Category Archives: News & Events

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REMINDER: WATER FEST IS THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 11

Join us Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mill Street Park, 202 Prospect Ave.

The event will feature the unveiling of the 2022 storm drain mural art project and voting for a “People’s Choice” award winning artist. The theme of the project this year was “Dreaming of Clean Water” with the goal of raising awareness about the connection between the City’s storm drains and clean water.

To further that goal, the event will also feature a clean-up of Rock Run Creek and the surrounding neighborhood. Crews will be leaving from the main event center at regular intervals to participate.

Most storm drains in Goshen connect directly to waterways without any treatment—meaning trash and other debris in our roadways ends up directly in our rivers and streams.

Water Fest Order of Events!

  • 10:15 – Clean-up crew leaves from City tent
  • 11:00 – Dunk Tank: Jason Kauffman, Stormwater Coordinator
  • 11:15 – Clean-up crew leaves from City tent
  • 12:00 – Recognition of Drain Art Muralists
  • Dunk Tank: Jeromy Sheets, Director of Athletics and Student Activities (GJHS and GIS)
  • 12:15 – Clean-up crew leaves from City tent
  • 12:30 – Dunk Tank: PJ Wolf, Dean of Students (GHS)
  • 1:00 – Dunk Tank: Mayor Jeremy Stutsman
  • 1:15 – Clean-up crew leaves from City tent
  • 1:45 – People’s Choice Award Winning Mural Announcement

Water-themed activities and learning from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.!

GOSHEN SEEKING COMMUNITY INPUT ON LINCOLN AVENUE CYCLE TRACK

The Goshen Department of Engineering is seeking community input on the new temporary cycle track along Lincoln Avenue.

Residents can take the survey by going to https://bit.ly/cycletracksurvey, (en español: https://bit.ly/ciclovialincoln). An open house and other opportunities for residents to ask questions directly to staff will be announced at a later date.

The City reconfigured Lincoln Avenue to test the City’s first-ever cycle track, which runs along the south side of Lincoln Avenue between 5th and 8th streets.

The track is expected to provide a safe connection in the city’s bicycle network and facilitate better pedestrian movement while having a minimal impact to vehicular traffic flow. More information, including updates, diagrams and illustrations of the project can be found at goshenindiana.org/cycletrack. For any questions, residents can contact the Engineering Department at 534-2201 or via email at engineering@goshencity.com.

ROAD CLOSURE: INDIANA AVENUE

John Boettcher Excavating will be performing work to do a sewer tap on Indiana A venue for the new Vequity Medical facility. This project will require both northbound lanes to be closed on Indiana Avenue between Pike Street and the alley that runs behind Dunkin’. The closure is scheduled to occur June 13 through the 16th.

The contractor will maintain open access for the businesses and residents on Indiana Avenue and Pike Street.

For more updates on road closures this summer, follow the City of Goshen on Facebook at facebook.com/CityOfGoshen or look for updates at goshenindiana.org/blog.

GOSHEN INTRODUCES CITYWIDE CURBSIDE RECYCLING

In an effort to reduce spending and solid waste, the City of Goshen will begin residential curbside recycling in August of this year.

The City is entering into a new contract with Borden Waste-Away Service, which will provide a 96-gallon recycling bin to all residential sites of four units or less within Goshen, and will remove recyclables every two weeks.

Drop-off recycling sites administered by Elkhart County will continue at Goshen College and at the Elkhart Road/US 33 Martin’s Supermarket.

The new waste collection contract will also do away with unlimited trash removal services in Goshen. Non-recyclable trash material will need to be placed within a separate 96-gallon trash container, and will be removed weekly.

Tags for additional trash (beyond the 96-gallon trash bin) will be available for purchase at locations yet to be determined. Removal of large trash items, electronic waste, and purchase of additional trash services are also contracted to Borden, and will have an additional fee, which will be the responsibility of individual homeowners.

Residents will not have to pay to use the basic trash and recycling collection services.

Rising costs of solid waste removal over the past 7 years is the main reason for the change in the way the City deals with refuse. The City’s trash costs have risen steadily since 2016 from $800,000 to a projected $1.6 million in 2022. During that same period, household trash in Goshen also increased, from 1,774 pounds per year in 2014 to 2,340 pounds in 2021.

