This year, we will not be splitting up areas each week. The City Departments will be picking up all areas of the City daily Monday through Saturday until all leaves are picked up. All residents are encouraged to rake, blow, and/or place their leaves near the street curb along the front of their property, beginning on Monday October 24, 2016.
Additionally, residents can ready their leaves for compost pickup by placing their leaves in paper yard bags or 32 gallon trash cans in the front of property on their regular compost pick up day, until the week ending November 19, 2016. NO TOTERS PLEASE.
If citizens have branches that need picked up, please call in your requests to the Central Service Department at 873-1500.
The Street Department and Sanitary District request that residents cooperate by following these rules:
- No plastic bags are to be used.
- Branches, rocks and other debris must be kept out of the leaf piles.
- Leaf piles should be loose in large piles in front of the property as close to the curb as possible, but away from the sewer drains and fire hydrants.
- Please do not use toters; leaves will not be picked up in those containers.
NOTE: Leaves will not be picked up in the alleys.
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Mayor Ron Meer and Police Chief Mark Swistek are happy to announce Trick or Treat in Michigan City will be
MONDAY OCTOBER 31 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
Follow these helpful Trick-or-Treating tips to have a fun and safe time:
- Plan your route ahead of time.
- Trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods.
- Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries after dark.
- Always trick or treat in groups, accompanied by an adult.
- Follow the correct hours of treating.
- Respect people who do not want to participate.
- Stay on the sidewalks and out of the streets. Cross only at intersections and designated crosswalks.
- Walk. No running.
- Don't trample through flower beds and gardens.
- Watch out for open flames in pumpkins.
- Walk with your head up and be aware of your surroundings.
- Only visit well lit houses. Don't stop at dark houses.
- Don't enter any houses unless you know the people.
- Carry a spare Halloween bag, in case yours breaks or you fill your original one.
- Don't approach unfamiliar pets and animals.
- Don't cut across yards and stay out of backyards.
- Follow traffic signals and don't jaywalk.
- Always watch for cars backing up or turning.
- Review the "stop, drop and roll" procedure in case your costume catches on fire.
- Never accept rides from strangers.
- Respect other people and their property.
- Be polite and say "thank you."
- Don't eat any candy until it's inspected by your parents.
- Avoid candy that has loose wrappings, is unwrapped, has puncture holes or is homemade.
- Don't carry fake swords, guns, knives or similar accessories that look authentic. Make sure they're flexible and cannot harm anyone.
- Report any suspicious or criminal activity to an adult or to the police.
MOST OF ALL…HAVE FUN!
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The NIPSCO SCAM has re-surfaced that targets small commercial businesses and attempts to collect payment for “new or defective meters” or “past due payments”.
The scam works like this: Customers of small businesses are receiving phone calls either late at night or on the weekend stating that their electric service is scheduled for immediate disconnection either due to a faulty meter, the need for a replacement meter, or past due payments. These calls are at random to businesses in Michigan City and are threatening immediate turn off of utilities. Of course, the owner or manager wants to instantly argue or attempt to rectify the situation. The caller then states that an immediate payment will either stop the disconnect, or cover payment for a new meter that needs to be installed. In this situation, the victim or small business is usually willing to begin negotiating, as the threat of shut-off - especially on the weekend - is frightening.
The local business is then instructed that only immediate payments can be accepted. They do not want a company or personal credit credit card to avoid the business from stopping payment, so they insist a payment must be made by purchasing a "Green Dot MoneyPak" credit card at a local convenience store; this is their only option. The "Green Dot MoneyPak" card is a temporary pre-paid credit card. After the customer purchases the card, he is told to call back and provide a receipt and PIN number. Once that information is obtained, the money on the card is then transferred to those behind the scheme.
NIPSCO will never ask customers to buy a pre-paid debit card to settle unpaid bills in order to avoid disconnection. Customers who have any doubts about the legitimacy of any call, e-mail or visit from someone claiming to be from NIPSCO, especially one in which payment is requested, should contact NIPSCO directly at their 24 hour customer service line: 1-800-4NIPSCO (1-800-464-7726).
