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Halloween Trick-or-Treat Events, October 29-31, 2021
Halloween trick or treat hours in the City of St. Joseph will be 6pm - 7:30pm on Halloween, Sunday, October 31, 2021.
In addition, there are two other opportunities for youngsters to trick or treat, leading up to Halloween!
St. Joseph Today and local businesses are sponsoring 2021 Halloween Downtown Trick or Treat from 4:30pm - 6pm on Friday, October 29, 2021, in downtown St. Joseph and in the Benton Harbor Arts District.
Join us for a little Halloween fun with our "Truck or Treat" event from 4pm - 6pm on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at the John & Dede Howard Ice Arena, 2414 Willa Dr. Fire trucks, police cars and excavators! Come see the trucks that get the jobs done. Local businesses will let you explore the vehicles while you trick or treat from truck to truck.
Job Opening: Ice Arena Operations — Seasonal Employment
The City of St. Joseph is now accepting applications for seasonal employment at the John & Dede Howard Ice Arena for the upcoming Fall/Winter season.Read more ...
City of St. Joseph General Contact Information, October 2021
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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 ...
For the most up to date information regarding the coronavirus, residents are encouraged to visit the Berrien County Health Department website at: http://berriencounty.org/1643/Coronavirus-Disease-COVID-19Read more ...
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The City Engineer is responsible for the handling, planning, oversight, and reporting on all city-led engineering projects including:
- 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.
Assistant City Engineer:
Address: 700 Broad Street
Phone: (269) 983-5541
Fax: (269) 985-0346
For information on the St. Joseph River - Bicentennial Bridge USGS Stream Gage, please click on it.
2022 Willa Drive & Lester Avenue, and Donna Drive Reconstruction Projects
- Willa Drive: Botham Avenue to St. Joseph Drive
- Lester Avenue: Niles Avenue to Willa Drive
- St. Joseph Drive: Willa Drive to approximately 200 feet west of Willa Drive (most work in tree lawn area)
Donna Drive Reconstruction Project
- Donna Drive from Lakeview Avenue to South State Street
- South State Street: Donna Drive to approximately 200 feet south of Donna Drive (part-width improvements)
A neighborhood meeting was held on July 19th at 6 pm in City Commission Chambers to discuss several concepts under consideration for Lester Avenue, what to expect prior to thereconstruction project and to gather resident and property owner feedback. Links to the letter that was sent to the neighborhood, and the concepts discussed at the public meeting are provided below.
2022 Broad Street Resurfacing Project
Kingsley, Morton, Orchard and Langley Projects
2021 LANGLEY RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT
October 17, 2021 Paving Update
The first day of paving is going well this Sunday afternoon.
Paving of the intersection approaches is on track to begin early tomorrow morning, this work could run into Tuesday morning.
For planning purposes, expect to see the following activities underway tomorrow.
• Reith-Riley, the paving subcontractor, will start paving intersections at the north end of the project, beginning with the Pearl Street intersection, heading south from there.
• Kalin Construction will begin raising manhole covers starting at Napier Avenue, moving to the north.
A question was asked about parking by a resident that resides on Margaret Place Friday afternoon. I am sharing the response to clarify the previous information sent. This applies to all residents that live on the east side of Langley Ave, with driveways that front on Langley Ave, or whose only access in or out is via Langley Ave.
We are asking you to park on the west leg of Wolcott Ave to avoid the potential of getting stuck on Margaret Place or Michigan Ave for an extended delay. Any street that only opens onto Langley Ave will be restricted during paving at some point. The timing and progress of the paving will dictate access.
This is different than the earlier phasing because we are paving the full project length.
While the intersection approach paving should reduce the probability of a delay, the only way to eliminate the potential for it is to park on the west side of Langley Ave, on one of the following streets:
• Pearl Street
• Wolcott Avenue
• Lewis Avenue
• Marion Avenue
• Mohawk Lane
• Hillcrest Avenue
• Orchard Avenue
• Coles Avenue
• Kingsley Avenue
October 15, 2021 Project Update
This is an update on the Langley Avenue Reconstruction Project for the week of October 11th.
