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ROAD CLOSURE: RIVER RACE DRIVE

Monday, November 19, 2018

NIPSCO will be relocating electric utilities adjacent to the River Art Development on River Race Drive between Jefferson Street and the east/west alley beginning Monday, November 19. River Race Drive will be closed between the two roads for two weeks. more

WINTER WEATHER STORMWATER TIP

Thursday, November 15, 2018

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: -... more

TODAY'S SNOW EVENT

Thursday, November 15, 2018

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: Use extra caution as many roadways may be more narrow than usual. There are many streets... more

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Plan Commission Meeting

Today, 4:00pm

City Council meeting

Today, 7:00pm

THANKSGIVING DAY

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Street Department

David Gibbs, Street Commissioner


Larry Brown, Asst. Street Commissioner

Contact Information:
475 Steury Avenue
Goshen, IN 46528
574-534-9711
Fax: 574-534-1568
streets@goshencity.com
Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

 

 

 

 

2018 Brush Collection

The Goshen Street Department will have its spring brush and leaf collection from April 30, 2018  to May 11, 2018.   During this first collection we will pick up both leaves and brush. Please have the brush and leaves out before the April 30th start date to insure pick up. Because of the large amount of brush and leaves usually placed out for this first pick up, it tends to take longer for the crews to make their rounds. Residents are to have their leaves and brush placed at the curb, but not in the street so as to not cause a road hazard or hinder water drainage. Do not place brush or trash on or in leaf piles.  Leaf and brush piles placed in alleyways will not be picked up. Do not place piles around fire hydrants, mail boxes or telephone poles.  Feel free to call the Street Department if you have questions.

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 Monday morning at 7:00 am.  Brush will not be picked up in alleys and the piles should be trash free.  Crews cannot access the piles if blocked by vehicles.

Summer brush pick up weeks will begin on the following days:

May 28, 2018

June 25, 2018

July 30, 2018

August 27, 2018

September 24, 2018


2018 Beautify Goshen Week

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 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 Goshen city 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. Hours that items will be accepted are:

  • Saturday, May 5 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 6: CLOSED
  • Monday––Friday, May 7 - 11 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 12 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 accepted. 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, etc.)
  • Paint thinners, oil base or water base paint
  • Brush and yard waste
  • Asbestos insulation
  • Contaminated soil

During the other 51 weeks of the year, Goshen residents may place one or two large items per month 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 year-long, large-item disposal, contact Republic Services at 522.1331.

 


 

2018 Dial-A-Trailer and Brush Trailer Program

DIAL-A-TRAILER - The Dial-A-Trailer service begins on May 14, 2018 and continues through mid-September.  We will begin to take reservations for the trailer in late April. The use of a City dump trailer is available to Goshen City residents for the disposal of unwanted household items. There is a $75.00 fee that covers the use of the trailer as well as the landfill charges. This fee is to be paid and paperwork filled out prior to the delivery of the trailer. All discarded items are subject to the restrictions of the landfill. Residents may reserve a trailer by calling the Street Department Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 534-9711.

BRUSH TRAILER -  The 2018 brush trailer program runs from April 2nd to October 26th. The trailer can be reserved for the removal of large amounts of brush.  If a homeowner is trimming his own bushes or trees, they can schedule a trailer to be dropped off to put their brush in.  This program is for the homeowner only and not to be used by private landscaping or tree-trimming professionals. This program is free of charge as long as there is only brush placed in the trailer.  Trash such as landscape timbers, lumber, old fencing and such is not allowed and if found in the brush trailer, the homeowner will be charged for a Dial-A-Trailer.

With both programs, the trailer is usually dropped off in the afternoon between the hours of 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm and picked up the next day shortly after 7:00 am if one has scheduled to receive it on a weekday; if you have it scheduled for a weekend, it will be dropped off Friday afternoon and picked up early Monday morning.