How to Avoid Falling for Scams:
- Do your research and be proactive. If you receive a call claiming to be your utility company and feel pressured for immediate payment or personal information, hang up the phone and call the customer service number.
- Beware of the door-to-door sales approach. Never allow anyone into your home or business to check electrical wiring, natural gas pipes or appliances unless you scheduled an appointment or reported a utility problem. Always ask utility employees for proper identification.
- Inform others. Share this information with friends and family so they do not become victims. The elderly are common victims of scams, but anyone who pays a utility bill is a potential victim.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sgt. Chris Yagelski at 873-1461 ext. #1020 or e-mail ASKACOP@Emichigancity.com.
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Are you seeking more information on the 421 South Franklin Street South Gateway Plan? Click here to find the plan document (PDF, 307MB).
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Barker Blackout Tours
October 21, 22, 28, and 29 at 8 pm and 10 pm
Discover the untold, spooky side of Michigan City history. You’ll be surrounded by darkness as you tour the mansion with a guide; there’ll be glow-in-the-dark markers to light your way. During this eerie evening, we’ll tell little-known stories of our city’s creepy past and relate never-before told stories about the mansion. The 8 pm tours are for families and 10 pm tours are for adults only. Cost is $15 per adult and $10 per youth. Tickets are for sale by calling (219) 873-1520. Reservations required.
PLEASE NOTE: This will not be a haunted house tour with zombies and goblins and we will not be using paranormal equipment to search for ghosts or spirits. This will be, however, a great evening to look at our City's history with a spooky twist.
Barker Mansion Seeks Volunteers
The Barker Mansion is looking to increase its volunteer roster by welcoming members of the community to donate their time. “We are extremely fortunate to have a small base of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who do everything from lead tours to plan programs to assist behind the scenes,” said Director Jessica Rosier. “As we’ve become busier and busier, we’ve realized the need for more volunteers to help with our operations.”
The mansion is currently looking for individuals to greet visitors before tours, lead tours and field trips, help with interpretive events, conduct research, and more.
“We realize that a lot of folks are busy and may not be able to make a big time commitment,” said Rosier. “We appreciate any portion of time they can give us, whether it’s one day per month or one day per week.”
The mansion welcomes junior volunteers as well; they work side-by-side with staff. Volunteer hours are tracked and incentives such as engraved nametags, logoed apparel, and invitations to special recognition events are earned at 50, 150, and 250 hours of time.
Those interested in being alerted about upcoming volunteer opportunities can subscribe to the mansion’s alerts by emailing email@example.com. The Barker Mansion is located at 631 Washington Street in Michigan City, IN.
The Barker Mansion is located at 631 Washington Street in Michigan City, IN. The 38-room mansion was built by freight car industrialist and philanthropist John H. Barker in 1905. Cost is $5 per adult and $2 per child. Visit www.BarkerMansion.com for details.
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The Michigan City Parks and Recreation Department is seeking PUBLIC INPUT for our 5-year Master Plan.
Take the survey online. Click here for the 2017-2021 Michigan City Parks Department Master Plan Online Survey.
Or, download th survey and fax, mail or e-mail it in. Click here for a PDF of the 2017-2021 Michigan City Parks Department Master Plan Survey.
Surveys are also located at the Park Office, The Michigan City Senior Center, The Washington Park Zoo, The Michigan City Golf Course, The Michigan City Public Library, LaPorte County Con-vention and Visitors’ Bureau, and Mayor Meer’s office in City Hall.
Public input sessions will be held in conjunction with Park Board meetings at 5 p.m. on October 5th and 19th and November 2nd at City Hall.
SURVEYS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE PARK OFFICE NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PLANNING PROCESS.
The Michigan City Parks and Recreation Department greatly appreciates your time and input.
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There is still money remaining in the MAC (Michigan City Public Art Committee) children’s art scholarship fund, so now is the time to take advantage of this opportunity.
