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Absent Voter Update, October 30 – and Precinct 2 Ice Arena Voting Information
As of mid-afternoon Friday, October 30, the Clerk’s Office had issued 3,216 Absentee Ballots, and 2,772 of those ballots have been returned. That is 86.2% returned so far.Read more ...
Job Opening: Water & Sewer Serviceperson
The City of St. Joseph is accepting applications/resumes for the position of Water & Sewer Serviceperson. Knowledge of water and sewer systems is desirable.Read more ...
Absent Voter Update, Friday, October 23, 2020
As of mid-afternoon Friday, the Clerk’s Office had issued 3,056 Absent Voter ballots, and 2,150 of those ballots have been returned. Just more than 70% of issued ballots have been returned, with 10 days to go before Election Day.Read more ...
Fall 2020 Parks & Rec Newsletter
Click here for the Fall 2020 Parks & Rec Newsletter.
City of St. Joseph 5-Year Parks & Recreation Master Plan Survey
City of St. Joseph 5-Year Parks & Recreation Master Plan Survey Assist the City in the furture plans for parks & recreation. Click here for a short survey to share your thoughts. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MK953W6
Absentee Ballots are Out! 6 PM Friday, October 2
City staff from five departments pitched in and turned what we had projected to be 2-3 days of work into 6 hours. This afternoon all 2,680 absentee ballots went in the mail. You should receive your ballot within a few days. We expect the mailed ballots will populate in the state online system as “ballot sent” on Monday.Read more ...
Before placing Political Signs, or any type of Temporary Signs, on your private property please become familiar with the current ordinance. Click Temporary Sign Information to view a pamphlet highlighting recent revisions.
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 ...
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Downtown Development Authority
The City of St. Joseph’s Downtown Development Authority was created on October 11, 1976 by the City Commission as authorized under the current Public Act 57 of 2018 by the state of Michigan which replaced the original Public Act 197 of 1975.
Community Development Director
Address: City Hall, 700 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085
Phone: (269) 983-1212
Fax: (269) 985-0347
Purpose of the Downtown Development Authority
The DDA can carry out tasks associated with the planning and improvement of the downtown area through a range of eligible public projects, including streetscape, landscaping or utilities along with assistance to developers in the improvement of real estate with the DDA boundaries.
Properties within the DDA boundaries are assessed a 1.977 mills per $1,000 taxable value. Money is spent on the following: 1) staff that keeps the sidewalks clean throughout the year; 2) seasonal decorations and plantings; 3) cardboard recycling containers; 4) special projects as needed; and 5) financial support of St. Joseph Today. As allowed support is given to other activities within the DDA boundaries.
Downtown Development Authority
The Downtown Development Authority Board (DDA) is made up of nine (9) members who are appointed by the City Commission to a four (4) year term, unless appointed to fill a vacant seat. In accordance with Michigan state law, the DDA Board shall consist of nine members under the following:
(a) The members shall be appointed for a term of four years and the appointments shall be staggered for two appointments each year;
(b) One Board member shall be the Mayor, as Chief Executive Officer, of the City of St. Joseph, however, the term of the Mayor shall expire upon resignation from or expiration of his/her position as Mayor;
(c) At least a majority of the members shall be persons having an interest in property located in the downtown district or officers, members, trustees, principals, or employees of a legal entity having in interest in property located in the downtown district; and
(d) At least one of the members shall be a resident of the downtown district if 100 or more persons reside within the district.
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.
Beginning in 2019 the DDA Board regular meetings are generally scheduled for the first Thursday of each month beginning at 8:00 a.m. All meetings are open to the public and take place in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 700 Broad Street. Public Act 57 of 2018 requires that the Downtown Development Authority hold two Informational Meetings during the calendar year.
Agenda packets, Informational Meeting Agenda's and approved meeting minutes are posted on the website.
Downtown Development Authority Boundaries
Since the creation of the DDA in 1975 the boundaries of the district have been changed by City Ordinance twice. The last change took place in 2013.
Below is general information of the current 2013 boundaries:
Total land area: 41-acres
Number of parcels: 144 individual parcels
Number of dwelling units: 185 (including 136 units at the Whitcom)
Number of parcels owned
by the City of St. Joseph: 10 parcels which includes 9 surface parking lots.
The City of St. Joseph Downtown Development Authority does not have a Development Plan. During 2018 and 2019, the City of St. Joseph undertook the creation a Downtown Vision Master Plan under the guidance of the Downtown Plan Steering Committee. It is anticipated this document will be adopted in early 2020.
Tax Increment Revenues and Tax Increment Finance Plan
The City of St. Joseph Downtown Development Authority is not capturing any tax increment revenues as part of tax increment finance (TIF) district and does not have a Tax Increment Finance Plan.
Synopsis of events and promotional campaigns completed during the fiscal year
Annual Budget Information
Annual Fiscal Year Contracts
Annual Audit Information
The annual audit of the Downtown Development Authority is found under the City of St. Joseph annual audits.
Goals and Objectives
Miscellaneous Other Information and Documents
2014 Downtown Sidewalk Amenities Policy. The 2014 Downtown Sidewalk Amenities Policy was adopted in 2014 and allows businesses to temporarily place chairs and tables on the public sidewalk from April 1st through November 1st and advertising sandwich board signs year-round. The City Clerk’s Office is responsible for granting annual permission for placement of public tables and chairs or advertising sandwich boards on the public sidewalk.
2015 Downtown Area Parking Map. Within the DDA boundaries there are over 1,200 surface public parking spaces found on the street and in surface parking lots. In addition, there are several private lots. These lots are used by customers, residents, visitors and business owners. The 2015 Downtown Area Parking Map depicts the hourly limits of the different public parking options. Currently parking is free within the DDA boundaries.
The St. Joseph Public Safety Department is responsible for the enforcement of parking regulations.
2019 Business and Property Owner Information. The 2019 Business and Property Owner Information brochure provides general information regarding the Downtown Development Authority.
St. Joseph Today. St. Joseph Today is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1979. Its mission is to enhance the image and recognition of St. Joseph and its surrounding communities, promote business and tourism development and to augment the effort of local governmental units. They are dedicated to serving visitors, residents and local businesses.
They coordinate and organize over 60 events that take place within the City of St. Joseph which includes the weekly seasonal farmers market.
Agenda Packets and Minutes for the Downtown Development Authority prior to August 2013 can be viewed below:
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Parks & Recreation
Office Hours at City Hall
Monday – Friday:
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.