Johnson Road will be closed to thru traffic at the Michigan Boulevard intersection on Saturday, March 8, 2014. The purpose of the closure is for NIPSCO Utility Relocation at the Johnson Road and Michigan Boulevard intersection. A portion of the road (from Plum Street to Michigan Boulevard) will be closed to thru traffic on Saturday, March 8, 2014 due to equipment blocking the entire road. Local (homeowner – non-thru) traffic will be allowed access. Vehicles wishing to travel south on Johnson Road from Michigan Boulevard will be detoured to South Roeske Avenue and Greenwood Avenue or US 20 to Johnson Road. Vehicles wishing to travel east or west on Michigan Bouleavrd from Johnson Road will be detoured to Greenwood Avenue and South Roeske Avenue. Additional single lane restrictions with flaggers are possible on March 6 and March 7.
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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 aditional 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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The Michigan City Police have received numerous calls over the weekend of not only people going way out onto the ice shelves at Washington Park walking, but taking children with sleds.
Shelf ice can be beautiful to look at, but very deadly to walk on!
Due to the recent frigid and then warming temperatures, the expanses of ice at Washington Park and the entire Lakeshore could collapse extremely quickly, breaking off without warning and possibly causing injury or death.
Shelf ice is just what it sounds like - a shelf of ice over the water. The formation of the shelf begins with a frozen beach. After the beach freezes, a small ridge, or ice foot, usually forms near the water's edge. Ice that is floating on Lake Michigan gets blown against the shoreline. The strong winter winds and waves push the pieces of ice against the ice foot, creating piles of ice. The piles freeze together, forming abstract sculptures along the shore. The shelf sometimes extends hundreds of feet offshore.
Though the shelf of ice looks solid, it is not. Air pockets and unfrozen areas make the ice unstable and unsafe to walk on. When the shelf ice is covered with snow, it is even more deceiving. The snow cover gives the appearance of a uniform surface.
The water under the ice is, of course, extremely cold. Depending on the thickness and snow cover, very little light may penetrate the ice. A person applying even a small amount of weight on the shelf ice can easily fall through and into frigid water that can quickly kill. If you fall through, hypothermia will rapidly set in and survival is unlikely. The lighthouse pier is ice covered and not plowed or salted. Walking or going out to take photographs can lead to one slipping and falling off the pier.
Walking on the ice shelf and the pier is not illegal and not against the law; however, the Michigan City Police strongly urge all individuals to stay off of any portion of the ice shelf and pier, as they can again be beautiful to look at but deadly to walk on.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact Sgt. Chris Yagelski 873-1461 ext. #333 or email ASKACOP@Emichigancity.com
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MICHIGAN CITY PUBLIC ART PROJECT: 2014 SCULPTFUSION
Michigan City's Public Art Committee (MAC) seeks submissions for the
2014-2016 public art project
"Sculptfusion" which will be located in the Uptown Arts District of Michigan
City Indiana. Selected artists
will be awarded an honorarium of $3,000. The installed artwork may be
available for sale.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: April 1, 2014
EXHIBITION SCHEDULE: June 13, 2014 - June 10, 2016
INSTALLATION SCHEDULE: June 9 - June 13, 2014
ELIGIBILITY: Sculptfusion is open to all professional artists in the Midwest
region. Artists must own the rights to
the Artwork. Artwork must be available for the duration of the two-year
contract. Accepted Artworks must be
professionally constructed of durable materials which will withstand the
year-round elements. All durable outdoor
media are encouraged.
Click here for more information.
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** Parking Restrictions that went into effect on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 12;00 p.m., will remain in effect until further notice **
Michigan City Police Chief Mark Swistek would like inform citizens that the Police Department will begin ticketing and towing cars today. “It is imperative that our streets get plowed so they can remain open and clear for the safe passage of our public health and safety vehicles as well as those of our citizens and visitors. My department has been patient, we have been issuing warning tickets and knocking on doors asking citizens to move their cars so the city snow plows can clean up our streets in the most safe and efficient manner possible. It is the responsibility of the citizens to find appropriate parking that is in compliance with the snow ordinance parking restrictions. Unfortunately, in many cases, we are seeing no response to our warnings and door to door visits and therefore, we will no longer be issuing warnings and will start the process of ticketing and towing vehicles today.”
Sec. 94-254-Parking restrictions during a snow removal condition are:
(1) No vehicle shall be parked on a designated “snow route.”
