Welcome to the City of Newaygo
On the Banks of the Muskegon River
Nature has influenced Newaygo since before 100 B.C. when Indian tribes like the Hopewell and Ottawa flourished here, hunting, fishing, and trapping the landscape.
There are many legends and stories about the name chosen for Newaygo. It is believed it was derived from an Indian brave, Nah-way-gon, who had a reputation for bravery and strength, and was known for his courage on the battlefield.
We're glad you are interested in our community. Please contact City Hall with any questions. We are happy to help.
Wellhead Protection Area
Most residents within the City limits get water from the City's water system, which is supplied from ground wells. It only takes a small amount of pollutants to contaminate an aquafer, which is the ground water the City and many non-City residents draw their drinking water from. It is everyone's responsibility to properly manage, store and dispose of hazardous substances so that the citizens of the community can save on high costs associated with groundwater cleanup or replacement of contaminated wells.
Ways to protect groundwater:
- Educate others about sensitive areas around public water supply wells. See map for wellhead protection areas.
- Plug unused or abandoned water wells.
- Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly.
- Repair auto leaks.
- Dispose of household hazardous waste, used auto fluids (antifreeze, oil, etc.), tires and batteries at designated collection or recycling locations.
- Clean up after your pets and properly manage livestock waste.
- Make sure septic system is functioning properly.
- Use a commercial car wash rather than washing your car at home.
- Sweep up yard debris rather than hosing down areas. Compost or recycle yard waste when possible.
- Clean paint brushes in a sink, not outdoors. Properly dispose of excess paints through a household hazardous wase collection program.
- Sweep up and properly dispose of construcion debris.
- The City has developed a wellhead protection program. Click here for general info.
- Where does drinking water come from?
- How to conserve water
- Abandoned wells - plug them to protect drinking water
- Lawn and garden maintenance practices to protect drinking water
- Keep your home safe to protect your health and environment
- Maintain your septic system to protect drinking water
- Properly dispose of pharmaceutical drugs to protect the environment
- Keep items out of storm drains to protect waterways
- Construction sites and stormwater management
- Preventing Groundwater Contamination (including waste reduction tips for businesses)
- Each year the County of Newaygo sponsors a hazardous waste collection. It typically takes place in June. The drop off site for the hazardous waste is usually at the Road Commission building on M20 just west of M37 in White Cloud. Call 231-689-7225 for more info or visit the following website:
- Oil change places will often collect used motor vehicle oils, including transmission oil and brake fluid. They typically will collect antifreeze as well. A local collection site for Newaygo is the Supercare Quick Lube, located at 220 Adams Street, Newaygo, MI 49337. (231) 652-2462
- Some hardware stores (i.e. Lowes, Home Depot, Menards) will collect flourescent lights and other items.
- Goodwill stores will recycle computer components and small electronics.
- Search online for places that will recycle cell phones.
Wellhead Protection Publications
City of Newaygo Wins 2017 Water Utility of the Year Award
The Michigan Rural Water Association awarded the City of Newaygo, Water Utility of the Year at their annual conference in Traverse City, Michigan on Thursday March 16, 2017. This award was for a new well that was constructed in early 2014 along with upgrades to the existing water treatment plant and construction of a new water treatment plant with a modernized computer control system. The project went well due to the collaboration between the City Manager, Water Supervisor and the D.P.W. Superintendent along with the support of engineers from Sidock Group Inc. Eli Bromley with MRWA was impressed with how City management and the Water Dept worked as a team to produce a good project. The City is committed to continuous learning as evidenced by the following: The City water Supervisor Toby Wight has a D-2 / S-2 certification. The City also has a second operator with a D-3 / S-3 certification. The City has two more employees who will be testing for their S-3 / D-3 in the spring. The operators have aggressively kept up the plant and system in a manner consistent with the professionalism of the water industry. Congratulations to all the employees of the City of Newaygo, and everyone who had a part in this.
Found in the picture from left to right are Toby Wight (Water Operator), Jon Schneider (City Manager), Andrea Schroeder (President of MRWA), and Ron Wight (DPW Superintendent)
Reserve Officer Unit Openings, and Citizen Training
Have you ever thought you would like to learn more about the police and assisting the police in everyday functions? Or ever wanted to learn about how to become a better witness or a person who could assist your community as a volunteer to the police department? Here is an opportunity.
NEWAYGO POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL HOST A TRAINING SESSION FOR OUR RESERVE UNIT. We will train citizens on special functions, and at the end of the training, we will choose pick 4-5 volunteers to assist on our current Reserve Officer Program. Is this for you? Do you want to learn how to assist your local police department? Please contact Chief Andres at 231.652.1657 ext. 215.
Summary of Program:
The Volunteer Citizen Patrol Program (VCPP) is based on the concept of utilizing the talents and skills of volunteers from within the local community as partners in public safety. Citizen patrol volunteers are specially trained by the Newaygo Police Department to assist our community as our trained eyes and ears of the community. This training will help citizens protect their community by knowing when to respond and contact police. This training does not require law enforcement or regulatory authority.
City Newsletter January-March 2017
Please read the latest newsletter!
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Click here to read the Jan-Mar 2017 Newsletter
Police Department Survey
The Newaygo Police Department would like you to take a brief survey. Please Click here to start the survey.
How May We Help?
City of Newaygo
28 State Road
Newaygo, Michigan 49337
Phone (231) 652-1657
Monday through Friday, 7:30a-4:00p
Emergency: Phone 911