Mayor recaps and looks ahead at town meeting

Mayor laid out the state of the city at the Town Meeting Thursday night.

Posted on Nov. 9, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

GOSHEN — Mayor Allan Kauffman laid out the state of the city at the first of two Town Meetings Thursday night.

A handful of residents and city employees attended the meeting, where Kauffman provided updates on the several topics and provided a glimpse into what the next year will bring. The meeting was also a time that residents could bring their own concerns to city leaders.

Kauffman began the evening by revisiting the city’s branding efforts, and specifically the motto “Common good. Uncommonly great,” telling those in attendance to expect to see even more of it as the theme continues to catch on throughout the city.

Kauffman also summed up the recent budget process and what the city would be doing in the coming year to address the issue of trash service.

During that discussion, he again stressed the city’s need to find new sources of revenue, as legislation handed down at the state level has forced city and county governments to look locally for solutions to revenue problems.

Goshen’s various redevelopment projects were also briefly highlighted, including progress made on the Mill Race and plans for the Ninth Street Corridor, U.S. 33 and Fidler Pond.

The second meeting will take place at 10 a.m. this morning in Jennings Auditorium at the Greencroft Community Center, 1820 Greencroft Blvd.

The final leaf collection for the city of Goshen will begin at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Piles should be at the curb at that time to ensure homes are not missed as crews pass through neighborhoods.

Mayor Allan Kauffman is asking particular cooperation from landlords and tenants of rental properties, whose leaves may have been neglected during previous leaf collection dates.

Leaves are to be placed within five feet of the street on the lawn or on the sidewalk next to the curb, but must allow for as wide a walking path as possible.

The city also notes that leaf burning is not permitted in Goshen at any time.

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