Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Local News

December 29, 2012

City council president reflects on 21 years

GOSHEN — Thursday night marked the last time Goshen City Council president Tom Stump sat as a member of the council, but that won’t limit his presence in Goshen, he said Friday morning.

Stump gathered with members of the city’s staff and the public at Mayor Allan Kauffman’s annual Holiday Open House at the mayor’s office in City Hall. He spoke to the crowd, thanking those he worked with during his 21-year tenure on the council.

“I also wanted to thank the citizens of Goshen for electing me six times to this office,” Stump said.

Stump will remain on the city’s Redevelopment Commission as he begins his time as an Elkhart County Council at-large member. He said he hopes to be able to make working relationships with the county government easier.

“I’m hoping to take the experience I have in government over the years, with both the City Council and the Redevelopment Commission,” Stump said after his speech. “We’ve been able to solve problems. I think I’ll be able to fit in and give ideas, or at least give them the Goshen perspective.”

Many well-wishers stopped by to visit with Stump and Kauffman. Park and Recreation Superintendent Sheri Howland said she will miss working with Stump.

“I’ve always appreciated the times I’ve worked with Tom,” Howland said Friday morning. “You can depend on him for sound advice, and he’s always willing to listen, no matter the situation. He’s always very fair to everyone involved.”

Kauffman also had good things to say about Stump, stating he felt that, even though they didn’t always see eye to eye, they worked well together on many occasions.

“I’ve served a long time with Tom, and we’ve come to respect each other,” Kauffman said. “He’s willing to listen to the people, and he’s not so entrenched in his initial idea that he’s not willing to change his mind. He does sincerely take people’s ideas and opinions to heart.”

Kauffman said he believes Stump is “not shy about expressing his opinion.”

“I think he’ll be a good addition to the County Council,” Kauffman continued. “He’s a forward thinker.”

Stump worked on many projects during his time on the City Council, he said, but the two he believes will be longest lasting were the preservations of City Hall and the Annex Building, the latter of which was the former Goshen High School but now houses city offices.

“It was a controversial issue at the time, and it was a lot of money, but I felt they had to be preserved,” Stump said.

Councilwoman Dixie Robinson said she believes the council’s work on the Goshen Housing Authority bailout was the most important thing she and Stump dealt with while serving together.

“There were a lot of people not in favor of it, but I think we did the right thing and I think a lot of people think that now,” she said.

Robinson said that having only served on the council for five years has left her with questions and in need of advice, and she has turned to Stump.

“He’s been a good leader,” she said. “He’s a businessman in town, and he knows what it’s like in Goshen... I would hope the county and city would start working better together (during Stump’s time on the County Council). He’ll have a good view from both sides. He does a good job no matter what he’s involved in.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • GN140730 Spore mug Charges filed against parents in Syracuse boy's death SYRACUSE — According to a story first reported by The Times-Union in Warsaw, the parents of a 12-year-old Syracuse boy are facing criminal charges as the result of their son's death in June. The Times-Union reported late Friday night that Candy Sue

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140823 new paris railroad crossing 01 Railroad crossing upgrades coming NEW PARIS — Significant safety upgrades are on their way for the Division Street railroad crossing in New Paris. That’s the word from Will Wingfield, a media relations representative with the Indiana Department of Transportation, who recently indicat

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lifelong Learning fall courses announced GOSHEN — The Lifelong Learning Institute of Elkhart County is offering fall courses. These short courses are designed to provide stimulating and affordable classes in many fields for active seniors. There are no tests or grades, and no previous studies or degrees are required.

    August 22, 2014

  • Fresh shrimp business approved GOSHEN — Finding fresh shrimp in Elkhart County just got a little easier.

    August 21, 2014

  • NWS GN140822 john hertzel (2) John Hertzler relishes role with Goshen Historical Society GOSHEN — Visitors to the Goshen Historical Society’s museum might not know John Hertzler is there, tucked back in an office beyond the rows of historic documents, photographs and artifacts.

    August 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • South Ninth Street area under boil water order South Ninth Street, between East Jackson and Franklin streets in Goshen, is under a boil water order from noon until further notice.

    August 21, 2014

  • GN140821 Pike Street Project 2 INDOT meeting held to discuss Pike Street project GOSHEN — Major changes may be on the way for a small section of Pike Street in downtown Goshen.

    August 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0821 goshen college challenge Locals embrace ice bucket challenge It’s a challenge that has united participants with the shared sensation of an icy burst of water, sopping wet clothing and video evidence — all in the name of philanthropy.

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140821 nisly complaint Complaint filed against state rep candidate Accusations of wrongdoing, in the form of a complaint to the Indiana Election Commission, have been levied against District 22 representative Republican nominee Curt Nisly.

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140820 dometic groundbreaking Dometic breaks ground on significant expansion in Goshen GOSHEN — As Dometic officials gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony for the $7 million expansion of their Goshen distribution center Wednesday, the work was already underway in the background. “It’s happening right now,” said Dave Schutz, vice presi

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

I think it’s a good idea to feed all the students free of charge
I think those who can afford it should pay for their school meals
I think all students should be required to pay for their school meals
     View Results
AP Video
Furry Roommates: Dorms Allowing Cats and Dogs Chase Rice Defends Bro-Country 'Jersey Shore Massacre' Pokes Fun at MTV Series Raw: Wash. Mudslides Close Roads, Trap Motorists DC's Godfather of Go-Go Honored Ukraine Calls Russian Convoy a 'direct Invasion' Girl Meets Her 'one in the World' Match Coal Gas Boom in China Holds Climate Risks Japan Landslide Rescuers Struggle in Heavy Rain Raw: Severe Floods, Fire Wrecks Indiana Homes Endangered Red Wolves Face Uncertain Future Raw: Russian Aid Convoy Arrives in Ukraine Okla. Policeman Accused of Sex Assaults on Duty Dominican Republic Bans Miley Cyrus Concert Raw: Israeli Air Strike in Gaza Raw: Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in Malaysia Attorney: Utah Eatery Had Other Chemical Burn