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May 3, 2013

Beautify Goshen week starts Saturday

GOSHEN — Got junk? You can get rid of it beginning Saturday.

From Saturday until May 11, city residents will be observing Beautify Goshen Week. The official week is really eight days, giving residents two Saturdays to clean out their garage or move the trash out of their backyards.

“You hear the phrase ‘curb appeal’ and that is people’s first impressions, whether for a neighborhood or a town,” said Nick Kieffer, vice president of the Goshen Chamber of Commerce. “This is an effort to increase our curb appeal and make the community look its best year-round.”

The Chamber has been sponsoring Beautify Goshen Week for 11 years, according to Kieffer. As part of that effort, a committee from the Chamber will go out and take a look at property that has been nominated for a cleanup award and then issue that award. The Chamber is also offering free trash bags while they last. The bags are donated annually by Berry Plastics, according to Kieffer.

He said that during the past 11 years progress has been made in making Goshen a cleaner, brighter place to live and work is noticeable.

“The citizens and businesses themselves are the ones who drive that,” Kieffer said. “Progress has been shown. Goshen is always looked at as a shining example in the region and we can always look to improve on what we have.”

According to city officials, the trash disposal is free for Goshen residents and there is no limit to the quantity of items that may be disposed of. Residents must make their own arrangements to transport their trash to the city’s street department, 475 Steury Ave. Non-Goshen residents are not allowed to participate.

The hours of operation for the trash disposal at the department will be Saturday and May 11 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and weekdays next week from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Trash will not be accepted Sunday.

A street department employee will be on site to monitor what items are being disposed of.

According to city officials, OmniSource Goshen disposes of appliances at no charge to the city and Goodwill Industries of Michiana disposes of certain electronics at a reduced rate.

Eastside cleanup

As part of Beautify Goshen Week the East Goshen Neighborhood Association will sponsor a cleanup event along Blackport Drive Saturday. Volunteers will spend the day cleaning debris from the swampy area along the road.

Also, during the week any east side resident needing help with cleaning up their property or wanting to volunteer to help others, can call EGNA president Edward McKenna at 533-6152 to make arrangements.

Brush pickup

Street department workers will also make one more pass through the city next week to pick up brush, leaves and discarded garden plants.

According to information from the department, residents must place piles at the curb, not in the street, prior to the first day of the pickup, which will be Monday at 7 a.m. The department’s crews will make a single trip down each street.  Leaves may be loose or in bags. If residents have both leaves and brush that they would like to be collected, they must be in different piles.    

No brush will be picked up in alleys, and piles must  be trash-free and placed away from utility poles, fire hydrants or trees. If vehicles are parked in front of brush piles those piles will not be removed.

For information on Beautify Goshen Week or brush pickup call the street department at 534-9711 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

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