Household Battery Drop Off Program is Ending

The City of Whiting has received notice from the Lake County Solid Waste Management District (LCSWMD) that due to safety and liability issues, the Household Battery Drop Off Program is ending.  LCSWMD anticipates that ALL bins will be removed from all locations by the morning of Tuesday, April 16, 2024.  Residents are asked to bring their household batteries to a Household Hazardous Waste Collection event.

The Battery Program has been in place since 1996 with no issues. However, LCSWMD has recently had a small fire at one of their locations and decided to terminate collections. Lithium batteries pose several dangers and hazards when not properly managed.  In order to avoid a catastrophic event, it makes good sense to end this program immediately.

Please share this information with your friends and family.

Please click here for a brochure regarding this decision.

Please visit www.lcswmd.com for more information or call (219) 853-2420.

AT&T to Repair Concrete in Alleys on Center Street and Sheridan Avenue – UPDATE

4/4/2024 11:30am

AT&T and their Contractors have notified the City of Whiting that they have rescheduled the repairs to the concrete in the alleys of Center Street and Sheridan Avenue to take place on Monday, April 8, 2024 and Tuesday, April 9, 2024 – weather permitting.  We will keep you posted of any updates as we receive them.  Thank you for your patience.

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4/2/2024 8:30am

Due to the inclement weather, the repairs to the concrete in the alleys of Center Street and Sheridan has been postponed.  AT&T is monitoring the weather and will reschedule the repairs as soon as weather permits.  Please check back here for updates.  Thank you for your patience.

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AT&T has coordinated with a contractor to initiate repairs on the Concrete that had to be removed in order to install the AT&T Fiber cable in the Center Street and Sheridan Avenue alleys. The contractor will be distributing door hangers with further details and contact information regarding these repairs. The contractor is looking at 2 possible days to complete the repairs – Monday, April 1, 2024, and Tuesday, April 2, 2024. In the event of inclement weather, other dates will be selected and communicated to the affected area. We will do our best to keep you posted of any updates. Please note that this is not a City of Whiting repair project, this project is being coordinated by AT&T.

2024 Scholarship Opportunities…REMINDER

Students who are dependents of a Whiting owner-occupied home, please keep in mind that the deadline is drawing near to apply for the 2024 City of Whiting Scholarship and the 2024 City of Whiting Technical Education Scholarship.

The deadline for turning in completed applications to City Hall is 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. Copies of the applications are available in the Mayor’s office or by clicking on the links below for:

Scholarship Application

Technical Scholarship Application 

For more information about the Scholarship Program, please click here.

City Hall Closed for Good Friday

City Hall will be closed on Friday, March 29, 2024 in observance of Good Friday.  We will resume normal business hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Monday, April 1, 2024.

IMPORTANT – 119th Street Water Main Work – COMPLETED

3/15/2024 2:53pm

The water main repair work on the 1200 block of 119th Street has been completed.  The repair was able to be completed without having to shut off the water.  A temporary road patch of gravel will be in place until a permanent asphalt patch can be applied.  We are working to apply the permanent patch as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your patience during this repair.

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3/14/2024 8:30am

Due to the inclement weather, the work on the water main on 119th Street will not take place on Thursday, March 14, 2024.  It has been rescheduled for Friday, March 15, 2024 beginning at 7am.  All other details will remain the same as in the post below. 

Please note:  This will only affect residents in the 1200 Block of 119th Street from Indianapolis Boulevard to Central Avenue.  This is not a City wide shut off.

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The water main that serves the 1200 block of 119th Street from Indianapolis Boulevard to Central Avenue may need to be shut off to allow for the repair of a water main break on the 1200 Block of 119th Street.  The City of Whiting and TLC are hoping that the repair is for a service line which may be able to be repaired without shutting off the main; however, if it is a crack in the main line, the water will need to be shut off in order to make the repair.

WATER MAY BE SHUT-OFF on Friday, March 15th, 2024, around 7am. The water main will be closed for approximately 4-8 hours (depending on repair progress). Please draw enough water to supply your needs during this period.

