Category Archives: News & Events

Updates, messages and other announcements are posted under this category with the intent to notify residents. Posts under this category are emailed in a newsletter at the end of the day.

COME HELP PROTECT OUR DRINKING WATER

Building. Front entrance of police and courts building.

The City of Goshen Water and Sewer invites public participation in developing a wellhead protection plan.

A public meeting will be held Thursday, March 31, at 1 p.m. at the Goshen City Court building, 111 E. Jefferson St.

To fulfill the requirements of the State of Indiana Wellhead Protection Rule, the Goshen Water
& Sewer Department is updating our Wellhead Protection Plan.

The next step in this process involves the formation of a volunteer-supported local planning team. This team will make decisions on how best to protect our drinking water from potential sources of contamination. Interested parties are invited to come learn more about the process and to support the local planning team.

Address questions to Marvin Shepherd, of the Goshen Water and Sewer Department at 574-534-5306.

SALE OF CITY VEHICLES

See full catalog with images at https://goshenindiana.org/bidding-opportunities

The Goshen Board of Works is offering the following surplus vehicles and equipment for sale to the public:

  • 2008 Ford Ranger;
  • 2007 Chevy Impala;
  • 2011 Chevy Impala;
  • 2007 Chevy Impala;
  • 2012 Chevy Impala;
  • 2011 Chevy Impala;
  • 2004 Dodge Stratus;
  • 2010 Chevy Impala;
  • 2003 Crown Victoria;
  • 2015 Harley Davidson;
  • 2007 Chevy Impala;
  • 2009 Chevy Impala;
  • 2010 Chevy Impala;
  • 2007 Chevy Impala;
  • 2009 Chevy Impala;
  • 2002 Ford Explorer;
  • 2007 Ford F250 with 2007 Boss V Plow 8’2″;
  • 2002 Ford Excursion;
  • 1992 Medtec Ambulance;
  • 2005 Ford Escape;
  • 2010 Ford Escape;
  • 2010 Ford Escape;
  • 2008 Ford Ranger;
  • 2001 Ford F550;
  • 11′ landscape-style dump bed with engine driven hydraulic pump;
  • 1996 Club Golf Cart; 2005 Spaulding Patcher;
  • 1999 GMC T7500;
  • 2012 Monroe Salt Spreader;
  • 2004 Textron Golf Cart; and Simplicity Tractor.

Anyone interested can inspect the vehicles and equipment on Saturday, 4/02/22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Goshen Street Department, or by calling Central Garage at 534-3703 to schedule an appointment. Bids will be accepted until 1:45 pm on Monday, 4/11/22 at the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office. The bids will be opened at 2 pm on 4/11/22 at the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting.

See the bidding sale catalog and bidding documents at https://goshenindiana.org/bidding-opportunities.

YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR ENERGY AND WATER BILL ASSISTANCE

Indiana residents can apply for assistance paying their energy and water/sewer bills through a temporary program established by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority offers. The Goshen Utilities Business Office works with residents who may be at risk of being disconnected from water utility services.

If you are struggling to make a payment, apply for aid by visiting EAP.ihcda.in.gov, or call the Utilities Business Office at 574-533-9399.

FLOOD RESILIENCE PLAN PRESENTATION • MARCH 17, 6 P.M.

Join us Thursday, March 17 at 6 p.m. in the Goshen Theater, to learn about the proposed Flood Resilience Plan, which was drafted by City Staff with assistance from consultant Christopher Burke.

Following the presentation and Q&A session, there will be time for asking questions directly to City staff from the Stormwater Office, Department of Environmental Resilience, Engineering, Planning and Zoning, and the Fire Department.

To participate virtually (presentation and Q&A session only), go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89188363780

Marking four years since Goshen experienced its largest flood event in recorded history, City staff has finalized a draft plan to better understand the challenges and possible solutions to flooding impacts.

A draft of the City of Goshen’s Flood Resilience Plan is available for public review. The plan can be found online at www.goshenindiana.org/flood-zone. Printed drafts can be found at the Goshen Public Library, City Hall and the Utilities Business Office. The City also is collecting feedback. Residents can go to bit.ly/goshenfloodsurvey to give their input.

FLOOD RESILIENCE PLAN NOW AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW

Marking four years since Goshen experienced its largest flood event in recorded history, City staff has finalized a draft plan to better understand the challenges and possible solutions to flooding impacts.

A draft of the City of Goshen’s Flood Resilience Plan is now available for public review. The plan can be found online at www.goshenindiana.org/flood-zone. Printed drafts can be found at the Goshen Public Library, City Hall and the Utilities Business Office. The City also is collecting feedback. Residents can go to bit.ly/goshenfloodsurvey to give their input.

“The City of Goshen continues to learn about the floodway and its impact on our community,” Mayor Jeremy Stutsman said. “Our dedicated staff has put tremendous effort in looking at ways we can minimize those effects from flooding.”

City staff will hold a public meeting to present and discuss the drafted plan at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 17 in the Goshen Theater.

City staff and Mayor’s office have been working with Christopher Burke Engineering, LLC (Indianapolis) since late 2020 to draft a comprehensive flood plan for the city. In the wake of historic flooding in February, 2018, the City has recognized the need to address the persistence of flooding in Goshen, and the likelihood of increasing flood events in the future.

The public meeting will include input from City staff regarding the history of flooding in Goshen and an assessment of our vulnerability to future flooding; it will also include an overview presentation of the draft Flood Resilience Plan by Christopher Burke Engineering associates. Following these inputs there will be time for questions and discussion with the public, including an informal, open-house style opportunity to talk directly with staff.

Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley, Director of the Department of Environmental Resilience, said the plan would help the City think about ways to minimize the effects of flooding, from damage, to costs, to clean-up.

“It’s a broad plan with a lot of ideas – that can’t all be accomplished at once – but seeing that we’re likely to experience more flooding over time, it’s really important for us to see what the options are,” he said. “There are things we can do to adapt to more water, and things which we can do to mitigate the impacts.”

In addition to the draft plan, the webpage at www.goshenindiana.org/flood-zone houses important information to allow residents to learn and make informed decisions about flood risk. The page contains tools for understanding the river gauge, the locations most at risk for flooding in Goshen, and Goshen’s flooding history.

FEBRUARY STORMWATER TOOLBOX NEWSLETTER

In celebration of Black History Month, explore the story of Carl Stokes–a clean water hero. Also this issue, takes a look at the flooding of four years ago during Goshen’s historic February 2018 Flood. Visit the new flood zone page to find information about how the City is preparing Goshen to be more flood resilient.
www.goshenindiana.org/flood-zone

In celebration of Black History Month, explore the story of Carl Stokes–a clean water hero. Also, this issue takes a look at the flooding of four years ago during Goshen’s historic February 2018 Flood. Visit the new flood zone page to find information about how the City is preparing Goshen to be more flood resilient.

bit.ly/SWNewsFeb22

VIBRANT VIBES WORKSHOP

Vibrant Communities is looking to the future with the Next Chapter, and their round of public input sessions begins next week.

If you live in Goshen and want to attend locally, a Vibrant Vibes workshop will be held at the Schrock Pavilion in Shanklin Park Wednesday, March 2 at 4 p.m.

Or check out their poster, which lists other scheduled workshops.

GOSHEN CRC INVITES STUDENT INPUT THROUGH ESSAY CONTEST

Our future leaders have something to say—and the Goshen Community Relations Commission wants to hear it.

The CRC has organized an essay contest for all Goshen students in junior high through high school in which they are asked to discuss one of the eight Goshen CRC principles. The winners will receive up to $150 in cash.

Students who choose to participate will be entered in one of two categories: grades 7-8—who will be required to submit an essay of 300-600 words; and grades 9-12, who will be asked to submit an essay of 500-800 words.

The CRC principles are:

  • Honor the dignity of each person and each person’s rights
  • Listen to the diverse voices of the community
  • Cultivate constructive communication and engagement
  • Value honesty, truthfulness, and integrity
  • Promote a community that is safe for all
  • Acknowledge and accept the challenge of change—that it may have both positive and negative consequences
  • Promote the acceptance of differences
  • Promote equality and freedom from discrimination

A committee of five community members will read the essays and determine the winners. The first place winner in each category will be awarded $150; second place, $100; and third place, $50.

The deadline to submit an essay is March 21 at 5 p.m. A community celebration and award ceremony will be held Tuesday, April 12 at the Goshen City Council Chambers. More information about the event will be available on the City’s social media pages and website, www.goshenindiana.org. To view the essay contest prompt and form, go to goshenindiana.org/crc.

YOU’RE INVITED! VIBRANT VIBES WORKSHOPS

The following is a message from Vibrant Communities of Elkhart County:

Elkhart County is hosting “Vibrant Vibes”, a series of public events where you get to share your ideas about how we can make Elkhart County an even more vibrant place in the future.

This is the first round of public input gathering for the Next Chapter Process (a process that builds on our collective success to develop a new Action Plan for the County).

The events include in-person and virtual meetings and online activities.

Show your love for the County by joining your neighbors in this exciting moment.

Check out the schedule above or go to https://vibrantelkhartcounty.org/next-chapter/ to find a workshop time and location.

A virtual meeting will be held Thursday, February 24 at noon. Go to https://vibrantelkhartcounty.org/next-chapter/ to RSVP.

APPLICATION OPEN FOR AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN GRANTS

Mayor Jeremy Stutsman is inviting local nonprofits to apply for the City of Goshen’s American Rescue Plan Nonprofit Fund Grant. Applications are due March 15, 2022.

The federal government established a Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund for local governments as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) of 2021. As a result, the City is receiving $6.6 million in ARP funds to respond to the public health emergency and impact to communities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to make investments in infrastructure.

A plan was developed and approved by the City of Goshen on November 2, 2021. Of the total amount to be received, the majority of the funds ($5.1 million) was dedicated to infrastructure improvements; $700,000 have been allocated to work on homeless intervention services and substance abuse and behavioral health treatment—a collaboration with Oaklawn. The rest was pledged to a variety of programs to address community needs.

Of the total sum it received, the City has allocated $300,000 of ARP funds to nonprofit organizations serving the City. A copy of the grant application is available on the City website at www.goshenindiana.org/arp.

Mayor Stutsman has formed a review committee comprised of two City Council members, staff, and community representatives to award the grants.

“We are excited to give our local nonprofits a boost in funding to help further respond to addressing childcare for low-income residents, food insecurity, homelessness or health-related needs in our community,” he said.

Priority funding will be given to organizations who work in the areas outlined by mayor Stutsman. Submitted proposals must demonstrate one of the following:

• Their proposed use of funds relates to ARP public health services, negative economic impacts and services to impacted communities.

• It meets an urgent community need, especially food insecurity, homelessness or health-related needs

Awardees will receive the grant after July 2022, and will have until Dec. 31, 2024 to use the funds. For more information about the ARP Fund Plan or the grant program, go to www.goshenindiana.org/arp