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Emergencies: 911
Non-Emergency:
Police: 219-924-3141
Fire: 219-924-3151

Town Hall:
111 North Broad Street
Griffith, IN 46319
Phone: 219-924-7500

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News and Announcements
Indiana DNR Special Events Calendar [read more...] Click to view more
2014 DNR Fishing Guide Available Click to view more
The Times on US 30 Roadwork Click to view more
The Times Article On Road/Alley Projects Click to view more
The Times Article On The Cady Marsh Ditch Click to view more
Griffith Grinners 4H Club Wins Event Click to view more
The Times Article On Griffith Football Click to view more
The Times Article On Flood Insurance Mandate Click to view more
The Times Story On New Football Field Click to view more
The Times Article On Crime Mapping Click to view more
The Times Article on Griffith Police Dept Click to view more
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Last updated: 08-20-2014 02:35 PM
Events
2014-08-19 Town Council Meeting - 7 PM Click to view more
2014-08-20 EMS Meeting - 6:00 pm Click to view more
2014-08-21 Lake County Solid Waste Mgmt Mtg - 7:00 PM Click to view more
2014-08-21 Sanitary Board Meeting - 4:30 PM Click to view more
2014-08-21 Storm Water Board Meeting - 4:00 PM Click to view more
2014-08-21 NIRPC Executive Board Mtg - 9 am Click to view more
2014-08-21 Red Cross Blood Drive - 9 am - 4 pm Click to view more
2014-08-21 Red Cross Blood Drive - 9 am - 3 pm Click to view more
2014-08-21 New Friends 50 Plus - 6 pm - 8:30 pm Click to view more
2014-08-22 VFW Post 9982 Fish Fry - 4 pm - 8 pm Click to view more
2014-08-22 Griffith Central Market - 3 pm - 8 pm Click to view more
2014-08-23 Red Cross Blood Drive - Railcats - 3 pm - 6 pm Click to view more
2014-08-23 Animal Adoption Day - 12 pm - 4 pm Click to view more
2014-08-24 Animal Adoption Day - 12 pm - 4 pm Click to view more
2014-08-25 Red Cross Blood Drive - Merrillville - 12 pm - 5 pm Click to view more
2014-08-25 Red Cross Blood Drive - Hobart - 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm Click to view more
2014-08-27 BZA Meeting - 7:00 pm Click to view more
2014-08-28 Rock N Rail - 5 pm - 12 am Click to view more
2014-08-28 Imagine Griffith Meeting - 6:30 pm Click to view more
2014-08-28 New Friends 50 Plus - 6 pm - 8:30 pm Click to view more
2014-08-29 Rock N Rail Car Show - 5 pm - 9 pm Click to view more
2014-08-29 Rock N Rail - 5 pm - 12 am Click to view more
2014-08-30 Rock N Rail - 11 am - 12 am Click to view more
2014-08-31 Red Cross Blood Drive - Hammond - 12 pm - 5:30 pm Click to view more
2014-08-31 Rock N Rail - 12 pm - 12 am Click to view more
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Last updated: 08-20-2014 02:35 PM
Featured Articles
2014 Rock N Rail Information

Six years ago Griffith held the first Rock 'N' Rail festival as a one day event.  The festival is expanding this year to 4 days over Labor Day Weekend featuring fun and food for the entire family.  Admission and parking are FREE.  A handicap parking lot will be available.

Follow the Rock N Rail Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/RockNRail?ref=hl&ref_type=bookmark

Vendor Application Available by clicking Here

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Town of Griffith Pavement Condition and Construction Town of Griffith Pavement Condition and Construction


Recently the Town has began work on a large project to repave many roads and alleys. To view the map of the conditions and status, please click HERE.

Thank you for your patience as we help rebuild your town and have a great day!

