Due to construction at the Goshen Theater, Main Street will be closed between Jefferson and Washington streets beginning Monday, June 17 for for about a week and a half. The detour will be Third Street, from Lincoln Avenue to Madison Street. more
The Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety will conduct a public hearing at its regular meeting on June 24, 2019 at 2:00 p.m to determine whether the City of Goshen should sell the real estate at 1201 College Ave., Goshen, Indiana. The hearing will be held in the City Court Room/Council Chambers at... more
The Goshen Redevelopment Commission is soliciting proposals to purchase 65706 State Road 15, Goshen, Indiana. Informational packages describing the requirements for the proposals may be obtained from Mark Brinson, Community Development Director, 204 E. Jefferson St., Ste 6, Goshen, IN 46528 (574-537-3824).
The following is a press release from the Indiana Department of Transportation:
The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that bridge
maintenance is scheduled for S.R. 119 over the Elkhart River, in Elkhart
County, on or after Monday, June 17, weather permitting.
Beginning Monday, motorists may experience alternating lane
restrictions and traffic directed by flagger or temporary signal between South
Indiana and South 3rd streets. Be prepared for stopped traffic and
vehicles entering or exiting the work zone. INDOT reminds drivers to use
caution and consider worker safety when driving through an active construction
Work on the S.R.119 bridge over the Elkhart River is expected to
continue through late June, weather permitting. The contract was awarded to
Pioneer & Associates for $573,000 and includes maintenance on several
structures across the Fort Wayne District.
Bring your friends and family Saturday, July 6, to the third annual America’s Freedom Fest, featuring Rotors N Ribs, a daylong celebration featuring an airshow, 5k run/walk and fireworks display. The event will take place at the Goshen Municipal Airport, 17229 CR 42, Goshen, Indiana.
this is the third annual Freedom Fest celebration, 2019 marks 25 years since
Goshen held its first airshow. Goshen Municipal Airport Manager, Randy Sharkey,
stated, “it’s our tradition of having one of the largest fireworks displays in
the Midwest, this event is attracting close to 30,000 spectators each year.”
day at the airport begins at 8 a.m. with the Freedom Fest 5000. Now in its
seventh year, the Freedom Fest 5000 continues to gain popularity among the
running community with its unique venue. A $25 registration fee includes a 5K
run/walk on the airport runway, a chance to win great prizes, and a ticket for
the airshow later in the day.
for the airshow open at 1 p.m. Warbirds and other static aircraft will be on
display throughout the afternoon for those interested in viewing them up close.
Food vendors and kiddie rides will also be available throughout the day.
airshow will start at approximately 5:45 p.m. with performances by the USAF
F-22 Raptor Military Team, P-51 Heritage Flight, Shockwave Jet Truck, Susan
Dacy in Big Red, Randy Ball’s Mig-17 Russian Jet, Kyle Franklin’s Dracula, Sky
Soldiers Helicopter demonstrations, skydivers and more!
is the more impressive line-up we’ve ever had at the Goshen Airport,” Sharkey
Bomber Fireworks will begin at dark around 10 p.m. ending a day packed full of
fun with the traditional fireworks display. A full schedule can be found at americasfreedomfest.net.
in advance are $12 for adults and $4 for children. At the gate (the day of the
event), tickets will cost $15 for adults and $5 for children. Children under
the age of 5 are free-of-charge, as are veterans with military ID.
those wanting to watch only the fireworks display, gates will open at 9 p.m. No
tickets will be required at that time.
tickets can be purchased at the following locations:
State Bank (locations in Goshen, Middlebury, Elkhart and South Bend)
City Hall, 202 S. 5th St., Goshen
Country Restaurant, 7995 Hwy 20, Shipshewana
R Grocery, 65730 SR 13, Millersburg
Outdoor Power Equipment, 2804 S. Main St., Goshen
Municipal Airport, Main terminal building, 17229 CR 42, Goshen
The following are remarks from Stormwater coordinator Jason Kauffman during the unveiling of the storm drain art project.
Welcome everyone and thank you for joining us this evening as we
officially unveil the 2019 Goshen Storm Drain Art Murals. We are very excited
for everyone to see these amazing works of art.
The Storm Drain Art Project is an opportunity to celebrate Goshen’s
beautiful water resources and look at ways that residents and visitors can work
together to help protect them.
