City of Portage, Indiana

We are a community of hard working people with a commitment to keeping our city safe, clean, and prosperous.

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Engineering

A city engineer provides technical assistance, guidance and expertise for many City Boards and Departments. Currently, the city has a contract with Great Lakes Engineering to provide these services. The City Engineer serves in the following capacities:

  • Traffic Engineer
  • Engineer for the Utility Service Board
  • Engineer for the Plan Commission
  • Engineer for the Port Authority
  • Engineer for the Redevelopment Commission
  • Engineer for the Board of Public Works and Safety
  • ADA Coordination 

City of Portage engineering duties include:

  • Conducting traffic studies, drainage and sanitary studies
  • Reviewing site and subdivision plans for adequacy and accuracy
  • Obtain permits from governmental entities such as IDNR, IDEM and the USCOE
  • Design, manage and inspect city construction projects
  • Inspect private developer construction projects
  • Grant development and administration
  • Manage consultants, contractors and sub-contractors
  • Issue Right-of-Way cut permits

Standard Detail Sheet

John Hannon
Great Lakes Engineering
219-762-3559
jhannon@greatlakeseng.net 

 

City Projects

Welcome to the city projects webpage where we highlight notable publicly funded projects. New projects will be added as information becomes available, so check back!  

 

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City Development Projects
Project locations, descriptions, and pictures. 

Note: This list of projects is not comprehensive. Notable projects will be added as information becomes available. 

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360 Degree Photographs 

View a project area 360 degrees by clicking on the links below.

Dune Creation at the Former U.S. Steel Training Center
This project is restoring many acres of sand dune and plant communities on what was formally a high intensity industrial site just south of the Lakefront Park and Riverwalk. 


Burns Waterway - Riverfront Restoration
This project is restoring the stream bank and adjacent areas to a more naturalized state. A trail is being constructed along the waterway and native plants are being planted in spring 2016. 


Woodland Park Plaza Reconstruction
This bond project resulted in a handicapped accessible entrance to the Oakwood Grand Hall at Woodland Park. 


Press Release:
 For more information on first two projects check out the ARMY Corp of Engineers press release.

11/19/2015

Request for Proposals

There are no requests for proposals at this time. 

November 5th 2015. 

Project Bid Opportunities

There are no bidding opportunities at this time. 

November 5th 2015. 

Automatic Notification System

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Wastewater Treatment

The City provides many essential services that are out-of-sight and out-of-mind of residents. One of those services includes the treatment of your wastewater, which is channeled through a network of underground pipes to our wastewater treatment plant. In 1971 the City constructed its first wastewater treatment plant. That plant consisted of two primary clarifiers, two step feed aeration tanks and two final clarifiers. The plant was expanded in 1984 to accommodate Portage's growth.  This expansion included a 3.5 million gallon Oxidation Ditch, four final clarifiers and the old step feed aeration tanks were converted into aerobic digesters.  This expansion increased the capacity of the plant to 3.5 MGD. Also in 1984 a Tertiary Filter system was installed to handle solids that might pass through the final clarifiers. In 1984 a vacuum assisted drying bed was installed to dewater the biosolids that were produced in the facility. Starting in 1997 and ending in 1998, the plant was expanded from 3.5 MGD to 4.95 MGD with peak flows up to 15 MG.  The expansion included a new bar screen and grit system at the headworks, 2 new final clarifiers and a 1.5 MG excess flow basin.  The basin is to be used to handle the peak flows that the plant receives during large rain storms. In 2000, the old vacuum assisted drying beds were converted into a new maintenance shop.

Utility Payments

Complaint Procedure

The requirements to file a complaint are as follows:

 The complaint must allege a specific act of misconduct.

  1. The complaint must be made on this form and signed by the complainant.
  2. The complainant must have first-hand knowledge of the incident in question.
  3. The complaint must be made within (20) days of the alleged incident.
  4. An anonymous complaint will not be investigated unless the complaint alleges a criminal code violation.
  5. A parent or legal guardian must sign the form for a juvenile complainant under the age of 18.
  6. A person filing a complaint would be required to go to the Portage Police Department to obtain a complaint form which will need to be completed providing the details of the incident and will require the complainant's signature.

 *NOTE:  To knowingly make a false complaint of misconduct against a law enforcement officer is a crime in Indiana punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000.00. 

