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We currently have a taxiway/ramp repair and ditch modification construction project going on right now until the middle of June. Skydive Horizonz opens for the season Saturday, May 11, 2013. If you are interested in skydiving, please call 855-jump-shc. Our fly in/drive in pancake breakfast will be on June 30.

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Central Services Update

We have been involved with the “Clean Sweep Initiative Part II 2012. Have handled hundreds of Resident calls and issues by logging and directing issues to the correct departments.

Are in search of qualified potential candidates for these positions: Temporary Bus Drivers & 2 Street Dept. Helpers. Applications are taken at City Hall- Human Resource Dept. 100 E. Michigan Blvd.

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City Engineer Update

ADA information will be posted soon. Working on pavement and sidewalks.

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Controller's Office Update

During the month of August, the Controller’s Office has met with Mayor Meer and various department heads to prepare budget revenue estimates and began entering data into the state’s “Gateway Budget Program”.  On August 23, 2012, the preliminary draft copy of the proposed “City of Michigan City 2013 Budget” was presented to Mayor Meer and the Common Council.  The proposed 2013 budgets, rates, and levies were submitted to the LaPorte County Council on August 30, 2012, for their non-binding review and recommendation.  A copy of the proposed budget may be viewed at the City Clerk’s Office. 

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Department of Cemeteries Update

Friday, March 15
Greenwood Cemetery, Calvary Cemetery and Swan Lake Memorial Gardens
Redecorate graves starting Friday, March 22

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Fire Department Update

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Students from Health Academy 1 and 2, and Early Childhood Education at AK Smith Career Center learn CPR/AED from members of the Michigan City Fire Department. By learning CPR/AED students better prepare themselves for job opportunities after graduation.




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Were some of the things taught by “SPARKY” The fire Pup and Firefighters of The Michigan City Fire Department to students of the YMCA pre-school.

Acting Captain Jeff Cox, Acting Lieutenant Brad Neulieb, Firefighter Brandon Lee, Firefighter Tom Frontcakas, Firefighter Andre Glover and PIO Mark Baker (from the right to left) were recognized for their actions of heroism and for the betterment of the department and community that they serve.



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The Michigan City Fire Department hosted an Electrical Fire Investigation class on Saturday February 23 at Michigan City Fire Station #4 on Cleveland Ave. The class featured Steve Shand of Shand Forensic Investigations (center). The class was open to all departments and was attended by 65 members of the fires service as far away as Indianapolis.  The purpose of the class was to provide continuing training for Fire Investigators in the area of electrical fires. It focused on residential electrical systems and modes of failure, including live demonstrations. The IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators) help sponsor the class.



On February 20, 2013 Driver/Engineer Jeff Pickford retired from the Michigan City Fire Department with 34 years of service. Engineer Pickford seen here with Chief Martin and Kelly Smith from the News-Dispatch talking about the good and bad times he experienced while serving the citizens of Michigan City. Good luck to Engineer Pickford as he looks forward to fishing, golfing and relaxing.

Housing Authority Update

Housing AuthorityHousing AuthorityDuring the month of July through a partnership with the City of Michigan City CDBG program and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program,  The Michigan City Housing Development Corp were able to break ground on a three bedroom, two bath Handicapped accessible unit for a Housing Choice Voucher participant we currently served.  The contractor is Jonas Construction.

The home has approximately 1400sq ft. of living space and is located on Grant Street here in Michigan City.


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Human Rights Department Update

The Human Rights Department continues to promote equal opportunity via active participation in Pre-Bid Meetings for city contracts over $200,000.  For example, on September 26th, the Executive Director, Dr. Jackson, participated in the Pre-Bid Meeting at the Water Department for the U.S. Highway 20/State 35 Water Main Extension Project.

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MC Transit Update

We are excited to welcome Robert Strader as our New Director of Transit. He is a Michigan City resident with high energy, strong customer service skills, and a background in the trucking industry.

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Parks & Recreation Department Update

Update to be posted soon.

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Personnel Update

The Ethics Ordinance has been repealed; information previously displayed in the Employee Notices section of has been purged.

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Planning/Inspection Update

The Downtown Action Agenda process was undertaken in April, including several stakeholder and public workshops. Over 150 people attended the Community Vision Session held at City Hall to gain input regarding the future of downtown Michigan City. Project consultants, Hyett Palma will be back in Michigan City to deliver a final report on the process at a public presentation on Monday, May 6.

The building pad for the Kohl’s portion of the Dunes Plaza project was successfully delivered to Kohl’s to make way for construction of the new store. Work continues on sanitary sewer and storm sewer improvements on the site. Additional demolition of the former cinema building and the adjacent retail building are anticipated soon.

The Redevelopment Commission awarded a contract to Woodruff and Sons Construction as the general contractor for the installation of the first phase of the city-wide wayfinding signage program. The first phase consists of approximately 40 signs designed to direct visitors to the many attractions in Michigan City. Installation is anticipated to be complete by early summer.

The Community Development Office offered a new city program designed to make exterior home improvements more feasible for some Michigan City residents. Funded by the Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), RECAP is designed to provide grants to low- to moderate-income home owners for exterior home improvements, who reside in the city’s Westside neighborhood. The application period for this program is now closed. Processing of these applications will begin to determine eligibility for this program.

The Community Development Office is partnering with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department on the Request for Proposal for this project. The CDBG funds ($70,000) for this park will be used for the renovation of this park to make it accessible to disabled persons, especially children. The Request for Proposal has been advertised and construction is anticipated to begin this summer.

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Police Department Update

The Michigan City Police Department conducted its 2012 Fall Gun Campaign Drive, more commonly known as “Get More Bang For Your Buck”. This event was held on September 28th & 29th. In total, 67 handguns and rifles were traded for either a $25 gift card (handgun) or a $50 gift card (rifle-shotgun). The Michigan City Police Department also took part with the “National Take Back Initiative” which took place on September 29th from 10am – 2pm, we collected 124lbs of unwanted prescriptions. This was a great opportunity for those who accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

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Port Authority Update

Edgewater Resources Association brought a group from Rochester, New York to look at the Washington Park Marina.  The visitors are in the process of designing a marina and the Edgewater group suggested they tour our facility.

Winter storage has begun.

Bids were opened for the Office Building ADA improvements.

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Refuse Department Update

The Refuse Department is still assisting the Sanitation Department with the Washington Street project. We will prepare to help the Street Department again with leaf pick-up. Yard waste will be picked-up until November 16, 2012.

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Sanitary District Update

Sanitary Department UpdateSanitary Department UpdateCongressman Peter J. Visclosky took time from his demanding schedule on Monday, October 22, 2012, to visit the J.B. Gifford Wastewater Treatment Facility. Although time constraints could not accommodate a tour of the entire facility, Congressman Visclosky was favorably impressed by the clarity and general aesthetic of the final effluent (treated water leaving the plant). Validation of the water quality was achieved with the observation of fish swimming in the effluent, as it entered Trail Creek. Congressman Visclosky visited the Treatment Facility, with Mayor Ron Meer, General Manager, Michael P. Kuss and Water Reclamation Superintendent Milorad (Mike) Milatovic.

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Street Department Update

2012 Leaf Pickup began with a bang due to the strong wind storm at the end of October! We would like to congratulate Janet Silcox and Taronda Edwards on their promotions to Driver! We would like to welcome our newest team members Garry Sadenwater and Matt Eichenlaub to the Street Department Team!

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Vector Control Update

We were finishing the billing of properties in violation of ordinance code 102-1 and completing the final cutting of City Lots and properties.

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