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.

 


MICHIGAN FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (revised 7/1/15)

 

TOTAL 2016 ATTORNEY FEES FOR MFOIA REQUESTS - $18,828.25

*Fees do not cover loss of employee time spent fulfilling MFOIA requests

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.

MFOIA REQUEST SUMMARY 6-14-17-9/21/17

MFOIA REQUEST SUMMARY 3/28/17-6/14/17

MFOIA REQUEST SUMMARY 12/8/16-2/23/17

Michigan Freedom of Information Act

FOIA Summary

FOIA Procedures & Guidelines

FOIA Form (revised 3/17)

Affidavit of Indigency

 


 

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.

 


 
 

New Buffalo Amtrak Station (NBU), 226 North Whittaker Street, New Buffalo, Michigan 49117, is served by the Wolverine and Blue Water Michigan Services.

 

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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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FOIA GUIDELINES
ALL FOIA requests must go through the proper channels to be received by the City of New Buffalo as per the Michigan Freedom of Information Act.  Sending an electronic FOIA request is a privilege and delivery will be noted the next business day.  FOIA requests are to be sent only to our FOIA Coordinator, City Clerk, Lori Vander Clay and FOIA Appeals are to be sent only to the City Manager, David Richards.  Any FOIA requests and/or FOIA Appeals sent to any others are not considered received by the City of New Buffalo and will not be answered. Thank you for your cooperation.

Winter 2017 Millage Rates
Please click here to see the 2017 Winter Millage Rates.  


ASKING FOR YOUR HELP
Please be advised that our leaf equipment is not designed to pick up rocks, stones or bricks.  This has damaged our machine and has kept it out of service delaying leaf removal for the entire city. Sticks and limbs will be picked up only due to storm damage and should be separated from leaves as that will damage the machine. The City is working diligently on leaf removal to keep up with the demand.  We appreciate your patience. 


Introducing Officer Huizenga

The City of New Buffalo is proud to introduce Officer Aaron W. Huizenga.  Officer Huizenga will be starting officially on Sunday, November 19, 2017.  Officer Huizenga graduated recently from Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy.  He and his family are  looking forward to relocating to this area.  He was sworn in as a Patrol Officer on Thursday, November 16, 2017 by the City Clerk Lori Vander Clay.

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FIREFIGHTERS WANTED

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



Lawn-Care Debris 

Please be advised that our policy is still in effect for landscaping firms or commercial companies in relation to leaf debris and/or branches.  If they perform these services they must remove the debris. 


WHITTAKER STREET BRICKS 

The City of New Buffalo is pleased to offer Whittaker Street bricks to any and all individuals who are interested.  They are available on a first come first serve basis at the boat launch parking lot, adjacent to Lions Park.   They are only to be hand loaded - no machinery.  Any questions, call the Street Department - 269-469-2781.


PARDON OUR DUST WHILE WE REMODEL!!

The City of New Buffalo wanted to confirm to all residents that businesses will be open during construction.  Click here to find out more information and an up to date schedule.   Please continue to support all our local businesses.  We appreciate your patience as we work hard on improving our downtown. 


NORTH WHITTAKER STREET PHASE II CONSTRUCTION IS UNDER WAY!!!

If you are interested in weekly updates on North Whittaker Phase II please sign up on right side "City of New Buffalo Notifications".

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Pictured from left: Council Members Mark Robertson, Liz Ennis, Mayor Lou O'Donnell, Barbara Anne Warren, member of Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, Council Members Robert Sprito, Mark Kroll, DDA Chair Robert Kemper.

The North Whittaker Redevelopment Project has been divided in two phases.  Phase I includes Barton and Mechanic Street.  Phase II includes North Whittaker Street.

This project was made possible, in part, due to a generous $1.6 million grant from The Pokagon Fund. 

The preliminary budget and funding sources are at the link below:

Budget and Funding Breakdown

Please click here for Whittaker Street Phase II Construction Schedule. This is a tentative schedule subject to change.

 

Whittaker St. Redevelopment Project – Phase II

Weekly Update – Week of 11/27/2017

 

The following is intended as a general summary of the work and is subject to change without notice due to weather, underground issues, and other unforeseen circumstances.

 

Work completed, week of 11/27/2017:

  • Begin storm sewer construction
    • Working south from Mechanic St. along N. Whittaker St.
    • Up to Merchant St. and N. Whittaker St. intersection as of 11/30/2017

 

Work anticipated, week of 12/4/2017:

  • Continue storm sewer construction along N. Whittaker St.
  • Begin water service installation mid to late week
    • Coordinate with individual properties as needed for short-term service interruptions

 

On-the-horizon:

  • Water service connections:
    • Water service connections to be interior and require access within buildings
    • Notices to be distributed to businesses/residents prior to water service connection work
    • Businesses and residents are advised to continue to run water during freezing conditions as previously done to prevent freezing until notified that new water system is functional.

