By JOHN KLINE
THE GOSHEN NEWS
The approvals are in. Let the fair parade begin.
Members of the Goshen Board of Works and Safety Monday approved a request on behalf of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Board and Goshen Noon Kiwanis Club to approve the 2013 Elkhart County 4-H Fair Parade staging and street closings.
According to parade director Boyd Smith, the parade is scheduled for Sunday.
“We’ve already obtained permission from the state for the use of U.S. 33,” Smith said in a statement to the board Monday. “The closure of U.S. 33 would be from Plymouth Avenue on the south side of town to Indiana Avenue on the northwest side of town. Ind. 15 would be from Plymouth Avenue to the Third Street overpass. Ind. 4 would be from Main Street to Fifth Street.”
Once the closings are in place, Smith noted that a detour route will be provided using Plymouth Avenue, Indiana Avenue, Pike Street and Fifth Street.
In addition to the closings, the board also granted a request to allow Goshen Police Department officials the ability to close any additional streets they may feel is appropriate for the staging and running of the parade. The board also approved as-needed assistance from the Goshen Street Department for barricades and trash pickup related to the parade.
According to Smith, the parade staging areas will be Linway Plaza, the Chicago-Pike Plaza and Rogers Park.
“Parade registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and the parade will step off promptly at 1:30 p.m.,” Smith said. “Some units will arrive as early as 9 a.m., prior to registration. Expect the parade to end around 4 p.m.”
Anyone with questions or instructions related to the fair parade is asked to contact Smith at 574-971-4267 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also approved by the board Monday were the promotions of two Goshen Police Department officers.
First to be approved was the promotion of officer Ryan Adams to the rank of detective. Also approved was the promotion of officer Courtney Simpkins to the rank of lieutenant. The promotions will be retroactive to July 12.
In other business, the board approved:
• A request by Electric Brew owner Myron Bontrager to put in an exhaust vent at the company’s new location at the former Better World Books store, 118 E. Washington St., Goshen. The vent will be vented toward the alley along the west edge of the building.
• A request by Adam Scharf of Rethinking Buildings LLC for the temporary closure of the three parking spaces located in front of 109 and 111 E. Lincoln Ave. from July 16 to July 26. The closures are necessary for the placement and movement of a boom-style personnel lift in order to complete repairs and repaint the facade of the nearby bank building.
• A request by Meghan Borland of The Local, 211 S. Fifth St., to block off the parking lot between Ignition Music and The Local from noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 24 in order to host a one-day artisan market.
• A request by Phil LaBar of the North Goshen Mennonite Church to close North Eighth Street from Middlebury Street south to Summit Street and Summit Street from North Eighth Street to the north-south alley adjacent to the church from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3 for the church’s annual back to school block party.