City Utility Bill Auto-Pay 

Starting November 1, 2013, you will be able to auto pay City utility bills (water, sanitary sewer, and garbage/ recycling). Please print, fill-out, and return this Authorization for Withdrawals form to sign up for auto-pay.

 


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New Buffalo Amtrak Station (NBU), 226 North Whittaker Street, New Buffalo, Michigan 49117, is served by the Wolverine and Blue Water Michigan Services.

 

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NEW CITY MANAGER

 

City Manager AndersonThe City of New Buffalo is pleased to announce our new City Manager, Robert Anderson. City Clerk Allyson Holm administered the Oath of Office on Wednesday, April 15. Mr. Anderson is originally from Saginaw, Michigan. He holds a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and received his Bachelors from the University of Michigan.

His past experience includes Director of Planning and Development for the City of Detroit MI, Chief ...Development Officer for Fayetteville NC, Director of Development Services for Rio Rancho NM. He has also been involved in the Planning Directors of the 30 Largest Cities in America, the Youth Leadership Bay County program, Bay Arts Council in Bay City MI, and coached youth soccer in Pontiac MI.

The City is pleased to have Mr. Anderson join our team! His experience and knowledge is a welcomed addition to our administration.

 


 

Art Attack April 24-26th!

 

Art Attack

 


 

NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION
 TO BE HELD ON
TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015
CITY OF NEW BUFFALO, MICHIGAN

 

TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS IN THE CITY OF NEW BUFFALO:

 

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Special Election will be held in the City of New Buffalo on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at City Hall located at 224 W. Buffalo St. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Special Recall Election will be held on May 5, 2015 to elect one (1) city council member with a partial term ending November 2016.

 

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on the Special Election the following proposition shall be submitted to a vote of the qualified electors within the City of New Buffalo

 

State of Michigan Proposal 15-1

A proposal to amend the State Constitution to increase the sales/use tax from 6% to 7% to replace and supplement reduced revenue to the School Aid Fund and local units of government caused by the elimination of the sales/use tax on gasoline and diesel fuel for vehicles operating on public roads, and to give effect to laws that provide additional money for roads and other transportation purposes by increasing the gas tax and vehicle registration fees.

 

Full text of the ballot proposal is available at the City Clerk’s office, 224 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, MI  49117.

 

PERSONS ENTITLED to be registered voters in the City of New Buffalo must possess the following qualifications on or before the day of the election: (1) a citizen of the United States; (2) not less than 18 years of age; (3) a resident of the State of Michigan and the City of New Buffalo for not less than 30 days prior to the election (MCL 168.492). In addition, qualified electors must be registered to vote not less than 30 days prior to the election (MCL 168.497).

 

Persons with special needs as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the clerk’s office.

 

The Clerk’s office will be open Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to receive absentee ballots.

 

Allyson Holm
City Clerk

 

 


 

Water Quality Report

Annual Water Quality Reports are updated yearly by the first of July. 

The Annual Water Quality Report for 2014 is now available.
Click on the link above for a copy of our Source Water Assessment Report prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey Water Resource Division and the Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality, please contact City Hall or the Water Department.

 

 

TIRE RECYCLING

 

Berrien County's Residential Tire Recycling Collection will take place Thursday, April 30 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and on Friday, May 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Berrien County residents can bring any size tire to the County Road Commission facility at 2860 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor during those event times.  Tires with and without rims are accepted.

Thanks to a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality grant, tires will be accepted free.  Grant funds do not cover the cost to recycle the oversize tires and other service costs.  Donations are accepted.  This event is coordinated by the Berrien County Parks Department. Park staff is coordinating just this one tire recycling event this year.  More information can be found at www.berriencounty.org/recycle, click "Tires"

or call 983-7111 x8234

 


 

April 9, 2015

 

 

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

 

The City Council for the City of New Buffalo will hold a Special Meeting on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 6:00 p.m., in the Community Room at City Hall, 224 W. Buffalo Street, New Buffalo Michigan 49117.

