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Animal Control services are for the residents of East Chicago. During 2002 at least one out of seven residents of the city have used these services.
The Animal Control Department is responsible for controlling stray and unlicensed animals in the community. It is also responsible for assisting in the resolution of other problems relating to animals.
Such problems include:
Any animal that is not licensed nor has received immunizations against rabies and which is reported to have bitten an individual will be impounded. The animal will then be quarantined at the Animal Shelter for a period of ten days:
No person shall keep or harbor any dog/cat of any age within city limits unless a license has been issued. All licenses shall be issued for one year beginning with 1st day of January. The yearly license fee is $2 for a female and $1 for a male or spayed female.
Dogs and cats must wear identification tags or collars at all times when off the premises of the owners.
The owners of every animal shall be responsible for the removal of any excreta deposited by his/her animal on public walks, recreation areas, or private property.
Every female cat or dog in season shall be confined in a building or secure enclosure in such a manner that such female cat or dog cannot come into contact with another animal except for planned breeding.
Any animal found running at large will be impounded. Proof of rabies immunizations and impoundment fees well be required in order to release any animal. The Initial fee is $5 for the first day, plus $2 for each additional day the dog/cat has been impounded. After three working days, if the animal impounded has not been claimed by its owner, it will become the property of the Animal Control Division.
The types of animal that are picked up are:
Please call to verify if we can handle your animal trapping case.
The Animal Shelter has cages that can be rented out to those residents who have an animal roaming in their home or around their premises. The rental fee is $25 from which $1 will be deducted per day until the cage is returned. The remaining balance, if any, will be returned to the renter upon the return of the cage.
The animal wardens only capture animal that are out in the open.
To report deer please contact The Department of Natural Resources Customer Service Center at 317-232-4200 or 877-463-6367, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Yes. All East Chicago birth certificates are stamped with the Health Officer signature, and given a textured seal. This certificate is legal and can be used for:
This certificate does NOT include mother's maiden name or time of birth.
This certificate is NOT a long form certificate and NOT valid for an Apostille seal application.
This certificate is NOT valid for dual citizenship applications.
No. Should you need the time of birth or mother’s maiden name to be displayed on your certificate, you must request a long form birth certificate which can only be obtained through the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).
Please contact ISDH at 317-233-2700 for further information.
No. A long form birth certificate which can only be obtained through the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).
No. Should you need an Apostille seal to prove dual citizenship or international verification you need to contact the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) at 317-233-2700. The procedure will include requesting the long form birth certificate from the ISDH to then send to the secretary of state for the seal.
Yes. Only if you were born in East Chicago, Indiana. If you are purchasing a certificate for yourself, you will need your valid driver’s license or valid state ID. If you do not have valid ID please refer to which documents you will need.
If you are purchasing a certificate for next of kin please refer to acceptable relatives and documents they will need.
Please refer to office hours and acceptable forms of payment.
No. Local health departments are not affiliated with the social security office. Should you need a card for a child or a replacement card, you may seek any social security office near you.
No. An appointment is only necessary if you are getting an amendment to your birth certificate or you are requesting a paternity affidavit.
Visits usually take 10 to 20 minutes. Coming into the office, you will fill an application with your information and present your valid driver’s license, valid state ID, or 3 alternative documents. The process will take 10 to 20 minutes depending upon the traffic within the office.
Birth certificates are generally ready in 2 to 3 weeks. So long as the child was born at St. Catherine’s hospital in East Chicago Indiana, the certificate for newborns will be generated between 2 to 3 weeks and parents will need to produce the birth announcement form from the hospital and proper identification.
The announcement form is not absolutely needed, you will need to fill the certificate application instead.
No. As per state, all adoptions are to be taken care of via Indiana State Department of Health 317-233-2700.
You will need to provide a valid license or valid State ID. The minimum documents we require for certificates is a valid driver’s license or valid state ID meaning it has not expired. We do not accept the temporary paper ID. Please refer to alternative documentation if you do not have a valid license or ID.
