extent of water service replacements. The State has established varying rates at which water suppliers must replace lead services. Because the City of St. Joseph is in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act, we will be required to replace services at a rate of 5% per year starting January 1, 2021. The City is in the process of developing the lead water service replacement program schedule.
Links to the current DSMI map and a map illustrating the general location of the water service line replacements are provided below.
Free lead testing was offered to eligible water customers residing in the City of St. Joseph have lead or likely lead service lines as identified in the DSMI (Distribution Service Material Inventory). A searchable map showing eligibility is available at this link: https://portal.sjcity.com/portal/apps/Styler/index.html?appid=b703ffc5ab6d4201800c264e847e7063&lat=42.10205&lon=-86.48343&zoom=13
The Personnel Department manages all personnel related matters for the City of St. Joseph
The Utility Billing Department is responsible for all inquiries regarding utility billing for the City of St. Joseph and the surrounding townships which make up the Southwest Michigan Regional Sanitary Sewer and Water Authority. As part of the City Finance Office, the Utility Billing Department is located on the first floor of City Hall and is open daily; Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. To report an after-hours emergency for water or sewer, please call the Berrien County Dispatch at 269-926-2538.
The Utility Billing Department bills quarterly according to the following schedule:
• St. Joseph City - January, April, July and October
• Royalton Township - January, April, July and October
• St. Joseph Charter Township – February, May, August and November
• Lincoln Charter Township – March, June, September and December
Customers should expect to receive a quarterly bill on the first day of the month; these bills are due three weeks later on the 21st of the month. Click here for detailed billing schedule. A 10% penalty is assessed on the current water and sewer charges for bills paid after the due date.
In addition, the Utility Billing Department is responsible for processing payments, setting up new accounts, maintaining billing and payment records, arranging for final meter reads when service is terminated and arranging for shut-offs of delinquent accounts.
All property owners desiring water to their property from the City water system must make application by filing a Water Service Agreement with the City of St. Joseph; federal regulations require that all accounts are to be opened in person with a valid picture identification. This regulation also applies to current customers relocating to a new location. The City respects the rights of property owners, and therefore only with the expressed written permission of the owner, will the account be allowed in the name of the tenant.
The Water Services Joint Operating Board has adopted Rules and Regulations for the fair and consistent treatment of all utility customers within the Greater St. Joseph Water System.
Beginning April 1, 2016, the City of St. Joseph will accept credit cards for payment of your Utility Bills in person at City Hall. We will continue to accept credit card for payments made online and by phone. Payments may also be in the form of cash or check. The prior payment option, thru Payment Service Network (PSN), is no longer valid and will not accept payments.
FEES - A convenience fee equal to 3% of the payment amount ($2 minimum) will be assessed for all credit card payments. Additionally, an e-check fee of $3 will be implemented for amounts up to $10,000; $10.00 e-check fee for amounts over $10,000.
OPTIONS FOR YOUR UTILITY BILL
IN PERSON– At City Hall, 700 Broad Street, Monday through Friday 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.
ONLINE—Go to www.sjcity.com and click on the “Online Payment” icon, then Utility Bills link.
BY PHONE—Pay your bill over the phone using an automated service, available 24/7 at 866-279-6342 or talk to a customer service representative, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 10:00 pm at 888-891-6064 and select option 1.
BY MAIL—Send your check with the Utility Bill stub to the City of St. Joseph, 700 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085. Please include your account number, name and service address. We cannot accept credit card payments by mail or drop box.
DROP BOX—Insert your payment in our 24/7 drop box located inside the double glass doors at the Broad Street entrance to City Hall. Please include your account number, name and service address.
VIEW YOUR ACCOUNT HISTORY ONLINE
To view your accounts payment and usage history, please click on the “View My Account” icon. Have your 6-digit account number handy and follow the prompts.
Other Information and forms
- Sample Bill (Email style)
- Sample Bill (Postcard style)
- Current Rate Schedule
- Quick Facts about Water and Sewer Service
- Application - New Account Water Service Agreement
- Application - Auto Bill Pay
- Application - Leak Adjustment
- Application - Request EMAIL Bill Delivery
- Request - Final Read and Bill
- Consent for Release of Information
- Consent for Release from Landlord to Tenant
- Extreme Cold Weather Tips
Learn more about water at the USGS website.
