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GOSHEN MUNICIPAL AIRPORT TO HOST R/C AIRCRAFT SHOW

The Goshen Municipal Airport is proud to host, for the third year in a row, the annual Air Supremacy over Goshen Show from July 11 to July 13. This giant-scale, remote control aircraft event is bound to bring a fun, family-friendly time for Goshen residents and surrounding communities.

More than 250 museum-quality aircraft, of wingspans of 80 inches or more, will soar through the skies controlled by more than 100 radio control craftsmen from all over the Midwest. Flying will take place between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. all three days.

The show will feature aircraft from WWI, The Golden Area, WWII, and the classics like the Piper Cubs and even military-style turbine jets! Food and hobby vendors will be located at the airport during the shows as well.

Event co-founder and Coordinator RJ Monroe invites all residents as well as anyone from around the region who may be interested in learning more about the R/C aircraft.

“The Goshen Municipal Airport has become the home of our event, which each year brings record numbers of pilots from around the Midwest,” Monroe said. “Our airshow also brings spectators from all ages, so come to our show, bring a lawn chair or a blanket, sit back, and enjoy the flights!”

The event is open to all spectators and or groups, for just $5 a person, Children under 12 with a paid adult, veterans and military enter free of charge.

NOTE: Please use the U.S. 33 entrance to airport flying site just a few miles south of the Walmart Supercenter. Follow the signs to Air Supremacy over Goshen. Maps and directions are available at www.flygoshen.com.

PROJECT UPDATE: LINCOLN AVENUE

The Goshen Board of Works approved changes to the Lincoln Avenue milling paving project schedule Monday, June 24.

While the portion of Lincoln Avenue between Third Street and the Elkhart River bridge will reopen to traffic on June 25, the next closure will not be until July 8. That is when Lincoln Avenue will be paved from 3rd to Main Street.

The final portion of Lincoln Avenue to be paved, between Main to 8th streets, will not be closed until the week of July 29.

The changes to the schedule were made to avoid road closures during July First Fridays (July 5) and the Elkhart County 4-H Fair (July 19–27).

PLYMOUTH AVENUE UPDATE

We received notice from INDOT that work on the Plymouth Avenue (SR 119) bridge is complete! Crews are opening the road and removing signs this afternoon.

JUNE 2019 BRUSH COLLECTION

The June brush pickup will begin on Monday, June 24.

During scheduled brush collections, the Street Department will make only 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.

For information regarding Dial-A-Trailer and the Brush Trailer, go to goshenindiana.org/street-department.

The next summer brush pick up weeks will begin on the following days:

July 29, 2019
August 26, 2019
September 23, 2019

A MESSAGE ABOUT THIS WEEK’S CONSTRUCTION

Monday was the beginning of three road closures in close proximity to each other in the downtown Goshen area. The City Engineering Department had carefully coordinated the closures for the 100 block of South Main Street and the 200 and 300 block of West Lincoln Avenue between the various contracted road construction companies for improvements to the Goshen Theater and paving projects, respectively.

The Indiana Department of Transportation notified the City late last week of their intent to close West Plymouth Avenue (SR 119), between South Indiana Avenue and South Third Street to do repairs on the Elkhart River bridge during this same time period.

Commuters are understandably frustrated as they traverse from point A to point B on their normal routes and find themselves in traffic accumulations of drivers that are trying to avoid detours. 

To help drivers navigate across town quicker, we have outlined some suggested routes to try at this time. A map with the alternative routes is below. Note that traffic is at its heaviest between 2 and 6 p.m.

Unless delays are caused by the weather, Main Street and Lincoln Avenue will be reopened in the middle of next week (the week of June 24). Construction on Plymouth Avenue is expected to continue by the end of June. 

Police Chief Jose’ Miller asks for drivers’ cooperation and patience through this construction period, “The driver in front of you, and the driver behind you are experiencing the same frustration as you. Anger at them, and driving demonstrating that anger, will not be a solution—this will only add distress to those around you.” 

