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


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City of New Buffalo
Whittaker Street Redevelopment
Request for Qualifications for Engineering and Related Services
October 2, 2015


The City of New Buffalo is engaged in the drafting of a new community-wide Master Land Plan to guide development policy as well as public investment for infrastructure and public facilities.  One important area of focus is to collaborate with the New Buffalo Downtown Development Authority (DDA) for substantial reconfiguration and redevelopment of the downtown segment of the North Whittaker Street public right-of-way from Buffalo Street (State Highway 12) to the bridge over the Galien River at Oselka Drive as well as adjacent segments of Merchant and Mechanic, and Thompson and Barton Streets.  The infrastructure within this targeted location is deteriorated and the current configuration of sidewalks, curbs, parking, etc., does not provide adequate space for pedestrian circulation nor sidewalk cafés, or special event programming. For more information click here.


The City of New Buffalo, Michigan is requesting a Statement of Qualifications from interested Civil Engineering and related firms with a deadline of 12:00 noon EST, on Friday October 16, 2015. Responses shall not exceed 50 pages.

Responses to this RFQ are to be delivered to the office of the City Manager - 224 West Buffalo Street, New Buffalo, Michigan  49117. Telephone: 269-469-1500.



The City of New Buffalo is seeking bids to replace the third, fourth and fifth sections of Dunewalk at the New Buffalo City Beach.  Sealed bids are due at 12 p.m. on Friday October 23, 2015. For more information click here.



(updated 9/24/2015)





PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that an election will be held in the City of New Buffalo on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at City Hall located at 224 W. Buffalo St. The last day to register for the election is Monday, October 5, 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 have four Charter Amendment Proposals that shall be submitted to a vote of the qualified electors within the City of New Buffalo as presented and listed below:



Proposed amendment to the New Buffalo City Charter to change the starting time of regular meetings of City Council.



Proposed amendment of the New Buffalo City Charter to change the requirement for the publication of the proceedings of City Council from newspaper publication to publication on the City’s official website.



Proposed amendment of the New Buffalo City Charter to remove Section 3.17.



Proposed amendment of the New Buffalo City Charter to amend section 5.1 to require one year minimum residency in the city immediately prior to the last day for the filing of petitions for elected office.


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the New Buffalo Area School district will be voting on the following millage proposal as presented and listed below:



This proposal will allow the school district to levy the statutory rate of 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance. 


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





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.






The City of New Buffalo is seeking applicants for the position of Street Superintendent. This a working superintendent position which will be expected to oversee, coordinate and assist with a full range of public works activities.  A complete job description is available here. New Buffalo offers an excellent benefit package including health insurance and MERS retirement.  The ideal candidate will have either 3 years of previous experience in upper level supervision or a minimum 5 years of experience in public works operations.  A Professional Engineer is strongly desired. 

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three (3) employment related references no later than Friday October 2, 2015 4:00pm to City Manager, 224 W. Buffalo, New Buffalo, MI  49117 or email to




 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 2017)

1 Member (May 2018)


Harbor Commission

1 Alternate (May 2017)


Zoning Board of Appeals

1 Member (May 2017)

1 Alternate (May 2017)

1 Alternate (May 2018)

Park and Recreation Board

1 Member (May 2016)


Civil Service Board

1 Member (May 2017)

1 Member (May 2019)


Local Officers Compensation Commission

4 Members (staggered positions)
Construction Board of Appeals

1 Member (May 2017)



                 Safe Routes to School Project

The City of New Buffalo received a Safe Routes to School grant for $585,000 to install 3.5 miles of sidewalks on specific streets plus a grant from the Pokagon Foundation of $98,900 for engineering, administration and non-participating costs. The City conducted multiple public meetings which allowed the citizens of New Buffalo 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. The grant was approved in July of 2014. The City intends to construct sidewalks in the project area starting in the spring of 2016. The grant requires that new 5' wide sidewalks be placed on both sides of the selected streets within the project area.


Citizens provided input at the April 23 and July 16, 2015 public review meetings. The City has opted to change some of the sidewalk locations to provide better connectivity to existing sidewalks, which include the following streets:

  • Both sides of Bronson from Indiana to E. Clay
  • Both sides of Indiana from Bronson to Norton Street
  • Both sides of Norton from Indiana to US-12
  • SE side of Detroit Street near the New Buffalo Elementary School
  • Both sides of : Clinton, Marshall, Monroe (north to Indiana Street), Eagle, and Chicago to Indiana
  • Both sides of : 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 Street.

We anticipate presenting this to City Council for approval on September 15, 2015. Please call City Manager Rob Anderson at 269-469-1500 if you have any questions or would like to discuss specifics of your property.

Please click here to view the revised Infrastructure Priority Map.




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.


City of New Buffalo 2015 Towing Contractor Bid Notice


The City of New Buffalo will receive bids to provide wrecker service for vehicle impoundment and storage. Bid documents can be picked up at City Hall, 224 West Buffalo Street. Due date is 3:00 PM EST Friday, August 21, 2015.



New Buffalo to Participate in Unique Trail-Based

Economic Development Planning Initiative

Local officials and trail advocates working to explore new ways to expand trail-based tourism and provide accessibility; public meeting scheduled for August 11. Please click here for more information. 




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 would like to thank Lifeguard Kelsey Zawada for painting the Beach Warning Flag System at the beach concession stand. 


Remember to be aware of the water conditions when you are at the beach.  Make sure younger swimmer are also aware of the conditions before going in.  Know before you go!! 





The City of New Buffalo has been awarded a grant in the amount of $585,049 from the Michigan Fitness Council / Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) and the MDOT Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) in July of 2014 to develop sidewalks and programs that will allow children safe passage to and from school.  The New Buffalo Schools and St. Mary’s by the Lake along with the City of New Buffalo invite you to a meeting to another review of the project.  As promised, by the mayor and council members present, this is a follow up to the public meeting that was held on April 23, 2015.  The meeting will be held on:  



Thursday, July 16, 2015


224 West Buffalo Street

City Hall, Council Chambers

New Buffalo, 49117


The purpose of the meeting will be to review the SRTS / MDOT criteria, costs and recommendations relative to the Safe Routes to School grant for developing sidewalks within the City of New Buffalo to middle and elementary schools.


Specific streets that were identified in the 2014 Safe Routes to School grant to have new sidewalk on both sides of the street include the following:


#1 Bronson from US 12 to E. Clay, Both sides of Indiana from Bronson to Taylor

#2 SE side of Detroit Street near the elementary school, sidewalks on both sides of Clinton, Marshall, Monroe (north to Indiana Street), Eagle, and Chicago to Indiana as well.

#3 Sidewalk on both sides of Eagle and Chicago between Michigan St. and US-12, Berrien and Willard between Mechanic and US-12 and infills along US-12 between Willard and Eagle Streets.


For more information please contact City Manager Rob Anderson at (269) 469-1500.






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 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





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





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:

  • 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.


Lakeshore will be collecting all yard waste from April 1, 2015 to 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 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.


 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 10/5/2015.

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