Once a complaint is received it will be forwarded to the patrol division commander who will assign the office's supervisor to investigate the complaint. The supervisor will contact the complainant to acknowledge receipt of the complaint and to advise them an investigation is being initiated.

After reviewing all facts and circumstances relating to the complaint, the supervisor will determine whether the complaint warrants further investigation. If the complaint is deemed baseless or not factual, no further action will be taken.  If the complaint is substantiated in any way or if the supervisor believes it necessitates further review, the complaint and the supervisor's findings will be forwarded to the patrol Division commander.

Detective Bureau

The Portage Police Department Detective Bureau is under the direction of Detective Captain Joe Reynolds The Bureau is comprised of nine investigators that have decades of investigative experience and training. The Bureau has a polygraph investigator and three voice stress analyzer investigators. 

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Detective Captain Joe Reynolds
 
Pertinent information about the Detective Bureau includes:
  • The Detective Bureau specializes in many different areas, some of which include hostage negotiation and crime scene analysis.
  • The Detective Bureau investigates all assigned crimes against persons and property.
  • The Detective Bureau's day to day operations include general assignments, combating juvenile delinquency, drug enforcement, intelligence gathering and investigating criminal activity.
  • The Detective Bureau retains a close relationship with the Portage Township School System and attempts to stay abreast of juvenile concerns when they arise.

Special Teams

Fire Investigation Team

A cooperative effort between the Fire Department and Police Department that consists of 9 members from the fire department and 2 members from the police department. The teams' primary objective is to determine the cause and origin of every fire. There are three Fire Investigators assigned to each 24 - hour shift that are responsible for handling the fire investigations on their rotation. All Fire Investigators are issued digital pagers and are utilized on all fires when multiple Fire Investigators are needed.

Fire and EMS Instruction

PFD has 30 of its Firefighters certified as Fire Instructors. There are 12 certified as Fire Instructor II /III and 18 as Instructor I. This highly educated team of Instructors is devoted to the training of Portage Fire Personnel as well as other fire departments throughout the Porter County Area.

Water Rescue Team

PFD has a ten (12)-member team of Firefighters that are skilled in surface rescue, underwater rescue and recovery, boat operations and line tending. Five members of the team are certified Rescue Divers.  The team holds monthly training to sharpen their skills and keep current with the latest rescue techniques.

Tactical Paramedics

This team is another cooperative effort between the Fire Department and the Police Department. Portage Fire Department has 6 Paramedics assigned to the SWAT team that are trained as tactical medics to assist law enforcement in hazardous situations. The Police Department has 12 Police Officers assigned, making the team an 18-member team.

Honor Guard

This team was established in 2000 and consists of 12 Firefighters devoted to properly displaying the pride and colors of Portage Fire Department and our country. The team is also responsible for representing the fire department at special events, memorial and funeral services or Firefighters, Police Officers and Public Officials.

Special Events 

Portage Fire Department also participates in numerous special events throughout the year. "Fill the Boot" ,The Firefighters, with many other community organizations; host a Bicycle Rodeo and Child Safety Day every year during National Emergency Medical Services Week. The event features a safety course for riders and free helmet giveaways.

Fire Stations

Fire Station #1
3401 Swanson Road
 Fire Station 1
Headquarters for the Portage Fire Department.  The station includes the following:

The Administration Offices include:

Chief's Office
Asst Chief Fire Operations
Asst Chief EMS Operations 
Division Chief of Inspections/Prevention
Classroom & Meeting Room


"The Ones to Call" currently houses a 24 hours a day staff and the following equipment:

Ladder 1 Advance Life Support 75 foot Quint

Rescue 1 Advance Life Support

Engine 1 Basic Life Support (Training/Standby)

Rescue 4 Advance Life Support (Standby)

Fire Station #2 
6275 Old Porter Road

Station 2


"Lakeside Pride" Currently houses a 24 hour a day staff and the following equipment:

Engine 2 Advanced Life Support

Rescue 2 Advanced Life Support

Marine 3 Water Rescue Response Vehicle

Fire Station #3
6300 Central Ave

Station 3 Above


"The Cavalry" Currently houses a 24 hour a day staff and the following equipment:

Engine 3 Advanced Life Support

Tower 2 Advanced Life Support 100 Foot Aerial

Rescue 3 Advanced Life Support

Fire 5 Basic Life Support Turn Chief

Public Relations

The Portage Fire Department provides public education for fire safety. The Portage Fire Department offers group fire station tours and will attend special events that are within our goal of promoting fire prevention and safety. Due to the demand in responding to emergency calls and number of Public Relations requests, we must adhere to the following procedure. Please carefully read the different types of events in which we are able to schedule.

