FOIA LAW changes take effect July 1, 2015

There have been changes made to the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, Public Act 442 of 1976 which will take effect July 1, 2015. Please find more information listed below. You can also find this on the City Clerk's part of the website. If you have any questions, please contact the City Clerk at 269-469-1500 or


Michigan Freedom of Information Act

FOIA Summary

FOIA Procedures & Guidelines


Affidavit of Indigency



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.





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


Amtrak's Mich. Services

Mich. Services Schedule


Is Your Train on Time?
Please contact Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) for full details on train arrival status.


City's Facebook Page


Welcome to the City of New Buffalo: The Gateway of Michigan!



Master Plan


The City has the DRAFT Master Plan available to view by clicking here. After clicking on the link, click under "Documents" to view.



DDA Header 


Follow the latest news and discussions from the DDA Board on their blog, click here.



Michigan Voter Ballot Application Form for the March 8, 2016 Presidential Primary.

The March 8, 2016 Presidential Primary close of registration will be February 8, 2016. You must be registered in order to vote in the election.

Polls will be open on the day of election, March 8, 2016 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, please contact the City Clerk.



RESOLUTION 2016-01-01




Pursuant to Section 1-4F of the City Zoning Ordinance, the City Council of the City of New Buffalo hereby resolves that:

Council having considered the Commission’s December 1, 2015 approval of the Site Plan Application submitted by Buffalo Trading, LLC, the Council does not approve the action taken by the Commission and hereby remands the Application to the Commission for a new hearing with the Site Plan Applicant to review and decide upon the Application in compliance with State law and City Ordinances by making fact based findings on the record on each of the requirements for approval stated in the City Zoning Ordinance Standards for Site Plan Review and Standards for Approval for Special Uses, under the guidance and direct in-person participation of planning consultant referred by the Michigan Chapter of the American Planning Association at the cost of the City.  The Commission shall hold said hearing and issue a written and dated approval, conditional approval or denial of the Application within forty-five (45) days of the date of this Resolution.  In furtherance of this Resolution, the City Manager is authorized, through the City Attorney, to attempt to secure an extension of time for the Defendants’ filing of responsive pleadings in the Lawsuit so as to facilitate the review and rendering of a Commission decision on the Application as described in this Resolution.  The City Manager is further authorized take such other legal or administrative actions as are necessary to carry into effect City Council’s directives set out in this Resolution.


RESOLVED, this 19th day of January, 2016.

Resolution was adopted by the following Roll Call yea and nay vote:

Yeas:  Council Members Peterson, Messinger, O’Donnell, Spirito, Mayor   Weber 
Nays:  None      
Absent: None

Resolution carried.





As of January 18, 2016, the ice skating rink at Oselka Park is currently open.




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


Solid waste collection occurs every Wednesday.

 Lakeshore will also conduct recycling collection services every other week on Wednesdays, for 2016:

January 13 and 27

February 10 and 24

March 9 and 23

April 6 and 20

May 4 and 18

June 2, 15 and 29

July 13 and 27

August 10 and 24

September 8 and 21

October 5 and 19

November 2, 16 and 30

December 14 and 28

All recyclables collected previously will be collected by Lakeshore.

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



At the December 15th Council meeting Mayor Weber presented Police Chief Larry Pitchford with an award for 40 years of service to the City of New Buffalo.  Congratulations Chief Pitchford and thank you for your professionalism and service to our community.


Chief Pitchford 40 yrs



It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Jeff Schroeder yesterday.  He was an employee of the Street Department for over 20 years.  He was a dedicated man with a quick smile.  He will be sorely missed by all.

Jeff Schroeder





As the winter months approach, we need the help of our residence to ensure the safety of all. Parking is prohibited on all streets in the City of New Buffalo from October 1st through April 1st, between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6: a.m. to facilitate the removal of snow. 

New Buffalo City Ordinance Section 18-4 states that no person who is the owner of any lot or premises within the City of New Buffalo shall permit any snow or ice to remain upon the sidewalks in front of or adjoin such lot or premises. Sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours after a snow fall. 

Failure to remove snow could result in the issuance of a citation. Second home owners and absentee landlords are advised to make arrangements to have snow removed in their absence.


New Buffalo Police Department
Seasonal Police Officer (5 available)

The City of New Buffalo is accepting applications for the position of Seasonal Police Officer.  This position is a 40 hour per week job that runs from March through October. The rate of pay for certified officers, at time of posting, is $15.00 per hour.  Certified officers will be given preference, but certifiable officers are strongly encouraged to apply.


Successful applicant's patrol duties may include watercraft, bicycle, ATV, and traditional patrols as needed.

Submit Resumes to:

New Buffalo City Police Department

Attn: Diana Selir / Office Specialist

224 W. Buffalo St.

New Buffalo, MI  49117








********Press Release********      

 Over the weekend of November 13th -15th, New Buffalo City Police Officers were notified of approximately seven (7) motor vehicles that had been broken into sometime between the hours of midnight and 3am on November 14th.  The vehicles were located in various neighborhoods throughout the City.  The vehicles were all left unlocked by owners, and it appears the suspect(s) took loose currency leaving behind most other valuables. It was reported that other vehicles had been ransacked, but nothing was reported to be missing. They wanted police to be aware of it. 

