Thursday, August 28, 2014

$1.5 million Horn Ditch project aimed at reducing flooding in Goshen

The plan will turn Horn Ditch into a two-stage ditch and several companies and organizations are putting forward money that will be eventually reimbursed by increased TIF funds.

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 8:37 a.m.

GOSHEN — The Elkhart County Drainage Board has developed a $1.5 million plan to reduce flooding on the east side of Goshen. 

The plan is to convert Horn Ditch, which extends from College Avenue to C.R. 31, into a two-stage ditch that will increase storage capacity.

As it stands, the surrounding area has suffered "significant property damage" during times of heavy rain and flooding, according to a draft of the plan agreement.

Two nearby businesses, Supreme Corp. and Forest River Inc., are contributing to the project. Reduced flooding will allow the businesses to develop real estate in the area without special permits, the draft states.

The Storm Water Management Board expressed support for the plans Monday morning, April 28. The project will need final approval from the Elkhart County Council in June.

Blake Doriot, county surveyor, said the goal is to get started on the project this summer.

The following parties are slated to contribute funds in the following amounts:

  • Elkhart County Drainage Board: $250,000
  • Elkhart County Storm Water Board: $400,000
  • Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety and Storm Water Board: $374,500
  • Supreme Corporation: $374,500
  • Forest River, Inc.: $325,000

The Elkhart County Storm Water Board will be reimbursed $200,000 through increased TIF proceeds. Full reimbursements through increased TIF proceeds will be made to the Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety and Storm Water Board, Supreme Corp. and Forest River Inc.

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