The Michigan City Refuse Department will be operating a regular schedule on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24, 2014. The Refuse Department will not be working on Christmas, Thursday, December 25, 2014. Trash pick-up will resume on Friday, December 26, 2014. Thursday’s normal trash pick-up will be on Friday and Friday’s normal trash pick-up will be on Saturday.
The Michigan City Transit Department will be closed on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24, 2014 and Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25, 2014. Transit will resume their regular schedule on Friday, December 26, 2014.
The Michigan City Central Service Departments will be closed on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24, Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25, and Friday, December 26, 2014. Central Service will resume their regular schedule on Monday, December 29, 2014. These departments include Michigan City Forester, Michigan City Street Department, and Michigan City Vector Control.
City Hall and most other City offices will be closed on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24, Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25, and Friday, December 26, 2014.
New Year's Holiday
The Michigan City Refuse Department will be operating a regular schedule on New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, December 31, 2014. The Refuse Department will not be working on New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1, 2015. Trash pick-up will resume on Friday, January 2, 2015. Thursday’s normal trash pick-up will be on Friday and Friday’s normal trash pick-up will be on Saturday.
The Michigan City Transit Department will be closed on New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, December 31, 2014 and New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1, 2015. Transit will resume their regular schedule on Friday, January 2, 2015.
The Michigan City Central Service Departments will be closed on New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, December 31, 2014, New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1, 2015, and Friday January 2, 2015. Central Service will resume their regular schedule on Monday, January 5, 2015. These departments include Michigan City Forester, Michigan City Street Department, and Michigan City Vector Control.
City Hall and most other City offices will be closed on New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, December 31, 2014, New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1, 2015, and Friday January 2, 2015.
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The Michigan City Park Department is seeking public input for the 2015 Pullman Park Renovation Project, funded by a Community Development Block Grant. Preliminary plans will be presented and the public is encouraged to comment and offer suggestions. Plans include a walking trail, community picnic shelter, play equipment, drinking fountain, shaded benches, and the Herman Lee Wilson basketball courts monument.
The final public input session is scheduled for Monday, January 5, 2015 at 7PM at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 730 W. 6th Street, Michigan City, IN.
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The City of Michigan City's Mayor Ron Meer invites the public to attend the 2015 Starry Nights Mayor's Ball. This year’s proceeds will benefit the Michigan City Women's Commission and the North Central Community Action Agency's Emmet D. Wise Neighborhood Center and George & Madeline Smrt Neighborhood Center.
The Mayor's Ball will be held at Blue Chip Casino's Stardust Event Center, Saturday, February 7, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
"I am pleased to spotlight this year's community organizations. This event will raise monies to help remove barriers and contribute to the greater capacity of both organizations' potential."
The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and celestial entertainment will be provided. The dress for the evening is black tie optional.
Tickets for the Mayor's ball can be purchased at City Hall, 100 East Michigan Blvd. in Michigan City. The tickets are $100 per person. Sponsorships are also available: Diamond sponsor $3000; Emerald sponsor $2000; Ruby sponsor $1200 (tables of 10).
For more information contact Mayor Meer's office at 219-873-1400.
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It is that time to remind the citizens of Michigan City about our City ordinances regarding snow removal and parking restrictions. When winter weather arrives, it is important to understand and follow snow removal guidelines for everyone’s safety. Below are explanations of terms you may hear this winter season.
A “snow removal condition” is a formal declaration made by the Mayor, department head for the street department, or the Mayor’s designee. A snow removal condition is made when actual or expected precipitation will create hazardous or dangerous street conditions.
When a “snow removal condition” has been declared, the two (2) following conditions shall be in effect:
- No vehicle shall park on a street identified by a street sign as a “snow route.” A “snow route” is a street heavily traveled and a necessary thoroughfare for the movement of traffic in the City. A vehicle parked, stalled, incapable of moving under its own power, or left unattended on a “snow route” shall be issued a citation and/or towed and/or impounded at the owner’s expense.
- If your street is not designated as a “snow route,” then parking shall be banned on your street according to the following schedule:
- Even-numbered days of the week: No parking shall be permitted on that side of the street with even numbered addresses from 6:00 a.m. to midnight. For example, if you live at 102 W. 2nd St., which is an even address, you may not park on your side of the street on an even-numbered day of the week (ie: 2nd, 4th, 6th, etc…).
