Category Archives: News & Events

NO INTERURBAN TROLLEY SERVICE ON SEPTEMBER 3RD, LABOR DAY

The Interurban Trolley fixed route service and the Interurban Trolley ADA Access service will not operate in Elkhart or Goshen on Monday, September 3, 2018, due to the Labor Day holiday.

Regular service will resume on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

ADA Access riders should schedule transportation for Tuesday, September 4, by Friday, August 31, 2018, at 4:00 PM (Eastern).

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

ROAD CLOSURE: WESTMOOR PARKWAY

The City of Goshen Water and Sewer Department will be replacing a sewer lateral to a property on the 1500 block of Westmoor Parkway. For the safety of the work crews and traffic, Westmoor Parkway will be closed to traffic beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, and reopening to traffic for the weekend, weather permitting.

PROPOSED ORDINANCE ON SMOKING, VAPING

The Goshen City Council will be presented “Proposed Ordinance 4960, Restrictions on smoking and use of e-cigarettes, vaping,” at their upcoming meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 21 and will vote on it on FIRST READING.

**Click here to read Proposed Ordinance 4960**

The Council wants to hear from the public on the proposed ordinance. If you wish to share your opinion with them, please contact the council members (click here for their contact information), or plan to attend the Aug. 21 meeting to comment on the proposed ordinance.

The council will vote on the ordinance on SECOND and FINAL READING Tuesday, Sept. 4. All meetings are open to the public. The Goshen City Council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Goshen City Courtroom, which is located inside the Police Station, at 111 E. Jefferson St.

KERCHER ROAD UPDATE

Starting Tuesday August 7, Rieth Riley will be removing the existing pavement on Kercher Road from the railroad tracks to Weymouth Boulevard. Kercher Road is already closed between the railroad and Weymouth for road construction.

Rieth Riley, the contractor, is also going door to door notifying the residents of the pavement removal.

POLICE, FIRE TRAINING AT MIDDLE SCHOOL FRIDAY

Our community has long thrived on strong partnerships and working together. On Friday, Aug. 3, the Goshen Fire and Police Departments will be conducting training drills at Goshen Middle School. The training is scheduled to begin at approximately 11 a.m. and will continue for most of the afternoon. Additional Officers and Fire personnel who are not participating in the training will remain on duty during this training and there will be no lapse in response to calls for service from Goshen residents and businesses.

Signs will be posted along the roadway to alert passersby that training is being conducted. Please spread the word, as we do not want any misperception of why first responders are at the school. GPD and GFD are constantly training to better serve our community. This will allow us to train further all while helping school staff see first-hand what might or could happen. It is my greatest hope that our community never has to utilize what is learned in exercises like this, but we will be prepared.

Thank you to everyone involved. Our kids come first!

Sincerely,
Mayor Jeremy Stutsman

Art for Everyone: A Small Works Project: Not Small at all!

Note: The following post was published by the Mayor’s Arts Council. 

First annual Art for Everyone: A Small Works Project is set to take place at the Goshen Historic Theater mid-September.

The Mayor’s Arts Council will host a newly created collection of nearly 200 small works from area artists plus a number of interactive performing artists all on stage at the Goshen Theater this September 15th. They call the event “Art for Everyone” and are bringing together an assortment of area talent, celebrating the largest multidisciplinary fine art collection ever organized at the Goshen Theater. In its first year, Art for Everyone will display the works of over 75 artists, with performance artists in the mix, too, including The Dean’s List, and popular YouTube sensation Ted Yoder on his hammer dulcimer.

Each Small Works ticket is stamped with a unique serial number. All Small Works tickets are blindly matched to an 8″x10″ piece of original fine art from a local artist. Throughout the evening ticket holders will be given the opportunity to swap their art with another.

Additionally, Art for Everyone will also include a one night exhibit of Beauty and Bowls. There, 12 clay vessels paired with 12 pieces of jewelry all made by local artists, will be displayed. Each pairing will be coupled with a floral arrangement from Flowers by Phoebe. All work in this exhibit will be listed for sale.

This is an interactive event where guests will be talking and exchanging art freely and frequently. On the evening of the gala, each Small Works ticket holder goes home with a piece of original art.

“Our goal is to make this event annual to increase the awareness of the huge number of fine visual and performing artists that we have right here, locally,” said Kathy Stiffney, planning committee member who also sits on the Arts Council, “there really is Art for Everyone.”

  • What: Art for Everyone: A Small Works Project
  • When: September 15th from 7:30-9:30pm
  • Where: Goshen Historic Theater

This event is made possible by the Mayor’s Arts Council & the Goshen Painter’s Guild, with a very special thanks to the Indiana Arts Commission, the Community Foundation of St. Joe, Everence & Dick Blick Art Materials. Small Works are on display free to the public throughout the month of August in downtown Goshen. $25 Small Works ticket sales begin August 1st and can be found online at www.fb.com/smallworksproject.

