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2021 ARBOR DAY

A blossoming tree, shite dogwood.
White Dogwood

As a Goshen resident you are invited to call and reserve a free bare-root tree in honor of Arbor Day.

The Arbor Day celebration is one of many activities that the City of Goshen’s Tree Board plans each year. The resident-based Tree Board was established over 20 years ago to promote the value of trees and encourage tree planting and preservation. This year the Tree Board will give away 300 trees to be planted on Goshen properties as a part of Arbor Day celebrations. You can request an American Hazelnut, White Dogwood, American Persimmon, American Sycamore, or a Tuliptree.

Trees provide many benefits to humans and to wildlife. Trees can add curb appeal and increase a property’s livability by lowering the summertime temperatures of homes, patios, driveways, and sidewalks. A large mature tree can absorb significant amounts of stormwater to help reduce localized flooding. Trees also provide food and habitat for birds and small wildlife.

If you have any questions, please contact us at the Department of Environmental Resilience, 574-534-0076 or environmental@goshencity.com.

2021 Beautify Goshen Week

In conjunction with the Goshen Chamber of Commerce’s “Beautify Goshen” Week, the Goshen Street Department will be making additional disposal services available to assist city residents in their “Beautify Goshen” tasks.

This free service is offered only during the first full week in May (an eight-day week with two Saturdays), and there is no limit to the quantity of items that may be disposed. Residents must make arrangements to transport the items; there will not be curbside pickup.  Because this free service is paid by the tax dollars of Goshen city residents, only City residents are allowed to dispose of items.  IDs will be checked to verify residency.

The collection site will be the Goshen Street Department located at 475 Steury Ave.  Hours that items will be accepted are as follows:

  • Saturday, May 1 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 2: CLOSED
  • Monday––Friday, May 3 to May 7  from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 8 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In order to keep disallowed items from entering the waste stream, the Street Department will have a crew member on hand at all times monitoring the items being accepted. Items that can be disposed of are:

  • Non-hazardous refuse, such as furniture, carpeting, lumber, dry wall, metal and vinyl siding, windows, fiberglass insulation, mattresses, stoves, landscape timbers, bricks, etc.
  • White goods, such as refrigerators, air conditioners, freezers, dehumidifiers, etc.; the Freon does not have to be removed
  • Electronic waste, such as computers, home phones, televisions, etc.
  • Tires up to 16½”, either on or off their rims

The following items will not be accepted during this large-item disposal:

  • Pesticides or herbicides (insect or weed killers)
  • Unlabeled drums containing any substance
  • Sealed pressurized containers (propane tanks, etc.)
  • Paint thinners, oil base or water base paint
  • Brush and yard waste
  • Asbestos insulation
  • Contaminated soil

During the other 51 weeks of the year, Goshen residents may place one or two large items per month with their regular weekly trash for removal. (This does not include electronics, old tube-type televisions or any cooling appliances containing Freon or any of the items not accepted in the Beautify Goshen disposal.) For details of the year-long, large-item disposal, contact Borden Waste-Away at (574) 293-5001.

2021 SPRING BRUSH AND LEAF COLLECTION

The Goshen Street Department will begin its spring brush and leaf collection on April 26th and it will run until May 8th.
During this first collection the street department will pick up both leaves and brush. Please have the brush and leaves out before the start date to ensure pick up.

Because of the large amount of brush and leaves usually placed out for this first pick up, it tends to take longer for the crews to make their rounds. Residents are to have their leaves and brush placed at the curb, but not in the street so as to not cause a road hazard or hinder water drainage.

Do not place brush or trash on or in leaf piles. Leaf and brush piles placed in alleyways will not be picked up. Do not place piles around fire hydrants, mail boxes or telephone poles.

Feel free to call the Street Department if you have questions at 574-534-9711.

More information at goshenindiana.org/street-department

LANE RESTRICTIONS: KERCHER ROAD

There will be lane restrictions along Kercher Road between Messick Drive and the railroad tracks to the west beginning Tuesday, April 20 through April 27, pending weather.

The lane restrictions will allow for the installation of a new fiber optic conduit for Surf Broadband.

Traffic controls will include signs, cones and flaggers as required.

PURCHASE OF SINGLE AXLE DUMP TRUCK INVITATION

To read the full packet with instructions for bidding, click here.

The City of Goshen is soliciting sealed proposals for the purchase of Single Axle Dump Truck.

Specification Documents may be obtained from the Goshen Clerk-Treasurer’s Office at 202 South Fifth Street, Goshen, Indiana 46528 or the Goshen Legal Department at 204 East Jefferson Street, Goshen, Indiana 46528 (574-537-3816).

The City shall not be responsible for documents obtained from any other source.