You will need to provide three alternative documents. If you do not have a valid license or ID we require a minimum of 3 alternative documents. Below is a list of acceptable identification:
If you do not have 3 different documents from the list above please call the department for further information 219-391-8413.
No. As per State law the East Chicago Health Department cannot accept the temporary paper ID.
You must have a valid driver's license, valid state ID, or 3 alternative documents (list found in the FAQ) in order to request the certificates.
In most institutions and shelters the available social worker or lawyer firm can advocate for your certificate. Please refer to the below items you will need to advocate on behalf of a client.
If you are requesting a certificate on behalf of yourself and find yourself in any of these situations, please call the East Chicago Health Department at 219-391-8413 to review your case.
The agency or representative is still responsible for sending a formal request on a client’s behalf through office visit, mail, or online order. All methods will require the advocate’s work ID (in place of the individual's license of ID), request on office letterhead, and payment.
Please note that the Health Department does not provide vouchers for birth certificates. The advocating entity or individual is responsible for payment.
No. This office needs to verify who you are with your legal identification. This office does not take payment over the phone.
Yes. Depending on the location you are mailing from we advise the round trip mail to be between 10 and 16 business days.
Alternatively, you may print the certificate application from the website and mail it with a photocopy of valid driver’s license, valid state ID, or 3 alternative documentation, money order, and self-addressed stamped envelope.
You may call the East Chicago Health Department 7 business days after mailing your forms to see if we have received it and if it has been put back into the mail, 219-391-8413.
Yes. Below are the instructions for online ordering. There will be a difference in price for online ordering versus mail or office visit, and it will require a fax. Online ordering is faster than mail ordering but will come at slight fee increase. There is regular mail shipping (7 to 10 business days) or UPS overnight (2 to 3 business days) shipping available. Without faxing your items to the Health DPT your order will remain incomplete and you will be charged without receiving the certificate.
You may call the East Chicago Health Department at 219-391-8413 to verify we have received your fax.
The only relative who has the authority to pick up your certificate (with appropriate ID) is your:
No aunt, uncle, cousin, ex-spouse, or non-relative may pick up your certificate.
To verify direct relationship we will cross reference the names on the certificate & ID with who is petitioning for the certificate.
Depending on the relation to you, different relatives will need different documentation.
Your relation needs to show a direct kinship to you. A relation should have at least one parent similar to the record on file to obtain the certificate.
If your name or any other information is incorrect on your East Chicago issued birth certificate, or you had a legal name change through the courts and you were born in East Chicago, we advise you to call our department 219-391-8413. You will need to bring the official court papers with you to change the certificate, and will only need to pay for the certificate.
You may or may not need to set an appointment to have your name amended depending on your case. Amendments have a fee of $25, and $12 for new certificate.
If you had a legal name change through the courts and you were born in East Chicago, we advise you to call our department 219-391-8413. You will need to bring the official court papers with you to change the certificate, and will only need to pay for the certificate.
No. All birth records are stored by the state and county in which that person was born including overseas military births.
If you were born in a different state you must contact the state health department from the state you were born.
If you were born in a different country, contact the Indiana State Department of Health for more information 317-233-2700.
Yes and No. While East Chicago is within Lake County, the East Chicago Health Department only prints certificates for those born within East Chicago. Call the East Chicago Health Department at 219-391-8713, which is located at:100 W Chicago AvenueSuite 100 AEast Chicago, IN, 46312
If you were born in the city of Gary you must contact the Gary Health Department 219-882-5565 located at1145 W 5th AvenueGary, IN 46402.
If you were born in Lake County elsewhere than East Chicago or Gary you must contact the Lake County Health Department at 219-755-3655. The Lake County Health Department is located at:2900 W 93rd AvenueCrown Point, IN 46307
Genealogy- Individual named on certificate must be over 75 years old and deceased (Must provide proof of death.)
