The Washington Park Zoo has set a new record for attendance during its 2019 season with 103,123 visitors, up from the zoo’s all-time record attendance in 2017 of 100,122. While many of the zoo attendees came from Michigan City, about 88% were from out of town and their impact on the local economy is estimated at $7,734,225.00.
“Welcoming 100,000 people through our gates was once again our goal this year, and we thank the community and visitors for their continued support,” said Jamie Huss, Zoo Director. “With the restoration and renovations to the historical castle, along with all of the smaller improvements, new animal additions and the focus to the enhancement of the landscape, it was an eventful season here at the Washington Park Zoo. There's always something new to see at the zoo. Currently, renovation plans are in the works to hopefully expand the African Lion and Bengal Tiger habitats in 2020, as well as other zoo plans that will allow us to continue to evolve in a way that makes the community proud.
2019 was the zoo’s 91st season and brought with it many other celebrated highlights, including earning its re-accreditation by the Zoological Association of America (ZAA). To be accredited, the zoo underwent a thorough review to ensure it has and will continue to meet the ever-rising standards in categories, which include animal care and welfare, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. The ZAA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous accreditation process every five years in order to be members of the Association. The Washington Park Zoo has been continuously accredited by the ZAA since 2004.
In 2014, the Washington Park Zoo closed out the year by unveiling new branding for the zoo which focused on making sure that each animal has the best possible care and that every guest has a memorable zoo experience. Each year the zoo has continued to complete its project goals and expand it’s on going 5-year strategic plan, which includes upgrading exhibits, buildings, and grounds.
The zoo believes that the increased attendance is attributed to the community’s awareness of the zoo and the plans for future growth and continued enhancement. The zoo relies on that community support not only with visitors, but also monetary donations, volunteer time and gifted items from its wish list. The support allows the zoo to continue to make improvements to its many programs, including conservation, education and animal care.
Education is an integral part of our zoo and helps to spread our message of wildlife conservation by engaging guests in fun, interactive programs that help foster stewards of wildlife. Our programs include special events, summer camps, outreach programs, in-house programs, tours, scout programs, and more.
The Washington Park Zoo is home to over 200 animals. We are dedicated to being a sanctuary for exotic animals in need of a safe home. Some of the zoo’s residents have been misplaced pets that proved to be too wild or were confiscated as being illegally owned. Some have suffered injuries that would make life in the wild impossible and others were removed from their natural habitat by the DNR. In all cases the residents are given the best environments that our staff can provide for their health and mental enrichment needs. Our staff is dedicated to the health and welfare of the animals in our care and their relatives in the wild.
Since many of the animals are rescues, breeding programs are specialized for those animals that are vital to the international Zoo Species Survival Plan (SSP) and for captive populations. The zoo did welcome some amazing births this year, including twin Golden- Handed Tamarins, Dart Frogs, and first-time birth milestones with the addition of two Barn Owls and a Three-Banded Armadillo.
The Washington Park Zoo is now closed for the season and will reopen in April but will continue to keep the public updated on zoo happenings on their Facebook, and website. Reservations can also still be made for 2020 field trips and the very popular outreach program known as the “Zoo to You”, which brings animals to schools, nursing homes, and other education facilities by contacting the zoo office.
The zoo staff would like to thank the community and guests for their wonderful patronage of the ‘best little zoo in the Midwest,’ and we look forward to seeing all of you back again in April 2020.
For more information about the Washington Park Zoo, please visit us on Facebook or at www.washingtonparkzoo.com.
Christmas 2019 is in full swing at the historic Barker Mansion, a Gilded Age gem at 631 Washington St. in Michigan City’s thriving Uptown Arts District.
A packed calendar of seasonal events is scheduled throughout December. A good-spirited competition for Best Christmas Tree is adding to the holiday spirit. The mansion is showcasing 12 Christmas trees, 9 decorated to the hilt by community groups. Each one is vying for the most visitor votes in order to win a monetary donation from the Friends of the Barker Mansion.
Anthony Holt, rental liaison for the Barker Mansion, organized a team of volunteer elves to deck the halls. A long-time Barker Mansion volunteer, Holt took over the part-time position three months ago. This is his first Christmas season as coordinator of the elaborate holiday preparations.
"It’s been amazing to see so many members of our community come together to create a festive mood in the Barker home," Holt says. "This place has really come alive for the holiday season."
Michigan City National Honor Society members set up and take down the Christmas trees every year. This year, trees were decorated by volunteers from Marquette Catholic High School; the La Crosse High School Leo Club; the Michigan City YMCA Elston Branch; Friendship Botanic Gardens; the Salvation Army; Footlight Theater; HealthLinc clinic of Michigan City; Tuesdays Together; and OES St. Rose
Christmas trees are on display now through December 29. Visitors can take Self-Guided Tours of the Mansion every Tuesday through Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. CST. Guided Tours are conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. A special Glowing Lights Night tour takes place every Saturday between 4 and 6 p.m., when the Mansion will be illuminated exclusively by radiant light from the magnificently decorated Christmas trees. Admission fees are $8 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors. Visitors who would like to tour all three floors will need to climb flights of stairs.
