2017 CSO Project Update 7-17-17
This is an update for the 2017 CSO Project for the Week of July 17th.Read more ...
Sewer Televising Update 7-24-2017
Redzone Robotics has returned to the City to undertake additional sewer televising, the work is expected to be underway until the end of August.Read more ...
Agenda for City Commission Meeting, Monday, July 24 @ 6 PM
Please find the Agenda for the St. Joseph City Commission Meeting being held this evening, Monday, July 24 at 6 p.m. in the Commission Chambers, 2nd floor, here at City Hall.
There will be a Primary Election held on August 8, 2017 as seven candidates successfully filed petitions to fill three seats on the St. Joseph City Commission from terms expiring in November.Read more ...
2017 Resurfacing Project Bid Package
Advertisement for Sealed Bids: Bids will be received untill 3:00 p.m., August 9, 2017 by the City of St. Joseph.Read more ...
Press Release: City of St. Joseph Offers Pickleball
The City of St. Joseph is now offering open Pickleball at the John and Dede Howard Ice Arena. To view the 6-26-17 Press Release, please click here.
Municipal Band Concerts 2017 Summer Schedule
The St. Joseph Municipal Band began their weekly concerts at the John E. N. Howard Band Shell on Sunday, June 25, at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.Read more ...
July 2017 " City Connection" Newsletter
The July 2017 City Connection newsletter has been published.
To read all the latest news, click here.
Commissioner Jeffrey Richards
Jeff Richards was first elected as a St. Joseph city commissioner in April 1984, and currently is the longest serving commissioner with continuous service to the community, two of those as St. Joseph's mayor.
"In my years of work in the city, I've learned not to abuse power, but to use the power of the commission to make the most of what we have. I love this community and I ran initially to keep things pretty much the same. I still feel that way. We have a great community with lots of natural advantages that I want to preserve," said Richards, who moved to the area in 1973. "Let me tell you a little story. About 300 years ago, the explorer and missionary, Father LaSalle, dropped anchor at the site of what is now present day St. Joseph, where the St. Joseph River flows into Lake Michigan - the BIG lake!
"He recognized the area as a special place, a pleasant port. In my years as a commissioner, I have endeavored to make those necessary changes that will continue to make St. Joseph 'A Special Place on the Lake,' a city that works well together, and a great place to live and play."
In addition to experience, Richards brings the vested interest of a business owner in the community to the commission table. A doctor of veterinary medicine with credentials from Michigan State University, Richards owns and operates the St. Joseph Veterinary Hospital at the Edgewater Center, 435 Upton Drive.
"In city business, as in any business, order is very important. Rules of law are created by the people to maintain order, to give the body structure. Weighing those laws and making those decisions in the best interest of the people can be difficult, but I think I am a good and fair-minded decision-maker," he said.
When doing business in South St. Joseph and representing St. Joseph's Southtown business community, Richards has also served on various boards, including the St. Joseph Today board of directors and he has represented the city for many years on Michigan Municipal League's board of trustees. He is married to Nancy Burch.
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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