Category Archives: Hearings

FREE TICKETS TO AMERICA’S FREEDOM FEST, FIREWORKS SHOW AVAILABLE

NOTE: The free tickets the City had to America’s Freedom Fest —a day-long event of airshows and fireworks Saturday, July 1, to celebrate Independence Day—have all been picked up at City Hall.

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In honor of the Year of Goodness, Mayor Jeremy Stutsman and the Goshen City Council have secured 350 tickets to America’s Freedom Fest, a day-long celebration featuring an airshow and fireworks display, and will make them available to any Goshen residents who wish to attend the event.

America’s Freedom Fest, which celebrates Independence Day, will take place Saturday, July 1, at the Goshen Municipal Airport.

Although this is not an event organized by the City, Mayor Stutsman said he feels the annual fireworks display has become an important event for the community, and therefore it was important to continue making the event as accessible as possible for all.

While the Freedom Fest event has an admittance fee of $10 for adults and $5 for kids 6-12 years old, Mayor Stutsman said he will have all 350 tickets available at a first-come, first-serve basis, and may be picked up at the City Hall front desk during normal business hours. Tickets will be available June 22 through June 30 and will be limited to the individual who picks them up and their immediate family, (no more than six per family). If all tickets are gone, an announcement will be made on the City of Goshen, Indiana Facebook page and on the city website at goshenindiana.org.

NOTICE OF BOIL ORDER

This order is only for the following addresses: 401, 402, 404 and 405 W. Oakridge.

On Friday February 17, 2017 beginning at 9 am, a scheduled water main shutdown is needed for repairing a Water Main. The water will be shut off at approximately 9 a.m. and turned back on once repairs are completed.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management requires the Water Utility to issue a boil water order for the affected area of: 401, 402, 404 and 405 West Oakridge.

Once two (2) 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.

FREE RIDES FOR GOSHEN COLLEGE ON THE INTERURBAN TROLLEY

Goshen College students, faculty, and staff will be able to ride the Interurban Trolley free, starting Wednesday, February 8th. Free rides are available at all times during normal operations of the Trolley’s five fixed routes just by swiping their current Goshen College ID card.

The Interurban Trolley typically cost $1 for each trip, and over a semester that would add up. With the new partnership between Goshen College and the Interurban Trolley, all of those rides are free, no matter where they are going. This program will encourage more students, faculty, and staff to not to bring a person vehicle to campus and help Goshen College to continue to reduce its carbon footprint; as it has already been named one of America’s Greenest Colleges by the Princeton Review and the Sierria Club.

“We’re pleased to partner with the Interurban Trolley to provide our students and staff an affordable and efficient way to navigate Elkhart County, especially for students who don’t have other transportation or who are looking for a greener way to travel,” said Launa Leftwich, Dean of Students.

The Goshen College campus is served along College Avenue on the north side of campus by the Interurban Trolley’s Red Line. Trolley Bus service has been stopping near campus since 1999.

“Goshen College has expressed interest in a partnership for a long time,” said James Turnwald, Executive Director of the Michiana Area Council of Governments.

“This is a win-win for both Goshen College and the Interurban Trolley,” explained Turnwald. “And we’re committed to making it easier for people to try the Trolley.

This is the second partnership the Interurban Trolley is pleased to create with an educational institution in Elkhart County. The first being a partnership with Ivy Tech Community College beginning in August of 2015, which continues to run successfully.

Transit information can be obtained by calling the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) at (574) 674-8894 or at www.interurbantrolley.com.

Well Head Protection Area Planning Team Meeting to be held Friday.

On Friday, January 27, 2017, at 11:30 am, the local Well Head Protection Area Planning Team will be holding a public hearing. The meeting will be held in the Annex Conference Room at 204 E. Jefferson Street.

Recent events and activities within the City that pertain to the Well Head Protection Areas will be discussed and new members will be welcomed to the planning team.

KERCHER ROAD CLOSURE

Kercher Road will be closed to traffic between Norfolk Southern’s Marion Line and State Road 15, in order for NIPSCO to make a final gas main connection.

The closure will be from Monday, Jan. 23 to Friday, Jan. 27.

The designated detour will be Kercher Road to Dierdorff Road (north), to Eisenhower Drive North, to 15th Street, to College Avenue.