JULY BRUSH PICKUP

Brush pickup for the month of July begins July 30, 2018.

During scheduled brush collections, the Street Department will make only one pass through the city to pick up brush. Please have your brush by the front curb, but not in the street, by 7 a.m. Monday. Brush will not be picked up in alleys and the piles should be trash-free. Crews cannot access the piles if blocked by vehicles.

Remember, the Street Department does not pick up grass clippings. Residents may:

  • Leave their grass clippings on the lawn, which will quickly decompose, adding nutrients to back to the soil.
  • Make a compost pile from grass clippings, leaves, twigs and other vegetative waste to turn it into a fertilizer.
  • Dispose of them at the Goshen Environmental Center, located just west of the intersection of N. Indiana Avenue and CR 19. Free drop off of brush and leaves is available to residents of Goshen (proof of residency required) and other items like grass, yard waste, garden waste, and root balls can be dropped off for a price (ranging from $1 to $40 depending on the amount of material being dropped off).

For any questions about brush pickup, please contact the Street Department at 534-9711.

NEW GOSHEN POLICE TRAINING FACILITY DEDICATED TO LATE CHIEF

Today, Mayor Jeremy Stutsman and the Goshen Police Department dedicated the Goshen Police Training Facility to the late Chief Wade K. Branson, #81, a seasoned officer who worked tirelessly to build bridges between his department and the community.

The training site, located at 713 E. Lincoln Ave., will be used for classrooms, hands-on and firearms education, and general police training. The police department will also host classes to include other law enforcement agencies, once all the improvements have been made to the facility.

Sgt. Jeremy Hooley, firearms and tactical instructor for the department, said the acquisition of the site will allow officers to train in a manner that was previously impossible. “We can start in a classroom working on communication, walk downstairs to our physical tactics room to work on less lethal techniques, and then across the parking lot to the range to train with firearms,” he said.

The property, purchased in December of 2017 for $385,000 following approval from the City Council, consists of a 6,250 sq. ft. firing range, a two-story training building (4,500 sq. ft.) and an 882 sq. ft. building that will be used for storage.

Mayor Stutsman said the new center is the culmination of years of work the late Chief put into ensuring his department had all the tools they needed to create a safer city. “Chief Branson had a passion for training and helping others,” he said. “He had a vision of bringing agencies together for the betterment of our communities. This facility will make both possible.”

Police Chief Jose’ Miller said the training facility will allow the department to establish consistent training schedules. He also indicated the department can now host trainers from outside the police departments for Goshen officers. “This facility will allow the department a location to host training courses from outside agencies,” he said. “This will save the department on travel expenses and will open up training spots for officers by providing the training center for course instruction”.

ROAD CLOSURE: NORTH FIRST STREET

North First Street will be closed from Oakridge Avenue to Rock Run Creek to allow NIPSCO to relocate their gas main in preparation for a storm sewer project. The road will be closed for three weeks beginning Wednesday, July 18.
 
During the construction, traffic will be directed west along River Avenue to north along Indiana Avenue to east along Wilden Avenue.
 
For road construction updates, please check out our website, goshenindiana.org, or check out our Facebook page, The City of Goshen, Indiana.

2018 FAIR PARADE BACK TO USUAL ROUTE

Note: The following post was originally published on the Elkhart County 4-H Fair blog by the fair staff. 

While last year’s Elkhart County 4-H Fair Parade included a detour around downtown Goshen construction, this year’s route is back to the usual.

The parade, set for Sunday, July 22, will once again begin at Linway Plaza, moving east along Lincoln Avenue, then south on Main Street and east on Madison Street, before a short jog south on U.S. 33 to take Monroe Street east to the fairgrounds.

City engineers will allow parade floats to travel through the new U.S. 33 and Madison Street intersection during the parade. However, no spectators will be allowed in that area from Madison Street and 10th Street to where the parade turns from U.S. 33 to Monroe Street due to construction zones.

Want to skip the parade and get to the fair’s other Sunday offerings? Or hurry to the fairgrounds’ covered grandstand to watch the parade? Take the newer south entrance to the fair, entering off of College Avenue/C.R. 36 just east of Goshen city limits.

Floats and other parade entries will start down the parade route from Linway Plaza at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, July 22, and should begin their pass by the grandstands at about 2:15 p.m.

For years, the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Parade has boasted more than 100 parade entries, including 4-H clubs, community organizations, marching bands, and more. There is still time to apply to join the parade here. Applications are due July 17.