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07/26/2021

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Mayor Sue Lynch will be one of several speakers during the Aug. 16 United Steelworkers We Supply America bus tour.The lo...
07/26/2021

Mayor Sue Lynch will be one of several speakers during the Aug. 16 United Steelworkers We Supply America bus tour.
The local rally will be held at 10 a.m., Aug. 16 at USW Local 6787, 1100 N. Max Mochal Highway (Ind. 149), Portage.

Mayor Sue Lynch will be one of several speakers during the Aug. 16 United Steelworkers We Supply America bus tour.
The local rally will be held at 10 a.m., Aug. 16 at USW Local 6787, 1100 N. Max Mochal Highway (Ind. 149), Portage.

07/26/2021

Street department crews will continue striping Central Avenue this week.

Sunday SpotlightEach Sunday we will feature a project going on within the city, happenings within a department or someon...
07/25/2021

Sunday Spotlight
Each Sunday we will feature a project going on within the city, happenings within a department or someone or agency which works hard to provide services to the community. Today's spotlight focuses on updates on some of the projects within the city.

The City's Redevelopment Commission this past week approved low bidder Gariup Construction of Gary to complete the Founders Square improvements project.
The first part of the project will close South Founders Square, the now public roadway between the park and pavilion. This will allow for a free, safe flow of pedestrian traffic between the park and pavilion. It will provide additional green space along with a large concrete plaza area geared for vendors participating in events.
The second component will be creating a small plaza area on the green space between the police station and Portage Fire Station #3. The plaza will feature sidewalks, benches and decorative lighting. This is the area where the city's Christmas tree was erected last year.
The cost of the project will be $704,500 and is funded through the Redevelopment Commission.
City officials will work on finalizing the contract with Gariup and work will proceed in August.

Work on the City Hall remodeling project should begin in early August. Gariup Construction received the contract from the Redevelopment Commission late last month and officials will be holding a preconstruction meeting with the contractor this coming week to set up a schedule for the project.
The project will renovate the former fire station at city hall into the new council chambers, allowing the city to move all public meetings back to city hall. A breakroom, bathroom and conference room will also be added to the former fire department space.
In addition, there will be a renovation and expansion of the Clerk-Treasurer's office, updates to the lobby, addition of a second public entrance and installation of a new elevator.
The cost of the project is just over $1.5 million and is being funded through cash on hand in addition to revenue from a 2020 city bond issue earmarked for the new elevator.
Work will bring the building up to compliance with ADA standards.
In addition, the fire system will be updated and security cameras will be added to the downstairs and council chambers.
City Hall will remain open during the renovations and will be phased to avoid as much inconvenience to residents as possible.

Construction on a segment of the Marquette Greenway Trail at AmeriPlex at the Port on the city's north side is nearly completed. City officials will conduct a walkthrough with the contractor this coming week to inspect the project.
The project includes two trail segments. The first begins near the intersection of AmeriPlex Drive and Prairie School Drive and continues eastward along the north side of AmeriPlex Drive to Deer Trail Park. The second segment begins at the intersection of AmeriPlex Drive and Daniel Burnham Drive and continues south and east along the east and north sides of Daniel Burnham Drive to the intersection of Daniel Burham Drive and Jensen Drive. The second trail segment continues south along the east side of Jensen Drive to U.S. 20.
The project also includes a 10-foot wide asphalt trail, new trail head parking area at Deer Trail Park and pedestrian crossing warning signals.
Construction for this phase of the trail for a cost of $594,758. The city's share of the construction cost is $118,951. Construction began this past March on the project.

The Robbins Road extension project is nearly completed. The extension, west of Willowcreek Road along the southern boundary of the Portage Township YMCA, of the roadway is completed; infrastructure for the new traffic signal at the intersection has been installed.
Yet to be completed is the mobilization of the traffic signal, which should be completed in early August and the striping of the roadway, which should be completed shortly.
The project was undertaken as a safety measure for the increasingly busy intersection and will allow traffic from the YMCA to enter and exit onto Robbins Road instead of Willowcreek Road. It also opens up lands to the west of Willowcreek Road to potential development.
The project cost just over $700,000 and was funded by the Redevelopment Commission.