Throughout December, guests can join in the holiday fun by helping decorate a Christmas Wishing Tree displayed in the Third Floor Ballroom. Special Kids Craft events are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays: December 8, 15, 22, and 29. The Mansion will be closed on Mondays for upkeep as well as December 24-25 and Dec. 31.
Christmas Hours Begin on Tuesday, December 3rd
All three floors of the mansion have been decorated for Christmas by local non-profit groups! Vote for your favorite tree and at the end of the season, we'll give a donation to the winning non-profit! Every Sunday beginning December 8th will also feature a kid's craft or cookie decorating! Check out our winter hours and other special events below!
Self-guided tours will be offered Tuesday through Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm CST with the last admission at 2:30 pm CST. Guided tours will be offered at 1 pm CST Tuesday through Sunday. General admission for both tours is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors (ages 65+) and youth (ages 15 and under).
Christmas Behind the Scenes Tour
Friday, December 13, 7-9 pm
Have you toured Michigan City’s Barker Mansion in the past but were left wondering what was behind closed doors? Christmas Behind the Scenes Tours in December will offer guests a look at the typically off-limits spaces of the historic home. The two-hour tours are offered on December 6 and 15; they begin at 7 pm Central Time and venture into the basement where an old electrical panel, laundry room and summer kitchen can be found. The tours, led by Assistant Director TJ Kalin, also includes a look at former servant’s quarters and allows guests into the archives, storage areas and rooms that are typically roped off during regular tours. Adding to the visual display this month are eleven Christmas trees throughout the home.
“We’re taking our typical Behind the Scenes Tour and giving it a Christmas twist,” said Kalin. “I will be weaving in tales of Victorian Christmas traditions the Barkers may have enjoyed, plus guests will get to see the Christmas storage areas where we keep our hundreds of ornaments and pieces of décor.”
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 the early 1900’s, after he expanded onto his father’s original 1857 home on the same site. Reservations are required by calling (219) 873-1520 or searching “Barker Mansion” on Eventbrite.com. Cost is $15 per adult and $10 per youth, ages 15 and under.
Glowing Lights Night
December 14,21,28, 4-6 pm
Christmas tree lights will be the only source of illumination during our popular Glowing Lights Nights. The public is invited to take a self-guided tour of all three floors of the historic home while Christmas music is played on the Barkers' original organ. Reservations are not required, admission is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors (ages 65+) and youth (ages 15 and under).
Sunday, December 22nd, 3:30-5:30 pm
Join us for the first annual Christmas Tea at the mansion! A presentation on Queen Victoria and the history of Christmas will be given while guests enjoy tea and pastries in the mansion drawing room decorated for Christmas. The program also includes live piano music and a craft and scavenger hunt will be available for children. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors (ages 65+) and youth (ages 15 and under). Registration is required via Eventbrite or by calling the Barker Mansion at 219-873-1520.
Tickets for all events can be purchased at Eventbrite.
The Barker Mansion is located at 631 Washington Street in Michigan City. Visit www.barkermansion.com for details.
Scott King, partner in the Merrillville, Indiana law firm King, Brown & Murdaugh issues the following information:
“Yesterday I met with Mayor Ron Meer at his home and was proud to be retained to represent him in defense of the politically driven accusations that appeared late last week. My preliminary review of the charges demonstrates that they are poorly drafted and, I believe, subject to a Motion to Dismiss as soon as a Judge assumes jurisdiction of this case. I firmly believe that none of the charges can be sustained in court.
That said, I am flabbergasted by what appears to be nothing more (or less) than a political hatchet job by a Prosecuting Attorney that was not politically supported last year by my client and does not support my client now. I have news for Mr. Lake: Prosecutors have a higher obligation to the law and ethics of the legal profession than they do to elections and politics. They occupy a powerful position in our government and are charged with using that power for the public good, not their personal political agendas. That is not, sadly, what has happened here and appears to be the worst breach of ethics and professionalism that I have seen in the 43 years I have been an attorney. In an effort to stop any further improprieties by Mr. Lake and his office, I am filing the accompanying Motion for the Appointment of a Special Prosecutor that I hope will be heard and granted expeditiously by whatever court assumes jurisdiction of this case.”
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott King, firstname.lastname@example.org, 219.789.2733
The City of Michigan City would like to announce that the annual coat drive is now underway. Citizens can drop off new, and or, gently worn coats and snow suits at Concord Cleaners. Concord Cleaners will clean and then deliver the coats and snow suits to the Michigan Township Trustees Office where they will be available, to those in need, beginning immediately. The coat drive will continue throughout the winter season.
“There is a large need for this yearly campaign in our community; I would like to thank our citizens for their generosity and also 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 Franklin 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.”
This is the eighth 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: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. You can also reach the trustees office at: 874-5201.
Non-profit groups are invited to compete for a cash prize, while decorating the historic Barker Mansion this Christmas. The 35,000-square-foot home, located downtown Michigan City, was built in 1857 by freight car industrialist John H. Barker. Each year, the home opens its doors for holiday tours and events.
The extensive decorating would not be possible without the help of local non-profits and volunteers.
“Christmas at the mansion really highlights two of our founding goals: to be a social center of the City, and to channel the Barker family legacy of charity,” said Interim Director Jessica Rosier. “Involving non-profit groups really embodies those goals.”
