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

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New Buffalo Amtrak Station (NBU), 226 North Whittaker Street, New Buffalo, Michigan 49117, is served by the Wolverine and Blue Water Michigan Services.

 

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April 1, 2015

Meeting Cancelled/Rescheduled

 

The Planning Commission meeting for April 7, 2015 is cancelled due to issues with the original notice.

 

We will be rescheduling the Meeting at a later date.

 

Sorry for any inconvenience.

 

Allyson Holm

City Clerk


 March 27, 2015

 

 

MEETING

 

The Design and Visual Impact Committee of the Downtown Development Authority will hold a meeting on Tuesday March 31, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., in the Community Room at City Hall, 224 W. Buffalo St, New Buffalo, MI 49117.

 

The following will be on the agenda:

            1. Discussion on planters

 

This meeting is an open meeting. The notice is posted in compliance with Open Meeting Act, Public Act 267 of 1976 and the Americans with Disabilities Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids should contact the City Clerk by writing or calling the following: Allyson Holm, City Clerk (269) 469-1500, 224 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, MI  49117.

 

Christin Rice
Deputy Clerk

 


 

March 28, 2015 (11:00 a.m.)

 

 SPECIAL MEETING

 

The City Council for the City of New Buffalo will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 6:00 p.m., in the Community Room at City Hall, 224 W. Buffalo Street, New Buffalo, Michigan 49117.

 

The purpose of the special meeting is to convene in closed session to consider correspondence from the Interim City Attorney, which is subject to the attorney-client privilege, regarding the Acting City Manager. An open session would follow thereafter to consider and vote on recommendations of Legal Counsel.

 

This meeting is an open meeting. The notice is posted in compliance with Open Meeting Act, Public Act 267 of 1976 and the Americans with Disabilities Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids should contact the City Clerk by writing or calling the following: Allyson Holm, City Clerk (269) 469-1500, 224 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, MI  49117.

 

Allyson Holm
City Clerk

 


 

MEETING CANCELLED

 

March 28, 2015 (8:30 a.m.) 

 

The Mayor is cancelling the Special City Council meeting for Saturday, March 28, 2015 and will be rescheduled at a later date.

 

Allyson Holm
City Clerk

 

 


 

March 27, 2015 (1:30 p.m.)

 

NOTICE OF A SPECIAL MEETING

 

The City Council for the City of New Buffalo will hold a Special Meeting on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 9:00 a.m., in the Community Room at City Hall, 224 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, Michigan 49117.

 

The purpose of the Special Meeting is to consider and vote on whether or not to place the current Acting City Manager on paid administrative leave pending review of job performance matters and discuss and vote on the appointment of an interim City Michigan Freedom of Information Act Coordinator.

 

This Special Meeting is open to the public. This notice is posted in compliance with the Michigan Open Meetings Act, Michigan Public Act 267 of 1976, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Persons requiring auxiliary aides and services or other accommodations should contact the City Clerk at (269) 469-1500, 224 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, Michigan 49117.

 

Allyson Holm
City Clerk

 


 

City Hall Closed April 3, 2015

City Hall offices will be closed on Friday April 3, 2015

in observance of Good Friday.

 


 

NOTICE OF LAST DAY REGISTRATION
FOR THE ELECTION TO BE HELD ON
TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015
CITY OF NEW BUFFALO, MICHIGAN

 

TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS IN THE CITY OF NEW BUFFALO:

 

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that an election will be held in the City of New Buffalo on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at City Hall located at 224 W. Buffalo St. The last day to register for the election is Monday, April 6, 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 be electing one (1) city council member with a partial term ending November 2016.

 

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on the Election the following proposition shall be submitted to a vote of the qualified electors within the City of New Buffalo

 

State of Michigan Proposal 15-1

A proposal to amend the State Constitution to increase the sales/use tax from 6% to 7% to replace and supplement reduced revenue to the School Aid Fund and local units of government caused by the elimination of the sales/use tax on gasoline and diesel fuel for vehicles operating on public roads, and to give effect to laws that provide additional money for roads and other transportation purposes by increasing the gas tax and vehicle registration fees.

 

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

 


 

Meeting Cancelled (March 26, 2015)

 

The Special Meeting of the Controlling Authority Board has been cancelled due to lack of compliance with the Open Meetings Act (Notice not posted on City Website).

 

 


 

Easter Egg Hunt at Oselka Park on April 4, 2015

 

Easter Egg Hunt

 

 


 

***PRESS RELEASE***

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. 

 

REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING CHANGE

 

Notice is now given that the City Council for the City of New Buffalo has cancelled its regular public meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 due to an anticipated lack of quorum.  The meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 6:30 P.M. This meeting will be at City Hall located at 224 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, MI  49117.

 


 

VACANT COUNCIL POSITION        

 

The City of New Buffalo has a vacant council position with a partial term ending November 2016. If you are interested in serving on the council, please submit your letter of interest with the following information:

  1. Thoughts, plans and direction you would offer to the City
  2. What experience and skills you would bring to Council
  3. Resume
  4. Political experience
  5. Work experience
  6. Educational background

Please submit your information by 12:00 p.m. on March 17, 2015 to the City Clerk at City Hall located at 224 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, MI  49117 or by email: clerk@cityofnewbuffalo.org. The City Clerk will be collecting letters of interest until the position has been filled. The current City Charter states that a candidate must be a resident of the City for at least two years immediately prior to, and was a registered elector”.

 


 

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.

 


 

 

ICE RINK IS CLOSED

As of March 7th, the ice rink is closed at Oselka Park.

 

Ice Rink

 

 

 


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. 

 


 

MEETING CANCELLED

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!!
 

Photo: 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 waste 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.

 

Clear Hydrant

(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.

 


 

LIFEGUARDS WANTED

 

 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

Planning Commission

DATE CORRECTION

 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.

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SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL GRANT

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. 



ELECTION INSPECTORS WANTED

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.



 EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS

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.



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).

 

ONLY brush resulting from storm damage will be collected by the City. Please contact City Hall at 469-1500 with any questions or concerns.



 NEW BUFFALO HARBOR SOUNDINGS

 April 2014

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

 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. 



  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

(877-525-3877).

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 4/1/2015.

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