Portage Streets and Sanitation

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Operating as usual

08/17/2021

Hamstrom Road Update:
Milestone Construction will begin concrete work along Hamstrom Road tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 18. The contractor will begin demolition of sidewalks and driveway aprons as the first task for the reconstruction of Hamstrom Road between East Main Street and Portage Avenue.
Affected property owners should have already received a letter from the city explaining the project and workers from Milestone will be contacting property owners.
Signs will also be posted shortly for the detour route as the project proceeds. The official detour will take drivers east on Central to McCool Road, then north on McCool to Portage Avenue.
Please be careful and drive safely and look out for the construction workers on the job. Thank you for your patience as the city continues to work to improve infrastructure.

08/11/2021

A child's baseball mitt was found by an employee in the area of Central Avenue and Samuelson Road yesterday. If your child lost a mitt in that vicinity please contact us at 219-762-4564 or via email at [email protected].

08/11/2021

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 421 REMAINS VALID UNTIL 2 AM CDTWEDNESDAY FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN ILLINOIS THIS WATCH INCLUDES 1 COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS KANKAKEE IN INDIANA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 4 COUNTIES IN NORTHWEST INDIANA JASPER LAKE IN NEWTON PORTER THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF BOURBONNAIS, CHESTERTON, DEMOTTE, GARY, HAMMOND, KANKAKEE, KENTLAND, MERRILLVILLE, MOROCCO, PORTAGE, RENSSELAER, ROSELAWN, AND VALPARAISO.

08/11/2021

...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1045 PM CDTFOR NORTHERN NEWTON...SOUTHERN PORTER...SOUTHEASTERN LAKE AND JASPER COUNTIES... At 1002 PM CDT, a line of severe thunderstorm was located from near Wheatfield to 5 miles north of Rensselaer, moving east at 45 mph. This storm downed at least one large tree on the Newton and Jasper County border. HAZARD...70 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail. SOURCE...Law enforcement. IMPACT...Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect considerable tree damage. Wind damage is also likely to mobile homes, roofs, and outbuildings. Locations impacted include... Rensselaer, DeMotte, Hebron, Wheatfield, Lake Village, Roselawn, Kouts, Hanging Grove, Sumava Resorts, Thayer, Baileys Corner, Stoutsburg, Fair Oaks, Parr and Dunns Bridge. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building. Continuous cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm. Move indoors immediately. Lightning is one of nature's leading killers. Remember, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Torrential rainfall is occurring with this storm, and may lead to flash flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways. && THUNDERSTORM DAMAGE THREAT...CONSIDERABLE; HAIL THREAT...RADAR INDICATED; MAX HAIL SIZE...1.00 IN; WIND THREAT...RADAR INDICATED; MAX WIND GUST...70 MPH

Some severe weather will most likely hit the area.  Stay alert and current on the situation.  Www.weather.gov
08/09/2021
Strong Storms Possible Later Today

Some severe weather will most likely hit the area. Stay alert and current on the situation. Www.weather.gov

A morning round of scattered showers and a few rumbles will move through the Region, but once this moves through we’ll begin to quiet down for the midday and afternoon hours. The atmosphere w…

Dear Portage Resident:                                                                             Thank you to all the ...
08/05/2021

Dear Portage Resident:

Thank you to all the city residents who are strictly adhering to the recycling policy of Portage. Crews continue to audit green lid containers to evaluate compliance. This educational program is an ongoing process to further encourage participation and communicate future goals in our recycling program.

Recycling has been a benefit to the taxpayers of Portage since 2013. The program is FREE and is not mandatory. Our recycling efforts help offset the costs of trash collection and disposal. The industry has become very stringent with materials collected through recycling. When non-recyclables are found among the recyclables during inspections, not only is the individual toter rejected, but the entire truck containing the contaminated material is REJECTED, leading to additional costs to the city when that truck load ends up in the landfill.

On the back of this letter, you will find the Portage Recycling GREEN LID Toter Policy. By observing this policy, you can do your part in saving tax dollars and help keep reusable resources out of the landfill. Please inform and share with your household members. Owners regarding rentals may want to add this to future lease agreements.