As visitors tour throughout the month of December, they can vote for the most festive room and the winning non-profit receives a cash prize to further their group’s mission. Rooms still available for decorating include the Library which features velvet wallcovering and Russian Walnut woodwork, the Morning Room, with stained-glass windows reminiscent of the Prairie Style movement, the Brides’ Room which overlooks the Italian garden, and the Ballroom with its ornate lighting fixtures.
Decorations are provided; all groups need to bring is a team of at least four people and a willing spirit. Decorating takes place during the last half of November. Interested groups can contact Anthony Holt at email@example.com or (219) 873-1520.
Non-profit groups can secure free meeting space at Michigan City’s historic Barker Mansion. The home’s lower-level was recently renovated, and two rooms have been designated as community spaces.
“The mansion was donated to the City in 1968 by heiress Catherine Barker,” explained Interim Director Jessica Rosier. “One of Catherine’s wishes was to see her childhood home used by the greater community as a gathering space to share ideas, innovations and collaborations.”
While both lower-level rooms are simple in their décor, The Purdue Room features exhibits detailing the time period when the mansion was an extension campus; capacity is 31. The Industrial Room features large-scale prints of the Haskell and Barker Freight Car Factory workers; capacity is 12. The spaces are handicap accessible via a stair lift.
“Groups are welcome to bring in beverages and food to make their meeting enjoyable,” said Holt. “We typically offer out the space in two-hour time blocks and can be flexible with the time and day of the week”.
Non-profits wishing to utilize the mansion space can contact Holt at (219) 873-1520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Michigan City which sits on the largest network of freshwater in the world, the Great Lakes, is made up of many people who value clean air and water. Good government engages its employees and citizens to discuss and propose solutions to problems. As such, Mayor Ron Meer and the Michigan City leadership saw an opportunity to partner with Abhishek Jagdale, the Indiana Sustainability Development Program’s extern from Indiana University, Bloomington along with ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability. This partnership seeks to do three things. First, we measure our greenhouse gas emissions and establish a baseline for this measurement. You can’t manage something that you haven’t measured. Second, we propose practical action steps that Michigan City employees and citizens can take to achieve cleaner air quality. Thirdly, we engage with a great learning institution, Indiana University, in order to form a relationship over time where we can achieve win-win solutions for their students and faculty and for our City. We thank all who participated in this effort and we challenge each and every Michigan City employee and citizen to participate in taking the recommended actions of this report to make Michigan City a cleaner city.
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Mayor Ron Meer is proud to announce that the Michigan City Sanitary District (District) will be receiving a grant of $171,133 from the Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Committee to help fund the purchase of three (3) new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered Dump Trucks. The funds supporting this award are provided through Volkswagen’s commitments in a national consent decree. The Michigan City Sanitary District applied for these funds in June of 2019.
These new clean burning CNG Dump trucks will emit very low amounts of greenhouse gas, especially as compared to diesel powered vehicles. As Mayor Meer explained: “The City of Michigan City and the Sanitary District have made strong commitments to environmental protection, especially clean air.” In April, the City of Michigan City was awarded the 2019 Northwest Indiana Partners for Clean Air Municipal Award for its efforts to reduce air pollution through its use of CNG powered vehicle and its City-wide energy saving projects. Mayor Meer also commented on the strong application submitted by the District, saying: “The Environmental Mitigation Trust Committee received requests totaling $27 million for the $9.86 million available, and the Sanitary District was awarded these funds because of the strong application submitted that highlighted its previous commitment to its CNG refueling station and increasing fleet of CNG powered vehicles.
Since Mayor Meer took office in 2012, the Sanitary District has received a total amount of Grant Funding for its CNG Refueling Station and CNG Vehicles of $633,633.00. Michael Kuss, General Manager of the Sanitary District, explained: “The District currently operates eleven (11) CNG powered vehicles that reduce greenhouse gas and other pollutant emissions by over 10,000 pounds per year!”
The Dump Trucks will primarily be used by the Refuse Department. The Dump Trucks currently used by the Refuse Department are over 20 years old, diesel fueled, and in need of replacement. The Sanitary District has until December 2020 to use the matching $171,133 for the purchase of the three (3) Dump Trucks. The Dump Trucks are expected to cost about $220,000 each.
A day after the ribbon cutting to celebrate the start of the 11th annual Great Lakes Grand Prix, the Michigan City Zoo received an unexpected gift. On Friday evening at a welcoming party for the race teams held at Blue Chip Casino, Billy Mauff, owner of WHM Racing presented a check in the amount of $20,000 to the Michigan City Zoo. Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer, LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director, Jack Arnett, and other city officials were on hand to accept the donation from the East Setauket, New York based race team.
Mayor Ron Meer said, “I would like to personally thank Billy Mauff and the WHM Race team, this is obviously a very gracious and generous donation being made to the Michigan City Zoo and it is a perfect example of an organization giving back when they are in no way obligated to do so. If you come down to our boat parade on Saturday evening or our lakefront on Sunday, you will see first-hand how much our community welcomes, supports and truly appreciates the boat teams coming to Michigan City. This donation speaks volumes about Billy Mauff and the entire WHM Race team and I think it expresses how they view our community as more than just a stop on a race schedule.”
