The City of St. Joseph endorses accountability and transparency in government and endeavors to make information regarding city operations and reporting accessible to you. This portion of our website is dedicated to providing benchmarking and financial information in an easy to read format. If you would like further information, please contact the City Manager's office at 269-983-5541.

Agenda, Minutes and Synopses

Please click here to access notices of upcoming public meetings and public hearings. 

Please click here to access current agendas, minutes, and synopses.

Please click here to access public notices. 

To access archived information prior to July 8, 2013, please click here.



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Audit Reports

Annual Audits

The city of St. Joseph 

St. Joseph Housing Commission

  • FY 2014 - 2015

Benton Harbor-St.Joseph Joint Waste Water Treatment Plant

Southwest Michigan Airport Authority 

Charter, Ordinances, Codes & Policies

Please click here to see information about the following:

The city of St. Joseph Parks and Recreation Master Plan Final (2016 - 2020).       

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

2015 Water Quality Report 

2008 Master Plan (old) 

We can all do our part to keep our streams, rivers and Lake Michigan clean and healthy.  Learn more about our water resources and what you can do to protect them by visiting  To find out when and how to report water pollution incidents visit

Job Postings

Mechanical Inspector - Click on the Job Posting for additional information.

Government Transparency

The Performance Dashboard

The Performance Dashboard includes the financial and operating benchmarks that are most relevant to our current strategic goals and objectives, such as financial stability, economic strength, public safety and quality of life. This one-page table compares twenty-four (24) different performance benchmarks comparing progress over the most current two years.

Citizen's Financial Guide to St. Joseph

The intent of the Citizen's Guide is to provide a simple presentation of graphs and charts which summarize the City's most important financial benchmarking elements. The Guide includes revenues, expenditures, fund balances and obligations for all funds.

Projected Budget Report

The Projected Budget Report presents the General Fund's current year budget, as well as, a projected budget for the next fiscal year.

Debt Schedules 

A detailed presentation of all outstanding debt service including original issuance amount, issuance date, type, and annual payment amounts.

Public Notices

Notice of Public Meeting:  Tuesday, March 7, 2017, for the St. Joseph Construction Board of Review & Property Maintenance Board of Review. 

Public Hearing Notice: Monday, April 10, 2017, for the 2017 Drinking Water Revolving Fund Project Plan.

Press Releases

Press Release: for the 2017 Blossom Parade.

Requests for Proposals

RFP - HVAC/Mechanical Maintenance Service Agreement: Sealed bids for the Public Works HVAC/ Mechanical Service Agreement will be received until 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

RFP - Public Works Trench Drain Replacement: Sealed bids for the Public Works Trench Drain Replacement will be received until 3:00 pm on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

RFP - Coastal Engineering Study Update:  Sealed bids for a Coastal Engineering Study Update will be received until 9:00 am local time Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by the City of St. Joseph, “OWNER”, at the City Clerk’s Office; 700 Broad Street, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085 at which time said bids will be opened and publicly read aloud in the City Commission Chambers. All bidders shall bid in accordance with and upon the bid forms included in the contract documents. No bids will be accepted after the designated time stated above. A complete copy of the request for proposals may be viewed or downloaded at or obtained in person or through the mail by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at the above address or 269-983-6325.No bid shall be withdrawn for a period of ninety (90) days after the scheduled opening without the consent of the OWNER. The OWNER reserves the right to reject any and all bids, waive any informalities in bidding or to accept the bid or bids should it consider same to be in its best interest. Documents to download:  RFP and Draft Contract; MCZM Grant Agreement; and 2012 Coastal Engineering Study.

Complete: RFP - Guernsey Court - Drainage Repair: Sealed bids will be received until 3:00 pm on Friday, March 22, 2017.

Results of Bids

Bid Results for Tree Planting (Opened March 21 at 3:00 pm).

Bid Results for Multi-Space Parking Pay Stations (Opened March 21 at 3:00 pm).

Bid Results for Park Street Bridge Traffic Improvements Project (Opened March 22 at 3:00 pm)

Bid Results for Guernsey Court - Drainage Reports (Opened March 22nd at 3:00 pm)

Emergency Sewer Issue Bid for Wolcott Ave. February 24, 2017 Results.

February 1, 2017, at 2:00 pm Bid Results for the 2017 CSO Project

Title VI Non-Discrimination Plan

As a recipient of federal financial assistance, the City of St. Joseph must provide access to individuals with limited ability to speak, write, or understand the English language. The City will not restrict an individual in any way from the enjoyment of any advantage or privilege enjoyed by others receiving any service, financial aid, or another benefit under its programs or projects.  To read the City of St. Joseph's Title VI Non-Discrimination Plan in its entirety, please click here

  • The City Manager’s Executive Report, Bits & Pieces, is an informational document meant to help summarize issues and events happening within City Hall in an easy-to-read manner. Bits & Pieces will be uploaded bi-weekly in conjunction with City Commission meeting dates. If you have any questions about the material in the Executive Report, please contact the City Manager’s office at (269)-983-5541 and we will be happy to assist you.

Bits & Pieces:

2015 Reports (Click on the date to view that report)


Reports previous to 2015:

Park Passes

City residents may receive two annual parking permits at no charge each year; non-residents may purchase an annual permit for a small fee. Permits are available from the City Clerk's Office each year beginning April 1. These annual permit exempts you from daily parking fees at Lions Park, Tiscornia Park and the Elm Street lot (located south of the Whirlpool Compass Fountain). To obtain an annual permit, simply visit the City Clerk's Office. Be sure to bring your driver's license for residency verification. Parking passes must be permanently affixed to the lower corner of your vehicle's driver side window.

A Vendor is any person who offers goods or services for sale on the streets or from a vehicle or a stand open to the street, whose business is conducted from a vehicle, cart, stand or temporary structure. A valid vending license must be obtained from the city clerk in order for any person to engage in business as a Vendor within the City. A separate license is required for each Vendor stand, motorized vending unit or portable vending cart.

The City of St. Joseph regulates the operation of vehicles for hire within the city limits for the safety and security of our residents. The public interest requires all vehicles be fit for their intended purpose, that operators of these vehicles be properly qualified persons, and that the safety and welfare of passengers and the general public be protected in the operation of these vehicles. No person shall drive or operate, or cause or allow to be driven or operated, any vehicle for hire unless the vehicle is licensed and operated in compliance with all requirements of Chapter 32 of the St. Joseph City Code of Ordinances.

City Ordinance requires a permit for all rummage, garage, carport or similar sales.

The City of St. Joseph recognizes the uniquely attractive setting of its beaches and parks and welcomes use of its recreational facilities for various activities, including weddings on both Lions and Tiscornia beaches.


The City Charter for the City of St. Joseph can be found in Part I of the City Code of Ordinances.

Administrates and manages all day-to-day activities in the City of St. Joseph.

Any United States citizen who is at least 18 years of age by the date of the next election and who is a resident of the State of Michigan and the City of St. Joseph may register to vote in the City of St. Joseph by completing a Voter Registration Application.

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This provides a link to all legislation received by Municipal Code since the last update (printed or electronic) to the Code of Ordinances. This legislation has been enacted, but has not yet been codified. Each piece of legislation, where applicable, is also linked to the portion of the Code that it affects.

The City Commission typically meets on alternating weeks on the second floor of City Hall.

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