As city employees audit recycling containers, in most cases, minor policy violations are found and documented, and we usually give reminders to the resident and encourage compliance with the policy. In extreme situations regarding serious infractions of this policy, the department confiscates the Green Lid container. If the homeowner requests the confiscated green lid toter back, the owner agrees to pay the reinstatement fee.

Your volunteer participation in the program is much appreciated. And we value your continued support in making Portage a leader in Northwest Indiana.

Visit us on Facebook (keyword: Portage Streets and Sanitation) at facebook.com/Portage-Streets-and-Sanitation-914827975304676/

Please email us at [email protected] for any additional information regarding other department policies.

Dear Portage Resident:

Thank you to all the city residents who are strictly adhering to the recycling policy of Portage. Crews continue to audit green lid containers to evaluate compliance. This educational program is an ongoing process to further encourage participation and communicate future goals in our recycling program.

Recycling has been a benefit to the taxpayers of Portage since 2013. The program is FREE and is not mandatory. Our recycling efforts help offset the costs of trash collection and disposal. The industry has become very stringent with materials collected through recycling. When non-recyclables are found among the recyclables during inspections, not only is the individual toter rejected, but the entire truck containing the contaminated material is REJECTED, leading to additional costs to the city when that truck load ends up in the landfill.

On the back of this letter, you will find the Portage Recycling GREEN LID Toter Policy. By observing this policy, you can do your part in saving tax dollars and help keep reusable resources out of the landfill. Please inform and share with your household members. Owners regarding rentals may want to add this to future lease agreements.

As city employees audit recycling containers, in most cases, minor policy violations are found and documented, and we usually give reminders to the resident and encourage compliance with the policy. In extreme situations regarding serious infractions of this policy, the department confiscates the Green Lid container. If the homeowner requests the confiscated green lid toter back, the owner agrees to pay the reinstatement fee.

Your volunteer participation in the program is much appreciated. And we value your continued support in making Portage a leader in Northwest Indiana.

Visit us on Facebook (keyword: Portage Streets and Sanitation) at facebook.com/Portage-Streets-and-Sanitation-914827975304676/

Please email us at [email protected] for any additional information regarding other department policies.

08/03/2021

**Attention**
Our crews will be painting lines in the center lanes on Central Avenue from Airport Road to Willowcreek this week. Please expect delays and closure of turning lanes. Use caution and watch for flag men, and cones marking the area if traveling this area. Thank you.

07/29/2021

The Portage Street Department is celebrating the retirement of Jeff Montrosse. In appreciation & recognition for his many valuable contributions over the past 41 years with the City of Portage. His loyal and dedicated service has been an essential role in our success in serving the community. Congratulations on reaching this achievement. We wish him the very best in all future endeavors.

07/29/2021

Update-- Work is complete. Samuelson Road is now open.

**Attention Residents**

Around 12:30PM today Samuelson Road between Central Ave and Portage Ave. will be temporarily closed for about 1/2 hour for sign installation on the one lane bridge. Please avoid the area.

We will update when the work is complete.

07/26/2021

**Attention**
Our crews will be painting lines in the center lanes on Central Avenue from Scott Street to Willowcreek this week. Please expect delays and closure of turning lanes. Use caution and watch for flag men if traveling this area. Thank you.

07/21/2021

**Attention residents**

Tomorrow, July 22nd, we will have crews doing road work on Central Avenue from Willowcreek to Churchview. There will be lane restrictions. Please avoid this area if possible. If you must travel Central Avenue please slow down, exercise extreme caution, follow the direction of the flag men, and expect delays. We appreciate your patience as we work to improve our roadways.

07/20/2021

Update-- Work is complete.

**Attention residents**

Tomorrow, July 21st, we will have crews doing road striping on Willowcreek from Central to 700N. There will be lane restrictions. Please avoid this area if possible. If you must travel Willowcreek Road please slow down, exercise extreme caution, follow the direction of the flag men, and expect delays. We appreciate your patience as we work to improve our roadways.

07/19/2021

Update-- Work is complete.

