119th Street Paving & Striping to Begin July 13, 2020

The paving and striping for the 119th Street Construction Project is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 13th. The contractor is scheduled to complete the project in “no more than” six days (weather permitting).  The approximate workday for the contractor will be 6:30am to 6:30pm.  Parking will be severely restricted or eliminated during these times.  These restrictions may at times include a full shutdown of the street.  We ask that you get creative and utilize the side streets and alleys for pick-ups and deliveries.  Merchants, please let your customers know in advance of these changes wherever possible.  The street will reopen each evening when the shift is over.  We apologize for the inconvenience, but this is a necessary step in completing the project.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

-City of Whiting

Now Hiring Whiting Residents • Various Part-Time Positions Available

The City of Whiting is currently hiring Whiting Residents as Part-Time Employees for various positions across the City.  The positions pay $13.14 per hour for an annual average of 29 hours per week.  The positions and a brief description of each are as follows:

 

Park Maintenance – general park maintenance including, moving picnic tables, park clean-up, landscaping tasks, facility maintenance, etc.

 

Landscaping Maintenance – low impact landscaping including, weed removal, mulching, clean-up, fertilizing, etc.

 

Street Department – general street maintenance including, trash, recycling and rubbish collection, street repairs, grass mowing, etc.

 

The positions listed above are open to Whiting Residents only. Applications can be found online or at the Mayor’s Office.  Call 659-7700 for further information.

Congratulations City of Whiting 2020 Scholarship Winners

Mayor Joseph M. Stahura and the members of the Whiting Common Council are pleased and proud to announce the winners of the Twelfth Annual City of Whiting Scholarship Program.

Three regular scholarships were awarded this year. Angelica Jovceski and Olivia Olson were the recipients from Whiting High School and Abbey Haynes was the recipient from Morgan Park Academy.

The plaques will be presented to the winners at a common council meeting later this summer.

The scholarship program was developed by the Mayor and the Common Council in 2008 to reward students of Whiting homeowners.  The scholarship emphasizes academics, school leadership and community activities. The award has been funded by contributions from the City of Whiting, the Whiting Redevelopment Commission, the Whiting/Robertsdale Community Improvement Corporation. The BP Whiting Refinery continues to make annual contributions and has served as a strong supporter of the program since its inception. BP is particularly interested in those students who major in math, science, engineering or technology as they could become future members of the BP workforce.

Mayor Stahura remarked, “The elected officials of the City are honored to assist and reward these graduates for their participation and leadership in school and community events. They demonstrate the quality and talent of our city’s youth.”

BP Whiting Refinery Manager Dave Kurt added “BP is pleased to partner with the City of Whiting to offer these scholarships. We extend our congratulations to Abbey, Angelica and Olivia whose discipline and dedication to excellence are an inspiration to all. Students are our future leaders and Indiana’s greatest resource. Best wishes to each and every student as you pursue your educational endeavors.”

The City of Whiting Scholarship award this year is $25,000 award which disburses $6,250 each August for four consecutive years.  Winners continue award eligibility by attending college on a full-time basis and maintaining a 3.0 grade point average.

A selection committee reviewed the submitted applications and applied the selection criteria. “One of the most important pieces of the application is the student’s commitment to volunteering in the community.  This year’s winners demonstrated that commitment by dedicating numerous hours to assisting not only the city, but the Chamber of Commerce, local churches and organizations, and their neighbors.  Along with their academic excellence, they display the very spirit that is Whiting.  We congratulate all of them and know that they have a bright future ahead of them”, stated selection committee member Linda Gajewski of Calumet College of St. Joseph.

The winners were all top students and were involved in a variety of activities at school as well as in the community. Olivia plans on attending Purdue University West Lafayette to study animal science (pre-veterinary). Angelica will also attend Purdue University West Lafayette to major in mechanical engineering. Abbey has chosen Loyola University Chicago and will study environmental science.

For further information please contact Mayor Joseph Stahura at 219-659-7700.

Summer Help Needed

The City of Whiting is looking for Whiting Residents that are college/high school students to work during the summer in the city.  Starting salary is $8.25 an hour.  If interested, please apply at Whiting City Hall.

Whihala Beach Reopens Monday, May 25

Mayor Joseph M. Stahura and the City of Whiting are excited to announce the opening of Whihala Beach for the 2020 season on Monday, May 25.

The beach will be open every day from 10am to 6pm, with hours subject to change. All vehicles are expected to be out of the parking lot by 6:30pm daily. The 2020 Whihala Beach season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The Whiting Lakefront Park will remain open to the public all day. Vehicles are prohibited after 10pm. Metered parking is available at both the beach and the park for $4 per hour or $20 for the day.

Attendees are expected to adhere to physical distancing and other public health recommendations when at the beach or the park. Security personnel will be monitoring and enforcing physical distancing among visitors.

For more information, contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 219-659-0860.

2020 Memorial Day Ceremony Cancelled

To keep the members of our community safe and meet the guidelines established by Governor Holcomb, the City of Whiting has made the decision to cancel our 2020 Memorial Day Ceremony at the Whiting Veterans Memorial. A private ceremony will be held at Whiting Post 80. Although the City’s 2020 Memorial Day observances will not take place publicly, we encourage everyone to take the personal time to reflect and honor the brave men and women who fought for our country.

This Memorial Day, let us all take the time to remember. ✨

-Mayor Stahura & The City of Whiting

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Common Council Meeting 5-19-20 via Teleconference

The Common Council will meet at their regularly scheduled time on May 19, 2020 at 6:30 pm.

The meeting will be held at Whiting City Hall, 1443 – 119th Street, Whiting, IN, via teleconference.  No entry into City Hall will be permitted.

Dial in access number:  866-866-2244

Participant Code:  1641958#

NIPSCO Pole & Line Project Begins 5/18/2020

Beginning May 18, NIPSCO will be starting a project to upgrade portions of the electric system in Whiting and Hammond to enhance current system reliability in the area. The project will include replacing 139 aging utility poles and 2.25 miles of overhead electrical distribution lines, and is expected to last until September 2020.

Work in Whiting will take place along alleyways west of Indianapolis Blvd near Pearl St., Benedict Ave. and E. 120th St.with some work along E 121st St and near Stieber Ave.

Work in Hammond will take place near Indianapolis Blvd. and Schrage Ave. with some work along 126th St.

ARC American, an approved NIPSCO contractor, will be supporting the planned work.

Some lane closures may occur and signs and detour routes will be posted ahead of time. Flaggers will be on site directing traffic during construction hours. Please exercise caution when traveling near any construction zone to ensure personal safety and the safety of construction crews working on this project.

NIPSCO appreciates the patience of the community during this important system upgrade project and will continue to work with City of Whiting and City of Hammond officials to minimize impact to customers in this area.

For more information on NIPSCO’s modernization plan please visit NIPSCO.com/projects.

City Hall Closed Until 5/18/2020

We’d like to inform everyone that Whiting City Hall will remain closed until • Monday, May 18th •

We are planning on reopening City Hall to the general public on Monday, May 18, 2020.  To safely phase in a reopening, we will begin operations with a limited schedule.  So until further notice, City Hall will be open from 8:00 am to Noon with ONLY side door access, beginning on May 18th.