Per State, the laws surrounding birth amendments will be changing. We advise clients to call our office at 219 391-8413 to review your case.
The Amendment is a legally binding change to your certificate. Once you have signed and should the information be incorrect, the state will consider this legally binding and will not be rectified at the local level therefore after, but will have to be changed through the courts. Once you amend your certificate at the local level you can no longer amend your certificate through the local level and must go through the courts therefore after. You may review the needed documents for the amendment in the next question. You will need 2 different documents, and must be ten years or older. The documents you provide must reflect the correct spelling you want to be displayed on your certificate.
Appointments are only available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for 9 or 10 a.m, except days that fall on the first or the last of the month.
Amendments are $25 and a new certificate is $12.
You will need 2 different documents reflecting your intended name spelling.
Items of documentary evidence to permit amendment of a birth record are listed below. This list does not include all acceptable documents, but includes those most frequently used. The documents must be over ten (10) years old to be acceptable as evidence.
This depends on the city of death. You would seek the local health department in the city/state in which that person passed away in.
If the person passed in East Chicago you would contact the East Chicago Health Department at 219-391-8413
The East Chicago Health Department located at:100 W Chicago AvenueSuite 100 AEast Chicago, IN 46312
You can obtain the certificate with 3 methods; office visit, mail, or online. Refer to how you can obtain the certificate.
If the person passed away in Gary you would contact the Gary Health Department at 219-882-5565. The Gary Health Department is located at:1145 W 5th AvenueGary, IN 46402
If the person passed away in Lake County elsewhere than East Chicago or Gary, you must contact the Lake County Health Department at 219-755-3655. The Lake County Health Department is located at:2900 W 93rd AvenueCrown Point, IN 46307
This depends on relation.
You will need appropriate documentation in order to receive someone’s death certificate. You will also need to know the exact date or a specific range of dates of the death. All death records are stored by date, not name of the deceased. If you are not sure of the date, you may contact the cemetery for the burial date. The Health Department does not provide vouchers for certificates.
No aunts, uncles, cousins, ex-spouse, or non-relations may obtain a death certificate unless you have a legal letter from an agency that lists your name as:
Two to four weeks or depending on the circumstances of the passing the hospital, attending physicians, or coroners will generate the certificate when the mode of death or investigation has concluded. The funeral home is the responsible party for all details on the certificate, the health department is only responsible for printing the certificate. Call our office at 219-391-8413 to verify if the certificate has been generated.
Call the attending funeral home. The East Chicago Health Department is not responsible for generating any details on the certificate. Details are generated by those directly involved in the procedures. Contact the attending funeral home if any detail is incorrect.
If you are unsure of who to contact call the East Chicago Health Department at 219-391-8413 for direction.
You can only come into the office if the deceased passed away in the city of East Chicago. Depending on your relation to the person you will need different documents. Refer to who can obtain a death certificate and what you will need. If you do not have valid ID, please refer to which documents you will need.
To request a death certificate via the mail, submit the following to the Health Department:
You may print the following certificate to include in your mail items: English Death Certificate Spanish Death Certificate
Depending on the location you are mailing from we advise the round trip mail to be between 10 and 16 business days.
There will be a difference in price for online ordering versus mail or office visit, and it will require a fax. Online ordering is faster than mail ordering but will come at slight fee increase. There is regular mail shipping or UPS overnight shipping available.
Genealogy certificates are records that are 75 years or older.
The most common way that lead enters drinking water is through the corrosion of lead or galvanized iron plumbing. Across the country, lead and galvanized iron was a common material used for plumbing in many older homes. In a large percentage of these older homes, lead plumbing can be found in the service line, either in the utility portion of the service line from the main to the curb-stop or in the customer portion of the service line from the curb stop to the interior piping. However, lead can also be found beyond the service line in the interior house piping, lead solder, and brass or chrome-plated brass faucets. Though galvanized steel and copper became more popular as plumbing pipe materials in the 1960s, lead piping and solder was not federally banned until 1986 and faucets could contain up to 8% lead until 1996.
