Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Local News

November 21, 2012

GOSHEN CITY COUNCIL: Trucks to be limited on Kercher Road

GOSHEN — Semi-truck drivers need to find a new route if they previously used C.R. 38, known as Kercher Road, as a shortcut through town.

Goshen City Council members unanimously approved an ordinance prohibiting through traffic on Kercher Road from Ind. 15, known as Main Street, to the western city limits for commercial vehicles towing trailers longer than 40 feet, according to the ordinance.

City attorney Larry Barkes said this ordinance came out of discussions in past City Council meetings.

“We looked over several different ways to regulate this traffic,” Barkes told council members. “We looked at weight, but we wouldn’t have a way to check that, and we also looked at number of axles. We decided limiting traffic by the length of the trailer would be the best way.”

The ordinance comes into full effect as soon as signs are posted giving adequate notice to drivers, according to the ordinance. Fines up to $2,500 could be imposed on violators. Trucks making a stop along that route or in a place where an allowable route can’t be found will still legally be able to use the route, according to Barkes.

“We would need some county cooperation for signage,” Barkes said. “We’ve got to be more practical than (small “No Through Truck” signs already posted), and give them more notice.”

Trucks will be directed to state routes, according to discussion. Some audience and council members expressed concern for directing trucks down Ind. 119, known as Plymouth Avenue, because it would put truck traffic past Goshen Middle School, a pedestrian crossing and Shanklin Park, but all agreed that no route gave a perfect situation.

“I think it’s a stupid thing to do,” resident Glenn Null said, after he talked about the tight turning radiuses and danger of switching the route.

Some residents on Kercher Road spoke at the meeting in support of the ordinance.

Dean Jessup, who lives on West Kercher Road, thanked the city for addressing the traffic issue.

“This is not a ‘not-on-our-road’ problem,” Jessup said. “As (Councilman) Everrett (Thomas) pointed out, until the county and city sits down and talks about the east-west flow, it’s a problem.”

Jessup admitted that moving the traffic elsewhere may not be a good option, but it’s the best option present.

“I would like to see an avenue for the city to have some kind of restriction,” Jessup said. “I would like to encourage support of this, to draw a line in the sand and say that we need to do something, not just nothing and brush it under the rug.”

Other business

• Council members approved additional appropriations for the Goshen Police Department for additional overtime funds. Though $50,000 was approved, Police Chief Wade Branson said he expects to use no more than $6,000 to $8,000 of the funds. The rest of the funds will go back to the General Fund at the end of the calendar year.

• The members also approved the transfer of 2012 cigarette taxes to the General and Cumulative Capital Improvement Funds. These funds are given twice a year to the city from the state, and the city makes the transfer one time a year, according to Clerk-Treasurer Tina Bontrager.

• Council members also approved an emergency resolution for the transfer of funds. The transfers included $300,000 from the Southeast Goshen TIF Fund to pay off a bond in full, saving the city around $50,000 in interest, according to Community Development Director Mark Brinson.

• Council members approved a 2013 meeting schedule. City Council will meet on the first and third Tuesday of every month, with an additional meeting Jan. 22 as a joint meeting with the Goshen Community School Board, and no July 2 meeting because of Independence Day. Meetings in April will be delayed to the second and fourth Tuesdays because of Spring Break, and the Dec. 17 meeting is also cancelled.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Mary Alice Miller SILVERTON, Ore. — Mary Alice Miller, born Aug. 9, 1950, near Topeka, LaGrange County, Ind., departed this life following a short illness Tuesday at her home near Silverton. Mary was baptized in her youth upon confession of her faith in Jesus Christ a

    July 31, 2014

  • Gene R. Lowther ELKHART — Gene R. Lowther, 75, died Tuesday at Golden Living Center. He married Mary M. Flynn March 27, 1970, in Elkhart. She survives with two sons, Michael (Pam) Estes and James Estes, both of Elkhart; and two daughters, Donna Estes of Elkhart and

    July 31, 2014

  • GN140801 jeffery hunt Warsaw man gets 120 years for home invasion

    GOSHEN — An elderly New Paris couple who were victims of a violent home invasion last fall recounted that frightening night during one of their attackers’ sentencing hearing.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • BIZ GN140801 eby ford image 02 Eby Ford renovates showroom and more GOSHEN — The remodeled and expanded Eby Ford, Lincoln, Mercury dealership was celebrated Thursday night during an open house and ribbon cutting. “Without our awesome customers, we wouldn’t be here,” said owner Todd Eby as he addressed the crowd of fr

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • GN140801 Mackowiak new Millersburg marshal.jpg Retired Goshen police officer sworn in as new Millersburg town marshal

    Retired Goshen police officer Al Mackowiak was sworn in as Millersburg's new town marshal Wednesday.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wawasee Conservancy map Conservancy buys wetlands property at Syracuse Lake SYRACUSE — The Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation has purchased 44 1/2 acres of property along the southeast corner of Syracuse Lake. It is adjacent to the CSX railroad tracks, East Shore Drive and Cornelius Road and includes the Bonar Lake wetlands

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140731 Habitat auction2.jpg Friday auction to benefit Habitat SHIPSHEWANA — On Friday, LaGrange County Habitat for Humanity will host its annual auction at Shipshewana Auction Barn.The auction begins at 3:30 p.m. and includes, among many other items, a five-piece bedroom suite, a white oak trestle table and a d

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • City heads seek more employees GOSHEN — Like the 2014 budget, the city of Goshen’s proposed 2015 budget will include a number of requests for new personnel as department heads fight to maintain services amidst growing responsibilities and shrinking coffers.The Goshen City Council

    July 31, 2014

  • Rerouting for U.S. 33 lags behind GOSHEN — It looks like the city could start seeing some movement on the planned U.S. 33 rerouting project by as early as next month.That’s the word from Goshen Civil City Engineer Mary Cripe, who spoke on the subject during the annual Goshen City Cou

    July 31, 2014

  • School board OKs contract GOSHEN — The Board of Directors of the Goshen Community School Corp. approved the design-build contract with Ancon Construction of Goshen Wednesday.They approved $12.260 million for the Goshen Middle School piece of construction, said GCS Superintend

    July 31, 2014

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

Classes at Goshen Community Schools and St. John the Evangelist Catholic School will begin the 2014-15 school year on Thursday, Aug. 7. School corporations throughout the state have been trending toward earlier start dates the past few years. When do you think school should start?

I think early August is a good time to start
I think later in August would be a good time to start
I think school should start after Labor Day
     View Results
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN