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 email@example.com.
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!
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE
The City of New Buffalo would like to take this time to remember those that served and the gave the ultimate sacrifice.
NOTICE TO CITY RESIDENTS
The City of New Buffalo is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the City Council created by the resignation of a council member effective May 17, 2016. This is for a partial term of office which will expire November 2016.
Applicant must be a registered voter of the City of New Buffalo and be a resident of the City for at least one year. Persons who are interested in the development and growth of our community are asked to submit a letter of interest along with a resume to the City Clerk. You can mail your information to City of New Buffalo, 224 W. Buffalo Street, New Buffalo, MI. 49117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The City must receive letter of interest and resume no later than 12:00 p.m. June 17, 2016 to be considered.
ACCEPTING REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
The City of New Buffalo is seeking qualified attorneys or firms to serve as City Attorney for full service legal representation covering the entire scope of the city’s municipal affairs. The contract is for a negotiable term of up to three (3) years. This request for proposal is for four (4) separate pricing options, which include general counsel monthly retainer, general counsel billable hourly, prosecution services monthly retainer and prosecution services billable hourly rate. The award of the RFP may be awarded in part to separate firms for general counsel and prosecution services.
RFP Packets are available at the
Clerk's Office, 224 W. Buffalo
or by clicking here.
Proposals must be received no later than June 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm
NEW BUFFALO AREA SCHOOLS Needs Your Help
Superintendent Search Needs YOU. Please come and give your input on a new superintendent on Thursday May 19th at 6PM in the High School Media Center.
Please feel free to fill out the survey below if you cannot attend. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NewBuffaloSupSearch
In memory of Bob Westergren, the City sends their sincere condolences to the Westergren family. He was appointed to the Planning Commission June of 2003 and served until he was elected to the City Council May of 2005. He served a three year term and was appointed Mayor in both 2006 and 2007. He will be missed by many.
On 5/12/16 at approximately 5:24pm, Berrien County Dispatch advised of a possible structure fire on Sand Rd, in New Buffalo City. Berrien Dispatch advised the caller could see smoke coming from the very large building, later determined to be 702 Sand Rd. When New Buffalo City Police arrived on scene, heavy black smoke was seen coming from the entire length of the roof. The New Buffalo City Fire Department was in route to the scene and advised on the situation. Upon the Fire Department’s arrival on scene, they began to knock the fire down, and were assisted on scene by New Buffalo Township Fire, Chikaming Township Fire, and Michiana Shore Fire Department. Also on scene were members of the New Buffalo Township Police and Pokagon Tribal Police, Medic 1 was on standby. No injuries were reported, and the building was unoccupied. It took firefighters approximately 5 hours to extinguish the fire, not before extensive damage was done to the contents of the building. It was determined that the building was used for storage.
Witnesses are currently being interviewed, and the origin and cause of the fire are not yet known.
On behalf of all 1st responders on scene, we would like to thank Redamak’s and Friends of New Buffalo Township for supplying them with water and food during this incident.
As this is currently on open investigation, no further information is available at this time. As it becomes available, future press releases will be sent.
The City has the DRAFT Master Plan available to view by clicking here. This link was updated on May 2, 2016 which includes an updated page 17.
2016 HARBOR SOUNDINGS
Please click here to see the 2016 soundings of the New Buffalo Harbor. The depth readings are based off the mean lake levels.
Berrien County Residential Tire Recycling
The Berrien County Residential Tire Recycling Collection is Thursday, May 12 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, May 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The collection takes place at the Berrien County Road Commission facility, 2830 East Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI. Participants must enter the facility at the southernmost gate (3rd gate from the corner) on Yore Avenue. Look for and follow event signs. This event is open to Berrien County residents only to properly and legally get rid of waste tires. The following recycling fee will be charged and is due at the event by cash or check (written to Berrien County): $1/passenger tire, $2/passenger tire on the rim, $5/semi-truck tire, $10/oversize and loader tire.
