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.
Tim Zebell

City Engineer:
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Alex Austin 2

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

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Kingsley, Morton, Orchard and Langley Projects

Langley Reconstruction Project Status


The Langley Avenue Reconstruction Project is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2021. A remote access public meeting was held on August 19, 2020 at 6 pm to inform residents on what to expect. Click here to download the letter sent to the project area.  

A copy of the presentation reviewed during the meeting is available here and plans of the proposed project are available at this link

Tree removals will be required this fall, in advance of the reconstruction project in order to comply with environmental regulations and for power pole relocation work by Indiana Michigan Power. The tree removal plan is available at this link.

Kingsley, Morton and Orchard Reconstruction Project Status

This is an update for the Kingsley, Morton and Orchard Reconstruction Project for the week of September 14th.  This past week, Kalin Construction finished laying sanitary sewer on Kingsley Avenue between Willa Drive and Morton Avenue, and with that all sanitary sewer work is now complete.  Kalin is currently working on storm sewer along Kingsley Avenue and they expect to complete with that on Monday (9/21).

On Tuesday, Kalin is scheduled to install a fire hydrant at intersection of Mount Curve and Kingsley Avenue.  This will require a water shut off from noon until 5 PM for the homes fronting on Mount Curve from Lane Drive to Kingsley Avenue as shown in the map below.

 

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The plan for the remainder of next week is to install a stormwater treatment unit near the intersection of Lane Drive and Thayer Avenue on Wednesday followed by road building on Kingsley Avenue on Thursday and Friday.  Kalin does not plan to work this Saturday (September 19th).

 
The City fielded additional concerns regarding lawn restoration on Orchard Avenue this past week and the project team consisting of City staff, Abonmarche and Kalin Construction has re-evaluated the plan going forward.  Today, Kalin Construction pulled the mulch blanket from properties that had not done so already and sprayed weed killer over the restoration areas on Orchard Avenue.  To those who pulled the mulch blanket as requested in the update last week, we appreciate your time an effort.  Next Friday, the project team will meet to assess the situation and determine the next step, which will likely consist of seeding or hydroseeding on Orchard Avenue.  Please continue to mow and water your lawn as needed in the meantime.  If you do not wish to have your lawn reseeded, please contact me or Mike Schultz, the Abonmarche Inspector who is on site every day.
 
The project remains on track for an end of October final completion.
 

We thank you for your patience and with the construction. As always, please feel free to contact Sam jablonowski, Abonmarche Project Engineer (269-605-9653, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  or Tim Zebell, (269-983-5541, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions or concerns. 

 

Project Background

In 2020, the City plans to reconstruct Kingsley Avenue from Niles Avenue to Morton Avenue, Morton Avenue from Kingsley Avenue to Orchard Avenue and Orchard Avenue from Morton Avenue to Langley Avenue. Reconstruction of Langley Avenue is scheduled to start in2021 and encompasses Langley Avenue from Pearl Street to Napier Avenue.

In early November 2018, the City held an open House to gather public input on several concepts for the upcoming reconstruction projects. All of the concept plans included non-motorized facilities in order to comply with the City's Master Plan and the Complete Streets Policy adopted by the Twin Cities Transportation Study (TwinCATs). Space within the public right-of-way is limited, so the addition of non-motorized facility generally results in a reduction or loss of on-street parking. Extensive tree removals will also be required for both projects for multiple reasons including tree size (too big for the available space, age conflicts with sewer services. The tree removals must be completed in advance of the constructionin order to comply with enviromental regulations. The concept plans remained available for viewing and public input until early August.

August 12 Meeting Notice to Project area
August 12 Power Point
Open House Kingsley Concept 3
Open House Morton Concept 3
Open House Orchard Concept 1
Open House Langley Concept 1

On March 17, 2020, a public meeting was held by remote access/telephone conference call for the Kingsley, Morton and Orchard Reconstruction Project. Slides of the information covered is available at this link. Work on Kingsley Avenue is scheduled to start the week of March 30th.

December 2nd Kingsley, Morton & Orchard Reconstruction Project Update

A public meeting will be held on December 11, 2019 at 6 PM in City Commission Chambers to provide an update on the 2020 Kingsley, Morton & Orchard Reconstruction Project to the neighborhood and obtain temporary right-of-entries where needed for lead water service line replacements and driveway work. The mailing sent to the project area provides additional details and can be viewed by following the link below.

December 11 Meeting Notice

Water Service Replacement Construction Right-of-Way

Driveway Replacement Construction Right-of-Way

Tree Planting Report

March 17th Kingsley, Morton & Orchard Reconstruction Project Update

A Pre- Construction Public meeing will be held on March 17, 2020 at 6 PM in the City Commission Chambers to inform those impacted or interested in the project of what to expect. The mailing sent to the project area provides additional details and can be viewed by following the links below.

Project Information Sheet

Pre-Construction Public Meeting Notice

Please note the construction phasing was reversed from the originally intended plan due to factors associated with the state of emergency caused by Coronavirus.

Please feel free to contact City Engineer Tim Zebell (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., telephone: 269-983-5541) if you have questions or concerns related to the projects.

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.
City Engineer
Telephone: 269-983-5541
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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

SAW Grant

Asset Management Plan

Public Meeting Maps

 

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 1-23-2018)

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

 

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