Mayor Sue Lynch

Mayor Sue Lynch Sue Lynch is the Mayor of Portage, Indiana. Sue was elected in 2019 and is serving her first term as Mayor. About Sue Lynch Sue Lynch grew up in Wheeler, Indiana and is a lifelong resident of Porter County.

She has lived in Portage for the past 24 years. She is the widow of Jim Lynch, former Porter County Veteran Service Officer. She has three children, Andrea (Randy), John (Leanne) and Cathy (Danny), six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She attended Ivy Tech Community College, where she studied Communications and Indiana University, where she studied Environmental Science. Professional Life Sue served as the Executive Director of People Against Hazardous Landfill Sites (PAHLS) for 12 years. The organization opposed, and ultimately closed, the toxic Wheeler landfill. During that time, she was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Research Foundation in Washington, DC. In addition, Sue was also the Office Manager for Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville. Public Service In 2002, Sue was asked to serve her community and ran for Portage Township Advisory Board. She was re-elected to the position in 2006. Sue was elected to the Portage City Council in 2007, and was reelected in 2011 and 2015. As a City Councilmember, Sue has served as; • City Council President (2012-2015, 2019-Present) • Redevelopment Commission member (2012-2016) • Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction District (2008-Present) • Chairperson (2014-Present) • Portage Traffic Commission Chairperson (2016-2019) • Portage Licensing Board member (2018-2019) • Mayor’s Senior Advisory Committee (2012-Present) In addition to her role on the City Council, Sue was a member of the Portage Utility Service Board from March 2017 through 2018. While serving on the Board, Sue led the effort to craft the first budget in the Utility’s history, ensured projects were completed on time and within budget, and help to manage over $10 million in Utility bond projects. A Commitment to Veterans and Community Sue is a Life Member of the Vietnam Veterans Associates and a member of Vietnam Veterans Chapter 905, where she was the editor of the Vet Gazette for over 10 years. She is also a member of American Legion Post 502 Auxiliary and serves as the Post’s newsletter editor. She is a member of the Dunes Leathernecks Marine Corps Detachment 1056 and serves on the Porter County Veteran’s Panel. Sue is a Board Member of the Portage Township Live Entertainment Association and the Maestro Society. She is also a member of the Portage Historical Society and the Bonner Senior Center. She is a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Portage, where she serves as Outreach Coordinator and as a Shepherd. She also works with the Ladies Guild on various projects.

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Come join us for our Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 5th.  This is a drive by event.
11/27/2020

Come join us for our Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 5th. This is a drive by event.

Portage will celebrate Christmas, the arrival of Santa and lighting of the Christmas tree in a safe, socially distanced celebration on Dec. 5.
Portage Event Partnership, Portage Kiwanis Club and the Portage Township YMCA are partnering to provide the holiday event beginning at 1 p.m. and culminating in the lighting of the city's Christmas tree at 4:30 p.m. All events will be held in the area of Founders Square Park and will be COVID-19 friendly and socially distanced.
Residents can enter the drive-through event on Buckley Way off Central Avenue. Volunteers will direct traffic and signage will direct visitors to the various activities.
Santa will be perched on top of a fire engine parked adjacent to the pavilion at Founders Square from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Children will be able to leave their vehicles for a brief, socially-distanced photo opportunity with Santa. Santa will also distribute candy canes in a non-contact manner using a specially-designed candy cane slide.
Members of the Portage Kiwanis Club will also be collecting new, unwrapped toys in an effort to Fill the Ambulance for their annual Toys for Tots drive. Those donating a new toy will receive a ticket for one food item. The food, chili, hot dogs, water, hot chocolate or coffee, can then be picked up at the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce office in a limited-contact manner. The office is located at 6340 E. Main St. Additional food items may also be purchased for a nominal cost from Kiwanis at the Chamber office. Kiwanis will donate a portion of the proceeds from the food sale to Toys for Tots and the remainder will benefit local projects, such as their dictionary project.
As visitors await their visit with Santa, members of the Kiwanis will be selling ornament kits and members of the Portage Township YMCA will be selling cooking decorating kits. All volunteers will be masked and will have been screened prior to participating in the event.
At 4:30 p.m., Santa and Mayor Sue Lynch will light the city's Christmas tree, which will be located outdoors this year on the grassy area between Fire Station 3 and the Portage Police Station. Limited parking just north of the grassy area may be available for those who want to witness the tree lighting. Limited parking will be available dependent on weather.
The tree lighting ceremony will also be videoed and be available on the city's page for all residents to enjoy.
In addition to the Dec. 5 activities, the Portage Event Partnership will be sponsoring a Christmas House Decorating Contest. The deadline for the free registration is Dec. 16. Photos of the homes will be posted on the Portage Event Partnership page. Votes will be calculated by the number of "likes" each home receives. Voting will be held from Dec. 18 through Dec. 26. Trophies will be presented to the first and second place People's Choice winners, through the voting. Portage Event Partnership will also present a Committee's Choice award. To register, send a photo of your fully-decorated home to [email protected]. The home decorating contest is free.
For additional information on the Dec. 5 events, please contact City Hall at 219-762-5425.

