East Chicago prepares for Main Street reconstruction

Rob Earnshaw Times Correspondent

EAST CHICAGO | City officials on Tuesday gave an update on plans to reconstruct Main Street between Broadway Street and Columbus Drive.
Mayor Anthony Copeland and City Engineer Jezreel Rodriguez told residents attending a meeting that the nearly $4.1 million project is expected to start in early May and wrap up by December.
The reconstruction will include a new water main, storm and sanitary sewers, landscaping, lighting, traffic signals, new pavement, curbs, gutters and sidewalks.
The project, which is being done by Grimmer Construction, includes about 80 new light poles with ornamental lighting. Fiber optic conduit also will be installed.
At least one lane of Main Street and parking along that lane will remain open during the project. Work will begin on the west side of Main and shift to the east side.
The city is planning on having temporary parking lots set up during construction, which was a concern for many merchants along Main.
Because of the water line work, businesses will be without water for about an hour or two and receive advance notification of when it will occur, officials said.
Copeland said it’s all part of a “Herculean effort” to revamp a downtown that hasn’t had improvements of this magnitude in 40 to 50 years.
“We’re trying to do it right,” he said. “Total reconstruction. For this little inconvenience, I’ll tell you you’re going to have years and years of tranquility. When you see the project in its totality I think you’re going to be pleased. We’re trying to breathe new life in here. When we get through this, we will be an ideal walkable community.”
Terry Roth, owner of Dorothy’s Hair Palace, said he’s been on Main Street for 35 years and has been waiting for the project for a long time.
“I think it’s good,” he said. “I’m pleased with the way this is going.”
Roth said he feels like his concerns are being heard because he made suggestions at a previous meeting about the project regarding parking and the city went out and investigated it.

NOTIFICATION OF COMBINED SYSTEM OVERFLOW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOTIFICATION OF COMBINED SYSTEM OVERFLOW
 
In response to recent rainfall or snow melt, storm water combined with sewage has been discharge from the ECSD combined sewer system into the Grand Calumet River or Indiana Harbor ship canal. People who swim in, wade in or ingest this water may get sick.
DO NOT SWIM IN, WADE IN OR INGEST WATER FROM THE GRAND CALUMET RIVER OR THE INDIANA HARBOR SHIP CANAL.
 
AFFECTED AREA INCLUDES:
Alder Street pump station out fall #003
Cline Avenue at the Grand Calumet River
Michigan Avenue pump station out fall #002
Canal Street at the Indiana Harbor Canal
CSO Lagoon out fall # 005
Indianapolis Blvd. and Grand Calumet River
 
Combined sewer systems are sewers that are designed to collect rain water runoff, domestic sewage and industrial wastewater in the same pipe. Most of the time, combined sewer systems transport all of their wastewater to a treatment plant, where it is treated and then discharged. During periods of heavy rainfall or snow melt, however, the wastewater volume in a combined sewer systems can exceed the capacity of the sewer system or treatment plant. For this reason, combined sewer systems are designed to overflow occasionally and discharge excess wastewater directly to nearby rivers.
 

Recruitment of EMA Volunteers; Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT)

SUBJECT: Recruitment of EMA Volunteers; Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT)

From the Office of Emergency Management

The City of East Chicago, Office of Emergency Management is currently recruiting volunteers for the purpose of developing a Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT). The CERT Program was conceived and designed by FEMA and The Department of Homeland Security for the purpose of Safety and Outreach by educating people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. CERT members will have the opportunity to participate in continuing education that includes but not limited to:

  • Basic First Aid;

  • Home Emergency Preparedness and Safety;

  • Electrical Safety;

  • Fire Safety and;

  • Weather Safety;


CERT Members can expect to participate in non-hazardous roles which include but not limited to:
  • Traffic Control

  • Weather Observation

  • Crowd Control at Festivals or Other Major Events.

  • Damage Assessment

  • Medical Operations Assistance

  • Light Search and Rescue

This program is a great opportunity for young adults interested in pursuing a career in Emergency Response and for older adults to fully utilize their maturity, wisdom and leadership for the purpose of protecting their family, community and city. Interested persons should contact the Office of Emergency Management

Participation requirements:
Must be at least 17 years of age.
Have a valid driver’s license.
Be a resident of The City of East Chicago.

