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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.

2015 Registration will commence on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 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 2015 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
Occupant information

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, 2015. 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).

Job Posting # 2014 – 15
Internal or External Posting
Compliance Manager

City of East Chicago
Sanitary District – Wastewater Operations

OPENING DATE: December 4, 2014
CLOSING DATE TO APPLY: Open Until Filled
EXEMPT/NON-EXEMPT: Non-Exempt
POSITION STATUS: Regular - Full Time
Department: Sanitary District
Reports to: Utilities Director
Pay Range: In accordance to the City of East Chicago’s Salary Ordinance passed by the
Sanitary District
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POSITION SUMMARY
Under general administrative direction of the Director of Utilities and Sanitary District Commissioners, the Compliance Manager provides compliance oversight of the wastewater and pretreatment plant operations for the City of East Chicago. The Compliance Manager ensures that the wastewater plant, pretreatment program and plant operators comply with Clean Water Act standards established by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES
The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by the position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.
• Provide regulatory compliance oversight of pretreatment program and wastewater treatment processes, including the pump stations.
• Review reports from lab test results of water samples to evaluate water quality; informs Utilities Director of unsatisfactory or problematic tests.
• Ensure WWTP operations records are properly maintained; ensures the proper and timely submission of required reports to federal and state authorities; prepares reports and documents for Utilities Director and Board Members, as needed; may conduct research and analyze findings.
• Conduct periodic internal reviews or audits to ensure that compliance procedures are followed.
• Conduct or direct the internal investigation of compliance issues.
• Assess product, compliance, or operational risks and develop risk management strategies.
• Conduct environmental audits to ensure adherence to environmental standards.
• Identify compliance issues that require follow-up or investigation.
• Disseminate written policies and procedures related to compliance activities.
• File appropriate compliance reports with regulatory agencies.
• Evaluate testing procedures to meet the specifications of environmental monitoring programs.
• Verify that software technology is in place to adequately provide oversight and monitoring in all required areas.
• Serve as a confidential point of contact for employees to communicate with management, seek clarification on issues or dilemmas, or report irregularities.
• Maintain documentation of compliance activities, such as complaints received or investigation outcomes.
• Consult with corporate attorneys as necessary to address difficult legal compliance issues.
• Discuss emerging compliance issues with management or employees.
• Collaborate with human resources department to ensure the implementation of consistent disciplinary action strategies in cases of compliance standard violations.
• Advise industrial users on the implementation or operation of compliance programs.
• Provide employee training on compliance related topics, policies, or procedures.
• Provide assistance to internal or external auditors in compliance reviews.
• Prepare management reports regarding compliance operations and progress.
• Monitor compliance systems to ensure their effectiveness.
• Report violations of compliance or regulatory standards to duly authorized enforcement agencies as appropriate or required.
• Oversee internal reporting systems such as corporate compliance hotlines and inform employees about these systems.
• Keep informed regarding pending industry changes, trends, and best practices and assess the potential impact of these changes on organizational processes.
• Design or implement improvements in communication, monitoring, or enforcement of compliance standards.
• Verify that all firm and regulatory policies and procedures have been documented, implemented, and communicated.
• Direct the development or implementation of compliance-related policies and procedures throughout the organization.
• Advise technical professionals on the development or use of environmental compliance or reporting tools.
• Develop or implement environmental compliance plans for programs, such as air quality, storm water, wastewater treatment, hazardous waste management, pollution prevention, or solid waste management.
• Direct environmental programs, such as air or water compliance, aboveground or underground storage tanks, spill prevention or control, hazardous waste or materials management, solid waste recycling, medical waste management, indoor air quality, integrated pest management, employee training, or disaster preparedness.
• Review or modify policies or operating guidelines to comply with changes to environmental standards or regulations.
• Direct, lead and motivate assigned employees; assign operator work schedules; recommend and provide training for personnel; recommend appropriate staffing levels; review and evaluate work; conduct annual performance reviews.
• Participate and make recommendations in the hiring and firing process; subject to the approval by the Director of Utilities, may discipline subordinate personnel; all such actions are to be taken in accordance will all applicable laws, collective bargaining agreements, personnel by - laws and personnel practices and policies.
• As delegated by the Director of Utilities, coordinate emergency responses; on- call 24/7 for emergency response.
• Responds to queries from a wide - variety of sources; investigate and solve problems with direction and resourcefulness.
• Keep abreast of changes in governmental rules and regulations.
• Perform similar or related work as required or as a situation dictates.
• Operate standard office equipment; computer, printer and other common office machinery.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Knowledge on the operation of wastewater treatment plant.
• Knowledge of general methods, techniques and principals used in maintaining wastewater collections and treatment assets.
• Knowledgeable on the practices, procedures, methods, equipment, materials and tools associated with the operation of wastewater collections and treatment system.
• Knowledgeable in the hazards and safety precautions associated with the operation of a wastewater collections and treatment system.
• Knowledge and ability to operate a computer for the purpose of data input, retrieval and record keeping.
• Ability to operate and maintain a wastewater treatment plant.
• Ability to read, interpret and apply data, drawings and instructions for assigned work.
• Ability to read, understand and implement applicable regulations, policies and procedures.
• Ability to follow directions.
• Ability to work independently and as a team player.
• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
• Ability to utilize all the tools and equipment required to perform the duties of this position.
• Ability to perform strenuous physical duties under adverse conditions.
• Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
• Ability to follow safe work practices.
• Ability to operate a vehicle.
• Good communication, organizational, and planning skills.
• Skills in interpreting data and record keeping.
• Ability to clear a criminal background check, driver’s license check and drug test.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
College graduate required, Bachelor’s degree in a course of study involving environmental science, chemistry, applied science, or engineering.
Five years of management experience with progressive levels of responsibility in a position with significant operational and financial responsibility over a medium to large municipal or other government utilities operation, or equivalent business / corporate experience.

