South Shore extension discussion keeps rolling in Hammond

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October 26, 2014 – Rob Earnshaw Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. knows what U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, wants for the South Shore Rail Line commuter extension to Munster and Dyer — $900,000 a year the city’s share of the county economic development tax for the next 30 years. What McDermott said he doesn’t know from the congressman is where the …

Hammond park going to the dogs

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October 23, 2014 – Rob Earnshaw The largest city in Northwest Indiana is getting its first dog park. Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. announced this week that Riverside Park in far southwest Hammond will be the home of the approximately 2 acre dog park. Planning stages are underway with ground expected to be broken in the spring. “We’re moving forward and …

Hammond lures Illinois manufacturer

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October 11, 2014 – Rob Earnshaw An Illinois manufacturer is relocating to Hammond. The City Council recently passed an ordinance approving a property tax abatement for American Stair, a Romeoville-based company that designs and fabricates steel stairs and railings. American Stair is receiving $1.725 million from both the Regional Development Authority and the Economic Development for Growing Economy. The company …

Mayor McDermott comments on proposed South Shore Rail expansion plan

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It is widely known that Congressman Visclosky has made a $600 million expansion of the South Shore rail line to two towns south of Hammond his priority. As part of his mission, municipal governments across NWI, that are nowhere near the expansion or have more to lose than gain from this project, have been asked to “voluntarily” approve an inter-local …

Company takes over Hammond Recycling building

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September 20, 2014 – Rob Earnshaw The vacant Hammond Recycling building has been purchased by a company with plans to turn it into a state-of-the-art recycling facility complete with new jobs. JJS Recycling Factory officials say they will develop a significant operation of recycling plastic bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, and manufacture it for use in the textile …

Tracks, trains hot topics at Hammond Mayor’s Night Out

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September 15, 2014 – Rob Earnshaw From a rail crossing falling into disrepair to the proposed South Shore Line extension, trains were on the mind of recent Mayor’s Night Out participants. The “horrible” condition of the railroad crossing on Indianapolis Boulevard next to Cargill Inc. was one of the issues concerning residents at the recent event at Wolf Lake Pavilion. …

Mayor McDermott Names Assistant Chief

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Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. announces that a new Assistant Chief has been chosen for the City of Hammond Fire Department. Assistant Chief Karl Repay will succeed Assistant Chief Pat Moore, Jr. Moore a 23 year veteran of the Hammond Fire Department who recently announced his retirement. Assistant Chief Repay began his career with the Hammond Fire Department in December, …