**Attention residents**

Tomorrow, July 20th, we will have crews doing road work on Willowcreek from Central to US 6. There will be lane restrictions. Please avoid this area if possible. If you must travel Willowcreek Road please slow down, exercise extreme caution, follow the direction of the flag men, and expect delays. We appreciate your patience as we work to improve our roadways.

07/19/2021

**Update**
This project is completed.

**Attention residents**

Today, July 19th, we will have crews doing paint stripping road work on Swanson Road between 700 N and Kingman, and also on Lute Road from Swanson to Airport. Please avoid this area if possible. If you must travel Swanson Road or Lute Road, please slow down, exercise extreme caution, follow the direction of the flag men, and expect delays. We appreciate your patience as we work to improve our roadways.

07/14/2021

**Attention residents**

Today, July 14th, we will have crews doing paint stripping road work on Swanson Road between 700 N and Route 6. Please avoid this area if possible. If you must travel Swanson Road, please slow down, exercise extreme caution, follow the direction of the flag men, and expect delays. We appreciate your patience as we work to improve our roadways.

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.

07/13/2021

**Attention residents**

Update- This work is complete.

Starting July 14th we will have crews doing paint striping road work on Dombey Road between Central Avenue and Route 20. Please avoid this area if possible. If you must travel Dombey Road, please slow down, exercise extreme caution, follow the direction of the flag men, and expect delays. We appreciate your patience as we work to improve our roadways.

Department is unable to receive items for city dumpsters until empty containers arrive.
07/07/2021

Department is unable to receive items for city dumpsters until empty containers arrive.

Department is unable to receive items for city dumpsters until empty containers arrive.

Thank you Portage for your part in our City's Recycling program!
07/06/2021

Thank you Portage for your part in our City's Recycling program!

Thank you Portage for your part in our City's Recycling program!

07/01/2021

Work on the reconstruction of Central Avenue between Willowcreek Road and Poplar Street 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.
As with all road projects, the schedule is subject to weather and other unforeseen factors.
We appreciate your patience as the city continues to work on improving our infrastructure.

In observance of Independence Day our department will be closed on Monday, July 5, 2021. All trash and recycle routes wi...
06/30/2021

In observance of Independence Day our department will be closed on Monday, July 5, 2021. All trash and recycle routes will be on a one-day delay.

We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!

In observance of Independence Day our department will be closed on Monday, July 5, 2021. All trash and recycle routes will be on a one-day delay.

We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!

06/29/2021

We're keeping our fingers crossed! The weather outlook for Saturday is 75 degrees and sunny. Won't that be a perfect day for a parade, festival and fireworks!

Severe Weather Report for the Area
06/26/2021

Severe Weather Report for the Area

Severe Weather Report for the Area

Thank you to all the residents who strictly adhere to the recycling policy of Portage.  Crews will be auditing green lid...
06/24/2021

Thank you to all the residents who strictly adhere to the recycling policy of Portage. Crews will be auditing green lid containers over the next couple of months to evaluate compliance. Again, Educational material will be sent out to the public to further encourage participation and communicate future goals in our recycling program.

Our sanitation department continues to audit routes for compliance of the recycling policy. This is a very laborious process of inspecting and documenting violations. In most cases, as policy violations are found and documented, we usually give reminders/warnings to the resident and corrections are made. In extreme situations with multiple non-compliant items found within the container, the department confiscates the Green Lid container.

The City of Portage does NOT receive funds/monies from collected materiel. The recycling program is “FREE” and not mandatory to participate. Our recycling efforts help offset the costs of trash at the landfill and has been a benefit to the tax payers of Portage since 2013.

The ENTIRE recycling industry has become very stringent with the material that we are collecting. When non-recyclables (TRASH) are found among the recyclables during inspections, the load is “REJECTED” and all material goes to the landfill.

Changes take place beyond our control and adjustments must be made to accommodate compliance with the recycling industry.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in these important policy changes.

https://resource-recycling.com/recycling/news/topics/coronavirus/

06/23/2021

**Road Closure**
We will be closing Robbins Road from Airport Road to Samuelson Road today. Please avoid this area.

06/23/2021

[6:17 PM CDT Tuesday, June 22]

Another survey team found a corridor of primarily straight-line wind damage from Hobart to South Haven, Indiana which then transitioned to a brief EF-0 tornado near the Robbinhurst Golf Club. Additional sporadic wind damage continued east of State Road 49.