The following map shows the designated detour:

INTERURBAN TROLLEY HOLIDAY SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

The Interurban Trolley will operate a regular service schedule on the following dates:

  •             Saturday, December 24, 2016
  •             Monday, December 26, 2016
  •             Saturday, December 31, 2016
  •             Monday, January 2, 2017

Since Christmas Day and New Years Day fall on Sundays, a non-service day for the Interurban Trolley, there will be no changes in passenger service this holiday season.

ADA Dispatch Office will be closing at 12:00pm on Friday, December 23 and reopen on Tuesday, December 27.  Additionally, the ADA Dispatch Office will be closed on January 2.

ADA Access riders should schedule transportation as follows:

  • For Saturday (December 24), Monday (December 26), and Tuesday (December 27) trips must be scheduled by Friday, December 23, at Noon (EST).
  • For Saturday (December 31), Monday (January 2) and Tuesday (January 3) trips must be scheduled by Friday, December 30 at 4:00 PM (EST).

The MACOG administrative office will also be closed Monday, December 26, and Monday, January 2.

Transit information can be obtained by calling the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) at (574) 674-8894 or at www.interurbantrolley.com.

SOUTH LINK ROAD NOW OPEN TO TRAFFIC

Mayor Jeremy Stutsman is proud to announce the opening of the Waterford Mills Parkway overpass, locally known as the South Link Road overpass, on the south side of town.

“After more than a decade of hard work, led by Mayor Allan Kauffman, between the redevelopment commission, council, city administration and staff, we’re happy to offer Goshen yet another option for getting around trains and moving through the city more efficiently,” Mayor Stutsman said.

Construction began this year in April with a completion date set for Sept. 8, 2017. The contractor, Phend & Brown, was able to complete most of the work in seven months, staying nine months ahead of schedule.

Kristine Thurston, Construction Observer Manager with DLZ and the project supervisor for the South Link Road overpass, said the project was completed thanks to the city, contractor and utilities companies working to relocate utilities and to allow the contractor to modify and combine phases of the original planned contract.

“We all worked together to coordinate and get the needed work done in order to make this happen,” she said.

Mayor Stutsman also commended all those who had a part for their work completing the project in a timely manner.

“I’m grateful for all the hard work from everyone who has been involved,” he said.

Dustin Sailor, Director of Public Works, said the Michiana Area Council of Governments and the Indiana Department of Transportation also played an important role in the process, funding the project and coordinating work between the local roadway project and the state road improvements on S.R. 15.

Though the road will be open to the public, the contractor will return in the spring to finish off some minor work, including driveways, sidewalks and landscaping.

Additionally, Mayor Stutsman said he is already talking with county officials to discuss the future section of the roadway, with plans of connecting it to C.R. 17.

STORMWATER TOOLBOX

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The holiday season is upon us and you might be trying to find that perfect gift for a loved one, but don’t forget to also think about what to do with the stuff being replaced.

Find out why it is important to and how to properly dispose of electronic waste in this month’s Newsletter.

Additionally, find out why food and beverage packaging is a major source of waterborne trash and how to reduce it.

A LETTER TO RESIDENTS OF THE CITY OF GOSHEN

The City of Goshen’s Community Relations Commission is a group of 9 volunteer residents appointed by City Council and the Mayor to focus on the “people issues” of our town and to guide the work of a staff director. 


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The Community Relations Commission of Goshen (CRC) is a component of Goshen’s city government that works to grow positive relations among residents of this city and respond to complaints of discrimination.

The CRC is compelled to express our unwavering belief in the collective goodness of people – friends and neighbors each creating more secure, more rewarding lives for themselves, for their families, and for the community. We believe there is a collective power in the wonderful diversity that is Goshen.

Therefore, we offer these core Principles for engagement developed by the CRC in 2009 as a guide for relating in our City:

  • Respect for each other and respect for each other’s rights
  • Open communication and engagement
  • Honesty
  • A safe community
  • Acceptance that change has positive and negative consequences
  • Tolerance of differences
  • Support for equality and freedom from discrimination

Please join us in keeping these Principles in the forefront as we live and work together with residents from a wide variety of backgrounds and beliefs. For more information about the CRC please contact us via our hotline at 537-3839 ext. 358, via email at communityrelations@goshencity.com, or find our group on Facebook.