Politics and Government

Electricity supply info kits to be mailed mid-July

Residents and small businesses in St. Joseph will be receiving information kits regarding the village’s new service agreement for electricity supply.
The kits will be mailed in mid-July.
The new agreement will begin in September.
The kits include info about the new electricity rate and how residents may opt out at any time at no cost.

Village discussing residential TIF

A residential TIF district was first proposed to the St. Joseph Village
Board in early 2017. More than 18 months later, nothing has been decided.
Developer Greg Millage approached the board and asked asking them to form
a residential TIF to include the land he is considering developing. In
2017 Millages plan called for the land, behind Prince of Peace Lutheran

Golf Carts allowed on village roads

Starting May 1, the roads in St. Joseph will get a little more congested.

The village board recently passed an ordinance allowing golf carts to be driven on the roads in St. Joseph.

With some restrictions.

“This whole ordinance was built around safety,” said Trustee Jim Wagner.

“Safety was paramount,” agreed Trustee Anthony Laubscher.

Wagner named to village board

Jim Wagner has been appointed to the St. Joseph Village Board.

Wagner was appointed by Mayor Tami Fruhling-Voges and approved by the village board on Jan. 23. He is replacing Suzanne Rogers who moved outside of the village limits.

Village has contracted with company for website upgrade

The Village of St. Joseph knows their website needs updating.
Mayor Tami Fruhling-Voges said the village has contracted with a company to update the village website. The project is in its beginning stages.  
“I agree we need to get it up and running,” Fruhling-Voges said.
Fruhling-Voges said she was hopeful the website could be updated by the end of February.

Other zoning changes being proposed

The town center is just one proposed zoning change that the board is looking at.
Susan Monte of Champaign County Regional Planning has been working on updating the zoning ordinance for the village.
While some of the changes are just to reorganize the content to improve readability and provide clarity others, like adding the town center, will provide notable changes.

Village discusses town center district


A hot topic at last Tuesday’s village board meeting was a proposed town center in downtown St. Joseph.

The town center would run include almost all of the businesses on Lincoln Avenue from Third Street to Second Street.

Village to make sewer plant safer

The village of St. Joseph will be getting safety training for their sewer plant.

Grey and Associates will inspect the plant and provide the village with a list of information that they need to upgrade or change in order to make the plant as safe as possible for the plant workers.

The inspection will cost the village $3,500.

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