THIS WARNING IS NO LONGER ACTIVEThe National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Porter County ...
07/24/2021

THIS WARNING IS NO LONGER ACTIVE

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Porter County until 7:00 pm

Primary Hazzard: 60 MPH wind gusts

THIS WARNING IS NO LONGER ACTIVE

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Porter County until 7:00 pm

Primary Hazzard: 60 MPH wind gusts

THIS WATCH IS NO LONGER ACTIVEThe National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Porter County unti...
07/24/2021

THIS WATCH IS NO LONGER ACTIVE

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Porter County until 10:00 p.m.

THIS WATCH IS NO LONGER ACTIVE

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Porter County until 10:00 p.m.

It is Porter County Fair time and Wednesday, July 28 has been designated senior day.There's a lot going on: music, donut...
07/23/2021

It is Porter County Fair time and Wednesday, July 28 has been designated senior day.
There's a lot going on: music, donuts, coffee, photos with the fair queen, bingo and even a performance by the Bonner Senior Center Choraliers.
Members of the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Senior Services will be helping out at the event.
Please see the flyer for additional details.

It is Porter County Fair time and Wednesday, July 28 has been designated senior day.
There's a lot going on: music, donuts, coffee, photos with the fair queen, bingo and even a performance by the Bonner Senior Center Choraliers.
Members of the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Senior Services will be helping out at the event.
Please see the flyer for additional details.

The Porter County Council on Aging is in need of bus drivers.
07/22/2021

The Porter County Council on Aging is in need of bus drivers.

Serving Seniors ๐Ÿš

We are hiring full-time bus drivers to ensure that our senior community members can get to their doctor's appointments and run their errands.

You need to have a chauffeur's license to drive one of our buses.

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Please share with anyone who would like to get behind the wheel and make a difference in our community!! ๐Ÿ’•

Milestone Construction has taken advantage of this week's weather to replace sidewalks along McCool Road.The sidewalk wo...
07/22/2021

Milestone Construction has taken advantage of this week's weather to replace sidewalks along McCool Road.
The sidewalk work is being done in conjunction with the reconstruction of McCool Road from Portage Avenue to Lenburg Road.
Once the concrete work is completed, the contractor will move forward milling McCool. They'll also be testing the sub base to make sure the road's foundation is solid before moving ahead with resurfacing.
Please be aware of the work going on in the area. Drive slowly, take another route if you can and thank you for your patience as we work to improve the city's infrastructure.

07/21/2021

Please be aware.

Contractors are getting ready to stripe Central Avenue from Willowcreek Road to Poplar this morning.Please drive careful...
07/21/2021

Contractors are getting ready to stripe Central Avenue from Willowcreek Road to Poplar this morning.
Please drive carefully through the area.

Contractors are getting ready to stripe Central Avenue from Willowcreek Road to Poplar this morning.
Please drive carefully through the area.

07/21/2021

The city's street department will continue striping Willowcreek Road today. Please drive carefully in the area.

The reconstruction of Central Avenue between Willowcreek Road and just west of Poplar Street is nearly completed.Paving ...
07/20/2021

The reconstruction of Central Avenue between Willowcreek Road and just west of Poplar Street is nearly completed.
Paving has been completed and the roadway is opened.
Left to do is striping and removal of the cones.

The reconstruction of Central Avenue between Willowcreek Road and just west of Poplar Street is nearly completed.
Paving has been completed and the roadway is opened.
Left to do is striping and removal of the cones.

Street department crews are out striping Willowcreek Road this morning.
07/20/2021

Street department crews are out striping Willowcreek Road this morning.

Street department crews are out striping Willowcreek Road this morning.

The Indiana Dunes National Park will host an open house Thursday on potential commercial services at the park at the pav...
07/20/2021
Dunes National Park seeks ideas for new commercial services

The Indiana Dunes National Park will host an open house Thursday on potential commercial services at the park at the pavilion at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk. Another forum is scheduled for Friday at the West Beach bath house.

