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
Is Your Train on Time?
Welcome to the City of New Buffalo: The Gateway of Michigan!
New Buffalo Police Department
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.
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
224 W. Buffalo St.
New Buffalo, MI 49117
EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 2, 2015 THE CITY WILL NO LONGER HAVE EXTENDED HOURS ON WEDNESDAYS
Over the weekend of November 13th -15th, New Buffalo City Police Officers were notified of approximately seven (7) motor vehicles that had been broken into sometime between the hours of midnight and 3am on November 14th. The vehicles were located in various neighborhoods throughout the City. The vehicles were all left unlocked by owners, and it appears the suspect(s) took loose currency leaving behind most other valuables. It was reported that other vehicles had been ransacked, but nothing was reported to be missing. They wanted police to be aware of it.
New Buffalo City Police are again reminding homeowners lock the doors to their vehicles, homes, and any out buildings on their properties, and to report any suspicious activity or people in your neighborhood to the New Buffalo City Police Department, at 269-469-1593.
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN
The New Buffalo Business Association is presenting Santa Claus is coming to town all day Saturday, November 28, 2015. For more information, click here.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH SUMMARY
Houseal Lavigne Associates has just completed the community outreach summary for the Master Plan. To view the information, please click here.
NEW BUFFALO CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT PROPOSAL NO. 1
Proposed amendment to the New Buffalo City Charter to change the starting time of regular meetings of City Council.
NEW BUFFALO CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT PROPOSAL NO. 2
Proposed amendment of the New Buffalo City Charter to change the requirement for the publication of the proceedings of City Council from newspaper publication to publication on the City’s official website.
NEW BUFFALO CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT PROPOSAL NO. 3
Proposed amendment of the New Buffalo City Charter to remove Section 3.17.
NEW BUFFALO CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT PROPOSAL NO. 4
Proposed amendment of the New Buffalo City Charter to amend section 5.1 to require one year minimum residency in the city immediately prior to the last day for the filing of petitions for elected office.
NEW BUFFALO AREA SCHOOLS
This proposal will allow the school district to levy the statutory rate of 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance.
The City of New Buffalo is pleased to announce our new Street Superintendent Tony Ashbaugh. Clerk Allyson Holm administered the Oath of Office on Thursday, October 29. Mr. Ashbaugh has more than 39 years experience in project management of residential, commercial and industrial facilities. He holds a Bachelors of Sociology from the University of Notre Dame.
His past experience includes owner/president of Outdoor Management, Inc., president and vice-president of sales of Elkhart Brass Manufacturing.
We welcome Mr. Ashbaugh to our team! His experience and knowledge is a welcomed addition to our administration.
Congratulations to Water Department
Recently Water Superintendent Ken Anderson received the 2014 Water Fluoridation Quality Award for maintaining optimum levels of fluoride in our water system for calendar year 2014. This award is given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Health & Human Services. We are proud of the continued dedication to providing quality services by our Water Department staff.
NOTICE TO NEW BUFFALO CITY RESIDENTS
The last brush pick-up for the 2015 season for New Buffalo City residents will be the week of October 19, 2015. Residents need to have brush out before October 19, 2015. LOOSE leaf pick-up will begin shortly after that. PLEASE DO NOT put leaves on the paved roadway.
Lakeshore Recycling will continue to pick up BAGGED leaves every Wednesday until October 31, 2015.
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 Member (May 2018)
1 Alternate (May 2017)
1 Alternate (May 2018)
1 Alternate (May 2016)
1 Member (May 2019)
3 Members (staggered positions)
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.
CITY OF NEW BUFFALO LAUNCHES MASTER PLANNING PROCESS
The City of New Buffalo is starting a community planning process that will produce a new Master Plan. The Master Plan is a community-based effort to guide future growth and development in New Buffalo for the next 10-15 years. The process began in May with a meeting and workshop with the Planning Commission and City Council, who will provide ongoing guidance throughout the planning process. Houseal Lavigne Associates, a consulting firm specializing in community planning, urban design, and economic developed, has been engaged to assist with the development of the Master Plan.
What is a Master Plan?
A Master Plan serves as a community’s official guide for land use, physical improvement, and development. It provides a foundation for decision-making that is based on community consensus, community vision, and an understanding of existing conditions and future potentials. A Master Plan should serve as a community’s “road map” for 10 to 15 years into the future, protecting and enhancing the unique and established character of the community while guiding local policy and day-to-day decision making. The Master Plan for the City of New Buffalo will address land use and development, transportation and circulation, community facilities and infrastructure, and environmental features, open space, and more.
The Master Plan process is rooted in community input and involvement. Over the next several months, the City will be undertaking a planning process designed to solicit community feedback, analyze existing conditions, establish a vision, and create planning and implementation recommendations.
The first public events for residents to get involved will be the Community Workshop for residents and the Business Workshop for those who own or operate a business in New Buffalo. These events are intended to provide a forum for members of the New Buffalo community to offer input to the planning process. Those in attendance will have the chance to identify issues, concern, opportunities, and important assets they feel the Master Plan should address..
July 20, 2015
New Buffalo City Hall
224 W. Buffalo Street
July 21, 2015
New Buffalo City Hall
224 W. Buffalo Street
If you are unable to attend in-person public events, you can also participant via the project website. Click here to go to Master Plan Project website.. From the project website, you can get updates about future public events, view plan documents as they become available, and utilize online outreach tools. These include online questionnaires for both residents and business owners, and sMap, an online mapping tool which allows you to make a personalized map of New Buffalo as you understand it. We encourage all members of the community to visit the website and get involved in the Master Plan!
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!
The City, in conjunction with the our planning consultant Houseal Lavigne Associates, we are updating the City's Master Plan. We are asking for the public's input. Click here to go to the Master Plan Project website. There you will find several tools to use that will be complied and help guide the City in creating the new "map" of the future New Buffalo.
This a great opportunity for the public to share their thoughts and ideas!
2015 HARBOR SOUNDINGS
The 2015 soundings of the city's harbor are available for viewing. Please click here.
Water Quality Report
The Annual Water Quality Report for 2014 is now available.
NOTICE TO RESIDENTS
The City of New Buffalo has subcontracted the services of Terra Contracting Services, LLC to clean sanitary and storm sewer. Terra Contracting Services, LLC personnel will be in your neighborhood soon to clean and televise the sewer systems.
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.
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.
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 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 11/25/2015.
Upcoming City Meetings
Please also see calendar above for details.
12/03 - Harbor Commission
12/10 - DDA Meeting
12/14 - Park Board
12/15 - Board of Review
12/15 - City Council
Other Upcoming Meetings
Please also see calendar above for details
11/25 - GRSD
12/08 - LSB
12/08 - Library Board
12/23 - 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.