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Notice of Public Hearing

Notice of Public Hearing on Proposal to Establish the Annual Tax Rate for the City of Goshen Cumulative Capital Development Fund

The Goshen Common Council will hold a public hearing at its meeting on January 19, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at which City of Goshen taxpayers may be heard concerning a proposal to establish the annual tax rate for the Cumulative Capital Development Fund.  The hearing will be held in the City Court Room/Council Chambers at the Goshen Police & Court Building, 111 East Jefferson Street, Goshen.

This public meeting will be physically closed, but open to the public through Zoom which allows for public participation in the meeting through electronic means.  In accordance with the City of Goshen Rules for Virtual Public Meetings which may be viewed on the City’s web site at goshenindiana.org/city-council, the public may access this meeting online at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84124709579 or by calling +1 312 626 6799 (Chicago), +1 929 205 6099 (New York), or +1 301 715 8592 (Washington, DC).  The meeting/webinar ID is: 841 2470 9579.  To speak during the public hearing, the public should “Raise Hand” if accessing online or dial *9 if calling on the telephone.

The Cumulative Capital Development Fund as authorized under the provisions of Indiana Code §§ 6-1.1-41-1 et seq., Indiana Code §§ 36-9-15.5-1 et seq., and city ordinance, may be used for any or all the purposes specified by Indiana Code § 36-9-15.5-2.  The proposed tax will be levied on all taxable property within the City of Goshen and will not exceed Five Cents ($0.05) on each One Hundred Dollars ($100) of assessed valuation.  The proposed tax will be levied beginning with 2021 taxes payable in 2022.

Following the public hearing, the Common Council will consider a proposed ordinance to establish the annual tax rate for the Cumulative Capital Development Fund.  If the Common Council passes and adopts the proposed ordinance, the City of Goshen will publish a notice of adoption. 

At least fifty (50) City of Goshen taxpayers may file a petition with the Elkhart County Auditor not later than noon thirty (30) days after the publication of the notice of adoption stating their objections to the establishment of the annual tax rate for the Cumulative Capital Development Fund.  If a valid petition is filed, the Auditor shall immediately certify the petition to the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF), and the DLGF shall schedule a hearing on the petition.

The proposal to establish the annual tax rate for the Cumulative Capital Development Fund is subject to approval by the DLGF.

NEW YEAR’S EVE AND NEW YEAR’S DAY

All City offices will close at noon Thursday, December 31, and will be closed all day Friday, January 1 in observance of New Year’s Day.

Trash collection services will be normal on New Year’s Eve, off on New Year’s Day, and delayed by a day afterward.

PUBLIC NOTICE: GOSHEN SENSORY TRAIL

The City of Goshen is partnering with ADEC, Inc. to propose the Goshen Sensory Trail Project to help connect individuals with disabilities to the health benefits and wonder of nature.

The Community Connections for People with Disabilities (CCPWD) grant is offered through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), in partnership with the Indiana Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS). The CCPWD grant opportunity is a Community Development Block Grant made available due to supplemental CDBG Coronavirus funds authorized under the CARES Act. OCRA has made $4.9 million in CDBG-CV funds available.

$200,000 is being requested. 100% of the funding for this project goes to serve adult persons with disabilities. The City and ADEC Inc. propose developing a GPS-enabled app accessed by a phone or tablet to connect users to nature in a fully immersible sensory trail experience. The app will locate and identify unique natural features, pinpoint interactive spaces where individuals can participate in the sensory experience, and provide opportunities where users can select to listen to music, poetry, or historical information.

The project also proposes to add online experiences including stationary live nature cameras to provide individuals who cannot participate on the trail with accessibility to the same mental health benefits of the sights and sounds of nature from their home.

The project is designed to benefit adult individuals with disabilities. No Displacement. The funding will be matched by approximately $10,000 in local in-kind support. ADEC, Inc. will provide local technical support for the project.

A virtual public meeting will be held on January 4, 10:00 am utilizing Zoom. Link to the meeting can be found on the City of Goshen calendar at https://goshenindiana.org/calendar. You can request special accommodations by calling 574-599-8621. Contact TheresaSailor@goshencity.com for more information.

Goshen Utility Business Office closed for the afternoon

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Goshen Utilities Business Office will close this afternoon at 2:30 p.m.

