The City Engineer is responsible for the handling, planning, oversight, and reporting on all city-led engineering projects including:

  • Handling water, sewer, and roadway related constructions permits in the public right-of-way.
  • Planning, prioritizing and seeking funding sources for future infrastructure projects.
  • Oversight of Engineering Consulting Services.
  • Construction Progress Meetings and Site Inspections of ongoing construction projects.
  • Responding to Citizen Concerns including Periodic Updates on Construction Progress.
  • Administration of the City's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits.
  • Archives infrastructure project record drawings.
  • Plan review and approval of infrastructure-related elements of new developments.
Tim Zebell

City Engineer:
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Alex Austin 2

Assistant City Engineer:
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Address: 700 Broad Street
Phone: (269) 983-5541
Fax: (269) 985-0346

 

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Kingsley, Morton, Orchard and Langley Projects

This is an update for the Kingsley, Morton and Orchard Project for the week of May 18th. The sanitary sewer on Morton Avenue from the north dead-end to Lane Drive is complete. A portion of the sanitary sewer has also been laid from Langley Avenue west towards te intersectionof Sunset Drive and Orchard Avenue. In the coming week, Kalin plans to continue to lay sanitary sewer on Orchard Avenue, Followed by storm sewer work on Morton Avenue, Starting at the northerly dead-end and proceeding south to the Orchard Avenue intersection. No water shut offs are planned in the coming week.

A third water main break occurred this past week impactinf some residents in the project area. Given the condition of the water main of Orchard Avenue, additional breaks may occur and the Abonmarche inspector will do his best to keep those impacted informed of the situation. Kalin anticipates laying the new water main on Orchard Avenue from Orchard Avenue to the north, and on Orchard Avenue between Sunset Drive and Morton Avenue.

As a reminder, trash pickup will be on Thursday of the coming week due to thhe Memorial Day Holiday. Please place your trash and yard waste containers in the tree lawn in front of your home prior to 7 AM on the pickup day. Kalin Construction will move the containers where Best Way is able to access them, and then return them to you by the end of the day. 

Thank you for your patience and please feel free to contact Sam Jablonowski, Abonmarche Project Engineer (269-605-9653, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with questions or concerns.

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This is an update for the Kingsley, Morton and Orchard Project for the week of May 11th.
Sanitary sewer has now been placed from the north dead end of Morton to just south of the Orchard Avenue intersection.  Pavement removal on Orchard Avenue is also underway from Langley Avenue west to the Orchard Avenue/Sunset Drive intersection.
In the coming week, Kalin plans to continue to lay sanitary sewer south on Morton Avenue to Lane Drive, followed by sanitary sewer work on Orchard, starting at Langley and proceeding west.  As a reminder, Kalin intends to work tomorrow, Saturday (May 16th).
Michigan Gas is also scheduled to install new gas main, followed by sanitary services on Morton Avenue over the next two weeks.
No water shut offs are planned in the coming week, however, some residents in the project area have experienced water service interruptions due to two water main breaks.  Given the condition of the water main on Orchard Avenue, additional breaks may occur and the Abonmarche Inspector will do his best to keep those impacted informed of the situation.
Thank you for your patience and please feel free to contact Sam Jablonowski, Abonmarche Project Engineer (269-605-9653, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) with questions or concerns.
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This is an update for the Kingsley, Morton & Orchard Reconstruction Project for the week of May 4th.

This week, Kalin construction removed pavement from the northerly dead end of Morton south to Lane Drive and then began laying sanitary sewer from the north to south.  Kalin has informed the City they plan to continue to lay sanitary sewer on Morton Avenue today and Monday.  Pavement removal on Orchard is expected to commence on Wednesday (May 13th) starting at Langley and proceeding to the east followed by sanitary sewer work.  Kalin does not expect to be on site Tuesday but plans to work next Saturday (May 15th).
There are no planned water shut offs in the coming week.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Sam Jablonowski, Abonmarche Project Engineer (269-605-9653, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).
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 April 28th Door Hanger Notice 

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April 23rd Kingsley, Morton, Orchard and Langley Project Update