 

The purpose of the Special Meeting is to:

 

1.         Discuss and vote on whether or not to hold a hearing at the April 21, 2015 Regular Meeting, pursuant to City Charter Sections 4.1 and 4.2, to consider and vote on possible removal from office and employment the current Acting City Manager/Assistant City Manager and to continue same on paid administrative leave until April 21, 2015.

 

2.         Discuss and vote on appointment of the City Clerk to act the City’s Michigan Freedom of Information Act Coordinator to act under specific instructions of the City Attorney.

 

3.         Discuss and vote on authorizing City Attorney to negotiate and finalize an Employment Agreement for the new City Manager and for execution of Agreement by Mayor on behalf of the City and attestation by City Clerk.

 

This Special Meeting is open to the public.  This notice is posted in compliance with the Michigan Open Meetings Act, Michigan Public Act 267 of 1976, and the Americans With Disabilities Act.  Persons requiring auxiliary aides and services or other accommodations should contact the City Clerk at (269) 469-1500, 224 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, Michigan 49117.

 

 Allyson Holm
City Clerk

 

 


 

NOTICE OF TORNADO SIREN TESTING

The City of New Buffalo and New Buffalo Township will be doing monthly Tornado Siren Testing the first Saturday of each month from May through September at 1:00 p.m.

  


  

April 8, 2015

 

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

 

The Controlling Authority for the City of New Buffalo, established pursuant to Article VIII of the City Code of Ordinances, will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 6:00 p.m., in the Community Room at City Hall, 224 W. Buffalo Street, New Buffalo Michigan, 49117.

The purpose of the Special Meeting is to consider and vote on the following ethics complaints, as required under Sections 2-55 and 2-57 of the Code of Ordinances, as follows:

1. June 30, 2014. Complaint involving statements made by former Mayor Pro Tem Donna Messinger at a Council Meeting.

2.  September 30, 2014. Complaint regarding election eligibility residency requirements concerning Councilperson George Scarlatis and Mayor Peter Weber.

3.  October 20, 2014. Complaint claiming potential Open Meeting Act violations by Donna Messinger, George Scarlatis and Peter Weber.

4.  October 23, 2014. Complaint about a Special Meeting of the Controlling Authority that was called and attended by Councilperson Donald Hatfield and Charles Krametbauer.

This Special Meeting is open to the public. This notice is posted in compliance with the Michigan Open Meetings Act, Michigan Public Act 267 of 1976, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Persons requiring auxiliary aides and services or other accommodations should contact the City Clerk at (2609) 469-1500, 224 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, Michigan 49117.

Allyson Holm, City Clerk


 

 NOTICE TO RESIDENTS

The City of New Buffalo has subcontracted the services of Terra Contracting Services, LLC to clean sanitary and storm sewer. Terra Contracting Services, LLC personnel will be in your neighborhood soon to clean and televise the sewer systems.

For your safety while we are in the vicinity of your home working, please remember to keep children and pets inside until the work has been completed.

It is possible you may hear or see back pressure of air in your toilet or drains while our crew is cleaning in your neighborhood. This is not uncommon and is simply a result of material in the sewer passing your house service and your vent stack being partially plugged. Please keep your toilet lids down and plug any floor drains that might be open to avoid any material coming up. In the event you notice the smell of sewer gas, please pour water into your drains.

Thank you for your cooperation in advance and we look forward to minimal disruption to your neighborhood as the work is being done. Terra Contracting Services, LLC employees will have proper identification on them in case you need to request ID.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact:

John Nelson
Project Manager
Terra Contracting Services, LLC
269-251-4847

 


 

City of New Buffalo Safe Routes to Schools Open House

 

The City of New Buffalo held a public meeting in the spring of 2014. The public had the opportunity to review the “Safe Routes to School” grant application provided through the Michigan Fitness Foundation, MDOT and partially funded by the Pokagon Foundation for sidewalk improvements within the City. There were no objections at this meeting by the public. The routes were determined based upon the proximity of households with children to the elementary and middle schools and parent and student surveys. The grant was approved in July of 2014. The City intends to construct sidewalks in the project area starting in the fall of 2015. The grant requires both sides of the selected streets to have sidewalks.