- Odd-numbered days of the week: No parking shall be permitted on that side of the street with odd numbered addresses from 6:00 a.m. to midnight. For example, if you live at 103 W. 2nd St., which is an Odd address, you may not park on your side of the street on an odd- numbered day of the week (ie: 1st, 3rd, 5th, ect…).
There are numerous City lots that can be utilized for off-street parking, and it is recommended that you move your vehicle from a City lot once the snow has ended.
If you receive a ticket for improper parking during a “snow removal condition,” you will be subject to a fine of $15.00 payable within 24 hours, $25.00 if paid between 24 to 72 hours, and $50.00 beyond 72 hours up to 30 days. Tickets are payable at the Michigan City Police Department. You are also responsible for any and all towing and impound fees.
Michigan City streets are divided into eight (8) plow routes. During a significant snow storm, major arteries are priority as other streets on each route are plowed in sequence and made passable as quickly as possible. While it is snowing, snow plow drivers are instructed to open up each route. When the snow storm concludes, the snow plow drivers will widen out all streets by pushing the accumulated snow back to the curb.
THE NEW SNOW LITTERING ORDINANCE #94-257
No owner or occupant shall push or move, or cause or permit to be pushed or moved, any snow or ice into any street in an amount or manner that may impede or hamper vehicular traffic flow or snow removal. Any person found to be in violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of $50.00 as set forth in section 50-484.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Residents and businesses should not shovel, blow, plow or throw snow onto the streets or pile it so as to block sidewalks. City ordinance 50-484 prohibits this and could result in a fine of $50.00. Whenever possible, pile snow to the right of your driveway. This will reduce the potential of having it plowed back into your driveway opening. All snow should be shoveled and kept on the owner’s property.
While there is currently no ordinance in Michigan City that requires residents to clear their walks, it is strongly encouraged to ensure safety to pedestrians.
QUESTIONS??? Please contact Central Services at 873-1500
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Due to repairs, the Franklin Street Bridge will be closed starting Monday, November 10, 2014. LaPorte County officials estimate the work will be completed at the end of December. Due to this closure, please observe the following detour for Michigan City Transit Route #1
Route #1 Detour:
East on US Highway 12 to Center Street
Center Street to Krueger Avenue
Krueger Avenue to Lakeshore Drive
Turning right onto Lakeshore Drive and continuing with the regular route schedule.
The City of Michigan City appreciates your patience during this repair process.
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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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Beginning immediately, Michigan City residents can once again donate coats to those in need.
For the third year in a row, the City of Michigan City has partnered with Michigan Township Trustee Rodney Washington and his Office to move the distribution of coats from City Hall to the Michigan Township Trustees Office located at 2601 East Michigan Boulevard. Hours of operation are: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. You can also reach the trustees office at: 874-5201.
“There is a large need for this yearly campaign in our community; I would like to thank Michigan Township Trustee Rodney Washington and his office for their willingness to get involved and their help in addressing the needs of our residents” said Mayor Meer.
“I would also like to personally thank Concord Cleaners for their generous offer to clean, at no cost, any coats and snowsuits that you wish to donate to the coat drive” said Mayor Meer. “Simply drop off your coats at Concord Cleaners (3231 Franklins St.) and say they are for the coat campaign, and Concord Cleaners will clean them and deliver them to the Michigan Township Trustees Office weekly.”
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The Indiana State Department of Health has opened a call center to answer questions from the public regarding the Ebola virus. Health representatives are available to answer questions regarding symptoms, screening and diagnosis of Ebola. The call center telephone number is (877) 826-0011. It is open Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Call (888) 561-0044 for the hearing impaired.
The State Department of Health also has a website, http://www.in.gov/isdh/26447.htm, that has fact sheets, FAQs, and guidance documents for a variety of audiences, including the public, emergency medical services, and health care providers.
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Mayor Ron Meer announces that he is prepared to lift the moratorium on the Michigan City Fireworks display in 2015 as a part of the Michigan City Summer Fest schedule as long as the criteria listed below is met.
- The fireworks show must be held on Saturday, July 4, 2015.
- Funding in the amount of $50,000 must be raised through private donations and sponsorships. This money will pay for the pyrotechnics as well as help to offset the overtime cost the city will incur to our various departments.
