With streets in good shape, Goshen offices will reopen Tuesday

Goshen is returning to normal status in wake of storm.

Posted on Jan. 6, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 6, 2014 at 4:08 p.m.

GOSHEN – The city of Goshen’s street department has had a busy Monday removing snow from Goshen’s roads and alleys, but they’re nearly finished.

Mayor Allan Kauffman said crews will return to the streets Monday night to finish up plowing in alleys, but most of Goshen’s main streets and side streets are now cleared.

“The streets are in good condition,” he said.

Kauffman said the department hopes residents who had parked vehicles on the side of the road will now dig their cars out and park them in alternative parking areas. That would allow the street department to push the remaining snow off the streets entirely.

With city streets all but finished, Kauffman said Goshen city offices will return to business on Tuesday.

The city will ask employees who are able to come into work Tuesday, though Kauffman acknowledged that many of Goshen’s employees live outside the city.

He said those employees who don’t live within city limits may still have to heed the county’s emergency declaration if it is not yet lifted.

Kauffman said he believes the county will likely restrict driving in unincorporated areas and leave cities to make decisions for themselves.

Though roads in Goshen are generally clear, the cold weather could still cause problems.

“We’re still asking people to be sensible and only go out if they need to,” Kauffman said.

With Goshen’s offices open Tuesday, Kauffman said he believes that night’s meeting of the city council will go ahead as planned.

As for Monday’s board of works meeting that was cancelled, Kauffman said a determination will be made Tuesday on whether to reschedule the meeting or simply add to next Monday’s agenda.

Kauffman also said that Allied Waste’s trash removal services will be delayed again Tuesday and should resume Wednesday. Residents who normally receive trash services on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday can expect a one-day delay from their regular schedule. Customers who normally have their trash taken on Monday will have it taken on Wednesday, and Allied Waste will run extra trucks to start working on Tuesday's route on Wednesday. Kauffman said the company expects to be caught up by Saturday.

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