 

Therefore, The City of New Buffalo is hosting a Public Open House on April 23, 2015 at the New Buffalo City Hall between the hours of 4-6 PM to review the layout of the new sidewalks within the city owned Right-of-ways used for streets, sidewalks and utilities.

 

Streets that are intended to receive new sidewalks include the following:

  • Bronson from US 12 to E. Clay
  • Both sides of Indiana from Bronson to Taylor
  • Both sides of:
    • Clinton, Marshall, Monroe (North to Indiana Street), Eagle and Chicago to Indiana
    • Eagle and Chicago between Michigan St. and US 12, Berrien and Willard between Mechanic and US 12 and infill’s along US 12 between Willard and Eagle Streets.

 

The Open House is the property owners opportunity to view the proposed sidewalk alignment. The 3.5 miles of sidewalk was funded by a $585,000 Safe Routes to Schools grant, plus a grant from the Pokagon foundation of $98,900 for engineering, administration and non-participating costs.

 

 


 

April 1, 2015


Meeting Cancelled/Rescheduled

 

The Planning Commission meeting for April 7, 2015 is cancelled due to issues with the original notice.

 We will be rescheduling the Meeting at a later date.

 Sorry for any inconvenience.

 

Allyson Holm
City Clerk


  

 

NOTICE OF LAST DAY REGISTRATION
FOR THE ELECTION TO BE HELD ON
TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015
CITY OF NEW BUFFALO, MICHIGAN

 

TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS IN THE CITY OF NEW BUFFALO:

 

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that an election will be held in the City of New Buffalo on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at City Hall located at 224 W. Buffalo St. The last day to register for the election is Monday, April 6, 2015 by 4:00 p.m. Persons residing in the City of New Buffalo registering after the deadline will not be eligible to vote at that election.

 

Voters may register by mail using a mail-in registration form or in person at a Secretary of State Branch Office or the city or county clerk’s office.

 

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City of New Buffalo will be electing one (1) city council member with a partial term ending November 2016.

 

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on the Election the following proposition shall be submitted to a vote of the qualified electors within the City of New Buffalo

 

State of Michigan Proposal 15-1

A proposal to amend the State Constitution to increase the sales/use tax from 6% to 7% to replace and supplement reduced revenue to the School Aid Fund and local units of government caused by the elimination of the sales/use tax on gasoline and diesel fuel for vehicles operating on public roads, and to give effect to laws that provide additional money for roads and other transportation purposes by increasing the gas tax and vehicle registration fees.

 

Full text of the ballot proposal is available at the City Clerk’s office, 224 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, MI  49117.

 

PERSONS ENTITLED to be registered voters in the City of New Buffalo must possess the following qualifications on or before the day of the election: (1) a citizen of the United States; (2) not less than 18 years of age; (3) a resident of the State of Michigan and the City of New Buffalo for not less than 30 days prior to the election (MCL 168.492). In addition, qualified electors must be registered to vote not less than 30 days prior to the election (MCL 168.497).

 

Registrations will be received at City Hall located at 224 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo MI 49117, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. with Wednesday open 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

Persons with special needs as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the clerk’s office.

 

Allyson Holm
City Clerk
City of New Buffalo

 


 

 

***PRESS RELEASE***

On 3-18-15 at 9:52 p.m., an armed robbery occurred at the Pizza Hut located in New Buffalo.  The subject brandished a handgun and demanded all the money, and got away with an undisclosed amount.  It's unknown if the suspect fled the scene in a vehicle.  Witnesses last saw the suspect walking eastbound on E. Buffalo St. toward Bell Ave.  The suspect is described as a lighter skinned black male approximately 6'1" to 6'3" and approximately 170-175 pounds.  Suspect was wearing a black outfit, and the hoodie had some writing on it that was outlined in red.  The suspect was also wearing a ballcap with the hoodie pulled over the ballcap.  The suspect had a neatly trimmed beard and mustache, but had very little facial hair.  This was a very thin beard and mustache.  The New Buffalo City Police Department was assisted on scene by the Berrien County Sheriff Department.  If you have any information about the armed robbery, contact the New Buffalo City Police Department at (269) 469-1593.

