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!
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. On line payments will be offered in the near future.
PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST
The City of New Buffalo Fire Department is hosting an "all-you-can-eat" pancake and sausage breakfast on Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Fire Station at 35 S. Harrison St. Tickets are $4.00 in advance; $5.00 at the door. Proceeds will go toward new equipment. Contact City Hall at (269) 469-1500 for more information.
AUGUST 5, 2014 ELECTION
PROPOSAL 1 BALLOT LANGUAGE
APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL OF AMENDATORY ACT TO REDUCE STATE TAX AND REPLACE WITH A LOCAL COMMUNITY STABILIZATION SHARE TO MODERNIZE THE TAX SYSTEM TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES GROW AND CREATE JOBS.
The amendatory act adopted by the Legislature would:
1. Reduce the state use tax and replace with a local community stabilization share of the tax for the purpose of modernizing the tax system to help small businesses grow and create jobs in Michigan.
2. Require Local Community Stabilization Authority to provide revenue to local governments dedicated for local purposes, including police safety, fire protection, and ambulance emergency services.
3. Increase portion of state use tax dedicated for aid to local school districts.
4. Prohibit Authority from increasing taxes.
5. Prohibit total use tax rate from exceeding existing constitutional 6% limitation.
Should this tax be approved?
PROPOSAL 1 INFORMATION
The City of New Buffalo urges voters in the August 5, 2014 primary election to become informed about candidates and issues that will appear on the ballot. The following links are provided to assist in locating information about Proposal 1 (official ballot language is shown above). The City has not taken a position on Proposal 1. These and other sources of information may offer a position for, against or neutral on this issue. Voters are encouraged to form their own opinion on this ballot issue.
DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (DDA)
The City of New Buffalo is accepting letters of interest to fill a vacancy on the Downtown Development Authority Board for a term ending November 2017. Interested persons must own property in the DDA district and/or have a business interest in the district. The DDA Board generally meets at 7:50 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month at City Hall.
Please submit letters of interest to the City Clerk by August 8, 2014. Contact City Hall at (269) 469-1500 for more information.
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:
For more information and to apply, contact the City Clerk at (269) 469-1500.
NOTICE OF PRIMARY ELECTION
TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2014
CITY OF NEW BUFFALO, MICHIGAN
TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS IN THE CITY OF NEW BUFFALO:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that at the Primary Election candidates for partisan and non-partisan offices will be selected. The election will be held in the City of New Buffalo on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at New Buffalo City Hall, 224 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, MI 49117. The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that State Proposal 14-1 Approval or disapproval of amendatory act to reduce state use tax and replace with a local community stabilization share to modernize the tax system to help small businesses grow and create jobs is on the ballot.
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).
A sample ballot with complete wording of the State Proposal is available at the City Clerk’s office at 224 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, MI 49117. Persons with special needs as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the clerk’s office.
The Clerk’s office will be open Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to receive absentee ballots.
Posted July 7, 2014
City of New Buffalo
The City of New Buffalo will be holding a General Election on November 4, 2014 that will include two council member positions with a term ending November 2018. The last day to turn in nominating petitions is Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. 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.
Posted July 7, 2014
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.
NOTICE OF TORNADO SIREN TESTING
The City of New Buffalo and New Buffalo Township wil be doing monthly Tornado Siren Testing the first Saturday of each month from April through September at 1:00 p.m.
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
Solid waste collection occurs every Wednesday.
Lakeshore will also conduct recycling collection services every other week on Wednesdays, for 2014:
July 2, 16 and 30
August 13 and 27
September 10 and 24
October 8 and 22
November 5 and 19
December 3, 17 and 31
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 7/25/2014.
Upcoming City Meetings
Please also see calendar above for details.
8/7 - Harbor Com.
8/12 - Planning Commission
8/19 - City Council
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.
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DID YOU KNOW...
Mosquitoes breed only in stagnant water? Some common sources:
Ticks cannot jump or fly? They must crawl to a host from vegetation or another host animal. Preventative measures include: