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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 of St. Joseph’s ability to create the Planning Commission is found in the Michigan Planning Enabling Act and Chapter 22 of the City of St. Joseph Code of Ordinances created the Planning Commission.
Community Development Director/Zoning Administrator
Address: City Hall, 700 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085
Purpose of the Planning Commission
The PC exists to make recommendations on certain zoning requests. In the City of St. Joseph, the PC has many roles and functions, below are the four main functions:
- Conduct public hearings and make recommendations to the City Commission regarding Map (rezoning) and Text Amendments; Special Use Permits and Planned Unit Developments (PUD’s) requests;
- Review sign requests per the Code of Ordinances and approve or deny;
- Prepare and make recommendations, maintain and work on implementing the goals and objectives of the Master Plan; and
- Complete studies and make recommendations to the City Commission on changes to the Zoning Ordinance.
Planning Commission Composition
There are nine (9) voting members are appointed by the City Commission to three (3) year terms, unless appointed to fill a vacant seat. Full term appointments are from May 1st through April 30th for three years.
The Chair and Vice-Chair are selected annually by the members of the PC.
Current Members and Appointments
The City Clerk’s Office maintains the list of current members and the application for appointment to all City Boards and Commissions. All completed applications must be returned to the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 700 Broad Street for processing.
Agenda’s, Meeting Packets and Minutes
The Planning Commission’s monthly meetings are generally scheduled for the first Thursday of each month beginning at 4:30 p.m. All meetings are open to the public and take place in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 700 Broad Street. All applications must be submitted to staff, reviewed and found to be administratively complete, no less than twenty-four days before the next scheduled meeting date. Please plan accordingly as incomplete applications are not accepted and will delay your request.
Agenda packets and approved meeting minutes are posted on the website.
Applications, Forms and Meeting Dates
There are numerous applications, forms along with an annual list of meeting dates and deadlines utilized by the Planning Commission.
In accordance with the Michigan Planning Act, the Planning Commission is required to complete an Annual Report. This report is typically reviewed during the January meeting each year before beginning sent to the City Commission.
Miscellaneous Other Information and Documents
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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