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POST OFFICE DELAYS MAY AFFECT UTILITIES CUSTOMERS

It has come to the attention of Goshen Utilities the U.S. Postal Service is having issues with mail delivery. This delay in mail service is affecting some utility customers by causing their utility payment to be late.

For customers concerned about the timely delivery of their utility payment, Goshen Utilities offers payment options that include in-person payment at the Utility Business Office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays; a delivery payment box located in the alley north of the police department is available 24/7; customers also can pay through the online payment portal. An additional option is to set up automatic payment withdrawal from your bank account, which would make monthly withdrawals in a timely fashion.

Customers who have not received their anticipated bill in a timely manner are encouraged to call the Utilities Business Office at 574-533-9399 so you may be assisted with other payment options.

For those customers that have received a late fee due to the current postal service delay, Goshen Utilities will offer a late fee waiver for the months of January and February if they contact the Utility Business Office at 574-533-9399. To qualify for a late fee waiver, staff will need to verify the money order or check are dated before the due date.

For customers that have fallen behind in their utility payment, please contact the Utility Business Office to inquire about assistance programs.

WINDCHILL BRINGS SUBZERO TEMPS TO GOSHEN

Goshen is seeing the first cold snap of the season, with strong winds and subzero temperatures sweeping through today and tomorrow. The National Weather Service predicts wind gusts to increase up to 45 mph, with wind chill values of 0 to -15 degrees tonight and Thursday night. Please dress warmly and be careful if going outside.

Winds will cause traveling to become difficult, especially on North-South roadways. The NWS suggests taking in holiday decorations or other loose items outside today if possible.

A daytime warming shelter has been opened up at Maple City Chapel for the remainder of this week. This shelter will remain open today until 4 p.m. and daily through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Those needing a warm shelter after hours may request transportation to Faith Mission, which operates a low-barrier overnight warming shelter.

If you or someone you know is in need of shelter after hours, call 574-534-2300 to request transportation.

RECYCLING DROP OFF SITES REMOVED

Site at Goshen College
Site at Martin’s on Bashor

Due to rising costs to maintain recycling drop-off sites, Elkhart County Government has reduced the number of sites in the County to five. Only two now remain in Goshen: the site at Goshen College (located in the far south parking lot east side of SR 15) and the Martin’s Supermarket site on Bashor Road (located behind the store). The Martin’s site on Bashor Road will be replaced later this spring when a new site on Indiana Avenue just north of the railroad tracks is constructed.

PARKS DEPARTMENT STARTS THE NEW YEAR WITH COMMUNITY WALKING PROGRAM

This January, meet other community members with shared goals and together take the first steps to a healthier lifestyle.

The City of Goshen’s Parks & Recreation Department has partnered with Goshen College and Medicine Reimagined DPC to create a local chapter of Walk with a Doc, a national program that combines creating a habit of walking with health education.

Through this program, all scheduled walks —the first Monday of each month—are free and open to the public; a registration will be required. All walks will start at 6 p.m. and they will be held at the Goshen College Recreation-Fitness Center January–March and Pringle Park, 1912 W. Lincoln Ave., April–December.

Each month, the walk will start with a short session in which participants will learn about a health topic from a healthcare provider; the rest of the hour is for participants to enjoy a healthy walk and fun conversation.

The program kicks off Monday, January 3, at Goshen College. Mayor Jeremy Stutsman, Parks & Recreation Superintendent Tanya Heyde and Recreational Supervisor Kimberlee Stephens will participate in the first walk.

To register, go to https://walkwithadoc.org/join-a-walk/locations/goshen-indiana/ and follow the instructions on the right-hand column under sign-up. For additional questions about the program or registration, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 534-2901.

WATER & SEWER RATES

On Nov. 16, 2021, the Goshen City Council approved changes to the Water and Sewer rates per Ordinances 5106 and 5107. The utility rate increases will take effect the first billing cycle of each year.

Click here to read Ord. 5106, Goshen Water Utility Schedule of Rates and Charges. This has the full description of changes to the water utility rates.

Click here to read Ord. 5107, Goshen Sewer Utility Schedule of Rates and Charges. This has the full description of changes to the sewer utility rates.

Water rates and charges:

Monthly water usage charge
Monthly water service charge

Sewer rates and charges:

Monthly sewer usage charge
Monthly sewer service charge

To view the full list of rate changes, go to https://goshenindiana.org/utilitiesbilling. For other questions, contact the Utilities Business Office at 533-9399 or via email at watersewer@goshencity.com.

BOIL ORDER

Affected areas: Lincolnway East between E. Douglas Street and E. Plymouth Avenue, and Plymouth Avenue between S. 16th Street and Lincolnway East.

On Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, starting at 8 a.m., the water main will be shut off due to a water valve replacement. A Boil Water Advisory will be issued when the water comes back on.

It is recommended that all cooking and drinking water be brought to a complete boil for five minutes before using.  Please continue to boil all cooking and drinking water until a notification that it is no longer necessary.

We appreciate your cooperation during this time and will update you as necessary until the drinking water problem has been solved.  If you have any questions concerning the drinking water problem, please contact your water department at 534-5306.

COVID-19 UPDATE: NOTICE TO ELKHART COUNTY RESIDENTS

NOTE: The following is a message from the Elkhart County Health Department.

Elkhart County has been upgraded to advisory level red. This means there is substantial spread of COVID-19 throughout the county.

  • Our regional hospital beds are rapidly filling with COVID-19 patients.
  • Regional elective surgeries are being canceled on a daily basis due to the increased number of COVID-19 patients.
  • Local employers have reported the highest number of COVID-19 infections since the beginning of the pandemic.

Please consider that your large gatherings or events could become possible super spreader events. Unfortunately, nearly 60% of our county residents are unvaccinated individuals. They are highly likely to spread the virus at your special events. High-risk individuals who are not vaccinated should consider masking or avoiding these large gatherings altogether.

To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, get vaccinated as soon as you can and wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. There are still many locations in the county where you can receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

Please remember that children ages 5-11 are now eligible for the vaccination as well. To find a vaccination site, please visit the Indiana Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine page.