Written: 07-12-2014 12:00 AM

Griffith Animal Shelter Raises Funds with 5 Race

 



The Griffith Animal Shelter was able to raise over $2300 for their needs from the Running up the Scoreboard 5k race held on Aug 7. A big thank you to Jeff and Scott Bridges for their generosity and sponsorship of the race.

Over 100 runners participated in the event.

Written: 07-12-2014 12:00 AM

Need A Room For A Meeting? Need A Room For A Meeting?

The Griffith Community Room at the Griffith YMCA is available by reservation for Sports team meetings, sign ups, club meetings, scrapbook and quilting or knitting groups. Please call the Y at 750-1082 and request the community room office.

Written: 07-12-2014 12:00 AM

Senior Center Rental and Group Information Senior Center Rental and Group Information

Are you considering having an indoor party at a facility that can house up to 64?  If so, please call the Senior Center at 219-924-1405 for more information on pricing and availability.

Do you know of any seniors who are looking for something to do?  Why not join the many seniors who participate in pinochle, bridge, book club, lunch and many other special events.  For more information on event dates please call 219-924-1405.

Written: 07-12-2014 12:00 AM

Post Tribune Article On Griffith's Credit Rating


Please click HERE to read an article from The Post Tribune on the raising of Griffith's credit rating level.

Written: 07-19-2014 12:00 AM

Compiled Police Reports Available For Viewing Compiled Police Reports Available For Viewing

Want to see crime reports for the town? If so, please click HERE

Written: 07-19-2014 12:00 AM

West Nile Information West Nile Information

The Town of Griffith has been informed by the Lake County Health Department that a sample of mosquitoes collected at Colfax and Main St in Griffith was reported positive for West Nile Virus by the Indiana State Department of Health Lab. Griffith Public Works Director Rick Konopasek stated that the town's efforts to control mosquitoes includes placing pellets in standing water to kill larvae before they hatch, as well as, weekly spraying of the town. The town encourages all residents to take precautions when mosquitoes are prevalent and those individuals who may be sick, elderly or very young should wear protective clothing and take extra care not to be bitten by any mosquitoes.  Any questions can be directed to the Griffith Public Works Department or the Lake County Health Department.  

For more information on how to prevent West Nile please click HERE.

Written: 07-25-2014 12:00 AM

Message from Griffith Police Dept and Griffith Crime Watch Message from Griffith Police Dept and Griffith Crime Watch

Graffiti is vandalism that scars our community, hurts property values, and diminishes our quality of life. To combat this crime and to maintain the beauty of our Town, the Town of Griffith offers free graffiti removal services to both public and private property owners.

To help us make this program a success, we ask that all of our residents and visitors to be on the look-out for any graffiti, on public or private property, and to report any observed instances to the Griffith Police Department at (219) 924-7503. 

Once notified of the vandalism a police report will be generated and that report will be forwarded to the Griffith Parks Department.  After receiving the report, the Griffith Parks Department’s trained employees will immediately remove graffiti from public property but will need permission from property owners prior to doing any removal on private property.

The Griffith Police Department is dedicated to the apprehension of graffiti vandals and it should be noted that offenders, or parents of offenders, will be held liable for any monetary damages.

Written: 07-25-2014 12:00 AM

Public Safety and Community Day

This year our Public Safety and Community Night will take place again at Central Park on September 13th, 2014 from 11 am - 4 pm. Public Safety demonstrations will take place throughout the day (final schedule TBA). In addition to Public Safety exhibitions, this year we have added several of our community partners and non-profit organizations which will also be present at the event. Come out and see a K-9 demonstration, helicopter landing, accident extrication, DUI investigation, and much more. You will be able to see Griffith's public safety vehicles and equipment up close, and meet the men and women responsible for their use. This is a family friendly event and we encourage those of all ages to attend. Much more information to follow as we get closer to the day of the event. Hope to see you on September 13th.

