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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: BYSTANDER TRAINING

Logo for the CRC, depicting illustration of three hands, flowers. Logo reads Community Relations Commission City of Goshen

The Goshen Community Relations Commission put out a request for proposals for a workshop for CRC members and elected officials to learn about the need for bystander training.

Bystander training is based on social science principles that prepare individuals or groups to address a situation of verbal, physical or any type of harassment. A bystander is anyone who observes a situation; and active bystander realizes what’s going on and chooses how to respond.

The CRC will make a final decision on the chosen trainer on August 8, 2019 or on September 10, 2019 at the latest, both dates of which are the CRC’s regularly scheduled monthly meetings.

Read the full request for proposals description here.

CITY OF GOSHEN DESIGNATES COOLING CENTERS, OFFERS FREE ACCESS TO POOL THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

The City of Goshen, in partnership with the Salvation Army, Maple City Chapel and Goshen Public Library, is working to provide resources for residents during the upcoming days with extreme heat.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for Elkhart County from Thursday, July 18, through Saturday evening, July 20. Temperatures will rise to the 90s with heats indices from around 105 to 110 degrees. Temperatures will only drop into the 70’s at night with continued high humidity.

Three cooling centers have been set up for the community. Anyone in need of an air-conditioned room during the day may go to any of the following locations to escape the heat:

• The Salvation Army, 1013 N. Main St., entering through the south entrance. The building will be open to the public Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Maple City Chapel, 2015 Lincolnway East. The center will be open to the public from Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Goshen Public Library, 601 S. 5th St. The building will be open Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition, entrance into the City’s Shanklin Park Pool (411 W. Plymouth Ave.) will be free Thursday through Saturday. Pool hours will be as follows and patrons must be in appropriate swim attire to be admitted into the facility.

• Thursday and Friday – 12 noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.
• Saturday – 12 noon 7 p.m.

“I appreciate the support from our partnering organizations in providing shelter during the extreme heat. I strongly encourage anyone in need to take advantage of these community resources,” he said. “I would also urge the community to look out for one another. Please check on your loved ones, neighbors and friends, especially the elderly, and take them to a shelter if they need it.”

The combination of extremely hot temperatures and high humidity will lead to an increased risk of heat related stress and illness. The public is advised to drink plenty of water, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check on relatives and neighbors.

ROAD CLOSURES: 5TH STREET

The City Water and Sewer Department will be installing a sewer manhole at 412 S. 5th Street and at 505 S. 5th St.

The work will require the excavation of a trench about 8 feet deep. The City will close S. 5th Street from Madison to Monroe streets and from Monroe to Purl streets. Monroe Street will remain open to traffic.

The roads will be closed from Tuesday, July 9 to Thursday, July 11 weather permitting.

INDOT: US 33 SCHEDULED FOR ROAD REPAIR

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that road repair is planned for U.S. 33 in Elkhart County beginning on or after, Monday, July 8, weather permitting.

During the day, drivers are cautioned to watch for lane shifts and possible stopped traffic in the construction zone, between S.R. 15 and U.S. 20.

INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through any active work zone.

The project was awarded to INDOT contractor Rieth-Riley Construction Company for $534,000 and is expected to be completed in early August, weather permitting. To view this project in INDOT’s online travel system at http://bit.ly/2RSLR8q

CEMETERIES, ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT DEVELOP VIOLETT CEMETERY INTERACTIVE DATABASE

Screenshot of app showing new interactive database

Less than a year after creating a comprehensive interactive database for Oakridge Cemetery, the City of Goshen has added information for Violett Cemetery as well.  Anyone can now use a computer or mobile device to locate a burial at Violett Cemetery, which is located at 2818 Violett Road. The link can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the Cemeteries page on the City website: goshenindiana.org/cemeteries.

Cemeteries staff has placed a QR code on the Violett Cemetery shop door that will take users straight to the web application.

The service uses GIS technology. It was created in partnership with the Goshen Engineering Department.

Director of Cemeteries Burt Matteson said, “This is the next step in making burial information more available to the public. People can use the technology they are already carrying to access this information. The Oakridge burial search was a great step forward and we think this resource will be as enthusiastically received as our database of Oakridge Cemetery. We at Cemeteries are grateful for the time Engineering personnel have invested in making this project so functional and beautiful.” 

A timeline is being developed to provide the same service for West Goshen.

CITY SETS NEW DEADLINE FOR BOARD OF WORKS AGENDA SUBMITTALS

Building. Front entrance of police and courts building.

Beginning July 22, the deadline for agenda submittals to the Board of Works and Safety and Stormwater will be 10 a.m. on the Friday before the meeting. Agenda items for the July 22 meeting will be due Friday, July 19, at 10 a.m.

The Board of Works is the chief administrative body for the City of Goshen. It oversees the day-to-day business of the City, including bids and quotes, contracts, street closures, and personnel issues. Its meetings are held every Monday at 2 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Police and Courts Building, 111 E. Jefferson St.

Mayor Jeremy Stutsman made the announcement this week after talking with each department head about the change. The change of deadline is meant to get agenda items to the Board of Works members sooner so they have more time to read through the packet and, if needed, drive by projects or properties to have a better idea of what is being requested. This will also give the public more opportunity to know what is going to be at the Board of Works meeting. The agenda is posted on the City website at goshenindiana.org/calendar.

Items that come to the City Friday afternoon or Monday morning may be brought as walk-in items if they are time sensitive. Members of the public are encouraged to bring requests before the 10 a.m. deadline on the Friday before the Board of Works meeting. However, walk-in items during Privilege of the Floor will still be heard.

For questions from the public related to the change of deadline, please contact the Mayor’s office at 533.9322 or mayor@goshencity.com.

FIREWORKS: HELP KEEP OUR STORM DRAINS CLEAR

Used fireworks near a storm drain

If you’re planning to use fireworks on and around this 4th of July, be aware of your surroundings and keep clear of waterways to help keep our waterways clean. Additionally be sure to sweep up the debris and dispose of fireworks promptly and properly. Fireworks contain a number of heavy metals and other chemicals that can pollute our streams if washed into storm drains. 

Here are some tips for safe disposal of used fireworks:
• Do not place any fireworks or any part of fireworks in your recycling cart. All used fireworks should be treated as garbage and disposed of as follows:
• Put used fireworks in a bucket of water overnight. Remove them from the water and put them in a garbage bag and into your garbage can.

• Dump the water onto grass or dirt or other landscape where it won’t flow into a storm drain and into the river. Do not pour onto pavement, into the street, or down a storm drain.

Tips for disposal of unused fireworks:
• Do not put in your garbage or recycling; they are explosives and can cause serious harm to workers and the environment.
• Do remove the wicks and then submerge them in water for 24-48 hours. Afterwards, wrap them in plastic wrap or plastic bags and then place them in the trash. Pour the water on the grass or dirt and not on the pavement or down a storm drain, as it may contain nitrates and pollutants.

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