Liberty Township, Porter County

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FYI.  Meridian Road will be closed from CR 1050 N to CR 900 N, June 7th through the 21st for resurfacing.  For more clos...
06/02/2021

FYI. Meridian Road will be closed from CR 1050 N to CR 900 N, June 7th through the 21st for resurfacing.

For more closures, see the Porter County Highway Departments webpage at

http://porterco.org/1379/Road-Closing-Alerts

Indiana launches Build, Learn, Grow initiative to help working families connect to early care and education.Read more be...
05/11/2021
Build, Learn, Grow

Indiana launches Build, Learn, Grow initiative to help working families connect to early care and education.

Read more below

https://brighterfuturesindiana.org/build-learn-grow

When families are working and kids are learning, Indiana's Future is Brighter. Early childhood education plays a vital role in Indiana's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is essential to children, families and communities, helping kids recover from learning loss and prepare for educational…

FYI
04/23/2021

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Traffic Alert:
Liberty Township

Motor Vehicle Crash with Rollover on 900 North, West of Calumet Avenue.

Expect delays and find an alternate route to reduce traffic in the area. Drive safely, Porter County.

Liberty Township Fire Department is seeking highly motivated individuals for the position of Firefighter. Applications can be picked up on station in our lobby or online at https://libertytrustee.com/fire-department

[Image: Liberty Fire Officer Vehicle]

FYI, please watch out for school buses.
04/15/2021

FYI, please watch out for school buses.

Traffic Alert:
Liberty Township

Motor Vehicle Crash with no injuries involving a Duneland School Corporation Bus in front 85 East U.S. Highway 6.

Fire and EMS have cleared the scene as all children and individuals involved are reported safe. Law Enforcement are on scene awaiting a tow service to pick up a passenger vehicle with heavy front end damage and gathering report information.

Please move over/slow for stopped emergency vehicles.

[Image: Duneland School Corporation Bus]

Please be careful with any yard cleanup today and any campfires tonite.  Happy Easter.
04/03/2021

Please be careful with any yard cleanup today and any campfires tonite.

Happy Easter.

ELEVATED TO NEAR-CRITICAL FIRE DANGER TODAY

The combination of southwest winds gusting up to 30 to 35 mph, relative humidity values falling to around 25 percent, and very mild temperatures will result in an elevated to near-critical fire danger today. This means that any fires that develop will have the potential to spread rapidly out of control. Burning is not recommended today.

For true emergencies dial 911, all Non-Emergency calls can dial 219-477-3000 and follow the command prompts.

Be aware of any burning restrictions in your area, and contact your local fire department with any questions and if control of the fire is lost. Use extra caution with any open flames, do not park on grass, and ensure no vehicle parts such as chains drag on the ground.

Liberty Township Fire Department is seeking to recruit highly motivated applicants to join our department. Applicants can pick up an application on station located at 47 West 900 North in Porter County or online at https://libertytrustee.com/fire-department

Source: National Weather Service

[Image: Fire Danger near Critical]

FYI - Cemetery Clean-up days around Porter County
04/02/2021

FYI - Cemetery Clean-up days around Porter County

FYI - Cemetery Clean-up days around Porter County

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03/25/2021

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Attention Distracted Drivers!
Indiana Is Hands-Free (IC 9-21-8-59)

July 1, 2020 marked a new day for Hoosiers. The state enacted the hands-free law. Indiana law prohibits drivers from holding mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, in their hands while driving to reduce distracted driving and improve safety on Hoosier roadways.

The Back Story
Indiana has had a do not text while driving law since 2011, but it has been found to be unenforceable by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals because it’s too narrowly tailored. However, by restricting the use of telecommunication devices while driving (unless used in conjunction with a hands-free or voice operated option) would create an easy, clear-cut and enforceable law.

The effort to make Indiana’s roads safer was a key piece of Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s 2020 legislative agenda and was approved by the Indiana General Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support. Governor Holcomb signed the measure into law on March 18, 2020.


