Ordinance 5049, Amending Ordinance Violations Bureau, was passed by the Goshen Common Council on August 4, 2020, and approved and adopted by Mayor Stutsman on August 5, 2020. Ordinance 5049 describes the City of Goshen Ordinance Violation Bureau, defines the City of Goshen ordinance violations subject to admission before the violations clerk, and establishes appropriate levels and amount of civil penalties to be imposed for and ordinance violation. Ordinance 5049 is available for inspection in its entirety during regular business hours at the Goshen Clerk-Treasurer’s Office located at 202 South Fifth Street, Goshen, Indiana.
Ordinance 5045, Prohibiting Commercial Vehicles on Main Street, was passed by the Goshen Common Council on July 7, 2020 and approved and adopted by Mayor Jeremy Stutsman on July 9, 2020.
Ordinance 5045 prohibits truck or commercial vehicles in excess of 20 feet (including truck and trailer) from operating on Main Street from Pike Street/US 33 to Madison Street except as necessary to make deliveries on Main Street in the prohibited area. Ordinance 5045 is available for inspection in its entirety during regular business hours at the Goshen Clerk-Treasurer’s Office located at 202 South Fifth Street, Goshen, Indiana.
Due to the special brush pickup June 15, following the storm that brought down tree limbs through parts of the City, the Goshen Street Department’s regular end-of month brush pickup for June was pushed back to begin the week of July 6, 2020.
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 that first day in the morning at 7 a.m. Brush will not be picked up in alleys. The piles of brush should be trash-free. Crews cannot access the piles if blocked by vehicles.
For information regarding Dial-A-Trailer and the Brush Trailer, go to goshenindiana.org/street-department.
The next summer brush pick up weeks will begin on the following days:
- July 27, 2020
- August 31, 2020
- September 28, 2020 — last brush pickup of the year
City Council will be meeting at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, to discuss an amendment to the 2020 salary ordinance about declared emergency paid leave. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers, Police and Court Building, 111 E. Jefferson St.
Meetings will resume their regular schedule on Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m.
Mayor Jeremy Stutsman is postponing his State of the City address, scheduled to be delivered at the Founders’ Day Luncheon, which was canceled today.
Founders’ Day, an expo, luncheon and awards ceremony organized by the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, was canceled as a preventative measure to avoid potential exposure of the over 400 attendees to COVID-19.
The State of the City address will be recorded and made available on the City website, goshenindiana.org, by the end of March.
Mayor Stutsman supported Chamber of Commerce President Nick Kieffer in his decision to cancel the annual event, saying the decision to do so was not one that was taken lightly.
“We have spoken with Dr. Dan Nafziger and emergency management official Jennifer Tobey before making the decision that the possibility of exposing business leaders and community members to the virus was not worth the risk of going forward with the event,” Mayor Stutsman said.
The City of Goshen will continue to work with health officials, including Dr. Lydia K. Mertz, MD, Health Officer of the Elkhart County Department of Health, and Dr. Nafziger, MD, MS, Chief Medical Officer at Goshen Hospital. In addition, the City will work with other community leaders to decide other preventative measure to reduce potential exposure throughout the city.
“We will continue to learn more about the virus and what this community can do in the next several weeks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Mayor Stutsman said. “I want to reiterate that we are not making these decisions lightly. Instead, we want to be as best informed and prepared to serve the community. It will be important for our community to separate caution and preparedness from panic. We will work to keep Goshen informed as we continue to learn more about this ever-evolving discussion.”
The Goshen Common Council passed Resolution 2020-01 on January 7, 2020 declaring the designation of the Benteler III Economic Revitalization Area at 910 Eisenhower Drive South, Goshen, Indiana for the purpose of phasing-in certain personal property taxes in connection with the installation of new
manufacturing equipment by Benteler Automotive Corporation (“Benteler”).
A description and map of the proposed economic revitalization area is available and can be inspected at the Elkhart County Assessor’s Office at 117 North Second Street, Goshen, Indiana. Resolution 2020-01 in its entirety may also be inspected during regular business hours at the Goshen Clerk-Treasurer’s Office at 202 South Fifth Street, Goshen, Indiana.
The Goshen Common Council will hold a public hearing at a meeting on February 4, 2020 at 7 p.m. to receive and hear all remonstrances and objections from interested persons concerning this designation. The hearing will be held in the City Court Room/Council Chambers at the Goshen Police & Court Building, 111 East Jefferson Street, Goshen, Indiana. After considering the evidence, the Common Council will take final action in determining whether the qualifications for an economic revitalization area have been met, and will then confirm, modify and confirm, or rescind the previously adopted resolution.
If the designation of the Benteler III Economic Revitalization Area to authorize a tax phase-in for Benteler is confirmed without modification by the Common Council, the designation shall be limited for a period of five (5) years and expire in 2026. Benteler will be entitled to make application for a deduction from the assessed value of the personal property applicable to the new manufacturing equipment installed for five (5) years in accordance with the approved tax abatement schedule in an amount not to exceed a cost of $26,064,506.
Governing Body: Goshen Redevelopment Commission
Date of Meeting: December 13, 2019
Time of Meeting: 2:00 p.m.
Place of Meeting: Annex Conference Room, 204 East Jefferson, Goshen, IN
Pursuant to the provisions of the Open Door Law and Indiana Code 5-14-1.5-5, the Goshen Redevelopment commission will hold a public meeting on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the City Courtroom/Council Chambers, 111 East Jefferson Street, Goshen, Indiana.
Monday, December 16 will start the last week of leaf collection for the Street Department.
Rake leaves into long piles on the grass next to the street or sidewalk beside the curb, not more than 6 feet from the curb. For the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists, if you must pile leaves on the sidewalk, please leave as wide a walking path as possible.
Leaves must be kept out of the street. Residents and property owners that have a storm drain in front of their property are asked to keep the drain area clear of leaves. This will help reduce the chances of water backing up on City streets. Bagged leaves will be collected, but it slows the city-wide collection down drastically. The leaf vac crew has to empty the bags out in order to vacuum up the leaves and they will leave the bags on the property.
Do not place leaves in the alley—they will not be removed. Do not put sticks, twigs and other trash into or on top of the leaf piles. These items can damage the vacuum equipment and force crews to pluck these items from the leaves—another time-consuming task.
Located at 20100 CR 19, the Goshen Environmental Center accepts brush and leaves, loose or in bags, at no charge to Goshen residents. The Environmental Center is open 52 weeks a year. Winter hours are in effect from Dec. 1st through March 31st with hours being Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Their number is number is 533-6200.
Ordinance 5021, Amend Park Rules and Regulations to Allow Electric Bicycles and Change Park Hours, was passed by the Goshen Common Council on December 3, 2019 and approved and adopted by Mayor Jeremy Stutsman. Ordinance 5021 amends the Goshen City Code Section 22.214.171.124 to clarify park hours of operation, and Section 126.96.36.199 to permit the use of Class 1 and Class 2 electric bicycles on city bicycle/pedestrian trails. Ordinance 5021 is available for inspection in its entirety during regular business hours at the Goshen Clerk-Treasurer’s Office located at 202 South Fifth Street, Goshen, Indiana.
The meeting of the Goshen Board of Zoning Appeals scheduled for Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 4:00 p.m., has been cancelled.
The regular meeting schedule will resume on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 4:00 pm, in the Council Chambers, Goshen Police and Courts Building, 111 E Jefferson Street, Goshen.