Thursday, November 27, 2014


Steve Oyer receives a plaque from Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman at the beginning of the Goshen City Council meeting Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Oyer served in the Goshen Redevelopment Commission for seven years. (Sharon Hernandez/The Elkhart Truth)
Former Goshen Redevelopment Commission member thanked for service to community
Posted on July 16, 2014 at 4:25 p.m.

GOSHEN — Former Goshen Redevelopment Commission member Steve Oyer is stepping down from his position after serving seven years, and on Tuesday, July 15, he received recognition for his work.

Mayor Allan Kauffman presented Oyer with a plaque at the beginning of the Goshen City Council meeting Tuesday evening. Oyer is moving out of Goshen and into the county, which is why he can no longer be on the redevelopment commission.

The council approved to appoint Brett Weddell to fill in the position left by Oyer.

OTHER BUSINESS

  • The council approved additional appropriations from in the annual budget. The appropriations are:
  1. $34,910 for the Goshen Fire Department to hire a firefighter
  2. $36,000 to reimburse the engineering construction inspector’s salary and benefits at the River Race/U.S. 33 development project
  3. $4,000 to reimburse the engineering construction inspector’s salary through the southeast tax increment financing district
  4. $800,000 for the engineering department to complete the 2014 paving program
  • The council approved an agreement with the state for renovations at the intersection of S.R. 15 and Kercher Road. The state will reimburse the city no more than $225,000 for the actual cost of work on the project that is completed within the Indiana Department of Transportation’s right of way.
  • The council approved a loan from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to the redevelopment commission for environmental cleanup. Brownfield coordinator Becky Hershberger conducted an environmental assessment at 828 and 922 E. Lincoln Ave. and found the property is contaminated and cleanup is needed. Ramirez Salvage & Towing is at those properties, and the redevelopment commission will be planning to buy the property for the cleanup.
  • The council approved the sale of 118 East Washington and 120 East Washington to Faye Peterson Pottinger and David Pottinger, the developers of both properties. The two properties along E. Washington house the Electric Brew and Ignition Garage.
  • The council also passed the first reading of a new ordinance that would create a committee to discuss outside storage and problems with junk piling up in residential yards. The council voted to wait before passing the ordinance to look at some of the language used in it.