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 clerk@cityofnewbuffalo.org.

 

Michigan Freedom of Information Act

FOIA Summary

FOIA Procedures & Guidelines

FOIA Form

Affidavit of Indigency

 


 

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.

 

Amtrak's Mich. Services

Mich. Services Schedule

 

Is Your Train on Time?
 
Please contact Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) for full details on train arrival status.

 

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Welcome to the City of New Buffalo: The Gateway of Michigan!


 

Master Plan

 

The City has the DRAFT Master Plan available to view by clicking here. After clicking on the link, click under "Documents" to view.

 


 

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.

 


 

BID NOTICE

 

The New Buffalo Downtown Development Authority, New Buffalo, Michigan is requesting sealed bids until 3:00 p.m. EST, on Friday, May 6, 2016, for Year-Long Planting and Design of the (10) planters located on the corners of Whittaker Street with Seasonal Changes (4) times per year.

  • Early Spring:  March/April (weather permitting)
  • Summer:  May - Before Memorial Day Weekend
  • Fall:  September - Before Labor Day Weekend
  • Winter/Holiday:  Mid-November

 

Bid includes installation, clean up including disposal of debris after removal and installation, routine maintenance including but not limited to deadheading flowers, pruning etc.  Maintaining a clear line of sight for pedestrians and vehicles is required.  The city will water the planters (3) times per week throughout the seasons.  The DDA is seeking the highest quality and best design to best showcase the City year round. The bid includes having the first planting done no later than May 26, 2016.

 

Bids shall be sealed and clearly marked on the outside “DDA WHITTAKER PLANTERS” and can be mailed/delivered to City Hall.

 

The New Buffalo Downtown Development Authority and/or the City of New Buffalo reserves the right to reject any and all bids and waive any irregularities therein.  Contractor will provide proof of liability and workers compensation insurance as required by the City.

 

 


 

LIVE STREAM OF THE NEW BUFFALO HARBOR

The Harbor Commission and City of New Buffalo are pleased to now offer a live stream of the New Buffalo Harbor. Please click here to view.

 


 

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!

 

 Allyson Certification

 


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.

 

Mary Lynn Deputy  

 

 


 

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

PROPOSED RENDERINGS

 

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.

 

 


 

VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED FOR
THE NEW BUFFALO PLANNING COMMISSION

 

The New Buffalo Planning Commission is a nine member body that currently has four open positions.  The City is asking for volunteers willing to immediately file applications to fill these vacant positions.

The City's Planning Commission is responsible for rendering decisions on site plan applications for new construction and existing building alterations and the planning functions of the City, as covered in the relevant sections of Michigan's Planning Enabling Act, Zoning Enabling Act, and the City's General and Zoning Ordinances.  The Planning Commission holds regular meetings on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., in the Community Room at City Hall.

Applications for Commission membership may be printed from the City’s Website or obtained at the Clerk’s office at City Hall, located at 224 W. Buffalo Street, New Buffalo MI 49117.  The Application forms must be fully completed, signed, dated and filed with the City Clerk in order to be considered.  All Applications are reviewed by the Mayor, who then recommends applicants for appointment by vote of the City Council.

 

  


 

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.

 

  


 

 

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Follow the latest news and discussions from the DDA Board on their blog, click here.


 

RESOLUTION 2016-01-01

CITY OF NEW BUFFALO

RESOLUTION REGARDING PLANNING
COMMISSION LITIGATION AND SITE PLAN APPROVAL

 

Pursuant to Section 1-4F of the City Zoning Ordinance, the City Council of the City of New Buffalo hereby resolves that:

Council having considered the Commission’s December 1, 2015 approval of the Site Plan Application submitted by Buffalo Trading, LLC, the Council does not approve the action taken by the Commission and hereby remands the Application to the Commission for a new hearing with the Site Plan Applicant to review and decide upon the Application in compliance with State law and City Ordinances by making fact based findings on the record on each of the requirements for approval stated in the City Zoning Ordinance Standards for Site Plan Review and Standards for Approval for Special Uses, under the guidance and direct in-person participation of planning consultant referred by the Michigan Chapter of the American Planning Association at the cost of the City.  The Commission shall hold said hearing and issue a written and dated approval, conditional approval or denial of the Application within forty-five (45) days of the date of this Resolution.  In furtherance of this Resolution, the City Manager is authorized, through the City Attorney, to attempt to secure an extension of time for the Defendants’ filing of responsive pleadings in the Lawsuit so as to facilitate the review and rendering of a Commission decision on the Application as described in this Resolution.  The City Manager is further authorized take such other legal or administrative actions as are necessary to carry into effect City Council’s directives set out in this Resolution.

 

RESOLVED, this 19th day of January, 2016.

Resolution was adopted by the following Roll Call yea and nay vote:

Yeas:  Council Members Peterson, Messinger, O’Donnell, Spirito, Mayor   Weber 
Nays:  None      
Absent: None

Resolution carried.

 

 


 

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 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. 

 


  

NOTICE TO CITY PROERPTY OWNERS
NO PARKING & SNOW REMOVAL FROM SIDEWALKS

 

As the winter months approach, we need the help of our residence to ensure the safety of all. Parking is prohibited on all streets in the City of New Buffalo from October 1st through April 1st, between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6: a.m. to facilitate the removal of snow. 

New Buffalo City Ordinance Section 18-4 states that no person who is the owner of any lot or premises within the City of New Buffalo shall permit any snow or ice to remain upon the sidewalks in front of or adjoin such lot or premises. Sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours after a snow fall. 

Failure to remove snow could result in the issuance of a citation. Second home owners and absentee landlords are advised to make arrangements to have snow removed in their absence.

 


New Buffalo Police Department
Seasonal Police Officer (5 available)

The City of New Buffalo is accepting applications for the position of Seasonal Police Officer.  This position is a 40 hour per week job that runs from March through October. The rate of pay for certified officers, at time of posting, is $15.00 per hour.  Certified officers will be given preference, but certifiable officers are strongly encouraged to apply.

Duties:

Successful applicant's patrol duties may include watercraft, bicycle, ATV, and traditional patrols as needed.

Submit Resumes to:

New Buffalo City Police Department

Attn: Diana Selir / Office Specialist

dselir@nbcpolice.com

224 W. Buffalo St.

New Buffalo, MI  49117

 


   

 

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: clerk@cityofnewbuffalo.org. For more information, please call City Hall, 269-469-1500.

 

Planning Commission

2 Members (May 2016)

2 Member (May 2017)

1 Member (May 2018)

 

Zoning Board of Appeals

1 Alternate (May 2017)

1 Alternate (May 2018)
 

Park and Recreation Board

1 Alternate (May 2016)

 

Civil Service Board

1 Member (May 2019)

 

Local Officers Compensation Commission

3 Members (staggered positions)
 
Construction Board of Appeals

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.

 


 

2015 HARBOR SOUNDINGS

The 2015 soundings of the city's harbor are available for viewing. Please click here.

 


 

Water Quality Report

Annual Water Quality Reports are updated yearly by the first of July. 

The Annual Water Quality Report for 2015 is now available.
Click on the link above for a copy of our Source Water Assessment Report prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey Water Resource Division and the Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality, please contact City Hall or the Water Department.

 


   


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.

 


 

 

 

This page last updated on 4/29/2016.

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