Agenda for City Commission meeting, Monday, February 27
Please find the Agenda for the St. Joseph City Commission meeting being held this evening, Monday February 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the Commission Chambers, 2nd floor, here at City Hall.
Advertisement for Bids: Park Street Bridge Traffic Improvements Project
Advertisement for Sealed Bids: Bids will be received until 3:00 p.m., March 22, 2017 for work that includes furnishing and installing a wireless vehicle detection system, controls, perimeter-lit sign and beacon, pedestals, and appurtenances.Read more ...
Request for Proposal (RFP) 2017 - 2018 Street Tree Planting
The City of St. Joseph Department of Public Works is soliciting proposals form qualified firms to provide spring and fall planting of selected street trees on public road right of way (or on City property) as specified by the City of St. Joseph Public Works Department. For additional information, please click here.
Job Opening for Public Safety Officer
The City of St. Joseph is accepting resumes for the position of Public Safety Officer.Read more ...
Request for Proposal (RFP)Steel Service doors at the Public Works facility
The City of St. Joseph is accepting proposals from interested area contractors for new Steel Service doors at the Public Works facility located at 1160 Broad Street, Saint Joseph, MI. For additional information, please click here.
Request for Proposal (RFP) Climate Control for Lakeview Cemetery Mausoleum
The City of St. Joseph is accepting proposals from interested area contractors with its needs for a Climate control system at the Lakeview Cemetery Mausoleum located at 1918 Lakeview Ave. For additional information, please click here.
Neighborhood Meetings Hosted by Public Safety Department
The Public Safety Department will be holding two neighborhood meetings: Tuesday, February 21st at 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, March 1st at 6:00 pm in the City Commission Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 700 Broad Street.Read more ...
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.Read more ...
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Tour of St. Joseph, Michigan
Your tour will start at Lake Bluff Park, near the Whitcomb Hotel. As you scan the area below the bluff you notice the Margaret B. Upton Arboretum with its many sculptures and park benches, the St. Joseph River, the St. Joseph Lighthouse and magnificent Lake Michigan. It is these vital waterways that have helped shape the destiny of the region.
St. Joseph's history began almost 100 years before the American Revolution when the mouth of the St. Joseph River was discovered and documented in 1669. Ten years later, the explorer LaSalle and his 14 men cleared a piece of land and started the construction of Fort Miami on the bluff around the St. Joseph River. LaSalle's stay was not long however, and the area was mostly populated by Native Americans, trappers and soldiers until 1785 when William Burnett established a trading post and became the first permanent settler.
The Carey Mission Treaty of 1828 opened the area to commerce and St. Joseph began to grow. In 1829, the area's first full-time resident, New Yorker Calvin Britain, made the long trek to southwest Michigan. As the port of St. Joseph prospered, it became the principal transportation artery for the entire region. The settlement grew into a village originally called Newberryport in honor of a prominent businessman.
Today, St. Joseph is nestled on the southern tip of what has been termed "The Riviera of the Midwest." This deepwater port town is a growing resort community - part of a "small town" chain stretching from the state line in a spectacular arc along Lake Michigan. Grain, wool, maple sugar, furs, and lumber, tools, hardware and furniture are shipped in and out of the river's mouth. The St. Joseph Lighthouse stands in the midst of activity as boaters, fishermen and water-skiers take advantage of Lake Michigan.
In 1860, wooden sidewalks were built. Since then, downtown St. Joseph, while still maintaining some of its older storefronts, has changed tenfold. Located just 90 miles from downtown Chicago, St. Joseph is a community of 8,800 people situated within the larger Benton Harbor/St. Joseph MSA of 162,000 people. The City of St. Joseph has continually operated at full economic capacity, with citywide unemployment rates typically hovering around 2%.