Greg Grothous 002

Director of Public Works:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hours: 7:30 am - 4 pm, Monday through Friday, except holidays.


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.

The Public Works Department maintains the city’s infrastructure throughout four divisions. The following is an overview of the Department structure as it relates to the primary functions of those divisions:

  • Parks and Cemetery: Maintains the city’s park system composed of 17 designated park and beach properties and related amenities, encompassing over 200 acres of public park land. Also responsible for the management of three (3) city-owned cemeteries and oversight of 40 miles of public Right-of-Way and public property trees.
  • Streets and Sanitation: Maintains city streets and sidewalks, including snow removal, oversees the collection of rubbish and recycling, maintains public parking lots, and responsible for installing permanent and temporary traffic control signage. The Streets and Sanitation division also oversees the City’s motor pool, a fleet of over 100 vehicles and various specialized pieces of equipment.
  • Water & Sewer Distribution: Provides municipal drinking water to properties within the city, as well as to the communities of Lincoln Charter Township, St. Joseph Charter Township, the Village of Shoreham, and the Village of Stevensville. Responsible for the maintenance and repair of public sanitary and storm sewer systems within the city of St. Joseph only.

Hydrant Flushing Program

Please click this link to see information on the hydrant flushing program.


Lead Service Replacement Program


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2013 Invasive Plant Survey and Assessment by Native Landscapes, LLC
2015 - 2020 Invasive Plant Management Plan by Applied Ecological Services, Inc. 

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