Jack Arnett, Executive Director of the LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau said, “We couldn’t be more excited for the Zoo and for our community. This is just one more example of what the Great Lakes Grand Prix and related activities have done for Michigan City. The Mayor and all of the City employees are responsible for making this a special place to visit. Billy chose Michigan City over many other cities and there is something to be said about that!”
The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) has distributed 1,000 new RADAR and LIDAR speed measurement. Devices among 162 state and local police agencies. The units are being purchased with $1.6 million in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds.
Dash-mounted RADAR systems may be used while patrol vehicles are moving or stopped and can measure traffic speeds in the same and opposing directions. Hand-held LIDAR devices help officers spot speeding drivers through several lanes of traffic or obstructions such as trees and bushes.
The Michigan City Police Department received six (6) new moving radar units and a LIDAR from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) to help in our enforcement grant.
Chief Mark Swistek and Assistant Chief Kevin Urbanczyk are happy to get the needed Moving radar Units that are updated resources for the Michigan City Police Officers.
These Moving Radar units will be utilized by the Michigan City Police Officers to help detect speeders and aggressive drivers in Michigan City.
In August, the Michigan City Police Department will have extra patrols, enforcing Seat Belt Violations and aggressive Driving violations.
Beginning Friday, August 9, 2019, until Labor Day September 2, 2019, Michigan City Police Department Officers will have extra patrols for the Blitz 99 ”Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement.
The City of Michigan City will spend the summer collecting information about community-wide greenhouse gas emissions as one of thirteen communities selected to be a part of Indiana University’s first Resilience Cohort.
Findings from the community-wide greenhouse gas inventory will be used to help residents and local officials understand Michigan City’s current emissions profile and to help city government employees create an action plan to reduce emissions, increase energy efficiency and improve air quality.
Findings from the local government operations inventory will be used to help city employees identify greenhouse gas reduction strategies for municipal activities.
Mayor Ron Meer said on Wednesday, “The City is passionate about the environment. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for our citizens. This project will give us a strategy on where to begin to act to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. The Mayor added, “This is a great opportunity for the City to partner with Indiana University and to receive an intern for the summer.”
A greenhouse gas inventory is a fundamental first step for Hoosier cities, towns and counties committed to combating the climatic changes communities in Indiana are already experiencing, such as heavier rainfalls in spring and winter, more river and flash flood events and more freeze-thaw events wreaking havoc on transportation infrastructure and potholes. The inventory process will provide 2017 data on the amount of energy consumed, the diversity of energy supplied to the grid, vehicle fuel use within the city boundary, the amount of waste generated within the city boundary and more.
The Resilience Cohort was established by the Environmental Resilience Institute, an Indiana University Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative. The Cohort is made up of 13 Indiana cities, towns and counties that will complete their inventories this summer. As part of the Cohort, City of Michigan City has access to technical resources, a peer network, and training through ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, a nonprofit that specializes in helping local governments with emissions inventories.
“We are delighted that these 13 Indiana communities have chosen to take a critical early step on the path to reducing carbon emissions and enhancing air quality,” said Ellen Ketterson, Director of IU’s Environmental Resilience Institute. “The findings from these greenhouse gas inventories will provide a roadmap for local officials to address emissions produced in their own backyards, improve public health, and strengthen the resilience of Hoosier communities.”
A partnership with Sustain IU’s Indiana Sustainability Development Program is providing eight of the 13 communities with summertime externs – IU students – to help with the data collection and processing. The City of Michigan City government received an extern placement. Abhishek Jagdale is a 1st year MSES-MPA graduate student at O’Neil School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Indiana University, Bloomington, majoring in Sustainability and Environmental Management. Abhishek will be working with the city from 20th May till 26th July and will report to City Controller, Richard Murphy.
Director of Sustain IU Andrew Predmore commented, “I am thrilled that the Resilience Cohort was launched this summer as part of the Indiana Sustainability Development Program. Not only are these students developing professionally through these work experiences, but they are also making real sustainability contributions by doing the foundational work needed to seriously address the challenges posed by climate change.”
Mayor Ron Meer anticipates that the community wide inventory will be done by the completion of the Resilience Cohort, September 15, 2019.
Other Resilience Cohort participants include Bloomington, Carmel, Columbus, Delaware County / Muncie, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary, Greencastle, Goshen, Oldenburg, Richmond and West Lafayette.
About the Prepared for Environmental Change initiative:
The Indiana University Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative brings together a broad, bipartisan coalition of government, business, nonprofit and community leaders to help Indiana better prepare for the challenges that environmental changes bring to our economy, health and livelihood. Announced in May 2017, Prepared for Environmental Change is working to deliver tailored and actionable solutions to communities across the state of Indiana.
The City of Michigan City would like to thank NIPSCO for their generous contribution of $1,000 that will go towards the intern’s stipend.
The City of Michigan City is happy to announce that the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has awarded the construction contract for phase I of the long-awaited Singing Sands Trail in Michigan City.
The trail will begin on highway 12 where the Calumet trail ends and will end at City Hall. The multi-use trail is 2.2 miles long and will become part of the regional Marquette Trail which begins in Illinois, goes through Indiana and ends in Michigan.
Construction will begin in the late summer. Phase II of the Singing Sands Trail should be under construction in early 2020 and phase III is scheduled for 2021.