The Environmental Protection Agency did these tests on a pilot basis for the first 43 homes that were excavated in zones 2 and 3. Street or construction work can sometimes disturb the “service lines” that carry water from the mains in the street through the yard into the home. When lead (or galvanized iron) service lines are disturbed, there is a chance that small particles of lead can break off and get into drinking water.
Like many older cities across the nation, East Chicago has a large percentage of service lines made of lead. It is likely that many homes in East Chicago have service lines that are made of - or contain – lead. In addition, lead plumbing components in some homes could also cause increased lead levels.
The water utility owns the service lines from the water main to the curb stop. The homeowner owns the service lines from the curb stop to the interior plumbing.
Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doesn’t have enough information to determine whether excavation is impacting lead levels in zones 2 and 3. However, EPA’s preliminary data shows that, before excavation, 18 homes had lead levels in tap water that exceeded the action level of 15 parts per billion. There is no safe level of lead exposure.
EPA has notified the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and the City of East Chicago of these results. IDEM has been actively working with the City to optimize the dosage of the current corrosion control treatment. The treatment reduces lead leaching by forming a protective coating on the interior of the pipes, with the ultimate goal of reducing lead levels in your home.
As part of the pilot, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) installed filters on kitchen taps of participants. EPA recommends that participants continue to use the filter for drinking, cooking, and brushing your teeth until further notice.
Aerators should be cleaned on weekly basis. Filter cartridges should be replaced regularly. Unfiltered tap water can be used to wash dishes, clothes, and clean homes. It can also be used for showers and children’s baths.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you can reduce or eliminate your exposure to lead in drinking water by using a water filter certified to remove lead for cooking, drinking, and baby formula or by running the kitchen tap on cold for at least 5 minutes before using any tap water for drinking or cooking. Children and pregnant women are especially vulnerable to the effects of lead.
Hot water can contain higher levels of lead, so use only cold water for eating, drinking, and brushing your teeth. Boiling water will not remove lead.
More information can be found at Environmental Protection Agency’s website.
Yes. The City of East Chicago has been in full compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency's “Lead and Copper Rule” since 1993. The City meets all applicable federal and state rules concerning lead and copper in drinking water.
Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has been working with the City to ensure that the corrosion control treatment is being introduced into the water at a high enough level to increase the coating of the lines to reduce lead leaching from the pipes, therefore reducing lead levels in your home. The City of East Chicago routinely tests for lead in drinking water and you can view the lead testing results on your Consumer Confidence Report (CCR).
The required compliance testing done the by City is different from Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) sampling for the pilot project in zones 2 and 3. Compliance testing measures lead levels throughout the City’s entire drinking water distribution system. The sequential sampling for the pilot project measures lead levels throughout an individual’s homes piping system from the water main to the street to the tap which is more rigorous series of tests.
On a national level, EPA is actively considering potential revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule. The primary goal is to improve the effectiveness of the rule in reducing exposure to lead and copper from drinking water. EPA anticipates proposed rule changes soon.
The Environmental Protection Agency performed sequential sampling for many different chemical contaminants and is also conducting other water quality testing to comprehensively evaluate the effects of excavation at the superfund site. All of the final results will be shared with participants, the City, and the state.
Lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body. It may not have obvious symptoms, so people might not realize they have too much lead in their bodies. For young children, exposure to lead can cause behavior problems and learning disabilities. The only way to know if you have lead in your body is to get tested. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agree that there is no known safe blood lead level in children.
Residents interested in getting their children’s blood lead level tested can contact the East Chicago Health Department at 219-391-8467.
Yes. Your skin does not absorb lead in water. Bathing and showering in unfiltered water is still safe for children and adults. It is safe even if the skin has minor cuts or scrapes. However, never drink bathwater, and do not allow babies and children to drink bathwater.
