Category Archives: News & Events

RIVER RACE DRIVE CLOSURE EXTENDED

NIPSCO is relocating the electric utilities at River Race Drive for the River Art Development, and is needing an extra two weeks to complete the project. The closure of River Race Drive from Jefferson Street north to the east/west alley has been extended until Friday, December 21.

KERCHER ROAD TO OPEN TODAY

Kercher Road (CR 38) will be open to traffic today, but the speed limit has been changed temporarily for this winter.

Construction for phase A1 of the Kercher Road project is nearing completion for the year. Due to delays, the contractor was not able to complete paving the final surface layer on the roadway this year.

Due to its state, the speed limit has been lowered temporarily to 30 MPH for the winter until the construction can be completed in the spring of 2019.

REMINDER: LEAF COLLECTION BEGINS MONDAY, DEC. 3

This is a reminder that the last leaf collection of the year will begin Monday, December 3.  Street Department crews making the rounds do not have a set schedule for what parts of the city they will go to and when, so residents are advised to pile their leaves on the curb by Sunday evening, December 2.

Residents who miss the last round of leaf pickup can still take their leaves to the Goshen Environmental Center, 20100 CR 19. Their hours in the winter are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Their number is 533-6200.

The center accepts brush and leaves, loose or in bags, at no charge to Goshen residents. However, if leaves are bagged, the bags must be emptied. There is a small fee for disposal of yard waste and grass clippings.

For more information on raking do’s and don’t see the Street Department’s website at goshenindiana.org/street-department.

BZA POSITION OPEN

The Board of Zoning Appeals has an open position. The council will review applications and make an appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals to complete a term through Dec.  31, 2020.

The Board of Zoning Appeals meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. To apply for the position, click here. If you have questions about this position, please contact the Planning office at 534.3600.

Goshen Parks & Recreation Department reaches $50,000 fundraiser goal, seeks to go beyond

Thanks to the generosity of many individuals and organizations invested in the community, the Goshen Parks & Recreation Department has reached its goal of raising $50,000 for the construction of the city’s first-ever all-inclusive playground.

As of Wednesday, November 28, the department had raised nearly $70,000 through online crowd-funding platform Patronicity. The first $50,000 raised will be matched through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s CreatINg Places program.

“We are beyond thankful to the community for showing their commitment to having an inclusive park in which everyone can engage,” Parks & Recreation Department Superintendent Tanya Heyde said.

Though the goal has been reached — and surpassed — the Parks & Recreation Department will continue receiving donations until the campaign deadline of December 11. Anyone still wishing to donate is invited and encouraged to do so. Any additional funds will go into more features for the playground and Hay Park improvements.

“This project is truly a community endeavor,” Heyde said. “The support that has been received is remarkable, from financial contributions to volunteering, from sharing our story to serving on the design committee; the community has really embraced the inclusive playground.”

Funding also has been partially provided by the Kerry Finningan Rupright Foundation and the Community Foundation of Elkhart County.

For residents of all ages with mobility or developmental challenges and other disabilities, the playground will feature ramps, wider sidewalks and special equipment that will give them access to any part of the playground, including the highest points.

While all Goshen playgrounds meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, the new inclusive playground will add elements that encourage engagement among everyone on the space. Designs have been created and Hay Park, 1414 W. Plymouth Ave., was identified as the best location for the new playground.

Stay up to date on the Parks & Recreation Department’s campaign by visiting patronicity.com/goshenplayground, goshenindiana.org, or following the department on Facebook or Twitter.

LAST LEAF COLLECTION TO BEGIN DECEMBER 3

The Street Department’s last leaf collection will begin the morning of Monday, December 3. Though the City understands the weather has not been ideal for raking leaves this season, this is residents’ last chance to get their leaves removed from their property by the Street Department this year!

Street Department crews making the rounds do not have a set schedule for what parts of the city they will go to and when, so residents are advised to pile their leaves on the curb by Sunday evening, December 2.

The National Weather Service predicts— as of Monday afternoon, November 26— that the chance of precipitation will increase over the weekend, so residents will need to plan ahead by checking their local weather forecast.

Residents who miss the last round of leaf pickup can still take their leaves to the Goshen Environmental Center, 20100 CR 19. Their hours in the winter are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Their number is 533-6200.

The center accepts brush and leaves, loose or in bags, at no charge to Goshen residents. However, if leaves are bagged, the bags must be emptied. There is a small fee for disposal of yard waste and grass clippings.

For more information on raking do’s and don’t see the Street Department’s website at goshenindiana.org/street-department.

DEC. 24 and 31 BOARD OF WORKS MEETING RESCHEDULED

Due to the Christmas holiday, the Board of Public Works & Safety and Stormwater has been rescheduled from Monday, December 24, to Friday, December 21.

Due to the New Year’s Eve holiday, the Board of Public Works & Safety and Stormwater meeting has been rescheduled from Monday, December 31, to Friday, December 28.

The meetings will be held at 11 a.m. in the Council Chambers, Police and Court Building, 111 E. Jefferson St.

Meetings will resume their regular schedule on Monday, January 7, at 2 p.m.

WINTER WEATHER STORMWATER TIP

The sleet and snow falling this morning have created icy conditions on our local roadways, sidewalks, and driveways. As you deal with these icy conditions please consider the impact salt and sand can have on the local environment, both plant life and water quality. Keep in mind these simple tips:

– Pre-treat pavement with a small amount of liquid deicer.

– Remove snow before it becomes ice or use a scraper or metal shovel to remove the ice.

– If the pavement is too cold (less than 15°F) rock salt will not work and alternatives like sand or birdseed for traction or other deicers like magnesium chloride or calcium chloride can be used.

– Use only the amount of salt and sand you need and sweep up any extra.

For more information visit https://bit.ly/winter-sand.

TODAY’S SNOW EVENT

City Street Department crews are working hard to clear the roadways in response to this morning’s weather event. We are asking for the community’s assistance and support in two ways as we continue our work:

  1. Use extra caution as many roadways may be more narrow than usual. There are many streets still lined with leaves along the curb line and the plows are unable to clear the snow to the curbs in these areas.
  2. Keep storm drains clear. Drains covered with leaves and now snow prevent water from entering and subsequently lead to standing water in the roadways. As temperatures drop again this evening, any standing water is likely to freeze causing additional hazards for tomorrow morning.

Winter weather has definitely arrived and we thank you in advance for helping us and using extra caution while clean up is underway.

NEW SERVICE ALLOWS RESIDENTS TO FIND BURIALS AT GOSHEN CEMETERIES

A screenshot of the Goshen Cemeteries GIS mapping system.

Goshen City Cemeteries is pleased to announce the debut of a new service to the public. Anyone can now use their computer or mobile device to locate a burial at Oakridge Cemetery.

The link can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the Cemeteries page on the City website: goshenindiana.org/cemeteries. There is also a QR code posted on the Oakridge shop door that will take you straight to the web application. The service uses GIS technology and was created in partnership with the Goshen Engineering Department.

Director of Cemeteries, Burt Matteson comments “One thing we have really wanted to do is make burial information more available to the public. Right now people have to catch up with a sexton during business hours. We have been studying ways to do this and many of the options were costly or didn’t do exactly what we wanted. After talking with our own Engineering Department, we realized that the resources to do this were already here in the City. We at Cemeteries are grateful for the time Engineering personnel have invested in this project.”

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