The City of Michigan City is proud to announce that it has been chosen as one of 15 Indiana cities to participate in a community Green House Gas Emissions Inventory grant program. Funded in large part by the McKinney Family Foundation, the Indiana Sustainability Development Program is implemented through the Indiana University.
The grant provides a graduate student intern from the Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs who will be completing his Master of Science in Environmental Science in 2020 to conduct a city-wide inventory of greenhouse gas emissions this summer.
The inventory will allow Michigan City to establish a baseline to support climate action planning and track improvements in greenhouse gas emissions that support improved air quality and address the impacts of climate change on the community.
Mayor Ron Meer said, "I was eager to pursue this opportunity which will support my priority of improving public health by implementing our long-term plans, including the MC 2040 plan, which aims to reduce air pollution in Michigan City"
Michigan City’s newly established Commission on Sustainability will cooperate with city staff and the IU intern to facilitate this project. City Controller, Richard Murphy, will support implementation of the project at City Hall.
Mayor Ron Meer is happy to announce that the City of Michigan City was just awarded a $1,000,000.00 matching grant (the maximum amount possible) to be used towards our roads from the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program from the State of Indiana.
Mayor Ron Meer said on Tuesday, "This was a special team effort by the City of Michigan City and our consultants which allowed us to maximize our revenue and make this tremendous investment into our City's future. This is especially important as the extreme temperatures this past winter have taken a major toll on our local road system. This $1,000,000 grant will give us the ability to do more road projects while maintaining the high standards for our roads that I have made a priority in my administration.”
The Mayor gave a special thanks to the team that included Tim Haas and Tom Weinmann of Haas and Associates, Hesham Khalil and Martin Bobcek of Global Engineering, Jay Niec of SEH of Indiana, City Engineer, Charles “Spike" Peller, Mayor Administrator, Kalon Kubik and
City Attorney, Amber Lapaich for all their hard work putting together this incredibly important grant application and achieving this success.
Mayor Ron Meer is proud to announce the City of Michigan City’s recent inclusion in the State of Indiana’s Lead-based paint remediation program which is sponsored by Medicaid and administered through the Indiana State Department of Health.
Home owners, Landlords, and Renters who live in a home, or own a home, built before 1978 can receive a free home inspection to determine if the residents are being exposed to lead-based
paint hazards. Homes providing child care are also eligible for this service. If lead-based paint exists, this program will also pay for removal of the lead hazard.
To be eligible for this free service, the home must have a Michigan City mailing address, the home must be built before 1978, property taxes and homeowner’s insurance must be paid, at least one person living in, or frequently visiting the home, must be under the age of 19, and at least one person living in, or visiting the home, must be receiving Medicaid assistance.
Applications to participate in this program are available at the Michigan City Sanitary District, located at 1100 E. 8th Street, Michigan City, Indiana, or at http://www.emichigancity.com/cityhall/departments/sanitary. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible as funding opportunities may end in April, 2019.
Please call Destiny Morris, at 219 874-7799, if you need more information about this important program or you can find information on facebook at: www.facebook.com/MCLeadCommittee/
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Mayor Ron Meer is happy to announce that on January 19, 2019, the city made their final 2-million-dollar BAN (Bond Anticipatory Note) payment on the new Michigan City Police Station. Soon after taking office in 2012, Mayor Meer and his administration began discussions regarding the construction of a new state of the art police department building on the site of the previous Eastport School.
Working faithfully with Michigan City Area Schools Superintendent, Dr. Barbara
Eason-Watkins and then State Representative Scott Pelath, the city was able to secure the Eastport property in exchange for providing the school system a school resource officer at no cost for 5 years. After securing the Eastport property, focus quickly shifted to developing a financial plan to fund this project.
Mayor Meer worked closely with the Redevelopment Commission, Controller’s Office, and various financial consultants who proposed a BAN (Bond Anticipatory Note) with a
four-year plan to finance 8-million dollars of this 13-million-dollar project. The city made an initial down payment of 5 million dollars, using 3-million dollars from riverboat and
2-million dollars from the sale of the former police department property to the Redevelopment Commission.
The official groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 10, 2015. The project was completed roughly 13 months later, and the men and women of the Michigan City Police Department moved into the new building on August 1, 2016. This wonderful community project has won several awards and other special recognitions since its design and construction. In addition, the building is located on nearly 8 acres of land, open to public use, and includes: a community park, basketball courts, sledding hill, and a quarter mile walking track that is dog friendly. Mayor Meer said, “I am proud that the City was able to aggressively take this project from conception to debt free in roughly 7 years, something normally unheard of for a project of this magnitude.”
On August 16, 2018, Mayor Ron Meer announced that the City would seek to conduct air testing in all residences in a four block area bounded by Tryon Street, Walker Street, Michigan Boulevard, and 8th Street, in an effort to determine if vapors from the former Concord Cleaners ground water contamination plume are entering homes in this area. The purpose of this Press Release is to provide an update on the results from those sampling activities.
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Mayor Ron Meer would like to inform our residents about the installation of digital signs in Washington Park. The City of Michigan City recently received a $50,000 grant from ArcelorMittal for the final phase of the Lakefront safety upgrades.
With this grant, the City was able to purchase six Digital Warning Signs that will be placed at the entrance to the pier and on the lifeguard tower. These signs will serve the purpose of notifying residents and visitors to Washington Park and our lakefront of potential dangerous lake conditions.
