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.
City Newsletter October - December 2019
Please read the latest newsletter!
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October-December Newsletter 2019 (PDF)
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)
Michigan's Dragon at Hardy Dam
What is the Dragon?
A 47-mile natural surface trail designed for mountain bikers, hikers and runners, which circles Hardy Pond in Newaygo and Mecosta counties. The proposed trail will be located exclusively on land owned by Consumers Energy with stunning water views, challenging valleys and 20 proposed bridges and elevated boardwalks along the trail.
Please see the attached document for more information!
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Michigans Dragon at Hardy Dam Questions and Answers (PDF)
"I Am NEWaygo"
MASTER PLAN, ZONING ORDINANCE, DEVELOPMENT SITES, WALKABILITY, etc....
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.
A public meeting will be held on 8/15/19 at 6pm at the pavilion on Marshall Trail (Trail head begins at the parking lot at Marshall Park. Proceed a short walk on trail to pavilion). The meeting will focus on environmental priorities for the community. Come to learn and give your input.
Public engagement meetings on various topics occur about 3-4 times per year. Stay tuned for details on future meetings.
M37 Changes in 2019
MDOT will be doing maintenance of bridge over Muskegon River from July-Oct. Traffic will be diverted to one side of the bridge during the maintenance work. After maintenance is complete, MDOT will re-stripe M37 with a different lane configuration from the Quarterline intersection to the Croton Rd intersection. See link to plans located below.
Also explore other improvement initiatives for Newaygo. Get involved and learn more!
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M37 striping plan - Oct 2019
Why Think Newaygo?
There are many good reasons!
See latest report by our Economic and Community Development Coordinator (ECDC) below.
Newaygo County Broadband Initiative: Developing a Plan for Connecting Families and Businesses
“Improving our Broadband infrastructure in Newaygo County is a key element in retaining and attracting talent and business in our community. Public participation drives our evaluation process, resulting in a more effective implementation plan,” said Mark Guzniczak, Business Development Coordinator with the Newaygo County Economic Development Office/The Right Place.
Local Governments Click Here: Any local municipality located within Newaygo County, (i.e. cities, villages, towns, and the county itself). Respondent should be the person most familiar with the municipality’s use of technology, connectivity, website, and digital communication. One response per municipality.
In addition to taking a survey for your organization we encourage you to take one as a resident. Residents Click Here: Any resident of Newaygo County aged 18 years or older representing a head or co-head of a household. One response per household please.
Participation in the online survey will take about ten minutes and will help the committee to better understand the status of high-speed broadband Internet access, adoption, and use in Newaygo County. After a structured evaluation of this assessment, the Newaygo County Broadband Committee and the Connectedsm team will develop a Technology Action Plan focused on effectively and efficiently improving Newaygo County’s broadband environment.
“Getting everyone’s input—from parents and educators to businesses and the agricultural community—is key to helping us develop a Technology Action Plan that meets the unique needs of Newaygo County,” said Tom Stephenson, Community Technology Advisor for Connected Nation’s Community Engagement program. “The more input we get, the more likely we are able to identify ways to create broadband access, adoption, and use to ensure that no one in Newaygo County is left out.”
If you have any questions regarding the survey, the results or who Connected Nation is please feel free to visit www.connectednation.org/.
City of Newaygo
28 State Road
Newaygo, Michigan 49337
Phone (231) 652-1657
Monday through Friday, 7:30a-4:00p
Emergency: Phone 911