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Public Works Department

State funding cuts could reduce bus rides for seniors, disabled

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.

October 16, 2014 5:15 pm

Valpo crews ready to vacuum leaves

VALPARAISO | Cooler weather and shorter days means leaf-raking time can't be far behind.

October 07, 2014 12:22 pm

Valpo moving quickly to repair Harrison Blvd. bridge

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.

August 30, 2014 12:15 am

Valpo gets $5,000 grant to replace ash trees

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.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am

IDEM award a real tree(t) for Valpo

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.

May 20, 2014 5:00 pm

Millions for ice rink, but not for pothole repairs

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.

April 04, 2014 12:00 am

Winter delaying Valpo's spring leaf pickups

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.

April 02, 2014 4:55 pm

Robins supposed to be bobbin' along, not the road

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.

March 27, 2014 12:00 am

Valpo sets frost law weight limits on most streets

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.

March 11, 2014 7:00 pm

As winter wanes, potholes, flooding problems increase

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.

March 10, 2014 8:30 pm

Valpo seeking way to dispose of street sweepings

VALPARAISO | The public works department needs to find a way to get rid of 30 years of accumulated street sweepings.

March 01, 2014 3:58 pm

Snow challenging more than Valpo's salt supply

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.

February 15, 2014 11:00 pm

Homewood purchases more road salt to last rest of winter season

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.

February 13, 2014 12:00 am
Headless Santa stands frozen in time, ice

Headless Santa stands frozen in time, ice

VALPARAISO | You know it's been a tough winter when even Santa loses his head.

January 29, 2014 6:30 pm
Costas touts Valparaiso's great past, better future

Costas touts Valparaiso's great past, better future

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."

January 28, 2014 4:06 pm Photos


Valpo reminds residents of city's snow rules

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.

January 20, 2014 1:52 pm

Valpo roads not on a low salt diet this year

VALPARAISO | One month into winter and the city already has used almost as much salt as it did all last winter.

January 18, 2014 4:35 pm

Valpo breaks ground for public works campus

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.

January 13, 2014 6:30 pm

Damage lingers on from polar vortex snow, cold

VALPARAISO | The city will be catching up from last week's polar vortex snow and cold for months to come.

January 12, 2014 5:55 pm

Mayor announces changes at 2 Hammond departments

HAMMOND | Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. is announcing changes in the Hammond Sewer and Public Works departments.

December 26, 2013 12:00 am
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