Written: 08-02-2014 12:40 PM

Bridge Closure - Arbogast Bridge Closure - Arbogast

Due to emergency maintenance repairs, the Arbogast bridge over the Cady Marsh Ditch will be closed until further notice. Detour streets will be Colfax Avenue to the east and Broad Street to the west.

Written: 05-12-2014 12:00 AM

Griffith Central Market Is HERE Griffith Central Market Is HERE

What started as a simple idea eventually morphed into a reality. Griffith Central Market is a fusion of great entertainment and well prepared, delicious foods; a collection of artisan beers and hand crafted wares. It’s about taking the ubiquitous and making it extraordinary. The region is rife with gifted musicians ribboning through an equally impressive community of artists. It is our mission to bring these talented individuals into the market throughout the season. We are dedicated to showcasing this vast array of artisanship for our entire guests that find their way into this fabulous experience. Griffith Central Market is located in the tree lined beauty of Griffith’s Central Park and is open most Fridays May 2nd through October 10th from 3PM to 8PM. Music begins at 6PM and can be enjoyed until 9, when we tear it down and pack it up until the following Friday. The music is free, the atmosphere is electric and the offerings are wonderful. It’s Griffith Central Market. You don’t want to miss it!

Music on Friday August 15th will be provided by Bud and Dennis. 

Featured Vendor:

As you visit the Region's outdoor markets this summer you will find plenty of lovely skin care items, but the skin care products from Simply Birgit are the only ones you will also find available at Whole Foods. Birgit's standards, quality and commitment are extremely important to her and it shows in her product line. She employs Free Trade policies which allows her to work with women from around the world. Her choice of ingredients are non-GMO, organic, natural, paraben, petro, sulfate, & phthalates free. All bottles and labels are made in the USA. Packaging materials are post-consumer recycled, biodegradable, or recycled. If your wanting the best, look no further than Simply Birgit!

The following vendors have signed on to particpate in the Market.


“Ay Chihuahua’s” Autistic Eye Art Ben’s Soft Pretzels Brews & Blooms
Capricorn Foods
Cookielicious Bakery Crafty Colors Early Bird Inc
Elite Sweets Festive Foods Flagel’s Sugar House Gindhouse Café
Iceophine Design Jill Marie’s Luketi Mescolare
Nana’s Tidbits
Panos Farms Planted Memories Remlap Composting
Simply Birgit Sinfully Delicious Brownies
Stamper Cheese Sun Dipped
T&S Catering Taste & See The Divine Chef Tiffany’s Hot Dogs and Polish
Tiffany’s Tea Room The Rolling Stonebaker, Inc The Scoville Brothers Valpo Shrimp Co
Wilk’s Wear Yingyang Gourmeals
 

 

Written: 04-12-2014 12:00 AM

Community: Indiana State Police Warn about IRS Scam

The Indiana State Police are warning the public of a scam that has moved to Indiana. It seems as quickly as you hear about one scam it disappears and another one starts. The latest scam that is circulating involves individuals claiming to be from the IRS.  Officials are investigating a phone scam involving callers who impersonate Internal Revenue Service representatives and demand immediate payments with pre-paid debit cards and wire transfers. The caller often claims the victim owes thousands of dollars in overdue taxes. According to the IRS the agency would always make contact with the taxpayer first by mail or with a personal visit.  The scam continues when the caller tells the victim he cannot use standard forms of payment, specifically a credit card to pay the taxes. The caller tries to justify why the money has to be wired to a PayPal account or paid using a prepaid debit card. If the caller is unsuccessful talking to the victim the scammer will then threaten the victim with an arrest warrant. The IRS doesn’t have the authority to issue warrants.  In this scam, as with most of them, the calls are originating from cell phones or over the internet from all over the U.S. and tracking down the 21st century con artist is no easy task. The state police feel that a well informed public is the best defense in combating scammers and remind everyone that these phone scams and cyber crimes are becoming commonplace.  If you feel that you have been a victim of this scam you can contact the Treasury Inspector General on the web at: http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml

Written: 07-15-2014 02:47 PM

Statement From Grififth Police Chief Mance Statement From Grififth Police Chief Mance

Police Chief Asks Residents to Be Vigilante in Locking Unattended Vehicles and Reporting Suspicious People

Although some arrests have been made in the recent past, thefts from unlocked vehicles remain an issue that the Griffith Police Department is working hard to combat.  To assist the police department in this mission, we are asking that all citizens report any suspicious circumstances that they observe as these incidents are sporadic but often widespread.  In addition, we are asking that people keep any valuables stored in their vehicles free from sight and that a conscious effort be made in locking vehicles when left unattended.  

Chief Gregory S. Mance
Griffith Police Department
219.924.7503

Written: 07-15-2014 02:47 PM

4th of July Parade- Winners 4th of July Parade- Winners

The Griffith Special Events Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in the annual 4th of July Parade. Listed below are the winners:

1st Place - Hope Church

2nd Place - Mustang Hockey

3rd Place - St. Timothy's Episcopal Church

Thank you again to everyone who participated in the parade and we hope we will see you again at our parade in 2015!

Written: 08-09-2014 12:00 AM
Resumes Accepted For Open Park Board Position Resumes Accepted For Open Park Board Position

The Griffith Town Council is accepting resumes from interested Griffith residents for an open position on the Park Board.

Please send resumes to griffithtowncouncil@griffith.in.gov or Town of Griffith, Attn: Town Council, 111 N. Broad St, Griffith, IN 46319 

Written: 08-14-2014 12:00 AM

Thinking of adopting a cat or dog? Thinking of adopting a cat or dog?

Are you considering adopting a cat or a dog? If so, please consider an animal from the Griffith Animal Control Dept. To see a list of animals looking for a good home, please click HERE.

Thank you.

Written: 08-14-2014 12:00 AM

Rock N Rail Car Show

Bring out your classic cars, muscle, cars, trucks, or 4x4s to the annual Rock N Rail Car Show. The show will take place off Broad St from 5 pm - 9 pm. Hope to see you there.

Written: 08-10-2014 09:06 PM

Hi-Rail Model Train Exhibit

Free - Open to the Public - For young and old!

Hi-Rail Modular Train Club train exhibit at Franklin Center, on:

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  

August 16th and 17th

October 4th and 5th

October 18th and 19th

November 1st and 2nd

November 22nd and 23rd

December 6th and 7th

December 20th and 2st

Enter at door G which is near the corner of Broad and Lake Streets.

Check out their website at http://www.hirailmodulartrainclub.com/

Written: 07-28-2014 12:00 AM

Operation Chill



The Griffith Police Department is participating in a youth outreach program designed to reduce crime and enhance relations between police and youth. Operation Chill, a 7-Eleven sponsored program, allows law enforcement officers to “ticket” kids they observe doing good deeds or exhibiting positive behavior. The ticket is actually a coupon good for a free 12-oz. Slurpee® semi-frozen, carbonated beverage at any participating U.S. 7-Eleven store. Since its inception in 1996, the Operation Chill Program has grown to include several hundred local law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada each year. More than 10 million coupons have been distributed to officers on the beat in cities and towns where 7-Eleven does business. In addition to encouraging positive behaviors like wearing bicycle helmets, doing good deeds, participating in community activities and organizations, picking up trash, deterring crime or observing street crossing rules, the Operation Chill Program offers opportunities for officers to establish a rapport with kids in a neighborhood.
Though the reasons for being “ticketed” may vary, the end result is the same for every youngster: A free Slurpee drink and a smile for a good deed.

Written: 07-19-2014 03:02 PM

Griffith Central Market And Facebook Griffith Central Market And Facebook

Recently the Griffith Central Market Facebook page reached over 1200 likes! If you would like to get more information on the event via updates and have a Facebook account, please click HERE.