REQUIRED LICENSES OR CERTIFICATIONS
Must possess a valid driver’s license.
Wastewater Operator certification, Class IV is preferred.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential function of this job.

Environment - Work is performed in a busy office setting.

Physical – Primary functions require sufficient ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged period of time; to occasionally stoop, crawl, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, turn and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate with others to exchange information. Occasionally push / pull objects weighing up to 100 pounds; occasionally required to lift / carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds.

Vocal – Vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words, conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly, or quickly.

Vision – See in normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in normal audio range with or without correction.

How to Apply

Internal
Must be currently employed at least one (1) year as a full time or part time employee with the City of East Chicago.

Submit an Internal Employee Transfer Request form, cover letter, and resume to the Department of Human Resources.

External
Email, fax or mail cover letter and resume to the Department of Human Resources.

Mrs. Sandra Favela
Interim Director of Human Resources
City of East Chicago
4525 Indianapolis Blvd.
East Chicago, Indiana 46312
Fax: (219) 397-5755
sfavela@eastchicago.com

Note: If you email your cover letter and resume to sfavela@eastchicago.com please type on the subject line your name and Applying for Compliance Manager.
For example: Sandra Favela – Applying for Compliance Manager

There is currently one (1) opening for this position.

Please note: The duties listed above are intended as general descriptions of the work performed by persons assigned to this position. This is not a complete list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills for this position. This position description does not constitute an employment contract and is subject to change as required.

The City of East Chicago does not discriminate in its employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, genetic information, disability, national origin, ancestry, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


City of East Chicago Is Hiring Police Officers
The City of East Chicago is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer. Applicants must be at least 21 – 36 years of age and meet all other basic eligibility requirements. All selected candidates will be trained. Applications are available at the East Chicago Police Department located at 2301 Columbus Drive, East Chicago, Indiana 46312 beginning Thursday, October 2, 2014. Completed applications are due in person or by mail by no later than Friday, October 17, 2014 to the City of East Chicago Police Department between the hours of 9AM–4PM. For more information call the East Chicago Police Department of Human Resources (219) 391-8314.

Dear Business Owner:

As we enter into the new year of 2014, we would like to let you know how important you are to the City of East Chicago. You help to make East Chicago a special place, and are an important part of our local economy.

We would also like to remind you that the start of the New Year is the time to renew your business license. East Chicago Municipal code §110 requires that you renew your business license on an annual basis.

(PLEASE NOTE: EC MUNICIPAL CODE §110 ALSO REQUIRES PROOF OF LIABILITY INSURANCE AT TIME OF RENEWAL; WITHOUT THIS PROOF OF INSURANCE THE BUSINESS LICENSE CANNOT BE ISSSUED OR RENEWED.)

Please immediately contact the Office of the City Controller at 4525 Indianapolis Blvd, East Chicago, Indiana, phone (219) 391-8300 and arrange to come in and apply for your business license, or license renewal and pay the appropriate licensing fee. Once you have completed the business license application or renewal, you will be contacted to schedule the appropriate inspections. The annual deadline for license renewals is March 31st. Failure to renew your business license by the deadline may result in the assessment of a late fee of an additional 25% or more of your standard license fee.

We look forward to working with you, and your business to renew your license for the current year. We wish you continued success in 2014.

(NOTE: IF YOUR BUSINESS IS NO LONGER IN OPERATION, OR YOU WISH TO DISCONTINUE YOUR BUSINESS, OR HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT THE CONTROLLER’S OFFICE AT THE ABOVE CONTACT INFORMATION; WE ARE ALSO SEEKING TO UPDATE & CORRECT OUR BUSINESS LISTINGS. THANK YOU.)

Sincerely,

Valeriano F. Gomez
City Controller
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