- All applicable permits must be secured in a timely fashion from the Indiana State Fire Marshalls office and the United States Coast Guard.
Mayor Meer states that, “In order to provide our Michigan City Police and Fire Departments an adequate amount of time to plan, coordinate and deliver the necessary public health and safety services to our citizens and visitors during this event, I am mandating that proof of all funding and permits be submitted to my office no later than April 1, 2015.”
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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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Michigan City, Indiana has received the long awaited news regarding federal tax credits for the Michigan City Artspace project. And it’s good news!
The Uptown Artspace Lofts at the Warren Building project was awarded an estimated $10 million dollars of federal tax credits that will move the project into the construction stage later this year.
The proposed project will be a full historic renovation of 44 affordable artist live-work spaces and commercial retail and gallery space.
A team made up of representatives of the national non-profit developer Artspace, working side by side with Michigan City officials, received the news Thursday morning at an Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority meeting.
“This award confirms what we have believed throughout this journey, that Michigan City, Indiana is the next great economic opportunity on Lake Michigan,” Mayor Ron Meer said upon hearing the news.
“I would like to thank Governor Pence, Lt. Governor Ellspermann, and the IHCDA for this award of tax credits and for recognizing the important revitalization opportunities in downtown Michigan City,” Meer said. Meer was also quick to point out help from State Senator Jim Arnold who continues to be a strong advocate for downtown Michigan City.
“This was a team effort. We are beaming with pride in Michigan City to be the first Artspace project in the State of Indiana,” Meer continued.
The project will infuse an estimated $12 million dollars in funds to redevelop the iconic Warren Building, a six story vacant structure on historic Michigan City’s main downtown thoroughfare, Franklin Street.
Councilman Tim Bietry made the initial call to invite Artspace to Michigan City in 2008, which led to a pre-development contract with Artspace, the largest non-profit developer of artist spaces in the country.
A City team that included Bietry, Mayor Ron Meer, former Mayor Chuck Oberlie, Redevelopment Commission President Ken Behrendt, Councilman Rich Murphy, and City Planning Director Craig Phillips worked with Artspace representatives for more than three years to achieve the tax credit award.
Bietry said on Thursday, “This is an example of what can be achieved when talented people who want the best for their community step forward and work together.”
Artspace President Kelley Lindquist acknowledged the very competitive process for obtaining the tax credits.
“With 44 tax credit applications filed and only 15 funded in this round, we’re thrilled to be able to move to the next step in this process and grateful to the IHCDA for recognizing the value of this project,” Lindquist said. “We’re proud to be part of Michigan City’s commitment to redevelop downtown and are confident that this project and the arts will contribute greatly to those efforts.”
For additional project details, click here (PDF).
Artspace is the nation’s leader in artist-led community transformation, with 35 projects in operation across the country and another dozen in development, representing a unique, $600 million investment in America’s arts infrastructure. With headquarters in Minneapolis and ofﬁces in Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Seattle and Washington D.C., Artspace is America’s leading developer of arts facilities and has served as a consultant to hundreds of communities and arts organizations nationwide. To date we have completed nearly 2,000 affordable live/work units for artists and their families as well as more than a million square feet of non-residential space for artists and arts organizations. Additional information is available at www.artspace.org.
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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 Public Art Committee 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. 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.
Click here for Scholarship Guidelines and Application.
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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, is proud to announce that for the 12th consecutive year, Michigan City, Indiana has been named a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry.
This is a national honor, bestowed upon Michigan City by the Arbor Day Foundation, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees.
“We all benefit when communities like Michigan City place a high priority on planting and caring for trees, one of our nation’s most beautiful resources,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees shade our homes and add beauty to our neighborhoods, and they also provide many environmental, economic and social benefits. We applaud Michigan City’s elected officials, volunteers, and citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest.”
Michigan City has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community. Tree City USA communities must have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
Communities that earn Tree City USA recognition not only have taken the time to meet the four standards, they know that trees:
- Promote healthier communities by filtering the air we breathe by removing dust and other particles.
- Moderate climate, conserve water and provide vital habitat for wildlife.
- Reduce the heat island effect in urban areas caused by pavement and buildings.
- Reduce energy use and increase property values.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.
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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 recently updated 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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