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BOARD OF WORKS–NOTICE OF SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING

Pursuant to the provisions of the Open Door Law and Indiana Code 5-14-1.5-5, the Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety will hold a special meeting on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. The public meeting will be held in the Court Room/Council Chambers at the Goshen Police & Court Building, 111 East Jefferson Street, Goshen, Indiana.

BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN MASTER PLAN MEETINGS THIS WEEKEND

The City of Elkhart, the City of Goshen, and the Michiana Area Council of Governments have received a grant from the Indiana State Department of Health to prepare a bicycle and pedestrian master plan. This initiative will help to coordinate planning activities for both cities to improve walking and bicycling in the region.

The public is encouraged to share their thoughts in person and online during this project which will run through June 30, 2017. All interested parties are encouraged to participate in informal public meetings which will be setting up at two locations on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Join us at the Goshen Farmer’s Market (212 W Washington St #1, Goshen, IN) on Saturday, April29 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the Elkhart Environmental Center (1717 E. Lusher Ave., Elkhart, IN) on Saturday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You are invited share your initial thoughts and review research that has been conducted to date.

KERCHER ROAD AND SR 15 INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT

Elkhart County and the City of Goshen Engineering Departments have been working closely on the intersection improvement at Kercher Road and SR 15.

The first phase of the intersection project is scheduled to begin April 24, 2017, with installation of a storm pipe across State Road 15. Traffic on State Road 15 will be limited to one lane during the workday Monday, April 24, and Tuesday, April 25.

Flaggers will be utilized to control traffic during these two days. The full closure of Kercher Road (CR 38) from State Road 15 to the railroad crossing is scheduled to begin Wednesday, May 3.

The work is anticipated to take three weeks. The work will include removal of the existing asphalt pavement and installation of a new storm system, concrete curb, concrete sidewalk and asphalt pavement.

The posted detour route will direct traffic onto Dierdorff Road to Waterford Mills Parkway to State Road 15. Once Kercher Road (CR 38) east of State Road 15 is complete, the road will be reopened to State Road 15. State Road 15 will remain open to traffic throughout the project with some lane restrictions and delays.

NOTICE OF BOIL ORDER – S. 15th and Monroe

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the water will be shut off due to Water Main Construction. A boil order will be issued when the water comes back on. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management requires the Water Utility to issue a boil water order for the affected area of: On S. 15th Street from E. Monroe Street to Egbert Ave. also on E. Monroe from Lincolnway East to Logan to include Wieland Designs.

Once two consecutive water samples have been taken 24 hours apart and analyzed for the presence of bacteria and are found to be absent of bacteria, the boil order will be lifted. Notice of the boil order cancellation will be distributed via a customer flier to the affected areas. For further information or to report specific service concerns, please call Mindy Kyle at the Goshen Water Department at 534-5306.

City water within the affected area should not be consumed without first following prescribed boiling procedures. The water remains safe for bathing, laundry, and restroom facilities. Cleaning dishes with a dishwasher is acceptable if it has a sanitizing cycle. Hand washed dishes should be rinsed with boiled or bottled water.

ROAD CLOSURES AND RESTRICTIONS FRIDAY, APRIL 14/MONDAY, APRIL 17

The City’s contractor will be installing a sewer lateral across Monroe Street on Friday, April 14. This work will close Monroe Street to traffic between Lincolnway East (U.S. Hwy. 33) and 14th Street for up to 4 hours. Work is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and should be completed by 2 p.m., at which time the roadway will be reopened to traffic. While the road is closed, local vehicular traffic is encouraged to use Sanders Avenue to 14th or 15th Street. This temporary detour will not be marked. Please use Lincoln Avenue and Logan Street during the closure.

Starting Monday, April 17, HRP will begin milling out the southbound lane of pavement on Logan Street. This will cause traffic patterns on Logan Street to be directed one way north. Temporary driveway impacts will occur as the milling machine passes the driveways, but the City’s contractor will be installing temporary gravel drive approaches as the milling machine passes. Toward the end of the April 17 week, the City’s contractor will begin installing pipe on Logan Street. They anticipate installing 200 to 300 feet of pipe per day; therefore, driveways that are blocked will only be blocked for about a half an hour.

INTERURBAN TROLLEY GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

The Interurban Trolley fixed route service and the Interurban Trolley ADA Access service will operate as usual in Elkhart and Goshen on Good Friday, April 14, 2017.

Please be advised, the ADA Access Dispatch office will be closing early in observance of the Good Friday holiday. All ADA Access riders should schedule trips for Saturday, April 15, and Monday, April 17; by Friday, April 14, at 1:00 PM (EDT).

Interurban Trolley Information offices will be closed all day on Friday, April 14, 2017.
Transit information can be obtained by calling the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) at (574) 674-8894 or at www.interurbantrolley.com.

2017 BRUSH COLLECTION

Spring brush collection will begin Monday, April 24, 2017. During this first collection the street department will pick up both leaves and brush. Please have the brush and leaves out before April 24th to ensure pick up. Because of the large amount of brush and leaves usually placed out for this first pick up, it tends to take longer for the crews to make their rounds. Residents are to have their leaves and brush placed at the curb, but not in the street so as to not cause a road hazard or hinder water drainage. Do not place brush or trash on or in leaf piles. Leaf and brush piles placed in alleyways will not be picked up. Do not place piles around fire hydrants, mail boxes or telephone poles. Feel free to call the Street Department if you have questions.

After the Spring brush collection, the City will have three more brush collections. These collections begin on these following dates:

  • May 30th
  • July 31st
  • September 25th

During scheduled brush collections, the street department will make only one pass through the city to pick up brush.

Please have your brush by the front curb, but not in the street, by that Monday morning at 7:00 am. Brush will not be picked up in alleys and the piles should be trash free. Crews cannot access the piles if blocked by vehicles.

MAYOR STUTSMAN ISSUES STATEMENT ON OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 9:27 a.m., officers from the Goshen Police Department were dispatched to the area near US 33 and CR 38 to a report of shots fired at that location.

During an encounter with the suspect, GPD officers discharged their weapons. Two individuals were injured, one of whom sustained fatal wounds. Another individual was taken to Goshen Hospital for treatment to their injuries. No officers were injured during this incident.

Mayor Jeremy Stutsman issued the following statement with regards to the officer-involved shooting:

“As is standard practice, the Indiana State Police will be conducting and independent investigation of this morning’s events. We will cooperate fully with the State Police to insure that they can conduct a fair and impartial investigation.

“The event is a reminder of the risk our police officers take each and every day to protect our community. Thanks to the good work of the men and women of the Goshen Police Department, Goshen remains a safe city and these types of incidents are a rare occurrence.”

CITY DEPARTMENT PHONE LINES DOWN TUESDAY MORNING – ALTERNATE NUMBER

UPDATE: The phones lines for the departments affected are back up.

The following departments are experiencing issues receiving phone calls as of 9:30 a.m.:

Central Garage, Fire, Parks, Street, Wastewater, North Water Plant.

Residents who wish to reach these departments are advised to dial 533.8621 to be transferred to the respective department. We will update this announcement once the issue is fixed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.