Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety officials Monday received notification of new brush pickup times that should make it less confusing for city residents to utilize the free service.
According to Denny Long, street commissioner for the city, brush pickup has always been the last full week of the month. However, Long said in past years there has been some confusion among residents who mistook the last full week of a month with the last official week of the month.
“We always seem to have confusion with residents because it was always the last ‘full’ week of the month,” Long said. “Well sometimes people wouldn’t put their brush out on time because the following week might have had three or four days in it. We’re trying to eliminate confusion, because every time we pick up brush, invariably eight, 10, 12 residents bring out large brush piles thinking their brush pickup is the next week, and it sits there for a month. So we’re trying to eliminate that confusion by changing the schedule.”
Under the new schedule, brush pickup will now begin on the last Monday of every month, with the exception of next Monday, as it is a holiday. In that case, Long said pickup will begin on Tuesday.
“So the brush pickup schedule basically will start on May 29, June 25, July 30, Aug. 27 and Sept. 24,” Long said. “Residents must take care that piles are placed in the proper location prior to the first day of the pickup at 7 a.m. It is impossible to know which neighborhoods will be picked up on which day of the week. The department will proceed as quickly as possible and will make a single trip down each street.”
In addition to the change to brush pickup times, Long noted that the department has also changed the route it normally takes when conducting the brush pickup.
“We no longer start from the street department and go south,” Long said. “We now do the north side, go to the west side, and then go to the south. So those people that are used to getting their brush picked up last are one of the first to get their brush picked up now, and those who are used to getting their brush picked up first are one of the last ones to get it picked up. So it has kind of changed around, so they really need to get it out on Mondays.”
Goshen College Banners
In other action, board members Monday approved a request by Goshen College Director of Public Relations Richard Aguirre for permission to place double-sided banners on the five light poles located in the median area of College Avenue near the intersection of Main Street and Ninth Street.
According to Aguirre, the median area is currently maintained by the college, and both installation and maintenance of the installed banners would remain the responsibility of the college.
“Goshen College would be paying for everything,” Aguirre said, “including the maintenance of those light polls.”
Installation of the approved banners is scheduled to begin no later than June 1.
Also approved Monday was a request by the Goshen VFW and Advance Auto Parts to close Harrison Street from Pike Street to Wilkinson Street on Saturday, June 16, from 2 to 9 p.m. for a cruise-in.
Next Meeting Change
Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the next Board of Public Works and Safety meeting has been rescheduled from Monday, May 28, to Friday, May 25. The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. in the council chambers of the Police and Courts Building. The regular meeting schedule will resume on Monday, June 4.