Water Line Maintenance

posted Apr 19, 2019, 8:33 AM by City of Joseph

The Public Works department had water line maintenance last night and worked through the night to repair a line. The reverse flow in the line will stir non-harmful, colored, sediment which will cause discoloration in your water. Do not panic. Please run your water to flush your lines. Thank you for your understanding during maintenance times. :-)

Belinda Buswell
The City of Joseph

Notice of Budget Hearing

posted Apr 15, 2019, 3:17 PM by City of Joseph   [ updated Apr 15, 2019, 3:18 PM ]


A budget meeting of the Budget Committee of the _City of Joseph_, __Wallowa__, State of

                                                                         (Agency Name)           (County)

Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, will be held at Joseph

Community Center- 102 East First Street. The meeting will take place on April 29,2019, at 6:00pm. The

purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the



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 budget with the Budget Committee.

 A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after April 30, 2019 at City of Josephbetween the hours of 10:00 am and 3:00pm.  

                                                                                                          (Date)                      (Location)

Meetings ~ April 2019

posted Feb 5, 2019, 10:55 AM by City of Joseph   [ updated Apr 8, 2019, 12:08 PM ]

  • Zoning Ordinance Review Taskforce Committee Meeting
    • Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 6pm at the Joseph Community Center in the Northwest Meeting Room
6:00 pm- Committee will continue the reading, review, and discussion of ordinances
7:40 pm- Public comment and discussion
8:00 pm- Adjourn

  • Regular Council Meeting-April 4, 2019
    • Anderson/Perry Engineering Update Workshop-6pm
    • Council Meeting~ 7pm
      • Notification and Agenda will follow

New Electronic Payment Processing!

posted Jan 10, 2019, 10:22 AM by City of Joseph   [ updated Jan 10, 2019, 4:43 PM ]

The City of Joseph can now process payments electronically.We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover, & American Express. There will be a fee of $3.00 for every $100.00 processed. 

Working Committee Documents

posted Jan 9, 2019, 3:47 PM by City of Joseph   [ updated Feb 5, 2019, 10:56 AM ]

Current Active Committees: 
  • Zoning Ordinance Review Taskforce - The Zoning Ordinance Review Taskforce will have a meeting Thursday, 2/7/19 from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the Community Center in the Northwest Meeting Room. Agenda is to continue reviewing zoning ordinance definitions and ordinance discussion. This meeting is open to the public and all interested parties are invited to attend.    
  • Community Center Committee - Meeting 1/15/19 cancelled. 
  • Mainstreet Committee - (Returning Spring 2019)
  • Marijuana Law Committee - Marijuana Committee will be meeting Monday, February 4, 2019 at 6pm at the Community Center. 
  • Website Committee- The website committee has ended. For questions regarding the website please contact City Hall. 
  • Budget Committee - (Returning Spring 2019)
*For the most up to date information on the committees listed above please click on the corresponding document attached below:

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.

From attached below.


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.

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