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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assessment Team Has Arrived in Elkhart County

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) personnel has arrived in Elkhart County to inspect individual damage left by February’s record flooding. This group’s primary responsibility is to assess the damage done to individual homes. They are planning to stop at each home that has reported damage from the flood. Although nothing is guaranteed, this will put Elkhart County one step closer to the potential for the area to receive federal funding assistance related to the flood recovery.

If you have received damage from the flood and have not reported it, please call the Elkhart County Emergency Management office at (574) 891-2238 as soon as possible. Each report received, no matter how minor it may seem, helps create a more complete picture of the overall impact of the flooding on the county.

The assessment team started visiting homes in Goshen on Monday, March 19th; once they are finished there, they will then make contact with residents in Elkhart City as well as Elkhart County residents that reported damage from the flood. The FEMA assessment team will have a city or county employee with them while making these stops, and they will also be easily identified by their marked clothing and badges.


Kercher Road (CR 38) will have a moving lane restriction between the Norfolk Southern Marion railroad line and the Kercher bridge over the Elkhart River. The lane restriction is required for the placement of topsoil behind the new curb.

The lane restriction begins today Monday, March 19 and will continue through Friday, March 30, 2018.


Goshen City Cemeteries announces that its annual spring cleanup will occur Monday to Friday, April 2-6, 2018. This will include Violett, Oakridge and West Goshen cemeteries. Items likely to be removed during spring clean-up include silk flowers, broken items, old flags, old frames & wires, glass items, and seasonal items. Please note that glass decorations and stone mulch are prohibited. Cemetery patrons that are concerned about their grave decorations are encouraged to remove them before the clean-up begins. Decorations may be put back beginning Saturday, April 7. Decoration guidelines available at the cemetery office.


Borden Waste-Away is collecting lost and found dumpsters that were carried away by floodwaters in late February. They retrieved four containers from Shanklin Park, and suspect more are out there. They could be in a ditch or on a tree, or event floating (or sunk) in the Elkhart River, Millrace Canal or behind Linway Plaza.

If you are aware of any dumpster that was removed by the flood, or if you find one, please call Borden Waste-Away at 293.5001, and dial 1 to talk with customer service, or call City Hall at 533.8621 and your report will be forwarded to Borden.

When reporting a found dumpster, please provide the address or landmark that it is closest to. Other helpful information to share would be color and the logo on it, (if applicable).

If you’ve lost a dumpster, please call Borden at 293.5001 or City Hall at 533.8621.

Applications now being accepted for 2018 Flood Restoration Grant Program

The City of Goshen is now accepting applications for its 2018 Flood Restoration Grant Program.

The grant program was created to assist Goshen homeowners recovering from the Feb. 21, 2018 flood. Homeowners whose property was damaged can apply for one of two types of grants: repair grants or reimbursement grants. Funding for both grants will be limited to $2,500 per applicant. The deadline to submit an application is July 1, 2018.

“We hope this program will provide relief to people whose homes were damaged by the flood. Even if the grants don’t cover all costs, this program can help bring homes to safe and habitable condition,” Mayor Jeremy Stutsman said.

A number of factors will be reviewed in the applications in order for a homeowner to qualify for a grant, including:

  • The property must be owner-occupied.
  • The property must be located within the incorporated boundaries of the City of Goshen.
  • The property must have been damaged due to the 2018 flood event.
  • Approval for properties within the designated floodplain must be approved by the floodplain administrator.

A committee composed of community members appointed by the Mayor will review cases that may be under extenuating circumstances. The five voting members are:

  • Scott McKee (Goshen Hospital) – Chair
  • Major Tim Sell (Salvation Army)
  • Bill Reith (United Way)
  • Cathie Cripe (Past School Board Member)
  • Aracelia Manriquez (Local Business Owner)

Non-voting members are:

  • Julia King (Council Liaison)
  • A representative from the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office
  • Becky Hershberger (Community Development)

The City of Goshen and LaCasa, Inc. have partnered to provide assistance to eligible property owners to restore their homes with permanent repairs. Acting as general contractor, LaCasa will oversee each individual project to ensure it is properly done. LaCasa will assess damage, develop a scope of work, solicit bids, schedule and ensure completion of the project.

“LaCasa will be there to guide homeowners in every step of the restoration process,” Brownfield Coordinator Becky Hershberger said. “Having someone to answer your questions and walk you through the project is a very valuable resource for homeowners who need assistance.”

To learn more about the 2018 Flood Restoration Grant Program, to download a copy of the application for a grant or to donate to the Goshen 2018 Flood Recovery Fund, go to You can also find copies of the application at City Hall, at the Building Department in the Annex Building, 204 E. Jefferson St., at the Utilities Office, 203 S. Fifth St., or the Public Library, 601 S. Fifth St.

