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ADDITIONAL SIGNS AT HIGH SCHOOL

Red stop sign with green tree background.
Photo by Will Porada on Unsplash

Additional traffic signs will be placed near Goshen High School to help with traffic flow.

A trial stop sign will be placed on the north-south alley south of Madison St., west of 10th and Monroe for southbound traffic.

The trial will be for one month, at which time the traffic commission will determine it it will be requested as a permanent sign.

NO PARKING: TULIP AT CLINTON

Parking is restricted on Tulip Boulevard at Clinton Avenue. The restriction will be on the west side of Tulip Boulevard for 50 feet south of Clinton.

The reasons for the restrictions were that cars parked near the intersection make it difficult for vehicles maneuvering at the intersection, and it is difficult for residents nearby to pull out of their driveway.

ROAD CLOSURE DURING SCHOOL DISMISSAL: FRANKLIN STREET

The Board of Works approved Monday the traffic Commission’s request to close Franklin Street, between 7th and 8th every school day during dismissal from 2:30 to 3 p.m, when school buses are being loaded.

As part of the approval, the school will be responsible for the placement of cones on either end of the closure to alert the traveling public.

CITY STAFF, VOLUNTEERS PLANT FRUIT TREES FOR COMMUNITY ORCHARD

Volunteers from Goshen and surrounding communities spent Monday morning, Nov. 25, planting fruit trees to start a community orchard at Abshire Park, 1302 E. Lincoln Ave.

The planting was thanks, in part, to a $30,000 grant through the Arbor Day Foundation with corporate sponsorship from Enterprise Holdings Foundation.

The trees will bear a variety of fruits, from apples and pears to honeyberries and chestnuts. The plantings count toward the urban tree canopy goal of 45% by 2045 and the fruits, once grown, will be available for picking to anyone in the community.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION SEAT OPEN

The Goshen Economic Development Commission will have a seat open in 2020. The City Council will review applications and make an appointment to the Economic Development Commission for four years.

The Goshen Economic Development Commission deals with matters related to the City of Goshen’s financing of economic development or pollution control facilities under Indiana Code § 36-7-12.  The Commission is made up of three commissioners appointed by the Mayor.  One of the members is selected by the Mayor, one is nominated by the County Council, and one is nominated by the City Council. 

The city’s Economic Development Commission meets when needed. Notices with the date, time and location of a meeting are issued ahead of time to notify the public.

To apply to become a member, click here.

NOTE: The City Council cannot make an appointment until 28 days after this position open announcement was published.

Enterprise Holdings Foundation Donates $30,000 to City of Goshen for Community Orchard Project

The City of Goshen has been awarded a $30,000 Community Resilience Grant through the Arbor Day Foundation with corporate sponsorship from Enterprise Holdings Foundation. The grant funds are to be used for the creation of a community orchard at Abshire Park.

The initial idea for a community orchard was raised by Patrick Coonan, a Goshen resident and urban forager who would like to see Goshen residents take advantage of more of the fruit and nut crops growing around us. He presented the idea of an orchard to the Goshen Park Board in 2018, and the Goshen Park Department began the work to envision space for such a project. “The idea behind a community orchard is to create a gathering space where Goshen residents can discover new types of edible fruit and nuts, learn how to care for these plants, and share in the harvest,” says Coonan.

In the spring of 2019 a grant application was submitted to the Arbor Day Foundation for funding to build Goshen’s first community orchard. In October, the funding was confirmed, and an initial planting event with volunteers from the Goshen community and from Enterprise Holdings Foundation is scheduled at Abshire Park for November 25.

The Abshire Park location was chosen for several reasons, beyond the fact that there is ample space for the orchard. The cabin at the park has a fully functional kitchen which can be used for food processing and demonstration events. The park is also a trail head for the Pumpkinvine Bike Route, and is a major thoroughfare for bike routes throughout Goshen.

Keona Koster, Program Coordinator for the Arbor Day Foundation, said, “Goshen’s community orchard project was highly rated by our teams in components including the resilience story, community engagement, connection to a larger plan, impact, and imagination.” Enterprise Holdings Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Enterprise Holdings, which, through its regional subsidiaries, operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. In 2018 Enterprise Holdings Foundation provided a $2 million investment for the Arbor Day Foundation’s Urban Tree Initiative, which furthers the Enterprise commitment to support communities now and into the future.

The orchard will include native plants like paw paw and persimmon trees, beech plum bushes and elderberry shrubs, along with some more familiar plants like apples, pears, cherries and blueberries. Next spring, more exotic plants that are suited to our climate in northern Indiana will be added to the mix. Seaberry plants dotted with bright orange berries will form a colorful hedge along the southern entrance of the orchard. Honeyberry, blueberry and currant plants will be incorporated throughout the orchard. Hazelnut shrubs, chestnut trees, Korean pines will add edible nuts to the mix. The plantings will count towards Goshen’s urban tree canopy goal of 45% by 2045, will sequester carbon dioxide, will serve as a point of community interaction, and will provide nutritious foods over time.

The project has brought together many different individuals and groups from the community and beyond, including Memorial High School (Elkhart) students, Horizon Education Alliance, Luke Gascho (a local food forest experiementer), Trees For Goshen, the Community Orchard Project, the Community Resilience Guild, the Goshen Parks and Recreation Department, and many volunteers who will help plant trees.

THANKSGIVING DAY

All City of Goshen offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, in observance of Thanksgiving Day.

Trash collection services will be delayed by one day after Thursday, November 29.

NO INTERURBAN TROLLEY SERVICE NOV. 28, 2019

The Interurban Trolley fixed route service and the Interurban Trolley ADA Access service will not operate in Elkhart or Goshen on Thursday, November 28, 2019, due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Regular service will resume on Friday, November 29, 2019.

In addition, the Trolley Information offices and ADA Access Dispatch will be closed Thursday, November 28, as well as Friday, November 29, 2019. ADA Access riders should schedule transportation for Friday, November 29, Saturday, November 30, and Monday, December 2 before 4:00 PM (EST) on Wednesday, November 27.

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

World Toilet Day is Nov. 19

No Water No Flush: Our water shields us from germs. If we didn’t have our precious water supply and water systems, we couldn’t protect ourselves and our families from sanitation-related illnesses and diseases.

As citizens, help keep our water safe for all its uses by dropping off chemicals to Elkhart County’s household hazardous waste, dispose of unused medicine at the Goshen Police Department, and report potential polluters to Goshen Stormwater either through the City’s website or by calling 574-537-3832.