You may be wondering what a storm drain is and why it is important. The
answer is each and every storm drain plays an important role in our city by
draining rainwater and snowmelt to keep our roadways safe and prevent urban flooding.
The role they serve became very clear this past weekend as roads began to flood
after Saturday evening’s hailstorm caused many storm drains to become clogged
with storm debris and trash.
Many, but not all, of the city’s storm drains flow directly to our local
waterways, like the Elkhart River and Rock Run Creek, which means whatever
falls or washes onto our roads can end up in a waterway with little to no
treatment. This is called stormwater pollution. Stormwater Pollution is
the only growing source of water pollution in our country today. It includes
ordinary things like soil, trash, oil, grass clippings, fertilizers,
pesticides, and pet waste, and when these pollutants enter local waterways they
not only pollute the water but also make it difficult for fish and other
aquatic wildlife to live or even breathe. Some pollutants can even pose a
health hazard for humans as well.
Our theme this year was “Our rivers are a resource worth protecting” and
we hope the combination of art and storm drains will help the public make the
connection that what “we do on the land does affect our local waterways.”
I want to thank Mayor Stutsman and the members of the Goshen Stormwater
Board (Mike Landis and Mitchell Day) for their support of this project. Thank
you to the many artists who submitted proposals and to those who were selected
to paint this year.
Please come forward when I call your name: Rachel Weaver, Katelyn Pedler, Katelyn
Conley, Rachel Neff, Holly Hathaway, the Day Program Participants at ADEC’s Gaining
Grounds, Tavi & Dteban Mounsithiraj, Heather Potsander, Katarina Antal, and
This project would not have happened without your time and talents. Thank
you to the members of the Selection Committee for helping to select these 10
Thank you to the many generous sponsors for your support of these
amazing artists. Please come forward when I call your name: Mutual Bank, My
Community My Water, Roger Miller State Farm Agent, Goshen Floral & Gift
Shop, Maple City Health Care Center, Abonmarche, Goshen Floor Mart, Jeremy,
Maija, Boden, & Pippin Stutsman, and Psi Iota Xi Sorority.
Thank you also to the city staff for your help in preparing each
location so the artists could paint and for providing behind-the-scenes
support. Thank you everyone.
To learn more about the Storm Drain Art Project pick up one of the
brochures we have here with us this evening, scan the QR code by each mural
with your smart phone’s camera, or visit our website www.StormDrainArt.org where you can
access a map with artist and sponsor information.
Again, thank you for coming and enjoy the rest of your evening.
Solarize Northern Indiana, a regional volunteer-powered initiative that helps local residents and businesses go solar, is officially kicking off the 2019 Solarize initiative with an information session at the Goshen Public Library. This is the first event in the region.
Attend and learn how to go solar on your home or business in 2019 and hear from current solar owners.
Solar is very much alive in Indiana in 2019. If you go solar now, net metering is still available under NIPSCO and Indiana Michigan Power until July 1, 2032! Note that the 30% Federal Tax Credit starts to phase down after this year.
Why go solar together in 2019?
You can get a discount: Leverage our community’s buying power tor educe electric bills for decades.
Get a fair quote: Installers, equipment and pricing will be selected competitively.
Make it simple: Attend the Going Solar Workshop to learn more.
To RSVP, email Leah Thill with the Michiana Area Council of Governments at Lthill@solarizeNI.org or call 574-287-1829, ext. 801. You can also RSVP online at http://bit.ly/2XfhRoZ
Public invited to unveiling event at June First Fridays
Residents and visitors will be able to see the
new Storm Drain Art Project throughout the City now that the project is
An unveiling event, to which the public is
cordially invited, will take place at 6:30 p.m. June 7 at the courthouse during
Ten designs were selected early spring and the
locations have been assigned. The artists awarded are all local to Elkhart
County, including a delegation of artists from local nonprofit ADEC. The
artists selected were the following:
Tavi Mounsithiraj and Dteban Mounsithiraj
The selection committee was composed of City
staff, elected officials and local artists. They were:
Kendall, local artists and professor at Goshen College
Brookmeyer Graber, Art Teacher at Waterford Elementary School
Gibbs, Goshen Street Commissioner
Stutsman, Mayor of Goshen
Worsham, Arts Coordinator, Goshen Arts Council
Perez Diener, Goshen City Council Youth Advisor
Sailor, My Community My Water
Kercher, My Community My Water
Kauffman, Goshen Stormwater Coordinator
Several of the artists have already begun
painting their storm drain art murals and a few are already done. The murals
are expected to be completed by mid-June, weather permitting.
