Welcome to the City of Newaygo

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.

State of Michigan Launches 2020 Census Website

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.
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.

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

City Newsletter January-March 2020

Please read the latest newsletter!

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.
Information and Resources:

Ways to Dispose of Hazardous Waste:

  • 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.

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City of Newaygo Wins 2017 Water Utility of the Year Award

City of Newaygo Water Quality 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)

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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 - 2/20/2020
There will be an IAmNewaygo! Public Engagement meeting on Thursday, February 20th 6:00 PM at The Stream, One State Road, 2nd floor.

The meeting will cover these topics:
1. A proposed pedestrian bridge project that will span between the end of an “abandoned” section of East Wood street on the south side of the Muskegon River, and Henning Park on the north side. Click here for draft plans.

If ultimately approved by the MEDC, the "Newaygo Crossing" pedestrian bridge will be a spectacular 300’ span over the Muskegon River which will allow pedestrian and bicycle access to Henning Park. While the city has enjoyed widespread public support for this project, we are looking for more input.
Please come and share your ideas, including things like public safety, increased pedestrian traffic, bicycle traffic, and parking. We want your input and ideas!

2. A marketing/branding strategy for the City of Newaygo. Who are we and what do we want to portray as a community? Come and hear some ideas and share a few of your own. Click here to see a draft.

2020 M37 Pilot Programs (to test different lane configurations)
A public meeting was held on 12/12/19 at 5pm
at The Stream building, 1 State Rd, 2nd floor. The purpose of the meeting was to gather public input on the proposed M37 Pilot Programs that will test different lane configurations on M37 in Spring/Summer of 2020, including parking on both sides of the street. A link to the plans is located below under "Download a file".

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 located below.

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!

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/.

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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

City of Newaygo

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