Category Archives: News & Events

Updates, messages and other announcements are posted under this category with the intent to notify residents. Posts under this category are emailed in a newsletter at the end of the day.

UPCOMING WEBINAR – COMMUNITY GARDENS

We are connecting with the local Seed to Feed Program AND garden plots available for families in the City of Goshen and the City of Elkhart.

We will be talking to Chelsea Risser, organizer of the local Seed to Feed Program along with Sara Stalter from Goshen Health and Paul Steury to learn how community gardens are playing an important part in providing fresh produce to people locally.

We will also be talking to the Goshen Parks Department Superintendent, Tanya Heyde, and the City of Elkhart Environmental Center Director Jamison Czarnecki to learn what community garden plots and resources are available for family gardening in Goshen and Elkhart.

Register in advance for this webinar. The link is found here: https://goshenindiana.org/environmental-resilience

CITY OF GOSHEN WORKS TO FOLLOW INDIANA “BACK ON TRACK” PLAN

After reviewing Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s five-stage plan for reopening the state, the City of Goshen is working to ensure its municipal employees and the public at large are protected from the potential spread of COVID-19 as restrictions are lifted.

According to the Governor’s latest executive order outlining Stage 2 of the plan, all individuals should remain at home or their place of residence as much as practicable to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Trips outside of the home are expected for travel to employment, to purchase necessities of life and to care for a family member, friend or pets.

Additionally, local units of government can continue to decide how and when to reopen and provide services, according to the executive order. The City of Goshen’s buildings will remain closed to the public until June 14, when Stage 4 of the plan is put in place, unless future data calls for an earlier or later opening. In the meantime, City staff will continue working to provide city services and are available to the public by phone and email.

Other measures the City will take (for the safety of staff and boards/commissions), at this time are:

  • Implementing a set of Safe Work Practices for employees to follow. Practices include wearing a facemask when interacting with the public or other employees when a safe social distance cannot be maintained, measuring and tracking their temperature on a daily basis and use of remote meetings, among others.
  • Although the state allows for gatherings to be of up to 25 people, the City will be limiting its municipal gatherings to under 10 people during stage 2
  • All public meetings for boards and commissions will resume via zoom only. The following meetings will remain open to the public, though with limited seating and with streaming options: City Council, Board of Works, Plan Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Redevelopment and the Parks & Recreation Board

“As we prepare to reopen with the guidance outlined by the Indiana Governor, the safety of our employees and the public is of upmost importance,” Mayor Jeremy Stutsman said. “The City will continue to communicate with other Elkhart County officials as we all monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. If we all continue to work together and take the precautions needed, we will be able to stay ahead of the virus.”

To read the Governor’s 5-Stage plan, go to backontrack.in.gov. For more updates from the City of Goshen in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, go to goshenindiana.org/covid19 or follow the City’s Facebook page at facebook.com/CityOfGoshen.

STAGE 2 OPENING MAY 4–23

NOTE: The following message is from the Elkhart County Health Department. Para leer este artículo en español, haga click aquí.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has indicated the stages may be delayed or reversed if an increase in cases overwhelms our hospitals.

As we begin to open up and go back to work, we at Incident Command want to remind you of some critical factors during the next two weeks. It is still highly recommended that you wear a face covering, this will help protect you and others. As you return to work, make sure you are washing your hands regularly, and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. As always, remain socially distant where it is possible and as much as possible.

During these two weeks, bars, clubs, and gyms, these businesses are to remain closed. Restaurants, retail, BMV, and essential travel are at 50% capacity. If you can work from home, you should. If you are 65 or older, you should remain at home as much as possible.

Social gatherings should have no more than 25 people. Manufacturing, construction, and religious services can open as usual, but must allow for social distancing.

As of May 11th, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, spas, and tattoo parlors may open by appointment only. Employees must wear face coverings, and work stations must be spaced to meet social distancing guidelines. Customers should wear face coverings to the extent possible.

Boating, beaches, and shorelines will open as of May 11th but must adhere to social gathering policies.

WHAT IS STILL CLOSED UNTIL MAY 24th

  • Assisted living/ nursing homes,
  • Bars and nightclubs,
  • Gyms, fitness centers, and community centers,
  • Cultural, entertainment, sports venues and tourism,
    • Museums, zoos, festivals, parades, concerts, fairs, sports arenas, movie theaters, bowling alleys, aquariums, recreational sports leagues and tournaments, and like facilities
  • Playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, and social clubs,
  • Congregate settings for seniors, adult daycares,
  • Casinos,
  • Community swimming pools, public and private,
  • Residential and day camps,
  • Campgrounds, except for those living permanently in RVs or cabins.

