Jan 2013

Common Council Standing Committee on Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Please take notice there will be a meeting of the East Chicago Common Council Standing Committee on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at
12:00 noon in Council Chambers City Hall 4525 Indianapolis Boulevard, East Chicago, Indiana, at the request of Councilwoman Myrna Maldonado Committee Chairperson. Among other matters pending before the council, the following will be discussed:

Ordinance #13-0001
An Ordinance Amending Title Xl Business Regulations, by Repealing
Chapter 117 of Tthe East Chicago Municipal Code in its Entirety and Establishing A New Chapter 117 Regulating Tattoo and Body Piercing Establishments

Department of Redevelopment is Hosting a HUD Section 3 Seminar  Monday and Tuesday - February 11-12, 2013


Mayor Anthony Copeland and the East Chicago Department of Redevelopment is Hosting a HUD Section 3 Seminar 
Monday and Tuesday - February 11-12, 2013

Mayor Anthony Copeland and the East Chicago Department of Redevelopment are providing Section 3 Training to all Contractors.   Due to the importance of this program, seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis and you must register quickly by calling 219-391-8513, Ext. 261 to reserve a seat for yourself and one representative of your company.
Each year the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development invests billions of federal dollars into distressed communities for projects designed to build and rehabilitate housing, improve roads, develop community centers, and otherwise assist families achieve the American Dream. 
The Section 3 regulation recognizes that HUD funding typically results in projects/activities that generate new employment, training and contracting opportunities. These economic opportunities not only provide “bricks and mortar”, but can also positively impact the lives of local residents who live in the neighborhoods being redeveloped. 

Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 is HUD’s legislative directive for providing preference to low- and very low-income residents of the local community (regardless of race or gender), and the businesses that substantially employ these persons, for new employment, training, and contracting opportunities resulting from HUD-funded projects. 

Further, as a condition of receiving HUD Community Planning and Development assistance, recipients certify that they will comply with the requirements of Section 3 annually.  Accordingly, the Department of Redevelopment has the legal responsibility to monitor recipients for compliance and can impose penalties upon those that fail to meet their obligations.
All work is required to meet all applicable local, state, and federal codes and regulations with the minimum qualifications as follows:
  • A minimum of 5 years working experience as a licensed general contractor
  • Must be licensed with a City or County of competent jurisdiction within Indiana, and be in good standing & current for 2013 for general contracting services
  • Evidence of insurance for all aspect of the business.
  • Currently hold a worker’s compensation policy or be willing to purchase one
  • The City of East Chicago Department of Redevelopment is an equal opportunity entity and is committed to affirmative action in the involvement of minority-owned businesses, woman-owned businesses, and Small Business Enterprises to the greatest extent possible. 

East Chicago Department of Redevelopment - Call for Reservations at 219-391-8513 – Ext. 261
Seminar Information
Date – Monday - February 11, 2013 – 5:00 PM
Place:  400 E. Chicago Avenue – Back Entrance
Tuesday – February 12, 2013 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon – For Questions/Answers

Mayor Anthony Copeland Launches the Second Phase of East Chicago’s Lakefront and Community Development Project

Mayor Anthony Copeland Launches the Second Phase of East Chicago’s Lakefront and Community Development Project
After 50 million dollars worth of investments in commercial and housing development with corporate partners and others, including residential partner Community Builders, the City of East Chicago is ready to move forward with lake front improvements benefitting both residents and visitors, encompassing greater opportunities for private development. 
This revitalization effort began with the help of an initial 7 million dollar grant from the Regional Development Authority.  This grant has been used to fund planning efforts, and leverage private sector investment for various projects benefitting East Chicago’s Indiana Harbor neighborhood and lakefront. Mayor Copeland stated “Many things have changed in East Chicago and with the rebuilding of Cline Avenue, we must make sure that previous investments can be maintained and upgraded to accommodate economic development, education and job opportunities for our residents and the region.”  The Mayor stated, “We are just getting started.”
Maria Becerra, the City’s Redevelopment Director indicated, “The second phase will include improvements to the East Chicago Marina, more residential and commercial construction projects including the redesign of our surface streets to promote private sector investment in our community. We have a great team in place to make these projects happen and create momentum for more development.”  