The Indiana Dunes National Park will collect ideas for new commercial services from members of the public and business community at two open houses this week.

07/19/2021

Heads up for some work on Willowcreek Road tomorrow.

07/19/2021

Be on the lookout for crews as they work to stripe city streets today.

Congratulations and thank you for your continued service.
07/15/2021

Congratulations and thank you for your continued service.

UPDATE 7/15 AM: Today's paving has been delayed due to the weather.Paving will begin Thursday, July 15 in the area of Ce...
07/14/2021

UPDATE 7/15 AM: Today's paving has been delayed due to the weather.

Paving will begin Thursday, July 15 in the area of Central Avenue and Elm Street.
Contractor Rieth Riley has told the city they will be placing 3 inches of binder on Central, followed by 1.5 inches of surface material. Elm will receive a 2 inch surface coat.
Please be careful driving through the area.
Thanks for your patience as we complete this project.

UPDATE 7/15 AM: Today's paving has been delayed due to the weather.

Paving will begin Thursday, July 15 in the area of Central Avenue and Elm Street.
Contractor Rieth Riley has told the city they will be placing 3 inches of binder on Central, followed by 1.5 inches of surface material. Elm will receive a 2 inch surface coat.
Please be careful driving through the area.
Thanks for your patience as we complete this project.

Rest in peace Bosco. Thank you for your service. Our thoughts are with the Portage Fire Department as well as with Lt. J...
07/14/2021

Rest in peace Bosco. Thank you for your service. Our thoughts are with the Portage Fire Department as well as with Lt. Jeremy Himan.

Passing of K9 Bosco:

Yesterday July 13, 2021 K9 Bosco passed away. He served 13 years with the Portage Fire Department. Bosco has been involved in every type of fire you could imagine from small car fires to murders. Bosco has worked cases that have resulted in numerous felony convictions, including murder and attempted murder. There have also been many cases that resulted in plea deals and lesser charges, and multiple cases still working their way through the court system. Bosco and I have been to some of the most horrific scenes you can imagine. But on the good side of things we were able to teach 100โ€™s of school kids about fire and doggy safety.
Thank you to Lt. Jeremy Himan for your years of dedication to keeping up on his training, recertifications, and maintaining Bosco in a ready healthy state.

Portage Fire Department

The hiring process to become a Portage Police officer begins July 19.
07/13/2021

The hiring process to become a Portage Police officer begins July 19.

Hiring for full-time patrol officer position.

McCool Road will be closed to through traffic beginning Friday, July 16.Milestone Construction has established the detou...
07/13/2021

McCool Road will be closed to through traffic beginning Friday, July 16.
Milestone Construction has established the detour route for McCool Road as Central Avenue, Hamstrom Road and Portage Avenue.
The entrance to Imagination Glen Park will remain open.
Superior and Sherwood will be closed at McCool and residents should use use Bush off of McCool, south of Lenburg, and Arrow off of Lenburg as detours through the area.
Please see the attached map for details.
Thank you for your patience as the reconstruction project gets underway.

McCool Road will be closed to through traffic beginning Friday, July 16.
Milestone Construction has established the detour route for McCool Road as Central Avenue, Hamstrom Road and Portage Avenue.
The entrance to Imagination Glen Park will remain open.
Superior and Sherwood will be closed at McCool and residents should use use Bush off of McCool, south of Lenburg, and Arrow off of Lenburg as detours through the area.
Please see the attached map for details.
Thank you for your patience as the reconstruction project gets underway.