The Michigan City Public Art Committee, created in 2011 by the Michigan City City Council, has established a scholarship fund to assist Michigan City children in taking art instruction. Visual art classes or individual art instruction for qualified children between 5 and 18 years of age will be funded. The maximum grant request per individual is $200. Funds will be available for instruction in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, collage, crafts such as beading, mosaic work and weaving, art camps or any combination of these taught by a legitimate instructor. New this year is the youth glassblowing workshop with artist and instructor Ian Osborne that will be given at The Nest in Michigan City. The committee will not fund music, writing, dance, or drama instruction.
Applicants must show financial need and take instruction from an art provider located in the Michigan City city limits. The deadline for applying is at least 30 days before the instruction is scheduled to start. Applications are available online or at the Visit Michigan City LaPorte, Marquette Mall, 4073 S. Franklin St., Michigan City, IN. Click here for Scholarship Guidelines and Application. Submission can be made to Jane Daley at the location or you can contact her via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the applications will be sent to you.
You can find art classes for children at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts or at The Nest of Michigan City.
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Michigan City Parks & Recreation recently launched ENVISION WASHINGTON PARK. This is a community-based planning process to create a new master plan for Washington Park. Get involved and help envision a better Washington Park!
As part of the Park Department Master Plan, the Board and Staff are developing a Washington Park Master Plan, which will provide recommendations for improvements over a five-year period. Washington Park is the biggest and best-positioned lakefront in the region, serving the Chicago and Indianapolis metropolitan areas and everyone in between. As the centerpiece of the Lake Michigan Gateway, opportunities exist to create a world class, eco-recreation destination and catalyze development within the downtown Michigan City area. By planning for the future of Washington Park, the Board and Staff aim to create a regional destination that fosters year-round recreation opportunities, enriching programs and events, and improves the quality of life for residents, visitors and future generations.
We are looking forward to a great community conversation on the revitalization of Washington Park through the 2016 Master Plan process!
Click here for a printable flyer (PDF).
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Four new social media pages launching today will provide new ways to interact with and promote the community. Each one will offer a different experience and a different way to show off “#myMichiganCity.”
Initiated by the Michigan City Redevelopment Commission, these pages will support local businesses, bolster economic development, create awareness and excitement for local events, and foster a strong online community. The effort will build on interest already generated by existing Michigan City social media presences, such as the Facebook pages of the Uptown Arts District, the Parks and Recreation Department, and many others.
Don Babcock, Vice President of the Michigan City Redevelopment Commission said, “The Redevelopment Commission is investing tens of millions of dollars to help revitalize our great city. A critical part of that effort is to help existing and new businesses thrive. This initiative will help build pride in our community and help sustain our momentum for the next generation.”
The four pages will consist of two separate Facebook pages, an Instagram account, and an official city LinkedIn page. The Discover Michigan City Facebook page will promote local businesses, events, and accomplishments. The Michigan City Resident Updates page will be home to announcements relevant to Michigan City residents. The Discover Michigan City Instagram account will share photos focused on food and drink, arts and culture, as well as great shopping and events. The LinkedIn page will build the City’s image as an excellent place to do business, reaching the professional community in and outside the City. Readers may “like” and “follow” the pages by visiting these links online.
A 16-member Social Media Advisory Council has overseen development of the social media launch and will oversee the content posted to each page. City Councilman and Social Media Advisory Council member Richard Murphy said, “We can bring the stunning visual imagery of our natural resources, the energy of the renaissance occurring in arts and culture in our downtown, and the many positive community efforts we have going on across our city right now to create a powerful online presence that will help Michigan City economically, and improve its image to residents and visitors alike.”
In the coming weeks, workshops will be announced to help businesses and organizations optimize their use of social media, support each other’s efforts online, and promote the City in general.