 




YARD WASTE COLLECTION

 

Yard Waste: Lakeshore Recycling will begin collecting all yard waste starting on April 1, 2015 thru October 31, 2015 every Wednesday. Materials collected include grass, brush, leaves, weeds and limbs up to 4" in diameter no longer than 4 feet. All material other than limbs should be in biodegradable bags, 32 gallon can or bundle tied with a 50 pound limit. Residents may lease a 64 gallon cart from Lakeshore at a rate of $3.00/month billed to the resident.  If you have questions on the types of materials collected you may contact Lakeshore Recycling directly at (269) 231-5623. 

 

 


 

BERRIEN COUNTY TREASURER ANNOUNCEMENT

Berrien County Treasurer Bret Witkowski announced a program to help homeowners who are delinquent on their property taxes. Click here for more information.

 


 

 


 

On Feb. 13 at approximately 2:54 pm, Police Chief Pitchford received a call about a dog in the water at the City Beach. Sgt. Jason Grimmett was dispatched. Chief Pitchford and Sgt. Grimmett responded to the scene.

Once on scene at the City Beach, Sgt. Grimmett saw a black dog in the river struggling to get out through the ice. Sgt. Grimmett went to the other side of the river through Dunewood with lights and siren. The dog was still struggling. Sgt. Grimmett called to the dog and it began to swim towards him. Sgt. Grimmett then went waist deep into the river, managed to get a hold of the dog and carried him out. Sgt. Grimmett then reunited the dog with his elderly owners who were watching from shore.

Thank you Sgt. Grimmett for your dedication to our community and its four-legged friends. Job well done!!
 

Photo: On Feb. 13 at approximately 2:54 pm, Police Chief Pitchford received a call about a dog in the water at the City Beach.  Sgt. Jason Grimmett was dispatched.  Chief Pitchford and Sgt. Grimmett responded to the scene.  

Once on scene at the City Beach, Sgt. Grimmett saw a black dog in the river struggling to get out through the ice.  Sgt. Grimmett went to the other side of the river through Dunewood with lights and siren.  The dog was still struggling.  Sgt. Grimmett called to the dog and it began to swim towards him.  Sgt. Grimmett then went waste deep into the river, managed to get a hold of the dog and carried him out.  Sgt. Grimmett then reunited the dog with his elderly owners who were watching from shore.  

Thank you Sgt. Grimmett for your dedication to our community and its four-legged friends.  Job well done!!

 


 


 

SEASONAL HELP WANTED

 

The City of New Buffalo will be accepting applications for seasonal help for the transient marina, beach, lifeguards and the launch ramp. Applications are available at www.cityofnewbuffalo.org or can be picked up and returned to New Buffalo City Hall located at 224 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, MI  49117. Applicants must have a valid drivers license. Applicants must be energetic, ambitious, responsible and be a team player. These positions are expected to work 32-40 hours per week including weekends. Applications will be accepted until all vacancies are filled.

 


 

LIFEGUARDS WANTED

 

 The City of New Buffalo will be accepting applications for lifeguards.  Applications are available at www.cityofnewbuffalo.org or can be picked up and returned to New Buffalo City Hall located at 224 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, MI  49117. Applicants must be 18 years of age and be Lifeguard and CPR Certified to be considered. Applicants must be energetic, ambitious, responsible and be a team player. Lifeguards are expected to work 32-40 hours per week including weekends from Memorial Day thru Labor Day. Applications will be accepted until all vacancies are filled. 

 


 


  

NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION

Notice is hereby given that a Special Election will be held in the City of New Buffalo, County of Berrien, State of Michigan, on TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015 at City Hall, 224 W. Buffalo Street, New Buffalo, MI  49117 for the purpose of electing ONE COUNCIL MEMBER. Nonpartisan office candidates must file with the New Buffalo City Clerk's office by 4:00 p.m. on December 29, 2014. The polls for said election will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

 


 

NOW ACCEPTING DEBIT/CREDIT CARDS

The City is pleased to announce that we are now accepting debit/credit cards at City Hall. There will be a convenience fee charged per transaction; $7.50 per water bill; 3.75% for property taxes. On line payments will be offered in the near future.