Jason Kauffman, Stormwater Coordinator, said
stormwater is the only growing source of water pollution in the country, and
most storm drains flow directly to a waterway untreated.
drawing attention to storm drains with art, my hope is more people will make a
connection between storm drains and our local waterways, which are a resource
worth protecting,” he said. “By way of this connection, people will then make a
more deliberate effort to keep potential pollutants like trash, grass
clippings, and pet waste from coming into contact with stormwater, thus
improving the water quality of our local waterways.”
project is made possible thanks to help from My Community My Water LLC, the
generosity of local businesses and community members, and the time and effort
of local artists.
As the deadline for the removal of campsites nears, below is additional information about the City of Goshen’s efforts in working with local nonprofits to offer help to those in need of shelter.
A policy establishing a procedure for the removal of homeless
encampments in Goshen was announced early May with the original removal
deadline of May 27— the deadline was moved to June 3 because of the holiday
weekend. The policy was drafted by a task force created by Mayor Jeremy
Stutsman and composed of City staff, elected officials, nonprofits and
neighboring residents and businesses. This policy and process is only possible
because there are plenty of shelter beds available if campers will accept the
offer for safer and healthier spaces to live.
Since the policy was announced, City staff has personally
reached out to the campers at their sites on three separate occasions to inform
them of the removal deadline and offer resources that could help them get
assistance. They have distributed copies of the policy and letters outlining
important information about the process.
Additionally, nonprofit organizations experienced in working
with the homeless community have reached out as well through three organized
events at the Powerhouse Park on May 16, May 23 and May 30. A number of people
from the encampment have already participated and taken advantage of the
services offered by the local nonprofits.
want to thank the nonprofits who have worked collaboratively with the City to
ensure the residents in the encampment have the assistance they need moving
forward,” Mayor Stutsman said.
Some questions have arisen about the City’s legal authority
to remove campers from public property — and
whether the campers have the legal right to continue camping on City property. Goshen City
attorneys have researched the City’s rights and powers and recent court
decisions, and are confident that the policy is legal, as it attempts to treat
all persons with dignity. Within Elkhart County, options for shelter do exist,
and those options will remain on the table even past the deadline.
Stutsman and City staff will continue to work with the Goshen Coalition for the
Homeless to find long-term solutions to the issue of homelessness in our
community. Allowing the camping in public property has brought unfortunate
socially unacceptable consequences such as public intoxication and brawling; it
is not a sustainable option for our community.
is not about removing residents from our community — I want each and every one
who lives in Goshen to be safe and healthy,” Mayor Stutsman said. “We want them
to use any and all resources available to get assistance while we work on
longer-term solutions that can’t be built or implemented overnight.”
The City of Goshen will spend the summer collecting information
about community-wide and local government operations greenhouse gas emissions
as one of thirteen communities selected to be a part of Indiana University’s
first Resilience Cohort.
Findings from the community-wide greenhouse gas inventory will be
used to help residents and local officials understand Goshen’s current
emissions profile and to help create an action plan to reduce emissions,
increase energy efficiency and improve air quality.
Findings from the local government operations inventory will be
used to help Goshen employees identify greenhouse gas reduction strategies for
A greenhouse gas inventory is a fundamental first step for Hoosier
cities, towns and counties committed to combating the climatic changes
communities in Indiana are already experiencing, such as heavier rainfalls in
spring and winter, more river and flash flood events and more freeze-thaw
events wreaking havoc on transportation infrastructure and potholes. The inventory
process will provide 2017 data on the amount of energy consumed, the diversity
of energy supplied to the grid, vehicle fuel use within the city boundary, the
amount of waste generated within the city boundary and more.
“We are excited to start this process,” Mayor Jeremy Stutsman said.
