Neighbors take action after shooting

Neighborhood association being looked at by area.

Posted on April 4, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on April 4, 2013 at 5:59 p.m.

GOSHEN — A neighborhood on Goshen’s west side has begun preliminary discussions on forming a neighborhood association after a shooting occurred in the area last October.

Resident Sarah Leach and some of her neighbors had actually discussed forming a West Goshen Neighborhood Association prior to the shooting. A 44-year-old man was shot four times Oct. 5 outside his home at 1310 W. Clinton St., according to the Goshen Police Department. No one has been arrested in the incident, according to Tina Kingsbury of the department.

After the October incident, Leach and several of her neighbors decided to put their discussions into action.

A core group began holding meetings that month to lay the groundwork for a larger community discussion, the first of which took place in late March at West Goshen Elementary School.

Leach said the neighborhood has expressed interest in safety, beautification and community resources, which she already sees as a strength.

A major safety issue the association would likely take up soon, however, would be making sure street lighting in the area is improved.

Besides those concerns, Leach said she believes establishing a neighborhood association would improve community relations. Forming an association would allow members to know their neighbors better and improve community dynamics.

“People knowing their neighbors makes for a better neighborhood in general,” Leach said.

The proposed boundaries of the West Goshen Neighborhood Association run along parts of U.S. 33 and Clinton Street to the north, Indiana Avenue on the east, Hickory Street to the south and Wheatland Drive on the west.

At last month’s gathering, some residents suggested the association’s boundaries extend further south to Berkey Avenue. The boundaries discussion was tabled at that meeting, but will be one of the topics on the agenda at the next community meeting.

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. April 16 in the West Goshen Elementary cafeteria. It will be open to any neighborhood residents who wish to be involved.

The planning team has set up an email address for anyone in the West Goshen area who would like to be involved: wgna.goshen@gmail.com.

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