Downtown Development Authority
GRSD Sewer Authority Board
Local Revenue Sharing Board
Park and Recreation Board
Zoning Board of Appeals
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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 email@example.com.
City Utility Bill Auto-Pay
Auto-Pay is available for 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.
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Welcome to the City of New Buffalo: The Gateway of Michigan!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: JANET COCCIARELLI
New Buffalo, Michigan, September 30, 2016 -- The Pokagon Fund is pleased to announce that it will support the City of New Buffalo with $1.6 million in funding for its Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The project, which is expected to take approximately 18 months and cost more than $4.8 million, will help improve both the look and utility of the city’s commercial and nearby residential districts.
“One of the primary focus areas of The Pokagon Fund is community vitality,” said Rob Gow, chairman of the Fund’s board of trustees. “We can think of no better example than the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, which we are confident will bring new energy and activity to our area, benefitting both residents and visitors alike.”
Plans for the Downtown Revitalization Project call for such aesthetic improvements as wider sidewalks, more attractive landscaping, better lighting and the installation of public art as well as above- and below-ground infrastructure upgrades that will increase accessibility, parking and safety. The first phase of construction is expected to begin in December, 2016 with completion of the final phase of the project in May, 2018.
“A project of this size and complexity would not be possible without the generosity of The Pokagon Fund, which is contributing one-third of the total project budget,” said Robert Anderson, New Buffalo City Manager. “We believe the Downtown Revitalization Initiative will expand business opportunities, improve pedestrian and automotive traffic and foster a more appealing community environment. We are grateful that The Pokagon Fund recognizes the importance of our project to the community, and we look forward to working with them over the coming months.”
As part of the overall project, the City of New Buffalo will look for opportunities to broaden awareness of the Pokagon Band and its history, culture and patronage.
The Pokagon Fund is a non-profit, private foundation supported by revenue from the Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Michigan. The fund’s mission is to enhance the lives of residents of Southwest Michigan through the financial support of projects aimed at supporting education, reducing poverty and enhancing the community.
September 30, 2016
NOTICE OF LAST DAY REGISTRATION
FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION TO BE HELD ON
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2016
CITY OF NEW BUFFALO, MICHIGAN
TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS IN THE CITY OF NEW BUFFALO:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a General Election will be held in the City of New Buffalo on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The last day to register for the election is Tuesday, October 11, 2016 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 purpose of the General Election, is to vote for candidates of the Republican, Democratic, Libertarian, US Taxpayers, Green, Natural Law and Working Class Parties and candidates without political party affiliation seeking election to the following offices: President and Vice President of the United States, Representative in Congress 6th District, Representative in State Legislature 78th District, Member of the State Board of Education, Regent of the University of Michigan, Trustee of Michigan State University, Governor of Wayne State University, County Prosecutor, County Sheriff, County Clerk, County Treasurer, County Register of Deeds, County Drain Commissioner, County Surveyor, County Commissioner 9th District and such other partisan offices that may by law be required to be filled at this election. Candidates seeking election to the following nonpartisan offices are also to be voted for in our County: Justice of Supreme Court, Justice of Supreme Court Incumbent Position, Judge of Court of Appeals 3rd District Incumbent Position, Judge of Circuit Court 2nd Circuit Incumbent Position, Judge of Probate Court Incumbent Position, Judge of District Court 5th District Incumbent Position, Three (3) City Council Members, 4 Year Term, One (1) City Council Member, partial term, Board of Trustee Member Lake Michigan College, Board Member New Buffalo Area Schools and such other offices that may be required to be elected at this election.
PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the following proposals will be on the ballot: City of New Buffalo Bond Proposal not to exceed $4,000,000, limited tax general obligation bonds payable up to 15 years for municipal infrastructure improvement purposes and Lake Michigan College Capital Millage Proposal.
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 8:00am and 4:00pm Full text of the ballot proposals are available at the City Clerk’s office.
Persons with special needs as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the clerk’s office.
City of New Buffalo
September 29, 2016
FLUSHING FIRE HYDRANTS
City water customers may experience discolored or cloudy water. If this occurs, customers are asked to run their water for 5-10 minutes. If these conditions persist,
please contact the City of New Buffalo Water Filtration Plant at (269) 469-0381.
New Buffalo City Police is currently working on an ongoing investigation. It has been brought to our attention that approx. 2-3 male individuals are breaking and entering into residence's while people are home.
One male individual dressed in a traffic vest will approach the homeowner stating that he works for public works or an unknown utility company and needs access to the back of the residence. Once the homeowner is occupied speaking with the first subject 1-2 others will... enter the residence and steal jewelry, cash and other small objects of value.
The subject is described as a darker complexion white male possibly Hispanic wearing blue jeans and a yellow traffic vest.
If you are approached by anyone please ask to see some sort of identification or proof that they work for a utility company and call police immediately.
We are reminding the public to please stay alert to suspicious activity in your neighborhood, and report all suspicious behavior to the police.
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 Elections Inspectors for upcoming General Election. As an Election Inspector you will:
For more information and to apply, contact Mary Lynn, Deputy Clerk at (269) 469-1500.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
2016 YARD WASTE PICK UP
Click here for information on the 2016 yard waste, brush and branch pick up schedule.
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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.
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: email@example.com. 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.
This page last updated on 9/30/2016.
Upcoming City Meetings
Please also see calendar above for details.
9/29 - City Council
10/4 - Planning Comm.
10/5 - DDA DVI
10/5 - DDA EBD
10/6 - Harbor Commission
Other Upcoming Meetings
Please also see calendar above for details
9/28 - 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.