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FALL HYDRANT FLUSHING PROGRAM

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Goshen Utilities will start the fall hydrant flushing program beginning Monday October 11th, 2021, through Friday October 15th, weather permitting.

  • From Monday, October 11 through Friday October 15, we will be flushing during daylight hours from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the upper pressure zone, which is everything northeast of U.S. 33 and the Norfolk Southern tracks.
  • Also on Monday, October 11, we will start our night time flushing from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. between North Greene Road heading west to the city limits and between the Norfolk Southern tracks to the city limits south.
  • On Tuesday, October 12, we will start flushing from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. between Cottage Avenue and 10th Street between the Norfolk Southern tracks south to the city limits, and between Lincolnway East and the Norfolk Southern tracks heading east to the city limits.
  • On Wednesday October the 13, we will start flushing from 9 p.m.to 6 a.m. between Pike Street and the city limits south and between North Greene Road and Cottage Avenue.
  • On Thursday October 14, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. We will be flushing between Norfolk Southern and the city limits to the south, between North Greene Road to the city limits to the west.
  • We ask that you avoid doing laundry on the day we are close to your home, due to the rust that we are removing from the water mains. If you do have a problem with your laundry, please call us and we will have some special soap for you.

If you have any questions or concerns contact our office at 574-534-5306

2021 TRICK-OR-TREAT HOURS

The City of Goshen’s trick-or-treat hours are Saturday, October 30, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Trick-or-treaters:

  • Please be respectful of the set trick-or-treat hours.
  • Stop only at homes where the porch lights are on, and never go into a stranger’s home.

Treat givers and adults:

  • If you do not wish to participate in the event, please turn off your porch lights.
  • Motorists should drive slowly and be alert for pedestrians.
  • Keep your driveway and porch lit whenever possible and clear your walkways of any tripping hazards if handing out treats.

City to host Electric Vehicle Expo

The following is a message from the Michiana Area Council of Governments, in collaboration with South Shore Clean Cities, Inc. and the City of Goshen:

The City of Goshen’s Department of Environmental Resilience is teaming up with the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) and South Shore Clean Cities to present an Electric Vehicle Expo as part of the annual National Drive Electric Week, organizers announced Wednesday.

Attendees will have a chance to get behind the wheel to experience electric vehicles firsthand and to hear from local owners about the benefits of the vehicles. The event is free and open to the public.

“The expo will highlight the multiple benefits of driving an electric vehicle, introduce members of the community who are already embracing this technology and assist attendees in getting the information they need to make the switch as well,” said Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley, director of the Department of Environmental Resilience. “Access to charging stations locally has really improved since we last held this event in 2018. The city has installed a free public charging station and two more are coming soon to the Goshen Public Library and the public parking lot near Goshen Brewing Company, thanks to the Volkswagen settlement.”

South Shore Clean Cities representatives will be on hand to provide details on what electric vehicles are available locally, how and where to find electric vehicle charging stations and what incentives are available for purchasing vehicles or providing charging infrastructure for homes and businesses.

The Electric Vehicle Expo will take place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1 at the Goshen City Hall parking lot at 202 S. 5th street in Goshen. Scheduled vehicles include the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt, Nissan LEAF, Tesla Models S, 3 and Y and the plug-in hybrid Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

The City of Goshen included transportation electrification in the recently approved Climate Action Plan for municipal operations, which included the goal of reducing emissions from light-duty vehicles by 25 percent by 2026 through the improved fuel efficiency of hybrid vehicles and the switch to cleaner electric vehicles. The city received the regional MACOG Partners for Clean Air award in 2021 in part for leadership in sustainable transportation related to piloting electric and hybrid vehicles and installing the charging station at City Hall.

The electric vehicle expo is taking place as part of National Drive Electric Week, a nationwide celebration from Sept. 25 to Oct. 3 designed to heighten awareness of the widespread availability of plug-in vehicles. The event also highlights the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles and other modes of transportation. More than 300 National Drive Electric Week events are taking place this year throughout the U.S. Plug In America, the Sierra Club, the Electric Auto Association and EVHybridNoire team up with local groups to organize the events. Nissan and Wells Fargo are national sponsors. For a complete list of National Drive Electric Week events, visit www.driveelectricweek.org.