Mayor Copeland indicated that the redevelopment process will be open, inclusive and will include significant community involvement. The Mayor stated “Our larger employers continue to invest and grow within our community, and we need to capitalize on that now to improve life for our residents and visitors.  That is why we are working with our business and industrial partners, as well as the Regional Development Authority to carefully move this effort forward.”

For information regarding the City of East Chicago’s Lakefront and Industrial Development Plans, please contact:

Maria C. Becerra, Executive Director
City of East Chicago
Department of Redevelopment
400 E. Chicago Avenue
East Chicago, Indiana  46312
219-391-8513   ext# 251

2013 Rental Property Registration

2013 Rental Property Registration

City of East Chicago, Indiana Code of Ordinances Title XI, Chapter 123: Rental Housing and Ordinance No. 09-0020 requires owners of real property in the City of East Chicago, which real property is used as rental housing, to register all such properties on an annual basis. The ordinance requires owners of rental properties to register annually at the East Chicago Building Department office, 4444 Railroad Avenue, East Chicago, Indiana, and pay an annual registration fee of $10.00 per each dwelling or rooming unit.
2013 Registration is open and received Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00p.m.
Registration forms and requirements are available at the Building Department’s office or on the City’s website at www.eastchicago.com (Departments/Building Department/Downloads 2013 Link).  Property owners are required to provide, in addition to the completed registration form, the following to process the registration of their rental property:
· Rental registration fee of $10.00 per each dwelling or rooming unit (only check/money order accepted)
· Proof of ownership (mortgage, deed, property tax statement, etc.)
· Proof of property insurance
· Copy of valid driver’s license or State issued identification
· Occupant information
A late fee shall be assessed in the amount of $100 for each dwelling or rental unit not registered by April 15, 2013.  Failure to register any and all real property utilized as rental housing shall constitute a violation of this chapter and the owner shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $2,500 per unit. 
For additional information, please contact the East Chicago Building Department at (219) 391-8294 or visit the City’s website at www.eastchicago.com (Building Department link).

Normal hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  All business transactions are conducted between the hours of 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Staff will be available for questions until 4:30 p.m.

PHONE: 219.391.8294 • FAX: 219.391.7013

East Chicago Parks and Recreation Department (ECPRD) needs your input! 

East Chicago Parks and Recreation Department (ECPRD) needs your input! 

The subjects of parks, recreation, and community facilities/spaces are several important aspects concerning the quality of life in East Chicago. As such the ECPRD would like to invite you, its resident, in helping with the upcoming five year Parks and Recreation Plan. 
The ECPRD would like to set goals and objectives for this upcoming 2013-2018 Parks and Recreation Plan. To set and achieve those goals and objectives, the ECPRD requires public involvement. In this plan the ECPRD will recognize resource constraints and strive to encourage early public participation. The ECPRD would like to involve the public as often as it can throughout this decision making process and also identify, communicate with and listen to affected sectors of the public. 

We are asking for your attendance and participation to any of the following meetings: 

Monday – February 4th, 2013 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Heritage Hall Community Center located at 4506 Tod Ave. This will be the first public input meeting. 

Tuesday – February 5th, 2013 6:00pm – 7:00pm at Marktown Community Center located at 3509 Spruce Street. This will be the first focus group. 

Monday – February 11th, 2013 6:00pm – 7:00pm at Martin Luther King Community Center located 4802 Melville Ave. This will be the second focus group meeting. 

Tuesday – February 12th, 2013 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Roberto Clemente Community Center located at 3616 Elm Street. This will be the second public input meeting. 

This process will help the ECPRD formulate your issues, ideas, and opinions into achievable goals and objectives to add to the five year plan. If you have any questions regarding this process or any of the meetings/focus groups please do not hesitate in calling the Parks and Recreation Department’s main office number at 391-8474 or visit
We would like to formally thank you for helping the City of East Chicago with its five year Park and Recreation Plan and look forward to your participation. 

Parks and Recreation water bill insert full

The East Chicago Building Department has been clearing the way to a safer city.

The East Chicago Building Department has been clearing the way to a safer city.

The mission of the East Chicago Building Department is to abate blighted, vacant and abandoned structures and promote and maintain a safe and desirable living environment, in efforts to improve property values and enhance the quality of life for all residents of the City.

