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City to host Electric Vehicle Expo

The following is a message from the Michiana Area Council of Governments, in collaboration with South Shore Clean Cities, Inc. and the City of Goshen:

The City of Goshen’s Department of Environmental Resilience is teaming up with the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG) and South Shore Clean Cities to present an Electric Vehicle Expo as part of the annual National Drive Electric Week, organizers announced Wednesday.

Attendees will have a chance to get behind the wheel to experience electric vehicles firsthand and to hear from local owners about the benefits of the vehicles. The event is free and open to the public.

“The expo will highlight the multiple benefits of driving an electric vehicle, introduce members of the community who are already embracing this technology and assist attendees in getting the information they need to make the switch as well,” said Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley, director of the Department of Environmental Resilience. “Access to charging stations locally has really improved since we last held this event in 2018. The city has installed a free public charging station and two more are coming soon to the Goshen Public Library and the public parking lot near Goshen Brewing Company, thanks to the Volkswagen settlement.”

South Shore Clean Cities representatives will be on hand to provide details on what electric vehicles are available locally, how and where to find electric vehicle charging stations and what incentives are available for purchasing vehicles or providing charging infrastructure for homes and businesses.

The Electric Vehicle Expo will take place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1 at the Goshen City Hall parking lot at 202 S. 5th street in Goshen. Scheduled vehicles include the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt, Nissan LEAF, Tesla Models S, 3 and Y and the plug-in hybrid Chrysler Pacifica minivan.

The City of Goshen included transportation electrification in the recently approved Climate Action Plan for municipal operations, which included the goal of reducing emissions from light-duty vehicles by 25 percent by 2026 through the improved fuel efficiency of hybrid vehicles and the switch to cleaner electric vehicles. The city received the regional MACOG Partners for Clean Air award in 2021 in part for leadership in sustainable transportation related to piloting electric and hybrid vehicles and installing the charging station at City Hall.

The electric vehicle expo is taking place as part of National Drive Electric Week, a nationwide celebration from Sept. 25 to Oct. 3 designed to heighten awareness of the widespread availability of plug-in vehicles. The event also highlights the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles and other modes of transportation. More than 300 National Drive Electric Week events are taking place this year throughout the U.S. Plug In America, the Sierra Club, the Electric Auto Association and EVHybridNoire team up with local groups to organize the events. Nissan and Wells Fargo are national sponsors. For a complete list of National Drive Electric Week events, visit www.driveelectricweek.org.

TOUCH-A-TRUCK EVENT CHANCE FOR COMMUNITY TO SEE CITY EQUIPMENT, MEET CITY STAFF

Squad cars, fire trucks and plows, oh my! The City of Goshen invites residents to come downtown Saturday, Sept. 25, to interact with City vehicles and meet staff.

The City of Goshen’s Touch-a-Truck event, to be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Main Street between Jefferson Street and Lincoln Avenue, offers children the opportunity to touch, climb and explore the City’s equipment, truck and other vehicles. The event is free and open to the public.

Some of the vehicles showcased will include an ambulance, police car, fire truck, snowplow, street sweeper, and Vactor truck, among others. Kids will have a chance to climb behind the wheel and perhaps even honk a horn or flip the lights. Refreshments will be available while supplies last.

While the City Parks & Recreation Department has held Touch-a-Truck events in the past, those have been located at Shanklin Park and with only a portion of City vehicles and staff.

The move to downtown will allow larger space to better accommodate the vehicles, all of which are city-owned. It also could help encourage residents to check out some of the locally owned businesses along Main Street and nearby.

The event also will have staff representing most of the various City departments, to give a chance for the community to meet and talk with them. “It’ll be a fun day for kids and a good way to connect residents with City staff,” Mayor Jeremy Stutsman said. “I hope both children and adults come away with having had a good time learning about City operations and staff.”

LAST BRUSH COLLECTION DELAYED

The September brush pickup —and the last of the year—has been delayed to the first week of October, to allow the Street Department to finish its paving project.

The Street Department has been paving roads on the north side of Goshen. The project must be completed before the fall weather fully sets.

The brush pickup will begin the week of October 4. During scheduled brush collections, the Street Department makes 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.

If you missed this last scheduled brush pickup, you can request a brush trailer free of charge. For information regarding Dial-A-Trailer and the Brush Trailer, go to goshenindiana.org/street-department or call 534-9711.

BOIL ORDER: 16TH STREET

On Monday, September 20, the water main was shut off in the morning on 16th Street between Kentfield Way and College Avenue due to a water main adjustment. A boil order has been issued for when the water comes back on.

The highlighted parts in the map above show the affected area for the boil order.

It is recommended that all cooking and drinking water be brought to a complete boil for five minutes before using.  Please continue to boil all cooking and drinking water until a notification that it is no longer necessary.

The Goshen Water & Sewer Department appreciates your cooperation during this time and will update you as necessary until the drinking water problem has been solved. If you have any questions concerning the drinking water problem, please contact you water department at 534-5306.

GOSHEN SECURES FUNDING TO INVESTIGATE GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION

The City of Goshen strives to take the best care to ensure our drinking water meets all Environmental Protection Agency and Indiana Department of Environmental Management safety requirements.

The City’s Water & Sewer Department consistently tests the water for contaminants or substances that may be harmful for human consumption.