The request must be submitted not less than 2 weeks prior to the event. If interested in scheduling an event, please read the below options and fill out the PR Request form with the details of your event. Once the request is received by the Portage Fire Department and the approval process has begun, you will receive an update via e-mail. Please consider that we are a working fire department. Our first priority is to save lives and protect property. There will be times that we may not be able to attend your scheduled function or have to leave early due to an emergency. We hope you understand and want to thank you for your continued support. With your understanding and consideration our fire fighters will strive to make your visit or event a memorable experience.

PUBLIC RELATIONS REQUEST FORM

Station Tours

Tours need be scheduled a minimum of two weeks prior to event to allow stations to plan events and training. No station tours will be conducted on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday's as those days are designated for departmental training. Tours will consist of a safety discussion by a firefighter, a tour of the station, and a look at the fire apparatus. Tours can last for an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the size of your group.

Public Appearances

Fire Department apparatus can come to schools, churches and approved public events. Firefighters are available to teach fire safety issues and talk about rewarding careers in the Fire and Emergency Medical Service. Appearances for businesses are restricted and must have approval by a Fire Department Administrator prior to scheduling. Business events will only be considered if they are clearly related to public education for fire/ems safety.

Schools

October is National Fire Safety Month, and when we typically schedule visits to elementary schools. The fire crews will give educational presentations and demonstrate the apparatus.  These events are considered public education and will be scheduled through the division chief of inspections. Other functions with the Portage township schools can be scheduled with the Fire Administration outside the guide of this policy.

Remote control Fire Truck and Sparky

 Only available for Special Events and to be approved by the Fire Administration, this remote controlled robot interacts with children and moves about them and becomes a fun way to learn about fire prevention and safety. Sparky is a character costume that a fire fighter wears to interact with the children. This must be requested at least one month in advance as special preparations are required.

Public Speaker

The Fire Chief or staff can speak to any group or organization about the Portage Fire Department or a variety of fire and life safety issues. Please indicate on your request what topic you would like our speaker to discuss. Requests for a speaker should be made with at least three weeks' notice.

Inspections and Prevention

The Portage Fire Department's Fire Education and Prevention Division provides educational services and safety programs for community, business, school and professional organizations, including:

  • Age Appropriate/Topical Fire Safety
  • Presentations and Workshops
  • CPR/First Aid Courses  
  • "Safe Citizens" Prevention Trailer
  • Juvenile Fire-Setter Counseling
  • Times . . . they are a changing!

In times past, fire fighting personnel did one thing, they put fires out. At vehicle accidents they used slow and sometimes dangerous tools, oftentimes injuring themselves and their patients.

Today is the era of a different fire fighter. He is confronted not only with fires that burn hotter and faster than in the past, but also with hazardous materials, health and safety, emergency medical care and specialized rescues (water, confined spaces, trenches, etc.)

Today's fire fighter no longer puts himself and/or patients at risk at vehicular accidents either. He must know how to remove the car from the injured person without doing any further harm.

Today's fire fighter know that when the tone sounds, someone's life will change forever.

Fire departments all over the country have shifted their efforts from extinguishing fires to preventing them before they start. The Portage Fire Department's Fire Education and Prevention Division works hard to ensure that buildings are built and maintained in a safe condition with adequate exits and water supplies.

The Fire Education and Prevention Division is looking forward to adding additional manpower for inspections and prevention of fires. We know that the more the city grows, the more important prevention becomes.

Lives are changed when the tone goes off. A citizen or a fire fighter may not go home in the morning. That is why, when we say, "I hope it's a slow day," we are not being lazy, just compassionate to someone's loss.

Remember, prevention saves lives.

K9 Units

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Officer Wendell Hite and K-9 partner Si 
Vehicle #153

Born in 2011 in the Netherlands, Si is a Dutch Shepard and responds to commands in German.  He specializes in both narcotic detection and tracking (criminal suspects and missing persons).  Si is a charismatic officer, which draws others to him.  However, his presence is intimidating for any criminal. Si joined the Portage Police Department in October 2013. Since that time he and office Hite have been inseparable. He loves being a part of the police department, and any attention he can get! Officer Hite and K-9 partner Si look forward to continuing to protect the great City of Portage. 

