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Please explain the new parking enforcement plan for the Downtown Business District.


Parking will be limited to three hours through the Labor Day weekend from the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., local time. For this summer, 2018, the three-hour limit will be effective from mid-June through Labor Day between the same hours. The following streets are included in this three-hour time limit: Whittaker Street from Buffalo Street to Water Street; Mechanic Street from Barton Street to Thompson Street, and Merchant Street from Barton Street to Thompson Street. When the City launches the new parking plan, warnings will be issued for the first 2 weeks of the implementation phase. After that time, parking tickets will be issued.  Please see map below.


Who is going to be responsible for enforcing the three-hour parking limit?


The City hired a Parking Information Officer and this person will be responsible for educating all stakeholders about the appropriate parking laws and ordinances that directly affect them. This person will be authorized to issue parking citations to help ensure orderly and lawful parking of vehicles. The Parking Officer will work under the direction of the Police Department Administration.

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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.


City Manager

Welcome Officer Scott Olney

scot olney picture

Scot Olney is the Police Department’s newest full time officer.  Scot has taken the place of Logan McIntyre who moved on to a job in the Grand Rapids area which was much closer to home for him.  Scott has been a police officer for over twenty years and has vast experience, he started his career with the Michigan State Police and worked out of the New Buffalo Post for his first assignment.  After his career with the State Police, Scot went on to work as a Sheriff’s Deputy and a small town police chief.  Scot’s experience will be a great asset to our community and we are thrilled to have him working for us here in New Buffalo.

Introducing Brianna Schmitz

Brianna Schmitz

Brianna is a full time officer with the Buchanan Police Department and is going to work for us on a part-time basis.  Brie once was a lifeguard here and is coming back because she enjoys working with the people of the City and working in the lakefront environment.  We look forward to working with Brie because of her positive disposition, bright personality, and the experience and training she has gained in Buchanan make her a great fit for our community.  

Parking Permit

Parking permits are required for anyone wishing to leave a vehicle overnight on North Whittaker Street between Buffalo and Water Streets, Mechanic Street between Thompson and Barton Streets, and Merchant Street between Thompson and Barton Streets.  Vehicles cannot be left overnight in the Whittaker Street public lot.  Vehicles may be left overnight on any other city streets that have legal on-street parking as well as other city lots. Parking Permit Instructions  Permits may be obtained at City Hall both at the City Offices and the Police Department for the cost of $1.00.  Please click here for instructions. 

New Buffalo City Police Department

********PRESS RELEASE********

As of 3/5/18, a suspect was lodged at the Berrien County Jail for an attempted Breaking and Entering at the Barney’s Market, in New Buffalo City.

We are working closely with investigators from multiple agencies, including Dowagiac and Cass County, to determine if the suspect may be responsible for other Breaking and Entering’s in the area.

As this is an ongoing and active investigation, we will be releasing information as it becomes available.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the New Buffalo Police Department at (269) 469-1593.

Police are asking all residents to be alert to suspicious activity in the City.

Introducing Richard ("Rich") Killips, Chief of Police

Richard Killips

The City of New Buffalo is excited to welcome our new Chief of Police, Rich Killips.  His official start date was Tuesday, February 20, 2018, but he has already made substantial contributions to the Police Department and the City’s administration.   


Rich was born and raised here in New Buffalo and previously worked for the City’s Police Department. His extensive experience encompasses 24 years in SW Michigan including 6-1/2 years with the Pokagon Band Tribal Police. 


We look forward to working closely with our new Police Chief as he brings a “new direction” to the City’s Police Department and a fresh vision to the fabric of the community.


**********PRESS RELEASE**********



On 2/28/18 at approximately 0318hrs, New Buffalo City Police were dispatched to Knoll Brothers Gas station in New Buffalo City for a breaking and entering.  When police arrived, they found that a person or persons had broken in to the gas station. 


Investigators from the New Buffalo City Police Department worked the crime scene and gathered evidence.  The police department will be working closely with its law enforcement partners to resolve the incident. Investigation so far, has shown that at approximately 1245hrs, one (1) subject, broke through an exterior wall and stole an undisclosed amount of US currency. 


This is currently an open investigation, and no additional information is available at this time. 


Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the New Buffalo Police Department at (269) 469-1593 or Berrien County Dispatch at 866-630-7679.


Police are asking all residents to be alert to suspicious activity in the City.  “If you see something, say something.”



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.    Below is a picture of Officer Huizenga and Acting Chief of Police, Jason Grimmett.




      ***********PRESS RELEASE************

On 5/12/16 at approximately 5:24pm, Berrien County Dispatch advised of a possible structure fire on Sand Rd, in New Buffalo City.  Berrien Dispatch advised the caller could see smoke coming from the very large building, later determined to be 702 Sand Rd.   When New Buffalo City Police arrived on scene, heavy black smoke was seen coming from the entire length of the roof.  The New Buffalo City Fire Department was in route to the scene and advised on the situation.  Upon the Fire Department’s arrival on scene, they began to knock the fire down, and were assisted on scene by New Buffalo Township Fire, Chikaming Township Fire, and Michiana Shore Fire Department.  Also on scene were members of the New Buffalo Township Police and Pokagon Tribal Police,  Medic 1 was on standby.  No injuries were reported, and the building was unoccupied.  It took firefighters approximately 5 hours to extinguish the fire, not before extensive damage was done to the contents of the building.  It was determined that the building was used for storage. 

Witnesses are currently being interviewed, and the origin and cause of the fire are not yet known. 

On behalf of all 1st responders on scene, we would like to thank Redamak’s and Friends of New Buffalo Township for supplying them with water and food during this incident. 

As this is currently on open investigation, no further information is available at this time. As it becomes available, future press releases will be sent.


********Press Release********      

 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





The New Buffalo City Police Department serves and protects the City of New Buffalo, which includes approximately 2.5 square miles, a year-round population of approximately 2,000 people, and a seasonal population, which is much larger.  The department is made up of seven full-time officers, plus part-time, reserve, and seasonal officers.  The Department supervises the City Beach lifeguards.






Click here for a New Parents Guide to Gun Safety in the home.  Please remember to lock firearms for the protection of all members of the household.





Officer Burrow Officer Hockenhull


The New Buffalo Police Department is glad to announce the addition of two new patrol officers to the department.

Officer David Burrow was sworn in by Deputy Clerk Christin Rice on March 18, 2015. Officer Burrow was a member of the Laramie County Sherriff’s Department in Cheyenne, Wyoming, for seven years. He attended the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy in Douglas, Wyoming. His training as a Drug Recognition Expert through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,... a certified Field Training Officer and Bicycle Patrol training will be a great asset to our department. Officer Burrow grew up in Gobles, Michigan.

Officer David Hockenhull has been a part time officer in New Buffalo since November, 2013. He became a full time officer on March 26, 2015. Officer Hockenhull attended the Kalamazoo Law Enforcement Training Center Academy in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He has been a former member of the Detroit and South Bend Police Departments, as well as a security officer at Four Winds Casino. He has been actively patrolling our community for more than a year.

We welcome both officers to our team and look forward to their future contributions and involvement in our community.



Officer Hansen in NBCPD Marine Patrol Boat

NBCPD Marine Patrol Boat.


This page last updated on 8/21/2018.

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