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!
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.
CITY OF NEW BUFFALO LAUNCHES MASTER PLANNING PROCESS
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.
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..
July 20, 2015
New Buffalo City Hall
224 W. Buffalo Street
July 21, 2015
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!
On 7/3/15 at approximately 2307hrs, Officer Michael Cluster of the New Buffalo City Police Department was directing traffic near 11821 Marquette Dr. following the City’s fireworks display at the public beach. He was approached by a pedestrian reference a medical emergency involving a 77 year old female having a heart attack. The subject told Officer Cluster the victim was located nearby in a parked vehicle. Officer Cluster responded to the scene where he located several other citizens performing CPR on the victim who was not breathing and did not have a pulse. Officer Cluster took over the scene and began CPR and continued until Officer Dave Hockenhull, also of the New Buffalo City Police Department arrived on scene and provided assistance with an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator). The victim was resuscitated at the scene before being transported to the local hospital by Medic 1 Ambulance. Officers were assisted on scene by additional New Buffalo City Police Officers, Medic 1 Ambulance and the Berrien County Sherriff’s Department.
Officer Cluster followed up with family members who informed us that the victim will be transported to a hospital in the Chicago area where she will receive additional medical treatment.
Fireworks and Concert
Friday July 3, 2015
Free concert by the LaPorte Symphony Orchestra
at Lions Park Pavillion across from the
New Buffalo Beach at 8:30 p.m.
The City of New Buffalo Fireworks display
over Lake Michigan
at 10:10 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Concert and Fireworks sponsored by:
The Pokagon Fund and Four Winds Casino
Hosted by the NBBS (New Buffalo Business Association)
The Planning Commission meeting for July 7, 2015
has been cancelled.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on:
Tuesday August 11, 2015, at 6:30
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!
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!!
SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
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:
SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS PUBLIC MEETING
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
#2 SE side of
#3 Sidewalk on both sides of Eagle and
For more information please contact City Manager Rob Anderson at (269) 469-1500.
NORTON STREET HOME INVASION
At approximately 1416 hours on Tuesday June 16th 2015, New Buffalo City Police responded to an Unarmed Robbery/Home Invasion on Norton St. in New Buffalo City. The victim advised 1 Hispanic male approx. 5’10” wearing a green reflective vest and hard hat entered his back yard, and began measuring near the base of his house. When asked what he was doing he advised he was going to install a drop line. The victim thought it was suspicious and attempted to enter his residence when the suspect grabbed his arm preventing him from entering the home. The Hispanic male then used a two way radio to speak with someone believed to be inside the home.
At this time the victim observed two (2) males leaving from the inside of his residence. 1 male is described as wearing blue jeans and a white polo with black and tan stripes, the second male was wearing a light blue shirt. At this time all 3 suspects got into a black midsized SUV believed to be a Ford, and fled northbound toward Buffalo St.
No one was injured during this incident. It is unknown at this time what or if anything was taken from the home.
If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the New Buffalo City Police Department at (269) 469-1593, or Berrien County Dispatch (866) 630-7679.
Police are reminding the public to please stay alert to suspicious activity in your neighborhood and report all suspicious behavior to authorities.
New Buffalo City was assisted on scene by New Buffalo Twp. Police, Chikaming Twp. Police, Pokagon Tribal Police, and the Michigan State Police.
FREE GUN LOCKS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE NEW BUFFALO POLICE DEPARTMENT LOBBY
Click here for a New Parents Guide to Gun Safety in the home. Please remember to lock firearms for the protection of all members of the household.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!
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 CITY NEEDS YOUR HELP
1 Member (Nov 2017)
1 Member (Nov 2017)
1 Member (May 2018)
1 Member (May 2016)
1 Alternate (May 2017)
1 Alternate (May 2018)
1 Member (May 2016)
2 Member (May 2017)
2 Member (May 2018)
1 Alternate (May 2016)
1 Member (May 2019)
1 Member (May 2023)
4 staggered positions
3 position (May 2017)
Ship and Shore Blues Festivals
Harbor Arts introduces the first Ship and Shore Blues Festival to New Buffalo in Lions Beachfront Park on August 8, 2015. Come out and enjoy live performances from internationally known artists along with local cuisine, wineries, and craft breweries. The Ship and Shore Blues Festival is a standout destination for music lovers, concert-goers and families. The one day Festival has something for the entire family to enjoy. During the festival, we are paying tribute to two Blues legends: Koko Taylor and B.B. King. You will also be able to hop behind the wheel of a new car during the Ford Driving Experience, hit the road virtually with the Harley-Davidson® JUMPSTART™ Rider Experience, and explore in the Curious Kids Discovery Zone. For more information on our talented lineup, festival activites, how to get here, and where to stay, visit us online at http://www.shipandshorebluesfestival.com.