Statistics Behind the Law
Across the U.S., serious traffic crashes and fatalities have sharply increased in recent years due in large part to distracted driving. Requiring drivers to put smartphones and other devices away and focus on driving is proven to reduce crashes and deaths. In 15 states with hands-free laws, traffic fatalities have decreased by an average of 16 percent [Source: National Safety Council and Insurance Federation based on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data].

Three independent studies found that crash risk was 2-6 times greater when drivers were manipulating a cellphone versus when they were not.

On average people that text and drive take their attention away from the road for five seconds at a time, increasing the chances of a serious crash substantially. At 55 miles per hour this is the equivalent of driving a full football field blindfolded.

Of the 15 states and the District of Columbia that had enacted these laws before 2018, 12 saw a decrease in their traffic fatality rates within two years after passing and enforcing their new laws and two states do not have available data (NHTSA).

Q&A: Following the Law and Consequences of Breaking It
Q: So, does this mean I cannot use my phone at all?
A: It means you cannot use your phone if it’s in your hand.

Q: How else can I use my phone if it’s not in my hand?
A: You can use your Bluetooth, headset or any other hands-free technology.

Q: Can I still use my phone maps while driving?
A: Yes, as long as you are still using your device hands-free.

Q: What are the consequences of breaking the law?
A: You will be subject to a fine.

Q: Will points be added to my record if I break the law?
A: Starting July 1, 2021 the Indiana BMV will begin adding points to records.

Information provided by the Indiana Department of Transportation.

[Image: Put It Down, It Can Wait]

03/21/2021

It’s beautiful outside. Consider cleaning up the neighborhood, or just your slice of heaven. Winter garbage, sticks, leafs, etc.
Take advantage before the bugs and heat come back.

Congratulations Liberty Fire and thank you all for serving our community.
03/04/2021

Congratulations Liberty Fire and thank you all for serving our community.

The Liberty Twp. Fire Department would like to congratulate our newest members on completing the Fire Academy. Tonight they received their Department badge to recognize their accomplishment and welcome them as new firefighters.

22 weeks of training, 3 days a week, takes a lot of dedication and we appreciate the sacrifice they have made. Congratulations to Sara Blohm, Aaron Steinhilber, Brian Bukala and Jake Nelson ( not pictured).

If you are interested in learning how to become a Liberty Twp. Firefighter we encourage you to visit us on March 24 at 6pm at our station at 47 West 900 North across from the Liberty Intermediate school.

Applications can be picked up on station in our lobby or online at https://libertytrustee.com/fire-department All inquires can be sent to [email protected]

[Image: Pictured Left to Right Aaron Steinhilber, Sara Blohm and Brian Bukala]

FYI. If you have a fire hydrant in your yard or neighbors yard, please take a few moments to help shovel the snow around...
02/22/2021

FYI. If you have a fire hydrant in your yard or neighbors yard, please take a few moments to help shovel the snow around it.

It will help the fire men locate and tap into the water a lot faster.

Thank you

Residential Fire
Liberty Township

Fire units are working a residential fire that presumed to have started in the garage in the 90 West block of 850 North. All occupants are out of the house.

Roadways are not passable from U.S. Highway 6 at 75 West and East on 850 North from 100 West due to Fire units working in the area with narrow roads.

It is imperative this time of year to clear around hydrants located near your residence if available to help Fire units save time. Seconds count!

To Join Liberty Township Fire Department, applications can be picked up on station in our lobby or online at https://libertytrustee.com/fire-department

Liberty Township, Porter County

[Image: Liberty Fire Officer Vehicle]

FYI.  Roads are bad, please be careful.
02/15/2021

FYI. Roads are bad, please be careful.

Traffic Alert:
Liberty Township

Motor vehicle crash with rollover on State Road 49 near the underpass of Calumet Avenue.

Folks, please slow down during wintry conditions. Roadways may be icy and slick. Porter County remains under a Travel Advisory with a Winter Storm Warning as of this afternoon 02/14/2021 14:00. Help keep first responders safe!

Liberty Township, Porter County

[Image: Rescue 1931, Liberty Fire]

Travel advisory issued.
02/13/2021

Travel advisory issued.