Written: 10-31-2014 12:00 AM

Lawn Maintenance Lawn Maintenance

The mowing season is upon us and the Department of Public Woks would like to remind residents of Town Ordinance 26-53 which states that all homeowners must routinely maintain their lawns. Any violation of this ordinance may result in a monetary fine.

Written: 10-31-2014 12:00 AM

CodeRed Alert System CodeRed Alert System

The Town of Griffith recently improved the town's emergency phone notification system and, based upon some of the feedback received, it is evident that the database containing the contact information of our residents did not transfer completely. Therefore, we are asking anyone who did not receive a phone call or if you would like to add additional phone numbers and the option of receiving texts and emails click on the following link and register your contact information so that we can assure a more effecient notification process in the future.

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Dog and Cat Food Coupons Dog and Cat Food Coupons

DOG AND CAT FOOD COUPONS

Do you have any coupons relating to dog and cat food that you will not need?  If so please consider donating them to Griffith Animal Control.

To donate any coupons, please take them to the Griffith Police Dept, which is located at 115 N. Broad St between 9am and 4pm and give them to the person on duty at the window. 
They will ensure they get to the right people.

Thank you!!!!!

Written: 03-18-2013 12:00 AM

Anonymous Crime Tip Line Anonymous Crime Tip Line

The Griffith Police Department with the cooperation of the Griffith Safety Board and the Griffith Town Council, have established a “tip-line” for The Town of Griffith. Citizens wishing to report specific suspicious or criminal activity not requiring immediate police response are encouraged to call and leave a detailed message regarding such activity. Messages left on the “tip-line” will be reviewed on a regular basis and appropriate action will be taken when warranted. Citizens using the “tip-line” may choose to remain anonymous. However, citizens who provide their name and telephone number may be contacted by the Griffith Police Department to obtain further details regarding the activity reported. If a citizen chooses to provide their contact information, they still have the right to remain anonymous. If you witness or have information regarding suspicious or suspected criminal activity that does not require immediate police response, please call the Griffith Police Department “tip-line” at 219-922-3085 or fill it out online by clicking HERE.

Griffith, IN Police Department

Written: 03-18-2013 12:00 AM

Griffith Fire Dept Accepting Applications Griffith Fire Dept Accepting Applications

The Town of Griffith Fire Department is accepting applications for firefighters.

Applications can be picked up at; Griffith Central Fire Station (130 N. Lafayette St) or downloaded online at:
http://www.griffith.in.gov/portal/media-type/html/group/fire-dept/page/default.psml/js_pane/P-140741be929-10597

Thank you.

Written: 03-18-2013 12:00 AM

Town Code on Garage Sales

Sec. 46-1. Garage sales, yard sales and sales of unused or unwanted items.permanent link to this piece of content

(a)

Permit. Prior to the sale, the resident or sponsoring group shall be required to apply for a permit for such sale on forms provided at the town hall. No fee shall be imposed for the issuance of such permit. The permit shall be displayed at the sale site.

(b)

Restrictions. A resident or institution permitted in a residential district shall be allowed to hold no more than two garage sales, yard sales or sales of used or unwanted personal property on the premises for no more than three consecutive days, per sale, in any calendar year. Any garage sale, yard sale, other such sale, or public marketing on the premises in excess of this limitation, or any sale of property which was purchased or acquired for sale is prohibited.

(c)

Signage. Signage of sale shall be limited to one accessory sign not to exceed nine square feet in area which sign shall not be displayed until the day of sale and shall be removed forthwith upon expiration of the sale permit. All other Municipal Code provisions related to signs shall apply.

Written: 08-09-2014 02:53 PM

Griffith Video Tour Griffith Video Tour

The Town of Griffith would like to invite you to view the video links provided here describing our wonderful community. We appreciate the sponsors that have helped make these videos available. To view a video, please click on a link listed below.

Welcome
Education
Quality of Life
Real Estate and Relocation

Parks and Recreation
Downtown

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