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Officer Kyle Lerch and K9 Bomber

Officer Kyle Lerch and Bomber were appointed as a canine team with the Portage Police Department in the spring of 2012. Bomber is a German Shepherd and was born in Poland on March 24th, 2011. Bomber is trained and certified as patrol utility police canine, which encompasses narcotic detection, tracking (suspects or missing subjects), criminal apprehension, and article/evidence search. Since becoming a canine team, Officer Lerch and Bomber have initiated and assisted other officers in several arrests and narcotic seizures. Officer Lerch and Bomber look forward to continuing to serve the City of Portage.

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Officer Daniel Martinez and K9 Diablo
Vehicle #156

We are the newest addition to the  Portage K9 unit hitting the streets in October 2015.  Diablo is a 2yr. old Belgian Malanois from the Netherlands.  He is a dual purpose narcotics/patrol dog and we received extensive training from Von Liche Kennels in Peru, IN. 

Diablo loves tennis balls and his favorite movie is "Talladega Nights".  We both look forward to a long career as partners fighting crime.

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Anthony Dandurand and K9 Nakir

Nakir started with the Portage Police Department in April of 2014. He is a full blooded male German Sheppard who came to us from Poland. He is trained in the detection of drugs, building searches, tracking, and handler protection. He responds to German commands and his favorite toy is a tennis ball!!!

Leaf and Limb Collection

2016 Leaf Pickup Begins October 24th 

Leaf Collection Policy 

The Portage Street Department will begin leaf pick-up around Mid-October and ending in early December. Weather conditions and when the leaves fall are the primary factors determining leaf pick-up. To ensure program success residents are asked to observe the following policies:

  • Please rake all leaf piles to the curb line as soon as possible.
  • Avoid raking leaf piles into the street as this plugs drains and causes flooding.
  • Avoid parking vehicles near leaf piles to avoid interruption of pick up services.
  • Do not rake leaf piles near mailboxes, trees, poles, electrical boxes, hydrants, etc.
  • Do not contaminate leaf piles with sticks, trash or other debris.
  • Avoid bagging leaves because this causes them to be sent to the landfill which will increase our landfill cost.
  • Leaf piles raked to the curb after the pick-up period will have to wait till Mid-April for pick up.

Tree Limb and Related Brush Collection Policy

Schedule your limb pick up by calling us 762-4564 or email us at PSD@portage-in.com with your name, phone, and address.

  • Limb routes are not serviced during Bulk Item Week which is the first Monday through Friday of the month. 
  • The Street Department will pick up trees, limbs and brush provided the tree trimming was performed by the homeowner and not a contractor.
  • Cut debris down to a minimum of five feet in length. This allows our equipment to easily pick up debris. 
  • The area between the curb and sidewalk is the best place for limbs.
  • Do not place limbs under low hanging service electrical lines or tree limbs.
  • Do not place limbs near objects such as electrical boxes, hydrants, mailboxes, poles, vehicles, etc.
  • Parked vehicles in front of your limb pile will prohibit pick up.
  • Excessive limb amounts have additional service fees. First truck load of limbs are free, each truck load thereafter has a $200 service fee.
  • Limbs and brush cannot be combined with any other material or garbage.
  • Severe storm events increase limb/tree volumes and your route may see delays in pickup services, please be patient in these situations.

Patrol Division

The Portage Police Department Patrol Division is under the direction of Captain Mike Candiano.