For questions related to the program, contact Carla Newcomer at 533.6805 (si tiene preguntas en español, contacte a Sharon Hernandez al 537.3883).

The program is funded by the generous donations from the community through the Goshen 2018 Flood Recovery Fund donation line. Funds are being collected and will be matched up to $100,000 by the City Council. As of Wednesday, March 14, the program’s account had more than $36,000 between donations and the city’s matching funds.

To donate, go to and click on the donate button, or make a check to the Goshen 2018 Flood Recovery Fund and mail or drop it off at Goshen City Hall, 202 S. 5th St., or any Interra Credit Union Branch.


This month, there will be an additional Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, March 17. Household hazardous waste may be dropped off at the Elkhart County Correctional Facility, free of charge, and sponsored by Elkhart County Waste Management.

  • When: Saturday March 17th – 8am to 3pm
  • Where: Elkhart County Correctional Facility near intersection of CR26 and CR7. Enter off of CR7

Acceptable materials include flammable liquids, motor oil, gasoline, pesticides, household cleaners, medications, sharps, florescent bulbs, oil based paints and aerosol cans. Latex Paint is not accepted, this should be allowed to dry and then it can be disposed of with the regular trash. Material should be in original labeled containers, if possible, and no containers larger than 40 lbs. or 5 gallons will be accepted.

For questions or more information, please contact John E. Bowers, Director of Solid Waste at the Elkhart County Landfill by emailing or calling 255.2581.


Residents affected by severe weather and flooding in Indiana will have convenient access to assistance, as the State of Indiana opens state assistance centers in Northern Indiana.
A one-stop disaster center will open the week of Monday, March 5.

  • Elkhart County: 608 Oakland Drive, Elkhart Indiana 46516
    • Open Monday and Friday, noon to 8 p.m.
    • Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The American Red Cross (ARC) and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) will be on site to deliver basic necessities for those needing food, water or clothing and other essential items.

State agencies will have representatives on site to provide immediate assistance and answer questions for those who have suffered a loss, including the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA), Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), Department of Insurance (DOI), Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH), Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). The Indiana Office of Technology (IOT) and the Indiana State Police (ISP) will be providing additional support.

These state services will be available:

  • Housing Support – Listing of emergency shelters; listing of temporary housing; emergency housing and short-term rental assistance.
  • Social Services – Replacement and emergency food stamps; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit cards; listing of available child care providers; mental health service referrals; mobile feeding; Red Cross and Salvation Army case work; health coverage application assistance.
  • Unemployment Insurance – Apply for state unemployment benefits or Disaster Unemployment Insurance.
  • Insurance Information – Interpretation of insurance policies by staff of the Indiana Department of Insurance; information on lost or damaged policies; information on obtaining copies of insurance policies; general insurance navigation advice and complaint resolution; car insurance assistance.
  • Public Health Information – Clean up advice and education including mold removal and prevention; vaccination information, including tetanus shots; information regarding free well water testing; access and information to vital records such as birth and death certificates.
  • Transportation Assistance – Vehicle title and registration replacement or apply for a salvage vehicle title via the BMV; replacement of driver licenses and identification cards.
  • Agriculture – Representatives will be available to connect land owners and farmers to various local, State and federal assistance programs; erosion control mitigation and assistance-technical and possible financial assistance form BMP installation; logjam and agricultural field debris removal assistance; documentation and repair of damaged, existing conservation practices/structures; mapping/GIS support; damage surveys and documentation; support for animal and livestock issues.

Please note that some services and resources may be limited and may not always be available.


The Goshen Parks and Recreation Department Office has relocated from City Hall to Rieth Interpretive Center, 410 W. Plymouth Ave. (across Plymouth Ave. from Shanklin Park).

Beginning Thursday, March 8 please visit the Parks staff at the Rieth Interpretive Center for you customer service needs. The Parks and Recreation office is open Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

You can reach them by calling 534.2901.


Both Borden Waste-Away Service, Inc. and the City of Goshen have been asked by residents in recent weeks what the status is on the delivery of the 96-gallon trash carts to those who have requested them.

Since the announcement was made that Borden would take over Goshen’s trash collection service, more than 3,000 carts have been requested in the city.
Although there is no estimate of how long it will take the company to deliver all the requested carts, Borden staff say they are plugging away as quick as they can, in hopes of having them all delivered soon.

Residents are reminded they can order a residential trash cart free of cost if they call and request one by April 30, 2018.

If you have questions related to the service or wish to check on the status of your cart, call Borden Waste-Away at 293.5001, and dial 1 to speak with a customer service representative.


Due to the historic flooding that occurred here in Goshen and around our regional community, the release of the Stormwater Survey discussed in the previous edition of the Newsletter has been postponed. Thus, the focus of this month’s Newsletter is simply on what is found in stormwater runoff and to remind readers that storm drains are the mouth of our local waterways.

Here is the direct link to the January Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter on the City’s website:—Public.pdf