The City Attorney is appointed by the City Commission to serve as the City’s legal counsel as described in the City Charter. The City Attorney advises the City Commission and City staff on legal matters and represents the City in various legal proceedings.
Communications and Marketing
The Director of Communications and Marketing for the City of St. Joseph is responsible for creating the City's newsletter, Public Art, City calendar, overseeing the city's website and various other marketing opportunities and events for the City St. Joseph. If you wish to inquire about potential new business ventures or events located in St. Joseph, please feel free to use the contact information listed below.
Handling all aspects of water services, including water quality and water pressure.
Public Safety Department
The St. Joseph Public Safety Department is dedicated to serving the St. Joseph community with the most professional approach to law enforcement and firefighting available.
The mission of the Finance Department is to provide high-quality budget, financial management, accounting and billing services in a timely and responsive manner.
Parks & Cemetery
The Parks and Cemetery Division is the crew assigned the task of maintaining properties and their amenities which include restrooms, playground equipment, interactive and ornamental fountains, ball fields and courts, trails, picnic tables, swings, benches, picnic pavilions, flowers and landscaping beds and a community band amphitheater.
Department of Public Works
The Department and its team members are proud to deliver many of the essential services residents and visitors depend on and enjoy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Hours: 7:30 am - 4 pm, Monday through Friday, except holidays.
AFTER HOUR EMERGENCY? PLEASE CALL (269) 983-2571
The Public Works Facility is open to the public by appointment only. To make a service request please contact the Department by telephone at (269) 983-6341 or by using the link below.
Effective in the fall of 2015, the Department of Public Works was divided into two major components: The Streets/Sewer/Water departments is overseen by the Director of Public Works. The second major component, which includes Parks/Grounds/Cemetery/Marina/Ice Rink/Fountain, is overseen by the Assistant Director of Public Works. Both departments and their team members are proud to deliver many of the essential services residents and visitors depend on and enjoy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Hydrant Flushing Program
Please click this link to see information on the hydrant flushing program.
We can all do our part to keep our streams, rivers and Lake Michigan clean and healthy. Learn more about our water resources and what you can do to protect them by visiting www.swmpc.org/water.asp. To find out when and how to report water pollution incidents visit http://www.swmpc.org/report.asp
The City Engineer is responsible for the handling, planning, oversight, and reporting on all city-led engineering projects including:
Thank you for visiting the City Clerk's webpage. It is our hope that it will provide you with an efficient and effective way to gather information regarding services provided by the City Clerk's Office.
The Assessing Department is responsible for establishing assessments on all taxable property in the City for the equitable distribution of the property tax burden in accordance with Michigan's General Property Tax Act. The Assessing Department's responsibilities include creating the annual assessment roll, maintaining property cards, ownership records, property descriptions and parcel maps, processing Personal Property Statements, and inspecting existing property and new construction.
Building Inspection Department
FREE CONTINUING ED. CLASS — SEPT. 1, 2021
Top Framing Errors – Frame for Success! to be presented by Matthew Brown of Engineered Wood Specialist from the APA – Engineered Wood Association.
This continuing ED course will be offered Wednesday September 1, 2021, (3 credit hours).
The Inspection Department processes all permits and performs all inspections for Building, Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing activities within the City. The Department processes all Rental registrations & inspections and carries out Property Maintenance code enforcement.
When submitting an Application please make sure it is administratively complete. This includes a thorough Site plan for most building permits and fence & shed permits, payment in full and a signed application and contact information. The City has a secure 24/7 drop box located at the Broad Street entrance for submission of all applications. Administratively complete applications are typically issued within a week, however, this turn-around time depends on the complexity of the project and the completeness of the application. Work cannot begin until a building permit has been issued and received by the applicant. If you plan is impacted by City Zoning, Sign Ordinances or the Land Division Ordinance, please use this link https://sjcity.com/government/departments/zoning to view all relevant information such as the Zoning Ordinance & Map.
Planning & Zoning Department
The Community Development Department is responsible for the administering and maintaining of the City of St. Joseph Zoning Ordinance, Sign Ordinance, Land Division Ordinance, 2016 Master Plan and Downtown Vision Master Plan along with policies associated with the Downtown Development Authority
It works closely with Assessing, Engineering, Inspections, Public Safety and Public Works Departments in the enforcement of the documents and provides technical assistance to the public and development community regarding local regulations.
