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:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alex Austin 2

Assistant City Engineer:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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

For information on the St. Joseph River - Bicentennial Bridge USGS Stream Gage, please click on it.

Kingsley, Morton, Orchard and Langley Projects


In 2020, the City completed the Kingsley, Morton and Orchard Reconstruction Project and in 2021, Langley Avenue will be reconstructed.  Both projects involve a change in the configuration of the roadway and the information that follows provides some background on how and why the roadway and right-of-way will be different when all the work is done.
In early November 2018, the City held an open House to gather public input on several concepts for the upcoming reconstruction projects.  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 facilities generally results in a reduction or loss of on-street parking.  Extensive tree removals were also required for both projects for multiple reasons including the tree size being too big for the available space, tree age, and conflicts with water and sewer services.  The tree removals were completed in the winter, in advance of the construction, in order to comply with environmental regulations.  The following links will take you to the public notice and the concepts presented in November 2018.

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


The Langley Reconstruction is scheduled to begin on March 15, 2021.  A public meeting will be held remotely on Zoom on February 25th at 6 PM for those wishing to learn more about the project.  Additional project information and a link to the meeting is included in the public notice which can be accessed from the link that follows.
A general summary of the Langley Reconstruction Project can be found in this one page project information sheet.

Current Road Closure and local access map can be found here:

The City intends to plant trees in the tree lawn once the project is complete.  The preliminary tree planting plan can be view by following the hyperlink text.  Property owners fronting on the construction that desire to add a tree to their front yard may also be eligible for a City planted tree.  Those interested should contact Greg Grothous (t: 269-983-5541, e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) at Public Works for additional details.  

May 14, 2021 Project Update

This is an update on the Langley Avenue Reconstruction Project for the week of May 10, 2021.

This past week, Kalin Construction completed laying the sanitary sewer and storm sewer from New Berry Hills Lane south, to approximately the midpoint between Michigan Avenue and Margaret Place. Kalin expects to commence road building work (sand subbase and gravel) next on this segment of road.

Next week, Kalin will have two crews on site. One crew working on road building from New Berry Hills to the south, and the other crew laying sanitary sewer and storm sewer from where they left off, south of Michigan Avenue to Wolcott Avenue. With the exception of holiday weekends, Saturday work is planned through the Fourth of July.

A water shut off is planned on Wednesday, May 19th from 9 AM to 3 PM to replace a section of water main discovered to be in poor condition on the east side of Michigan Avenue, near the project limits. Properties expected to be impacted are shown on the above map.

Access will remain a challenge in the coming week, especially for residents on Margaret Place west of Langley Avenue. Kalin could be laying pipe in the Langley Avenue/Margaret Place intersection as early as Monday. Therefore, residents on 1300 block of Margaret Place will need to park on the Michigan Avenue, the 1400 block of Margaret Place or Wolcott Avenue next week, to prevent from being block in for an extended period during the work day. As a reminder, overnight, on-street parking is allowed on these streets.

There will be a lot of activity on site the next two weeks with concrete the crew scheduled to arrive May 25th and paving subcontractor on June 1st, the Tuesday after Memorial Day. If all goes as planned, all of phase one, Pearl Street to Wolcott Avenue, will be fully paved by June 4th.

We thank you for your continued patience and please feel free to contact Sam Jablonowski, Abonmarche Project Engineer (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., telephone: 269-605-9653) or Tim Zebell, City Engineer (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., telephone: 269-985-0339)

Concrete Pavement Preventive Maintenance Project

The Concrete Pavement Preventive Maintenance Project started on May 10th with project completion anticipated near the middle of June. The project will include full depth pavement repairs, joint stripping and resealing, and crack sealing.  The full depth pavement repairs will take place on Momany Drive, Renaissance Drive, and Whitwam Drive and will require extend lane closures.  The project will start with Phase 2.  Once Phase 2 is completed the Phase 1 will be undertaken. The reason the project is being undertaken is to keep the newer concrete roadways throughout the City in a good state of repair.  The project will also include concrete patches throughout the City from water main break repairs that were made in the winter.  An interactive web map showing which roads have been selected and which type of preventive maintenance they will receive can be found HERE or seen below. 


2020 Water Service Replacements Project

The City has contracted with Compton Inc from South Haven, MI to complete the work for the 2020 Water Service Line Replacement Project.  As part of this work the City will also be replacing any private water service made of galvanized steel or lead from the curb stop to just inside the home as well as the public water service in the street. You can view a progress map for the work HERE

Lead Water Service Information

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

Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Program

Point of contact:

Tim Zebell, P.E.
City Engineer
Telephone: 269-983-5541
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please see the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Report for additional information at :

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 4-18-2019)

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

Please contact City Engineer Tim Zebell for information on the water main permit approval process. 

St Joseph Downtown Vision

Explore St. Joseph, MI