From: East Chicago Sanitary District
Subject: 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 Ship Canal
CSO Lagoon out fall #005
Indianapolis Blvd. at the Grand Calumet River
Mark J. Becker, Chief of Police, today made the following announcement:
The East Chicago STOP Team as well as the Region STOP Team, will increase patrols this holiday season so as to focus on traditional “celebratory gun fire” associated with New Years Eve. The increased presence of manpower coupled with increased technology, hopefully will result in a reduction of these instances and lead to the arrests of those who disregard public safety in selfish furtherance of their own enjoyment.
Since September of this year, East Chicago has teamed up with “ShotSpotter”, a Newark, California based company, which utilizes advanced technology to quickly identify gunshots and then, literally within seconds, direct officers to the location of where those firearms are being shot. The technology has resulted in officers responding much more quickly, efficiently and safely to shooting scenes.
Becker added that the East Chicago Police Department, as well as both the East Chicago and Region STOP Teams continue to benefit from their partnership with Indiana University Northwest Campus. “We are fortunate to have Dr. Joseph Ferrandino of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs from IUN on our team.”
Dr. Ferrandino and IUN continue to provide invaluable support in terms of crime mapping and analytical assistance to area law enforcement agencies. That intelligence continues to have a positive impact on public safety efforts and certainly will be utilized as officers attempt to reduce celebratory gun fire this year.
As always, the public is reminded that their partnership with law enforcement is critical if we are to make a difference. The public may anonymously contact the STOP Team at
(219) 398-COPS (219-398-2677)
City of East Chicago, Indiana Code of Ordinances Title XI, Chapter 123: Rental Housing and Ordinance No. 09-0020 require owners of real property in the City of East Chicago, to register all rental housing 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.
2014 Registration will commence on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 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 2014 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, whether vacant or occupied (only check/money order accepted)
Proof of ownership (mortgage, deed, property tax statement, etc.)
Proof of property insurance (reflecting coverage amounts)
Copy of valid driver’s license or State issued identification
A late fee shall be assessed in the amount of $100, in addition to the $10 registration fee, for each dwelling or rental unit not registered by April 15, 2014. 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).
4444 RAILROAD AVENUE • east chicago, in • 46312
Phone: 219.391.8294 • Fax: 219.391.7013
Office Hours: 8:30AM-4:30PM
To: All Media Outlets
From: Terri Martin, Director
Date: November 18, 2013
Subject: PRESS RELEASE ON SHIGELLA OUTBREAK IN EAST CHICAGO
The East Chicago Health Department and the Lake County Health Department, in cooperation with the Indiana State Department of Health, is investigating a cluster of shigellosis cases that began on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. At this time, seven confirmed cases of Shigella sonnei (Shigellosis or “dysentery”) have been identified in Northwest Indiana and others are under investigation.
It is known that 4 confirmed cases in East Chicago are currently receiving treatment or have been referred by Health Department staff to their health care providers for follow up. The East Chicago Health Department’s nursing division is also assisting those who have tested positive, with follow up and case management as well as investigating any new cases that may be brought to our attention by the Indiana State Department of Health’s communicable disease division
Shigellosis is caused by bacteria that can live in the intestine of humans and is spread by the fecal-oral route when bacteria leave an infected person’s body in the stool and are spread by contaminated hands, surfaces, food or water. In children, transmission often occurs when a child’s hands become contaminated and then the hands touch the mouth, face or other objects.
Symptoms usually appear one to five (1-5) days after exposure and may include diarrhea (bloody or non-bloody), fever, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting. If symptoms of shigellosis occur, contact your healthcare provider to receive the appropriate treatment. Occasionally an infected person will not have any symptoms, but can still pass the disease to others. Without proper antibiotic treatment, those infected may continue to spread bacteria up to one month after symptoms cease.
The best way to limit the spread of this illness is frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds using soap and water; being sure to completely clean all areas of hands and under fingernails.
East Chicago Health Department Director, Terri Martin stated, “Our Department is actively working with the state of Indiana and local health professionals to minimize the cycle of contagion throughout the region and most specifically among East Chicago residents and their families. We have also been in contact and partnership with our local school nurses, to ensure that children, teachers and administrators are informed of the appropriate protocol for treatment and prevention.
Terri G. Martin, Director
City of East Chicago Department of Public and Environmental Health
100 W. Chicago Avenue
East Chicago, IN 46312
219-391-8467 (ph) 219-391-8494 (fax)