Yes, but dry items after. Wash dishes, bottles, and toys with unfiltered soapy water. Dry before use.
Lead in water will not be absorbed by porcelain, metal, or glass. Clothes washed in plain tap water will not contain enough lead to cause harm.
The Environmental Protection Agency tested the use of filters and confirmed they are effective in removing lead from drinking water, even at high levels. Please note that filters are effective when used properly - only cold water should be filtered. Cartridges must be replaced on a regular basis per manufacturer’s instructions.
A whole-home filter may not be effective because it does not treat water that flows through interior pipes, brass, and leaded-solder, which can contaminate the water with lead even after it has passed through a whole-home filter. Any water treatment filter used should be National Sanitation Foundation Standard 53 (NSF-53) certified to remove lead and should be located at the end of the plumbing right before the tap, so that all water that flows through home plumbing is treated. The certification label is typically displayed on the package and the filter.
You can have your home’s water tested for lead on your own by contacting a laboratory certified by the Indiana State Department of Health for analysis of lead in drinking water.
A list of those laboratories can be found on Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Drinking Water at Lead webpage.
If the plumbing in your home is accessible, you may be able to inspect your own plumbing. Otherwise, call your water provider or hire a plumber.
More information can be found on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.
No. It is not possible for lead from contaminated soil to get into your tap water. If there is elevated lead in your tap water, it is most likely due to the presence of lead in your service lines and/or the plumbing in your home.
If the child was born at St. Catherine’s in East Chicago you will need to set an appointment with the health department to establish paternity. This affidavit is a legally binding document meaning you need to read and verify each section of information. Once you have signed and should the information be incorrect, the state will consider this legally binding and will not be rectified at the local level therefore after, but will have to be changed through the courts.
You may contact the Vital Records division at (219) 391-8413 to make an appointment.
Appointments are only available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for 9 or 10 a.m, except days that fall on the first or the last of the month.
Both parents need to come on the day of their appointment with their valid driver’s license or state ID, and social security cards.
The fee for an Affidavit is $50. The fee for new birth certificates is $12. Please refer to acceptable payment options.
No. This affidavit does not include a DNA test. This division does not receive DNA establishing papers from any agency, nor does this facility administer DNA testing. The affidavit is legally binding regardless of test findings.
If the paternity was completed with the East Chicago Health Department you may obtain a copy in office or through mail for $2 per copy. Please view acceptable forms of payment.
No. the Program is limited to an owner-occupied residence. The occupant must have fee simple title to the property being proposed for rehabilitation. Your parents could make application to participate in the Residential Repair Program at their primary residence within the City of East Chicago, Indiana.
Due to the large interest in the Residential Repair Program, a first-come first-served waiting list is utilized. There is an approximate one-to-two year cavity between the time an application is currently received and thereby pulled for processing. In special situations where safety of property or persons is confirmed, priority may be authorized to serve that particular need of an eligible homeowner in the Emergency Repair Program, for which the homeowner would incur a 100% loan for the cost of the repair.
No. The homeowners are not allowed to personally perform any non-emergency home repairs during the Residential Repair Program construction period. Homeowner repair projects that begin before the start of the Residential Repair Program construction period are required to be complete, including, if applicable, city inspection reports indicating proof that homeowner’s previous project is code compliant.
The elevated levels of lead and arsenic in the soil are left over from contamination that occurred years ago by the operations of several lead smelting facilities that were located in this area until the 1960s.
Contaminated soil can enter the body if it is swallowed or breathed in. Soil generates small dust particles that can settle on clothing, on toys, and in the home. It can enter the home on the soles of shoes and other items such as bike tires.
Children may swallow the dust when they put their hands and toys in their mouths. Young children (under the age of 6) are at the greatest risk of exposure to the lead and arsenic dust because they play in soil and put soil-covered toys and hands in their mouths. In fact, children get about twice as much soil in their bodies from their activities as do adults.
