Apr 2013

Flood Assitance Notice

THIS MESSAGE IS FROM THE
EAST CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
 
IF YOU EXPERIENCED FLOODING IN YOUR HOME
THE WEEK OF APRIL 17-22, 2013
 
PLEASE REPORT YOUR DAMAGE TO THE
INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
 
THIS CAN BE DONE BY VISITING
WWW.DHS.IN.GOV
 
CLICK ON
“REPORT DAMAGE FROM SEVERE STORMS AND FLOODING
APRIL 17-22, 2013”
 
IT IS IMPORTANT FOR ALL EAST CHICAGO RESIDENTS TO REPORT THEIR DAMAGE IN AN ATTEMPT FOR LAKE COUNTY TO QUALIFY FOR FEMA ASSISTANCE  

2013 Blighted Structure Survey Program

2013 Blighted Structure Survey Program

CITY OF EAST CHICAGO, INDIANA – The East Chicago Building Department has implemented its “2013 Blighted Structures Survey Program” throughout each and every neighborhood in the City of East Chicago, Indiana.

The purpose of this survey is to make sure that all blighted structures in each neighborhood have been inspected, recorded, and compliance procedures initiated on each blighted structure. The survey list will then be crosschecked with Building and Code Enforcement Departments’ inspection reports on file. The list will then be prioritized by first addressing those vacant structures with conditions that constitute a hazard to public health, safety and welfare.

The survey will entail conducting a visual exterior inspection of blighted structures, whether vacant or occupied, and unkept grounds surrounding the structures. The inspection survey is currently being conducted by Code Enforcement Inspectors until all City neighborhoods have been inspected.

Mayor Copeland stated, “We have to work together as a community to change our city. This is not an easy task, we must beautify our city as a team.”

In recognition of the problems created in a community by vacant structures, the Building and Code Enforcement Departments find that vigorous and disciplined action should be taken to ensure the proper maintenance and repair of these vacant structures.

Our mission is to preserve our neighborhoods through an efficient unbiased code enforcement plan designed to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living environment which will improve property value and enhance the quality of life of all the residents of the City of East Chicago.

For information relating to the issuance of building permits and contractor licensing, please contact the East Chicago Code Enforcement office at (219) 391-8351 or visit the City’s website at www.eastchicago.com.

The STOP Team is Coming!

Recently the City Council approved funding in support of a new initiative known as The STOP Team.  This team will be an aggressive patrol based team of officers who will target issues such as gangs, drugs, prostitution, graffiti, burglaries, traffic enforcement and similar types of acitivies. In other words, whatever type of crime or issue arises, this team will be tasked to STOP It!

One of the main objectives of the team will be to engage the community, that is, walk neighborhoods, knock on doors, hear what our resident and business owners are and then act upon them.  As a team, the community and our police department will maintain the safety for those who work, visit and/or make East Chicago their home.

The team will set forth to develop additional “Neighborhood Watch” groups and then once formulated, make sure that those groups are in contact with each other.  In doing such, issues discovered in one section of our city will quickly be communicated to other areas so that we can quickly disrupt and dismantle threats to public safety before small issues grow into large problems.

Interested in hearing more about starting a Neighborhood Watch?  Contact my office and I will be happy to discuss how we can work together to make this program grow and be successful.  Contact me at (219) 391-8331 or by email,
markbecker2012@hotmail.com

Until then, remember, if it does not seem right, it is not right.  Call the police and let us figure it out, that is what we get paid to do

Be Safe

2013 WEEKEND INSPECTION PROGRAM

2013 WEEKEND INSPECTION PROGRAM

CITY OF EAST CHICAGO, INDIANA – Effective May 4, 2013, the East Chicago Building Department will be implementing its “2013 Weekend Inspection Program” throughout the City of East Chicago, Indiana. The purpose of this program is to ensure that proper building permits and contractor licenses are obtained prior to beginning construction type work within the City’s jurisdiction. The program is being implemented to promote health, safety and general welfare concerns of this community by aggressively enforcing compliance of the building code requirements beyond regular service hours.
 
