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Sewer Department camera truck gets new look

In recognition of World Water Day the City of Goshen Stormwater Department would like to announce the new look for the Sewer Department’s Camera Truck.

This stormwater message reminds those who see it that each of us has a role to play in preventing stormwater pollution. Remember “Only Rain Down the Drain.”

World Water Day was established in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly as a day to focus on global water issues ranging from water scarcity to water pollution concerns. Wherever you are and whatever you do today, make it about water.

The Sewer Department’s Camera Truck is used to televise sanitary sewer and storm sewer pipes to make sure they are installed correctly by contractors, working correctly over time, and to find areas needing repairs.

Mayor Stutsman announces Year of Goodness

Mayor Jeremy Stutsman is proud to designate March 2017 through March 2018 as the Year of Goodness in Goshen. This Year is a way to remind residents of all the great things that happen in our community.

During this Year Mayor Stutsman will recognize individuals, organizations and businesses that go above and beyond to offer support to their community, and he will encourage acts of kindness among residents. The City will work with our local schools, and the Good of Goshen, to help document these acts of kindness in order to share results with onlookers and fellow Good of Goshen participants.

“We already live in a very generous community,” Mayor Stutsman said. “We have so many amazing people here—from individuals like Goshen resident Terry Wentz, who volunteers countless hours for several organizations, to families like the Fidlers and Finnegans who give back to our community, churches and other nonprofits, so they will be able to continue to offer great resources to their clients. These are just three examples in a very long list. I am proud to be mayor of a city with people who care about each other.”

To kick off the Year of Goodness, Mayor Stutsman will encourage each K-12 school in Goshen to create its own acts of kindness. He is not placing any rules on how these acts will develop; instead, he asks that schools encourage the participation of students who have not occupied leadership roles before and those who may not have the chance as youth to decide how to spend money on celebrating someone else. “I believe this will be a great process for all our youth, and that it will help them better understand what it feels like to be part of a community, and why it’s important to help others,” he said.

Through generous donations from several local individuals and families, the Mayor was able to raise $18,000 to be shared among 12 schools. No public funds are being used for this program. Mayor Stutsman will deliver each school a check for $1,750, so students can use the funds to create and carry out acts of kindness. One of the benefactors Mayor Stutsman has already spoken with believes strongly enough in the Year of Goodness that he has committed to working with his friends to help fund the program for the next several years. Mayor Stutsman asks those interested in the program to consider making a donation for future years to make this an annual tradition.

Mayor Stutsman also challenged our local media to have at least one positive story at the beginning of their broadcast, or on their newspaper’s front page, every day for the next Year.  He asks each participating media outlet to make him aware by contacting his office.“I will do my best to keep up with everyone’s activities but will need to rely on you sharing with me what is happening,” he said. “Help us build our community by sharing these positive stories.”

BOIL ORDER ON E. WASHINGTON

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, a boil order is being issued because of Water Main Construction.  The Indiana Department of Environmental Management requires the Water Utility to issue a boil water order for the affected area of: On Washington between S 7th and S 10th.

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.

City hires Creative Arts Coordinator

Local artist and entrepreneur Amy Worsham has been selected as the  Creative Arts Coordinator to help implement initiatives from the Mayor’s Creative Arts Council (CAC). In 2016 the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, created a Live/Work/Play Capacity Grant program to assist communities in increasing the success of downtown initiatives by helping create strategies to improve quality of life. The City of Goshen was awarded funding through the Redevelopment Commission for three years, with subsidizing for the first year going to Goshen Theater Inc., to support their fundraising efforts. For the remaining two years, the grant would be used to hire the Creative Arts Coordinator.

Mayor Stutsman said the CAC received several quality applications for the position, and though it was hard to narrow down the list–let alone pick a candidate– he was honored to announce Worsham as Goshen’s Creative Arts Coordinator on March 15. “While this project is still forming and growing, I think we will see some great things happen over the next two years,” he said.

Acting as Coordinator, Worsham will oversee the implementation of various tasks that will boost local artists. One of the tasks will be to develop a model for an art market that can be sustainable in the future. Another task will be to research and create a database for online browsers to map Goshen’s arts and culture resources in a user-friendly manner.

