“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.

Smart 911 Alert System

The City of Whiting is pleased to announce our partnership with Smart911.com. Smart911.com is an Alert System that residents can subscribe to which will allow an individual to opt into various notifications including those for Lake County. In addition, the city can send out special alerts for such things as street closures, boil alerts, community events, parades, and other information. These notifications can be sent to your e-Mail or as a text to your mobile device.

The app offers residents the option to enter emergency information and assist with 911 emergency calls, as well as to opt into the various notifications and alerts which Lake County and individual cities and towns can post regarding emergency and non-emergency situations.

In the event of a true emergency (i.e. evacuation, shelter in place, etc.) the Lake County Emergency Alert System and RAVE would provide an alert on everyone’s cell phone in the designated area as well as calling the landlines whether you are or are not signed up for smart911 notifications.

There is no cost to subscribe to the service.

Click here to learn more and to sign up for the Smart911 service.

IMPORTANT UPDATE – Incident at BP Whiting

2/2/2024 1:33PM

Here is the latest update from the BP Command Center:

  • Power has been restored to BP’s Whiting refinery following an outage that disrupted operations at the facility on the afternoon of Thursday, February 1.
  • Operations have been stabilized at the refinery.
  • Office buildings and nearby roads are now reopened.
  • Air monitoring continues and no elevated readings have been recorded.
  • All refinery personnel are accounted for and no injuries have been reported.
  • The safety of refinery staff and the community remains our highest priority.

24/7 – Refinery contact number: 219-473-7700

Claims Number: 1-888-251-5674 – When the number is dialed, the caller will initially hear a recording prompting them to press one (1) to ensure prompt response and this also helps block robocalls.

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2/2/2024 8:11AM

Here is the latest update from the BP Command Center:

We are nearing completion of safely shutting down BP’s Whiting refinery after a power outage disrupted operations at the facility on the afternoon of Thursday, February 1. BP immediately activated our emergency response team and the refinery’s office buildings were evacuated. Those office buildings are now reopened. Local authorities also briefly closed nearby roads, and they are now reopened. The safety of refinery staff and the community will remain our highest priority as we respond.

Update:

  • Air monitoring is underway and no elevated readings have been recorded.
  • All refinery personnel are accounted for and no injuries have been reported.
  • Local authorities have reopened roadways around the Refinery

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2/1/2024 6:44PM

We have received the following update from the command center at BP:

By 10:00PM CST tonight (2/1/2024) BP Officials are expecting power to be restored to the plant completely. The units are in the process of cooling down.  The units will be started up gradually beginning 2/2/2024 in the morning hours.  There is an established process for bringing the units up on a controlled basis that will be followed.

All roads are expected to be re-open by 10:00PM CST 2/1/2024.

There was continual monitoring of air quality at multiple points around the refinery by BP and Lake County Hazmat since the incident occurred.  The testing has shown that there was no danger to the public as a result of today’s incident.

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2/1/2024 4:07PM:

The City has received the following update from BP:

The BP Plant evacuation has been lifted.  Roads remain closed until further notice.

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From the Lake County ALERT System:

2/1/2024 3:48PM: The BP Whiting refinery has experienced an operational issue due to a power outage at the plant and is flaring excess gasses to relieve pressure on the system. Atmospheric readings are being taken around the plant and are indicating no danger to the public. We will keep you informed if the situation changes.

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The City has been made aware that additional roads surrounding BP will be closed to ensure safety during the plant shutdown and evacuation.  Please continue to use alternate routes that do not border the refinery to travel in and out of the city.

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BP has notified the City of Whiting that they are in the process of safely shutting down the refinery after a suspected power outage. BP has activated their emergency response team and evacuated refinery office buildings out of an abundance of caution. Local fire departments are assisting with the evacuation by closing nearby roads. The safety of refinery staff and the community are our highest priority for the Whiting BP Refinery.

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The City of Whiting has been notified of a power outage at the BP Whiting Refinery property which has affected power to the Refinery. As a result of this power outage, additional product is being burned which will cause additional flaring of the stacks. This flaring is a safety release to burn off the extra product and is a normal process during an event.  BP is working to resolve the power outage as quickly as possible.

Out of an abundance of caution, BP has evacuated the employees from the Glass House located on Indianapolis Boulevard and 129th Street.  No further evacuation is required.

We have also been notified that Indianapolis Boulevard from 129th to Schrage will be closed to all traffic.  Please use Calumet Avenue to travel North or South.  We will notify you as soon as the street has been reopened.  Please check back here for updates.

IDEM is on site.

We will keep you updated of any new developments as we obtain them.

Please share this information with friends and family.

Now Hiring Crossing Guards

NOW HIRING CROSSING GUARDS

Whiting Police Department is now accepting applications for School Crossing Guards. Candidates are asked to go to Whiting City Hall, located at 1443 119th St. to get an application or by clicking here. City Hall is open to the public Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:00pm. Crossing Guard work hours are Monday-Friday from 7:00am to 8:30am and 2:15pm to 3:45pm.

WHITING POLICE DEPARTMENT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FROM NON-CERTIFIED PERSONS AND EXPERIENCED POLICE OFFICERS FOR THE POSITION OF POLICE OFFICER

The Whiting Police Department will begin accepting applications from non-certified persons and experienced Police Officers for the position of Police Officer with the City of Whiting starting on January 10, 2024.

Applications will be accepted until January 26, 2024. Any applicant who previously submitted a job application for a Police Officer position will need to reapply.

All applications must be accompanied by a nonrefundable $25.00 Public Safety Testing Fee, payable by cash or money order to the City of Whiting.

CERTIFIED OFFICERS WELCOME TO APPLY!

2024 Base Salary for Patrolman: $68,760

To be eligible for employment, an applicant must meet the following initial criteria:

  1. U.S. citizenship
  2. At least 21 years of age by date of hire and less than 40 years of age on date of appointment
  3. High school diploma or the equivalent
  4. Ability to read and write English
  5. Possession of a valid Indiana Operator’s License and clean driving record at date of hire
  6. Good moral character and reputation
  7. No felony convictions
  8. Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Certified (if receiving e-hire benefits)

The hiring procedure will be as follows:

  1. Applications will be reviewed to determine initial eligibility – this will include criminal background checks, driving record review, etc.
  2. Limited oral interviews will be conducted
  3. Polygraph/Psychological/Drug Testing
  4. Hiring eligibility list will be created
  5. Conditional offer of employment will be made and applicant will be subject to all state testing requirements and acceptance by the Police & Fire Retirement Fund
  6. Probationary period for emergency hires maybe sixteen (16) weeks to fifty two (52) weeks depending on experience, qualifications, and performance

The applications are available from the Mayor’s Office at Whiting City Hall, 1443 – 119th Street, Whiting, Indiana, or by clicking here.

Completed applications should be returned to the Whiting Police Department no later than 2:00 PM January 26, 2024.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

For questions, contact Police Chief John Sotello at jsotello@whitingindiana.com or (219)659-2131.