About the Patrol Division

  • Patrol Division is comprised of four turns. 1 with 14 officers and three turns of 10 officers.  Each individual turn is comprised of a Sergeant, 2 Corporals.
  • Patrol Division's primary responsibility is to respond to all calls for service, conduct preliminary investigations of reported crimes, maintain order and enforce criminal traffic laws.
  • The City of Portage is divided into four zones which are patrolled by the assigned units. The zone boundaries are as follows:
    Zone No. 1: Conrail tracks north to Lake Michigan
    Zone No. 2: Willowcreek Road east to Portage city limits
    Zone No. 3: Willowcreek Road west to Portage city limits
    Zone No. 4: Prairie Duneland Trail south to Portage city limits
  • Patrol Division has and is developing areas of specialization to better serve the citizens of Portage, including:

Special Weapons and Tactics

The primary mission of the Portage Police department SWAT team is to save lives. The team was founded in 1996 to provide a highly trained, equipped and disciplined team of police officers and paramedics capable of quickly and safely managing potentially volatile situations. The teams' high degree of versatility and specialized training allow it to be utilized in numerous Law Enforcement functions. The team responds to a wide variety of situations, such as hostage rescue, barricaded subject, felons, mental subjects, high risk warrants, raids, crowd control and operations designated by the chief of police. The team is on call 24 hours a day and responds immediately to calls for service. The team consists of twenty members, divided into two squads. Each squad has police and firefighter/paramedic members. The members are all volunteer and are assigned to other duties in the police and fire departments.  

Canine Units

The Portage Police Canine Units are dual-purpose dogs trained in handler protection, obedience, building searches, tracking and narcotic detection. Since the establisment of our canine program, the teams have been involved in several narcotic-related arrests. The largest amount of narcotics found by a team was thirty-six pounds of marijuana located in a garage during a search warrant. Additionally, the teams are regularly used to apprehend fleeing suspects. Besides working the street patrol, the canine teams perform public demonstrations for schools and other community organizations.

Information Technology

Information Technology controls several servers, approximately 80 desktops, and 40 laptops throughout the department and city. Responsibilities include maintaining the E-911 systems, radio systems, phones systems, wireless car to car communications, NCIC/IDACS communications with the State Police, digital photographs, and fiber optic wide area network between Police, Fire and City Hall buildings. IT also assists the detective bureau with any computer crime investigations.

Accident Reconstruction

This team actively investigates any fatal and serious bodily injury vehicle crashes within the city. The team utilizes several computer and electronic devices to assist them in reconstructing accident scenes.

Arson Team

Works with the Fire Department to investigate any determined arsons within the city.

Less Than Lethal Equipment

The Portage police department has invested time and money into less than lethal devices to help us in apprehending violent and suicidal suspects. These tools are Taser stun guns, shotgun bean bag rounds, teargas, and pepper spray. We use these tools to take suspects into custody with minimal injury to suspects.

Requirements to Become a Portage Police Officer 

  • Must be a US citizen.
  • Must be 21 years of age but not older than 36 years of age by date of hire.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license.
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • No felony or domestic battery convictions.
  • Must have weight in proportion to height.
  • Must pass a written examination, physical standards test, memory test, medical examination, drug screen, and psychological examination.
  • Must submit to a polygraph or voice stress analysis examination.
  • Must submit to a background investigation.
  • Must submit to an oral interview.
  • Must successfully complete basic instruction at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.

Physical Agility Testing Requirements

Each test is scored separately and you must meet the standards on each and every test.  Testing will be conducted in the following order:

Vertical Jump

The Vertical Jump test measures leg power and how high the applicant can jump.  Each applicant will stand with one side towards a wall and will reach up and mark a position on a wall, which is his/her highest standard reach.  The applicant will then jump as high as possible from a stationary stance.  The applicant can pump his/her arms and thrust themselves upward.  The test is scored to the nearest one half inch above the standard reach mark.  The best of three trials will be the recorded score.  The minimum standard is 16 inches.

One Minute Sit Up

The One Minute Sit Up test measures abdominal and trunk muscular endurance.  While the applicant is lying on his/her back, they will be given one (1) minute to do as many bent leg sit-ups as they can.  The minimum standard for this test is twenty-nine (29) sit-ups within one minute.

Push-Up Test

The Push-up test measures the endurance of the applicant's upper body.  The test consists of doing as many push-ups as possible until muscle failure.  The minimum standard for this test is 25 push-ups.

300 Meter Run

The 300 Meter Run measures anaerobic power.  The applicant will sprint 300 meters as fast as possible.  The minimum standard is seventy-one (71) seconds for this test.

1.5 Mile Run

The one and one half mile run is a measure of cardiovascular endurance.  The objective is to cover the distance as fast as possible.  Each applicant will be required to run/walk a distance of one and one half miles and must be done in no more than 16:28 (sixteen minutes and twenty eight seconds).

Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.)