Tires will be recycled by Deerpath Recyclers. Deerpath Recyclers is located at 56625 Wood House Drive in Dowagiac and accepts tires from residents, as well, at their facility. More information, and a list of other tire recycling options, can be found at www.berriencounty.org/recycle, click "Tires" or call 983-7111x8234. The county sponsored recycling events are coordinated by Berrien County Parks Department staff.
2016 YARD WASTE PICK UP
Click here for information on the 2016 yard waste, brush and branch pick up schedule.
LIVE STREAM OF THE NEW BUFFALO HARBOR
DRAFT 2016-2017 BUDGET
Click here to download the Draft 2016-2017 Budget. Previous years' budgets and annual audits are available on the Treasurer's Office page.
CONGRATULATIONS TO CITY CLERK ALLYSON HOLM
On March 25, 2016, City Clerk Allyson Holm completed the third year of a three year certification program through the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks held in Mt. Pleasant. Upon completion of the program she is now a Certified Michigan Municipal Clerk and was presented with a plaque by MAMC President Joe Bridgman and the Clerk's Institute Facilitator Lewis Bender. Congratulations Allyson!
NEW DEPUTY CLERK
We would like to welcome Mary Lynn to our team as the new Deputy Clerk. Mary was an election inspector during the last election. She is formerly from Chelsea, Michigan, but has since become a resident of the area. She was the Front Desk Manager at a large salon in Ann Arbor. We look forward to her becoming an integral member of the team at City Hall.
LEAF AND YARD WASTE PICK-UP
Lakeshore Recycling and Disposal will be collecting all yard waste from April 1, 2016 - October 31, 2016 every Wednesday. Materials collected include grass, brush, leaves, weeds and limbs up to 4” in diameter and 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. Limbs must be placed in small neat piles or bundle tied, 50 pound limit. Residents may lease a 95 gallon yard waste cart from Lakeshore at a rate of $3.00/month billed to the resident.
THE CITY WILL STILL COLLECT LEAVES RAKED TO THE CURB THROUGH THE MONTH OF APRIL AND IN THE FALL. IN ADDITION TO THE LAKESHORE PICKUP,THE CITY WILL CHIP BRUSH THE 2ND AND 4TH THURSDAY EACH MONTH AND FROM MAJOR STORM DAMAGE.
N. WHITTAKER REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT
At the March 22nd Open House on the N. Whittaker Project, Houseal, Lavigne, along with Abonmarche, and Landscape Architects presented proposed renderings for discussion purposes. The City invites the community to comment on the proposed designs. Please contact the City with your questions, comments and suggestions, or click here to take a short survey.
Click here for the renderings.
Click here for the Pedestrian Arcade.
NOMINATING PETITION DEADLINE
The City of New Buffalo will be holding a General Election on November 8, 2016 that will include three council member positions with a term ending November 2020. The last day to turn in nominating petitions is Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Petitions shall be signed by not less than twenty-five nor more than fifty qualified registered electors of the City of New Buffalo. Petitions are available at the Clerk’s office, 224 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, MI 49117. Please contact the clerk with any questions (269) 469-1500.
Follow the latest news and discussions from the DDA Board on their blog, click here.
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 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.
THE CITY NEEDS YOUR HELP
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: email@example.com. For more information, please call City Hall, 269-469-1500.
1 Alternate (May 2017)
1 Alternate (May 2018)
1 Alternate (May 2019)
1 Member (May 2019)
1 Member (May 2017)
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.
Water Quality Report
The Annual Water Quality Report for 2015 is now available.
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.
This page last updated on 5/26/2016.
Upcoming City Meetings
Please also see calendar above for details.
6/2 - Harbor Commission
6/7 - Planning Commission
6/9 - DDA
6/13 - Parks Board
6/21 - City Council
Other Upcoming Meetings
Please also see calendar above for details
5/25 - GRSD
6/14 - Library Board
6/14 - LRSB
6/22 - GRSD
7/5 - Cemetery Board
7/12 - Library Board
7/12 - LRSB
7/27 - 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.