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.
WALK, RUN OR BICYCLE WHILE ENJOYING HARBOR COUNTRY
Is Your Train on Time?
Welcome to the City of New Buffalo: The Gateway of Michigan!
ICE RINK OPEN
The City Ice Rink at Oselka Park is open as of today, March 4, 2015. Please check the City's website for the final closing of the season.
CHANGE IN MEETING TIME
The Special Meeting for Tuesday, March 3, 2015 has been delayed until 3:30 p.m. due to the inclement weather.
The DDA Meeting for Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 7:50 a.m.
has been cancelled.
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!!
SNOW REMOVAL AROUND FIRE HYDRANTS
As a reminder to those properties that have fire hydrants, the City asks that you keep an area 3 feet around the hydrant clear. This will greatly assist the fire department if there is a fire. Our crews have been out working on clearing hydrants, but any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
(corner of E. Merchant and Taylor St.)
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.
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.
PLANNING COMMISSION MEMBERS NEEDED
There are currently two positions open on the Planning Commission. All interested parties should send in a letter of interest to the City Clerk.
CITY COUNCIL VACANCY
There is currently a vacancy on the City Council for a partial term ending November 2016. All interested parties should send in a letter of interest to the City Clerk by February 12, 2015.
CITY MANAGER SEARCH
The City of New Buffalo is currently seeking to hire a City Manager. Please click on the link to find out more information.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND REGULAR MEETING
Please note that the notice published in the January 15, 2015 edition of the New Buffalo Times for a public hearing on the Berkshire Hathaway Site Plan Review had an incorrect date. The meeting will be held on Tuesday February 3, 2015 at 6:30 p.m..
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.
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.
The City of New Buffalo is seeking Elections Inspectors for upcoming elections. As an Election Inspector you will:
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 3/4/2015.
Upcoming City Meetings
Please also see calendar above for details.
3/05 - Harbor Commission
3/12 - DDA Meeting
3/16 - Board of Review
3/17 - City Council
Other Upcoming Meetings
Please also see calendar above for details
2/25 - GRSD
The City of New Buffalo Fire Department is accepting applications for volunteer firefighter. Must complete Firefighter I & II courses within two years of hire. Applications are available at City Hall, 224 W. Buffalo St., or at the City website: www.cityofnewbuffalo.org
Please see our bike safety
page and a bike safety letter
from the Friends of Harbor
Country Trails – stay safe!
The City Needs Your Help
City residents, if you are interested in serving on any of these board positions, please send a letter of interest to the City Council, 224 West Buffalo Street, New Buffalo, MI 49117, or email:
For more information, please call City Hall, 269-469-1500.
Open late Wednesdays