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JULY STORMWATER TOOLBOX NEWSLETTER

In this month’s Newsletter read about how Indiana’s stormwater regulations have only changed once since August 2003 and yet they are a way to keep America the Beautiful, beautiful. Lean about the beautiful and beastly sides of fireworks. Lastly, read about the 11 times the Elkhart River has reached minor flood stage since October 2007, and how you can use a free, online tool called My RainReady, to help determine the potential flooding risks for your property.

#GoshenStormwater #OnlyRainDownTheDrain #FloodReady #ElkhartRiver

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ROAD REOPENING: MAIN STREET

Main Street, which was closed the week of June 17 to allow for repairs to the Goshen Theater, reopened the afternoon of Friday, June 28.

Drivers heading north should be cautious as there may still be some restrictions in front of the Theater.

MAIN STREET TRAFFIC STUDY TO END EARLY

The City initiated a traffic study on Main Street to see how four-way stops at Clinton, Washington and Jefferson would impact traffic now that the City has taken control of Main Street. The study began on May 1st and was expected to continue until May 31st.

The vast majority of the feedback the City has received has been from pedestrians as they are very concerned about their safety during this study and have found it more difficult to cross Main Street with the four-way stops. Vehicles are not stopping for pedestrians and are not looking out for them when moving through Main Street. The comments that we have received from motorists have been mostly positive stating that they find it easier to get around downtown and it seems more motorists are moving to Third Street to get through downtown.

Due to the pedestrian concerns, we will be ending the study earlier than originally proposed. The study will end tomorrow, May 14th, at approximately 9am by returning the traffic signals to their normal function at Clinton, Washington and Jefferson. There will likely be further studies in the future once Main Street is reduced from four-lane to two-lane and additional pedestrian improvements can be made.

SUMMER SEWER RATES

On May 1, 2019, the City’s annual summer sewer billing began. This means that any water consumption after May 1 will reflect the discounted sewer rate.

A summer sewer discount is calculated based on the lower of the actual volume or the average monthly volume of sewage discharged into the sanitary sewer system for the sewer bills issued in the immediately preceding months of November through April.

Summer sewer billing ends in the fall when fewer people work on their yard and go back to using water mostly indoors.

ROAD CLOSURE UPDATES

The following streets and parks have been affected today due to high water and flooding: 

– Chicago Avenue – Closed
– Denver Street – Signed “High Water”
– Plymouth Avenue Trail – Flooded across near the former park office
– Oakridge Park – flooded
– Roger’s Park – flooded
– Shanklin Park – flooded
– Mullet Park – flooded
– Fidler Pond Park path- closed
– Pedestrian Path over Rock Run Creek at Oakridge Park – flooded and unpassable

NOTE TO PARENTS: The trail along Plymouth Avenue has standing water. A police officer will be stationed near Goshen Middle School to monitor the area, but parents are highly encouraged to pick their children up today.

PREPARING FOR MELTING SNOW

Historically, this time of year is when Goshen experiences the most flooding events. The city has accumulated a fair amount of snow that will equate to approximately an inch of water as it melts. With the rising temperatures this weekend and early next week, we will see a good deal of melting and the water will be looking for a place to go. Luckily there is not a substantial amount of rain expected but any that does fall will add to the melted snow totals.  

At this point, city crews are working to clear storm drains but many are still covered. In addition, the ground is frozen and will not soak up any additional moisture. The city is monitoring the situation in hopes of avoiding any flooding. In an effort to be proactive, the Street Department has sandbags available this afternoon for any Goshen residents who may need them and they will be available throughout the weekend, as well.

Keep an eye on the City of Goshen, Indiana facebook page and our website at goshenindiana.org for any updates regarding the weather and further preparations in the event of flooding.

Sincerely,
Mayor Jeremy Stutsman

Goshen student receives award; Goshen Parks & Recreation Department receives donation for new playground

A Goshen High School student who wrote to the Parks and Recreation Department suggesting the construction of an all-inclusive playground received recognition by world-leading manufacturer of wheelchair vans and lifts BraunAbility for her advocacy for the disabled and special needs community.

Laura Elliott received the “Spirit of Ability” Award at a ceremony held Tuesday, December 18 at Goshen High School. Laura was presented with a trophy and a $10,000 check — a donation made to the Parks & Recreation Department to help fund the completion of the all-inclusive playground at Hay Park, 1414 Plymouth Ave.