Mayor Anthony Copeland recognizes the importance of removing abandoned and unsafe properties from the neighborhood. Mayor Copeland states, “Unmaintained properties are a threat to surrounding home values and public safety. Often they are structurally unsound, vacated havens for criminal activity and a risk for first responders.”

Some structures contain contaminants such as; asbestos insulation, asbestos floor and ceiling tile, lead-based paint as well as biological hazards, industrial waste, oil, (PCBs) or chemicals. These are a few of the reasons why our city is being proactive in removing abandoned structures safely.

Winna Guzman, Building Commissioner states, “As Building Commissioner for the past two years and a resident of East Chicago, I am very excited to be part of carrying out the Mayor’s vision and moving forward with the demolition of the many blighted, vacant and abandoned structures throughout our City.   
In continuing our vigorous enforcement, the City is creating a safer and a more desirable living environment, while improving property values and enhancing the quality of life for all residents of the City.”

There are approximately 400 abandoned properties identified throughout East Chicago. Removing properties takes time, resources and money. Mayor Copeland has led the charge by bringing the teamwork of the Building Department, city resources and funding from the Redevelopment Department together to make this achievable. There are many challenges to removing these properties but they are not insurmountable. Currently there are 40+ unsafe buildings set for demolition this year, and anticipate additional properties added as funding becomes available.

Maria C. Becerra, Executive Director of Redevelopment states, “We would like to invite everyone to take a drive down Broadway Street in the Harbor. We want you to witness the impact of the demolitions in progress and ongoing within the North Harbor Community. This compliments the new construction of townhomes and the new senior building, scheduled to open in February of 2013. The City envisions this as the new gateway to the Lakefront.”

The city has established an Unsafe Building Fund whereby monies received (i.e. fees collected from annual rental registrations, special assessment liens and/or other appropriations) shall be deposited into this fund. These monies shall be designated and used for the expenses incurred in carrying out the purposes of the Unsafe Building Law.

Rental Registration have significantly grown due to the diligence of the Building Department. This registration information assists the City to be more efficient in its Fire, Health and Building Code Enforcement endeavors to protect the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of East Chicago. Often the information is shared with first responders to help residents or when a board up is needed.

2013 Registration is open and received Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00p.m.
Registration forms and requirements are available at the Building Department’s office or on the City’s website at www.eastchicago.com

Normal hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 4444 Railroad Avenue, East Chicago, IN 46312.

For more info, please contact the East Chicago Building Department at (219) 391-8294.

“Keeping the Dream Alive” Essay Contest

Attention Youth of East Chicago!!!!!

Leadership Northwest Indiana & South Shore 

Leadership Youth for Community Engagement 

“Keeping the Dream Alive” 2013 and Beyond! 
Essay Competition 

Essay Competition Offers Once In a Lifetime Opportunities! 
We are excited to present a unique, new and exciting opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to not only receive a $500 scholarship but a trip to Washing-ton D.C., with a possibility of meeting President Obama! All of this and more will be awarded to three winners chosen through an essay competition presented by the NWI “Keeping the Dream Alive” 2013 and Beyond Project, First Kingdom Management/Be A King Foundation of Atlanta, Georgia along with Leadership North-west Indiana (LNI)/South Shore Leadership for Youth Community Engagement (SLYCE) Program. 

All those who wish to take advantage of this opportunity will submit a type-written thesis on the topic “21st Century Strategies for Diversity and Inclusion-Bettering our Community. Seven-Semi Finalist will be chosen based on the submittal of their thesis. Three Finalist winners will be selected upon the review and selection of their completed written essays. Through this topic and our vision of “Keeping the Dream Alive” 2013 and Beyond-Moving from Rhetoric to Action, we hope to empower these students to explore how their ideas can be turned into actions to contribute to a more inclusive region. 

Please review and distribute the attached document containing the guidelines for this year’s scholarship competition to any interested parties, particularly any Government, Civics or English instructors, to be shared with your junior and senior students. We value the youth in your community and the potential they have to better the 7-county region of Northwest Indiana and beyond! 

