Welcome to Town of Michiana Shores

Advisory Plan Commssion Meeting

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 7:00 PM via Zoom

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Phone:  +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Meeting ID: 994 3227 5187

Fireworks!
  • It is YOUR responsibility to become aware of what fireworks (IC 22-11-14-1) are permitted. All times listed here are Central Time.
  • The approved fireworks are permitted ONLY from June 29 to July 3 between 5 pm and (2) hours after sunset.
  • The approved fireworks are permitted ONLY on July 4 from 10 am til midnight.
  • The approved fireworks are permitted ONLY from July 5 to July 9 between 5 pm and (2) hours after sunset.
  • ANY VIOLATION of this ordinance shall be subject to a $100 fine. A second occurrence will be fined $250. A fine of $2500 will be imposed for a third occurrence. All fines to be paid to the Town Clerk as an Ordinance Violation
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Please think about how people and animals might react when these go off.

 

BZA Meeting of 5/21/2020 POSTPONED

Due to unforseen circumstances, the BZA meeting is postponed and will be rescheduled ASAP. Please check back.

 
BEFORE YOU PICK UP A HAMMER TO WORK ON YOUR HOME PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE CHECKED IN WITH THE BUILDING COMMISSIONER.

 

BUILDING PERMITS ARE REQUIRED!

Steve Thomas is the Building Commissioner and his contact information is listed on the Planning and Building Page.

 

WE HAVE OBSERVED THAT THERE ARE RESIDENTS WHO ARE NOT ABIDING BY THE SET-BACKS REQUIRED. IN ORDER TO AVOID PENALTIES AND ISSUES WITH THE TOWN AND COUNTY, READ THE TOWN MUNICIPAL CODE REGARDING BUILDING.

You may access the this information on the website, or by requesting additional information from the Town Clerk. 

 

Voting in LaPorte County Indiana

According to information received from the LaPorte County Board of Elections, the Town of Michiana Shores, 1 and 2, will be able to cast ballots at the Michiana Shores Volunteer Fire Department on June 2, 2020.  However, you may also vote by Absentee Ballot or during Early Voting. Please note that Early Voting dates are limited.

New Early Voting Dates And Hours

Starting May 26, 2020
Tuesday thru Friday….8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday May 30, 2020….8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Monday June 1, 2020….8:00 am to 12:00 (noon)

Early Voting Locations

La Porte County Complex
(North of Courthouse)
809 State Street
La Porte, IN 46350

Michigan City County Office Complex
(Corner of 8th & Wabash)
302 West 8th Street
Michigan City, IN 46360

https://laporteco.in.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/2020-Indiana-Voter-Information-Guide.pdf

SHORT TERM RENTALS

To All Michiana Shores Residents
Please be advised that on April 14, 2020, the Town Council, together with the Planning Commission have enacted:
 ORDINANCE 2020 - 02,  AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE SPECIAL USE PROVISIONS AND CREATING A SHORT TERM RENTAL PERMIT SAFETY & SECURITY PROGRAM OF THE ZONING CODE OF THE TOWN OF MICHIANA SHORES, INDIANA. 

MORE INFORMATION AND DETAILS CAN BE FOUND ON THE TOWN CODES AND ORDINANCES PAGE, INCLUDING A QUICK 8 STEP GUIDE TO THE PROCESS.

 

COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS

Please access the CDC website to get complete and up-to-date information on the coronavirus, get a list of symptoms, and see all the steps that you should take to protect yourself, your family, your pets and your home.

There are links at the right side of this page that will link you to the CDC,  as well as to the State of Indiana and other sources and websites for coronavirus information and resources. The links are updated as we receive new information.


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE FROM THE TOWN COUNCIL

The Town Council of Michiana Shores is sharing information that has been provided to us regarding the coronavirus pandemic and the ways in which we can help to prevent its spread within our community.

 

The Federal government, the WHO, the CDC and the Governor of the State of Indiana have all issued warnings and directives that will help to minimize the spread of COVID-19, which may cause severe illness, including illness resulting in death, particularly among the elderly and those with severe underlying health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, asthma and diabetes.

This requires aggressive response measures to slow the spread of the disease and mitigate its impact.

 

Governor Holcomb has issued Orders 20-25, 20-26, and 20-27 all dealing with beginning to open up the State of Indiana.  Please be aware of the steps that are suggested and comply as best you can in order to keep health and safety of the citizens of our Town a priority.

Social distancing, wearing face masks, minimizing trips out into public areas and most importantly, following strict hand washing protocols.

The Town will continue to hold meetings remotely for some time, while providing access to the public to participate by way of some communication platform.

 

 YARD CLEAN-UP

Please DO NOT dump any LEAVES, or ANY OTHER DEBRIS, on property that is not your own. Vacant lots ARE owned by someone!

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Please recall that burning leaves is NOT permitted.

