I'd like to thank Sharon Hernandez for her May 12 article about the frustrations with recent railroad closures on the north side of Goshen.
The good news is that the city improved its process as it considered subsequent crossing closures.
The Jefferson Street crossing (further south on 9th Street than the crossing mentioned in the May 12 article) will remain open largely because the Engineering Department conducted good outreach prior to a public meeting held at the actual site in question.
Equally important was the fact that the mayor, the District 4 council representative, and an at-large council representative (that would be me) were all there to hear the residents' emphatic requests to leave it open.
The Goshen News then wrote an editorial supporting keeping that crossing open. The key, intersecting components of healthy civic communication and decision-making all came together nicely.
Professional city staff, vocal residents, elected officials, and local media all played their part. Cue the music... it's a feel-good moment!
Goshen City Council, at-large representative