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Notice is given that Ordinance 5171, Amending Ordinance Violations Bureau, was passed by the Goshen Common Council on November 13, 2023, and approved and adopted by Mayor Leichty. Ordinance 5171 describes and continues the operation of previously established City of Goshen Ordinance Violations Bureau; establishes the City of Goshen ordinances, Goshen City Code sections, and Elkhart County Code sections (referred to individually as a “Bureau Ordinance”) that are subject to enforcement through an admission of violation before the violations clerk; assigns an appropriate civil penalty tier to the types of violations listed in the City of Goshen Bureau Ordinances Schedule and Elkhart County Bureau Ordinances Schedule; establishes the amount of civil penalties to be imposed for each civil penalty tier; and identifies the officials, employees or agents authorized to issue citations for the violation of a Bureau Ordinance. Ordinance 5171 is available for inspection in its entirety during regular business hours at the Goshen Clerk- Treasurer’s Office located at 202 S. Fifth Street, Goshen, Indiana.

Notice of Adoption of Ordinance 5170

Notice is given that Ordinance 5170, Regulation of Open Burning in the City of Goshen and Providing Penalties for Violations of Such Regulations, was passed by the Goshen Common Council on November 13, 2023, and approved and adopted by Mayor Leichty. Ordinance 5170 prohibits open burning in the City of Goshen except for specific types of open burning that are allowed under a listed exemption or an approved variance, and provided the open burning complies with specified conditions. Ordinance 5170 is available for inspection in its entirety during regular business hours at the Goshen Clerk-Treasurer’s Office located at 202 S. Fifth Street, Goshen, Indiana

Warming Shelter

The City of Goshen, Elkhart County Emergency Management, Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network, Faith Mission, and Goshen Public Library have teamed up to provide a place of warmth for our residents this Winter at the Goshen Public Library during normal business hours.  Please check on your friends, family, neighbors, homeless, and the elderly during the winter months. Contact the Goshen Police Department if you need assistance checking on someone.Anyone in need of shelter outside of normal Library business hours or if the library is closed, please contact the Goshen Police Department for assistance (574)536-1790 or (574) 533-8661

Goshen Public Library Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10 AM – 8 PM

Tuesday: 1 PM – 8 PM

Friday: 10 AM – 6 PM

Saturday: 10 AM – 4 PM

Hold onto those Leftovers: Trash Pick Up Delay

Heads up! If your usual trash and recycling pickup is on Thursday or Friday, your service will be delayed one day due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The Thursday route will be picked up on Friday, and the Friday route on Saturday. Regular pickup will resume on Monday, Nov. 27th. Please plan accordingly and hold onto those leftovers a bit longer! Thank you all for your cooperation.

Bryce Gast: A Goshen Life Remembered

Bryce Gast, Goshen’s Administrative City Engineer, passed away suddenly on October 3, 2022. Bryce embarked on his journey as the City of Goshen’s Administrative City Engineer in May 2019. From the very beginning, he displayed a passion for his work that would leave an indelible mark on the landscape of Goshen. His commitment to excellence and unwavering dedication to the city’s development set the stage for a remarkable tenure.

Recent, substantial upgrades to Goshen’s Wastewater Treatment Plant—much of the work designed and implemented over the years, with Bryce in a lead role—involved replacing pumps and clarifiers dating back to the 1960s and 70s, expanding the facility’s aeration tank system, installing a more energy efficient blowing system, and installing a new dewatering building for the plant’s biosolids.

Read more about Bryce’s life and his contribution to the City of Goshen.

2023 Leaf Collection Is Underway

The 2023 Fall Season leaf collection began in October 2023.  There is no set schedule for leaf collection.  The crews follow a route through the City and keep rotating through the route until all the leaves are picked up. The leaf collection season usually ends in mid-December.

With those beautiful leaves falling all around us , we want to make sure our community stays vibrant and water-drainage friendly. So, we’re kindly requesting your help to keep our storm drains leaf-free and our streets puddle-free!