The office will make any necessary adjustments to accommodate customers who need to pay their water bill.

Water utilities customers needing to make a payment can do so by going to https://goshenindiana.org/water-&-sewer-billing and scrolling down to the PayGov link at the bottom. They also can use the deposit box outside the utilities office.

Those who missed making a payment in person Friday afternoon are encouraged to call the office at 533-9399 on Monday, Dec. 21.

NOTICE FOR REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALSNOTICE FOR REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS

The Goshen Redevelopment Commission is soliciting proposals to purchase real estate at the corner of Monroe Street and River Race Drive, 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 Tuesday, January 12, 2021. The proposals will be opened at the Redevelopment Commission meeting at 3:00 Tuesday, January 12, 2021. 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.

CITY OF GOSHEN ANNOUNCES SPOTLIGHT COMMUNITY DESIGNATION

Today, Mayor Jeremy Stutsman is happy to announce that the City of Goshen has received Spotlight Community recognition from the Indiana Arts Commission. Goshen is one of only four cities in the State to be selected for this competitive program this year. The designation comes with an invitation to apply for the state Cultural District Designation, a title held by only 10 Indiana communities.

“We’re so honored to be recognized by the State for this prestigious designation. Our creative community is one of the things that makes Goshen so special,” he said. “It’s a tribute to the artists, performers, and creatives who have made Goshen their home and who contribute their talent and energy to arts and culture in our city.”

Mayor Stutsman assembled Goshen’s first city-wide Arts Council in 2016. The Mayor wanted to ensure that Goshen’s vibrant arts scene continued to thrive for generations to come. Today, the Goshen Arts Council continues to serve in the vital role of championing Goshen’s distinctive creative culture.

“Even when you have something successful, you have to work to remind people it’s there,” said Mayor Stutsman. “Our arts culture is already strong, but it can always be better. We recognize the value of these assets and want to support their continued growth.”

The Mayor has assembled a team to submit the Cultural District Designation application. Mark Brinson, Director of Community Development, Sharon Hernandez, Communications Coordinator, Becky Hutsell, Redevelopment Project Manager, Kevin Koch, Master Tailor at Koch House of Design and Adrienne Nesbitt, the Goshen Arts Council Program Director, are in the process of gathering information to include in the spring submission.

When asked about the Cultural District Designation, Nesbitt offered, “Goshen has long been a place that demonstrates its appreciation for the arts and support for creatives. Getting the State of Indiana Cultural Designation will be a way for the outside world to see what locals have known for a long time. Goshen is an extraordinary place. We’re so excited to see this happen.”

In a statement to the press, Anna Tragesser, Artist and Community Services Manager for the Indiana Arts Commission, stated, “Goshen’s arts and culture scene is both organic and concentrated. For a community of its size, it has an impressive roster of high quality, accessible, and diverse experiences for visitors and residents, as well as a deep well of knowledge, spaces, equipment, and creative peers for local artists to draw from.”

CITY, BUSINESS COMMUNITY TO STRENGTHEN PARTNERSHIP THROUGH EDUCATION INITIATIVE

This is an important update about Ordinance 5073.

But before getting into the details of this update, the City would like to clarify what transpired the night of the council meeting Monday, Dec. 7:

City Officials determined after the meeting—and after the broadcast of that meeting—that the ordinance was not approved on second reading on the same night. According to state statute, an ordinance must have unanimous consent to go to second reading, and two thirds of the votes from the governing body for it to be approved on the same night.

Since the council did not have two thirds of the votes, the ordinance could only be passed on first reading. Therefore, it has not been formally adopted.

The Council meeting has helped open the door for productive dialog on this public health issue. The City has reached out to the business community and several have reached back.

“As I said in the meeting, passing this ordinance for the sake of fining businesses was not our end goal,” Mayor Stutsman said. “Due to these encouraging discussions and not only our community’s desire to listen to our ideas, but to bring some of their own, I will be placing a hold on the second reading of Ordinance 5073.”

Over the next couple of weeks, the City of Goshen will be joining the Goshen Chamber of Commerce and other business leaders to continue this discussion. The City and Chamber will use their energy on focused education and outreach to businesses. Informational packets, direct consultations, and on-site visits will be utilized.