New Buffalo City Police are again reminding homeowners lock the doors to their vehicles, homes, and any out buildings on their properties, and to report any suspicious activity or people in your neighborhood to the New Buffalo City Police Department, at 269-469-1593. 





The City of New Buffalo is pleased to announce our new Street Superintendent Tony Ashbaugh.  Clerk Allyson Holm administered the Oath of Office on Thursday, October 29. Mr. Ashbaugh has more than 39 years experience in project management of residential, commercial and industrial facilities. He holds a Bachelors of Sociology from the University of Notre Dame.

His past experience includes owner/president of Outdoor Management, Inc., president and vice-president of sales of Elkhart Brass Manufacturing. 

We welcome Mr. Ashbaugh to our team! His experience and knowledge is a welcomed addition to our administration.

Ashbaugh Sworn In 



Congratulations to Water Department


Recently Water Superintendent Ken Anderson received the 2014 Water Fluoridation Quality Award for maintaining optimum levels of fluoride in our water system for calendar year 2014.  This award is given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Health & Human Services.  We are proud of the continued dedication to providing quality services by our Water Department staff.






The last brush pick-up for the 2015 season for New Buffalo City residents will be the week of October 19, 2015.  Residents need to have brush out before October 19, 2015. LOOSE leaf pick-up will begin shortly after that.  PLEASE DO NOT put leaves on the paved roadway.


Lakeshore Recycling will continue to pick up BAGGED leaves every Wednesday until October 31, 2015.




 City residents, if you are interested in serving on any of these board positions, please click here to fill out the application. You may also submit a resume with the application and send in to the City Clerk, Allyson Holm, 224 West Buffalo Street, New Buffalo, MI 49117, or email: For more information, please call City Hall, 269-469-1500.


Planning Commission

1 Member (May 2018)


Zoning Board of Appeals

1 Alternate (May 2017)

1 Alternate (May 2018)

Park and Recreation Board

1 Alternate (May 2016)


Civil Service Board

1 Member (May 2019)


Local Officers Compensation Commission

3 Members (staggered positions)
Construction Board of Appeals

1 Member (May 2017)



New Buffalo Historic Walking Tour

The New Buffalo Parks Department along with friends are proud to bring back the Walking Tour of Historic Interest. Click here to view the brochure or stop at the beach and pick one up today. Enjoy the walk!



View Recorded Meetings and Watch Live

The City of New Buffalo has begun recording city meetings that are now available for the public to watch along with the ability to watch live broadcast meetings. Currently the City Council, Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals are being recorded. To view the meetings, please click on “View Recorded Meetings” on the left hand side of the home page on the city’s website. The new system has had a few technical errors and we are working diligently on getting those resolved.




The City of New Buffalo is starting a community planning process that will produce a new Master Plan. The Master Plan is a community-based effort to guide future growth and development in New Buffalo for the next 10-15 years. The process began in May with a meeting and workshop with the Planning Commission and City Council, who will provide ongoing guidance throughout the planning process. Houseal Lavigne Associates, a consulting firm specializing in community planning, urban design, and economic developed, has been engaged to assist with the development of the Master Plan.

What is a Master Plan?

A Master Plan serves as a community’s official guide for land use, physical improvement, and development. It provides a foundation for decision-making that is based on community consensus, community vision, and an understanding of existing conditions and future potentials. A Master Plan should serve as a community’s “road map” for 10 to 15 years into the future, protecting and enhancing the unique and established character of the community while guiding local policy and day-to-day decision making. The Master Plan for the City of New Buffalo will address land use and development, transportation and circulation, community facilities and infrastructure, and environmental features, open space, and more.

Public Involvement

The Master Plan process is rooted in community input and involvement. Over the next several months, the City will be undertaking a planning process designed to solicit community feedback, analyze existing conditions, establish a vision, and create planning and implementation recommendations.

The first public events for residents to get involved will be the Community Workshop for residents and the Business Workshop for those who own or operate a business in New Buffalo. These events are intended to provide a forum for members of the New Buffalo community to offer input to the planning process. Those in attendance will have the chance to identify issues, concern, opportunities, and important assets they feel the Master Plan should address..

Community Workshop

July 20, 2015

7:00 PM

New Buffalo City Hall

224 W. Buffalo Street

Business Workshop

July 21, 2015

8:00 AM

New Buffalo City Hall

224 W. Buffalo Street


If you are unable to attend in-person public events, you can also participant via the project website.  Click here to go to Master Plan Project website.. From the project website, you can get updates about future public events, view plan documents as they become available, and utilize online outreach tools. These include online questionnaires for both residents and business owners, and sMap, an online mapping tool which allows you to make a personalized map of New Buffalo as you understand it. We encourage all members of the community to visit the website and get involved in the Master Plan!




The City, in conjunction with the our planning consultant Houseal Lavigne Associates, we are updating the City's Master Plan.  We are asking for the public's input.   Click here to go to the Master Plan Project website.  There you will find several tools to use that will be complied and help guide the City in creating the new "map" of the future New Buffalo. 


This a great opportunity for the public to share their thoughts and ideas!




The 2015 soundings of the city's harbor are available for viewing. Please click here.



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.




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; $5.50 per water bill; 3.75% for property taxes. On line payments will be offered in the near future.



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.


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.





This page last updated on 2/9/2016.

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