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EIGHTH STREET TO BE CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION

In connection with the US 33 Northern Connector project, S. Eighth Street will be closed between Washington Street and Lincoln Avenue on Monday, April 16, 2018. The contractor also will be setting up a lane shift on Lincoln Avenue just west of the railroad tracks to allow for the construction of the water main.

The closure is anticipated to extend through May 7, but the Goshen Engineering Department will send other updates as they come up.

The contractor will also close Eleventh Street at Jefferson Street from April 16 until the week of June 4.

City receives $25,000 from United Way of Elkhart County for Flood Recovery Fund

On Wednesday, April 11, the City of Goshen received a donation of $25,000 from United Way of Elkhart County for the Flood Restoration Grant Program, bringing the total amount of money raised by the community so far to $52,485.

The City will match these funds for a total of $104,970, and plans to match the next $47,515 that is donated.

“I want to thank all individuals, groups and businesses who have donated, for their generosity and their concern for others,” Mayor Jeremy Stutsman said. “And thank you, United Way of Elkhart County, for everything you do to build our communities.”

The program was created to assist homeowners recovering from the February 2018 flood. It’s being funded by generous donations from the community through the Goshen 2018 Flood Recovery Fund donation line. The City Council agreed to match up to $100,000 in donations with City funds.

So far, the City has helped a dozen homeowners who applied for a grant. With guidance from LaCasa, Inc., these homeowners have been able to replace or repair their furnaces and water heaters; some have purchased new sump pumps or dehumidifiers. Others have been able to repair their concrete floors.

If you wish to help by donating, go to goshenindiana.org/flood-recovery-fund and click on the donate button, or make a check to the Goshen 2018 Flood Recovery Fund and mail or drop it off at Goshen City Hall, 202 S. 5th St., or at any Interra Credit Union Branch.

RIETH RILEY TO START UP WORK ON US 33 NORTH CONNECTOR

On Monday, April 9, Rieth Riley will start construction again on the US 33 connector route. This year, construction will be primarily located at the US 33, Madison and Monroe Street location, near the high school where the new roadway will connect at Monroe Street. For the first phase this year, traffic will be shifted on Madison near the high school, but no closures or detours will take place. Phase 2 of this year will direct northbound traffic onto the new US 33 road while southbound will continue to use the existing Main to Madison route. Phase 3 of construction this year will move both northbound and southbound traffic to the new US 33 road while the existing Madison Street gets reconstructed and tied in.

As the project progresses, the City will be issuing future notices. For the most up-to-date information, check out the City’s website: www.goshenindiana.org, and sign up for the automatic email notices of construction updates, or like the Facebook page of The City of Goshen, Indiana. Project updates can also be found on the INDOT Northeast Facebook and Twitter.

Kercher Road to be closed April 9

On Monday, April 9, 2018, Rieth-Riley Construction will close Kercher Road (CR 38) between the railroad tracks and Weymouth Boulevard. Weymouth Boulevard and Kercher Road will remain open during this phase. Kercher Road is expected to reopen mid-November this year.

Several of the utility companies have already begun relocating their facilities for the construction of the new roadway.

As the project progresses, the City will be issuing future notices. For the most up-to-date information, check out the City’s website, goshenindiana.org, to sign up for automatic email notices of construction updates, and like the Facebook page: The City of Goshen, Indiana. 

CITY STAFF RECEIVES TRAINING

Today, City Hall and Utilities staff took training on how to use a defibrillator and a fire extinguisher, to be better prepared in case of an emergency. A big thanks to the Goshen Fire Department for the training!

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assessment Team Has Arrived in Elkhart County

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) personnel has arrived in Elkhart County to inspect individual damage left by February’s record flooding. This group’s primary responsibility is to assess the damage done to individual homes. They are planning to stop at each home that has reported damage from the flood. Although nothing is guaranteed, this will put Elkhart County one step closer to the potential for the area to receive federal funding assistance related to the flood recovery.

If you have received damage from the flood and have not reported it, please call the Elkhart County Emergency Management office at (574) 891-2238 as soon as possible. Each report received, no matter how minor it may seem, helps create a more complete picture of the overall impact of the flooding on the county.

The assessment team started visiting homes in Goshen on Monday, March 19th; once they are finished there, they will then make contact with residents in Elkhart City as well as Elkhart County residents that reported damage from the flood. The FEMA assessment team will have a city or county employee with them while making these stops, and they will also be easily identified by their marked clothing and badges.

LANE RESTRICTIONS ON KERCHER ROAD

Kercher Road (CR 38) will have a moving lane restriction between the Norfolk Southern Marion railroad line and the Kercher bridge over the Elkhart River. The lane restriction is required for the placement of topsoil behind the new curb.