“Thanks to the courage Laura displayed when she wrote her letter campaigning for this inclusive park, finally, in the spring of 2019, Hay Park will be the home of a place where everyone is welcome, regardless of ability,” Greg Kiser, vice president of consumer sales for BraunAbility, said.

Mayor Jeremy Stutsman announced at the ceremony that the City is looking to break ground of the new playground in the spring of 2019.

“We’re really excited about how this fundraising came together, but what was most exciting is that we had a great committee of people who helped us design this park,” Mayor Jeremy Stutsman said. “It was really exciting to see Laura was involved in the planning process and can now oversee the park being built along the way.”

Laura was praised by her family and teacher, who both worked with her to get her letter to the City back in early 2017.

“There are several students that care about others, but Laura has taken that care to a new level where she loves and wants to give to all regardless of what it takes,” Sean Smuts, Laura’s teacher, said. “She exhibits a concern and love that time and time again is truly selfless. This park is evidence of that.”

Rochelle Elliott, Laura’s mom, thanked BraunAbility and expressed how important it was for her daughter’s dream to become reality.

“Laura has such a caring and compassionate heart for people with life challenges,” she said. “She wants them to have the same opportunities to participate in every day play without limitations.”

About the award: The Ralph W. Braun Spirit of Ability Award is presented to individuals who emulate the qualities that BraunAbility founder Ralph Braun displayed: selflessness, compassion, and an unwavering dedication to do what is right for people in the disability community. The award is given at BraunAbility community events across the United States and Canada. For more information, please go to braunability.com/spirit-of-ability/.

STREET COMMISSIONER: NO MORE LEAF PICKUPS THIS YEAR

The temperature climbed up slightly this weekend and will remain above freezing this week. With the warmer, dry weather, residents may feel tempted to rake their remaining leaves.

However, the Street Department will NOT do any more leaf collection rounds this year, as stated previously. Street Commissioner David Gibbs asks residents to keep their piled leaves away from the roadways, as they can interfere with the flow of traffic and, if it snows, the snow plows will be forced to drive over the leaf piles and end up throwing leaves back into the yard. 

Residents who still want to clean their yards and are able to, can take their leaves to the Environmental Center at 20100 CR 29. The Environmental Center will take leaves at no fee to Goshen Residents (proof of residency will be required). 

The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Environmental’s phone number is 533.6200.

Holiday Open House

The public is invited to attend Goshen Mayor Jeremy Stutsman’s Holiday Open House Wednesday, December 19, 2–4 p.m., at his office, City Hall, 202 S. Fifth St. Guests are asked to remember the homeless among us this Christmas season; items will be collected to be distributed by local helping agencies. Those agencies suggest donating these items, among others: hats, gloves, scarves, toiletries, socks, blankets, or sleeping pads.

The Open House is a way to show appreciation to the many folks who make Goshen a great place. According to Mayor Stutsman, “Committed employees and dedicated board, commission and committee members are important. But it is also critical that we have a multitude of caring neighbors and general citizens who care about this community. The Open House is an opportunity to visit with folks who care about their community and express thanks.”

REMINDER: MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS IN GOSHEN

Date: Monday, May 28, 2018
Place: Police and Courts Building, Goshen, IN to Oakridge Cemetery

As a combined project, the Goshen VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), American Legion and DAV (Disabled American Veterans) are again this year, putting together the Memorial Day Observance.

The day’s events will begin with a ceremony at the Rogers Park Footbridge at 8:45 a.m. From there another brief service will be held at the War Memorial at the Elkhart County Courthouse (in Goshen) at 9 a.m.

The Memorial Day Parade participants will form up starting at 9:30 a.m. at N. Fifth and E. Jefferson in front of the Goshen police Courts Building. The parade will step off promptly at 10:15 a.m. and end at Oakridge Cemetery. The ceremony at Oakridge cemetery will be held at 11 a.m., with the placement of wreaths and addresses of invited speakers. Everyone is invited to attend any and all of the day’s events.

Anyone wishing to participate in the Memorial Day parade may pick up an application at the Goshen VFW, DAV or Police Department. The applications must be completed and turned in not later than end of business, Friday, May 25, 2018.

The parade route will start at Main and Jefferson Streets and travel north on Main Street to Pike Street. The parade will travel west on Pike Street, north on First Street to Oakridge Cemetery.