The #myMichiganCity program will promote local businesses and encourage participation from residents and visitors alike. Social media users who post using the #myMichiganCity hashtag, and “check in” or “mention” specific businesses on any social network may earn discounts at participating businesses, plus enter for a chance to win prizes. Julia Nielsen, a Social Media Advisory Council member, says, "We look forward to supporting the City's new social media campaign and are excited to be a part of such an excellent community."
Nielsen's eclectic boutique, The Closet by Franklin Vintage, will offer a 10% discount as part of the program. Other participating businesses include Arturo’s Baked Goods & More, Burn ‘Em Brewing, Hoity-Toity, The Great Escape Spa & Art Shop, At The Beach Swimwear Boutique, Finders Keepers Consignment LLC, Threadbenders Quilt Shop, Maple City Roasters, Urban Soles Inc, and Beach Bum Jewels.
Residents and visitors using the #myMichiganCity hashtag anywhere in the City may also enter for a chance to win prizes, including a $50 gift card for Lighthouse Premium Outlets, a one-year family membership to the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, a one-night stay at Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa, a complimentary wine tasting for six with Perfect Pairing appetizers at Shady Creek Winery, and two VIP Passes for the Great Lakes Grand Prix provided by the LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The drawing entry form is online at http://bitly.com/myMichiganCity.
Any business can join the program at any time by visiting http://bitly.com/myMichiganCity. To help businesses advertise their incentives, customizable, printable table tents are also available for download at the website.
Help spread the word about our great city! Use #myMichiganCity to show your civic pride. Follow, like, and interact on the Michigan City Resident Updates Facebook page, Discover Michigan City Facebook page, Discover Michigan City Instagram page, and The City of Michigan City LinkedIn page.
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The Michigan City Police Department is announcing that changes have been made to the hand gun permit process due to recent implementation by the Indiana State Police. Those interested in obtaining an application must do so on-line via the Indiana State Police website, which is located at www.in.gov/isp or at the Michigan City Police Department website at www.michigancitypolice.com.
For additional information, please click here.
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The Michigan City Urban Enterprise Association announces their Mid-Town Grant program.
There is a new grant program for Mid-Town district businesses located on Franklin Street from 11th Street to Coolspring. The purpose is intended to promote visual improvements, historic preservation, structural integrity, boost the quality of product and enhance the customer experience. It can be used for exterior and interior rehabilitation of the building or machinery and equipment used in the business.
The Michigan City Urban Enterprise Association will reimburse 60% of eligible costs up to $2,500.
Please contact Executive Director, Diane Wilczewski at 219-561-6991 or email at email@example.com for an application.
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A crime mapping tool used by law enforcement agencies across Northwest Indiana to track and solve everything from car break-ins to homicides can now be accessed online by the public. Michigan City's crime data is now part of the Regional Crime Report available online at nwi.com. Click here to access the Crime Report online for Michigan City.
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Are you seeking more information on the Michigan City Lake Michigan Gateway Implementation Strategy? Click here to learn more from the Hitchcock Design Group, the team commissioned by the City to design the implementation strategy.
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Mayor Meer has made available the following documents related to the Cheney Run Floodplain:
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Cell phone use - especially texting - has become so ingrained in society that far too many people ignore the NO TEXTING AND DRIVING LAW.
The Michigan City Police are noticing more and more of this on a regular basis and now with the busy shopping season and fast approaching dangerous driving weather upon us and we are warning citizens of not only the dangers yet the fact that citations will be issued.
57 percent of Americans view their cellphones as key to their social life, and most view texting as a vital feature. Yet to mix this activity with driving is statistically extremely dangerous.
- Five seconds is the average time a driver’s eyes are off the road while texting. When traveling 55 mph that is enough time to cover the length of a football field.
- In 2011, at least 23 percent of auto collisions involved cell phones, equaling 1.3 million crashes.
- At any given daylight moment across America, about 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving. IC 9-21-8-0.5
Specifically, the Indiana distracted driving law (IC 9-21-8-59) prohibits drivers from typing a text message, transmitting the message or reading an electronic mail message. This also means all drivers regardless of age are prohibited from texting or surfing on the internet even when stopped for a traffic light.
