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BRIDGE CLOSURE: INDIANA AVENUE

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The Indiana Avenue bridge just north of Wilden Avenue will be closed from August 2 through August 6 to allow to seal the coat of the deck. The dates are weather permitting, and it is not anticipated for the work to take the whole week. more

Notice of Adoption of Ordinance 5090, County Road 36 Annexation

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Ordinance 5090, County Road 36 Annexation, was passed by the Goshen Common Council on July 20,2021 and approved and adopted by Mayor Jeremy P. Stutsman. The annexation area consists ofapproximately 163 acres of real estate generally located along both the north and south sides of CountyRoad 36, west... more

ROAD CLOSURES: WEEK OF JULY 19

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

COLONIAL MANOR DRIVE: Colonial Manor Drive is closed between Bashor Road and William Drive until Friday, July 23 (weather dependent) to allow a full depth asphalt road replacement on the road. The road is closed except to local residents. 16TH STREET: 16th Street, between Fairfield Avenue and... more

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Board of Works & Safety & Stormwater Board

Monday, August 2, 2021, 2:00pm

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88677698824 Or Telephone: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 886 7769 8824 Dial *9 to "raise hand" and speak during public comment

City Council meeting

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 6:00pm

To view a live stream of this meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83525446373 or call (312) 626-6799 or (929) 205-6099 and dial the meeting ID: 835 2544 6373. To speak during the public meeting, the public should use the “raise hand” feature on meeting or dial *9 if calling on the telephone.

Board of Works & Safety & Stormwater Board

Monday, August 9, 2021, 2:00pm

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88677698824 Or Telephone: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 886 7769 8824 Dial *9 to "raise hand" and speak during public comment

Street Department

David Gibbs, Street Commissioner

Richard Barnum, Asst. Street Commissioner

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

Per Executive Order 2020-12:  Members of the public entering all City buildings are requested and strongly encouraged to wear a face mask. (July 27, 2020)

 

2021 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. 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:

  • Saturday, May 1 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 2: CLOSED
  • Monday––Friday, May 3 to May 7  from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 8 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 Borden Waste-Away at (574) 293-5001.

 


2021 Brush Collection

The way the Goshen Street Department will pick up brush will change in 2021.  Ordinance 5054 was signed into effect on September 1, 2020 and enforcement will start 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):

  • Brush and leaves will be collected during an announced 2-week period in April/May. "Brush only" collection begins on the last Monday of the months of May through September. Special collections to be announced as needed.
  • Leaves to be collected in the fall as piles accrue and continue until an announced end date.
  • Brush and leaves may not be mixed, and must be free of obstacles.
  • Brush pile size can be no more than 5’ high, 5’ tall, and 10’ long. Branches must be 6” diameter or less.
  • Brush shall not be placed out for pickup during the months of October – March.
  • The city does not pickup brush generated by landscaping and tree tree trimming contractors.  Contractors will be required to remove all brush generated by their work.
  • The city has extended the brush trailer program to year-round (weather permitting) for residents without the ability to comply with the new ordinance.
  • Residents/property owners may be cited and fined for non-compliance of this ordinance.

 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 26th and it will run until May 8th.    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, 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. (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:

May 31, 2021

June 28, 2021 

July 26, 2021

August 30, 2021

September 27, 2021


2021 Dial-A-Trailer and Brush Trailer Program

DIAL-A-TRAILER - The Dial-A-Trailer program will resume on May 10, 2021.  We will begin to take reservations for the trailer in the last week of April 2021. 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 on 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.

BRUSH TRAILER -  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.

 


2021 Leaf Collection

The 2021 Fall Season leaf collection began October XX, 20201 and will end the week of December XX, 2021. 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

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. 


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 (including traffic signals) 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:
http://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.