“By primarily focusing on equipping artists with the right tools for creative business growth, we will strengthen our community and further encourage the arts,” Worsham said. “I am excited for the opportunity to work with a collection of emerging and highly skilled artists among all disciplines and engage our community to enhance our civic life.”

Speaking on behalf of the CAC, Carrie Lee Bland-Kendall, said she is confident the new Creative Arts Coordinator position will help further shape our community as a visual and performing arts destination. “I’m thrilled that Mayor Stutsman realizes the value of arts and culture and has taken measures to foster its growth over the past decade in our community,” she said. “The Goshen community has been supporting and organically building an arts scene through an amazing team of mostly volunteers over the years.”

ABOUT THE MAYOR’S CREATIVE ARTS COUNCIL

In the fall of 2016, Mayor Jeremy Stutsman assembled a team of 12 local artists and patrons of the arts to form Goshen’s first-ever CAC.

The Mayor’s Creative Arts Council is a collective voice for the arts, advancing the City of Goshen by delivering resources, developing innovative collaborations, fostering creativity in the community and recognizing the arts as an economic driver while improving quality of place.

PARTIAL CLOSURE OF WILDEN AVENUE OVER ROCK RUN CREEK

Elkhart County will to do some repairs to the bridge on Wilden Avenue over Rock Run Creek. The guardrail on the south side of the bridge was damaged due to a recent accident.

On Tuesday, March 21, from 8:30 to noon, they will close the eastbound lane and have flaggers to direct traffic in both directions. Work is expected to be completed that same day.

Please use caution when driving near road construction sites.

GOSHEN FIRE DEPARTMENT TO TEST TORNADO SIRENS MARCH 21

March 19-25, 2017 is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana. As part of the observed week, the Goshen Fire Department will test the city’s tornado sirens Tuesday, March 21 between 10 and 10:25 a.m., and 7 and 7:25 p.m.

According to the National Weather Service site, the goal of Severe Weather Preparedness Week is to better educate people about the hazards of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, and to help everyone be prepared when severe weather occurs.

Check out this informational packet on severe weather preparedness by the National Weather Service.

TRAFFIC RESTRICTION ON MONROE STREET FOR WATER MAIN REPLACEMENT

Beginning Tuesday morning, March 14, the westbound lane on Monroe Street will be closed to traffic between U.S. 33 and Logan Street to replace a water main. Traffic will only be allowed to travel eastbound. The contractor estimates work on Monroe Street to last about eight weeks before moving to Logan Street to continue the water main replacement project. Please use caution when driving along Monroe, as there will be construction equipment, stored materials and excavations along the road.

NOTICE OF BOIL ORDER ON MONROE ST

Location:  On East Monroe from Logan St East to include Terrace Park across from Fair Grounds

On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, a boil order is being issued because of a drop in system pressure.  The Indiana Department of Environmental Management requires the Water Utility to issue a boil water order for the affected area of: On East Monroe (both sides of the street to include Fair Grounds) from Logan St East to include Terrace Park across from Fair Grounds.

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.

NOTICE OF BOIL ORDER ON WASHINGTON ST

Location:  On Washington Street between S 7th St and S 10th St

On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, an emergency water main shutdown was needed due to repairing a Water Main Break. A boil order will be in affect when the water comes back on. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management requires the Water Utility to issue a boil water order for the affected area of: On Washington Street between S 7th St and S 10th St.

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.

Got brush? Here’s how to dispose of it

 

With an unusually warm weather this time of year, residents are already working on their yards, cleaning brush and leaves that may have been buried under the snow in the early winter.

Although the Goshen Street Department does collect brush, Street Commissioner Denny Long said now is not yet time for that. The Street Department is working to repair roads at this moment, and has not planned on collecting brush at this time.

If you have brush you must dispose of, you may take it to the Environmental Center, which is free to Goshen residents. The environmental Center, located near the intersection of Indiana Avenue and County Road 19, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Center accepts brush and leaves, loose or in bags, at no charge to City residents.

Residents are asked to not place any brush on the curb just yet, since it could snow anytime during the remainder of the season and the piled brush could become an obstacle for plows. Dates for brush collection will be announced at a later time.