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REMINDER: BRUSH COLLECTION BEGINS SEPT. 25

Brush collection will begin Monday, September 25. Please place all leaves and brush at the curb but not in the street, so as to not cause a road hazard or hinder water drainage. Brush piles placed in alleyways will not be picked up. Do not place piles around fire hydrants, mailboxes or telephone poles. Crews, also, cannot access the piles if blocked by vehicles.

During scheduled brush collections, the Street Department will make only one pass through the city to pick up brush. Please have your brush out by Monday morning at 7 a.m. Feel free to call the Street Department at 534.9711 or visit the Street Department webpage at goshenindiana.org/street-department if you have questions.

PLEASE NOTE: This is the last official brush collection of the year. The street department will promptly begin collecting leaves the following week, on October 2.

The crews will drive around the city collecting leaves. For those who were not able to rake their leaves to the curb this week, the street department will continue onto its full-on leaf collection until the first snowfall of the season.

For those who may have yard waste beyond collection weeks, the Environmental Center, located the intersection of Indiana Avenue and C.R. 19, is free to Goshen residents and open 52 weeks a year. From April through November, their hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon; and from December through March their hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The Environmental Center is closed on Sunday and holidays. The Center accepts brush, leaves (loose or in a bag), at no charge for Goshen residents. If the leaves are bagged, the bags must be emptied.

LANE RESTRICTIONS ON PLYMOUTH AVENUE

Contractor Walsh & Kelly will be working on Plymouth Avenue, from Indiana Avenue to the east completing punch list items from the project completed in 2016.

Flaggers will control traffic during the lane restrictions. Work will begin Monday, Sept. 25 through Friday, Sept. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

OPEN HOUSE FOR VIOLETT CEMETERY’S NEW CREMATION GARDEN

Goshen City Cemeteries is pleased to announce an open house for the new Violett Cemetery Cremation Garden on Friday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

During that time a staff member will be on hand to answer questions about the garden for members of the public.

The cremation garden, built over the summer with the help of local landscaper Stone Ridge Landscaping, Inc., will give residents who choose to cremate the remains of their loved ones three options:
1. Ground burial in an 18X18-inch space
2. Placing the ashes in a columbarium niche
3. Scattering the ashes in a scattering area

Pre-sales of columbarium niches will be available beginning the following Monday.

BOIL ORDER: MAIN STREET FROM PIKE TO MIDDLEBURY

On Monday September 18, 2017, the water main was shut off to repair a main break; a boil order is being issued when water comes back on. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management requires the Water Utility to issue a boil water order for the affected area

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.

SOLARIZE GOSHEN UPDATE

At least 45 contracts have been signed through the Solarize initiative in Goshen and South Bend, with people weighing decisions for about 50 more projects before the Sept 30th signing deadline for 2017 installations.

MORE ROOM IN SOLARIZE FOR 2018:

What if you missed the chance to attend the summer workshops and qualify for a 2017 installation with Solarize Goshen?

There is still room on the 2018 wait list! Fill out the Interest Form here and someone will contact you to make arrangements to qualify for Solarize: solarizeni.org/goshen.html

The Solarize team confirmed yesterday that you can sign a contract before the final 12/31/17 deadline and the Solarize installer will honor the Solarize prices even if your actual installation doesn’t happen until the spring. That can offer some protection if the solar import tariff goes through. And you can get in on ~14 years of net metering with NIPSCO or I&M, as net metering continues to phase-out over the next several years under the new state law.

SOLAR IMPORT TARIFF:

The Trump Administration may decide to add an import tariff on solar before the end of the year. Large-scale projects are on-hold across the country as the industry waits for a decision. (Click here to read NPR’s latest report on this issue).

ROAD CLOSURE ON KERCHER ROAD

The eastbound lane and westbound left turn lane on Kercher Road will be closed between Norfolk Southern’s Marion railroad line and SR 15. The lane closures are required to allow work behind the curb to be completed. New drive approaches and concrete sidewalk/path will be constructed behind the curb.

The lane closures will begin Wednesday, September 13, and continue through Friday, September 22. The schedule may adjust dependent on weather conditions and/or unknown issues.

BOIL ORDER: DIVISION STREET FROM NORTH INDIANA TO RIVERSIDE

NOTE: This boil order has been cancelled.

On Sunday September 10, 2017, the water main was shut off to repair a main break; a boil order is being issued when water comes back on. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management requires the Water Utility to issue a boil water order for the affected area

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.

REMINDER: CHIP SEALING SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, SEPT. 9

NOTE: The following was published Tuesday, Sept. 5.

The Street Department will be chip sealing the following roads on Saturday, September 9:

  • Eisenhower Drive from Lincolnway Highway (US 33) to the south intersection at Dierdorff Road
  • Kercher Road from Lombardy Drive to the railroad
  • Industrial Drive
  • Messick Drive
  • CR 42 from Lincolnway Highway to CR 27
  • Berkey Avenue from Greene Road west to the city limits

Roads being chip sealed will be closed for some hours that day while the crews work.

For any questions related to this project, please call the StreetDepartment at 534.9711 or email them at streets@goshencity.com.

WATER MAIN EXTENSION ON CR 40

The City’s contractor, Niblock Excavating will start work on the water main extension on the south side of CR 40 by the end of September. The work will continue through this year weather permitting and could continue into the spring of 2018.

There will be lane restrictions at times while work is being performed and the contractor will notify residents of any driveway restrictions. Trash and mail access will be maintained.

You can review the construction plans at the Goshen Engineering Department, or simply click here.

Please feel free to contact the Goshen Engineering Department at 534.2201 with any questions or concerns.