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Thursday, September 24, 2020
Upcoming Clean Sweep

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Clean Sweep starting Thursday, October 1. Clean Sweep is a program to assist St. Joseph residents in maintaining their property, however, it is not a substitute for regular solid waste (trash) collection. All yard waste, trash and appliances will be accepted from St. Joseph residents for two full days a year, free of charge. Some guidelines and restrictions apply.

2020 Asphalt Resurfacing Program

Each year, the Public Works and Transportation Department completes a project which overlays or resurfaces approximately 10 to 20 miles, or 30 to 60 lane miles, through the annual resurfacing program. This year, $2,900,000 of Use Tax funds, $900,000 of Capital Improvements Program (CIP) half-cent sales tax and $120,000 of the Street Maintenance Fund were allocated for this program. This is a total of $3,900,000, which will overlay and resurface 17.2 miles, or 48.2 lane miles, of streets. 

As part of this project, a large milling machine will remove the surface asphalt from most streets before the overlay is put into place. This top layer of asphalt, called the wearing course, needs to be removed and replaced after several years. Some highly traveled streets, such as Frederick Avenue, need to be resurfaced every six or seven years, while low traffic residential streets can last 20 years or more. 

As of September 2020, Herzog Contracting Corporation, who was awarded the contract this year, has completed 40% of the of the 2020 Resurfacing Program and is expected to be completed with their contract by November 15. The 2021 Asphalt Resurfacing Program is expected to advertise for bid in early 2021. 

Additionally, the public works department has several other street maintenance duties completed every year which include slurry sealing, crack sealing, alley maintenance and pothole repairs just to name a few. 

National Preparedness Month

Each year, September is recognized as National Preparedness Month for families to get a disaster plan in place. This year's theme is "Disasters Don't Wait. Make a Plan Today." There are several steps you can take to make sure you and your family are prepared.
  • Make a Plan: Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to COVID-19.
  • Build a Kit: Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone in your home. Make sure to consider any unique needs each person or pet may have including medications or allergies. Find a list of items to put in your kit here.
  • Prepare for Disasters: Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards. Also, act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.
  • Prepare All Family Members: Disasters can be scary for some of the younger members of the family. Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.

A Transition 40 Years in the Making

On Friday, June 6, 1980, I had my first day as an employee of the city of St. Joseph Health Department. On September 25, 2020, also a Friday...read more
Still Time to #BeCounted

Residents have just a few days left to respond to the 2020 Census. The deadline to respond is Wednesday, September 30. Your response helps our state and local communities receive federal funding for education, public transportation, emergency food and shelter, and health services. For more information on how to respond visit 2020census.gov.
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