The Community Development Department also provides staff support to the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Downtown Development Authority, Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.
Community Development Director/Zoning Administrator
Address: City Hall, 700 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085
Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
The Brownfield Redevelopment Authority consists of five members appointed by the City Commission.
Downtown Development Authority (DDA)
The Downtown Development Authority Board (DDA) is responsible for carrying out tasks associated with the planning and improvement of the downtown area through a range of eligible public projects, including streetscape, landscaping or utilities along with assistance to developers in the improvement of real estate within the DDA boundaries. The nine members are defined by state law and are appointed by the City Commission.
Floodplain or Special Flood Hazard Area Management
To learn more about Floodplain or the Special Flood Hazard Areas in the City of St. Joseph or the 2019 Preliminary revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) out for 90-day appeal process through the Federal Emergency Mangement Agency (FEMA) beginning December 19, 2020.
Planning Commission (PC)
In the City of St. Joseph, the Planning Commission (PC) is responsible for conducting public hearings and making recommendations to the City Commission on requests for map amendments (rezoning’s), special use permits, planned unit development, and text amendments (changes to the Zoning Ordinance). They review certain sign requests and can approve requests for modifications. In accordance with Michigan state law they are involved with the 5-year review of the Master Plan. The nine members are city residents appointed by the City Commission.
Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA)
The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is a quasi-judicial board that interprets the Zoning Ordinance and Map, decides appeals of the Zoning Administrator decisions and hears dimensional variances requests. There are five voting members and two alternates that are city residents appointed by the City Commission.
- Downtown Vision Master Plan – adopted January 27, 2020
- Downtown Vision Master Plan Existng Conditions Analysis -- May 2019
- Master Plan Udate and Proposed Activity for 2017 - 2018 (dated 2/7/2018)
- 2008 Master Plan (old)
- Year One Activity Update dated 7/6/2017 (2016 - 2017)
- 2021 Fee Schedule
- Sign Ordinance -- effective date February 6, 2020
- Subdivision Ordinance (Chapter 27 of Code of Ordinances)
- Zoning Ordinance (last updated January 21, 2021)
- Zoning Map
All documents include a pdf fill-in document with the directions. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. A complete application along with all required materials and fees must be submitted, reviewed and accepted as administratively complete at least 24 days prior to the meeting date.
Administrative – City staff can review and approve.
- Conditional Use Permit -- Short Term Rental
- Conditional Use Permit
- Pre-Submittal Meeting
- Site Plan
- Site Plan -- Minor Adjustment
- Subdivision -- land Division Boundary adjustment and or combination
- Subdivision Variance Appeal to City Commission
Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
- 2021 Meeting Dates and Deadlines
- Map Amendment (rezoning)
- Planned Unit Development including Major Changes
- Planned Unit Development Time Extension
- Special Use Permit
- Text Amendment (changes to Zoning Ordinance)
Zoning Board of Appeals
Chapter 25 – Signs
- Sign Ordinance – effective date Feb 6, 2020
- Permanent Sign Information
- Temporary Sign Information
- Sign Permit
- Landmark Sign Designation – Planning Commission
- Sign Special Approval Greater than 32 sf and or Electronic Message Boards – Planning Commission
- Sign Modification – Planning Commission
- Temporary Banner Permit
If you have any questions about these topics, please contact the Planning/Zoning Department and we will be glad to help you.
Water & Sewer Distribution
The Water Division is responsible for providing municipal water to homes, businesses, and industries within the City of St. Joseph, as well as, Lincoln Charter Township, Royalton Township, St. Joseph Charter Township, Village of Shoreham, and Village of Stevensville. The Water Division includes the St. Joseph Water Filtration Plant, the Water Service Department, the Water Department Customer Service Office and the Sewer Department.
Streets and Sanitation
The Streets & Sanitation department is responsible for maintaining city streets and overseeing the collection of garbage and debris.
The library is jointly operated by the City and St. Joseph Charter Township under a contract. Library cards are free for City residents, as are Michi-cards which allow the use of any participating library in the State of Michigan. Internet service and copiers are available.
The City of St. Joseph owns and operates two cemeteries, The city cemetery within the City of St. Joseph and Riverview Cemetery located in St. Joseph Township.
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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