Update: 02/15/2021 Porter County Government has now upgraded our travel status to a Travel Watch which means only essential travel only, to and from work only. Again, we cannot express how much we mean when we say stay home. Conditions will be worsening on North/South roadways with blowing and drifting snow.

Update: 02/14/2021 Travel Advisory Remains in Effect as of 09:15.

Travel Advisory: A Travel Advisory is now in effect for Porter County from 09:00 Saturday, Feb 13 until further notice.

Please refrain from driving if at all possible to allow INDOT and Porter County Highway Department vehicles to plow the roads.

Liberty Township, Porter County | Jackson Township, Porter County, Indiana

01/10/2021
Liberty Rec. Baseball

FYI

I would like to say thank you to all of the volunteers that have been so involved and helped so much. Moving forward Liberty Rec has some board positions available:

- President
- Secretary

Committees that need a few people as well:

- Concessions Manager
- Sponsors Coordinator
- Field Maintenance

Please contact us if you are interested in any of these positions. We are a volunteer based organization and in order for Liberty Rec. to continue to contribute to the community we will need help filling these positions. Any and all help is appreciated. Let's make this next season great.

Thank you

Liberty Rec. Board

FYI.
01/04/2021

FYI.

01/01/2021

Happy New Year!! Roads in Liberty Township are terrible right now. Light rain when it’s 26 means iced surfaces almost immediately when it lands. Roads look like they are wet, but it’s surface ice.

If you have to go somewhere, take your time and your vehicle with good brakes and tires.

Please consider applying for this if you need repairs.  Please consider donating to it if you don’t.
12/19/2020

Please consider applying for this if you need repairs. Please consider donating to it if you don’t.

Please see the attached website for more information about the "On My Way Pre-K Program".  For additional information, p...
12/02/2020
Indiana Child Care - Home Page

Please see the attached website for more information about the "On My Way Pre-K Program".

For additional information, please contact Jody Bono at:
219-384-8426

or

[email protected]

https://www.inchildcare.org/home/index

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, the Automated Health Systems (AHS) Child Care and Development Fund Voucher and On My Way Pre-K Eligibility Offices are conducting interviews over the phone with limited in person appointments. As more counties open to limited in person appointments, there....

Have a happy thanksgiving!
11/26/2020

Have a happy thanksgiving!

Need a good paying, rewarding job?
11/24/2020

Need a good paying, rewarding job?

Still looking for winter seasonal work? INDOT is hosting a statewide seasonal hiring event Thursday, December 3. Learn more at
INDOTjobs.com.

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11/23/2020

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Traffic Alert 1030
Jackson Township

Motor Vehicle Crash near U.S. Highway 6 (Grand Army Highway of the Republic) and County Road 350 East. Put the phones down and eyes on the road. Expect delays and use an alternate route.

***Deadline for submission is Saturday, December 12***Toys for Tots will go on.  Liberty Township residents who might ne...
11/20/2020

***Deadline for submission is Saturday, December 12***

Toys for Tots will go on. Liberty Township residents who might need assistance are asked to contact our office to submit information for this program.

Please call 242-8347, and leave a message. We will call you back for details.

Storms coming.  Take cover and close your windows.
11/11/2020

Storms coming. Take cover and close your windows.

Got a beaver or raccoon problem?  Contact my friend Jim Polarek for trapping and removal options.
11/02/2020

Got a beaver or raccoon problem? Contact my friend Jim Polarek for trapping and removal options.

Sorry for the mass invites.  Something happened with the page and everyone was purged a week ago.
11/01/2020

Sorry for the mass invites. Something happened with the page and everyone was purged a week ago.

11/01/2020

It’s cold, it’s nasty, it’s a great day to change your smoke detectors batteries and cleaning out under your refrigerator.

It’s nice to see that the Township can help to get things done for the people who truly need it.Thanks to Rebuilding Tog...
10/31/2020

It’s nice to see that the Township can help to get things done for the people who truly need it.

Thanks to Rebuilding Together to help out a Liberty Township resident.

FYI.
10/28/2020

FYI.

Do you know when to call 911?

Is there a motor vehicle crash with injuries? Building or field on fire? Having a medical emergency that requires immediate attention?