      (These are violations for which you will be fined.  There is a danger of fire spreading, and we do not want to add more debris to the air. Putting the waste onto vacant lots becomes unsightly and provides homes for pests.

Do not place leaves onto the roads, just at the edges of your property if you are waiting for a leaf pick-up. (There is no current Town-wide leaf pick-up, but that is being planned.)

 

L.B.P.D. has sent out a memo regarding their services during the State mandated Stay At Home directive.

 Please check the complete document on the Notices page above.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The Firehouse will be closed to the public as of March 18, 2020. Our Michiana Shores Volunteer Fire Department is working in concert with LaPorte County and the State of Indiana to be prepared to deal with COVID-19 emergencies.

  

The Clerk Treasurer's office will also be closed to the public.
The Clerk/Treasurer will be there as usual:
M, W, F,  2:30 to 5:30 PM.
HOWEVER, she can be reached by telephone, e-mail, regular mail or the drop box to the right side of entry door. 

Continue to check back on the site to see any news we may have about the Town.  This includes meetings and other events.

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AMTRAK NOTICE REGARDING TRACK REPAIRS

Below is a notice from Amtrak, posted back in early March.  We have asked for an update and will post that as soon as they respond.

 Amtrak will be replacing rail along its railroad line between an area near Buffalo Street/U.S. 12 and Bell Avenue, near Ghost Isle Brewery, in New Buffalo and Karwick Road and U.S. 12 in Michigan City, through New Buffalo, Michiana Shores and Long Beach. Amtrak employees and contractors will work each night from approximately 6 pm until 9am the following morning during this two-week period.  Work will begin near the east end of this zone and progress westward, with a new section under construction each night.  The work will involve heavy machinery that makes noise.

Customers should continue to use the Amtrak mobile app, Amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL for tickets and to check train status.

 

BE A PART OF THE TOWN IN 2020

There are many opportunities for you to join the elected council members, and the Town, in all the jobs and concerns and events of the Town, to volunteer for committees and projects.

Your participation in the monthly Town Council Meetings is always encouraged.  Your opinions and ideas are very important, but they must be expressed to the Council!  If you cannot be at the meetings, watch on Access LaPorte County, channel 97, or look for Access LaPorte County on YouTube.

The Town is looking for help in the following spots:

1. A new Plan Commission Recording Secretary (monthly meetings) 

PLEASE consider joining in somewhere!

Contact the Town via the website or come to the next meeting!

 

TOWN PARK BOARD AND TOWN BOOSTER CLUB

The Park Board and the Booster Club will begin their regular meetings in as soon as they can, depending on the coronavirus.

The meetings take place the fourth Monday of the month, March through October. Everyone is welcome to join in to help determine what you might like to have happening in the Parks, what might beautify the parks, the nature trail, etc.

 

 The LaPorte Solid Waste District

 

Will host the next collection Saturday, May 16, 2020, at the LaPorte County Fairgrounds. We will post more information on the Town Services page.

 

However, they accept electronics, tires, appliances, items to be shredded, and Household Hazardous Waste items at their facility in LaPorte, right off Highway 2, near the LaPorte County Fairgrounds.

 

For more information, please click on the link to the LaPorte Solid Waste District on the "Community Links" tab at the left side of this page.

 

TOWN of MICHIANA SHORES EMAIL DATABASE

If you are interested in receiving email updates about emergency announcements, Town events and special news for the Town of Michiana Shores, please complete the contact form that is reached by clicking on the email "letter" at the bottom of the page.  We have over 340 residences in Town, but not everyone has added their emails.  Thank you to those who have!

We DO NOT send out  unnecessary emails, nor do we share emails or email addresses that we have with outside individuals or organizations. In fact, we try to ascertain that the individual who has provided an email address actually has a property here in Michiana Shores.

Thank you. 

CELEBRATORY FIREWORKS

Please be considerate of the community when you are getting ready to purchase fireworks for all your celebrations. the State of Indiana actual imposes rules about the use of fireworks.

Note rules regarding use of fireworks in the Town of Michiana Shores. These are posted in the tab about news. Fireworks are fun, but they can be dangerous, and they are terribly frightening to those who have served on active duty, and to the pets and wildlife in this area.

Thank you!!!!

 

CURBING YOUR DOGS

ALL DOGS MUST BE ON LEASH.

Please let your guests and/or renters know that it’s necessary to clean up after pets.  We may be "out in the country" but your pets aren't wild!  No one wants to get out of their car, or go to water their plantings, or get their mail and paper, and then have to watch out for dog waste.  EVERYONE'S co-operation is very  much appreciated!

THANK YOU !!!

 

REMEMBER TO APPLY FOR PERMITS FOR ALL OF YOUR CONSTRUCTION AND IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS!!!!!

Please refer to the Building Ordinances AND check in at the office or with the Building Commissioner regarding the necessary permits for any work you are contemplating in and around your homes. 


 


 

 


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