Drivers under 18 – are prohibited from using cell phones (handheld or hands-free) while driving. PERIOD
All Indiana drivers NO MATTER WHAT AGE are prohibited from texting while driving
How is it Enforced?
Indiana’s cell phone and texting laws are considered “primary” laws. A primary law means that an officer can pull you over for the offense without having to witness some other violation. That is, the officer sees you texting and can pull you over immediately and issue a citation. The citation will cost you $150.00 and is tripled in a construction zone!
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The Michigan City Uptown Arts District Façade Improvement Program through the Redevelopment Commission is designed to promote the continued use and maintenance of commercial and residential buildings in the downtown/Uptown Arts District area. It is intended to help property owners and commercial tenants to rehabilitate and restore the visible exterior of existing structures. Improvements must meet criteria for appropriateness of design.
For complete program information and application, please click here (PDF).
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The Michigan City Animal Control Division would like to announce a new volunteer program that will encompass Kennel duties located at Michigan City’s Central Maintenance on the west side. Some of the duties will include, but not limited to feeding of cats and dogs and cleaning the kennel if required.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have their own transportation. You can find the Application and Waiver forms at emichigancity.com under the Animal Control tab and the Michigan City Police Department’s Facebook page. Applications and Waivers will also be available at the front desk of the police department. Once the forms are completed, please turn them in at the Michigan City Police Department for review, you will be contacted shortly thereafter.
Click here for Dog/Cat Kennel - Michigan City, Indiana Volunteer Application (PDF)
Click here for Dog/Cat Kennel - Volunteer Waiver And Release (PDF)
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Mayor Ron Meer, in conjunction with NIPSCO, would like to inform the public of an online option available to them in reporting a streetlight outage.
www.nipsco.com/streetlightout is an interactive website designed to allow the public an easier, faster, and much more efficient means of reporting a streetlight outage. When a person accesses the website, they can report a streetlight outage with just three simple steps.
Mayor Meer asks the public to please utilize this method of reporting when possible. This website will eliminate steps in the reporting process and generate an immediate online report directly to NIPSCO. However, for those who do not have internet access, you are encouraged to please call Central Services at 873-1500. Central Services will then enter and submit the information on your behalf.
Mayor Meer would like to thank you for your help. A well lit Michigan City is a safer and more appealing place for both our citizens and visitors.
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The Indiana Comprehensive Local Environmental Action Network (CLEAN) Community Challenge is a voluntary recognition program for local Indiana government. CLEAN helps communities take steps to plan, develop, and implement a quality of life plan. This plan includes gathering input and support from the community and local businesses.
As a resident of Indiana, you and your family have access to a FREE Prescription Drug Card program. Simply download your Prescription Drug Card here to receive savings of up to 75% at more than 50,000 national and regional pharmacies. You may create as many cards as you need. Participating pharmacies include the following: Target, Kmart, CVS/pharmacy, Walgreens, Meijer, Kroger as well as thousands of independent pharmacies.
Discounts range in price from 10-70% but average about 30%. It is NOT insurance...it's a membership program, but like insurance you get a card that you show at the pharmacy and they can calculate your discount.
For people with insurance or Medicare, this can work with them as well. Because it is NOT insurance, members would be able to see if they get a better price with their existing insurance or with the card. Usually, the co-pay through insurance will be better, but not always. So having the card could be helpful even to people that already have insurance. (Not to mention many individuals and businesses are going to high deductible plans that don't cover prescriptions.)
This benefit is sponsored by United Networks of America a national healthcare company in conjunction with a consortium of the pharmaceutical companies. This exact program has launched successfully in 30 states over the last 2 years. UNA expects the program to discount over 20,000,000 prescriptions in 2009 for tens of millions of American families when they need help the most.
The membership program may not meet everyone’s need but offers an inexpensive alternative for many. Click here for frequently asked questions about the program.
