Goshen News, Goshen, IN

January 5, 2014

Goshen residents asked to limit driving during storm


GOSHEN — Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman is asking local motorists to stay off the city streets unless they are going to work or are involved in an emergency.

Kauffman said having few vehicles on the roads will allow city street department workers to better plow the roads and keep ahead of the snowstorm that is blanketing the area with heavy snow.

The mayor is also asking:

• Vehicle owners move cars off streets to alternative parking areas so plow drivers can push snow to curbs and widen travel lanes.

•  City residents be patient. Arterial and collector streets will take priority in plowing over side streets and alleys. “It doesn’t do much good for residents to get to the main routes if they aren’t passable,” Kauffman said in his Sunday afternoon statement.

• Residents to understand that when plows push snow into the ends of driveways on onto sidewalks, that is because there is no other place for the snow to go.

• Stay informed by listening, watching and reading local news for information on warming sites during the coming extreme cold weather.

• Residents should keep their cell phones and other rechargeable devices charged in case of power outages. The mayor said heavy snowfall is likely to bring tree branches down on electric lines, resulting in outages.

In another note, an earlier notice from the city published in local newspapers said trash pickup in Goshen for Monday would be delayed a day. In fact, trash pickup will be delayed each day this coming week by one day.