Johnstown Fiber Optic Survey

This survey is meant to gauge interest by our residents and businesses as to the need for fiber optic access in the Village.

Fiber-optic internet lines transfer data using modulated light instead of electricity, which gives them much higher bandwidth capacity, since they’re not bound by the physical limitations of electricity conducting through metal.

Fiber internet connections work at speeds up to 1 gigabit per second—literally 100 times faster than those old copper wire connections.

Traditional copper wires used by DSL and cable internet were originally intended to transmit voice only, though, so they’re limited in the amount of data they can handle.

Questions? Contact Jim Lenner at jlenner@johnstownohio.org.

SURVEY LINK: https://forms.gle/d7SYwCK3hhJs7uGV6

Village Council Passes Strengthened Disorderly Conduct and Peace Disturbance Legislation

At their June 2, 2020 meeting, Johnstown Village Council unanimously passed legislation that updates Section 509.03 Disorderly Conduct and creates Section 509.031 Disturbing the Peace.

The update, prepared by the Chief of Police in conjunction with the Village Law Director, is in direct response to resident complaints about loud and obnoxious vehicles traveling through the Village but pertains to many other disruptions to our community. The goal of the legislation is to better control noise and types of disruption to residents and businesses.

The legislation must ‘sit’ for 30 days after which it becomes effective. Click HERE to view the legislation.

MAY 16, 2020 COMMUNITY UPDATE

CHAMBER TO COORDINATE $100,000 FACEBOOK SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS

The Licking County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with the Facebook New Albany Data Center, launched to help support small businesses battling through the current economic challenges. Facebook has provided the Chamber with $100,000, to be distributed as grants to local small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Chamber President and CEO Jennifer McDonald. 

The community grants will be made available to small business Chamber members located in Licking County. Small businesses, for the purposes of this program, are defined as those with 1-50 employees. The application process opens Monday, May 18; applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2020. Businesses may apply directly through the Licking County Chamber of Commerce website’s – COVID 19 tab https://lickingcountychamber.com/covid19-resources/

May 19, 2020 Finance Committee Meeting Notice

Meeting Agenda
Meeting Packet
Meeting Link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/846925629
Dial In +1 (646) 749-3122 Access Code: 846-925-629

We ask that if you have general public comments or a comment on legislation to be considered, please notify the Clerk of Council by emailing your name, address and comment to tmonroe@johnstownohio.org so that we can work to accommodate.

May 19, 2020 Village Council Meeting Notice

Meeting Agenda
Meeting Packet
Meeting Link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/954492173
Dial In: +1 (786) 535-3211 Access Code: 954-492-173 

We ask that if you have general public comments or a comment on legislation to be considered, please notify the Clerk of Council by emailing your name, address and comment to tmonroe@johnstownohio.org so that we can work to accommodate.

Responsible Restart Ohio

Updated #ResponsibleRestartOhio sector guidelines now available for: 
✅ Day camps
✅ Gyms, dance, fitness
✅ Pools, aquatic centers
✅ Golf, tennis, baseball/softball
➡ https://bit.ly/2SKBO6Q.

Learn more about operating requirements for sectors such as restaurants, retail and personal services here: https://bit.ly/2xKDJRG

Housing Repair and Rehab Program

The Community Housing Impact Preservation Program (CHIP) will proceed with home repair and rehab operations beginning on June 1, 2020. We will be bidding projects at that time. We are always accepting applications for repair and rehab work for those who qualify. 

Licking County Development staff administers a county-wide housing rehabilitation program utilizing State of Ohio Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) and other funds. These funds are available to low-and moderate-income homeowners to assist them with making needed repairs to their homes. This program helps to preserve existing housing stock that is considered to be affordable to low-and moderate-income persons. 

If you have interest or would like to follow up on an application, please reach out to Jillian Flowers at jflowers@lcounty.com.