In 2016, Mayor Ron Meer implemented the Lakefront Safety Committee as a part of his Public Safety initiative. The formation of this committee has previously resulted in the addition of life rings and cameras along the Pier and Trail Creek.
Mayor Ron Meer said, “ArcelorMittal, has now contributed over $60,000 towards our Lakefront Safety Initiative and their generous grant dollars have provided us the opportunity to upgrade our lakefront safety measures at little cost to our tax payers. I would like to thank them for being a proactive partner through this process.”
Mayor Ron Meer has a vacancy to his appointment on the Michigan City Redevelopment Commission and will be serving in that capacity for 2019.
“Michigan City is at a crucial time in its’ history. The Redevelopment Commission will be directly involved in major projects, such as NICTD Double Tracking, the retirement of the NIPSCO Generating Station and the development of the former Michigan City Police Station and the News Dispatch properties. These projects will have a substantial impact upon Michigan City’s future and growth and I believe it is important that the residents are represented by their elected official” said Mayor Meer.
The City Attorney, along with representatives from Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (AIM), have reviewed this matter thoroughly and have determined that Mayor Meer is able to serve on the Redevelopment Commission.
Mayor Meer will not be receiving any compensation for his service.
The Michigan City Police Department is currently accepting applications for Full-Time Police Officer positions. Starting pay for a Probationary Officer (first year) is $42,494.01. After completing the first year of probationary status then an officer becomes a First-Class Patrolman and the pay increases to $45,836.46. Benefits include longevity pay, specialty pay, healthcare program including dental and vision, take home car program, retirement plan, paid vacations, personal days and much more.
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- Exhibit A Proposed Amendments as of December 4, 2018 (PDF)
- Exhibit A Proposed Amendments as of December 17, 2018 (PDF)
The City of Michigan City would like to inform our citizens that the Michigan City Controller’s Office, located in City Hall, will no longer service animal tags, reclaim fees or any other business related to pets and animals.
Effective immediately, all pet and animal related business will need to be conducted at the Michigan City Police Department which is located at: 1201 E. Michigan Boulevard.
Michigan City Transit Director Robin Barzoni-Tillman announced today significant changes to the fare structure for the Transit Triangle, as well as a closer relationship between the Transit Triangle and Michigan City Transit.
Effective November 1, 2018 fares for the Transit Triangle will be reduced to $1 for a full-fare ride, and 50 cents for seniors, students, and disabled riders. A calendar month pass will be available for $20 for regular riders, and $10 for seniors, students, and disabled riders. In addition to the fare reduction, passes from the two systems will be accepted for travel on both MC Transit and Transit Triangle. A free transfer will be available for one-way travel from one system to the other.
“Adjusting the fare structure in this way means that Michigan City Transit riders will be able to ride the Triangle for no additional cost, Students traveling to Purdue Northwest will see a significant fare reduction, and La Porte residents will be able to access all Michigan City stops for one fare, including the South Shore, Washington Park Beach, shopping, restaurants, the Social Security office, and the Blue Chip Casino.
The Transit Triangle service is made possible by Federal Transit funding and local match contributions from the City of Michigan City (Ron Meer, Mayor), City of La Porte (Mark Krentz, Mayor), La Porte County (Rich Mrozinski, President, Board of Commissioners) and Purdue University Northwest (Thomas Keon, Chancellor).
In partnership with the City of Michigan City, Sullair, an industry leader in innovative compressed air solutions since 1965, announced its address is changing for only the third time in its 53-year history. In cooperation with Michigan City, the entry road from Michigan Boulevard to the Sullair campus has been named Sullair Way. Effective immediately, the Sullair Michigan City campus address becomes 1 Sullair Way, Michigan City, Indiana 46360.
“We are proud of our longstanding relationship with Sullair and now Hitachi,” said Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer at an employee celebration attended by nearly 1,200 Sullair and Hitachi employees and family members. “A great deal of work went into this, and we are proud to recognize the impact Sullair continues to have on our community.”
The ceremonial announcement of the new Sullair address occurred August 3rd during a celebration held on the Sullair campus recognizing the one year anniversary of Sullair becoming A Hitachi Group Company. Mayor Meer was joined by Hitachi Executive Vice President Masakazu “Mike” Aoki, Sullair President and Chief Executive Officer Jack Carlson and Sullair Chief Operating Officer Charlie Takeuchi to unveil the new street sign marking the intersection of Sullair Way and Michigan Blvd.
Sullair established its presence in Michigan City in 1965 at 500 North Carroll Avenue. In 1969, Sullair moved to its current campus at 3700 East Michigan Boulevard in Michigan City, now recognized as 1 Sullair Way.
Reflecting on the occasion and recognition, Charlie Takeuchi, Chief Operating Officer of Sullair, added, “Hitachi is very keen on expanding the Sullair business in Michigan City. We look forward to continuing to positively impact the local community. In the past year alone, we have added more than 110 new employees, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the City as we grow.”