(2) On even numbered days, no parking shall be permitted on that side of the street with even numbered addresses from 6:00 a.m. to midnight.
(3) On odd numbered days, no parking shall be permitted on that side of the street with odd numbered addresses from 6:00 a.m. to midnight.
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The Michigan City/NICTD Realignment Project, a one million dollar TIGER II federal grant that sought to identify a preferred alignment of the South Shore rails in Michigan City that is in the best interests of the City and NICTD, has issued a final report. After nearly 2 1/2 years of ongoing discussions and negotiations and several public meetings and workshops, the City and NICTD reached a consensus that the preferred alignment is the existing 10th/11th St. corridor with corridor upgrades that will improve speed and operations and a new state of the art train station built at or adjacent to the existing 11th St. train station building.
The final report may be accessed online by clicking here (PDF - 6MB).
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Let’s Be Prepared for Winter Weather Emergencies
Now is the time to make sure vehicles are ready for winter. We encourage drivers to check tire pressure and tread depth, the age of car batteries, antifreeze level, car heater and defroster operation, and windshield wipers and blades. It’s also a good idea for drivers to keep at least half a tank of gas in your car at all times during the winter months.
In addition to winter vehicle preparation, it does not hurt to create and put a winter weather preparedness kit in each vehicle in case of a weather-related emergency like an accident, car trouble or slide-offs. An emergency car kit is essential any time of year and should include the following items, with special emphasis this time of year on water, food and warmth:
- At least two blankets or a sleeping bag
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Booster (jumper) cables
- Emergency flares
- Extra clothing, including boots, hats and gloves
- Bottled water and non-perishable foods like granola bars, raisins, nuts, or peanut butter
- First-aid kit and necessary medications
- Sand or non-clumping kitty litter for tire traction
- Cell phone and charger
- Ice scraper and snow brush
During severe winter weather or if inclement weather is approaching, the Michigan City Police recommend staying home, if possible. If the trip is absolutely necessary, it’s a good idea to let someone know your destination, route and expected time of arrival.
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Mayor Meer would like to remind the citizens of Michigan City that several warming centers will be open. Warming centers will be available at the following locations:
Michigan City Police Station (24 hours)
102 W. 2nd Street
Michigan City Fire Administration Building (Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm)
2510 E. Michigan Blvd.
Michigan City Senior Center (Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm)
2 on the Lake
Michigan City City Hall (Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm)
100 E. Michigan Blvd.
Michigan City Public Library (during business hours)
100 E. 4th Street
Mayor Meer urges the citizens of Michigan City to check on family, friends, neighbors, pets, and especially the elderly during this dangerous cold outbreak to ensure everyone stays healthy and safe. Any citizen needing transportation to a warming center may call the M.C. Police Department’s non-emergency number at: 219-874-3221.
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The Michigan City Transit Department has awarded the 2013 Operator of the Year Award to William McFerson. William began his career with Michigan City Transit in 1996. He is a highly respected operator who exemplifies excellence in safety, customer service and teamwork. This is the first year for the award. The award program was created to instill pride in bus operators by recognizing their excellent driving performance and customer service skills. Operators are nominated by other department staff and the General public. The department has also awarded the Annual Safety Award to Operator Omeka Johnson for obtaining 12 months without a safety violation or being charged with a Preventable accident. Ms. Johnson has been an MC Operator since 2010.
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Due to the current Lake Avenue street closure normal city bus service to the Lake Hills area will be suspended. This will not affect service to Washington Park or the Senior Center. Lake Hills residents needing service should contact the Michigan City Transit Department at 219-873-1502. This change will be in effect until further notice as there is no published expectation of the completion of work on Lake Ave.
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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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Our annual Coat Drive & Giveaway is once again underway. Michigan City residents can once again donate coats to those in need.
For the second 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 Michigan City Police and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller would like to warn Citizens against scammers taking advantage of the federal health insurance enrollment period.
Scammers are coming out of the woodwork to take advantage of any confusion surrounding the Federal Health Insurance enrollment.
The additional inability of citizens to get help from the federal government during the shutdown escalates the need for people to be on guard against possible scam artists, who might seek to profit from selling insurance or by gathering personal information to use fraudulently.
We want to warn residents that Scammers may attempt to lure people away from legitimate websites and pose as employees or agents of the agency. Additionally, with many federal agencies closed, help is even harder to find.
Citizens need to be cautious and never provide personal financial information or a social security number to anyone that shows up on your doorstep or contacts you by phone to enroll you in the federal insurance program.
