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CHANGE TO PARKS DEPARTMENT REOPENING PLAN

Per Governor Holcomb, Indiana will be entering into Stage 3 of the reopening plan this weekend. We had previously shared our Parks & Recreation Reopening Guide but are making one significant modification based upon the Governor’s most recent order as shown below.

Playgrounds will NOT be opening this weekend as originally planned and their reopening date has not yet been determined.

We thank you in advance for your patience and will keep you updated as we learn more in the coming weeks.

TREES FOR 2020 GOSHEN HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES

Dear Goshen High School 2020 Graduate –

Graduating Class of 2020, trees will be available for contactless pickup when you receive your caps and gowns.

To select your species of tree beforehand, please complete the following Google Form with your complete name.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMUXnPjaMS8-gFIf_yubFrd6Otrym2L1-eVuuMxld19uqF1w/viewform?usp=sf_link

You may plant at your at home, or another private site of your choosing. If you don’t want to take a tree, we will find a place to plant it in your honor. Either way, your tree will serve as an enduring symbol of this significant achievement in your life. Additionally, the planting of your tree will help our city reach its goal of 45% canopy coverage by 2045.

The trees provided were grown in the Indiana State Nursery. They are all seedlings and are about 18-24 inches tall. We have 100 of each, and will be made available as first come first serve:

Bur Oak – A large tree, growing to 60 feet or more, with a possible 60 food spread. It produces acorns, which are great for wildlife.

Sycamore – A large tree, growing to 70 feet with a 50-foot spread. Well known for its smooth, white and mottled bark as it matures.

Gray Dogwood – A small, flowering tree or bush, which grows to about 12 feet tall. Its clusters of small white flowers are distinctive in the spring.

American Plum – A small tree, growing to about 15 feet tall. Covers itself with white blossoms in the spring, which yield sweet, small fruit in the summer.

Chinkapin Oak – A medium-sized tree, about 40 feet tall at maturity. Unusually shaped “sawtooth” edged leaves, and its medium size make it a versatile and interesting tree.

Remember to call Indiana “811” to locate underground utilities at least two business days before you dig. See our website for more information: https://goshenindiana.org/environmental-resilience

UPCOMING WEBINAR – COMMUNITY GARDENS

We are connecting with the local Seed to Feed Program AND garden plots available for families in the City of Goshen and the City of Elkhart.

We will be talking to Chelsea Risser, organizer of the local Seed to Feed Program along with Sara Stalter from Goshen Health and Paul Steury to learn how community gardens are playing an important part in providing fresh produce to people locally.

We will also be talking to the Goshen Parks Department Superintendent, Tanya Heyde, and the City of Elkhart Environmental Center Director Jamison Czarnecki to learn what community garden plots and resources are available for family gardening in Goshen and Elkhart.

Register in advance for this webinar. The link is found here: https://goshenindiana.org/environmental-resilience

MAY 5TH WEBINAR – THE IMPORTANCE OF FOOD SUSTAINABILITY

When: May 5, 2020, 12:00 PM ET

We will discuss food sustainability with Brad Alstrom, General Manager of Maple City Market. Brad will talk about food production and distribution systems and the economics of sustainable food. Brad will answer questions such as what makes food systems sustainable, and why is sustainable food important in our world today?

Register in advance for this Zoom webinar:
https://goshenindiana.org/environmental-resilience

UPCOMING PODCAST ABOUT GOSHEN’S COMMUNITY ORCHARD

WHEN: April 7, 2020, at noon EST

Join us as we talk with Patrick Coonan about his work creating Goshen’s Community Orchard. Patrick will explain the vision for the project and discuss how a public orchard provides opportunities to foster sustainable food practices in our community. Learn how you can participate in this amazing project that truly reflects the Good of Goshen. Hosted by the City of Goshen’s Environmental Resilience Department.

Register in advance for this podcast:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oqiNoIHFQaSZBVy5J2Qy0A

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the podcast.

NOTICE OF ADOPTION AND PURPORT OF BOND ORDINANCE

NOTICE OF DETERMINATION TO CONSTRUCT AND FINANCE ADDITIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS TO THE GOSHEN SEWAGE WORKS AND THE ADOPTION AND PURPORT OF THE ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING SAME

Property owners, ratepayers and other interested parties in or served or to be served by the sewage works of the City of Goshen, Indiana (“City”), are hereby notified that on February 4, 2020, the Common Council adopted Ordinance No. 5034, thereby determining to construct additions and improvements to the City’s sewage works consisting of the following projects:

  • WWTP Improvements Project consisting of upgrades to the existing facilities to improve preliminary treatment, primary treatment, secondary treatment, and sludge handling processes as well as general site improvements.
  • Lift Station Improvements consisting of upgrades to 25 of the existing lift stations throughout the City wastewater collection system. Lift station upgrades are categorized as Category 1, Category 2, and Category 3 upgrades.
  • Rock Run Sewer Improvements consisting mainly of installation of approximately 1,300 feet of 42-inch sewer generally parallel to the existing Rock Run Sewer, redirecting flow to the new sewer, and abandoning the existing sewer. Portions of the sewer alignment will pass through contaminated soils which have previously been encapsulated and special soil disposal and backfill procedures must be used.

all pursuant to plans and specifications prepared by consulting engineers of the City. (collectively,”Project”). The Project is further set forth on Exhibit A to Ordinance No. 5034.

