GOSHEN — The Goshen Police Department hired four new officers and held a swearing-in ceremony at the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting Monday, June 30.
Jacqueline Olguin, Jonathon Swihart, Kornga Kamanda and Christopher Brown have been hired as reserve patrol officers. They will receive the same training as other officers in the police department, with the exception of police academy, said Police Chief Wade Branson.
The Goshen Police Department aims to have about 10 reserve officers at any given time. The addition of the four officers will keep the count at 10 now that the department is looking at giving full-time positions to two of its current reserve officers.
•The board signed a release and settlement agreement for the property located at 401-403 E. Jefferson St. The house on that property was severely damaged by fire on Jan. 6 and was considered a total loss. The Teachers Credit Union, in possession of the house at the time, agreed to turn the property over to the city and pay $4,000 to aid with the demolition of the property. The city plans to demolish the house in the next 60 days.
•The board approved a change order for the intersection improvements project at Kercher Road and U.S. 33. The change order is for the addition of line items, for the additional removal of a storm structure, and for additional fittings for the water main installation. City Engineer Dustin Sailor told the board the changes are requested after he realized there was a design error in the plan because it left the water main only 6 inches away from the storm sewer. According to state code, the water main and the storm sewer lines must be at least 8 feet apart to avoid cross-contamination. The change will increase the original contract price by $33,233.36, for a total cost of $331,696.10.
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