The Portage Parks & Recreation Department will hold its 2021 Annual Haunted Hayride Oct. 21, 22 and 23 from 6:30 p.m. to...
07/13/2021

The Portage Parks & Recreation Department will hold its 2021 Annual Haunted Hayride Oct. 21, 22 and 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road.
They are looking for organizations to participate in this year's event and earn some money by doing so.
Groups looking to create and man scary scenes at the event can earn up to $350.
If interested, please fill out the contract at the link below and return it to the park office, located at 2100 Willowcreek Road, Portage, IN 46368. Please also fill out the w-9 below and return it with your contract.

https://inportageparks.com/annual-haunted-hayride-2-2/

The Portage Parks & Recreation Department will hold its 2021 Annual Haunted Hayride Oct. 21, 22 and 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road.
They are looking for organizations to participate in this year's event and earn some money by doing so.
Groups looking to create and man scary scenes at the event can earn up to $350.
If interested, please fill out the contract at the link below and return it to the park office, located at 2100 Willowcreek Road, Portage, IN 46368. Please also fill out the w-9 below and return it with your contract.

https://inportageparks.com/annual-haunted-hayride-2-2/

Sunday SpotlightEach Sunday we will feature a project going on within the city, happenings within a department or someon...
07/11/2021

Sunday Spotlight
Each Sunday we will feature a project going on within the city, happenings within a department or someone or agency which works hard to provide services to the community. Today's is a reminder of road projects slated to begin this week. We are asking residents to be patient as this major investment in the city's infrastructure continues. All schedules are dependent on weather conditions and can change due to unforeseen factors.

Milestone Construction is scheduled to begin reconstruction on a portion of McCool Road on Monday, July 12.

Their plan is to perform all of the concrete work prior to milling the road. The road will be closed to all through traffic including the adjacent subdivisions. Alternate routes will be posted on the City's Facebook site as soon as the city is informed. It is likely with new curbs and driveway aprons going in, residents will need to park in the roadway as they can complete this work only with the road closed.

This is part of the most recent state Community Crossings Matching Grant projects for which the city received $1 million from the state. Additional funds will come from various city funds, including the wheel tax, as well as money from the Redevelopment Commission. The 2021 Community Crossings Matching Grant project marks a $2.5 million investment in the city's infrastructure.

The McCool Road portion of the project will include road reconstruction, sidewalks and curbing on McCool from Portage Avenue to Lenburg Road and the repaving of McCool from Lenburg to Central Avenue.
Once the McCool Road project is completed, the contractor will move on to work on Hamstrom Road, between Portage Avenue and East Main Street, including reconstruction, sidewalks and curbs on the east side of Hamstrom.

The final portion of the project will include repaving of several streets in the Myers Elementary School area.

The second project slated to begin this week is the reconstruction of Central Avenue between Willowcreek Road and Poplar Street, which is set to resume July 14.

Work had been delayed on the project due to scheduling issues with the contractor following the unforeseen issue involving the replacement of an underground utility line.

Crews are anticipated to mill the area on July 14 and 15, Once the milling is done, they will, as with other road reconstruction projects, test the subsoil and remove and replace any found substandard.

Paving is presently scheduled to begin July 21.

The third project is being undertaken by Porter County and involves the bridges over the CSX railroad tracks on Willowcreek Road.

The bridge preservation project is scheduled to begin Monday as well.

The project is being completed by contractor FHPaschen.

The project will restrict 4 lanes down to 2 throughout the majority of the project, with a maximum 90-day road restriction.

The current plan is to restrict traffic on that portion of Willowcreek Road from July 12 to Oct. 31. The county will be placing message boards on Willowcreek Road to remind drivers of the upcoming restrictions.

The bridge project must be completed prior to the city completing any repaving/reconstruction work on the Willowcreek Bypass. The city hopes to undertake that portion of the project in 2022.

Again, we ask for your patience as the projects get underway. We understand it may be inconvenient at times for all of us. Please be aware of workers and drive safely through the construction zones.

Sunday Spotlight
Each Sunday we will feature a project going on within the city, happenings within a department or someone or agency which works hard to provide services to the community. Today's is a reminder of road projects slated to begin this week. We are asking residents to be patient as this major investment in the city's infrastructure continues. All schedules are dependent on weather conditions and can change due to unforeseen factors.

Milestone Construction is scheduled to begin reconstruction on a portion of McCool Road on Monday, July 12.