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SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL GRANT

The City of New Buffalo along with New Buffalo Area Schools, St. Mary of the Lake School and the Friends of Harbor Country Trails (nonprofit) have been awarded a reimbursement grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) - Transportation Alternative - through the Safe Routes to Schools Program, totaling $585,049.39.  The grant will construct approximately 3.5 miles of new sidewalks within the City of New Buffalo.  The project will connect New Buffalo Middle and Elementary Schools to adjacent neighborhoods with the new walkways.  St. Mary of the Lake School is included in the grant to provide sidewalks to nearby neighborhoods.  All walks will be ADA compliant with appropriate crossings, signs and ramps.  The purpose of the grant is to provide safe walking and bicycling opportunities for children to access schools from their residences. 

 

The Pokagon Fund was instrumental in providing the necessary support for grant preparation, project oversight and preliminary engineering.  Other groups that were supportive throughout the planning process include the Berrien County Road Commission, Disability Network of SW MI, SW Michigan Planning Commission, New Buffalo Township and MDOT.  Planning and engineering will commence in 2014 with construction to begin in 2015 or 2016. 



ELECTION INSPECTORS WANTED

The City of New Buffalo is seeking Elections Inspectors for upcoming elections.  As an Election Inspector you will:

  • Earn up to $100 per day
  • Receive paid training
  • Meet new and interesting people in the New Buffalo community.

For more information and to apply, contact the City Clerk at (269) 469-1500.



 EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS

Residents and visitors wishing to receive email notices from the City with urgent news (special meetings, street closings and weather advisories) may enroll online.  Lists may also be generated for those who wish to receive newsletters electronically. To enroll, simply complete the form in the right-hand column of this page and click on 'subscribe.' You may un-enroll at any time. The City will not use lists for anything other than official City business and will not share the lists with outside sources.  Please contact City Hall if you have questions.



BRUSH AND YARD WASTE COLLECTION

Lakeshore will be collecting all yard waste from April 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014 every Wednesday. Materials collected include grass, brush, leaves, weeds and limbs up to 4" in diameter no longer than 4 feet. All material other than limbs should be in biodegradable bags, 32 gallon can or bundle tied with a 50 pound limit. Residents may lease a 95 gallon cart from Lakeshore at a rate of $3.00/month billed to the resident, please contact Lakeshore, 269-231-5623 or 877-LAKE-877 (877-525-3877).

 

ONLY brush resulting from storm damage will be collected by the City. Please contact City Hall at 469-1500 with any questions or concerns.



 NEW BUFFALO HARBOR SOUNDINGS

 April 2014

Please click here for current harbor soundings.

When reviewing the sounding data, add one foot to those readings for actual water depth.  Boaters are cautioned that soundings were current when taken and conditions are likely to change throughout the boating/sailing season. 



BEACH PASSES

 Beach passes will be available at City Hall after March 1, 2014. City of New Buffalo residents and property owners are allowed two beach passes per household at no charge. The City Council has set a total of 50 non-resident beach passes available only to New Buffalo Township residents and property owners for $50 each. 

 

City of New Buffalo residents that have a pass from last year will be able to re-use the same card.  If City residents have lost their pass, replacements are available for $10 each. 



  RECYCLING AND SOLID WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES
 

Lakeshore Recycling and Disposal is the City's recycling and solid waste contractor. They may be reached at 269-231-5623 or 877-LAKE-877

(877-525-3877).

Solid waste collection occurs every Wednesday.

 Lakeshore will also conduct recycling collection services every other week on Wednesdays, for 2015:

January 14 and 28

February 11 and 25

March 11 and 25

April 8 and 22

May 6 and 20

June 3 and 17

July 1, 15 and 29

August 12 and 26

September 9 and 23

October 7 and 21

November 4 and 18

December 2, 16 and 30

All recyclables collected previously will be collected by Lakeshore.

 Please contact City Hall at 469-1500 with any questions or concerns. 


 

 

 

This page last updated on 4/21/2015.

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