Goshen Environmental Center

Located at 20100 CR 19, 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. The Environmental Center is located west of the intersection of North Indiana Avenue and C.R. 19 and is open 52 weeks a year. Winter hours are in effect from Dec. 1st through March 31st with hours being  Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Summer hours are from Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am to 12 noon and they are in effect from April 1st to November 30th. The Environmental Center is closed on holidays. Proof of residency is required.  The Environmental Center phone number is 533-6200.

The City of Goshen is not responsible for disposal of large tree limbs and debris from home owners or contractors taking down a tree on their property. This is beyond the scope of normal yard waste. 


2018 Leaf Collection

The 2018 Fall Season leaf collection is estimated to begin mid - to late October. The leaf collection crews will pick up leaves until all the piles are picked up or until the first major snowstorm; whichever comes first.  (The leaf collection season usually ends in mid-December.)

Leaf piles:

  • Rake leaves into long piles on the grass next to the street or sidewalk beside the curb, not more than 6 feet from the curb.
    • For the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists, if you must pile leaves on the sidewalk, please leave as wide a walking path as possible.
  • Leaves must be kept out of the street.
    • The piles of leaves interfere with the flow of traffic.
    • Later in the autumn, if it snows, the snow plows will be forced to drive over/through the leaf piles and end up throwing leaves from the piles far back into the yard.
  • Residents and property owners that have a storm drain in front of their property are asked to keep the drain area clear of leaves. This will help reduce the chances of water backing up on City streets.
  • When finished raking, spraying the piles down with water will help keep them from blowing away during periods of high wind.
  • Bagged leaves will be collected, but it slows the city-wide collection down drastically.  The leaf vac crew has to empty the bags out in order to vacuum up the leaves and they will leave the bags on the property.
  • Do not place leaves in the alley—they will not be removed.
  • Do not put sticks, twigs and other trash into or on top of the leaf piles.  These items can damage the vacuum equipment and force crews to pluck these items from the leaves—another time-consuming task. 

Parking:

  • Never park over a leaf pile.  A hot catalytic converter can easily ignite the dry leaves and, in turn, your vehicle. 
  • Please do not park cars in front of leaf piles. The crews will not be able to collect the leaves.
  • Park cars with at least 15 feet between leaf piles and vehicles.
  • Please use off street parking during this time if available.

Street Maintenance

The Street Department is responsible for the ongoing regular maintenance of City street surfaces. This includes patching pot holes, crack sealing, street sweeping as well as repairing the berm along a paved road. Anyone who notices an area of the road needing attention should call the Street Department to report the problem area.

S.R.15 (Main St) and U.S. 33 (Lincolnway East, Pike St., Elkhart Road) are state highways.  With the exception of street sweeping, all other maintenance issues fall under the jurisdiction of INDOT. One can notify Indiana Department of Transportation at www.in.gov/indot/2703.htm .


Tree Limb and Dead Animal Removal

When there is a storm, the Street Department is responsible for removing fallen limbs and tree debris located in the street right-of-way. If notified, the employees will remove dead animals located in the right-of-way.


Graffiti Removal

The Street Department has equipment to remove graffiti.  Graffiti must first be reported to the Police Department.  After the Street Department receives the police report, they will contact the property owner to get approval to remove the graffiti.


Street Lights

If a street light in your neighborhood is not working you can notify NIPSCO by reporting it at:
https://www.nipsco.com/stay-safe/outage-center/report-a-streetlight-out

If it is a decorative street light such as those found on Third St. or in Clover Trails subdivision, call the Engineering Department at 534-2201 to report it not working.


Snow Removal/Snow Emergency

The Street Department has the primary responsibility for snow removal within Goshen City limits. To insure a safe flow of traffic and to aid the Street Department with its snow removal efforts, the Mayor may need to declare a Snow Emergency. During snow emergencies, special parking restrictions and trash collection provisions may be enacted. The snow emergency and any special instructions will be announced through local television, radio, or news services during and after the snowfall. In times of emergency it is important to pay attention to local news media.