 
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The primary mission of the Portage Police department SWAT team is to save lives. The team was founded in 1996 and was the first in Porter County. The objective is to provide a highly trained, equipped and disciplined team of police officers and paramedics capable of quickly and safely managing potentially volatile situations. The teams' high degree of versatility and specialized training allow it to be utilized in numerous Law Enforcement functions. The team responds to a wide variety of situations, such as hostage rescue, barricaded subject, felons, mentally unstable subjects, high risk warrants, raids, crowd control and operations designated by the chief of police. The team is on call 24 hours a day and responds immediately to calls for service. The team consists of twenty members, divided into two squads. Each squad has police and firefighter/paramedic members. The members are all volunteer and are assigned to other duties in the police and fire departments. Captain Ross Haynes is the Portage SWAT Team Commander.
 
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Records and Firearm Licensing

 
The Records Division is under the direction of Chief Clerk Barb Vaughan and is responsible for organizing and securing all police records that are processed through the police department. 
 
Business Hours
 
Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m 
Saturday 8 a.m to 4 p.m.
(closed on Sundays & Holidays)
 
 
Accident Reports
Cost: $10
These reports can be picked up 3 business days after the accident.
Accident Reconstruction Reports Cost: $1500.00.
VIN Checks  Cost: $5.00 
Other Reports Cost: $1.00 per page
Background check $30.00
Vehicle Impound Release forms cost  $50.00
Fingerprinting:  
$25.00 for city residents,
$30.00 for non-city residents,
Free of charge for government agencies, children 17 yrs of age & younger, and for firearms applicants.
 
Indiana State Firearm Application 
 
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You must be a resident of the City of Portage to apply through our department. 
 
Fees:            4-year Personal Protection
    • $10.00 Money Order to the City of Portage
    • $30.00 Money Order to the State of Indiana 

                    Lifetime Personal Protection (with no current license)

    • $50.00 Money Order to the City of Portage
    • $75.00 Money Order to the State of Indiana
                    Lifetime Personal Protection (current valid license)
    • $40.00 Money Order to the City of Portage
    • $60.00 Money Order to the State of Indiana
Processing:
  1. Applications must be filled out online at the Indiana State Police website. 
  2. After 48 business hours, come to the Portage Police Department to process your application. 
  3. You must present some form of picture identification such as a valid driver's license or state identification card showing your residency within the City of Portage.
  4. Pay the City of Portage fee via money order or cash (exact change).
Payments
 
Exact change or check made payable to the City of Portage is required with a drivers license.

Recycling and Trash Collection

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Recycling

Recycling is collected weekly
City of Portage Recyclable Items List 

Hazardous Waste Collection
The City of Portage does not accept hazardous materials in trash or recycling. However, the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District offers annual hazardous material collection events at Portage High School. 

Collection Event Dates
View a list of hazardous materials accepted by the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction District 

Pounds of materials collected at the annual hazardous materials collection event at Portage High School

2013: 44,787 lbs
2014: 32,548 lbs
2015: 80,212 lbs (2 dates)

Trash Collection

  • On your scheduled residential trash collection day, place your totes at the road side by 6:00am. Tote carts must be three feet apart and the directional arrow should point toward the street.
  • Do not place trash bags on top of the toter. 
  • Avoid placing your toters within three feet of any objects, including vehicles and mail boxes.  
  • Do not lean items against the toter. This will interfere with our automated system.
  • Electronic waste must be placed at the curbside as a bulk item the first week of each calendar month on your regular collection day.

Policies 

Online Forms

Trash is not collected on the following days:

  • New Year's Day
  • Presidents' Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day Holiday
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Day

Frequently Asked Questions 

I don't have a recycling toter. How do I get one?
One recycling Toter is provided per household. Contact the Portage Street Department and they will make arrangements for you to receive them. Homeowners may request an additional recycling toter at no cost. Additional trash toters cost $6.00 per toter per month. See the online form above or call the Street Department. 

How much does it cost to join the recycling program?
Recycling is a free service provided to the residents.

What do I do with my electronic waste?
E-waste must be placed at the curbside as a bulk item on the first week of each calendar month on your regular trash day. Includes all electronics.

Why didn't the garbage man take my paint?
The state of Indiana classifies wet paint as a hazardous material and unsafe for regular landfill placement. Sanitation will take your paint if it is completely dry (some people mix it with kitty litter).

