•  UPDATE: City of Newaygo business critical operations will continue as normal but we have Closed the City Hall lobby to the public until Monday, June 15th. Please Read Update Below for more information.

Welcome to the City of Newaygo

Questions on Governor’s Orders

Recently, several citizens have asked City of Newaygo officials when and how their stores, businesses, or offices can reopen given the coronavirus crisis. Unfortunately, the City of Newaygo (the “City”) is not the proper entity to provide answers to these questions.

The closure of businesses, offices, stores, hospitals (except for coronavirus victims and emergency procedures), the City’s offices, etc. and many other restrictions have been mandated by the multiple executive orders of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (collectively, those coronavirus-related executive orders shall be referred to hereafter as the “Governor’s Orders”). There is no City ordinance or policy that mirrors the Governor’s Orders.

Prosecution for violations of the Governor’s Orders, like other state criminal offenses, is under the jurisdiction of the Newaygo County Prosecutor and the Michigan Attorney General – not the City. As such, the City cannot offer any opinion as to the circumstances under which prosecution may or may not result.

Citizens with questions regarding when and how their stores, businesses, or offices can reopen may find it helpful to consult their own legal counsel or contact the Governor’s office, the Michigan Attorney General’s office, or the Newaygo County Prosecutor’s office. Should citizens have concerns about the Governor’s Orders, those concerns would be more properly addressed to the Governor’s Office or their Michigan Senator or Michigan House of Representatives member.

Regarding a proposed “freedom event” on May 21 in Newaygo that has been talked about in social media and other media, the event is not a City sponsored event. It is a citizen lead event. Questions regarding the event should be directed to the event organizers. The City expects that all gatherings will be conducted in a safe manner and participants can consult CDC or Health Dept guidelines for best practices. As stated above, those wishing to research the legality of gatherings or other behaviors in light of recent Governor’s Orders should consult legal counsel or appropriate State offices.

Newaygo City Hall Closed to Public

Newaygo City Hall will be closed to the public until June 15th due to Governor Whitmer's Executive Order Number 2020-100. At the City of Newaygo the safety and well-being of our residents, employee's, and their families is our top priority. We are committed to continuing to provide our residents and businesses the essential services you are currently receiving.

For City services/business, please call our main line at 231.652.1657 x 210, anyone needing to speak to a Police Officer or needing Police services, please call 231.652.1655 x 210. You may also email office@newaygocity.org or police@newaygocity.org regarding any City business. The City has a mail drop box by the back entrance doors for payments, applications, etc. and this is checked regularly. Utility bills can still be paid online.

On the Banks of the Muskegon River

City of Newaygo
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.

2020 Census - Be Counted!

Ensuring an accurate count of Michiganders is important because roughly $30 billion in federal funding for public safety, schools, housing, health care, and more, as well as one congressional seat, are at stake for Michigan.
The census count will shape Michigan's social infrastructure for the next decade.

In preparation for the 2020 Census, the state of Michigan has launched a new website to provide information and resources to Michiganders. Live as of Tuesday, Jan. 14, the website will be available throughout the census-taking season so residents can have their questions answered, keep up to date on the latest census news and obtain a better understanding about the importance of the census. The website includes a list of frequently asked questions and an interactive map of hard to reach areas, among other things.

To find more resources about the census or to get involved, go to www.michigan.gov/census2020.
The website is one piece of a larger effort to ensure that every Michigander is counted. In particular, the "Count Me In" campaign seeks to let Michigan residents know that responding to the census this year is convenient, confidential and critical to the future of our state.

Residents can fill out the census in multiple languages online, by phone or on a paper form. All answers are completely confidential. By law, the data can be collected for statistical purposes only and cannot be used against a person. The Census Bureau cannot share or publish any household-specific census data, even to other government agencies.

This service is provided to you by the Michigan Department of Treasury.

NEWAYGO COUNTY: Specific Document on Newaygo County, a great read! Please check out this link for more information and a document specific to our County: http://becountedwestmi.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Be-Counted-West-MI-Digital-Toolkit_County_Newaygo.pdf

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City Newsletter January-March 2020

Please read the latest newsletter!

