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June 25, 2013

Millrace water level to drop for upcoming projects

GOSHEN — The water level along the millrace is set to drop significantly come July, but this particular water level drop won’t have anything to do with the heat.

Members of the Goshen Board of Works and Safety Monday approved a request by Goshen Brownfield Coordinator Becky Hershberger to have the millrace canal water level lowered from July 1 to July 22 in order to facilitate the completion of two projects.

According to Hershberger, the first project involves brownfield remediation work that is necessary along the canal bank adjacent to the old Hawks Building. The work will reportedly include clearing the brush along the bank and excavation and backfill of the top two feet of soil along the bank itself to achieve closure for the site.

“By lowering the water level, we will be able to install erosion control measures and ensure that the contaminated soil does not enter the canal during the excavation process,” Hershberger said. “Once soil work is completed, we will be replanting a native vegetation mixture similar to what was planted along the bank south of Madison Street.”

The second project, Hershberger said, will include placing riprap around each pier and abutment of the Jefferson Street Bridge to protect the structure from scouring.

“We’re hoping to do both at the same time to avoid having to lower the canal an additional time,” Hershberger said, noting that she would have preferred to lower the canal earlier in the season but was unable due to Department of Natural Resources regulations. “If we get the work done early, we’ll bring it up as soon as we can.”

Other business

In other business, the board:

• Approved an annexation agreement with CMT Goshen LLC involving real estate on the northwest side of the city by Mejier, just north of 1st Source Bank, which will reportedly be the location of a new mattress business.

• Approved a request by Goshen Police Chief Wade Branson for the voluntary transfer of David Miller from the rank of detective to the rank of patrolman to be effective Friday.

• Issued a Goshen electrical license to Joseph Young Jr. of Muska Electric Co., 1985 Oakcrest Ave., Roseville, Minn.

• Approved a three-year contract with Comcast to provide cable Internet service for the city’s server at 111 E. Jefferson St. Compensation for the contract will be based on a one-time installation charge of $49 plus a monthly service fee of $244.

• Approved a contract with C&E Excavating for $28,271 for the 23rd Street sanitary sewer extension project. The project will be funded by the Goshen Sewer Utility from its 2013 depreciation budget.

• Approved the installation of a “Do Not Block Intersection” sign on College Avenue at Oak Lane. The request was made by residents of Oak Lane due to traffic backing up from Lincolnway East and blocking the intersection.

• Approved a request to change the existing “Yield” signs at the intersection of Colonial Manor Drive and William Drive to “Stop” signs. The request was made with the hope that the sign change will help to slow traffic in the neighborhood.

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