This past week, Kalin Construction worked on general project cleanup items while waiting for the paving subcontractor to place the top course of asphalt. The final/top course paving of Langley Avenue is scheduled this Sunday and Monday. If all goes as planned, Langley Avenue will be opened to traffic at the end of the work day on Friday, October 22nd.
Here is what to expect in the coming days.
• Sunday, October 17th: Final paving of the parking areas and travel lanes of Langley Avenue.
• Monday, October 18th: Final paving of the intersection approaches.
• Tuesday, October 19th: Friday, October 22nd – raising manholes, sign installation, and pavement markings.
• Friday, October 22nd: Open to traffic at the end of the work day.
Now, here are some things you will want to plan for.
• Please do not park on Langley this weekend. The street sweeper is scheduled to come back Sunday morning at 5 am in preparation for paving; the leveling course must be clean for paving.
• The paving is expected to take all day Sunday and Monday. Because these will be long days, access will be hit or miss to the neighborhoods with sole access via Langley Avenue. So please park on the nearest side street on Sunday and Monday. This means parking on Pearl Street, or any street on the west side of Langley Avenue where parking is allowed.
• Prior to paving, a liquid bond coat/asphalt tackifier is applied to pavement. Please do not drive on the wet bond coat because it will spray on to your car and be difficult to clean off.
• Please continue to exercise caution while driving through the work zone until the roadway is fully open to traffic.
Please stay off the wet asphalt bond coat.
Manhole coring saw used to raise manhole castings to grade.
Over 50 manholes will be raised using this method on Langley Avenue in the coming week.
Lead Service Line Replacement (LSLR) Projects
The City recently awarded two contracts from the FY 22 LSLR - Future Road Project. This includes lead service line replacements on Broad Street from Main Street to Pearl Street and Botham Avenue from South State Street to Niles Avenue. Work on this on Broad Street will start the first week in October and be completed by mid-November. Work on Botham Avenue is tentatively to start in the late fall of 2021.
The City Engineering Department recently issued advertisement for the FY 22 LSLR - High Lead Sample Results Project. This includes properties from throughout the City that have particpated in the voluntary testing program and have received higher results. This project will also include properties that may be impacted by the replacement of a nearby water service. A small portion of water main reconfiguration on Miller Drive is also included in this project.
Lead Water Service Information
Please follow this link for more details. Lead Service Replacement Program
Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Program
Point of contact:
Tim Zebell, P.E.
Please see the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Report for additional information at : https://www.michigan.gov/documents/egle/wrd-cso-sso-rtb-2019-annual-report_695004_7.pdf
- 1st Infrastructure Open House - "How Your Infrastructure Works" 4/22/2017 Power Point Presentation link
- 2nd Infrastructure Open House - " Managing Your Infrastructure" 5/24/2017 Power Point Presentation link
- 3rd Infrastructure Open House - "Funding Your Infrastructure" 8/22/2017 Power Point Presentation link
- SAW Grant & Asset Management 8/22/2017 Meeting Handout
Public Meeting Maps
- St. Joseph Recent Projects Meeting No1.
- Lift Station Condition Public Information Meeting No1.
- Lift Station Service Areas.
- PASER Rating Map Public Information Meeting No1.
- Sanitary Consequence of Failure Public Information Meeting No1.
- Sanitary Manhole Condition.
- Sanitary Televised Status.
- Sewer Sanitary Criticality Map.
- Sewer Sanitary Year Installed Map.
- Sewer Storm Criticality Map.
- Sewer Storm Year Installed Map.
- SS Condition Public Information Meeting No1.
- ST Condition Public Information Meeting No1.
- Water Criticality Map.
- Water Main Breaks.
- Water Year Installed Public Information Meeting No1.
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 4-18-2019)
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
Please contact City Engineer Tim Zebell for information on the water main permit approval process.
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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
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- Tax Millage - 16.5344