Water Quality Reports

Looking for information on Water Quality in the City of Newaygo? Click here to read the 2018 Water quality Report.

Other reports are located under our Forms and Publications

MEDC Small Business Grant

The MEDC has potential grant funds ($2K - $10K) for small businesses located in a traditional downtown. To possibly receive funding under the "Match on Main" program, see information below and submit all required materials to the City of Newaygo by 5/28/2020 at 3pm. Information on who and where to submit app is found in Appendix C below.

What type of businesses qualify for funding?
Applicants must certify that EVERY business included in their application meets ALL eligibility criteria for the application to be considered. If an application includes businesses that do not meet the eligibility requirements, the MEDC reserves the right to remove that business from consideration. Preference will be given to applications that include businesses with owners who financially qualify as low-to-moderate income based on federally supplied data; however, all businesses that meet the criteria below are eligible to apply.

Businesses must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • The business is located within the boundaries of the community the applicant serves
  • The business is located within a traditional downtown, historic neighborhood commercial district, or area planned and zoned for concentrated commercial development
  • The business sells products and/or services face to face AND has a physical location within a traditional downtown, historic neighborhood commercial district, or area planned and zoned for concentrated commercial development (Ex. The business has a storefront location in downtown)
  • The business is operating as a for-profit business
  • The business has 25 employees or less
  • The business is headquartered in Michigan
  • The business demonstrates it has been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak
Ineligible businesses: non-profits, franchises, businesses located in strip malls, “big box” retailers, marijuana related businesses and/or any other business deemed ineligible by the MEDC.

In addition, the businesses included in the application must not have received or been approved to receive support from the Michigan Strategic Fund’s Small Business Relief Program (Grant or Loan) as administered in conjunction with regional economic development organizations or an MEDC Match on Main Grant within the last 24 months.

How can businesses use the grant funding from the Match on Main – Covid-19 Response Program?
Grants may be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, COVID-19 relief or recovery expenses or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business. Additional needs identified by the business and supported by the local community may also be considered at the sole discretion of the MEDC.

To apply, complete and submit Appendix C (Business Worksheet) found below and include any attachments or supporting documentation that may be described in the Worksheet.

The remaining documents are for your reference to see what thinking/scoring process will be used in selecting who will be submitted for a potential grant, what compliance and reporting will be expected, and how to calculate whether you are considered low/moderate income (low/mod income is not a requirement but viewed favorably by MEDC).

For complete information go to: https://www.miplace.org/match-on-main/

Your safety is important too us!

To take precautions to protect our residents and staff by limiting person to person contact please consider the following:
- Pay your utility bills online: www.newaygocity.org
- Mail payments to City Hall:
City of Newaygo
P.O. Box 308
Newaygo, Mi 49337
- Place payments in the drop box located outside the main doors by the parking lot
- Or call the City to make payments via phone 231-652-1657

Obtain Permits from our website: www.newaygocity.org and email completed permits or questions to office@newaygocity.org

Should you have any questions please call us at: 231-652-1657. Anyone needing to speak to a Police Officer or needing Police services for non emergencies, please call 231.652.1655 x 210.
You may also email office@newaygocity.org or police@newaygocity.org regarding any City business.

Invitation for Bids-Sale of Vacant Municipal Property

The City of Newaygo owns parcels of real property identified as Permanent Parcel Nos. 62-18-24-241-005, 62-18-24-241-004, and 62-18-24-241-006 and also commonly known as 53, 77, and 95 W. Wood Street, respectively (collectively, the “City Parcels). The City desires to sell the City Parcels together so that the land is improved, a business facility is constructed, and jobs are created. The City prefers that the land be improved for a medical facility, that the net available parking spaces in the downtown area are increased for public use, and that final designs for the developed property include suitable sidewalks, crosswalks, and on-street parking as applicable and in keeping with the City's walkability initiatives.

Sealed bids for the sale of such land will be received by the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, City of Newaygo, PO Box 308, 28 State Road, Newaygo, Michigan 49337, until 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, and bids will be publicly opened and read at that time at the City of Newaygo offices, 28 State Road, Newaygo, Michigan 49337. All bids must be accompanied by a detailed proposal for development of the property.