Here’s how you can join in and make our neighborhoods shine even brighter:

  • Clear those storm drains near your home or business, allowing rainwater to flow freely and reducing ponding.
  • Skip the Curb Piles: Please avoid piling up leaves along the curb, which can lead to drainage issues. Let’s keep our streets leaf-free!
  • Spread the Word: Share this post with neighbors and business owners to spread the word about this leafy mission.

For more details on leaf collection visit:

Wilden Ave. Set to Open Soon

Wilden Avenue will soon be open, but not this Saturday as planned. Reith-Riley informed the City they will need to keep the road closed until 12 PM Friday, November 17, in order to finish concrete and grading work. When they open, we anticipate a smooth ride between Indiana Avenue and Main Street!

Park Restroom Access During the Fall and Winter Season

As the temperatures drop and winter approaches, it’s essential to stay informed about the status of park restroom facilities in your area. Remember to check the park’s specific hours of operation, as these may vary. Keeping this information in mind will help you plan your outdoor activities with ease during the fall and winter months.

The Unheated Park Restrooms Are Closed for the Season

First and foremost, please note that the unheated park restrooms are now closed for the season. As the colder weather sets in, these facilities are temporarily shut down for maintenance and safety reasons. But don’t worry, there are still options available for your convenience.

Heated Restroom Facilities

For those who prefer the comfort of heated restrooms, there are two locations you can count on throughout the season:

  1. Abshire Cabin (1302 E. Lincoln Ave): This charming cabin offers a heated restroom facility for your comfort. It’s a great option for those visiting the park in the vicinity of E. Lincoln Ave.
  2. Shanklin Park Warming Building (near the pond) (411 W. Plymouth Ave): Located near the picturesque pond, this warming building houses a heated restroom facility. Enjoy the scenic views and warmth during your park visit.

Portable Restrooms

In addition to the heated facilities, there are portable restroom locations available for your convenience at the following sites:

  1. Shoup Parsons/Goshen Dam (755 Fair Oaks Dr): If you’re exploring the beautiful Shoup Parsons/Goshen Dam area, you’ll find portable restrooms here to cater to your needs.
  2. Pumpkinvine Trail (near CR 28): Whether you’re hiking, biking, or just taking a leisurely stroll along the Pumpkinvine Trail, you can access portable restrooms near CR 28.
  3. Oakridge Park Area (Wilden Ave. Trail at 1st Street): Enjoy the natural beauty of Oakridge Park and its surroundings while knowing there are convenient portable restrooms nearby.
  4. Fidler Pond Park (1424 Lincolnway E): If you’re spending time at Fidler Pond Park, you can rely on the availability of portable restrooms for a comfortable experience.

We want you to make the most of the beautiful outdoor spaces in our community while staying comfortable and prepared for the changing seasons. So, don’t let the cold weather deter you – embrace the beauty of fall and winter in your local parks.

Don’t Forget to ‘Fall Back’! Daylight Saving Time Ends on November 5, 2023

As the leaves change color and the air gets crisper, it’s a sure sign that autumn is in full swing. With the changing of seasons comes an important reminder – the end of Daylight Saving Time! On November 5, 2023, we will set our clocks back by one hour, officially marking the return to Standard Time.

Why ‘Fall Back’?

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is a practice where we adjust our clocks forward by one hour in the spring and set them back by one hour in the fall. The concept is simple – we “spring forward” in March to make better use of natural daylight during the longer days of spring and summer, and in November, we “fall back” to return to Standard Time as the days become shorter.

What to Do:

On the night of Saturday, November 4, 2023, before you head to bed, remember to set your clocks back by one hour. This simple action will ensure that you’re in sync with the new time schedule.

Safety Check:

This is also an excellent time to check and replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. It’s a small step that can make a big difference in your safety.


Daylight Saving Time is a timeless tradition that helps us make the most of daylight throughout the year. So, on Sunday, November 5, 2023, remember to set your clocks back, enjoy the extra hour, and embrace the coziness of autumn as we transition into the Standard Time zone.