What materials are not allowed in the trash?
Other materials that cannot be taken include hazardous materials such as gasoline, oil, solvents, paint thinners, antifreeze, pool chemicals, acids and pesticides, live ammunition, accelerants, combustible or caustic materials. For questions call the Street Department.

 recycling instructions

Snow Plowing

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The city has approximately 150 miles of roadways and each truck is assigned to a designated area. Our number one priority is main roads, which are considered streets mostly used to travel to schools, grocery stores, gas stations, doctors offices and hospitals. Main roads are plowed and salted first for this reason. Once the main roads are acceptable for safe travel, drivers will move on to subdivisions and secondary streets. Clearing cul-de-sacs is the most time-consuming task for our plow drivers. For this reason they are cleared after primary and secondary roads.

After 2 inches of snowfall parking on the street is in violation of city ordinance. Following this rule will speed up snow plowing and help to avoid buried cars and property damage. We also ask that residents refrain from shoveling snow into the streets, which creates a road hazard. All roads are typically cleared within 16 to 24 hours after the end of a snow event as long as there are no equipment failures and precipitation subsides. Thanks for helping to keep our roads safe. 

For snow plowing information during a storm, check out the Breaking News on our homepage or visit us on Facebook. 

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Reserves

The Portage Police Department reserve officers volunteer their time and have proven to be a valuable asset to the Department. We now have 15 active reserve officers involved in the reserve program.. Some of the duties reserve officers perform include traffic control at parades and football and basketball games. Reserve officers have also been called upon to assist with traffic emergencies and have backed up regular officers in traffic stops. Additionally, reserve officers transport prisoners to the Porter County Jail. Each reserve officer must attend and graduate from the Indiana Law Enforcement Reserve Academy as well as a field training officer's program. Such training provides reserve officers the skills necessary to be able to assist in fingerprinting and booking prisoners. One of the reserves' greatest benefits is allowing Portage's regular police officers to be on the street fighting crime. This voluntary organization has proven to be a valuable asset to the Portage Police Department.

Crime Maps

Mayoral Appointees

Board of Works 

5 members: The Mayor & 4 citizens appointed by the mayor. 
Term: 1 year 

James E. Snyder, Mayor
Larry Smock, Member
Cathy Fleming, Member
Larry Smock, Member
Ed Gottschling, Member
1 Vacancy
Gregg Sobkowski, Attorney
Christopher D. Stidham, Clerk-Treasurer

Port Authority 

7 members:  7 appointed by Mayor w/Council approval.
Term: 4 years 

Jeff Fleming, Member 
Ray Blazek, Member 
Laura Gaffney, Member 
Steve Nelson, Member 
Carl Simpson, Member 
John Smolar, Member
Ellis Ponton, Member  
Ted Uzelac - City Council Liaison Member              

Portage Economic Development Cooperation 

3 members:  1 appointed by Mayor, 1 appointed by Council, 1 appointed by County Council.
Term: 4 years

Mike Sarver, Member (Mayor's Appointment)
Collin Czilli, Member (Council's Appointment)
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Advisory Claims Committee 

6 members: Mayor, Clerk-Treasurer, 3 Mayoral appointments (by virtue of office), and 1 City Council appointment.
Term: 1 year 

James E. Snyder, Mayor
Christopher D. Stidham, Clerk-Treasurer
Ted Uzelac, Councilmember by Mayor
Jenny Orsburn, Park Superintendent by Mayor
Sherry Smolar, Utility Board Secretary/Treasurer by Mayor
Elizabeth Modesto, Councilmember by Council

Alcoholic Beverage Commission

The membership of the Alcoholic Beverage Commission is as follows:  1 Mayoral appointment (one-year term).

Edward Fritz, Member

Mayor's Advisory Committee on Senior Services

Description: Created to help identify senior needs and solutions.  This group sponsors our annual Senior Health Fair and our Senior Art Show.

Any Members Are Welcome. Phone the Mayor's Office at (219) 762-5425.

Education Foundation

Education Foundation:  2 year term; 1 appointed by Mayor

Lori Wilkie, Member

Porter County Convention, Recreation, and Visitor Commission

2 members:  appointed by Mayor
Term: 2 years

Barb Lusco, Member 
Karen Webster, Member

City Employment Opportunities

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All City of Portage Employment Opportunities are posted on the Indiana Career Connect website. 