Without incentives to decrease trash generation, Goshen’s projected trash budget will rise over $2 million by 2023. City administration felt that the time to act had come.

“It is always exciting when you can add additional services to our community all while helping to build a more sustainable budget and benefitting our environment,” Mayor Jeremy Stutsman said. “I encourage City residents to take full advantage of this new service and help us divert solid waste from the landfill.”

By contracting for curbside recycling and limited trash pickup, the City can stabilize its trash removal costs for up to 10 years, instead of continuing on the path of a runaway budget. Additionally, curbside recycling should give more residents ready access to this service, which can reduce overall trash generation. Further benefits include recycling-related jobs within our community.

Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley, Director of the City’s Department of Environmental Resilience, said, “We’ve got to learn how to create less trash – trash removal costs were unsustainable – and now we are moving to a system that encourages us to waste less, rather than a system that said, ‘Go ahead, throw away everything you want, we’ll pay for it.’”

The City will work with Borden to create ongoing education throughout the City during the summer, in preparation for the change in trash removal operations.

Education will include what to recycle, what not to recycle, and how to access additional trash services. In July, the City’s “Maple City Now” newsletter will contain information about the new trash removal contract. For additional questions about this change, please contact the City Switchboard at 574-533-8621.

LANE RESTRICTIONS: CLINTON STREET

TCS Communications, LLC., working for Frontier Communication, will have some lane restrictions as they install a fiber conduit along Clinton Street between Indiana Avenue and Greene Road.

The lane restrictions will be from June 6 through the 17th.

For more updates on road closures this summer, follow the City of Goshen on Facebook at facebook.com/CityOfGoshen or look for updates at goshenindiana.org/blog

RAILROAD CROSSING CLOSURES

Several railroad crossings will be closed the week of June 6 as Norfolk Southern repairs or rebuilds them.

The following crossings are expected to close June 6 until June 9:

  • New York Street
  • E. Purl Street
  • E. Reynolds Street

The following crossings are expected to close June 8 through the end of the week:

  • First Street
  • E. Lincoln Avenue
  • Washington Street
  • E. Jefferson Street
  • E. Jackson Street

Norfolk Southern also plans to work on the Madison Street crossing June 9. For more updates on road closures this summer, follow the City of Goshen on Facebook at facebook.com/CityOfGoshen or look for updates at goshenindiana.org/blog

2022 ROAD CONSTRUCTION TO BRING TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS THROUGH SUMMER

Projects from multiple entities will make for a busy road construction season this summer, and the City of Goshen asks for patience and calm from commuters as some thoroughfares are closed for work to get done.

The City, along with state and private entities, have various projects in the works that will affect our local traffic. 

Drivers are asked to be mindful of the construction zones and the workers on them—and to be patient. It will be critical that the crews work in a safe environment to complete these construction projects.

The earlier projects in the list have established timelines and the later projects are yet to be scheduled. The current list of known traffic restrictions is:

