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BEAUTIFY GOSHEN WEEK 2019

Sign that reads "Street Department, 475 Steury Avenue" with blue building in the background.
The Street Department is located at 475 Steury Avenue

In conjunction with the Goshen Chamber of Commerce’s Beautify Goshen Week, the Goshen Street Department will be making additional disposal services available to assist city residents in their “Beautify Goshen” tasks.

This free service is offered only during the first full week in May (an eight-day week, May 4–11, with two Saturdays), and there is no limit to the quantity of items that may be disposed of. Resi­dents must make arrangements to transport the items; there will not be curbside pickup. Because this free service is paid by Goshen residents’ tax dollars, only city residents are allowed to dispose of items. IDs will be checked to verify residency.

The collection site will be the Goshen Street Department, 475 Steury Ave. Here are the dates and times when items will be accepted:

  • Saturday, May 4 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 5: CLOSED
  • Monday–Friday, May 6–10: from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 11, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In order to keep disallowed items from entering the waste stream, the Street Department will have a crew member on hand at all times monitoring the items being brought. Items that can be disposed of are:

  • Non-hazardous refuse, such as furniture, carpeting, lumber, dry wall, metal and vinyl siding, windows, fiberglass insula­tion, mattresses, stoves, landscape timbers, bricks, etc.
  • White goods, such as refrigerators, air conditioners, freez­ers, dehumidifiers, etc.; the Freon does not have to be removed
  • Electronic waste, such as computers, home phones, tele­visions, etc.
  • Tires up to 16½”, either on or off their rims

The following items will NOT be accepted during this large-item disposal:

  • Pesticides or herbicides (insect or weed killers)
  • Unlabeled drums containing any substance
  • Sealed, pressurized containers (propane tanks, helium tanks, etc.)
  • Paint thinners, oil- or water-based paint
  • Brush and yard waste
  • Asbestos insulation
  • Contaminated soil

Some of the items listed immediately above are accepted at Elkhart County’s monthly Hazardous Waste Drop-off Days. Collections are conducted year-round, the first Saturday of every month, at the Elkhart County Correctional Facility near the inter­section of CR 7 and CR 26 south of Elkhart; use the entrance off CR 7. The hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. To check whether your items will be accepted on the drop-off days, call the Elkhart County Solid Waste Management District at 522.2581 or go to elkhartcountyswmd.com/hazardous-waste.

During the other 51 weeks of the year, Goshen residents may place a large item once a week with their regular weekly trash for removal. (This does not include electronics, old tube-type televisions or any cooling appliances containing Freon—or any of the items not accepted in the “Beautify Goshen” disposal.) For details of the yearlong, large-item disposal, contact Borden Waste-Away at 293.5001.

ROAD IMPROVEMENTS: S. THIRD STREET

Yellow diamond-shaped traffic sign with word "slow" on it.

Walsh & Kelly is scheduled to install permanent striping inside the westbound lane of Third Street between Main Street and Jefferson Street the week of April 15.

This work is being done in advance of transferring Third Street to the Indiana Department of Transportation.

ROAD CLOSURE: S. FIFTH STREET

Contractor Selge Construction is building a sanitary sewer on South Fifth Street ahead of pavement resurfacing work.

The road has been closed between the alley at 240 S. Fifth St. and Madison Street from April 15 until May 3.

ROAD RESTRICTIONS: KERCHER ROAD (CR 38)

Contractor Rieth Riley will be working on the first part of the Kercher Road Phase 2 project.

The week of Monday, April 15, they will start restricting Kercher Road by keeping only westbound traffic open and will detour eastbound traffic south on Dierdorff Road to Waterford Parkway and CR 40.

The construction on this phase will take the entire construction season. The road is expected to remain restricted until November 15.
The entire project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2020.

Learn About Goshen’s Sister City Program

Bexbach coat of arms and two photos of people with flags of Bexbach and Goshen. Text on right says: "Sister Cities Program, Thursday, April 18, 6 p.m., City Annex Building, 204 E. Jefferson St."

Goshen is a member of the Sister Cities International Program and has been in partnership with Sister City Bexbach, Germany, since June 1979.

