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City Commission Meeting of May 23, 2022 Rescheduled to Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Please be advised that the City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, May 23, 2022 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at 6pm. The Public Notice is available here.
Job Opening: Water & Sewer Serviceman
The City of St. Joseph is seeking a Water and Sewer Serviceperson to join our team!Read more ...
Request for Proposal (RFP) North Boiler Replacement for the St. Joseph Water Plant
Proposals will be received until 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2022 by the City of St. Joseph, at the City Clerk's Office; 700 Broad Street, St. Joseph MI 49085.Read more ...
Notice of DWSRF Project Plan Public Hearing - June 13, 2022
The City of St. Joseph will hold a public hearing on the proposed Drinking Water State Revolving Fund project for the purpose of receiving comments from interested persons.The hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. on June 13, 2022 at St. Joseph City Hall, 700 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085.
The notice of the public hearing is available here.
The draft project plan is available here.
Job Opening: Utility Billing Specialist
The City of St. Joseph is seeking a Utility Billing Specialist to join our team!Read more ...
Homeowner Grant Programs - AMP/ NIP
Honor Credit Union has partnered with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis (FHLBI) to make available home repair grants for low-income individuals. Please see below and the attached program information.Read more ...
Job Opening: Athletic Field Groundskeeper
The City of St. Joseph is currently accepting applications for Athletic Field Groundskeeper in the Public Works Department.Read more ...
New Voter ID Cards Coming Soon
All registered voters in the City of St Joseph will be receiving a new Voter ID card indicating any changes.Read 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.
- Managing the Asset Management Program for infrastructure within the City right-of-way which includes 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
May 8, 2022 Project Update
This is a brief update on the Willa Drive & Lester Avenue Reconstruction Project as of Friday, May 6, 2022. NCSC has two crews assigned to the project, one crew is working near the Willa Drive – St. Joseph Drive intersection, and the other crew is working on Lester Avenue.
Progress in the vicinity of the Willa Drive – St. Joseph Drive Intersection
Underground work is complete in the intersection of Willa & St. Joseph Drive. This past week NCSC completed laying storm sewer pipe and restabilizing the storm water outfall in the ravine.
The traffic pattern will change starting this week for residents on Willa Drive, south of Highland Avenue, so please read the next paragraph carefully.
NCSC informed the City they plan to move into Willa Drive in the coming week, starting at St. Joseph Drive and moving north. The pavement will be removed, in 100’ to 150’ lengths at a time, in order to lay the new sanitary sewer up Willa Drive. As NCSC progresses north, up Willa Drive laying sewer, access to driveways will shift from the north (from Highland Avenue) to the south (from St. Joseph Drive). There will be times that driveways are inaccessible in order to lay the sewer, therefore we recommend that residents fronting on the construction park on the nearest, available side street when this work is near your property frontage. Properties impacted near the south end of Willa should park on St. Joseph Drive, east of Willa Drive. NCSC plans to re-establish driveway access with gravel after laying the sewer, however, residents should expect delays in getting to and from their driveways during the workday. Again, we recommend parking on the nearest side street to the maximum extent possible to avoid the potential for undesired delays.
One final note, we are at the stage when it will appear that NCSC is digging holes and filling them up, and then returning to do over again. This is because after the sanitary sewer is laid from St. Joseph Drive to Highland Avenue, NCSC will go back and lay the water main over the same stretch of road, and once that is done, they will do it again to lay the storm sewer from the St. Joseph Drive to Highland Avenue. Once all that is done, NCSC will “build road”, which includes undercutting and removing the existing clay soils, followed by placing the sand subbase and gravel base in preparation for concrete curb & gutter. This process will take more than a month to complete.
Progress on Lester Avenue
The water main installation is now complete on Lester Avenue. NCSC will undertake the required pressure and water quality testing this week and also lay the new storm sewer. The new storm sewer will be placed along the north side of the right-of-way. Water service interruptions are not anticipated in the coming week. Water service shut offs are expected the week of May 16th to switch the services on Lester Avenue to the new water main. Service switch -over interruptions are generally short in duration, on the order of 30 minutes to an hour. Door hanger notices will be provided to the properties impacted in advance of the water shut off with additional details.
- 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)
The preconstruction public meeting notice is available at this link.
2022 Broad Street Resurfacing Project
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 was completed this past fall. Work on Botham Avenue is currently underway. Kalin Construction Company is undertaking the work on Botham Ave.
The City Engineering Department awarded the contract 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. This work was awarded to B & Z Company. The work is currently underway.
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.
The City recently completed Infiltration and Inflow Mitigation Monitoring Analysis work as part of the CSO National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) compliance permit in the fall of 2021. The study can be found here, the power point presented to EGLE to revise the CSO NPDES compliance schedule is here and a power point covering the proposed I & I removal pilot project can be found here.
Smoke testing is planned northeast of City Hall, near the Fire Department and Catholic Church, in the near future to indentify sources of inflow to the santiary sewer system. Addtional information on smoke testing is here.
Please see the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Report for additional information here.
Asset Management Program
The first of three public meetings covering the City's Asset Management Program was held on Wednesday, March 2nd at 6 PM in City Commission Chambers. This link will take you to a video of the meeting. This is a continuation of the City's first asset management plan published in 2017 which established a process for the prioritization of projects. Three public meetings associated were held in 2016-2017 as part of the the stormwater, asset management, and wastewater (SAW) grant process. That information will not be repeated during the upcoming meetings, however, links remain posted (below) for those who want to learn more about the program.
1st Public Meeting Presentation.
2017 Asset Management/SAW Grant Information
- 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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