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

2018 Preventive Maintenance Project

UPDATE – 9/11/2018
2018 Preventive Maintenance Project: Bituminous Seal
Due to weather delays and other scheduling constraints, the majority of the 2018 Preventive Maintenance
Project: Bituminous Seal will occur in the spring of 2019.
Gee Asphalt Systems, Inc. has informed the City the work this fall will likely be limited to Sunday,
September 16th, 2018. The roads to be treated will remain the same as the original work scheduled for
Sunday, this includes segments of Stadium Drive, South State Street, Kingsley Avenue, and Midway
Avenue (please see the attached map). Map
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Assistant City Engineer, Alex Austin (email:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., telephone: 269-983-5541) or 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 Assistant City Engineer Austin is not available.
Thank you again for your cooperation.

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The 2018 Pavement Preventive Maintenance Project is scheduled to start on September 13, 2018.  The project consists of applying a penetrating asphalt sealer to the better asphalt roads in the City.  The project will include local road closures for durations of 4 to 6 hours to allow for application of the sealer and curing time.  If your driveway is located on a street designated for treatment, park on a nearby street the night prior to the treatment.  Please park on a nearby street that is NOT being treated the same day as the street you access your driveway from (please see the map in the link that follows).  Overnight on-street parking restrictions will be waived during the project. Map and Full Public Notice

Please direct questions regarding the project to Assistant City Engineer Alex Austin.  If the Assistant City Engineer Austin please contact City Engineer Tim Zebell.

Wallace Avenue Reconstruction Project

August 27 Update:

Final paving is scheduled for tomorrow so do Not Park on Wallace Avenue until the paving is complete and the road is back open to traffic.   Residents with driveways located on Wallace Avenue are reminded to park on the nearest side street this evening so that you don't get stuck in your driveway while final paving is underway tomorrow. Thank you for your cooperation and please feel free to contact City Engineer Tim Zebell  (269-983-5541 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have any questions.

 

Wallace Avenue Reconstruction Project Update August 30, 2018

Wallace Avenue Reconstruction Project Update August 20, 2018

Wallace Avenue Reconstruction Project Update August 13, 2018

Wallace Avenue Project Power Outage and Water Service Shut Off Notice

Wallace Avenue Reconstruction Project Update August 6, 2018

Wallace Avenue Reconstruction Project Update July 30, 2018

Wallace Avenue Reconstruction Project Update July 27, 2018

Wallace Avenue Reconstruction Project Update July 16, 2018

Wallace Avenue Reconstruction Project Update July 9, 2018

Wallace Avenue Reconstruction Notice

Wallace Avenue Reconstruction Project Update July 2, 2018

Wallace Avenue Reconstruction Project Update June 28, 2018

Wallace Avenue Reconstruction Project Update June 22, 2018

Wallace Ave Reconstruction - Trash/Recycle Pick-Up Reminder June 20, 2018

This is a reminder to put your trash, yard waste and recycle containers out this evening. Kalin Construction will need to move some of the barrels for pickups so please put a label with your address on all of your containers.

Wallace Avenue Reconstruction Project Update June 15, 2018

Trash Pickup Reminder June 13, 2018

Since this is the fist time trash will be picked up for the Wallace Avenue Project area, I am sending out this reminder to put your trash containers out at the usual curb-side location tonight. We also ask that you write your address on a piece of duct tape or similar and place it on your barrel in case your barrel needs to be moved and then brought back after pickup.

We expect Best-Way to arrive around 6 AM so that pickup is complete prior to Kalin Construction starting work at 7 AM. If you experience any issues with your pickup, please contact Streets and & Rubbish Superintendent Don Evans at 269-983-5541.

As always, please feel free to contact Abonmarche Project Engineer, Tim Drews (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 269-927-2295 ext. 157) with questions or concerns.

2018 Wallace Avenue Reconstruction Project Information Sheet

2018 Wallace Avenue Reconstruction Project Update June 7, 2018

Kalin Construction has informed the City that the temporary traffic control/detour signage will be delivered today and tomorrow. Wallace Avenue will remain open to traffic through the weekend until construction begins Monday, June 11th. Indiana Michigan Power communicated that the light trimming of the Sycamore trees for their line replacement is complete. Please feel free to contact Tim Drews, Abonmarche Project Engineer (telephone: 269-927-2295 ext. 157, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or City Engineer Tim Zevell (telephone: 269-983-5541, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with concerns or questions.

Wallace Avenue Reconstruction Project Update June 1, 2018

2018 Wallace Ave Reconstruction Project Notice

2018 Sidewalk & Spot Concrete Replacement Project

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. 

2018 Dunham Lift Station Replacement Project

Design of the Dunham Lift Station Replacement Project is currently underway. We anticipate scheduling another resident meeting in the future to provide an overview of the updated plans. A notice will be mailed to the residents and property owners in the project area when a meeting date is established.

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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