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Holiday Open House

The public is invited to attend Goshen Mayor Jeremy Stutsman’s Holiday Open House Wednesday, December 19, 2–4 p.m., at his office, City Hall, 202 S. Fifth St. Guests are asked to remember the homeless among us this Christmas season; items will be collected to be distributed by local helping agencies. Those agencies suggest donating these items, among others: hats, gloves, scarves, toiletries, socks, blankets, or sleeping pads.

The Open House is a way to show appreciation to the many folks who make Goshen a great place. According to Mayor Stutsman, “Committed employees and dedicated board, commission and committee members are important. But it is also critical that we have a multitude of caring neighbors and general citizens who care about this community. The Open House is an opportunity to visit with folks who care about their community and express thanks.”

RIVER RACE DRIVE CLOSURE EXTENDED

NIPSCO is relocating the electric utilities at River Race Drive for the River Art Development, and is needing an extra two weeks to complete the project. The closure of River Race Drive from Jefferson Street north to the east/west alley has been extended until Friday, December 21.

KERCHER ROAD TO OPEN TODAY

Kercher Road (CR 38) will be open to traffic today, but the speed limit has been changed temporarily for this winter.

Construction for phase A1 of the Kercher Road project is nearing completion for the year. Due to delays, the contractor was not able to complete paving the final surface layer on the roadway this year.

Due to its state, the speed limit has been lowered temporarily to 30 MPH for the winter until the construction can be completed in the spring of 2019.

REMINDER: LEAF COLLECTION BEGINS MONDAY, DEC. 3

This is a reminder that the last leaf collection of the year will begin Monday, December 3.  Street Department crews making the rounds do not have a set schedule for what parts of the city they will go to and when, so residents are advised to pile their leaves on the curb by Sunday evening, December 2.

Residents who miss the last round of leaf pickup can still take their leaves to the Goshen Environmental Center, 20100 CR 19. Their hours in the winter are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Their number is 533-6200.

The center accepts brush and leaves, loose or in bags, at no charge to Goshen residents. However, if leaves are bagged, the bags must be emptied. There is a small fee for disposal of yard waste and grass clippings.

For more information on raking do’s and don’t see the Street Department’s website at goshenindiana.org/street-department.

BZA POSITION OPEN

The Board of Zoning Appeals has an open position. The council will review applications and make an appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals to complete a term through Dec.  31, 2020.

The Board of Zoning Appeals meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. To apply for the position, click here. If you have questions about this position, please contact the Planning office at 534.3600.

Notice of Adoption of Ordinance 4987, Amend Requirements for Keeping Chickens

Ordinance 4987, Amend Requirements for Keeping Chickens, was passed by the Goshen Common Council on October 30, 2018 and approved and adopted by Mayor Jeremy Stutsman on November 26, 2018.  Ordinance 4987 amends the Goshen City Code Title 3, Article 1, Chapter 4, Section 3 to delete any limit to the number of permits that may be issued, the requirement to pay registration fees and the requirement that all adjoining real estate owners must approve the application to keep chickens.  Goshen City Code Title 3, Article 1, Chapter 4, Section 3, Chickens Permitted, is amended to permit chickens only upon real estate containing an occupied single-family dwelling; real estate containing a duplex provided the owner of the real estate resides in one of the two units; or each residential lot of a multi-family dwelling with the owner’s permission.  Any person who intends to keep, possess or maintain chickens must obtain a permit from the City.  The permit will be issued without cost.  Goshen City Code Title 3, Article 1, Chapter 4, Section 4, Limitations, subsection (a) is amended to limit the number of chickens located on any residential real estate lot to no more than six.  Roosters and other types of fowl are prohibited.  Ordinance 4987 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.

Goshen Parks & Recreation Department reaches $50,000 fundraiser goal, seeks to go beyond

Thanks to the generosity of many individuals and organizations invested in the community, the Goshen Parks & Recreation Department has reached its goal of raising $50,000 for the construction of the city’s first-ever all-inclusive playground.

As of Wednesday, November 28, the department had raised nearly $70,000 through online crowd-funding platform Patronicity. The first $50,000 raised will be matched through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s CreatINg Places program.

“We are beyond thankful to the community for showing their commitment to having an inclusive park in which everyone can engage,” Parks & Recreation Department Superintendent Tanya Heyde said.

Though the goal has been reached — and surpassed — the Parks & Recreation Department will continue receiving donations until the campaign deadline of December 11. Anyone still wishing to donate is invited and encouraged to do so. Any additional funds will go into more features for the playground and Hay Park improvements.

“This project is truly a community endeavor,” Heyde said. “The support that has been received is remarkable, from financial contributions to volunteering, from sharing our story to serving on the design committee; the community has really embraced the inclusive playground.”

Funding also has been partially provided by the Kerry Finningan Rupright Foundation and the Community Foundation of Elkhart County.

For residents of all ages with mobility or developmental challenges and other disabilities, the playground will feature ramps, wider sidewalks and special equipment that will give them access to any part of the playground, including the highest points.

While all Goshen playgrounds meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, the new inclusive playground will add elements that encourage engagement among everyone on the space. Designs have been created and Hay Park, 1414 W. Plymouth Ave., was identified as the best location for the new playground.

Stay up to date on the Parks & Recreation Department’s campaign by visiting patronicity.com/goshenplayground, goshenindiana.org, or following the department on Facebook or Twitter.

LAST LEAF COLLECTION TO BEGIN DECEMBER 3

The Street Department’s last leaf collection will begin the morning of Monday, December 3. Though the City understands the weather has not been ideal for raking leaves this season, this is residents’ last chance to get their leaves removed from their property by the Street Department this year!

Street Department crews making the rounds do not have a set schedule for what parts of the city they will go to and when, so residents are advised to pile their leaves on the curb by Sunday evening, December 2.

The National Weather Service predicts— as of Monday afternoon, November 26— that the chance of precipitation will increase over the weekend, so residents will need to plan ahead by checking their local weather forecast.

Residents who miss the last round of leaf pickup can still take their leaves to the Goshen Environmental Center, 20100 CR 19. Their hours in the winter are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Their number is 533-6200.

The center accepts brush and leaves, loose or in bags, at no charge to Goshen residents. However, if leaves are bagged, the bags must be emptied. There is a small fee for disposal of yard waste and grass clippings.

For more information on raking do’s and don’t see the Street Department’s website at goshenindiana.org/street-department.

DEC. 24 and 31 BOARD OF WORKS MEETING RESCHEDULED

Due to the Christmas holiday, the Board of Public Works & Safety and Stormwater has been rescheduled from Monday, December 24, to Friday, December 21.

Due to the New Year’s Eve holiday, the Board of Public Works & Safety and Stormwater meeting has been rescheduled from Monday, December 31, to Friday, December 28.

The meetings will be held at 11 a.m. in the Council Chambers, Police and Court Building, 111 E. Jefferson St.

Meetings will resume their regular schedule on Monday, January 7, at 2 p.m.