Portage Police Department (Indiana)
11/25/2020

Portage Police Department (Indiana)

We need your assistance in identifying this woman and locating this PT Cruiser. We need to speak to her regarding a theft from CVS. If you you think you might know who this is please contact Detective Garzella at 219-764-5710. Thank you

We are excited to be making changes to our all call system.  Hyper-Research will enable us to reach our citizens more ef...
11/24/2020

We are excited to be making changes to our all call system. Hyper-Research will enable us to reach our citizens more effectively, and in multiple ways. It will allow our citizens to sign up on all call on our city website or by calling our City Hall Receptionist. Please read the information below for more information.

The City of Portage has just completed upgrading its notification system in an effort to keep residents better informed of happenings throughout the city.
We have selected Hyper-Reach to bring residents the latest information on city news, events, activities or emergencies.
Hyper-Reach is a state of the art mass notification system and will become fully operational at the end of today, replacing the city's present notification system.
Residents can register to receive notifications through a mix of telephone calls, texts and email messages. TTY/TDD service for the hearing impaired is also available.
The system sends thousands of these messages to geographically targeted households within seconds.
Enrolling in the new system is fast and easy and residents are encouraged to enroll now either by calling or texting “Alert” to (219) 203-1861 or by going to the website http://hyper-reach.com/inportagesignup.html. Residents can choose what kind of notifications they wish to receive and through which method they are delivered during enrollment.
Residents can also download the Hyper-Reach Anywhere app on their smartphone. Hyper-Reach Anywhere is a free smartphone app that allows individual citizens to manage and monitor the alerts they receive, both for their home and office addresses and for other addresses they care about such as those of elderly relatives or friends.
Landline phones are automatically enrolled for Community alerts, but Weather alerts to landline phones and Community and Weather alerts to mobile phones and email addresses are only included when people enroll.
Please take advantage of the new notification system and enroll as soon as possible.

Already seeing some beautifully decorated houses here in Portage.  Have you signed yours up for the contest?
11/23/2020

Already seeing some beautifully decorated houses here in Portage. Have you signed yours up for the contest?

Residents who would like to enter their homes in the contest must send a photo of their home Christmas display, along with an address to [email protected] by Dec 16th. Please make sure that your picture is clear and centered.

We will post the photographs as well as the addresses of the homes on this page. Residents can drive by the homes and vote for their favorite via the Portage Event Partnership page by Dec 26th. You vote by liking the picture!

This is a chance to show off your Christmas decorating skills with the entire city.

Contact [email protected] for more information!

Portage Indiana Government Page
11/22/2020

Portage Indiana Government Page

Due to COVID-19, the community group One Portage will not be holding its annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner at Willowcreek Middle School.
Instead, the group will be delivering meals.
For more information, or to sign up for meal delivery, please visit their website at oneportage.com/ctd2020

Congratulations Officer Hernandez.  Portage is proud to have you on our team.  Please be safe.
11/17/2020

Congratulations Officer Hernandez. Portage is proud to have you on our team. Please be safe.

On Friday November 13th Officer Jovany Hernandez graduated from the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and today he starts his field training program. Congratulations and stay safe out there!

Porter County is now in a Code Red, please everyone be careful, wear your mask and socially distance.
11/14/2020

Porter County is now in a Code Red, please everyone be careful, wear your mask and socially distance.

Attached find a press release from the Porter County Health Department announcing that Porter County is now in the RED Level based on ISDH color code metrics, and provides guidance and additional restrictions.

PLEASE NOTE: While the ISDH Dashboard currently shows Porter County in the Orange Level based on data as of November 8th, our more current data indicates we are now in the Red level. You can find our data under the State Department Of Health Color Code Metrics section on our Charts & Graphs page at https://www.porterco.org/1663/COVID-19-Charts-Graphs

Thank you to Portage Township School Superintendent Dr. Amanda Alaniz and her amazing staff for making sure our children...
11/13/2020
PTS News

Thank you to Portage Township School Superintendent Dr. Amanda Alaniz and her amazing staff for making sure our children have healthy meals during this Covid-19 pandemic. So glad to be part of the "Stronger Together" Portage team.