“Keeping the Dream Alive”2013 and Beyond 
Moving from Rhetoric to Action 
Scholarship Guidelines 
Be A King Foundation along with Leadership Northwest Indiana and the South Shore Leadership Youth for Community Engagement (SLYCE) Program are looking for all high school juniors and seniors from the 7- County (Porter, Lake, La Porte, Starke, Pulaski, Newton, and Jasper) Northwest Indiana Region for a new and unique essay competition. The three high school students who are chosen for this prestigious award will receive: 

• A $500 scholarship 
• An opportunity to be a VIP guest to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Monument in Washington, D.C. in Summer of 2014 
• An opportunity to present their winning essay at “The Dream Symposium” (1 p.m., Sat. Feb. 23rd
• Attendance at a reception/book signing with Dr. Bernice A. King (youngest daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King) 
• Brunch with Dr. King (11 a.m., Sat. Feb. 23rd
• VIP Guest status at the “Keeping the Dream Alive” Youth Rally (9 a.m., Sat. Feb. 23rd
• Publication of essay in “A Journal for Diversity & Inclusion” Publication 
• Distribution of essay to local newspapers for print 

Eligibility Requirements 
We ask that all who wishes to be considered submit a 50 to 150 word thesis statement on the topic “21st Century Strategies for Diversity & Inclusion-Bettering Community” no later than Friday, January 25th at 5 p.m. Finalists will be notified no later than January 28th
From these submissions a group of seven semi- finalists will be selected and notified. These finalists will write a 750 to 1000 word essay based on their submitted thesis no later than Monday, February 11th at 5 p.m. 
All submissions should be made electronically to essay@leadershipnwi.org. Please keep in mind that all submissions will be scored with the Six Traits of Writing in mind. The writers of the selected essays will be expected to attend all events of the Youth Rally/”Dream” Symposium on Saturday, February 23rd

Writing Format Requirements: 
Title Page, Page Numbering, and Source Page 
Students should review the 6+1 Traits of Writing Rubric 

Submitted Essay should be presented in APA or MLA Writing Format 
We look forward to receiving submissions from the bright young leaders in your schools. If there are any questions on this opportunity 
please email essay@leadershipnwi.org Or call 219-465-6818. 

Visit our website @ www.KeepingtheDreamAlive.org 

Scholarship Guidelines (2)

Fire Department Notice

For the next six (6) weeks through the end of February 2013, the East Chicago Fire Department will conduct testing on fire suppression standpipe and sprinkler systems at businesses and industrial sites in and around the City of East Chicago. As part of the checking process the fire department will lay hoses and check for the location to the nearest hydrants. This may cause some inconvenience for the local residents and businesses. We are asking to be patient to allow us to better serve you in our task.

The City of East Chicago Common Council is inviting professionals to apply for the following Board Positions.

January 9, 2013
Steve Segura
Media Specialist
Multimedia Division

The City of East Chicago Common Council is inviting professionals to apply for the following Board Positions.

  • Applicants must be residents of the City of East Chicago.
  • Must be a registered voter in East Chicago.
  • Must meet the "good character" requirements set by Indiana Law.

The deadline for resume submission is Tuesday, February 22 at 4pm.
  • 2 appointments Redevelopment Commission
  • 1 appointment Economic Development Position
  • 1 appointment Library Board Member
  • 1 appointment Urban Enterprise Board

Please submit a resume and letter of intent for the board you intend to apply for to the City Clerks Office located at 2301 E. Columbus Drive, East Chicago, IN 46312.  

For more information call Juda Parks 219-808-3416.

Nine Span Bridge to Close for Replacement

Nine Span Bridge to Close for Replacement
Demolition work begins on existing 75+ year old structure
HAMMOND, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces the closure of the State Road 152 bridge (Nine Span bridge) over the IHB rail yard on Monday, January 14th. The old structure will be demolished and a replacement will be built. The new bridge is expected to open by the end of 2013.
A detour will take northbound traffic south on S.R. 152 (Indianapolis Blvd.), east on I-80/94, north on S.R. 912 (Cline Ave.), and west on U.S. 20 (Michigan St.). Southbound traffic will travel east on U.S. 20 (Michigan St.), south on S.R. 912 (Cline Ave.), west on I-80/94, and north on S.R. 152 (Indianapolis Blvd.).
For updates on the Nine Span bridge project, in addition to winter weather updates and news from INDOT in Northwest Indiana, like us at
Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest and follow us at Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest.
You can find traffic restriction information at
www.trafficwise.IN.gov.  Contact the LaPorte District toll free at 1-855-GO-INDOT.
Matt Deitchley, INDOT LaPorte District
(219) 325-7526 (desk)
(219) 363-4946 (cell)