Public Works Supervisory Position

posted May 10, 2018, 2:02 PM by City of Joseph

The City of Joseph, Oregon is in search of a positive hardworking Public Works Working Supervisor.  We’re looking for someone who is awesome, that wants to be part of a fun team, who loves the outdoors, that love change and verity and that is super organized. 

The Public Works Working Supervisor position is under the supervision of the city council and oversees the operation of the public works department, wastewater treatment plant and water treatment plant. 

Applicants must have Certification from the State of Oregon in Wastewater Treatment and Collections (Level II) and Water Treatment and Distribution (Level 1). Other requirements are ODOT flagging certificate, Cross Connection Certification, CPR card and a valid Oregon Driver’s license.

The salary range for the position is $60,000-$70,000, plus benefits.  Pre-employment requirements passing a pre-employment drug screen, criminal history check and driving record check.

 Please submit cover letter, resume and application to Joseph City Hall by June 14, 2018, position is open until filled. Application can be picked up at 201 N. Main Joseph or  If you have questions please call city hall 541-432-3832.


City of Joseph Council Appointment

posted May 10, 2018, 11:02 AM by City of Joseph

Please join us in welcoming Marty Hamilton and Tanya Collier as our newest members to the City of Joseph Council.  They both were sworn in at the City of Joseph Council Meeting last Thursday, May 3rd at 7pm at Community Center.


posted Apr 7, 2018, 7:28 PM by City of Joseph

A public meeting of the Joseph Budget Committee of the City of Joseph, in Wallowa County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019, will be held at Community Center 102 E. First Street Joseph, Oregon 97846. The meeting will take place on April 30, 2018 at 6:00 pm. The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the budget. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee. A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after April 26, 2017 at City Hall 102 N Main Street Joseph, Oregon 97846, between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm Monday thru Thursday except on Wednesdays city hall is open to 6 pm.  If you would like a digital copy please call 541-432-3832 and a copy can be sent to you. 

City of Joseph Community Newsletter March 2018

posted Mar 17, 2018, 8:50 AM by City of Joseph

Utility Billing Changes Coming Soon

posted Mar 17, 2018, 8:48 AM by City of Joseph

Just like you and your family the city plans and budgets for utility expenses and revenues. To ensure water and wastewater services meet the community needs City Council each year looks at different ways to meet those needs.

Starting with July 1, 2018 utility billing is changing from a month to month billing cycle to a bi-monthly billing cycle. The reason for this is to cut cost on monthly processing. This means your July and August bill will arrive September 1, 2018 and due September 15th. The same will follow every two months.


posted Mar 17, 2018, 8:47 AM by City of Joseph

Monthly water and sewer utility bills are due the 15th of each month. A late fee will be applied 10 days after the due date. This late fee has increased from $5 to $10.

When the account becomes 15 days delinquent a 48 hour delinquent notice will be delivered to the property at a cost of $25 to the owner.

If utilities are turned off there is an additional cost of $25 for water and $25 for sewer.

Please keep your account current these fees can add up quickly.


posted Mar 15, 2018, 1:20 PM by City of Joseph

You Must Have Utility Service Agreement on File with City Hall.

In January a new Ordinance was adopted which requires all landlords/property owners in Joseph to have a utility service agreement on file for each rental property in the city.

This agreements directs city staff on what to do with utility services when a renter moves out. It also provides the city with property owner contact information in the event of a delinquent account from a renter. Unpaid utility accounts that are 90 days or greater past due will be recorded against the property.

Contact City Hall to fill out your service agreement 541-432-3832 or stop by 201 N. Main Street Joseph Oregon.

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posted Mar 15, 2018, 12:58 PM by City of Joseph   [ updated Mar 19, 2018, 1:49 PM ]


Is your water system at risk because of you?
Are you doing your part? What’s the big deal?

A backflow device is also known as a Reduced Pressure Zone. This device is installed onto your plumbing system to protect your drinking water and the city water supply from contaminants. What types of systems have this device: underground lawn sprinkler system, fire sprinkler system, boiler, beauty salons, heating system, soda fountains, etc.

Backflow prevention devices help protect the public safety by preventing potable water contamination. So make testing your backflow device part of your spring cleanup plan.
Test results are due June 1, 2018 and must be tested by an OHA-certified backflow assembly tested. Hurricane Creek Landscape and Design has agreed to provide this service in Joseph, you can contract them at 541-426-4075.
f test is not completed by June 1, 2018 property owner is liable for a fine of not less than $250.00 or more than $1,000.00 per violation. Each day of violation constitutes a separate offense. For additional information see Ordinance 2017-01 and State of Oregon OAR 333-061-0070.

Failure on the part of any owner, occupant or person in control of the premises to install a required assembly, have it tested annually and/or to discontinue the use of all cross connections and to physically separate cross connections in accordance with this ordinance is sufficient cause for the discontinuance of public water service to the premises pursuant to OAR 333-061-0070.


posted Mar 15, 2018, 12:53 PM by City of Joseph


March 13, 2018

Dear Joseph Resident,

You are being sent this notice as required by State law and City of Joseph land use regulations. Please note there will be a City Council Special Land Use Hearing on the following two applications on April 12, 2018 at 6 pm or shortly after. The hearing will be held at Joseph Community Center, 102 E. First Street Joseph, Oregon. You are invited to provide comment and feedback.

1. Applicant Paul Arentsen is applying for a conditional use permit to install 4-RV spaces at 204 East Wallowa Avenue also known as Map 02s45e29cc, Tax Lot 4100.
2. Applicant Randy and Janet Smith are applying for a conditional use permit to build a shop at 408 South Lake Street prior to building a residence, also known as Map 02s45e32bb, Tax Lots 8500 and 8600.

The proposed ordinance which regulates the above applications Joseph Zoning Ordinance 2009-01 is available for review at City of Joseph City Hall, 201 N. Main Street Joseph, Oregon. The staff report will be available seven (7) days prior to the public hearing. Copies of the proposed ordinance and file information are available for purchase.
Failure to raise an issue at the hearing, in person or by letter, and provide statements or evidence sufficient to afford the City Council an opportunity to respond to the issue precludes appeal to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals on that issue.

Written comments or testimony may be submitted at the hearing or sent to the attention of the City Administrator prior to the hearing. For further information, please call Sandra Patterson at 541-432-3832 or email Once again, the hearing will be held on April 12, 2018 at 6 pm or shortly after at Joseph Community Center.

Sandra Patterson
Co-City Administrator/Recorder


posted Mar 15, 2018, 12:46 PM by City of Joseph

Utility Clerk…. This position of Utility Clerk is a permanent part time position 25 hours a week benefit position. Responsible for maintaining the records of the Water and Sewer Utility customers which include: meter reading, billing ledgers, payment posting, consumption history and meter test records and is required to perform a variety of other related clerical tasks.

Please see full job descriptions at City Hall.  If interested pick up application at City Hall 201 N. Main Street Joseph, Oregon. To be considered for either of these positions, you must submit the following, an application, resume and cover letter.  Positions open until filled.

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