Tag Archives: Construction

City Begins Demolishing 8th and Washington Hotel After Fire

21 Dec

by Ken Davidson

The City of Gary began the process of demolishing and cleaning up at the site of a December 5, 2013 fire at 8th and Washington Streets. Crews from Actin, Inc. of East Chicago were on hand with heavy equipment on Friday. A barricade fence was placed around the demololition area to prevent the public from entering the site. The fire, and now demolition project, sit directly across the street from the newly build 21st Century Charter School.

The Gazette previously reported on abandoned and falling down city and county owned buildings near schools. The buildings in this block were included in that article which can be viewed here. There are still no announced plans to barricade, repair or demolish the other unsafe structures on the block.

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Crews work to demolish a fire damaged hotel at 8th and Washington in Gary on Friday.

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Actin, Inc. of East Chicago begins demolition

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Allstate Issues Tips to Avoid Insurance Scams After Storms

21 Nov

Gazette Staff

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — While most home-repair contractorsare honest and provide quality work, Allstate Insurance reminds homeowners affectedby the recent tornadoes to be on the lookout for workers and companies engaging incontractor fraud.

Here are some ways to avoid getting scammed by contractor fraud in the aftermath ofthe storm.

Be wary of contractors who solicit door-to-door. Work only with established contractors and those who have a solid reputation.

Work only with licensed, bonded and insured contractors and have them provide you with documentation.

Require references and check them out.

Check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against contractors you are considering. Victims of contractor fraud often file complaints.

Don’t feel pressured into signing a contract, and never sign a contract with blanks. A contract should include the contractor’s name, business name, phone number and address.

Avoid payment-in-full up front. Some contractors may require a partial up front payment, but the amount should not exceed approximately 20% of the total estimate amount.

Never let work begin on your home or business until the contract is finalized.

Don’t pay a contractor in full or sign a completion certificate until the job is completed and you are satisfied with the work and avoid making cash payments.

If anyone performs unauthorized work on your property and demands payment, consider contacting authorities.

Never let anyone persuade you to seek reimbursement for nonexistent or exaggerated losses or damages. This is insurance fraud, which is a felony.

Pence Appoints Freeman-Wilson, 23 Others to Transportation Panel

23 Oct

Gazette Staff

Indianapolis, IN – Governor Mike Pence today named appointees to a Blue Ribbon Panel to plan the next generation of transportation infrastructure in Indiana.

The Panel, which was articulated in Pence’s Roadmap for Indiana, will review projects related to all four modes of transportation: water, air, road and rail. Based on the metrics they will develop, the Panel will identify a list of priority projects over the course of the next ten years. In the long term, the group will explore and monitor innovations in transportation infrastructure to keep Indiana on the cutting edge.

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and Cathy Langham, President of Langham Logistics, will co-chair the Panel. Additional Panel members include:

  • Mike Cline, Purdue University
  • Richard Conner, American Structurepoint
  • Mike Daigle, St. Joseph County Airport Authority
  • Mark DeFabis, Integrated Distribution Services, Inc.
  • Chip Edington, OSP Group
  • Dennis Faulkenberg, Appian, Inc.
  • Andrew Fox, Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad
  • Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, City of Gary
  • Pete Georgeon, ArcelorMittal USA Flat Carbon
  • Mayor Tom Henry, City of Fort Wayne
  • Mark Holden, A&R Logistics
  • Scott Jones, ChaCha
  • Douglas Joest, Evansville-Vanderburgh Airport Authority District
  • Chris Matney, Indianapolis Airport Authority
  • Hank Menke, OFS Brands
  • Don Miller, Mt. Vernon Barge Service
  • Bob Palmer, AGFS of FedEx
  • Don Sansone, Red Gold, Inc.
  • JR Saylor, Brightpoint, Inc.
  • Zack Scott, UPS-Ohio Valley District
  • Noah Sodrel, Sodrel Truck Lines, Inc.
  • Mark St. Clair, Consolidated Grain & Barge Co.
  • Phil Terry, Monarch Beverage Company
  • Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, City of Evansville