TOUCH-A-TRUCK EVENT CHANCE FOR COMMUNITY TO SEE CITY EQUIPMENT, MEET CITY STAFF

Squad cars, fire trucks and plows, oh my! The City of Goshen invites residents to come downtown Saturday, Sept. 25, to interact with City vehicles and meet staff.

The City of Goshen’s Touch-a-Truck event, to be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Main Street between Jefferson Street and Lincoln Avenue, offers children the opportunity to touch, climb and explore the City’s equipment, truck and other vehicles. The event is free and open to the public.

Some of the vehicles showcased will include an ambulance, police car, fire truck, snowplow, street sweeper, and Vactor truck, among others. Kids will have a chance to climb behind the wheel and perhaps even honk a horn or flip the lights. Refreshments will be available while supplies last.

While the City Parks & Recreation Department has held Touch-a-Truck events in the past, those have been located at Shanklin Park and with only a portion of City vehicles and staff.

The move to downtown will allow larger space to better accommodate the vehicles, all of which are city-owned. It also could help encourage residents to check out some of the locally owned businesses along Main Street and nearby.

The event also will have staff representing most of the various City departments, to give a chance for the community to meet and talk with them. “It’ll be a fun day for kids and a good way to connect residents with City staff,” Mayor Jeremy Stutsman said. “I hope both children and adults come away with having had a good time learning about City operations and staff.”

LAST BRUSH COLLECTION DELAYED

The September brush pickup —and the last of the year—has been delayed to the first week of October, to allow the Street Department to finish its paving project.

The Street Department has been paving roads on the north side of Goshen. The project must be completed before the fall weather fully sets.

The brush pickup will begin the week of October 4. During scheduled brush collections, the Street Department makes 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.

If you missed this last scheduled brush pickup, you can request a brush trailer free of charge. For information regarding Dial-A-Trailer and the Brush Trailer, go to goshenindiana.org/street-department or call 534-9711.

Notice of Adoption of Declaratory Resolution to Amend the Boundaries of the Lippert/Dierdorff Economic Development Area and Establish the Boundaries and Economic Development Plan for the College Avenue Economic Development Area and Notice of Public Hearing

The Goshen Redevelopment Commission (Commission) adopted Declaratory Resolution 52-2021 on
September 14, 2021, to amend the boundaries of the Lippert/Dierdorff Economic Development Area and
allocation area, and to declare and find a new area generally located along College Avenue, west of County
Road 31 and east of the railroad in Goshen as an economic development area and approve the economic
development plan for the area. This area, identified as the College Avenue Economic Development Area,
is also designated as an allocation area for the purposes of distribution and allocation of certain real property
taxes. Maps and plats have been prepared for the proposed College Avenue Economic Development Area
and are available for inspection during regular business hours at the City of Goshen Redevelopment
Department located in the City Annex, 204 East Jefferson Street, Goshen, Indiana.

Written remonstrances and objections to the proposed amendment of the boundaries of the
Lippert/Dierdorff Economic Development Area and establishment of the new College Avenue Economic
Development Area and the proposed projects set forth in the economic development plan may be filed with
the Commission until 12:00 p.m. on October 12, 2021, at the City of Goshen Redevelopment Department
located in the City Annex, 204 East Jefferson Street, Goshen, Indiana.

The Commission will hold a public hearing at a meeting on October 12, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. hear persons
interested in or affected by the proposed amendment of the boundaries of the Lippert/Dierdorff Economic
Development Area and establishment of the new College Avenue Economic Development Area and
allocation area and the proposed projects set forth in the economic development plan, and shall consider all
written remonstrances and objections that have been filed. The hearing will be held at the Goshen Police
and Court Building located in the Court Room/Council Chambers at 111 East Jefferson Street, Goshen,
Indiana. After considering the evidence presented, the Commission will take final action determining the
public utility and benefit of the proposed projects amendment of the boundaries of the Lippert/Dierdorff
Economic Development Area and establishment of the College Avenue Economic Development Area and
allocation area, and will take final action on the resolution.