Since 1965, Sullair has developed and manufactured air compressors with proven reliability and wear-free durability. Sullair is globally recognized as a leading manufacturer of air compressors for use in manufacturing, oil and gas operations, food processing, construction and more. Sullair has manufacturing capabilities in Michigan City, Indiana; and Shenzhen and Suzhou, China; as well as a JV (IHI-Sullair) based in Suzhou. For more information, visit www.sullair.com. Sullair is A Hitachi Group Company.
About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges, combining its operational technology, information technology, and products/systems. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2017 (ended March 31, 2018) totaled 9,368.6 billion yen ($88.4 billion). The Hitachi Group is an innovation partner for the IoT era, and it has approximately 307,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation with customers, Hitachi is deploying Social Innovation Business using digital technologies in a broad range of sectors, including Power/Energy, Industry/Distribution/Water, Urban Development, and Finance/Social Infrastructure/Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.
Congressman Visclosky announced today that the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a grant for the Michigan City Municipal-Phillips Field Airport.
The $339,722 grant award supports updates to the existing airport layout plan and an ongoing environmental study to evaluate any potential environmental impacts related to relocating U.S. Highway 20 to improve the runway safety area.
Congressman Pete Visclosky stated, “I congratulate Mayor Ron Meer and the Michigan City Board of Aviation Commissioners for successfully identifying and utilizing this federal resource. Because of your good work and vision, Michigan City will continue to lead the way to draw new businesses, economic activity, and good-paying jobs to our region.”
Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer stated, “I am excited that the Michigan City Board of Aviation Commissioners was able to secure this federally funded grant. Michigan City continues to see a tremendous amount of economic development and redevelopment ongoing in our community. We are fortunate to have a wonderful airport in our backyard and this grant will allow us the ability to make runway improvements, which are necessary upgrades to compete in this fast-paced, global economy.”
For additional information on the FAA grant program, click here.
At the June 19, 2018 Michigan City Common Council meeting, a former City of Michigan City employee made false accusations and statements claiming that the Mayor’s political campaign fund has been the beneficiary of the proceeds from his golf outings and Mayoral Ball’s.
In Ron Meer’s tenure as Mayor, which is now in year seven, there have been (5) Golf Outings and (3) Mayoral Ball’s and none of the money raised by these events has ever gone into the Mayor’s political campaign fund. The truth is, the proceeds from these (8) events, which total $176,341.36, have gone to help many local organizations and non-for-profits. Below is a breakdown of each event, the year it was held, the beneficiary and the amount of money each beneficiary received.
2014--Public Art Committee ($15,900) and Commission on the Social Status of African-American Males ($15,900)
2015--North Central Community Action Agency ($20,790) and Commission on Women ($20,790)
2017--Michigan City Promise Scholarship ($46,181.84)
2013--Essence Rare ($9,183.77)
2014--Michigan City Area Schools ($12,492.79)
2015--Commission on the Social Status of African-American Males ($5,940) and Michigan City Police Youth Leadership Academy ($5,940)
2016--Young People’s Theatre ($6,335) and Michigan City Mainstreet Preservation & Education Foundation ($6,335)
2017--Soul Steppers Drill Team ($5,276.48) and the Michigan City High School Athletic Department ($5,276.48)
Mayor Ron Meer will host his 6th annual golf outing on Friday, September 14th at Michigan City Municipal Golf Course. This year’s proceeds will benefit the Michigan City Zoological Society and Homeward Bound. Those interested in sponsorship opportunities can contact the Mayor’s Office at: 219-873-1400 Ext. 8, for more information.
The Michigan City Human Rights Department is updating its Local Hiring Registry. We are seeking qualified residents with documented experience in the building and construction trades that have an interest in working on municipally funded projects. Those individuals with union affiliation are encouraged to submit their information, including a resume along with copies of any training records. All previous information will be purged from the hiring registry.
For further information, contact Carl Ridle, Director of the Human Rights Department, 100 E. Michigan Boulevard, Michigan City, IN 46360, 219-873-1429 ext. 2019 or via email at: email@example.com.
The Human Rights Department provides and promotes equal opportunity to the citizens of Michigan City by enforcing the human rights, equal employment rights and affirmative action ordinances. It is a mission of the Human Rights Department to promote education while advocating for tolerant and anti-discriminatory attitudes and actions.
Michigan City High School art students recently created a mural in Barker Mansion’s lower level. The artwork features a Haskell and Barker Car Company logo from the 1800’s, which was found on letterhead in the mansion’s archives. Students completing the mural were senior Kara Davis, and sophomores Alexis Reynolds and Armani Torrance-Worlds. Art instructors Deanna Ehrhardt and Sue Cleveland supervised the project.
“Painting at Barker Mansion was a very positive experience. The employees were very friendly which made the atmosphere welcoming, and I was also fortunate to be able to roam the historical halls at the mansion,” said Reynolds, who also volunteers at the mansion on weekends.
The mural is a focal point within the newly created exhibit space at the mansion. Both Davis and Torrance-Worlds expressed how much they appreciated marking a mark on history within the mansion’s walls. The exhibit project in its entirety is slated for completion in early summer. A grand opening reception will be announced at a later date.
The Barker Mansion is located at 631 Washington Street in Michigan City. Visit www.barkermansion.com for details.
Michigan City, IN--The City of Michigan City, Indiana is proud to announce the launch of CreatePlayRepeat.com.