During one of the Department’s routine tests in 2015, low levels of 1,2-dichloroethene (cis-1,2-DCE) were discovered. The Department decided proactively to work with IDEM and the EPA to track the source of this contaminant.

The City’s drinking water is well below the drinking water Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL)* for cis-1,2-DCE, at 3.1 parts per billion (ppb)—and the trace amounts have been decreasing over time, as measured by City staff. The maximum amount allowed for this contaminant by the EPA is 70 ppb—meaning any amount below this level is safe for consumption.

The measurement of a part per billion is a very small amount. Translated into time, a part per billion would be the equivalent of one second out of 32 years.

However, the City has continued to work with IDEM and the EPA to monitor the contaminant and attempt to find its source.

In the summer of 2015, IDEM’s Site Investigation Program conducted a groundwater investigation (Site Inspection) in Goshen. IDEM collected groundwater samples from various locations in the sampling area around Goshen’s North Well Field and at the municipal wells.

The 2015 sampling results confirmed the presence of low levels of cis-1,2-dichloroethene (cis-1,2-DCE) in the City of Goshen’s finished drinking water supplied by the Goshen North Well Field. However, no sources of where the contamination originated could be determined.

After two subsequent groundwater investigations in 2017 and 2018, IDEM’s Site Investigation Program was unable to determine the source of the contaminants. In 2019, IDEM informed the City that they were preparing a Hazard Ranking System (HRS) Documentation Record in order to fund a deep groundwater assessment.

On July 26, 2021 the City received correspondence from IDEM that the EPA is in the very final stages of preparing the HRS document record for publication in the Federal Register.

Under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. EPA, IDEM’s Site Investigation Program will conduct a Supplemental Expanded Site Inspection to obtain deep groundwater samples in an attempt to identify the source(s) of the groundwater contamination discovered at the Goshen North Well Field. Many of the groundwater samples were collected on city property within various right-of-way areas.

GOSHEN MILLRACE CANAL, TRAIL AFFECTED BY COUNTY PARKS CONSTRUCTION

Beginning on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, Elkhart County’s contractor, Selge Construction, will mobilize at the Goshen Dam Pond to begin replacement of the Goshen Dam Toe Drain.

To accommodate for the work there, the Millrace Canal water levels have been lowered. The water level will remain lowered until after the construction project is complete, in 30 to 60 days; after the completion, the water level will be allowed to rise four to five feet over a period of 10 to 14 days, according to the Elkhart County Parks & Recreation Deparment.

The construction work also will impact access from the Millrace Trail to Shoup Parsons Woods, the Mike Puro Plaza (Dam) parking lot and the restrooms.

Beginning Tuesday, September 7, 2021, to allow access and staging for the contractor performing the toe drain work, there will be no access from the Millrace Trail to Shoup Parsons Woods, Mike Puro Plaza (Dam) parking lot or the restrooms.  

Additionally, the Mike Puro Plaza (Dam) Parking Lot will be closed at Gray Roy Drive.

The closures will remain in effect until October 1, 2021 or until the project is complete.

LABOR DAY

All City of Goshen offices will be closed Monday, September 6, in observance of Labor Day. Borden Waste Away will not collect trash on Monday that week. Trash collection services will be delayed by one day after the holiday. The Board of Works meeting has been postponed to Tuesday, September 7, at 2 p.m.

MAYOR STUTSMAN APPOINTED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR EPA

Mayor Jeremy Stutsman will be working with other US mayors and community leaders to provide advice and perspective on environmental issues in local communities to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Mayor Stutsman was one of 11 new members appointed this week to the Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee (SCAS). The Small Community Advisory Subcommittee was established by EPA in 1996 to advise the Administrator on environmental issues of concern to the residents of smaller communities.

“I’m honored to welcome this diverse, highly qualified group of local leaders who will bring valuable insight and experience to the Agency,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan in a statement. “EPA is counting on their input and collaboration to help achieve our mission to protect public health and the environment in every zip code. From tackling climate change to advancing environmental justice, we need local partners at the table to address our most pressing environmental challenges.”

Mayor Stutsman was nominated in April. His was one of 150 nominations the EPA received following a solicitation in March. His nomination included support letters from Accelerate Indiana Municipalities, Earth Charter Indiana, Michiana Area Council of Governments and the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute.

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to work alongside other community leaders in identifying and addressing environmental issues that may be of concern to our constituents and communities,” Mayor Stutsman said. “I look forward to not only sharing but also listening to other communities’ experience in advancing environmental solutions in a thoughtful and budget conscious way to ensure a clean, safe planet to our future generations.”

The SCAS and the Local Government Advisory Committee, which provides independent policy advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of issues affecting local governments, plan to hold their first meeting this fall.

AUGUST BRUSH COLLECTION

Yard waste and brush in the foreground. Red trailer in the background.

The monthly brush pickup will begin on the week of August 30, 2021.

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 week (and the last one for the year) will begin on September 27, 2021.

NORTH GOSHEN MILLING AND PAVING PROJECT

The Goshen Street Department will start the North Goshen paving project beginning today Wednesday, Aug. 18. There will be lane restrictions for the duration of the project and Garden Street will have a full road closure between 5th and 6th streets beginning Wednesday.

Use the interactive map above to see which streets will be milled and paved.