BOIL ORDER: 16TH STREET

On Monday, September 20, the water main was shut off in the morning on 16th Street between Kentfield Way and College Avenue due to a water main adjustment. A boil order has been issued for when the water comes back on.

The highlighted parts in the map above show the affected area for the boil order.

It is recommended that all cooking and drinking water be brought to a complete boil for five minutes before using.  Please continue to boil all cooking and drinking water until a notification that it is no longer necessary.

The Goshen Water & Sewer Department appreciates your cooperation during this time and will update you as necessary until the drinking water problem has been solved. If you have any questions concerning the drinking water problem, please contact you water department at 534-5306.

GOSHEN SECURES FUNDING TO INVESTIGATE GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION

The City of Goshen strives to take the best care to ensure our drinking water meets all Environmental Protection Agency and Indiana Department of Environmental Management safety requirements.

The City’s Water & Sewer Department consistently tests the water for contaminants or substances that may be harmful for human consumption.

During one of the Department’s routine tests in 2015, low levels of 1,2-dichloroethene (cis-1,2-DCE) were discovered. The Department decided proactively to work with IDEM and the EPA to track the source of this contaminant.

The City’s drinking water is well below the drinking water Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL)* for cis-1,2-DCE, at 3.1 parts per billion (ppb)—and the trace amounts have been decreasing over time, as measured by City staff. The maximum amount allowed for this contaminant by the EPA is 70 ppb—meaning any amount below this level is safe for consumption.

The measurement of a part per billion is a very small amount. Translated into time, a part per billion would be the equivalent of one second out of 32 years.

However, the City has continued to work with IDEM and the EPA to monitor the contaminant and attempt to find its source.

In the summer of 2015, IDEM’s Site Investigation Program conducted a groundwater investigation (Site Inspection) in Goshen. IDEM collected groundwater samples from various locations in the sampling area around Goshen’s North Well Field and at the municipal wells.

The 2015 sampling results confirmed the presence of low levels of cis-1,2-dichloroethene (cis-1,2-DCE) in the City of Goshen’s finished drinking water supplied by the Goshen North Well Field. However, no sources of where the contamination originated could be determined.

After two subsequent groundwater investigations in 2017 and 2018, IDEM’s Site Investigation Program was unable to determine the source of the contaminants. In 2019, IDEM informed the City that they were preparing a Hazard Ranking System (HRS) Documentation Record in order to fund a deep groundwater assessment.

On July 26, 2021 the City received correspondence from IDEM that the EPA is in the very final stages of preparing the HRS document record for publication in the Federal Register.

Under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. EPA, IDEM’s Site Investigation Program will conduct a Supplemental Expanded Site Inspection to obtain deep groundwater samples in an attempt to identify the source(s) of the groundwater contamination discovered at the Goshen North Well Field. Many of the groundwater samples were collected on city property within various right-of-way areas.

GOSHEN MILLRACE CANAL, TRAIL AFFECTED BY COUNTY PARKS CONSTRUCTION

Beginning on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, Elkhart County’s contractor, Selge Construction, will mobilize at the Goshen Dam Pond to begin replacement of the Goshen Dam Toe Drain.

To accommodate for the work there, the Millrace Canal water levels have been lowered. The water level will remain lowered until after the construction project is complete, in 30 to 60 days; after the completion, the water level will be allowed to rise four to five feet over a period of 10 to 14 days, according to the Elkhart County Parks & Recreation Deparment.

The construction work also will impact access from the Millrace Trail to Shoup Parsons Woods, the Mike Puro Plaza (Dam) parking lot and the restrooms.

Beginning Tuesday, September 7, 2021, to allow access and staging for the contractor performing the toe drain work, there will be no access from the Millrace Trail to Shoup Parsons Woods, Mike Puro Plaza (Dam) parking lot or the restrooms.  

Additionally, the Mike Puro Plaza (Dam) Parking Lot will be closed at Gray Roy Drive.

The closures will remain in effect until October 1, 2021 or until the project is complete.

LABOR DAY

All City of Goshen offices will be closed Monday, September 6, in observance of Labor Day. Borden Waste Away will not collect trash on Monday that week. Trash collection services will be delayed by one day after the holiday. The Board of Works meeting has been postponed to Tuesday, September 7, at 2 p.m.