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City Hall
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6070 Central Ave
Portage, IN 46368
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  • Phone: (219) 762-5425
  • Fax: (219) 762-1484
  • Staff Directory
  • Office Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm

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Christopher D. Stidham,
Clerk-Treasurer

6070 Central Ave
Portage, IN 46368
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  • Phone: (219) 762-7784
  • Fax: (219) 763-9607
  • Staff Directory
  • Office Hours:
    Monday - Friday
    8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Tom Fieffer,
Fire Chief

3401 Swanson Rd
Portage, IN 46368
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  • Phone: (219) 762-7404
  • Fax: (219) 764-7093
  • Staff Directory
  • Office Hours:
    Admin: 8:00-4:00
    Stations: 24 hours

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Joseph Calhoun,
Director of Administration

6070 Central Ave
Portage, IN 46368
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  • Phone: (219) 764-5425
  • Staff Directory
  • Office Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

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City Hall
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6070 Central Ave
Portage, IN 46368
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  • Assistant: (219) 762-4204
  • Staff Directory
  • Office Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

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Troy Williams,
Chief of Police

6260 Central Ave
Portage, IN 46368
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  • Phone: (219) 762-3122
  • Fax: (219) 763-6531
  • Staff Directory
  • Office Hours:
    Clerical Hours: Mon-Fri 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM.

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Doug Sweeney,
Building Commissioner

6070 Central Ave
Portage, IN 46368
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  • Phone: (219) 762-4204
  • Fax: (219) 764-5749
  • Staff Directory
  • Office Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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2303 Hamstrom Rd
Portage, IN 46368
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  • Phone: (219) 762-4564
  • Staff Directory
  • Office Hours:
    7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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Jenny Orsburn,
Park Superintendent

2100 Willowcreek Rd
Portage, IN 46368
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  • Phone: (219) 762-1675
  • Staff Directory
  • Office Hours:
    Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

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Tom Fieffer,
Fire Chief

3401 Swanson Rd
Portage, IN 46368
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  • Phone: (219) 762-7404
  • Fax: (219) 764-7093
  • Staff Directory

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Kurt Knutsen,
Planner - Development Review

City Hall
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6070 Central Ave
Portage, IN 46368
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  • Assistant: (219) 764-5671
  • Staff Directory
  • Office Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

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Kurt Knutsen,
Planner - Development Review

City Hall
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6070 Central Ave
Portage, IN 46368
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  • Business: (219) 764-5671
  • Staff Directory
  • Office Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

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Sonya Lindgren,
Administrative Assistant to the Department of Public Works

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Doug Sweeney,
Building Commissioner

City Hall
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6070 Central Ave
Portage, IN 46368
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Police Department
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6260 Central Ave
Portage, IN 46368
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Sherry Smolar,
Secretary Treasurer

City Hall
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6070 Central Ave
Portage, IN 46368
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Colin Highlands,
Project Manager and Redevelopment Administrator

City Hall
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6070 Central Ave
Portage, IN 46368
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Sonya Lindgren,
Administrative Assistant to the Department of Public Works

City Hall
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6070 Central Ave
Portage, IN 46368
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  • Assistant: (219) 762-4204
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  • Office Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm

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6070 Central Ave
Portage, IN 46368
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Andy Maletta,
Director of Economic Development

City Hall
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6070 Central Ave
Portage, IN 46368
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  • Business: (219) 764-5734
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  • Office Hours:
    Mon-Fri 8:30AM - 4:30PM

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6070 Central Ave
Portage, IN 46368

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John Siroky,
Supervisor of Municipal Code Enforcement

City Hall
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6070 Central Ave
Portage, IN 46368
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  • Assistant: (219) 762-4204
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  • Office Hours:
    Mon - Fri 8:30 PM to 4:30 PM

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Barb Lusco,
Harbor Master

Public Marina
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1200 Marina Way
Portage, IN 46368
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  • Assistant: (219) 763-6833
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  • Office Hours:
    Mon - Sat 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Weather Permitting)

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Jenny Orsburn,
Park Superintendent

Woodland Park
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2100 Willowcreek Rd
Portage, IN 46368
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Marcia Jones,
Administrative Clerk

City Hall
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6070 Central Ave
Portage, IN 46368
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  • Assistant: (219) 762-5425
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