Can your neighbors, friends, or parents assist you?
Keep our resources available for those who need it!
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[Pictured below is medical reasons for when to call 911. Non-Emergency Calls in Porter County can dial 477-3000.]

It’s on!!
10/25/2020

It’s on!!

👻Trick-or-Treat!🎃

Halloween will be the 31st of October this year.
10/23/2020

Halloween will be the 31st of October this year.

Halloween Safety Tips

Keep the Trick or Treaters safe this Halloween by following these simple tips from Smart911.

Energy Assistance Program launches with application options Valparaiso | The Energy Assistance Program will officially o...
10/20/2020
Porter County Aging & Community Services

Energy Assistance Program launches with application options



Valparaiso | The Energy Assistance Program will officially open on Nov. 1 with at-home and socially adjusted options for community members.

This season, the Porter County Aging and Community Services team and EAP volunteers will not be scheduling appointments as the office remains closed to the public due to COVID.

Those needing help can visit https://www.portercountyacs.org/energy-assistance to download an application. Once it is printed out and completed, it can be left in the drop box in the PCACS lobby between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Completed applications can also be mailed to 1005 Campbell St., Valparaiso, IN 46385. Those needing to pick up a paper copy to fill out will find them in the PCACS lobby.

The application can be filled out online as well at https://ihcda.rhsconnect.com/.

Volunteers and the staff are still available for questions at 219-464-9736, Option 1.

Applications may be filled out and delivered now but will not be processed until Nov. 1. Community members with a disconnect notice should make other arrangements while waiting for the application to process by contacting their energy company and continuing payments.

The income-eligible program continues to assist those struggling to pay their energy bills. Once participation is approved, a payment is made directly to the energy company.

“We understand how important this program is to our community members in need,” said PCACS Executive Director Bruce Lindner. “We have put together options to continue the application process in a safe manner to ensure those who need help still receive it.”

PCACS’ mission is to extend a helping hand to seniors, those with disabilities and low-income residents by providing services to improve their quality of life, including transportation, energy and emergency assistance, Section 8 and ramp programs.

For more information, visit www.portercountyacs.org.

To schedule a ride, please call 219-462-4302 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please read the letter from our director that details the process in wake of the pandemic.

PCACS, Westchester Twp. Trustee kick off loan closet   Valparaiso | Porter County Aging and Community Services is partne...
10/06/2020

PCACS, Westchester Twp. Trustee kick off loan closet



Valparaiso | Porter County Aging and Community Services is partnering with Westchester Township Trustee Suzanne Philbrick to launch a medical loan closet.

“A loan closet connects community members in need to essential medical devices and supplies,” said PCACS Executive Director Bruce Lindner. “We are looking to our community to help us fill our closet with well-kept, clean items in good to excellent condition.”

PCACS is accepting donations at its offices of such items as: non-motorized wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, shower/tub benches, toilet seats/chairs, grab bars, reachers, knee scooters, unopened adult diapers, liners or pads, bed rails, blood pressure monitors, oxygen/pulse oximeter and gait belts, which are devices that help caregivers or family members safely move individuals.

To donate items, call 219-464-9736, Ext. 216, to make arrangements to drop them off at the PCACS offices in Valparaiso. The team asks that items not be left unattended at the building.

The idea has been percolating since both Philbrick and PCACS have been receiving calls from community members looking for items.

“We know there is a need for it,” Philbrick said. “We’re working together on a coordinated effort that will benefit the community.”

Once donations begin coming in, the team will open up the closet to Porter County residents who would benefit from the resources.

“This is our first step: to seek donations,” Philbrick said. “We also hope to have a volunteer help in the future.”

PCACS’ mission is to extend a helping hand to seniors, those with disabilities and low-income residents by providing services to improve their quality of life, including transportation, energy and emergency assistance, Section 8 and ramp programs.

For more information, visit www.portercountyacs.org.

Address

71 N US HIghway 6
Valparaiso, IN
46385

Opening Hours

Tuesday 15:30 - 17:30
Thursday 12:30 - 17:30
Friday 15:30 - 17:30
Saturday 09:00 - 11:00

Telephone

+12192428347

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