Tips to Avoid Scams and resources for assistance include:
- The government will never call or e-mail consumers to solicit enrollment plans. Marketplace options and additional information is available at www.HealthCare.gov or at the Help Center, available 24/7, at 1-800-318-2596.
- Be wary of individuals contacting you with a “limited time special.” Rates will remain the same from October 1 to March 31, 2014.
- Navigators, by law, may not charge a fee for their service; however, licensed health insurance agents and brokers receive commission from insurance companies for plan enrollment.
- Navigators are there to assist you during the enrollment period.
- Navigators will ask you question about your income, family size, and other relevant personal information to help you make a decision about the type of coverage you want.
- Navigators will ask for the size of the family to determine coverage options and for income information to determine eligibility for tax credits or Medicaid
- Navigators WILL NOT call you to enroll you in health insurance.
- Navigators WILL NOT notify you about special limited time offers.
- You can find your local Navigators at: http://www.healthcare.gov/, and http://www.sircon.com/resource/layout.jsp?page=indianaLps&type=indiana.
BE VERY CAREFUL OF A salesperson aggressively trying to pressure you into buying insurance by telling you that you will face jail time if you do not have health insurance----- this is not true.
Starting on October 1, 2013, uninsured consumers or consumers looking to buy their own coverage can enroll for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace for coverage. The Marketplace allows you to compare and select plans.
Those plans must be a Qualified Health Plan approved by the federal government to serve Indiana consumers.
You can learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace though several resources:
- www.HealthCare.gov - This is the federal government’s official website for the Health
Insurance Marketplace. Here, consumers can enroll in health insurance plans starting October 1st, get information about the Marketplace, company plans, and see available coverage options. Consumers will be able to find Navigators in their area to assist with enrollment.
- Help Center: 1-800-318-2596: The Help Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer questions about the Marketplace, as well as to enroll consumers for coverage starting October 1. TTY: 1-855-889-4325
- Navigators: Navigators are trained and certified by the government to answer Marketplace questions, discuss eligibility and options, and prepare electronic and paper applications to establish eligibility and enroll in the Marketplace. Starting October 1, consumers will be able to find Navigators throughout the State of Indiana by using the federal government’s website:(www.HealthCare.gov)
You can search for Navigators or verify their Navigator’s
Certification at: http://www.sircon.com/resource/layout.jsp?page=indianaLps&type=indiana.
The Indiana Department of Insurance provides more information about Indiana Navigators on its website: http://www.in.gov/idoi/2823.htm.
- Certified Application Counselors: These counselors will perform many of the same
functions as Navigators, including educating consumers and helping to complete applications for coverage. Counselors will be available at community health centers, hospitals, or social services agencies to assist. Starting October 1, consumers will be able to find Certified Application Counselors at www.HealthCare.gov or by calling a Help Center.
- Agents and Brokers: State-licensed health insurance agents and brokers who meet Health Insurance Marketplace requirements may enroll individuals, small employers, and employees in coverage through the Marketplace.
MEDICARE IS NOT PART OF THE HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE
Medicare recipients do not need to do anything to be enrolled under the new Marketplace system.
The Marketplace will not affect Medicare choices and benefits will not change.
As always if you feel that you have been scammed or someone is attempting to cheat you please contact Sgt. Chris Yagelski 873-1461 ext. #333 or email ASKACOP@Emichigancity.com
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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 City of Michigan City and NICTD (Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District) Announce the Central (10th/ 11th Street) Corridor as the Preferred Alignment Selection, resulting from the Michigan City Alternative Analysis Realignment Study
The Realignment Study Management Oversight Group (MOG) comprised of representatives from both Michigan City and NICTD (Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District) voted to endorse Option 1, the Central Corridor option. This consensus decision represents the results of an extensive evaluation and screening process which was based on the goals and criteria established at the onset of the study, including impact on environment, community, economics and transportation system.
A selection has been made. The City of Michigan City and NICTD through the Management Oversight Group, for the Alternative Realignment Study voted to endorse Option 1, the Central Corridor Option as the preferred alignment consensus for the existing South Shore Rail Line. On the consensus, Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer said “Michigan City has partnered with NICTD on a vision to build a new, state of the art, ADA accessible train station which will anchor to our downtown.” Meer continued “Picture a new rail station and an enhanced 10th/11th Street corridor that all Michigan City residents can be proud of. With these improvements, the South Shore Railroad will be a powerful marketing tool to bring people to and from Chicago and South Bend and experience the tremendous assets of Michigan City’s downtown and lakefront.”
