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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Welcome to the City of New Buffalo: The Gateway of Michigan!
SOUTH WHITTAKER DETOUR
WATER AND SEWER BILLING CHANGES
The inability to read meters due to the amount of snow this winter has created an opportune time for the City to make a transition from outdated billing procedures. The new procedure allows for more timely meter reads and billing. Unfortunately, this means the next bill residential customers will receive will be for a period of three months instead of two. Customers that receive a monthly bill, your April bill will be for two months.
This is a one time billing adjustment. All future water bills will return to the normal one or two month payment cycle.
Because of the increased bill there will be an additional month to pay without penalty.
All previously delinquent balances must be paid by May 16, 2014 or they will be placed on the property taxes.
2013 Water Quality Reports are available upon request.
Tuesday May 6, 2014 the City of New Buffalo will be electing two (2) council members with partial terms ending November 2016. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Absentee ballots are available for all elections. Registered voters may contact the local clerk to obtain an application for an absent voter ballot.
For more information, please contact the city clerk at 269-469-1500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome Assistant City Manager Jae Guetschow!
The City is pleased to announce the new Assistant City Manager Jae Guetschow. Jae and his wife Debra currently reside in Stevensville, Michigan, where he served as the Village Manager from September 2012 until he took the position here on March 17th. He was elected Village President of Blissfield, Michigan from March 2003 to November 2006 and again from November 2008 to November 2010. Jae also served as a Village Trustee for Blissfield for 2 years, served on the Planning Commission for 3 years and served on the DDA/Main Street Board for 2 years.
Jae was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and dedicated 32 years working in the Department of Human Service for the State of Michigan retiring in 2010. Even though that was the end of his career in state government, Jae wanted to continue working at a local government level. He pursued his Master of Public Administration from the University of Toledo in 2010 and spent two years as an instructor in government at Owens Community College and Jackson Community College. Jae also enjoys remodeling and woodworking in his spare time and held a Michigan residential builders license for 18 years. He’s an avid motorcyclist (Harley) and has served in his community through his involvement in Habitat for Humanity for 10 years.
The City is pleased to have Jae join our team and look forward to his involvement in upcoming projects. His experience is a wonderful addition to the administration. Welcome Jae!
Sgt. Grimmett receives Capstone Award
The City would like to congratulate Sergeant Jason Grimmett for being the first New Buffalo police officer to receive the Capstone Award on February 6, 2014. This award is given after completion of three one-week trainings in police supervision, advance police supervision and supervising critical situations. The courses dealt with police leadership and management skills to help Sgt. Grimmett supervise and guide his fellow officers. He was presented with the award at the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This award is recognized by the State of Michigan, the Michigan State Police and endorsed by the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority.
Sgt. Grimmett has been with the City of New Buffalo for 8 years. He was the K-9 handler for 6 years and became Sergeant in June 2012.
NOTICE OF TORNADO SIREN TESTING
The City of New Buffalo and New Buffalo Township wil be doing monthly Tornado Siren Testing the first Saturday of each month from April through September at 1:00 p.m.
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).
Please contact City Hall at 469-1500 with any questions or concerns.
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.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE
SEASONAL HELP - 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 be 18 years of age to be considered. 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 NEEDED - 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.
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
Solid waste collection occurs every Wednesday.
Lakeshore will also conduct recycling collection services every other week on Wednesdays, for 2014:
January 2, 15 and 29
February 12 and 26
March 12 and 26
April 9 and 23
May 7 and 21
June 4 and 18
July 2, 16 and 30
August 13 and 27
September 10 and 24
October 8 and 22
November 5 and 19
December 3, 17 and 31
All recyclables collected previously will be collected by Lakeshore.
Please contact City Hall at 469-1500 with any questions or concerns.
NEW BUFFALO ARTiGRAS!
National Call for Entries for 2014 Juried Art Festival
The New Buffalo ArtiGras! Art Festival features all types of original art by artists, and for the first time ever will welcome artisans and antique dealers. ARTigras! will now be held the last weekend in June: June 28 – June 29, 2014. ArtiGras! is celebrated in Downtown New Buffalo, just two blocks from beautiful Lake Michigan. Craft beers, local wines, food and light music add to the event.
New Buffalo ARTigras! is offering artists the opportunity to apply online for the summer's exciting line-up of festivals. The NBBA is running ARTigras this year and Artists can visit newbuffalo.org for more information.
This page last updated on 4/23/2014.
Upcoming City Meetings
Please also see calendar above for details.
4/18 - City Hall Closed
4/22 - Spc. CC Mtg.
5/1 - Harbor Com.
5/6 - Election Day
5/8 - DDA Mtg.
5/13 - Planning Com.
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.
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