 

Next public tailgate meeting:

  • Thursday, 12/7/2017 at 9 a.m. at SW corner of Whittaker St. and Mechanic St.

This standing weekly meeting is intended to provide construction updates and to allow residents the opportunity to ask questions regarding the construction process.


From the Federal Highway Administration to

Ms. Gotfried dated September 28, 2017 

Ms. Susan Gotfried
New Buffalo, MI 49117


2014 Safe Routes to Schools Grant for the City of New Buffalo

Dear Ms. Gotfried:


The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) received your letters dated, August 23, 2017 and September 19, 2017, in addition to multiple emails regarding the 2014 Safe Routes to Schools grant award for the City of New Buffalo.
We are aware of your concerns regarding the project which you first brought to our attention in 2015, and we addressed April 2016. We have also reviewed your more recent detailed concerns alleging fraud by City of New Buffalo grant applicants, as well as the grant administration by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). FHWA takes accusations of fraud very seriously. Our investigation into your allegations required a thorough review of facts and supporting documentation regarding each accusation.
We found no evidence of fraud by either the City of New Buffalo or MDOT. We reached this conclusion after reviewing project-related documents and information provided by MDOT, including responses to questions we developed to address the specific issues you raised. Michigan Department of Transportation, in its stewardship and oversight of this program, appears to be complying with their written requirements and with the applicable Federal regulations.
We understand you are unhappy with this project. However, the concerns you’ve raised are local matters. These concerns include your displeasure concerning communication within the city government, decisions on where to place the sidewalks, changes of project scope during the project development, the condition of existing city-owned sidewalks, etc. We have found no violation of Safe Routes to Schools program requirements or mismanagement of the program by MDOT. We consider this matter closed.
Sincerely,
Russell L. Jorgenson, P.E.
Division Administrator


LATEST FOIA REQUEST ACTIVITY SUMMARY

Please click here  for the most recent FOIA Request activity for the time period of June 14, 2017 to

September 21, 2017.


Lighthouse Creek Construction Schedule

Please click here for an itemized construction schedule for Lighthouse Creek. 


FOIA REQUEST SUMMARY

Please click on the date for a FOIA request summary for that time period

March 28, 2017 to June 14, 2017

December 8, 2016 to February 23, 2017


NEW BUFFALO CITY PROPERTY TAX INFORMATION

Please click here for frequently asked questions about general property tax information.  It is a helpful tool that also features a website to look up tax information.


IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO  RECEIVE MEETING NOTIFICATIONS AND CITY PROJECT UPDATES, PLEASE ENTER YOUR EMAIL BELOW TO SUBSCRIBE. 

Please click here for the 2016 Water Quality Report Information.  Hard copies of the report are also available at City Hall.  To find more information please see the Water Department page under the Staff & Departments tab.

2017-2018 BUDGET

 

Click here to download the  2017-2018 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, 2017- October 31, 2017 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 STOP COLLECTING LOOSE LEAVES ON DECEMBER 22, 2017.

CURBSIDE COLLECTION WILL START AGAIN IN THE FALL.  IN THE MEANTIME YOU MAY PLACE BAGGED LEAVES ON WEDNESDAYS FOR PICK UP BY LAKESHORE AS LISTED ABOVE. IN ADDITION TO THE LAKESHORE PICKUP,THE CITY WILL CHIP BRUSH THE 2ND AND 4TH THURSDAY EACH MONTH AND FROM MAJOR STORM DAMAGE.

  


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 2017:

  • January 11 and 25
  • February 8 and 22
  • March 8 and 22
  • April 5 and 19
  • May 3, 17 and 31
  • June 14 and 28
  • July 12 and 26
  • August 9 and 23
  • September 6 and 20
  • October 4 and 18
  • November 1, 15 and 29
  • December 13 and 27

All recyclables collected previously will be collected by Lakeshore.

 Please contact City Hall at 469-1500 with any questions or concerns. 


2017 Audit
Please click here to view the 2017 City of New Buffalo Audit. 


Japanese Knotweed Information
Japanese Knotweed is an invasive plant that has been found in some locations in New Buffalo as well as neighboring communities.  This plant can damage roads, pipes, sewer lines & building foundations.  It can also choke out native vegetation, increasing erosion, degrading water quality and hurting habitat for fish and wildlife.  
For more information regarding this plant please click here.
For more information from Berrien Conservation District regarding High Priority Invasive Species please click here.


Master Plan

 

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.

 


  

2017 HARBOR SOUNDINGS

Please click here to see the 2017 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 3 feet above LWD, so please make sure you add 3 feet to all the depth readings off the soundings map.


 

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


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, Lori Vander Clay 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

May, 2018

 

Park and Recreation Board

(May 2019)

  

Local Officers Compensation Commission

1 Member (May 2019)
 
Construction Board of Appeals

1 Member (May 2017)
1 Member (May 2018)

 


                   

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, Downtown Development Authority 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.

 

This page last updated on 12/5/2017.

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