The total estimated cost of the Project will not exceed $26,200,000. Ordinance No. 5034 further directed that the cost of the Project be financed by the issuance of revenue bonds in an amount not to exceed $26,200,000 which bonds will be payable from net revenues of the sewage works, on a parity with certain outstanding sewage works revenue bonds of the City. The bonds will be sold at a private sale to the Indiana Finance Authority or by competitive bidding, at an interest rate not to exceed 4.0% per annum, and will mature semiannually on January 1 and July 1 over a period ending no later than January 1, 2050. Copies of the plans, specifications, cost estimates and of Ordinance No. 5034 are on file in the office of the Clerk-Treasurer and are available for inspection by any interested parties during regular business hours. Objections to said project and the bonds may be filed in the time and manner provided by the Indiana Code, Title 36, Article 9, Chapter 23.

Dated this 13th day of February, 2020.

/s/ Adam Scharf
Clerk-Treasurer, City of Goshen, Indiana

REVISED DATES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL LUNCHEONS

All details from our previous post on our upcoming environmental luncheons are correct except that we have switched the presenters for each date. Matt Meersman, Director of the Saint Joseph River Basin Commission, will be presenting on Tuesday, February 25th, and Carrie Tauscher, State Community and Urban Forest Coordinator, will be speaking on Tuesday, March 3rd.

The original post can be found here.

Enterprise Holdings Foundation Donates $30,000 to City of Goshen for Community Orchard Project

The City of Goshen has been awarded a $30,000 Community Resilience Grant through the Arbor Day Foundation with corporate sponsorship from Enterprise Holdings Foundation. The grant funds are to be used for the creation of a community orchard at Abshire Park.

The initial idea for a community orchard was raised by Patrick Coonan, a Goshen resident and urban forager who would like to see Goshen residents take advantage of more of the fruit and nut crops growing around us. He presented the idea of an orchard to the Goshen Park Board in 2018, and the Goshen Park Department began the work to envision space for such a project. “The idea behind a community orchard is to create a gathering space where Goshen residents can discover new types of edible fruit and nuts, learn how to care for these plants, and share in the harvest,” says Coonan.

In the spring of 2019 a grant application was submitted to the Arbor Day Foundation for funding to build Goshen’s first community orchard. In October, the funding was confirmed, and an initial planting event with volunteers from the Goshen community and from Enterprise Holdings Foundation is scheduled at Abshire Park for November 25.

The Abshire Park location was chosen for several reasons, beyond the fact that there is ample space for the orchard. The cabin at the park has a fully functional kitchen which can be used for food processing and demonstration events. The park is also a trail head for the Pumpkinvine Bike Route, and is a major thoroughfare for bike routes throughout Goshen.

Keona Koster, Program Coordinator for the Arbor Day Foundation, said, “Goshen’s community orchard project was highly rated by our teams in components including the resilience story, community engagement, connection to a larger plan, impact, and imagination.” Enterprise Holdings Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Enterprise Holdings, which, through its regional subsidiaries, operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. In 2018 Enterprise Holdings Foundation provided a $2 million investment for the Arbor Day Foundation’s Urban Tree Initiative, which furthers the Enterprise commitment to support communities now and into the future.

The orchard will include native plants like paw paw and persimmon trees, beech plum bushes and elderberry shrubs, along with some more familiar plants like apples, pears, cherries and blueberries. Next spring, more exotic plants that are suited to our climate in northern Indiana will be added to the mix. Seaberry plants dotted with bright orange berries will form a colorful hedge along the southern entrance of the orchard. Honeyberry, blueberry and currant plants will be incorporated throughout the orchard. Hazelnut shrubs, chestnut trees, Korean pines will add edible nuts to the mix. The plantings will count towards Goshen’s urban tree canopy goal of 45% by 2045, will sequester carbon dioxide, will serve as a point of community interaction, and will provide nutritious foods over time.

The project has brought together many different individuals and groups from the community and beyond, including Memorial High School (Elkhart) students, Horizon Education Alliance, Luke Gascho (a local food forest experiementer), Trees For Goshen, the Community Orchard Project, the Community Resilience Guild, the Goshen Parks and Recreation Department, and many volunteers who will help plant trees.

JULY STORMWATER TOOLBOX NEWSLETTER

In this month’s Newsletter read about how Indiana’s stormwater regulations have only changed once since August 2003 and yet they are a way to keep America the Beautiful, beautiful. Lean about the beautiful and beastly sides of fireworks. Lastly, read about the 11 times the Elkhart River has reached minor flood stage since October 2007, and how you can use a free, online tool called My RainReady, to help determine the potential flooding risks for your property.

#GoshenStormwater #OnlyRainDownTheDrain #FloodReady #ElkhartRiver

https://goshenindiana.org/media/uploads/0/6641_July-2019-Stormwater-Toolbox-Newsletter.pdf

MAIN STREET TRAFFIC STUDY TO END EARLY

The City initiated a traffic study on Main Street to see how four-way stops at Clinton, Washington and Jefferson would impact traffic now that the City has taken control of Main Street. The study began on May 1st and was expected to continue until May 31st.

The vast majority of the feedback the City has received has been from pedestrians as they are very concerned about their safety during this study and have found it more difficult to cross Main Street with the four-way stops. Vehicles are not stopping for pedestrians and are not looking out for them when moving through Main Street. The comments that we have received from motorists have been mostly positive stating that they find it easier to get around downtown and it seems more motorists are moving to Third Street to get through downtown.

Due to the pedestrian concerns, we will be ending the study earlier than originally proposed. The study will end tomorrow, May 14th, at approximately 9am by returning the traffic signals to their normal function at Clinton, Washington and Jefferson. There will likely be further studies in the future once Main Street is reduced from four-lane to two-lane and additional pedestrian improvements can be made.