Public Works Department
VALPARAISO | Facing a $40,000 cut in the state public mass transportation funds for 2015, Porter County Aging and Community Services is looking to the county for additional money to prevent further cuts in service.
VALPARAISO | Cooler weather and shorter days means leaf-raking time can't be far behind.
VALPARAISO | Curiosity killed the cat, but the city is concerned its going to lead to some humans getting injured at the washed out Harrison Boulevard bridge.
VALPARAISO | The city's battle with the emerald ash borer beetle goes on, but it got some reinforcements recently in the form of a $5,000 grant from the Alliance for Community Trees to pay for replacement trees.
VALPARAISO | Valparaiso has a shady reputation, but in a good way, and it recently received recognition from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management for its use of trees in helping to control stormwater.
I noticed in The Times on March 27 that spring is here and the public works department is trying to figure the best way to fix our crumbling streets with only the $1.5 million budgeted to them.
VALPARAISO | The snow has eased off and most of it has even melted, but the winter is still having an impact on city services, including leaf pickups.
VALPARAISO | Strolling on County Road 500 North, Public Works Director Matt Evans had a spring in his step, but it wasn't because of spring break or the prospect the snow might finally be winding down for the winter.
VALPARAISO | It might be cold and snowy again today, but the recent break in the frigid weather is breaking the hold the frost has had on the ground, including beneath the roads.
VALPARAISO | Assuming Public Works Director Matt Evans is right and it won't continue to snow forever, the problem becomes one of dealing with the damage to the streets.
VALPARAISO | The public works department needs to find a way to get rid of 30 years of accumulated street sweepings.
VALPARAISO | When they aren't plowing fresh snow from the streets, Valparaiso city crews are pushing back the old snow or hauling it away to make room for the next storm.
HOMEWOOD | The Village Board gave its approval to purchase extra road salt and calcium chloride to ensure the Public Works Department has ample supplies to keep village streets clear of snow and ice during the winter months.
VALPARAISO | You know it's been a tough winter when even Santa loses his head.
VALPARAISO | After a decade in office, Mayor Jon Costas said Valparaiso has evolved "from good to great," but he sees the city's future bringing "opportunity like never before."
VALPARAISO | With another big snow predicted for the area, Valparaiso Public Works Director Matt Evans provided residents with a refresher course on snow plow protocol.
VALPARAISO | One month into winter and the city already has used almost as much salt as it did all last winter.
VALPARAISO | Monday was the groundbreaking ceremony for Valparaiso's new public works department campus, but they already have penciled in Councilman Bob Taylor as the one to wield the scissors at the fall grand opening ribbon cutting.
VALPARAISO | The city will be catching up from last week's polar vortex snow and cold for months to come.
HAMMOND | Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. is announcing changes in the Hammond Sewer and Public Works departments.
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