A proposal must be submitted in accordance with the Instructions and all contractual terms and conditions that are included in the Specification Documents.

No bid security is required to be submitted for this solicitation.

Sealed proposals must be received by the Goshen Clerk-Treasurer’s Office at 202 South Fifth Street, Goshen, Indiana 46528 by 1:45 p.m. (local time) on April 5, 2021. All proposals received will be taken to the April 5, 2021 Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety meeting at 2:00 p.m. to be publicly opened and read aloud. The Board meeting will be held in the City Court Room/Council Chambers at the Goshen Police & Court Building, 111 East Jefferson Street, Goshen, Indiana.

In addition to cost, proposals will be evaluated based on whether the bidder is responsible, and if the bidder’s proposal is responsive.

NIPSCO WORK: WEEK OF MARCH 15

NIPSCO will be working on a number of projects and at a number of locations this week in Goshen:

• March 15–April 2: Beginning Monday, March 15, and through Friday, April 2, a subcontractor for NIPSCO will be relocating a gas main in preparation for roadway construction along Reynolds Street, east of Lincolnway East (US 33). There will be lane restrictions in this area from March 15 through April 2.  

• March 16: NIPSCO will be inspecting a valve at the intersection of Logan and Monroe and will require some temporary lane closures for portions of the day Tuesday, March 16.

• Extension through April 16: Lane restrictions along Lincoln Avenue and Olive Street will be extended through April 16, due to the need to safely install a gas main around unmarked utilities in that area, and because of previous weather interruptions.

• March 22–24: Lane restrictions are scheduled between March 22 and March 24 on Dierdorff Road and College Avenue, as well as Kercher Road and Century Drive, as NIPSCO will be working to cut and install jumpers on overhead power lines. NIPSCO anticipates the work to involve quick setups and teardowns with minimal interruptions to traffic.

• March 22–26: NIPSCO has requested permission to close Olive Street, just north of the intersection with Lincoln Avenue, from Monday, March 22 until Friday, March 26, 2021, in order to complete gas main tie-in work. All necessary traffic controls will be utilized. Traffic will be detoured onto Steury Avenue.

Ninth Street Corridor Crossings closed to traffic

Due to a crash involving a train and two other vehicles along the Ninth Street Corridor at Madison Street, several railroad crossings along Ninth Street are blocked to traffic.

Currently, the railroad crossings at 5th Street and at Cottage Avenue are open to traffic. The Railroad crossing at Lincoln Avenue, near 8th Street, is closed, as are the crossings going south along the 9th Street corridor south to Kercher Avenue.

Goshen Police and Fire were dispatched just after 2:30 p.m. to reports of a crash between a northbound train, and two vehicles traveling eastward.

One person was reported injured and transported to the hospital. A minor spillage—non-hazardous— also was reported.

Rail crews are working on their investigation as quickly as possible to ensure the crossings reopen soon.

CITY OF GOSHEN CONTINUES TO WORK WITH MACOG TO DESIGNATE NEW TROLLEY ROUTES

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The City of Goshen is continuing to work with the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) on a multi-phased study to explore expanding public transit in Goshen. Beginning February 25, 2021, all Goshen residents are invited to take an interactive survey to provide input on various route options being considered.

Phase 1 of the Transit Expansion study, initiated in September 2020, asked residents to identify where they would like service and how new service should be evaluated. This phase included a survey, available online and onboard the Trolley buses, along with a location request map to help identify potential new destinations for transit service throughout Goshen.

Since the survey closed at the end of October 2020, MACOG reviewed the 241 survey responses and 230 requested locations received from Phase 1. Over half of the survey responses came from current non-riders, whose primary reason for not currently riding the Interurban Trolley is that the service does not go where they want. Participants also listed that their main purpose to take the Trolley is for going to work, healthcare, or shopping. When MACOG analyzed the top requested destinations for service, this included Oaklawn Psychiatric Center and Goshen Hospital.

Taking all the information gathered as part of Phase 1, MACOG developed two (2) primary concepts for the proposed route networks. The first concept is to preserve the Red Line as it is and add two (2) new routes, a Northern and Southern Loop, to expand the service area within Goshen. The second concept is to shorten the Red Line to end in Downtown Goshen and to add 3 new routes serving the Northside, Central, and Southside sections of Goshen. Each concept has multiple proposed route options for residents to select as their preferred option. This allows participants to build the preferred network and provide input between each concept.

The interactive survey is available at goshentransit.interurbantrolley.com/ through March 27, 2021. Paper surveys will also be available at City Hall and the Goshen Public Library. For more information, contact MACOG at 574-287-1829 ext. 888 or by email at goshentransit@macog.com.