“A number of businesses have expressed their understanding of the need to adopt further measures to mitigate the spread,” Chamber of Commerce President Nick Kieffer said. “We have come a long way in understanding the importance of reducing the spread, and maybe now we are at the point where, if we continue this effort to educate businesses and organizations, our community will be stronger for it.”

A new opportunity is also presented in the form of Safety Awareness Funding from the State to expand educational resources for the community. Goshen has been allocated $108,000 to be used for public awareness and education related to COVID-19. These funds will help the City and businesses in educating the community further about the pandemic.

“This community never ceases to amaze me with our ability to come together to discuss difficult and sometimes divisive topics and find a mutual path forward,” Mayor Stutsman said. “I am grateful to all who have offered positive and constructive suggestions. I would like to thank the council members who are willing to make the hard choice of supporting this ordinance, as well as the business and community members that have shared this support. I know this may feel like a change of course, but we are working hard and utilizing all information available to us to make the best decisions for the safety of our community.”

Mayor Stutsman reached out to a few members of the council to see if they would be comfortable in trying this more concentrated path in education.

“I am excited to see such swift action from the business leaders in taking the initiative to work together with the City,” Council President Brett Weddell said. “I am grateful to live in a community where we can put politics aside to do what’s right for our community.”

NOTICE OF CHANGE TO REGULARLY SCHEDULED PUBLIC MEETING

Governing Body: Goshen Community Relations Commission
Date of Meeting: December 14, 2020
Time of Meeting: 7 p.m. EDT
Place of Meeting: City Courtroom/Council Chambers, 111 E. Jefferson St. Goshen, IN

Pursuant to the provisions of the Open Door Law and Indiana Code § 5-14-1.5-6.1(b)(2)(D), the meeting of the Goshen Community Relations Commission scheduled for Monday, December 14 at 7 p.m., has been canceled.

A notice will be sent out with information of the time, date and location of the January 2021 meeting.

SHANKLIN PARK TO SERVE AS NEW COVID-19 SITE

Shanklin Park, 411 W. Plymouth Ave., will be the new location for the Center for Healing and Hope COVID-19 testing site beginning Monday, Dec. 14.

The change of location is an effort to create a better-suited space for the vehicular traffic the site generates. The Center for Healing and Hope is a drive-through testing site for both uninsured and insured people in the region. Tests are available to everyone, regardless of symptoms. Over the last month, the organization has seen a sharp increase in residents seeking to get tested.

“We knew the holidays and moving indoors due to cold weather would create more opportunity for community spread of the virus and more demand for testing,” says Executive Director Missy Schrock. “We knew we were outgrowing our current site and partnering with the City to improve our program has been an excellent solution.”

The park will offer more room for community members visiting the site and will alleviate traffic issues on city streets. Shanklin park will remain open to the public during park hours, dawn to dusk, but park visitors may encounter an increase in park traffic on testing days.

“The Center for Healing and Hope testing site has been an important resource for the community during the pandemic, so we saw it as vital to help in any way we could.” Mayor Jeremy Stutsman said. “The City will continue to aid any community efforts in the fight to eliminate this virus”

In order to maintain easy access to the public recycling site at Shanklin, the recycling containers will be relocated to the park’s south parking lot (visible from Plymouth Avenue).

Please contact the Center for Healing and Hope at 574-534-4744 or visit their website for testing information at chhclinics.org. The testing site at 902 South Main Street will remain open Friday and Saturday this week, and will continue serving residents on a first-come, first-serve basis. The testing site is normally closed on Thursdays, but will be open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve for limited hours.

Testing hours of operation:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays: 12 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Fridays 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 24 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 31 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The Goshen City Council will have a special meeting Monday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be open to the public virtually through Zoom only.

To view the agenda for Monday’s meeting, click here.

To access the meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87149766078 or if joining by call, dial (301) 715-8592 or (312) 626-6799 and enter the meeting ID: 871 4976 6078. Dial # to continue onto the meeting.

The public will be allowed to make public comments during the meeting.

To do so, those viewing the video conference can press or tap on the “Raise Hand” button on the lower left side of the screen.

Those calling in can dial *9 to “raise their hand” as well. Instructions on how to make a comment will follow.

Please read the City of Goshen Rules for Virtual Public Meetings, by clicking here.