Elkhart County Commissioners meeting: Concerns raised over road safety issues

At Monday's meeting, a local business impeding traffic was a topic of conversation, along with the issue of trash accumulating on C.R. 20.

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 7:26 p.m.

GOSHEN – Two concerns about road safety were brought up at Monday morning’s county commissioners meeting.

One concern was in regard to road use by Lippert Components, Inc., and the other was over the accumulation of garbage along C.R. 20.

Chris Godlewski, director of planning for Elkhart County, told the commissioners that Lippert Components has been responsible for impeding traffic near its Middlebury plant by using the road to stage its trailers.

The plant is at the intersection of S.R. 13 and C.R. 2.

“I wanted to make that public because it’s been a thorn in our side and we’ve received a lot of complaints and we need to take some action here,” Godlewski said.

Godlewski said that he’s routinely been in contact with Lippert about the situation, and that the complaint has been on file for more than a year and a half.

“I think we’ll need to take this to a different level in order for them to comply,” Godlewski said.

Later in the meeting, Mike Yoder, county commissioner, said he’s received multiple complaints about accumulating trash on C.R. 20 between C.R. 17 and 19.

He said some trucks driving through the area aren’t properly covering their beds, causing trash and debris — including metal and Styrofoam — to fly off into the road and surrounding area.

“It’s an embarrassment to the community,” Yoder said.

The sheriff’s department plans to increase patrols in the area and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management has apparently looked into the situation, he said, but he asked for assistance from the highway department in cleaning up the trash.

Yoder said he was aware of several companies responsible for the litter, but that he’d give them some time to “get their act together” before making the names public.


  • The city of Elkhart will purchase two street sweepers from the Elkhart County Highway Department for a total cost of $140,000.
  • The county landfill is purchasing a 2014 Toyota Tacoma at a cost of $20,957.24 (with trade-in). The trade-in vehicle is a 2003 Ford Ranger.
  • The county continues to move forward with plans to refinance bonds held by the Elkhart County Corrections Center. The move will save the jail a net of $1 million.


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