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City Newsletter October-December 2020

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City of Newaygo Community Survey

The City of Newaygo strives each and everyday to create a community that it's citizens love to live, work, and play in. We hope that, through this survey, we can gain more insight into your preferences.

This short survey (only nine questions) will help us to better understand the wants and needs of our citizens.


M-82 will be closed over Penoyer Creek

M-82 will be closed over Penoyer Creek (just west of M-37) for bridge work 7 a.m. this Monday through October 31. Traffic will be detoured onto Evergreen Drive to M-37. The pedestrian walkway will remain open.
Sign up for email from MDOT: http://bit.ly/14ucwY2
Follow MDOT's Grand Region on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/MDOT_West
For up-to-date information on this project and others, go to the list of statewide lane closures at: www.michigan.gov/drive.
Follow MDOT at www.twitter.com/MichiganDOT or www.facebook.com/MichiganDOT

Small Business Loans Available!

7/20/2020 UPDATE:
Are you a Newaygo County small business owner that has been impacted by COVID-19?

You may be eligible for a recovery loan from the Fremont Area Community Foundation

The COVID-19 crisis has had a significant impact on our region, particularly the well-being of the local business community. That's why the Fremont Area Community Foundation created the Small Business Recovery Loan Program in partnership with MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU).


  • Loans from $5,000 to $50,000 are available for Newaygo County businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees.
  • The terms of the loans are favorable with a low interest rate and up to a five-year term.
  • The first principal and interest payments may not be due until 90 days after closing, depending on the needs of the business.
  • Both nonprofit and for-profit entities are eligible to apply, including service, retail, agriculture, commercial, and industrial businesses.
For more information about the program, visit: facommunityfoundation.org/loans

You can also reach program contacts Don Farmer and Dan Wheat at loan@facommunityfoundation.org to discuss eligibility and begin the application process.

"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.

M37 Pilot Program 9/18/2020 UPDATE:
City Engineers have produced a report after analyzing the data gathered from the M37 Pilot Program. They found the new lane configuration to be a success and also made some suggestions for further consideration. The recommendations are found on page 8 of the report. The remainder of the report is data and other supporting documents. As of the date above, MDOT, the owner of M37, does not agree that the new lane configuration works well but would need further changes to be successful. For the stretch of M37 between River St and Quarterline Rd, MDOT would like to see the on-street parking removed that is located next to the Southbound lane unless a more acceptable design is figured out. MDOT issued a letter explaining their position. The City, MDOT, and other stakeholders will have further conversations to see what can be figured out regarding this matter.

PILOT PROGRAM PLANS: Click here for plans.

Brush & Leaf Pickup

Brush Pickup
October 12th – October 16th

  • Brush must be piled neatly, with butt ends facing the road
  • Brush only. No leaves or grass!
  • Brush must not exceed 6” in diameter and 4 feet in length.

Bulk Leaf Pickup
October 19th – October 23rd

  • Rake leaves to edge of road in a long windrow.
  • Piles should be located just off the road edge, no more than one foot from the road.
  • Piles should only include leaves. No Brush!
  • Piles should not be within four feet of mailbox or street signs.

Bag Leaf Pickup

  • Composting bags are available at City Hall for free.
  • Bags must only have leaves, no grass clippings.
  • Set bags by edge of road and the DPW will pick them up.
  • The City will not pickup bags that are not composting bags.

City Hall-Re-Opening Plan

On June 1, 2020 Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-110 moving the State as a whole into Phase Four of the MI Safe Start Plan. The City will be moving forward with opening City Hall to the general public on Monday, June 15, 2020 under the following guidelines:

-When possible, please continue to do business with the City via the following:

  • Phone (231) 652-1657 x 210
  • Mail to: City of Newaygo, PO Box 308, Newaygo, MI 49337
  • Utilize the drop box outside of City Hall
  • Online: www.newaygocity.org
  • Email at office@newaygocity.org or police@newaygocity.org

-Public visitors needing to conduct in-person business must maintain six feet from others at all times.
-Distancing marks separating visitors by six feet are placed on the floor
-Should the City Hall Lobby become congested with a number of visitors, staff will ask visitors to wait outside
-The City has the right to ask a member of the public to leave the premises if they are not following guidelines or appear sick

To see and review the updated version of the City of Newaygo Policy and Procedure for Pandemic Response please click on the following link:

Questions on Governor's Orders

Citizens have asked City of Newaygo officials for clarification on various aspects of recent Michigan Governor Executive Orders relating to the virus COVID-19. Unfortunately, the City of Newaygo (the “City”) is not the proper entity to provide answers to these questions.

Many restrictions have been mandated by the multiple executive orders of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (collectively, those COVID-19 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 the Governor's Orders relating to COVID-19 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.

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.


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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Water Quality Reports

Looking for information on Water Quality in the City of Newaygo? Click here to read the 2019 Water quality Report.

Other reports are located under our Forms and Publications

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
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