In this selection the MOG has endorsed a plan calling for continuous, exposed ballasted rail on a double track alignment within the 10th/ 11th Street Corridor including a consolidated station with eight (8) car high level boarding platforms and a softening of the curves at Cedar Street and Chicago Avenue. NICTD Chairman Mark Yagelski stated “When we started this process with the City nearly three (3) years ago, we were hoping to eventually arrive at an alignment decision that would serve the long term interests of our passengers and meet the development objectives of Michigan City. The NICTD Board met Friday, July 26, 2013 and unanimously endorsed the alignment consensus reached by the MOG and looks forward to working with the City on the next phase of the project.”
The final study report may be accessed online by clicking here (PDF - 6MB).
Interested stakeholders are also invited to visit the project website by clicking here.
For more information, contact:
219-873-1419 ext. 324
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The City of Michigan City and NICTD Reach Consensus on a Preferred Alignment for the South Shore Rail Line
The Management Oversight Group (MOG) comprised of representatives from Michigan City and NICTD (Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District) has reached a consensus on the 10th/11th St. Central alignment alternative as the preferred alignment for the South Shore Line in Michigan City.
This decision was reached after an extensive, two-year-long evaluative and progressive screening process the goal of which was to identify a preferred rail alignment that is in the best interests of NICTD and the City of Michigan City. The MOG has directed the engineering consultant Transystems to close out the TIGER II grant process and issue the final report of the project confirming the 10th/11th St. Central alignment as the preferred alignment. The final study report may be accessed online by clicking here (PDF - 6MB).
The project, which was funded by a federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) II grant, required the City of Michigan City and NICTD to engage in intensive discussions regarding striking a balance between sometimes conflicting interests in maximizing operational efficiency, passenger usage, and improved operations for NICTD and positive economic development impact for the city of Michigan City.
Seven realignment options were analyzed based on a set of defined evaluation criteria. These criteria included improved mobility, environmental and community impact, operating efficiencies, and positive economic impact on Michigan City.
For over a century, the South Shore has provided valued service to Michigan City along a two-mile segment of single track that is embedded in the middle of 10th and 11th Streets in Michigan City. From the railroad’s perspective, this “street running” results in adverse impacts on train operations, constrains the ability to enhance capacity, increases railroad and street maintenance costs, and creates unnecessary conflicts with vehicular and pedestrian traffic. From the City’s perspective, the most important criteria in evaluating the alignments was positive economic impact on Michigan City.
To address these concerns Michigan City and NICTD worked together in this selection process to explore feasible realignment options that will improve operating flexibility and capacity, reduce maintenance costs, and enhance vehicular and railroad safety as well as to better leverage the rail line for positive economic impact on Michigan City.
An additional component of this study evaluated the option of developing a new, modern, intermodal station and parking facility. The construction of the new alignment is subject to a NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) environmental review and availability of federal funding and other funding sources.
On the consensus, Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer said, “Michigan City has partnered with NICTD on a vision to build a new, state of the art, ADA accessible train station which will be an economic anchor to our downtown.” Meer continued, “Picture a new rail station and an enhanced 10th/11th St. corridor that all Michigan City residents can be proud of. With these improvements, the South Shore Railroad will be a powerful marketing tool to bring people to and from Chicago and South Bend and experience the tremendous assets of Michigan City’s downtown and lakefront.”
For more information, please contact:
City Planner for
219-873-1419 ext. 324
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The State of the City Address, entitled ‘Moving Forward’, delivered by Mayor Ron Meer on May 21, 2013 is now available online.
Click here to access this file (PDF).
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On Monday, May 6, at 7:00pm at the Elston Middle School Auditorium, downtown experts HyettPalma unveiled the Michigan City Downtown Action Agenda prepared as part of the Indiana Downtown® program offered by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT).
Click here to obtain the Michigan City Downtown Action Agenda (PDF).
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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. 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.
We can't express how much the soldiers appreciate the support from the people of Indiana, especially the support that comes from the cities that provide homes for our armories. We are very excited about this program to support the youth of Indiana. For additional information on the Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy, click here.
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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://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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Learn more about the history of Michigan City and see some great vintage photos from years gone by. We regularly feature a new set of photos celebrating the heritage of our City. This time we're featuring historical photos of Smith Brothers.
Click here for the History of Michigan City Photo Scrapbook.
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