06/21/2021

Good morning. We hope that everyone is safe after last night's weather events.

Our crews have been working all night to clear debris from roadways. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we have many trees down throughout the city.

As of right now we still have major power outages throughout the city that is effecting traffic lights. Please use extreme caution if traveling.

Our Streets and Sanitation Department is currently without telephones and internet. We are posting from a cellular phone, however we will be checking our page throughout the day. Please use this thread to report any trees blocking a roadways.

Again, thank you for your patience.

06/20/2021

FYI….

06/17/2021

**Update** Central Avenue is now open!

**Road Closing**
Central Avenue will be closed today from Walnut Street to Pryor Street for road repair. There will be detour signs, but please avoid the area if possible.

In honor of Memorial Day our department will be closed on Monday,  May 31, 2021. All routes will be on a one-day delay n...
05/28/2021

In honor of Memorial Day our department will be closed on Monday, May 31, 2021. All routes will be on a one-day delay next week. This will mean that Amnesty Day will be on a one-day delay as well.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend as we remember our fallen heroes.

In honor of Memorial Day our department will be closed on Monday, May 31, 2021. All routes will be on a one-day delay next week. This will mean that Amnesty Day will be on a one-day delay as well.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend as we remember our fallen heroes.

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2303 Hamstrom
Portage, IN
46368

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Monday 7am - 3pm
Tuesday 7am - 3pm
Wednesday 7am - 3pm
Thursday 7am - 3pm
Friday 7am - 3pm

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(219) 762-4564

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I have tried calling for the past two days, have left voicemails, and have sent emails. I am moving to Portage this week, and I would like to know how to set up trash and sewer. Can someone please assist me on this?
I wrote an email but I’m following up with a message-please have someone pick up the little dead deer on the hill at Olson Park-poor little one doesn’t need to be seen by little kids. 🙏
So once again. And I have pics this time. I not only have dug myself out of the end of my driveway but id dig half of the street! Yesterday a plow comes by and sees what I did and he picked his blade up before plowing it all back into my driveway. Today I shovel half the street again! And as I am walking up my driveway here comes a plow. Puts his blade down as he gets to the corner and yep, plowed me right on in, Again. And I know he saw me with my shovel in my hand. And pushed it towards my mailbox! I just shoveled it as well so I can get my medications from the mail! Best thing the truck turns the corner in front of my place goes half a block and raise a his blade. COME ON PORTAGE! You can do better.
A very big THANK YOU to truck #336 on Timothy Ave at 2:40 he has done an excellent job. We are the last to get plowed and we know that so all neighbors clean around the mailboxes and street to get out to the main road.the wait was long but we were rewarded. Hope this the last big storm til next February.
Just for clarification, with garbage pick ups being two days behind. That means Thursday route is now on Saturday?
Thank you All !! Stay safe out there !!
Glenrose Ruth Glenwood Knee deep !!
Is trash pickup still on for today for Mondays canceled pick up?
Unfortunately this is the second winter system that has gone through Portage that the seniors who live on Home Run and the north side of Infield don't get there street plowed, even though the parts of Infield to the North, with no homes on it, have been plowed. Can this please be put on the plow list. They can barely get out of their subdivision. Thanks.
I would like to thank the Street department for not plowing my driveway not once since yesterday but 3 times!!!! And why?? Because your drivers are plowing everyone of my neighbors driveways. Even backed in a few to plow it. I am a 50 year old Army Veteran with a really bad back. And you got ne out here shoveling over and over. Why??? I will tell you. The last snow a plow hit one of my neighbors cars. Since then my driveway is getting over come by snow. THANKS! 6959 EISENHOWER AVE
When are we able to park back on the street? My husband already snow plowed our side of the street in front of our house.
Thanks for plowing one street in our entire neighborhood but can you come back and do the rest because cars are getting stuck in the mess your driver left.  The neighbors are snowblowing the street because your driver was lazy or doing a favor for somebody that he knew.