CITY BRUSH PICK-UP
The City Street Department will be doing one last sweep in the City for brush pick-up. Please have brush to the road no later than June 1st. After June 1st, Lakeshore Recycling will continue to do brush pick-up every Wednesday as done in the previous year.
DRAFT BUDGET 2015-2016
To view the draft budget for the Fiscal Year 2015-2016, please click here.
MAY 5, 2015 ELECTION RESULTS
The local election results for a partial Council Member term ending November 2016 are as follows:
Pete Weber - 249
The State Proposal 15-1
Yes - 141
Yes - 5832
2015 HARBOR SOUNDINGS
The 2015 soundings of the city's harbor are available for viewing. Please click here.
NEW CITY MANAGER
The City of New Buffalo is pleased to announce our new City Manager, Robert Anderson. City Clerk Allyson Holm administered the Oath of Office on Wednesday, April 15. Mr. Anderson is originally from Saginaw, Michigan. He holds a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and received his Bachelors from the University of Michigan.
His past experience includes Director of Planning and Development for the City of Detroit MI, Chief ...Development Officer for Fayetteville NC, Director of Development Services for Rio Rancho NM. He has also been involved in the Planning Directors of the 30 Largest Cities in America, the Youth Leadership Bay County program, Bay Arts Council in Bay City MI, and coached youth soccer in Pontiac MI.
The City is pleased to have Mr. Anderson join our team! His experience and knowledge is a welcomed addition to our administration.
NEW FULL TIME POLICE OFFICERS
The New Buffalo Police Department is glad to announce the addition of two new patrol officers to the department.
Officer David Burrow was sworn in by Deputy Clerk Christin Rice on March 18, 2015. Officer Burrow was a member of the Laramie County Sherriff’s Department in Cheyenne, Wyoming, for seven years. He attended the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy in Douglas, Wyoming. His training as a Drug Recognition Expert through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,... a certified Field Training Officer and Bicycle Patrol training will be a great asset to our department. Officer Burrow grew up in Gobles, Michigan.
Officer David Hockenhull has been a part time officer in New Buffalo since November, 2013. He became a full time officer on March 26, 2015. Officer Hockenhull attended the Kalamazoo Law Enforcement Training Center Academy in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He has been a former member of the Detroit and South Bend Police Departments, as well as a security officer at Four Winds Casino. He has been actively patrolling our community for more than a year.
We welcome both officers to our team and look forward to their future contributions and involvement in our community.
Water Quality Report
The Annual Water Quality Report for 2014 is now available.
Berrien County's Residential Tire Recycling Collection will take place Thursday, April 30 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and on Friday, May 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Berrien County residents can bring any size tire to the County Road Commission facility at 2860 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor during those event times. Tires with and without rims are accepted.
Thanks to a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality grant, tires will be accepted free. Grant funds do not cover the cost to recycle the oversize tires and other service costs. Donations are accepted. This event is coordinated by the Berrien County Parks Department. Park staff is coordinating just this one tire recycling event this year. More information can be found at www.berriencounty.org/recycle, click "Tires"
or call 983-7111 x8234
NOTICE OF TORNADO SIREN TESTING
The City of New Buffalo and New Buffalo Township will be doing monthly Tornado Siren Testing the first Saturday of each month from May through September at 1:00 p.m.
NOTICE TO RESIDENTS
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.
On 3-18-15 at 9:52 p.m., an armed robbery occurred at the Pizza Hut located in New Buffalo. The subject brandished a handgun and demanded all the money, and got away with an undisclosed amount. It's unknown if the suspect fled the scene in a vehicle. Witnesses last saw the suspect walking eastbound on E. Buffalo St. toward Bell Ave. The suspect is described as a lighter skinned black male approximately 6'1" to 6'3" and approximately 170-175 pounds. Suspect was wearing a black outfit, and the hoodie had some writing on it that was outlined in red. The suspect was also wearing a ballcap with the hoodie pulled over the ballcap. The suspect had a neatly trimmed beard and mustache, but had very little facial hair. This was a very thin beard and mustache. The New Buffalo City Police Department was assisted on scene by the Berrien County Sheriff Department. If you have any information about the armed robbery, contact the New Buffalo City Police Department at (269) 469-1593.
YARD WASTE COLLECTION
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 ANNOUNCEMENT
Berrien County Treasurer Bret Witkowski announced a program to help homeowners who are delinquent on their property taxes. Click here for more information.
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.
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 7/24/2015.
Upcoming City Meetings
Please also see calendar above for details.
Other Upcoming Meetings
Please also see calendar above for details
7/14 - LRSB
7/14 - Library Board
7/15 - Cemetery Board
7/20 - Community Workshop
7/21 - Business Workshop
7/22 - 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