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East Chicago kicks off Downtown Harbor Plan with clean-up event

2013-10-25T00:00:00Z East Chicago kicks off Downtown Harbor Plan with clean-up eventBy Steve Segura Times Columnist nwitimes.com
October 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The cold weather didn't stop East Chicago City Departments, the North Township Trustee’s Office, city courts, local businesses and residents from volunteering to clean up downtown Indiana Harbor earlier this week.

A press conference was held at the heart of our downtown corridor at the corner of Main Street and Broadway in an effort to kick off the Downtown Harbor Plan and clean up the city of East Chicago. The downtown action agenda is an aggressive, five-year plan specifically tailored to capture the market opportunities and reestablish the economic engine in Indiana Harbor.

Mayor Anthony Copeland touched briefly on the importance of having a clean city. “Just because our city is old does not mean it has to be dirty,” he said.

More than 40 volunteers gathered to take part in the clean-up event. All participants received T-shirts as well as cleaning supplies to get started.

When the press conference concluded, cleaning crews were dispatched throughout a 15-block area. Monsi Corsbie, director of Public Works, welcomed everyone and spoke about how important it is to keep our city clean by working together.

Residents who volunteered their time had the opportunity to take part in a program that will continue for months ahead in East Chicago.

One of the biggest goals of Mayor Anthony Copeland is to make East Chicago healthier and safer and he believes that a unified effort can make this goal attainable. Efforts looked promising as city workers carried away debris, cut down weeds and properly disposed of waste and trash.

The vision of making East Chicago a great place to live and work is starting to set in. This is a movement the city is hoping will grow block by block, street by street. There will be more clean-up events scheduled throughout the year offering everyone a chance to participate.

East Chicago continues to move in a positive direction with a balanced budget, restructuring efforts and significant improvements throughout the city. As many construction projects are underway, a cleaner, safer city will only bring more value to the city.

Be sure to join us at our 5K Run/Walk this weekend starting at Block Jr. High School. For details, call (219) 391-8476.

Steve Segura is the East Chicago multimedia director. The opinions expressed are his own. He can be reached at ssegura@eastchicago.com.

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