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Truck or Treat Event
Truck or Treat & Movie at the Ice Arena
October 26, 2019
4:00pm – 6:30pm – Touch a Truck & Trick or Treating
7:00pm – Hocus Pocus, 1993 Disney Halloween movie
Monday, October 14th - City Hall Will be Closed
Please be advised that City Hall will be closed to the public on Monday, October 14th from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.Read more ...
Trick-or-Treat Hours for City of St. Joseph Residents
Halloween will be held on Thursday, October 31st from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the City of St. Joseph.Read more ...
Request for Proposals (RFP) Engine 104 Refurbishment
The City of St. Joseph is accepting proposals from interested bidders with sufficient information to submit proposals for consideration by the City of St. Joseph in connection with its needs for the refurbishment of a 1998 Pierce Quantum Pumper.Read more ...
Community Fun Guide Fall 2019
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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.
Assistant City Engineer:
Address: 700 Broad Street
Phone: (269) 983-5541
Fax: (269) 985-0346
To view the Public Notice, please click on it.
Hydrant Flushing Program
Please click this link to see information on the hydrant flushing program.
Dunham Lift Station Replacement Project
Phase two of the Dunham Lift Station Replacement Project is scheduled to commence the week of July 22nd. The first activity is expected to be two bore & Jack underground utility crossings across Lakeshore Drive just south of the CSX Railroad Bridge. This will involve a single lane closure although two-way traffic should be maintained at all times. Additional information regarding the project can be found here.
Kingsley, Morton, Orchard and Langley Projects
In 2020, the City plans to reconstruct Kingsley Avenue from Niles Avenue to Morton Avenue, Morton Avenue from Kingsley Avenue to Orchard Avenue and Orchard Avenue from Morton Avenue to Langley Avenue. Reconstruction of Langley Avenue is scheduled to start in 2021 and encompasses Langley Avenue from Pearl Street to Napier Avenue.
In early November 2018, the City held an Open House to gather public input on several concepts for the upcoming reconstruction projects. The concept plans remained available for viewing and public input until early August. All of the concept plans included non-motorized facilities in order to comply with the City’s Master Plan and the Complete Streets Policy Adopted by the Twin Cities Transportation Study (TwinCATs). Space within the public right-of-way is limited, so the addition of non-motorized facility generally results a reduction or loss of on-street parking. Extensive tree removals will also be required for this project for multiple reasons including tree size (too big for the available space), age and conflicts with sewer and water services. The tree removals will be completed in advance of the construction in order to comply with environmental regulations.
At the regularly scheduled City Commission Meeting on August 12th, the City Commission approved the non-motorized concept based upon the public input and the recommendation of City staff and Abonmarche. In the case of Kingsley, Morton and Orchard, the plans include angled on-street parking and some parallel parking. The Langley concept approved provided no on-street parking but will be modified to add a few parallel spaces as strategic locations for the purpose of deliveries, lawn services and the like. Links to the letter sent to the project area prior to the meeting, a copy of the power point discussed during the meeting, and the approved concepts follow.
Preventive Maintenance Program
The City expects to complete three types of pavement preventive maintenance treatments in 2019 designed to improve and extend the life of our roadways. The first project, completed in late spring/early summer, was a Fog Seal. Approximately 7.4 miles of asphalt streets were treated with a penetrating sealer intended to rejuvenate the pavement surface. While the Fog Seal treatment commenced in the fall of 2018, most of work occurred in May and June of 2019. The City also recently completed a Cape Seal project on two streets in the City. A Cape Seal is a two-step process, the first step being a chip seal (stone placed on an asphalt emulsion) followed by a micro-surfacing (a thin layer of asphalt cement and sand) to cover the chip seal. Old Lake Shore Road and a portion of Lakeview Avenue were treated with a Cape Seal. This is the first time the City used a Cape Seal treatment; it was selected because it extends the pavement life about the same duration as a Mill and Resurface project, at approximately half the cost.
The final treatment scheduled in 2019 is an Overbank Crack Fill project, more commonly referred to as a Crack Seal. Scodeller Construction, Inc has informed the City that they intend to start the Crack Seal work on Saturday, September 21st. This project entails placing rubber in and over cracks in asphalt pavement to create a seal. A map showing the streets designated for crack filling can be found HERE. This treatment is generally accomplished using short duration, intermittent lane (or rolling) closures to apply the asphalt rubber until it cools.
Sidewalk & Spot Concrete Replacement Program
The 2018 Sidewalk & Spot Concrete Replacement Project is now complete. Those property owners that have not received invoices for their portion of the work, will see them in the near future. Inspections for the 2020 Project have started, this next program will focus on sidewalks in quadrant 3 of the City, which is west of Niles Avenue and Main Street and south of Central and Sutherland Avenues.
On August 1, 2018, the City received and opened one bid for the 2018 Sidewalk & Spot Concrete Replacement Project. This was the third time that the City advertised and bid the project, the first two times we did not receive any bids because Contractors are very busy this year. The prices are higher than in year's past as outlined in the Power Point Presentation that can be found at this link. The City Commission awarded the project to Northern Construction Services Corporation at the regularly scheduled meeting on August 13, 2018.
Work on the project could start as early as September 20, 2018. In order to make the project more attractive to bidders, the City lengthened the allowable construction window. Fall construction may occur between August 20, 2018 and October 26, 2018 and spring construction between March19, 2019 and June 28, 2019.
Lead Water Service Information
Please follow this link for more details. Lead Service Replacement Program
- 1st Infrastructure Open House - "How Your Infrastructure Works" 4/22/2017 Power Point Presentation link
- 2nd Infrastructure Open House - " Managing Your Infrastructure" 5/24/2017 Power Point Presentation link
- 3rd Infrastructure Open House - "Funding Your Infrastructure" 8/22/2017 Power Point Presentation link
- SAW Grant & Asset Management 8/22/2017 Meeting Handout
Public Meeting Maps
- St. Joseph Recent Projects Meeting No1.
- Lift Station Condition Public Information Meeting No1.
- Lift Station Service Areas.
- PASER Rating Map Public Information Meeting No1.
- Sanitary Consequence of Failure Public Information Meeting No1.
- Sanitary Manhole Condition.
- Sanitary Televised Status.
- Sewer Sanitary Criticality Map.
- Sewer Sanitary Year Installed Map.
- Sewer Storm Criticality Map.
- Sewer Storm Year Installed Map.
- SS Condition Public Information Meeting No1.
- ST Condition Public Information Meeting No1.
- Water Criticality Map.
- Water Main Breaks.
- Water Year Installed Public Information Meeting No1.
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
- Standard Procedures for the Approval of Water Main Construction
- Appendix A - Contacts
- Application for Water Main Plan Review Escrow Account
- Right of Entry for Utility Construction and Maintenance
- Water Main - Plan Review Checklist
- Water Mian - Place in Service Request
- Water Main - Constrution Checklist
- Water Quality Complaint Form
- Water Main - Acceptace Review Checklist
- Bacteriological Testing Form
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