As outlined above, the reasons why these three roads ended up being closed on the same date include private contractor schedules, equipment rentals, State involvement and poor weather conditions. 

Mayor Jeremy Stutsman said the following:

“Generally, the City tries to balance all public projects with the private projects while scheduling with the state and county governments. We also deal with the schedules of the paving companies who rent paving equipment (which has its own schedule and availability). 

“At the same time, these contractors are balancing schedules of projects in multiple communities. The City also considers the schedules of any of the utility/service companies, which may have to approve or move their infrastructure. Finally, we do our best to work around large events like First Fridays and the Elkhart County Fair. 

“As a bonus, the weather can be—and lately has been—very unpredictable, which makes it nearly impossible to keep up with a well-planned construction season. 

“The City overall balances the need to upgrade infrastructure while doing so in a timely manner. We do work hard to make every project move as quickly as possible, but we can’t ignore the needs of our community’s infrastructure. Our goal is to keep our community moving.”

ROAD CLOSURE: MAIN STREET

Due to construction at the Goshen Theater, Main Street will be closed between Jefferson and Washington streets beginning Monday, June 17 for for about a week and a half. The detour will be Third Street, from Lincoln Avenue to Madison Street.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety will conduct a public hearing at its regular meeting on June 24, 2019 at 2:00 p.m to determine whether the City of Goshen should sell the real estate at 1201 College Ave., Goshen, Indiana. The hearing will be held in the City Court Room/Council Chambers at the Goshen Police & Court Building, 111 East Jefferson Street, Goshen, Indiana. All interested members of the public are invited to attend and will be given the opportunity to testify on the proposed sale at the public hearing.

NOTICE FOR REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS TO PURCHASE 65706 STATE ROAD 15, GOSHEN, REAL ESTATE The Goshen

The Goshen Redevelopment Commission is soliciting proposals to purchase 65706 State Road 15, Goshen, Indiana. Informational packages describing the requirements for the proposals may be obtained from Mark Brinson, Community Development Director, 204 E. Jefferson St., Ste 6, Goshen, IN 46528 (574-537-3824).
Written proposals must be submitted to Mark Brinson, Community Development Director, 204 E. Jefferson St., Ste. 6, Goshen, IN 46528 on or before 12:00 p.m. on Monday, July 15, 2019. The proposals will be opened at the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting at 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 15, 2019. The meeting will be held at the Goshen Police & Court Building in the City Court Room/Council Chambers, 111 E. Jefferson St., Goshen.
All proposals shall meet the requirements set forth in the solicitation. A proposal submitted by a trust (as defined by IC 30-4-1-1(a)) must identify the beneficiary of the trust and settlor empowered to revoke or modify the trust. The City reserves the right to waive (but is not required to waive) any inconsistency between any proposal submitted and the requirements contained in the solicitation.

MILLING AND PAVING: LINCOLN AVENUE

Contractor Niblock Excavating is expected to close Lincoln Avenue for milling and paving from:

The bridge to 3rd St. June 17th – June 26th
Main St. to 8th St. June 24th – July 3rd
Main St. to 3rd St. June 26th – July 3rd

Construction will be done weather permitting.

BRIDGE MAINTENANCE: PLYMOUTH AVENUE (SR 119)

The following is a press release from the Indiana Department of Transportation:

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that bridge maintenance is scheduled for S.R. 119 over the Elkhart River, in Elkhart County, on or after Monday, June 17, weather permitting.

Beginning Monday, motorists may experience alternating lane restrictions and traffic directed by flagger or temporary signal between South Indiana and South 3rd streets. Be prepared for stopped traffic and vehicles entering or exiting the work zone. INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through an active construction zone. 

Work on the S.R.119 bridge over the Elkhart River is expected to continue through late June, weather permitting. The contract was awarded to Pioneer & Associates for $573,000 and includes maintenance on several structures across the Fort Wayne District.