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The Michigan City Fire Department is in the process of gathering information on adults and children in the community who have special medical needs. Fire Chief Dave Lamb urge families who use medical care aids such as cardiac monitors, ventilation devices, feeding tubes, wheel chairs, or any other such devices for sustaining the life and health of a family member, to complete this form. Please click here to view and print the form. It then needs to be forwarded to the Fire Department. This form should also be used for community members who are non-ambulatory and would require assistance in leaving their homes in an evacuation situation.
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Setting out your weekly trash pickup may seem like a fairly simple mundane task. However, have you considered if you are actually doing so in accordance with city trash regulations? Are you using city trash containers --- or just placing bags along the curb? If you are using trash containers, great! But are they in compliance with city trash regulations? Are you remodeling a home or building a new one? If you are, what are you doing with the construction rubbish?
- According to the City Code, it shall be the duty of every person owning or leasing a residence or place of business in the City wherein garbage accumulates to maintain in a clean and odor free condition a cart provided by the City.
- The only container that may be used must be a cart that the City will supply.
- All garbage, trash or rubbish which accumulates shall be deposited in either a cart or dumpster. The lid to every cart and dumpster shall be kept on and closed at all times, other than when placing items in them.
- Plastic garbage bags with tight-fitting tie closures may be used, but shall be placed inside either a cart or dumpster.
- All carts must be put out for collection by 7:00 a.m. on the day scheduled for their collection with the arrows located on the carts pointing out toward the street or alley from which collection is made. All carts must have open access for the trash collectors to retrieve them.
- For street-side pickup, carts shall be set out no more than 24 hours prior to the usual time of collection and shall be removed within 24 hours after collection.
- At no time shall the cart be moved from its assigned address.
- The Refuse Department must be contacted at 873-1530 for special pick-up at the normal collection location of all large items that cannot fit within the cart.
- The two-wheeled cart Toters are to be used for trash only and they are not to be used for construction materials or compost.
If you're unfamiliar with city regulations on trash containers and construction waste, are curious about what it looks like to be in compliance and not in compliance with the recently revised city trash regulations, or have any questions about city trash regulations, compliancy, or trash pick-ups, click here to learn more.
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The City of Michigan City and the Michigan City Fire Department have begun the implementation of recently enacted Michigan City Ordinance #4020, which regulates smoke detectors for rental properties.
The Fire Department Administration would like to remind all owners of rental property in Michigan City that a two-step process has been enacted to protect the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of Michigan City. First of all, all residential rental units shall be equipped with smoke detectors. And secondly, a registration requirement has been enacted stating that owners of property which is used as residential rental dwelling units or contains a rental dwelling unit are required to register all such properties with the Michigan City Fire Department.
The passage of Ordinance #4020 included an initial 45-day registration period and owners who have not yet registered their properties should do so immediately. After this initial registration period following the passage of the Smoke Detectors for Rental Properties Ordinance earlier this year, owners shall be required to register all such properties on an annual basis, by January 31st of each year. Additionally, for new owners of rental property at any point throughout the year, registration is required within 30 days of becoming an owner of the real property to be used as residential rental property or rental dwelling units.
Rental property smoke detector registration forms can be obtained electronically over the internet at http://www.emichigancity.com/cityhall/departments/fire/, or they can be obtained in person from the Fire Department Administrative Office at 2510 East Michigan Boulevard.
Anyone with questions regarding smoke detectors for rental properties can contact Kyle A. Kazmierczak, Division Chief of Inspections, at (219) 873-1453 or Jeff Santana, Assistant Inspector, at (219) 873-1440.
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Michigan City has been identified by CityTownInfo.com as one of the state's top cities for affordable property taxes.
Compared to other communities which are similar in size and diversity to Michigan City, our community is in the top 12% of communities regarding affordable property taxes, top 17% of affordable rent. Compared to all communities in the state, Michigan City rates in the top 14% of short commute times.
The website page dedicated to Michigan City, http://www.citytowninfo.com/places/indiana/michigan-city, lists many other demographic statistics, including politics, wealth, ancestry, commute and sprawl, housing, crime and climate.
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