This program will entail Building Department inspectors conducting field inspections throughout the City during weekend hours, Saturdays and Sundays. Contractors violating any of the building or zoning provisions of the City are subject to revocation or suspension of their license, and may be denied any application for a new or a renewal of a building contractor’s license. In addition, contractors and property owners working non-compliantly to City ordinances may be subject to citations and/or fines being assessed.  

Mayor Anthony Copeland stated, “We will improve the quality of life for this city, block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood, until this whole city has been inspected as part of our Team Up Clean Up Efforts.”

The City of East Chicago encourages the public to consider projects to improve building safety at home and in the community. One of the Building Department’s goals is to involve property owners to promote a positive image of East Chicago in maintaining their structures and open areas surrounding their property, which appeal to the general public. Your local building department takes appropriate steps to ensure that the places where people in our communities live, work, play and learn are safe by reviewing building plans, issuing building permits, and inspecting buildings during and after construction. 

The mission of the East Chicago Building Department is to provide a resident-friendly and efficient entity that will enforce the minimum standards for the protection of life, health, environment, public safety and general welfare. Our goal is to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living environment, which will improve property value and enhance the quality of life for all residents of the City.

For information relating to the issuance of building permits and contractor licensing, please contact the East Chicago Building Department office at (219) 391-8294 or visit the City’s website at www.eastchicago.com.

City of East Chicago Team-Up Clean-up Program

City of East Chicago Team-Up Clean-up Program 2013


The City of East Chicago, Indiana, in conjunction with various City departments, has instituted its 2013 City of East Chicago Team Up Clean Up Program which is a citywide program established to clean-up and maintain the public right-of-ways: streets, sidewalks, parkways, alleyways, etc. As areas in the city mature, neighborhoods require concentrated revitalization efforts in order to maintain a strong community. Through the 2013 City of East Chicago’s Team Up Clean Up Program, the City is committed to helping maintain the vitality of our community by focusing on aesthetic improvements while promoting well-maintained and safe neighborhoods.

The program is currently in effect and will continue throughout the summer and fall months, consisting of three phases and focusing on cleaning-up of public rights of ways (main arteries, sidewalks, alleyways, etc.), removal of weeds/rank vegetation, graffiti, etc. During this program, the citizens and business owners are encouraged to take initiative to maintain their structures and open areas surrounding their properties, i.e. alleyways, sidewalks, parking lots, front/rear yards, etc. The goal is to encourage residents and business owners to take pride in their properties and focus on property maintenance/upkeep and beautification which will appeal to the general public, draw new business opportunities and stabilize neighborhoods within our community.

The City of East Chicago is committed to revitalizing and maintaining the community which will impact every neighborhood. Again, we ask that all business owners and citizens help the City in this worthy endeavor – please join us in our efforts to clean up our community!

If you have any questions, suggestions or comments, please contact Mr. Miguel Arredondo, Director of Code Enforcement Department @ 219-391-8351. Thank you in advance for your participation!




Common maintenance issues that citizens and business owners are encouraged to address:

Municipal Code Chapter 98. Removal of Rubbish from Public right-of-way
Removal and proper disposal of accumulated debris/rubbish throughout the front and rear yards, sidewalks, alleyways, lots, parkways, etc.

Municipal Code Chapter 98, Section 93.039. Merchants’ Duty to Keep Sidewalks Free of Litter
No person owning or occupying a place of business shall sweep into or deposit in any gutter, street or other public place within the city the accumulation of litter from any building or lot or from any public or private sidewalk or driveway. Persons owning or occupying places of business within the city shall keep the sidewalk in front of their business premises free from litter.
Municipal Code Chapter 93. Removal of Weeds and Rank Vegetation
It shall be unlawful for any person to permit, suffer or allow any thistles, weeds, brush, undergrowth or vegetation of any kind whatsoever to be, remain or grow to a height of six inches from the ground on any lots, parcels or tracts of land within the city. It shall be the duty of any person owning, leasing or controlling same to cause the undergrowth to be removed throughout front and rear yards, alleyways, sidewalks, parkways, etc.

Municipal Code Chapter 133. Graffiti Prohibited
All sidewalks, walls, buildings, fences, signs and other structures or surfaces shall be kept free from graffiti.

Report graffiti located on garages, vacant buildings, signs, City-owned property, etc. by contacting Sanitary Solids @ 219.391.8464, with an address and exact location.

