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City of New Buffalo

ORDINANCE No. 228 of 2018



AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND Sections 10-13 of the new buffalo city code of ordinances to regulate downtown parking

The City of New Buffalo ordains:

Section 1.  Amendment.  Section 10-13 of the New Buffalo City Code is amended to read as follows:

Sec. 10-13. Parking and storing vehicles on public streets.

(a)  It is unlawful for any person to:

(1)  Park or store an inoperable vehicle on a public street.

(2)  Park a vehicle on a public street continuously, without movement, for a period longer than 7 days.

(3)  Park a vehicle in violation of a traffic control order promulgated by an authorized City official.

(3)  Park a vehicle for a period longer than 3 hours, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., between Memorial Day and Labor Day, on the following street segments:

(A)  Whittaker Street from Buffalo Street to Water Street;

(B) Mechanic Street from Barton Street to Thompson Street;

(C)  Merchant Street from Barton Street to Thompson Street.

(4)  Park a vehicle overnight between Memorial Day and Labor Day on the street segments listed in subsection (a)(3), except with an overnight parking permit issued pursuant to subsection (b).

(b)  The City’s police department shall implement the following permitting scheme for overnight parking on the street segments listed in subsection (a)(3):

(1)  Permit applications shall be submitted on a form issued by the City, and shall include an application fee in the amount of $1.00.

(2)  Permits will expire at the end of the calendar year in which they are issued.

Section 2.  Traffic Control Orders Rescinded. Traffic Control Orders 1, 4, 6, 22, and 43 are hereby rescinded.

Section 3.  Publication and Effective Date.  The City Clerk shall cause to be published a notice of adoption of this ordinance within 10 days of the date of its adoption.  This ordinance shall take effect upon  publication.




The City’s “Streets and Sidewalks” ordinance (Section 18-1) “prohibits placing any obstructions on any sidewalk, street, alley, lane, or public grounds within the City, which shall in any manner prevent or obstruct the full and free passage of the whole or any part thereof.”  Please comply with this prohibition until such time as the downtown pedestrian traffic flow can be studied or a new sidewalk ordinance is adopted.  While this has been in place for some time, this will be strictly enforced starting June 12, 2018 and relates only to City of New Buffalo property. 


If you have an objection, please attend a Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Meeting which are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 8:00 a.m. and are posted on the City Website.  If you are unable to attend a meeting, you may submit a letter to the New Buffalo City DDA, 224 West Buffalo Street, New Buffalo, MI  49117.


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The City of New Buffalo requires all motor vehicles stored outside be legally plated and not missing any major components.  Code Enforcement officials along with the City Police will be strictly enforcing this ordinance. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.  If you have any questions regarding this, please call NBPD at 269-469-1593.

Please click here for the 2017 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.

City of New Buffalo Current Employment Opportunities

City of New Buffalo Lifeguard 

City of New Buffalo Parking Information Officer

Please submit a resume and an application to the City Clerk, City of New Buffalo, 224 West Buffalo Street, New Buffalo, MI  49117.  

Spring Clean Up 

Please be advised that if you hire a contractor for yard work, it is the contractor's responsibility to remove all debris, including leafs, tree branches and yard waste.  The separation of leaves from sticks will provide for much faster service to our residents. We thank you for your continued cooperation.


Please click here for the most recent FOIA Request activity for the

Month of February, 2018 

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.

Chromium Testing Update 

Please be advised that the Water Department will be running monthly Chromium Tests and will post them on this page.  Please click here  for the sixth round result which indicates "non detected at the reporting limit".  To see all the monthly results, please go to the Water Department page under the Staff & Departments tab.

Amended 2018 City of New Buffalo Board Meeting Dates

Please click here for the Amended 2018 City of New Buffalo Board Meeting Dates and Office Closings. 

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


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

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

Whittaker St. Redevelopment Project – Phase II & Phase III

Weekly Update


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


Please Note: Whittaker Street (within the project limits) and Merchant St will be open this weekend but closed the week of 6/4 due to paving activities and concrete crosswalk installation on Whittaker. We thank you for your patience as the construction team pushed toward completion.


Amenity/Furnishings installation is ongoing. In the meantime, please refrain from chaining bikes to light poles.


Please keep in mind that, while construction appears complete in some places, most of Whittaker and Merchant are still active construction areas, so be aware of your surroundings.


Work Anticipated, Week of 06/04/2018:

  • Utility companies will continue removing overhead wiring
  • Top course paving will begin on Whittaker (US-12/Buffalo to Railroad Tracks) and on Merchant Street, tentatively on 6/4– expect traffic delays
  • Striping will be completed day after paving tentatively on 6/5, pending weather and other factors
  • Miscellaneous concrete work will be completed including crosswalks across Whittaker which is scheduled for 6/6 with curing time until 6/8. Businesses will remain open but Whittaker will be closed to keep traffic off concrete. Please keep off newly poured concrete, do not deface surfaces.
  • Trees and irrigation infrastructure installation. Do not be alarmed by slow plant growth, cooler temperatures due to proximity to the lake will keep plants dormant longer.
  • Wall veneer installation will continue
  • Amenities will continue to be placed


Temporary Lighting Notes:

  • Temporary lighting will remain in place until new poles, heads, and electric are completed. Final lighting anticipated first week of June, pending inspections and service connection


Outlook (Please note the outlook below is approximate):

  • Week of 6/4 –Final cleanup, furnishing installation, top course paving, roadway striping, sign installation, and concrete crosswalk on Whittaker.


Next Public Tailgate Meeting: Thursday, 06/7/2018 at 9 a.m. on site at the corner of Merchant and Whittaker Streets

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


2018-2020 BUDGET


Click here to download the  2018-2020 Budget.  Previous years' budgets and annual audits are available on the Treasurer's Office page. 


Lakeshore Recycling and Disposal will be collecting all yard waste from April 1, 2018- October 31, 2018 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.




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 2018:

  • January 10 and 24      

  • February 7 and 21

  • March 7 and 21                                             

  • April 4 and 18

  • May 2, 16 and 31                                     

  • June 13 and 27

  • July 11 and 25                                        

  • August 8 and 22

  • September 6 and 19                                

  • October 3, 17 and 31

  • November 14 and 28                       

  • December 12 and 27

 Please contact Lakeshore Recycling and Disposal with any questions or concerns. 

Please click here  for the 2018 Berrien County Recycling Event Schedule.

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

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.




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.


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 K. Vander Clay 224 West Buffalo Street, New Buffalo, MI 49117.   For more information, please call City Hall, 269-469-1500.

Downtown Development Authority

(December) 2020


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!




This page last updated on 6/19/2018.

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