Monday, October 2, 2023
To celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, the City of Goshen Community Relations Commission will host a special event at the Goshen Theater on Monday, Oct. 9, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. honoring the region's rich history as the land of the Potawatomi and Miami nations. Doors to the theater will... more
Monday, October 2, 2023
Read the newsletter by clicking the following link: bit.ly/SWNewsSeptember2023. The goal of the Goshen Stormwater Department is clean water for everyone and everything. One way this is achieved is through public education and the Stormwater Toolbox Newsletter is... more
Thursday, September 21, 2023
The City of Goshen and the Goshen Chamber of Commerce yesterday hosted Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). The board had a series of meetings as part of their quarterly business event followed by a public session at the Goshen Theater with more... more
David Gibbs, Street Commissioner
Shawn Bolinger, Asst. Street Commissioner
475 Steury Avenue
Goshen, IN 46528
Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
August 18, 2023 - August's brush collection will begin a week later due to road construction on N. Indiana Ave. Brush collection will begin on Sept. 5th. The next and final brush collection for 2023 will begin on Sept. 25th, 2023.
Brush Trailer Program
The City brush trailer program now runs throughout the year with weather permitting. The Goshen Street Department will determine what weather conditions warrant not sending a trailer out.
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 3:00 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.
2023 Brush Collection
The way the Goshen Street Department will pick up brush changed in 2021. Ordinance 5054 was signed into effect on September 1, 2020, and enforcement has begun in 2021. It dictates the parameters with which brush will be collected.
The highlights of the ordinance structure are as follows (major changes in bold):
Click on the link to read the ordinance in full: /media/uploads/0/8925_Ord.-5054-Collection-of-Brush-and-Leaves--002-.pdf
The Goshen Street Department will begin its spring brush and leaf collection on April 24, 2023 and it will run until May 5, 2023. During this first collection we will pick up both leaves and brush. Please have the brush and leaves out before the start date to ensure 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, mailboxes, 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. (The exception being the Spring brush and leaf collection normally includes 2 rotations of the City). 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:
DIAL-A-TRAILER - The Dial-A-Trailer program began on May 8, 2023, and will run until September 29, 2023. The use of a City dump trailer is available to Goshen City residents for the disposal of unwanted household items. (NOTE: This service is only for residential projects done by the homeowner or for neighborhood associations and non-profit organizations' clean-up projects that are authorized by the Board of Public Works. It is not for use by private contractors or companies.)
The cost of this service is $75.00 and it 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. You can pay either at the office or we can accept payment by credit card and the paperwork can be processed via email. There is a 3% processing fee added to the cost of the Dial-A-Trailer if you pay by credit card.
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.
Note: This program runs only from May through September.
2023 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 by the tax dollars of Goshen city residents, 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 located at 475 Steury Ave. Hours that items will be accepted are as follows:
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:
The following items will not be accepted during this large-item disposal:
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.) You will need to contact Borden Waste-Away two days in advance of your normal pick-up day to arrange for the pick-up. For details on the year-long, large-item disposal, contact Borden Waste-Away at (574) 293-5001.
The 2023 Fall Season leaf collection will begin in October 2023. There is no set schedule for leaf collection. The crews follow a route through the City and keep rotating through the route until all the leaves are picked up. The leaf collection season usually ends in mid-December.
Located at 20100 CR 19, the center accepts brush and leaves, loose or in bags, at no charge to Goshen residents (click here for more information). However, if leaves are bagged, the bags must be emptied. There is a small fee for the 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's phone number is 574-533-6200.
The City of Goshen is not responsible for the disposal of large tree limbs and debris from homeowners or contractors taking down a tree on their property. This is beyond the scope of normal yard waste.
The Street Department is responsible for the ongoing regular maintenance of City street surfaces. This includes patching potholes, 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 (including traffic signals) fall under the jurisdiction of INDOT. One can notify Indiana Department of Transportation at www.in.gov/indot/2703.htm .
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.
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.
If a street light in your neighborhood is not working you can notify NIPSCO by reporting it at:
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.
The Street Department has the primary responsibility for snow removal within Goshen City limits. To ensure 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
Christmas Tree Pick Up
The Street Department will pick up Christmas trees starting January X, 2024, and will continue until Monday, February X, 2024. Place the tree in front of your home by the curb, but not in the street or in the alley. We will only pick up natural trees free of all ornaments, lights, and tinsel. You are also free to take your Christmas tree to the Environmental Center located at 20100 CR 21 for disposal.