Municipal Code Chapter 55. Garbage
No person shall keep or permit to remain on his or her premises or on any private property or cast upon any private property, vacant land or land belonging to the city or land over which the city has an easement any garbage, trash or other offensive or unwholesome matter.

Municipal Code Chapter 55. Containers
Every householder shall provide and at all times maintain adequate containers for garbage and trash in good condition and repair.

Report missing or broken lids/containers to help deter and control easy access by animals by contacting Sanitary Solids @ 219.391.8464.

Municipal Code 156. Maintenance and Repair of Fences
All fences shall be maintained in a state of good repair. Any dilapidated, dangerous or unsightly fences or retaining walls shall be repaired, painted or removed when so ordered.

Please contact the Building Department @ 219.391.8294 to inquire as to whether a building permit is required prior to commencement of work.

Municipal Code Chapter 97. Numbering of Buildings and Blocks
Every house and place of business shall display the number assigned to his or her lot in a conspicuous place, which numbers shall consist of figures not less than 3” in length and so made or marked as to be distinctly and easily read.

Numbers shall be displayed on any and all rear structures facing the alleyways, i.e. accessory structures, garages, rear buildings, etc.


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Spring Clean Up 2013

Spring Clean Up 2013

Under the direction of Mayor Anthony Copeland
and Director Ronald Edmonds, the East Chicago Street Department, with assistance from
Sanitary Solids Waste Division and Park Department, will begin its annual spring clean up
between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the dates listed below:

SPRING CLEAN UP DATES BY DISTRICT
DISTRICT 2: 4/08 thru 4/12
DISTRICT 6: 4/15 thru 4/19
DISTRICT 4: 4/22 thru 4/26
DISTRICT 3: 4/29 thru 5/03
DISTRICT 5: 5/06 thru 5/10
DISTRICT 1: 5/13 thru 5/17


• POTHOLES AND ABANDONED CARS WILL BE ADDRESSED PER DISTRICT.

• PLACE LARGE ITEMS IN ALLEY, OR ON THE CURB WHERE NO ALLEYS EXIST.

• SECURE ALL ITEMS THAT MAY BE BLOWN AWAY BY THE WIND.

• ALL VEHICLES SHOULD BE REMOVED AS REQUESTED.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFO CALL EC STREET DEPT. AT 219-391-8463.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FY 2013 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FY 2013 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN

Notice is hereby given that the City of East Chicago, Lake County, IN will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 5:00 PM, at the:

Heritage Hall

4506 Tod Avenue
East Chicago, Indiana 46312

Heritage Hall is accessible to persons with physical disabilities. If special arrangements need to be made to accommodate citizens in order for them to participate in the public hearing, including a Spanish interpreter, please call Ms. Lyvette Turk, City of East Chicago Department of Redevelopment at (219) 391-8513 ext. 226 to make those arrangements no later than Monday, April 22, 2013.

The purpose of the public hearing is to present the City of East Chicago’s FY 2013 Annual Action Plan for the use of CDBG and HOME funds. The City intends to submit its FY 2013 Annual Action Plan in the amount of
$1,118,423 for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and $234,420 in HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds. These amounts are estimated based on last year’s allocations. The amounts will be finalized when the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) budget is passed and the allocations are completed and published. The FY 2013 Annual Action Plan will be submitted to the HUD on or before May 15, 2013.

In order to obtain the view of citizens, public agencies and other interested parties, the City of East Chicago will place its FY 2013 Annual Action Plan on display from April 5, 2013 through May 6, 2013, at the following locations:

City of East Chicago - Mayor’s Office
4525 Indianapolis Blvd
City of East Chicago Department of Redevelopment
400 E. Chicago Avenue
Website:
www.eastchicago.com


All interested citizens are encouraged to attend this public hearing and will be given the opportunity to present oral or written testimony concerning the proposed use of Federal funds under the FY 2013 Annual Action Plan.

Written comments may be addressed to City of East Chicago Department of Redevelopment, 400 E. Chicago Avenue, East Chicago, IN 46312, faxed at (219) 391-7005, e-mailed:
lturk@eastchicago.com, or oral comments may be made at the public hearing or made by calling (219) 391-8513 ext. 226.

Draft FY 2013 Annual Action Plan for East Chicago