November 13, 2020 Hello, Portage Township Schools families! As we prepare for virtual learning next week, we encourage you to pay close...

Portage Indiana Government Page
11/13/2020

Portage Indiana Government Page

PORTAGE - Due to the rise in COVID-19 positivity numbers, all Portage city offices will be closed to the public beginning Monday, Nov. 16 through Friday, Dec. 4.
"We are in a serious, second wave surge of the COVID-19 virus. Sadly, our state has gone from a 3 point positivity rate to now being at 10.5, the highest number since the pandemic began in March. Porter County is now classified as a red level as of Thursday," Portage Mayor Sue Lynch said Friday afternoon.
Portage will continue to provide services to residents, however there will be a few adjustments:
- Utility payments can be made at the drop box in front of City Hall, 6070 Central Ave., by mail, online or by phone by contacting the clerk-treasurer's office at 219-762-7784;
- For licensing and permit information, call the building department at 219-762-4204 and
- All other questions can be directed to the city hall switchboard at 219-762-5425.
All City Council, Board of Works and other public meetings will be held virtually until Dec. 1, unless that date is extended by the governor.
The governor’s order states all indoor and outdoor gatherings must be limited to no more than 25 persons. Masks and social distancing of at least 6 feet is required at all times.
"The Thanksgiving holiday is less than two weeks away. While this is normally a time for families to be together, I am asking you to consider limiting your gathering to avoid the spread of the COVID virus," said Lynch. "Now more than ever, with the numbers being what they are, it is important to protect your loved ones and keep them safe."
"I want to applaud our businesses and restaurants throughout the city for all they have done and continue to do to keep their establishments open and safe for their customers. I want to encourage them to enforce the use of masks to their patrons and employees during this time," said Lynch.
"I know everyone is getting tired of hearing, wear a mask, socially distance and not to gather with your family and friends, but he bottom line is this virus is very serious and we must get serious about protecting ourselves and our loved ones. By following these simple steps outlined by Gov. Holcomb, we all can help keep our city’s COVID numbers down," said Lynch.

Congratulations and best wishes on your retirement Chief, you have done an awesome job and we will miss you.
11/06/2020

Congratulations and best wishes on your retirement Chief, you have done an awesome job and we will miss you.

Retirement of Chief Tim Sosby:

The Portage Fire Department would like to acknowledge the service of Fire Chief Tim Sosby. The Portage Mayor, Sue Lynch, the Portage City Council, and the Portage Fire Department would like to congratulate Fire Chief Tim Sosby on 31 years of service to the City of Portage.

Over his 31 year career, Chief Sosby has served as a firefighter/paramedic, Engineer, Lieutenant, Assistant Chief of EMS, Assistant Fire Chief Fire Operations and Fire Chief. Tim spent much of his career in the fire administration. His was promoted to serve as Fire Chief in 2019 and also served in that capacity earlier in his career for a total of 5 years as Fire Chief.

Tim Sosby implemented a new concept of Advanced Life Support Engine Companies, he submitted for and was successful in receiving many multi-agency grants, and he drove the implementation of priority dispatch that has been adopted by many local departments. Tim has worked hard to protect the men and women of the department from cancer by limiting their exposure to carcinogens. His vision to create a physical fitness program and annual checkup has proven to identify and avoid some serious health issues for our firefighters. His accomplishments have had an indelible impact on the Portage Fire Department and have made it among the best in the nation.

Chief Sosby, the men and women of Portage Fire Department would like you to know they are proud of the department you led and are now leaving. Congratulations and best wishes on your retirement from Portage Fire Department and good luck in your new endeavors. The City of Portage and your fraternal brothers and sisters thank you for your service.

Portage Streets and Sanitation
11/04/2020

Portage Streets and Sanitation

“Leaf Pick Up Season” Portage City Policy [email protected]

The Portage Street Department will begin the yearly fall leaf pick-up schedule as management observes the need to start. Usually this happens sometime in October and ends in December as weather permits. The major leaf drop is unpredictable due to conditions and many other variables involved in when the majority of leaves will fall to the ground. Weather permitting, residents leaf piles will be picked up about three to five times during this fall period. In case of rain or snow leaf pick-up will be delayed and will resume as weather allows. The city is divided into four zone quadrants, these zones are the same as our trash and recycling routes. It is very important to understand that in the peak of leaf pickup, the department will take about 3-5 days to complete a quadrant. These zones also help communicate with the residents in where the department is working with leaf pickup.

In order to insure success of the program, we ask residents to observe the following policy / guidelines:

 Please rake leaf piles in the easement / edge of your property.