As a major digital focalpoint of the ‘Create. Play. Repeat.’ campaign, this new website is an exciting interactive way to promote a unique lifestyle that defines the cultural resurgence currently happening around Michigan City, from Lake Michigan to Patriot Park.
Visitors to CreatePlayRepeat.com will find ever-growing listings of creators, events, activities, and more focused on enabling residents and visitors alike to customize and maximize their Michigan City experience.
At its core, the ‘Create. Play. Repeat.’ movement is fueled by artists, small businesses, and community organizations, all of whom are playing a part in the process. ‘Create’ showcases arts, artisans, and builders of all kinds who are establishing the visual essence of the city. ‘Play’ illustrates the countless attractions, recreation options, signature events, and anything else that allows visitors and locals alike to experience what Michigan City has to offer. ‘Repeat’ embodies the overall effort of the city to develop a lifestyle surrounding an engaging and exciting community.
“Visiting CreatePlayRepeat.com is a great way for anyone in Michigan City – and beyond – to discover new experiences from every corner of our city,” said Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer. “I think this website will play an important role in the revitalization of Michigan City.”
The Michigan City Sanitary District has been awarded a $650,000 grant for the Cheney Run Wetland Project. The grant, awarded by Sustain Our Great Lakes, will help the City create approximately five acres of wetlands on Trail Creek to manage and treat stormwater from the Cheney Run stormwater sewer system. The wetlands will improve water quality in Trail Creek and Lake Michigan, increase recreation opportunities, and improve habitat for animals and plants.
“This project will help advance multiple goals of the Sustain Our Great Lakes program,” said Todd Hogrefe, Central Region Director for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. “The new wetlands will benefit the local community by increasing stormwater storage and reducing harmful stormwater runoff, while at the same time providing many fish and wildlife species with more of the habitat they need.” Sustain Our Great Lakes, administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, receives funding and other support from ArcelorMittal, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Significant program funding is provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a federal program designed to protect, restore, and enhance the Great Lakes ecosystem. Additional Sustain Our Great Lakes information on grant awards can be found here
With the grant funding, the Michigan City Sanitary District, in collaboration with the Delta Institute and Alliance for the Great Lakes, will install 5 acres of wetlands that will reduce runoff from storm events, which carries harmful pollution into waterways. Runoff pollution flows off the land in the Cheney Run watershed during storm events and into Trail Creek and, ultimately Lake Michigan.
When completed the project will benefit Trail Creek, Lake Michigan, and the quality of life of Michigan City residents by:
- Improving Trail Creek & Lake Michigan Water quality – The wetland will help to manage an estimated 37.5 million gallons of storm water each year, reducing the amount of pollutants such as sediment, E. coli, and nutrients entering Trail Creek & Lake Michigan.
- Increasing Recreation Opportunities – New trails will be created as part of the project, connecting nearby neighborhoods and existing trails, and will include new fishing access point an a new kayak launch on Trail Creek.
- Improving Critical Coastal Habitat– New high quality wetland habitat will help coastal Indiana’s animals and plants survive and thrive. And, improved water quality and habitat in Trail Creek is critical to protecting the City’s famous Salmon and Steelhead Trout runs.
“The Cheney Run Wetland Project is another one of the many projects that we are implementing to improve the local environment for our residents and visitors,” said Mayor Ron Meer.
Several partner groups are also involved in the project, including the Alliance for the Great Lakes, Delta Institute, and the Trail Creek Watershed Partnership. Partner groups will support Michigan City in planning and managing the overall project. Moreover, they will engage residents and neighbors of the future wetlands site in identifying how the community plans to use, enjoy, and care for the site’s future recreation amenities.
Michigan City is also currently awaiting news on an additional $500,000 grant request from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to help fund additional pieces of this project.
Friendship Botanic Gardens (FBG) has a storied history spanning many decades, and now we’re commemorating our rich legacy by publishing a book of photographs and stories that will provide readers a window into the remarkable past of FBG. The FBG Board of Directors is asking for your help in locating old photographs taken in the Gardens in the 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s or 60’s.
The Gardens held a very prominent place in the lives of Laporte County residents in the mid-twentieth century, and many members of the local community may have historical pictures from the heyday of Friendship Botanic Gardens stored in their attics and basements. If you have images from these bygone eras, please contact us at 219-878-9885 or firstname.lastname@example.org and help us bring the history of the Gardens to life for a whole new generation of visitors from Laporte County and beyond!"
MAC (Michigan City Public Art Committee) is offering children’s art scholarship to qualified Michigan City children.
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. Continuing this year is the youth glassblowing workshop with artist and instructor Ian Osborne that will be given at Quality Beat 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 at the Visit Michigan City LaPorte, Marquette Mall, 4073 S. Franklin St., Michigan City, IN. Submission can be made to Jane Daley at the location or you can contact her via email and the applications will be sent to you.
You can find art classes for children at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts or Ian Osborn, Glass Flameworking Artist & Instructor.
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The American Red Cross, along with the Michigan City Fire Department, are sponsoring HOME FIRE PREPAREDNESS AND SAFETY.
Free Smoke Alarms will be installed in homes to keep families safe. If you are interested and would like to have up to three free smoke alarms installed in your home and receive fire preparedness information to keep your family safe, please contact the American Red Cross of Northwest Indiana at 219-756-5360.
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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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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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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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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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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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