The Kingsley, Morton and Orchard Reconstruction Project, which was scheduled to begin on March 30, 2020 and was postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, will begin on Monday, May 4, 2020.
The original project phased construction plan was to begin on Kingsley to allow for completion of the Lincoln Elementary school year to be completed without major construction near the school.  However, with the project delay and the cancellation of the remainder of the on-site school year, the project phases have been changed to allow for construction be begin on Morton and Orchard leaving the reconstruction of Kingsley until later this summer.  This revised plan will continue the goal of minimizing disruption to the school area while school is in session
Phase I: Morton from Kingsley north to the dead end and Orchard from Morton to Langley.
Reconstruction begins on Monday, May 4, 2020 and will be substantially completed by the end of July.
Phase II: Kingsley from Niles to Morton
Reconstruction begins in early August and will be substantially completed by early October. 

August 12 Meeting Notice to Project area
August 12 Power Point
Open House Kingsley Concept 3
Open House Morton Concept 3
Open House Orchard Concept 1
Open House Langley Concept 1

On March 17, 2020, a public meeting was held by remote access/telephone conference call for the Kingsley, Morton and Orchard Reconstruction Project.  Slides of the information covered is available at this link.  Work on Kingsley Avenue is scheduled to start the week of March 30th.

December 2nd Kingsley, Morton & Orchard Reconstruction Project Update

A public meeting will be held on December 11, 2019 at 6 PM in City Commission Chambers to provide an update on the 2020 Kingsley, Morton & Orchard Reconstruction Project to the neighborhood and obtain temporary right-of-entries where needed for lead water service line replacements and driveway work.  The mailing sent to the project area provides additional details and can be viewed by following the link below.

December 11 Meeting Notice

Water Service Replacement Construction Right-of-Way

Driveway Replacement Construction Right-of-Way

Tree Planting Report

March 17th Kingsley, Morton & Orchard Reconstruction Project Update

A Pre- Construction Public meeing will be held on March 17, 2020 at 6 PM in the City Commission Chambers to inform those impacted or interested in the project of what to expect. The mailing sent to the project area provides additional details and can be viewed by following the links below.

Project Information Sheet

Pre-Construction Public Meeting Notice

Please feel free to contact City Engineer Tim Zebell (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., telephone: 269-983-5541) if you have questions or concerns related to the projects.

Lead Water Service Information

Please follow this link for more details. Lead Service Replacement Program

2020 Sidewalk Replacement Project

On January 27, 2020 the City Commission awarded Anlaan Corporation, out of Grand Haven, the 2020 Sidewalk Replacement Project.  This project will be focused in the southwest quadrant of the City, west of Niles Avenue and south of Sutherland/Central Avenue.  While the bulk of the work will be within these limits, therewil be some work throughout the City for ramp upgrades and urgent repairs.

Construction for this project can begin as early as March 30, 2020 and must be completed by September 11, 2020.  The work will be completed within this window.  Construction status maps will be available here after the work begins.

The project is part of the City's biennial sidewalk program in which a replacement project is undertaken every other.  The purpose of this program is to remove potential tripping hazards.  This is accomplished by removing and replacing any sidewalk square that a 1" or greater difference in height from an adjacement square.

Reinspection of the quadrant is now underway.  You will see white "X" on squares to be replaced.  During the reinspections there is a chance additional sidewalk will be added into the project.  Homeowners that will be affected by these additions will receive a letter shortly after these new squares are identified.

For more information regarding the sidewalk program please see the FAQ Sheet.  For questions or concerns about th sidewalk program please contact Alex Austin, Assistant City Engineer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or 269-983-5541.

SAW Grant

Asset Management Plan

Public Meeting Maps

 

A Permit is required for work within the Right-of-Way.

The Right-of-Way typically includes the street, tree lawn and sidewalk area in front of your property. Please refer to the Right-of-Way Permit application - at the link that follows - for additional details on the requirements.

 Right-of-Way Application (PDF)(revised 1-23-2018)

Please submit applications and supporting materials to Alex Austin at the contact information noted above. 

City of St. Joseph and Southwest Regional Sanitary Sewer and Water Authority Standard Specifications and Details for new water main construction

Water Main Permits

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