1. Goshen City Council votes in favor of two-year pilot program to allow residents to keep hens
Goshen City Council approved an ordinance on Tuesday, April 15, which will allow people living in the city of Goshen to keep up to six hens. Council members voted 4-3 to issue up to 50 permits during the next couple of years to residents who pay a $25 registration fee and gets the written approval of adjoining property owners.
2. Gas leak in Goshen after 4-inch steel natural main hit
Main street in Goshen was closed for several hours on Tuesday, April 15, because of a gas leak that resulted after a hit to a 4-inch steel natural main. The Goshen fire and police department were called to the intersection of Main and Lafayette streets at about 9:45 a.m. NIPSCO was also called to the scene. Dustin Sailor, city utility engineer for Goshen, said that city crews were replacing a hydrant in the area when they hit the pipe.
3. RV transport drivers for hire in Elkhart County to accommodate major shortages
The companies that RV makers hire to move finished RVs to dealerships are having a difficult time finding drivers, their representative said on Tuesday, April 15, at RV/MH Hall of Fame. There is an estimate 25,000 to 30,000 finished recreational vehicles that are waiting to be transported, but RV transport firms need to hire 2,000 drivers to make up for the driver shortage. To ease the shortage, the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association is partnering with job search website www.findtherightjob.com and lobbying federal regulators to reduce Commercial Drivers License requirements for drivers who haul some types of RVs.
4. Mayor Moore solidifies new approach to Elkhart sewer service
Mayor Dick Moore announced a moratorium last week which will require businesses and homeowners outside of the city to seek annexation if they want new sewer and water service. It focuses more on potential customers outside of the 16 areas that are targeted for annexation. The moratorium comes weeks after the Indiana General Assembly passed legislation which would allow sewer customers beyond the city limits to seek arbitration when new sewer policies are established.
5. Gavin DeGraw another in run of big names at The Lerner
Grammy-nominated musician Gavin DeGraw performed at The Lerner Theatre on Tuesday, April 15. The concert sold 1,261 tickets, according to The Lerner general manager David Smith. He said the theatre has had its "biggest run" since renovations were completed in 2011 with bands such as The Temptations and Styx performing at the venue. DeGraw's concert attracted a much younger demographic than many of The Lerner's previous performances.