“The more data we have, the better we can manage our budgets and plan for the
future. An energy-efficient community will help us save dollars in the future,
provide a better quality of life and help protect the next generation of
The Resilience Cohort was established by the Environmental
Resilience Institute, an Indiana University Prepared for Environmental Change
Grand Challenge initiative. The Cohort is made up of 13 Indiana cities, towns
and counties that will complete their inventories this summer. As part of the Cohort,
Goshen has access to technical resources, a peer network, and training through
ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, a nonprofit that specializes in
helping local governments with emissions inventories.
“We are delighted that these 13 Indiana communities have chosen to
take a critical early step on the path to reducing carbon emissions and
enhancing air quality,” said Ellen Ketterson, Director of IU’s Environmental
Resilience Institute. “The findings from these greenhouse gas inventories will
provide a roadmap for local officials to address emissions produced in their
own backyards, improve public health, and strengthen the resilience of Hoosier
A partnership with Sustain IU’s Indiana Sustainability Development
Program is providing eight of the 13 communities with summertime externs – IU
students – to help with the data collection and processing. Goshen received an
extern placement: Bronson Bast is a graduate student at the O’Neill School of Public
and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University pursuing a Master of Public
Affairs and a Master of Science in Environmental Science degrees. He is also
the President of the Energy Leaders Student Association, a student organization
dedicated to the professional development of students interested in the energy
Director of Sustain IU Andrew Predmore commented, “I am thrilled
that the Resilience Cohort was launched this summer as part of the Indiana
Sustainability Development Program. Not only are these students developing
professionally through these work experiences, but they are also making real
sustainability contributions by doing the foundational work needed to seriously
address the challenges posed by climate change.”
The City of Goshen anticipates that the inventories will be done by
the completion of the Resilience Cohort, September 15, 2019.
Other Resilience Cohort participants include Bloomington, Carmel,
Columbus, Delaware County / Muncie, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary, Greencastle,
Michigan City, Oldenburg, Richmond and West Lafayette.
the Prepared for Environmental Change initiative: The
Indiana University Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative
brings together a broad, bipartisan coalition of government, business,
nonprofit and community leaders to help Indiana better prepare for the
challenges that environmental changes bring to our economy, health and
livelihood. Announced in May 2017, Prepared for Environmental Change is working
to deliver tailored and actionable solutions to communities across the state of
City of Goshen is moving the relocation deadline for those encamped on public
property ahead to Monday, June 3, because the original date falls on a holiday
relocation is part of a policy that immediately addresses the concerns of
residents and businesses who reported feeling unease by the presence of illegal
camping along the Millrace. The task force, which worked on the guideline with
Mayor Jeremy Stutsman, is composed of elected officials, nonprofit
organizations, and neighboring residents and businesses.
this policy is in place to address the immediate concerns of the public about
their safety, it is not a long-term solution to an issue as multifaceted as
homelessness in our community. The Goshen Coalition for the Homeless has been
working since late 2018 to find sustainable solutions for the community members
without shelter in Goshen, and the City administration is open to providing
will continue working with the Coalition for the Homeless and looking for ways
to address the urgent need to provide shelter for homeless individuals,” Mayor
Stutsman said. “I will continue meeting with community members to find ways we
can work together to address this issue. We are hopeful individuals will take
us up on the arranged shelter while we work to find long-term solutions.”
the announcement of the policy in early May, City staff and non-profit
organizations experienced in working with the homeless community in Goshen have
reached out to those encamped at the Millrace and other known locations to
offer assistance in finding temporary shelter and other required services. This
outreach is through events in a location close to the Millrace where local
nonprofits offer services to those in need. Agencies present at these events
offer to help with:
A number of people from the encampment have already participated and taken advantage of the services offered by the local nonprofits. More events will take place before the relocation deadline. Through conversations with Faith Mission, an Elkhart-based organization that provides services countywide, the nonprofit organization has opened enough beds to provide shelter to those who may be seeking it from Goshen. As of Thursday morning, May 23, none of the campers has taken advantage of Faith Mission’s offer.
the task force:
Mayor Jeremy Stutsman created a task force in April 2019 to find a short-term
solution to the growing encampments throughout the city. The group is composed
of City staff, three City Council members — Julia King, Jim McKee and Brett
Weddell — neighboring residents and businesses owners, as well as
representatives from Oaklawn, The Window, Goshen Interfaith Hospitality
Network, the Goshen Chamber of Commerce and NIPSCO.