Owners are encouraged to close the valve at their water meter during this water shut down. This should help prevent loss of water pressure in the house and hopefully prevent back siphoning of water out of the house.

Occasionally, some problems occur after the water supply is reinstated. If water shows discoloration, run the water until it clears. If water is available from most faucets, but won’t flow from a particular one, remove the screen from that faucet and run water. Clean the faucet screen and reinstall it.

Repair work on the Water Main will be performed by TLC Plumbing Inc. If you have any concerns regarding the water service interruption, please contact Tim Wajvoda, Utilities Director, at 219-659-2725. Please visit the City of Whiting website and this post for updates of work progress on that day. If more work is needed, you will find those updates here.

Please be assured that we are trying to get this issue resolved as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Please share this link with your neighbors and friends that may be affected by this repair work.

“Dibs” Removal to Begin March 18, 2024

The City of Whiting will be removing any chairs, cones, horses, etc., (“Dibs”) which are used to reserve parking spaces on the street beginning March 18, 2024.

If we see any “Dibs” used to reserve parking spaces on the PARKWAY or in the STREET, they will be taken away and discarded. Please share this information with neighbors and friends who may not have access to the Internet or Social Media.

bp to Host Information Sessions

Over the last few weeks, the bp Whiting Refinery has experienced some operational issues that have drawn understandable attention and concern from their neighbors in Northwest Indiana.

They want to hear from you directly.

Residents from Whiting-area communities are invited to join bp for a series of small group meetings with leaders of the refinery. Bp would like to provide an update and overview of the recent issues and bp’s response, hear what’s on your mind, and answer questions.

Please click here for more details about this event including times and location.


NOTE FOR MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA
: These small group meetings are intended for local community residents. The events are closed to press in order to allow for open discussion. Please direct media inquiries to uspress@bp.com.

City Hall Closed for Presidents’ Day

City Hall will be closed on Monday, February 19, 2024 in observance of Presidents’ Day.  We will resume normal business hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on Tuesday, February 20, 2024.

Have a safe Holiday.

Save Your Plastic Bags and Film

The Whiting Robertsdale Environmental Neighbors (WREN) is challenging our community members to collect 1000 pounds of plastic bags and film.  If we succeed by February 2025, we will receive a bench made out of TREX recycled material.

Click here for full details of what to save and where we will be collecting the plastic bags and film.

Please share this link with your friends and neighbors.

IMPORTANT – Schrage Avenue Water Main Work – UPDATE

2/8/2024 4:12PM

All repairs for the Schrage Avenue Water Main have been completed, water service has been fully restored.

Thank you for your patience during this repair work.

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2/6/2024 11:38am

We have learned that the water shut off will now include the 2800 and 2900 blocks of Schrage Avenue also.  The post below has been updated to reflect this change.

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The water main that serves the 2500 through 2900 blocks of Schrage Avenue must be shut off to allow for the repair of a water main break on the 2500 block of Schrage Avenue.

WATER WILL BE SHUT-OFF on those blocks on Thursday February 8th, 2024, around 7am. The water main will be closed for approximately 4-8 hours (depending on repair progress). Please draw enough water to supply your needs during this period.

Owners are encouraged to close the valve at their water meter during this water shut down. This should help prevent loss of water pressure in the house and hopefully prevent back siphoning of water out of the house.

Occasionally, some problems occur after the water supply is reinstated. If water shows discoloration, run the water until it clears. If water is available from most faucets, but won’t flow from a particular one, remove the screen from that faucet and run water. Clean the faucet screen and reinstall it.

Repair work on the Water Main will be performed by TLC Plumbing Inc. If you have any concerns regarding the water service interruption, please contact Tim Wajvoda, Utilities Director, at 219-659-2725. Please visit the City of Whiting website and this post for updates of work progress on that day. If more work is needed, you will find those updates here.

Please be assured that we are trying to get this issue resolved as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Please share this link with your neighbors and friends that may be affected by this repair work.