David N. Diehl
Interim-Director

If you would like more information please contact David N Diehl, Interim-Director, Office of Emergency Management, East Chicago, Indiana 46312, (219 391-8310.
www.eastchicago.com

The City of East Chicago is seeking Qualified Contractors to work on the $17 Million Dollar RDA funded Phase One Waterfront Revitalization Project.

The City of East Chicago is seeking Qualified Contractors to work on the $17 Million Dollar RDA funded Phase One Waterfront Revitalization Project.

Mayor Anthony Copeland is breaking new ground with connecting contractors, subcontractors, qualified workers and unskilled laborers together to work on East Chicago projects with a new and innovated website called the Workforce Employment Connection. For more information visit www.eastchicago.com and click on the link Workforce Employment Connection.

Any contractor that is awarded a construction project from the City of East Chicago will be required to register at this site. The contractor can then seek out any City of East Chicago resident workforce applicant who may possess the necessary skills to help fill positions on the project. There is no fee for this service.

The site also provides the residents of East Chicago an opportunity to share their resumes directly with any contractor that is awarded a construction project in the City. This contractor is then encouraged to seek out hiring opportunities of workforce personnel that resides within the City of East Chicago. There is no fee to join and no monthly service or subscription fees. Residents applying must have work experience.
Unskilled workers are encouraged to sign up through the Indiana Plan link conveniently located on our home page at www.eastchicago.com.

On June 13, 2005, while Mayor Anthony Copeland served as a councilman, he introduced an ordinance requiring contractors to comply with a 50 percent local hiring requirement on contracts as designated by the City. Since the inception of this ordinance, contractors have always found it hard to meet that goal. This prompted Mayor Copeland to take action and form a group to work on this task.

Mayor Anthony Copeland stated, “Our highest priority is to make a direct connection between the contractors and our residents. By posting to the website, it gives each party access to each other with confirmation. The goal is to connect the trained available workforce in East Chicago with employment opportunity on East Chicago projects.”

The website will debut at the Contractors Meeting this Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 1pm at the Field Educational Center located at 3551 Block Avenue in East Chicago. Local Contractors are invited to this informational session with a panel of City Department Heads and leaders working on the upcoming phase one projects which include; Lakefront Development, Demolitions, New Construction and Road Construction. All improvements identified within Phase One are land based improvements on City-owned parcels.

In line with the Marquette Plan, the East Chicago Waterfront Initiative is about reinvesting in the waterfront. This initiative will take time, effort and new ways of approaching decades-old challenges but, if successfully implemented, will have dramatic benefits.


The City of East Chicago shall not be legally responsible for the employment decisions of outside contractors, nor does it make any misrepresentations of guaranteed employment. If this submission leads to employment, the City of East Chicago has no binding or contractual obligations to any or all parties involved.

For more information contact Consuelo Magaña at Human Rights 219-391-8477.

NOTIFICATION OF COMBINED SYSTEM OVERFLOW

Public Notification Requirement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOTIFICATION OF COMBINED SYSTEM OVERFLOW

In response to recent rainfall or snow melt, storm water combined with sewage has been
Discharged from the ECSD combined sewer system into the Grand Calumet River or Indiana
Harbor Ship Canal. People who swim in , wade in or ingest this water may get sick.
DO NOT SWIM IN, WADE IN OR INGEST WATER FROM THE GRAND CALUMET RIVER
OR THE INDIANA HARBOR SHIP CANAL.

AFFECTED AREA INCLUDES:
Alder Street pump station out fall #003
Cline Avenue at the Grand Calumet River
Michigan Avenue pump station out fall #002
Canal Street at the Indiana Harbor Canal
CSO Lagoon out fall #005
Indianapolis Blvd.and Grand Calumet River

Combined sewer systems are sewers that are designed to collect rainwater runoff, domestic
sewage and industrial wastewater in the same pipe. Most of the time, combined sewer
systems transport all of their wastewater to a treatment plant, where it is treated and then
discharged. During periods of heavy rainfall or snowmelt, however, the wastewater volume
in a combined sewer system can exceed the capacity of the sewer system or treatment plant.
For this reason, combined sewer systems are designed to overflow occasionally and
Discharge excess wastewater directly to nearby rivers.