MAY 5TH WEBINAR – THE IMPORTANCE OF FOOD SUSTAINABILITY

When: May 5, 2020, 12:00 PM ET

We will discuss food sustainability with Brad Alstrom, General Manager of Maple City Market. Brad will talk about food production and distribution systems and the economics of sustainable food. Brad will answer questions such as what makes food systems sustainable, and why is sustainable food important in our world today?

Register in advance for this Zoom webinar:
https://goshenindiana.org/environmental-resilience

ROAD CLOSURE: MAIN STREET

Main Street is closed between Pike and Madison Streets for its reconstruction project.

The main part of the project begins May 4, with the milling of the existing pavement. During the milling and the placement of the new pavement, Main Street will be closed to traffic and on-street parking. This is required due to the depth of the milling and paving process.

Main Street will be fully closed May 4 through the 16th.

Beginning May 18, lane restrictions will be required to install the new pavement markings. One side of the roadway will be installed before switching to the other side.

During the Main Street closure, the angled parking on Jefferson Street, Washington Street and Clinton Street will be temporarily changed to perpendicular parking.  The existing pavement markings will not be changed but the City of Goshen Street Department will place signs to inform the traveling public.

For more updates, go to goshenindiana.org/main-street or follow the City’s Facebook Page at facebook.com/CityOfGoshen.

BOIL WATER ADVISORY CANCELLATION

The Boil Water Advisory issued on April 27, 2020 has been cancelled. The order was for the area of S Cottage Ave between Lincoln Ave. and Washington St. Samples have been taken; test results are satisfactory; it is no longer necessary to boil your water.

Thank you for your patience and for water conservation measures you followed. If you have any questions, please contact the Water & Sewer Department at 534-5306.

ABOUT THE PRIMARY ELECTIONS IN INDIANA

The Primary elections in Indiana have been postponed from the original date of May 5 to June 2. The deadline to register to vote has also been extended to May 4, 2020.

To register to vote, go to indianavoters.in.gov.

Due to the pandemic, the Indiana Secretary of State is encouraging voters to vote by mail. Voters can now apply for absentee ballots for the primary.

To apply, print out the application form from the Elkhart County Clerk’s website: www.elkhartcountyclerk.com/voter-info/absentee-forms If you are unable to print the application and would like for a form to be mailed to you, contact the clerk’s office at 535.6469 or 534.5671, or by email at elkhartcoabsentee@elkhartcounty.com.

Absentee applications to vote must be received by Thursday, May 21, 2020.

In person voting will be available but there will be some limitations as measures need to be taken to mitigate spread of COVID-19. More information about early voting and Election Day will be provided soon.

INTERSECTION CLOSURE: COTTAGE AND WASHINGTON

The intersection of Washington Street and Cottage Avenue is closed due to utilities work. The water and sewer department closed the intersection April 17 and the intersection will remain closed until May 6, 2020.

The sanitary sewer at the intersection of Washington Street and Cottage Avenue has a failure at or near the manhole structure that has developed a sinkhole and road settlement.

Because of the sewer’s depth and the anticipated extent of the surface repairs, closure of the intersection was requested through May 6 at the Board of Works meeting Monday, April 27.

BOIL ORDER: S. COTTAGE AVENUE

A water main has been shut off at South Cottage Avenue, between Lincoln Avenue and Washington Street, due to a water valve replacement. A boil advisory is issued for when the water comes back on at the area affected.

In Consultation with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, it has been determined that the water customers should boil their drinking water. This precautionary measure is recommended because a water main break has occurred within your service area.

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 we notify you that it is no longer necessary.

Until we resolve this drinking water problem, we are also asking that you conserve water and only use what is necessary for household and personal needs.

We appreciate 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 your water department at 534-5306.

Whenever there is a disruption of water service, it is always a cautious measure to issue a boil advisory allowing our customers to make an informed decision based on their particular situation.

There is an inherent risk of contamination when the soil around the pipe is disturbed due to the main break and subsequent repair of the water pipes. We take every precaution to minimize the risk of contamination. Water is then tested in cycles of 24 hours to ensure that there are no contaminants present. Two sets of samples are taken 24 hours apart, when both samples come back clean the boil advisory is lifted.

Normal water pressure for city service is 60 pounds of pressure. During a boil order, pressure may become low until the problem is fixed.

LIVE WEBINAR: DEVELOPING HEALTHY SOIL

Join us as we talk with Annette Webb about the importance of developing healthy soils in your garden. Annette is a Master Gardener and local small business owner. She will talk about the different components of healthy, living soil. She will also discuss amenities that can improve soil health and increase garden yields. Sponsored by the Environmental Resilience Department for the City of Goshen.

When: Apr 28, 2020 12:00 PM Indiana (East)

Topic: Developing Healthy Garden Soil

Register for this webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5RLc2ha1QUO8W4Q2wcpQSw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.