The Sister City Program enriches the Goshen community with cultural and educational exchanges. More than 1,000 visitors from Bexbach have been in Goshen the past 40 years. About 100 families in Goshen have hosted guests from Bexbach, and the mayors from both cities have exchanged visits. 

The Goshen Sister City Committee is looking for new members, and will be conducting a brief informational session at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Conference Room of the Annex Building, 204 E. Jefferson St.

Goshen area residents are invited to participate. By attending the meeting, you are not obligated to participate further; this is only an informational meeting to assess ongoing interest in the trans-Atlantic relationship. 

OPEN HOUSE

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The City of Goshen invites you to a Public Open House to learn more about our upcoming 9th Street, Bike and Pedestrian project.

This project will consist of constructing a bike and pedestrian trail, from College Ave to Purl St. When completed, we will notice improved pedestrian and vehicle traffic flow through the existing corridor. 

The project is slated to begin construction on or about April 9, 2019, with an estimated completion date of late summer 2019.

The purpose of this Open House is to allow our community the opportunity to meet the project team and to ask questions that you may have regarding this project. We look forward to seeing you there! Renters please inform your landlords of this meeting. 

Meeting Date: April 8, 2019
Meeting Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Meeting Location: 602 S. 8th Street – Goshen                                        Mennonite Church

If you have any questions or concerns throughout the duration of the project, please feel free to contact:

Goshen Engineering Dept: Leslie Biek, PE, at 574-534-2201 Or Abonmarche Consultants: JD McPhail, Project Eng/Supervisor at 574-850-0195.

CEMETERY SPRING CLEANUP

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Oakridge Cemetery

The Goshen Cemetery Department’s spring clean-up will be Monday to Friday, April 1–5.  Items likely to be removed by staff during spring clean-up include old silk flowers (especially if they are in the way of trimmers), broken items, old flags, plush items, old frames & wires, glass items and out-of-date seasonal items. 

If you have items that you are concerned about, please remove them before the clean-up begins.

Road restrictions: Kercher Road from railroad to Dierdorff

Kercher Road (CR 38) will be restricted between the railroad tracks and Weymouth Boulevard starting the week of Monday, March 25, for a month. The restrictions are so that the contractor can complete the first half of the Kercher Phase 1 project. They will keep traffic in both directions open with cones and barricades and will be working on the multi-use path on the south side of the road.

Kercher will also be completely closed from Weymouth to Dierdorff starting April 1. A detour will be clearly marked with signs directing traffic along Dierdorff road to Waterford Mills Parkway to SR 15. This phase of the project is expected to be completed by late summer.

Get more updates on construction by signing up for updates at goshenindiana.org or following the City on Facebook at facebook.com/cityofgoshen.

CITY OF GOSHEN ESTABLISHES BROWNFIELD REVOLVING LOAN FUND PROGRAM

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The Community Development Office is in the Annex Building, 204 E. Jefferson St.

Mayor Jeremy Stutsman is pleased to announce the creation of a new Brownfield Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund Program, which will help with the assessment, remediation and redevelopment of potential brownfield properties.

Grant and loan money (maximum of $500,000 per grant or loan), is now available for developers in both the private and public sector who own, lease or have a purchase agreement in place for a brownfield property and who desire to assess or remediate it.

Examples of what the fund may be used for are the cleanup of brownfield sites, environmental assessments, area-wide planning for brownfield-impacted neighborhoods and corridors, outreach and community engagement, and remedial action and cleanup activities necessary to protect human health and the environment in connection the redevelopment of a brownfield property.

A full copy of the Policy and Procedure Manual can be found at the Department of Community Development, 204 E. Jefferson St., and at goshenindiana.org/redevelopment.

Funding comes from a $1 million grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency for establishing the program. An advisory committee has been formed to review applications and make recommendations to the Goshen Board of Public Works, which will oversee the program. The committee members, appointed by Mayor Stutsman, will be a member of City staff, Vince Turner and Daragh Deegan.

Administrative work will be completed by the Department of Community Development Staff.

“Goshen Community Development staff will provide technical assistance to guide property owners through the process,” said Mark Brinson, Director of Community Development. “Goshen has a proven record of developing brownfield sites and this fund is another tool we can use to attract quality development projects to our community.”