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April 28, 2014

Unsightly trash gone along U.S. 20 corridor

Work release inmates used to help tidy U.S. 20

GOSHEN — Much of the unsightly trash build-up along U.S. 20 is now gone. And according to the Elkhart County Board of Commissioners, the goal is to keep it that way.

That was the word following a meeting of the Elkhart County Board of Commissioner’s Monday, where commissioners received an update from County Highway Manager Jeff Taylor on a significant clean-up project that occurred along the trash-littered stretch of roadway over the weekend.

“We had a project over the weekend of taking some Work Release folks and going down the bypass and picking up trash,” said Taylor of the project, which involved work from C.R. 17 all the way to the west county line. “We got most of it — we still didn’t get all of it — and we pulled off eight tandem loads of trash. We got most of the north side of the road. We still have to come back and do the south side of the road.”

The clean-up project is in part a response to a recent statement by Commissioner Mike Yoder at the board’s April 14 meeting, where Yoder noted he has received an increasing number of reports from county residents complaining of trucks with improperly covered cargo littering trash all along the corridor.

In an effort to try and get a handle on the situation, Yoder said he recently spoke with Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers, who in turn has indicated he plans on increasing patrols in the area. Yoder also noted that officials with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) have also been up to survey the corridor, and may soon take some enforcement actions of their own.

As for available options to help clean up the existing trash along the corridor, Yoder suggested possibly working with officials at the Elkhart County Work Release center to coordinate a clean-up project.

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