Approx. Start DateApprox. End DateProjectEntity
May 25August 1Pavement Replacement – Meadows of College Green and the Terraces of College GreenCity of Goshen
June 6June 9Madison Street Repaving – Main St. to Penguin PointCity of Goshen
June 6June 9New York St. Railroad Crossing RebuildNorfolk Southern
June 6June 9E. Purl St. Railroad Crossing RebuildNorfolk Southern
June 6June 9E. Reynolds St. Railroad Crossing RebuildNorfolk Southern
June 8June 9First St. Railroad Crossing RebuildNorfolk Southern
June 8June 9E. Lincoln Ave. Railroad Crossing RebuildNorfolk Southern
June 8June 9Washington St. Railroad Crossing RebuildNorfolk Southern
June 8June 9E. Jefferson St. Railroad Crossing RebuildNorfolk Southern
June 8June 9E. Madison St. Railroad Crossing RebuildNorfolk Southern
June 8June 9E. Jackson St. Railroad Crossing RebuildNorfolk Southern
June Repaving – Huron St. – Pike St. to Wilkinson St.City of Goshen
June 13June 16Utility Installation on Indiana Ave. at Pike Street – Closure of North Bound Lanes on Indiana AvenuePrivate Developer
June 20Nov. 9Replacement of the SR 119 Bridge Over SR 119INDOT
July College Ave. Repaving – Railroad to Fifteenth St.City of Goshen
August Utility Installation on Indiana Avenue, north of SR 119 – Lane RestrictionsPrivate Developer
TBD SR 15 & Wilden Ave. Intersection ReconstructionCity of Goshen
TBD Dykstra St. Repaving – 22nd St to 29th StrCity of Goshen
TBD 16th St. Repaving – Reynolds St. to Egbert Rd.City of Goshen
TBD Berkey Ave. Repaving – Greene Rd. to Dewey Ave.City of Goshen
TBD Carter Rd. Repaving – Main St. to Main St.City of Goshen
TBD Clover Trails Blvd – Sedgefield Way to Indiana Ave.City of Goshen
TBD Sedgefield Way Repaving – Harvest Dr. to Twinflower Dr.City of Goshen
TBD Fescue Ct. Repaving – Michigan Avenue to Cul-de-sacCity of Goshen
TBD Gorham Rd. Repaving – Lincolnway East to Parmley Dr.City of Goshen
TBD Gorham Rd. Repaving – Parmley Dr. to Merrill Pl.City of Goshen
TBD Parmley Dr. Repaving – Gorham Dr. to Merrill Pl.City of Goshen
TBD Harvest Dr. Repaving – Sweet Clover Dr. to Sedgefield WayCity of Goshen
TBD Huron St. Repaving – Pike St. to Wilkinson St.City of Goshen
TBD Illinois St. Repaving – 10th St. to 16th St.City of Goshen
TBD Iowa St. Repaving – 10th St. to 14th St.City of Goshen
TBD Logan St. Pavement Repair – Railroad TracksCity of Goshen
TBD Ohio St. Repaving – 10th St. to 12th St.City of Goshen
TBD Skyview Dr. Repaving – Indiana Ave. to Cul-de-sacCity of Goshen
TBD Starcraft Lift Station Replacement – College Ave. at Rock Run CreekCity of Goshen

For up to date information on traffic restrictions, please follow the City of Goshen’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CityOfGoshen or sign up for the City e-newsletter at https://mailchi.mp/6f1e2d154619/cityofgoshen. For additional details about our projects, please go https://goshenindiana.org/ongoing-projects.

CITY TO CELEBRATE WATER FEST WITH FUN ACTIVITIES AND LEARNING

Celebrating clean water resources in our community and beyond, the City of Goshen Stormwater Department is hosting Goshen Water Fest at Mill Street Park (212 Prospect Ave.) on Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

The event will feature the unveiling of the 2022 storm drain mural art project and voting for a “People’s Choice” award winning artist. The theme of the project this year was “Dreaming of Clean Water” with the goal of raising awareness about the connection between the City’s storm drains and clean water.

To further that goal, the event will also feature a clean-up of Rock Run Creek and the surrounding neighborhood. Crews will be leaving from the main event center at regular intervals to participate.

Most storm drains in Goshen connect directly to waterways without any treatment—meaning trash and other debris in our roadways ends up directly in our rivers and streams.

City of Goshen Stormwater Specialist Mattie Lehman said Mill Street Park, which is located just north of Rock Run Creek, is a perfect example of how our community benefits from clean water resources. Moreover, it presents an opportunity to clean up an important waterway that flows through Goshen.

“We are excited to bring a major celebration to the northside neighborhood and hope that this might be the first Water Fest of many to come,” she said.

Thanks to several partnering organizations and entities, Water Fest will also have a number of water related kids activities and learning opportunities. Adults and kids alike wishing to participate fully in the event’s activities should be prepared for a soak! This will be a walk/bike event as parking at Mill Street Park is extremely limited. Attendees should plan to enter the event via the Maple City Greenway. An interactive event map with suggested parking and walking routes is available on the event page: www.goshenindiana.org/water-fest. Storm drain mural art locations have been positioned strategically along walk/bike routes to the event and secure bike parking will be available.

MAY BRUSH PICKUP

Brush pickup for the month of May begins May 31, 2022.

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 weeks will begin on the following days:

  • June 27, 2022
  • July 25, 2022
  • August 29, 2022
  • September 26, 2022 — last brush pickup of the year