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.
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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Welcome to the City of New Buffalo: The Gateway of Michigan!
MEETING CANCELLED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED TO LATER DATE.
Meeting Notice to all Area Citizens & Businesses
Date and Time: Monday, June 27, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
Location: City Hall, 224 West Buffalo Street
Purpose: Contribute productive and constructive thoughts and ideas, establish action plans to move the City of New Buffalo forward and receive updates on current initiatives.
Mayor Lou O'Donnell will be attending for the City of New Buffalo. Any recommendations from this meeting will be considered advisory and submitted to the appropriate City Board, Commission or City Council.
NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS AND ELECTORS
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of New Buffalo, County of Berrien, State of Michigan, intends to issue and sell general obligation capital improvement bonds pursuant to Act 34, Public Acts of Michigan, 2001, as amended (“Act 34”), in one or more series, in an aggregate amount not to exceed Four Million Dollars ($4,000,000), for the purpose of paying all or part of the cost of the planning, engineering, design and construction of municipal infrastructure improvements, including, but not limited to, improvements to the water distribution system, sanitary and storm sewer facilities, streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, public parking facilities, public restroom facilities, and the fire station parking lot; a bridge over the Galien River; and the relocation of overhead power and communications facilities, together with all appurtenances and attachments thereto.
SAID BONDS shall mature in annual installments not to exceed fifteen (15) in number, with interest rates to be determined at a public or private sale but in no event to exceeding the maximum rate permitted by law on the unpaid balance from time to time remaining outstanding on said bonds.
SOURCE OF PAYMENT OF BONDS
THE PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST OF THE BONDS shall be payable from the general funds of the City lawfully available for such purposes including property taxes levied within applicable constitutional and statutory tax rate limitations.
RIGHT OF REFERENDUM
THE BONDS WILL BE ISSUED WITHOUT A VOTE OF THE ELECTORS UNLESS A VALID PETITION REQUESTING SUCH A VOTE SIGNED BY NOT LESS THAN 10% OF THE REGISTERED ELECTORS RESIDING WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY IS FILED WITH THE CITY CLERK WITHIN FORTY‑FIVE (45) DAYS AFTER PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. IF SUCH PETITION IS FILED, THE BONDS MAY NOT BE ISSUED WITHOUT AN APPROVING VOTE OF A MAJORITY OF THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS RESIDING WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY VOTING THEREON.
THIS NOTICE is given pursuant to the requirements of Section 517, Act 34, Public Acts of Michigan, 2001, as amended.
Allyson Holm, City Clerk
The City of New Buffalo is seeking applicants for the position of City Clerk. The position is under the supervision of the City Manager. This position is the official record keeper for the city, prepare council and various board agendas and supporting documents, record minutes at city council meetings and other boards when necessary. The City Clerk is responsible for city elections and voter registrations. A complete job description is available here.
New Buffalo offers an excellent benefit package including health insurance and MERS retirement. The ideal candidate should have 3 years of previous experience in upper level supervision and a minimum 3 years of experience in municipal environment. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three (3) employment related references to City Manager, 224 W. Buffalo, New Buffalo, MI 49117 or email to email@example.com.
CITY TREASURER/HR DIRECTOR
The City of New Buffalo is seeking applicants for the position of City Treasurer/HR Director. The position is under the supervision of the City Manager and will prepare the city’s financial records and reports for the City Council, City Manager, Department Heads and the State of Michigan. Administration of accounts payables, fringe benefits, payroll, property tax collection and reporting. A complete job description is available here.
New Buffalo offers an excellent benefit package including health insurance and MERS retirement. The ideal candidate should have 3 years of previous experience in upper level supervision and a minimum 5 years of experience in municipal accounting or related fields. Knowledge of BS&A preferred. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three (3) employment related references to City Manager, 224 W. Buffalo, New Buffalo, MI 49117 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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
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.
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. The water is currently at a gage of plus 2.7 feet above LWD, so please make sure you add 2.7 feet to all the depth readings off the soundings map.
Berrien County Household Chemical Waste & Electronics
The Berrien County Household Chemical Waste & Electronics Recycling Collection will be on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the New Buffalo Township Fire Station, 17655 Clay Street, New Buffalo Township. More information can be found at www.berriencounty.org/recycle, 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 6/24/2016.
Upcoming City Meetings
Please also see calendar above for details.
7/5 - Planning Commission
7/7 - Harbor Commission
7/11 - Park Board
7/14 - DDA
7/19 - 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.