Their plan is to perform all of the concrete work prior to milling the road. The road will be closed to all through traffic including the adjacent subdivisions. Alternate routes will be posted on the City's Facebook site as soon as the city is informed. It is likely with new curbs and driveway aprons going in, residents will need to park in the roadway as they can complete this work only with the road closed.

This is part of the most recent state Community Crossings Matching Grant projects for which the city received $1 million from the state. Additional funds will come from various city funds, including the wheel tax, as well as money from the Redevelopment Commission. The 2021 Community Crossings Matching Grant project marks a $2.5 million investment in the city's infrastructure.

The McCool Road portion of the project will include road reconstruction, sidewalks and curbing on McCool from Portage Avenue to Lenburg Road and the repaving of McCool from Lenburg to Central Avenue.
Once the McCool Road project is completed, the contractor will move on to work on Hamstrom Road, between Portage Avenue and East Main Street, including reconstruction, sidewalks and curbs on the east side of Hamstrom.

The final portion of the project will include repaving of several streets in the Myers Elementary School area.

The second project slated to begin this week is the reconstruction of Central Avenue between Willowcreek Road and Poplar Street, which is set to resume July 14.

Work had been delayed on the project due to scheduling issues with the contractor following the unforeseen issue involving the replacement of an underground utility line.

Crews are anticipated to mill the area on July 14 and 15, Once the milling is done, they will, as with other road reconstruction projects, test the subsoil and remove and replace any found substandard.

Paving is presently scheduled to begin July 21.

The third project is being undertaken by Porter County and involves the bridges over the CSX railroad tracks on Willowcreek Road.

The bridge preservation project is scheduled to begin Monday as well.

The project is being completed by contractor FHPaschen.

The project will restrict 4 lanes down to 2 throughout the majority of the project, with a maximum 90-day road restriction.

The current plan is to restrict traffic on that portion of Willowcreek Road from July 12 to Oct. 31. The county will be placing message boards on Willowcreek Road to remind drivers of the upcoming restrictions.

The bridge project must be completed prior to the city completing any repaving/reconstruction work on the Willowcreek Bypass. The city hopes to undertake that portion of the project in 2022.

Again, we ask for your patience as the projects get underway. We understand it may be inconvenient at times for all of us. Please be aware of workers and drive safely through the construction zones.

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Now that the curbing and paving on the Robbins road mistake, er, extension is completed, it appears that there's really no need for a stop light there. All that's missing is some pavement markings that give northbound Willowcreek motorists a left turn lane on to the new YMCA entrance. Southbound people can just turn in normally like they would do at any other street. In case I wasn't clear, There is NO need for a stoplight at that intersection There is NO need for a stoplight at that intersection There is NO need for a stoplight at that intersection There is NO need for a stoplight at that intersection There is NO need for a stoplight at that intersection Thank you for your support.
Here we go again
Mayor Sue Lynch and the City of Portage Street Department I just wanted to thank you for the great job that you guys have done with the storm cleanup. Within 4 days of the storm most of the clean up has been done. Thank you for all of your hardwork.
When is Swanson going to be done ?
I know itโ€™s going to take a while since it just happened, but do you have any idea on a timeline of when the traffic light at Willowcreek and Mulberry will be repaired and replaced? Thank you in advance for your response.
Ive been trying to call code enforcement office, and can get no one. Please advise
Just curious to know if the city is still enforcing wearing masks. Some stores say they haven't received communication from the Mayors office.
Mask policy getting lifted by governor but not Portage just show poorly ran ran politics the differences between republican ran and democratic ran city democratic do nothing Portage needs a republican mayor again
Who do I contact to remove an abandoned vehicle on my street?
Any news on a warming shelter, making a post for Panoramanow which goes on the National syndicate NewsBreak.
Just have a quick question, due to the snow will there be garbage pick up tomorrow? Normally we have pick up on Monday but need to know if we are still on a normal schedule due to the snow?
What time can i legally plow my snow as resident in my nieghborhood