 Do NOT rake leaf piles into the street / road area as this plugs drains and causes flooding during rain events. Also wet leaves are difficult to pick-up in the roadways.

 Do not rake leaf piles near mailboxes, trees, poles, utility boxes, hydrants and parked vehicles to avoid interruption of services.

 Do not contaminate leaf piles with sticks, branches, trash or other debris. This may interrupt leaf pick up service.

 Leaf piles raked to the curb after the “Fall” service will have to wait till “Spring” for pick up.

 Leaves can also be dropped off at the Street department after obtaining a “YARD PASS” through the Admin Office located on site.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and have an enjoyable fall season.

Portage Event Partnership
11/03/2020

Portage Event Partnership

The Light Up the Gourds! Illuminated Pumpkin Trail Golden Pumpkin awards were presented this week.
Portage Fire Department received the Golden Pumpkin for the Best Overall Scene. Jones Elementary School received the Golden Pumpkin for the Best Theme and Fegely Middle School was recognized with a Golden Pumpkin for its originality.
Congratulations to all three winners and thank you to all who participated to make the inaugural event a success.

Portage Event Partnership
11/03/2020

Portage Event Partnership

Congratulations Laurie Payne! The winner of the Halloween House Decoration Contest! Her house received over 1,000 votes! She received her golden pumpkin today! 🎃🎃

Portage Event Partnership
11/02/2020

Portage Event Partnership

I can't say enough about Deb as a Councilperson.  She is always working hard for our city and her constituents.  As for ...
11/01/2020

I can't say enough about Deb as a Councilperson. She is always working hard for our city and her constituents. As for being the Budget Chair, she rolled up her sleeves and dug in knowing how important it is for us to get our fiscal house in order. It is refreshing to be able to sit down in one room with Deb and Clerk Treasurer Rivas and hammer out what needs to be done to get us back on track. Covid has put a crimp in Deb's first year as a councilperson but that has not stopped her from doing a fantastic job despite it all. Thanks Deb for all you do everyday for our city.

Sunday Spotlight
Each Sunday we will feature a project going on within the city, happenings within a department or someone who works hard to provide services to the community. Today we talk to first term City Council member Debbie Podgorski on the role of the City Council and her duties in serving the city.

Technically, the City Council is the fiduciary body of the City of Portage, preparing and adopting the annual budget. It's role also includes legislation, recommending, approving and amending ordinances and city code.
But, says Debbie Podgorski, first-term Portage City Council member, at-large, the job is much more.
"As a City Council member, if somebody needs something, it is your job to help them. You need to be able to guide people in the right direction," said Podgorski, adding she and council members often receive calls from constituents with issues or concerns. The council's job, she said, is to help solve those issues or direct the person to the correct department or person within the city.
Podgorski said she decided to run for city council after the death of her husband, Jeff, who had served on the Portage Police Department for 29 years.
"I wanted to continue to serve and thought it was time I did my part. I'm glad I did," she said.
Podgorski is chairman of the council's budget committee, liaison to the police department and chair of the Traffic Commission.
"I'd done a lot of budgets in my lifetime, but boy, have my eyes been open. There's a whole lot more to the city's budget," she said, adding COVID has impacted the city on top of an already strained financial situation.
"I really want to see our finances get back in order," she said, crediting Clerk-Treasurer Nina Rivas and Mayor Sue Lynch for their work on the upcoming year's budget.
"Nina has been a god-send trying to get it right and squeeze every penny out of it," she said.
Serving on the council has been a learning curve, not only with the particulars of learning the ins and outs of a municipal budget, but the process of getting things done.
"The biggest thing I've learned is there is a much bigger process to get things done," she said, adding nothing is simple, that every decision has to be looked at individually as for its consequences and financial impact.
A council member also has to be an ambassador for the city, said Podgorski, talking up the city at every opportunity, to attract new residents as well as new businesses to provide everything from new shopping to job opportunities for residents of the city.
Podgorski said one accomplishment she was involved with this year was the establishment of the city's first Baby Box at Portage Fire Station 3. The box allows someone to safely surrender a child.
"The fantastic thing about this city is the way people come together in a crisis," she said, pointing to the reaction of people during the pandemic who came together to make sure families were fed and children and seniors taken care of during the difficult time.
"Our staff has all come together. We don't care who you are, we came together to take care of you," she said.
A 30-year resident of Portage, Podgorski is operations manager of the Lake Minnehaha Owners Association, but will be semi retiring at the end of the year to focus more on her city duties and her work with the Portage Exchange Club. Podgorski is also owner of DJ's Guns and Gunsmithing.