Most of us have some lead and arsenic in our bodies from exposures in everyday life. It is not possible to determine whether the lead and arsenic in your body is from your exposure to the contaminated soil or another source. The East Chicago Health Department and others have been conducting blood testing for lead and have found that more children have elevated blood lead levels than would normally be expected. This may be from the soil.
Testing for arsenic in the body is not reliable and is reserved for cases of high-dose poisoning rather than exposure from the environment. It is usually conducted by poison specialists.
Over time, lead can damage children’s nervous systems which may result in small changes to IQ and behavior. Since the brain develops before birth but continues for the first several years of life, pregnant women and children six years of age and under are at higher risk than older children and adults.
Children and adults exposed to high levels of arsenic may have irritation of the stomach and intestines, blood vessel damage, skin changes, and reduced nerve function. Long-term exposure in children may lead to learning disabilities and other neurological effects. High levels of arsenic can also increase the risk of developing cancer.
Children and pregnant women who live in West Calumet Housing Complex should have their blood tested for lead. You or your child’s health care provider or the East Chicago Health Department (ECHD) can perform the test. ECHD is located at:100 W Chicago AvenueEast Chicago, IN 46312
For more information, contact ECHD at 219-391-8467.
All children less than 6 years old who receive Medicaid are required to be tested for lead yearly.
This is a difficult question to answer. We know that even low levels of lead can cause small changes in a child’s growing brain. However, we are unable to predict which children will have problems in the future due to their lead exposure. Some lead exposed children seem to do fine.
About 2.5% of children in the United States have a blood lead level equal to or above 5 micrograms per deciliter, which is considered elevated. Most children test lower than 5 micrograms per deciliter, however very few are close to zero. Elevated blood lead is most typically the result of contact with lead-based paint in the home.
Here are some comparison levels to help you understand you or your child’s blood lead results:
Medicine to remove lead from the body has its own risks and therefore is not prescribed until blood lead levels are greater than 45 micrograms per deciliter. Low levels of lead will be removed from the body over time (through the urine and stool).
Regardless of your child’s lead level, you should speak with your child’s health care provider to have your child further evaluated if he or she does not seem to be developing normally.
There are activities you can do with your child that will stimulate his or her brain as it is developing and may counteract the possible damage caused by lead. These activities include:
Tips for preventing lead and arsenic from entering your child include:
Many older homes have gutters and sump pumps connected directly to the sanitary sewer. This means that rain from the roof and ground water from the pumps runs directly into the sewer. Not all downspouts are connected to the sanitary sewer, some may discharge into a storm drain. Contact Stormwater Management at 219-391-8773 to find out if your connected downspout and sump pumps discharges into the sanitary sewer.
The problem is too much water. Sanitary sewer systems can only handle a certain amount of water. During a rainstorm, water gets into the sewer from connected downspouts and sump pumps. In a neighborhood of 200 homes it only takes six to eight sump pumps working full time in wet weather to cause sewer backups. When there is too much water for the system, the excess has to go somewhere, and that somewhere is often somebody's basement, a manhole, or the Grand Calumet River.
The City of East Chicago has a legal requirement, (Ordinance Number 2835) which was passed on May of 1964 to stop rain water from flowing to our sanitary sewers. With an increase in water flow, this becomes a problem, because the wastewater treatment plant has to treat the extra water.
Sewage overflows are messy, costly, and a threat to health and the environment.
The Sanitary District ends up treating the extra water. The utility may also have to pay fines when raw sewage is released to the environment.
Disconnection is usually a simple, relatively inexpensive process. Stormwater Management will be able to tell whether your downspouts and sump pumps are connected to the sanitary sewer.
If you are not familiar with plumbing work, please contact a licensed and bonded plumber or Stormwater Management for assistance at 219-391-8773.
Stormwater management is directly related to our water quality, and water quality affects us all. Managing stormwater properly protects wildlife, maintains a healthy environment around us, and ensures quality drinking water.