The lane restriction begins today Monday, March 19 and will continue through Friday, March 30, 2018.

CEMETERY SPRING CLEANUP WEEK 2018

Goshen City Cemeteries announces that its annual spring cleanup will occur Monday to Friday, April 2-6, 2018. This will include Violett, Oakridge and West Goshen cemeteries. Items likely to be removed during spring clean-up include silk flowers, broken items, old flags, old frames & wires, glass items, and seasonal items. Please note that glass decorations and stone mulch are prohibited. Cemetery patrons that are concerned about their grave decorations are encouraged to remove them before the clean-up begins. Decorations may be put back beginning Saturday, April 7. Decoration guidelines available at the cemetery office.

REPORTING LOST AND FOUND DUMPSTERS

Borden Waste-Away is collecting lost and found dumpsters that were carried away by floodwaters in late February. They retrieved four containers from Shanklin Park, and suspect more are out there. They could be in a ditch or on a tree, or event floating (or sunk) in the Elkhart River, Millrace Canal or behind Linway Plaza.

If you are aware of any dumpster that was removed by the flood, or if you find one, please call Borden Waste-Away at 293.5001, and dial 1 to talk with customer service, or call City Hall at 533.8621 and your report will be forwarded to Borden.

When reporting a found dumpster, please provide the address or landmark that it is closest to. Other helpful information to share would be color and the logo on it, (if applicable).

If you’ve lost a dumpster, please call Borden at 293.5001 or City Hall at 533.8621.

Applications now being accepted for 2018 Flood Restoration Grant Program

The City of Goshen is now accepting applications for its 2018 Flood Restoration Grant Program.

The grant program was created to assist Goshen homeowners recovering from the Feb. 21, 2018 flood. Homeowners whose property was damaged can apply for one of two types of grants: repair grants or reimbursement grants. Funding for both grants will be limited to $2,500 per applicant. The deadline to submit an application is July 1, 2018.

“We hope this program will provide relief to people whose homes were damaged by the flood. Even if the grants don’t cover all costs, this program can help bring homes to safe and habitable condition,” Mayor Jeremy Stutsman said.

A number of factors will be reviewed in the applications in order for a homeowner to qualify for a grant, including:

  • The property must be owner-occupied.
  • The property must be located within the incorporated boundaries of the City of Goshen.
  • The property must have been damaged due to the 2018 flood event.
  • Approval for properties within the designated floodplain must be approved by the floodplain administrator.

A committee composed of community members appointed by the Mayor will review cases that may be under extenuating circumstances. The five voting members are:

  • Scott McKee (Goshen Hospital) – Chair
  • Major Tim Sell (Salvation Army)
  • Bill Reith (United Way)
  • Cathie Cripe (Past School Board Member)
  • Aracelia Manriquez (Local Business Owner)

Non-voting members are:

  • Julia King (Council Liaison)
  • A representative from the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office
  • Becky Hershberger (Community Development)

The City of Goshen and LaCasa, Inc. have partnered to provide assistance to eligible property owners to restore their homes with permanent repairs. Acting as general contractor, LaCasa will oversee each individual project to ensure it is properly done. LaCasa will assess damage, develop a scope of work, solicit bids, schedule and ensure completion of the project.

“LaCasa will be there to guide homeowners in every step of the restoration process,” Brownfield Coordinator Becky Hershberger said. “Having someone to answer your questions and walk you through the project is a very valuable resource for homeowners who need assistance.”

To learn more about the 2018 Flood Restoration Grant Program, to download a copy of the application for a grant or to donate to the Goshen 2018 Flood Recovery Fund, go to goshenindiana.org/2018-flood-restoration. You can also find copies of the application at City Hall, at the Building Department in the Annex Building, 204 E. Jefferson St., at the Utilities Office, 203 S. Fifth St., or the Public Library, 601 S. Fifth St.

For questions related to the program, contact Carla Newcomer at 533.6805 (si tiene preguntas en español, contacte a Sharon Hernandez al 537.3883).

The program is funded by the generous donations from the community through the Goshen 2018 Flood Recovery Fund donation line. Funds are being collected and will be matched up to $100,000 by the City Council. As of Wednesday, March 14, the program’s account had more than $36,000 between donations and the city’s matching funds.

To donate, go to goshenindiana.org/flood-recovery-fund and click on the donate button, or make a check to the Goshen 2018 Flood Recovery Fund and mail or drop it off at Goshen City Hall, 202 S. 5th St., or any Interra Credit Union Branch.