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Sue Lynch is the Mayor-Elect of Portage, Indiana.

Sue grew up in Wheeler, Indiana and is a lifelong resident of Porter County. She has lived in Portage for the past 23 years.

She is the widow of Jim Lynch, former Porter County Veteran Service Officer. She has three children, Andrea (Randy), John (Leanne) and Cathy (Danny), six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She attended Ivy Tech Community College, where she studied Communications and Indiana University, where she studied Environmental Science.


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Who would be in charge of widening the railroad underpass to two lanes (instead of only one) on Samuelson Road between Central Avenue and Portage Avenue?
I think this is a wise decision. I would like to acknowledge our great street department. They picked up the limbs and branches the day after I notified them. Thank you Nioma J Wiltermood Conn
Good afternoon. I was just wondering about the status of repairing the water main break in Port Crossing Apartments.Thank You
Whiting and Michigan City have closed their lakefront since overcrowding causing health hazard due to Covid 19. Is Portage taking any steps to protect It's citizens?
Is there anything you can do for our Seniors? I'm happy for them still being able to have an in person ceremony, but without any of their family in attendance is just not the same. So many have looked forward to this moment for years and have earned the right to enjoy every bit of it. All the other schools are posting pictures of ceremonies last night with well over 250/500/750 in attendance. Please if anything, allow just parents, mandate masks, have us sign a waiver! These kids have lost so much this year, let them at least have this day! If there's any way you can change the School Board Decision, it would be greatly appreciated by many. Thank you.
Mayor Lynch, is the city or township going to have cooling centers open for Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the high 90 degree temperatures that are expected in our area
Madame Mayor, A motor cycle gang has taken over our neighborhood and has been allowed to continue to operate illegal motorcycles that have modified exhaust systems for the purpose making them louder. My meter registered their sound at 122 dBA. (Violation of Portage Code of Ordinance CHAPTER 42 Article II SEC 42-32 (a)) They rev these machines to unnecessary levels when accelerating rapidly through our streets, that may occur dozens of times a day, and even when slowing or stopped. (Also violation of same section 42-32 (b)) They rip through our streets at night (11:32 last night) and wake up the neighborhood. Dogs bark, cats run around our homes in a panic. Those with heart conditions and vertigo issues wake to chest pain and dizziness and that is just counting myself and two immediate neighbors. When speaking to an elderly neighbor he will hear them coming and grab onto whatever is close so he doesn’t fall over from the effect the unreasonably loud noise has on his condition. Portage Police refuse to take our calls on these people seriously from the first week they took over our block driving recklessly and threatening us with a firearm for asking them to be respectful to their neighbors. After roughly three years of calling Portage police on this matter, they have allowed them to not just keep these motorcycles (which is prohibited under Indiana Code 9-19-8-4.) but to continue the illegal operation of them in our neighborhood and our streets. The morale risk this created has greatly increased the problem as they are now above the law and our neighborhood has become increasingly unpleasant. Everyday there is talk about how dangerous this place has become and how much people miss Portage. You see, when this started there was a Portage Police Officer that lived across the street from these people and due to the reputation of Portage police allowing such behavior, they decided to put it to the test. What they found was they truly could do whatever they want and that law enforcement in our town don’t care about Portage enough to lift a finger to protect it. What I request is for action to be taken on matters such as this and that Portage Police are made aware of the negative impact that have on this town when they refuse to enforce basic laws and regulations and even encourage illegal activities. We have a right to the Portage we once called home and to have a law enforcement to protect it. As a personal note, I would like to make known that I moved away from Lake Station to Portage to escape people who practice behaviors such as this. To have peace and being able to live a life without the feeling of dread and anxiety was nice. For my own local law enforcement to invite it into our town and rob us of the peace we worked hard to protect is unacceptable.
Hi Sue, just wondering if you were going to sponsor a hole in our golf outing? Portage Helping Hands
These signs are located on Cooley and Sherwin and Brown and Sherwin.
Mayor Lynch I just wanted your opinion on school resuming in August. Do you feel it will be safe. I am afraid the kids will not wear mask all day every day or sanitize their hands the way they should. I was also concerned about how they will handle the lunch situation. They cannot wear mask while eating. Do you know the virus situation in Portage township right now. I don't know if it is going down or rising. I am just a concerned Grandma. Our kids and grandkids are very precious to us so I know a lot of us are concerned. I would appreciate your input. Thank You.
Mayor Susan Lynch. I hit a couple pot holes that need to be repaired. Going to Afforadable Suite of America. The there's the road going Starbucks and McDonald's there is two pot holes that are bad. I hit them a few times. Thank you.