The City of Newaygo reserves the right to reject any and all bids. The City may also waive any errors or regularities in the bidding process. The City may also withdraw the City Parcels from sale at any time before closing. The City Parcels will be transferred as-is, where-is, subject to potential reversion to the City of Newaygo if the purchaser fails to comply with parameters mutually acceptable to the City and the selected bidder, which restrictions may require the construction of a business building by the selected bidder on the City Parcels within a specified amount of time. No real estate commission will be paid. The sale, along with closing costs, legal costs, survey costs, proration of any property taxes and any other related items, will be governed by the terms of a purchase agreement subject to approval by the City in its sole discretion.

Kim Goodin, City Clerk
(231) 652-1657


Due to changes in Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) formerly (DEQ) Lead and Copper Rule have resulted in a new water sampling requirement for local municipalities. The City of Newaygo is looking to identify the location of lead components within the water system. If left undisturbed, lead components pose no safety risk. However, identifying the locations of all lead components in the water system is critical.

Location assessments will guide the City’s construction efforts as the removal of all lead components from the water system is prioritized. Location assessments will also assist the City of Newaygo with updating its water meter records in an effort to better plan for future meter replacement.

Location assessments are free and can either be self-reported through the email link below, or by scheduling an appointment with a Newaygo Department of Public Works staff member. To schedule an appointment call (231)-652-1657. Ext. 210

Prior to completing the survey, property owners are asked to follow a few simple steps.

Step 1 (optional)
Take a picture of the water service where it enters the home (inside) through the wall or floor. If both the water service pipe and the meter are clearly visible, then one picture will suffice. If they are not both clearly visible, then take a second picture of each.

Step 2
Identify the type of pipe coming into the home/business through the wall or floor as either plastic, copper, galvanized steel or lead.

If unable to visually determine the material type, hold a magnet against the pipe. If the magnet sticks to the pipe, the material is galvanized steel and this step is completed. If the magnet does not stick and the pipe appears to be in good condition, gently scrape the pipe with a screwdriver or utility knife and use the characteristics below to help determine the material type. IMPORTANT NOTE: If the pipe entering the floor or wall is corroded or in otherwise poor condition, only perform the magnet test.

Pipe Material Identifying Characteristics:

  1. A Plastic pipe should be easy to identify, can be many different colors and the pipe will not attract a magnet.
  2. Scraping a copper pipe will reveal a shiny “new penny” color and the pipe will not attract a magnet.
  3. Scraping a galvanized steel pipe will reveal a silver/white color and the pipe will attract a magnet
  4. Scraping a lead pipe will reveal a silver/white color and the pipe will not attract a magnet.
The link below is also a source to help identify what material the service line is made of.

Step 3
Property owners can now report their findings and upload their pictures.

Please include Street Address for each location if you have more than one.

Submit results to: twight@newaygocity.org

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"I Am NEWaygo"

I Am NEWaygo logo
Citizens and community leaders have updated the City's Master Plan and are working to update the City's zoning ordinance. Follow link above for page with links to updated Master Plan and other initiatives.

Public engagment meeting - 3/23/2020 - CANCELLED
There will no longer be an IAmNewaygo! Public Engagement meeting on Monday, March 23rd from 6pm-8pm at The Stream, One State Road (M37). This is due to safety precautions in light of the Coronavirus situation.

The meeting was planned for:
Education and discussion on the M37 Pilot Program for this Spring that will test a new lane configuration on M37 downtown between River St and Quarterline Rd. The new configuration will test allowing parallel parking on both sides of M37 while maintaining the center turn lane and a drive lane in each direction.
PILOT PROGRAM PLANS: Click here for plans.


2019 M37 Changes
MDOT did maintenance on the bridge over the Muskegon River from July-Nov 2019. After maintenance was complete, MDOT re-striped M37 with a different lane configuration from the Quarterline intersection to the Croton Rd intersection. See link to plans above.


Why Think Newaygo?

There are many good reasons!

See latest report by our Economic and Community Development Coordinator (ECDC) below.

City of Newaygo

28 State Road
Newaygo, Michigan 49337
Phone (231) 652-1657
Monday through Friday, 7:30a-4:00p
Emergency: Phone 911