Fair Housing

The Ohio Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination – in regard to housing – on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, religion, disability, familial status or military status. Licking County provides information and referral services in regards to landlord-tenant disputes, housing discrimination and predatory lending.
Landlord and Tenant Rights and Responsibilities
Ohio Civil Rights Commission Fact Sheet

Select Book Drops to Open May 18

Book drops are opening at Downtown Newark and Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock) on Mondays from 8am – 12pm and Thursdays from 2pm – 6pm beginning May 18. The book drops at the 24-Hour Kiosks located at COTC Pataskala Campus and Legacy Park Hanover will be open 24/7 starting Monday, May 18.

This is the first phase of Licking County Library’s reopening plan. In addition to book drops opening, our Librarians will be available for questions through our online Chat found on the homepage of our website. The Chat hours reflect the book drop hours: Mondays, 8am – 12pm and Thursdays 2pm – 6pm. 

Customers can contact the library through email at info@lickingcountylibrary.org or through our Facebook and Instagram accounts at anytime. 

Due dates have been extended to June 1, 2020. All locations will continue to be closed to customers coming inside. We thank you for your patience as we navigate the safest and most efficient way to reopen our services.

Bike Path Repaving to Begin Week of May 25

Due to weather delays, Shelly Co. will begin paving the bike path the week of May 25.

Kasson Street Update

Kasson Street Paving Schedule to Begin May 20th (weather permitting).

Johnstown Community Fireworks Postponed

The Village of Johnstown will not hold its traditional fireworks on Independence Day, a decision that aligns with a joint announcement by the Central Ohio Mayors and Managers Association.

On Friday, COMMA and the Franklin County Township Association recommended their member agencies cancel or postpone all large-scale, community-sponsored Fourth of July parades, festivals and fireworks displays. Public health considerations tied to COVID-19 are at the forefront of this decision.

The hope is that the Johnstown community will find other safe and creative ways to celebrate with family and friends without the dangers associated with bringing hundreds of people to one public gathering.

The Village is working closely with our community partners to consider if a celebration later in the year is feasible. 

Village of Johnstown Implements CivicReady® Mass Notification Solution

SIGN UP NOW: https://johnstownohio.regroup.com

The Village of Johnstown has partnered with CivicReady to implement its mass notification solution. Available from CivicPlus, a leader in integrated technology for local government, the CivicReady solution will allow Village staff to issue urgent notifications, emergency instructions, warnings, and routine communications to subscribed citizens via email, text message, and voicemail alert, to keep citizens safe and informed. In the event of a local emergency, citizens subscribed to CivicReady will benefit from immediate, actionable information and instructions sent via their preferred notification channel. For non-native English speaking citizens, CivicReady voice call notifications can be automatically translated into one of 20 languages, and email and text notifications can be automatically translated into one of 63 languages to maximize the effectiveness of the solution in ensuring mass awareness of potentially impactful situations.

JOHNSTOWN INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS POSTPONED

The Governor’s Office and Ohio Department of Health continue to advise us that social distancing is key to reducing risk of contagion of COVID-19. Large gatherings (more than 10 people) remain prohibited by ODH. 

The Village of Johnstown will not hold its traditional fireworks on Independence Day, a decision that aligns with a joint announcement by the Central Ohio Mayors and Managers Association.

On Friday, COMMA and the Franklin County Township Association recommended their member agencies cancel or postpone all large-scale, community-sponsored Fourth of July parades, festivals and fireworks displays. Public health considerations tied to COVID-19 are at the forefront of this decision.

The hope is that the Johnstown community will find other safe and creative ways to celebrate with family and friends without the dangers associated with bringing hundreds of people to one public gathering.

The Village is working closely with our community partners to consider if a celebration later in the year is feasible. 

MAY 5, 2020 COMMUNITY UPDATE

2020 CENSUS IS IMPORTANT!!

A real-life example of why the 2020 Census is important:
The federal legislature is currently debating H.R. 6467 which disperses $250,000,000,000 to local governments based on POPULATION. If our residents don’t respond to the 2020 Census, we could loose out on future funding. Please fill out your census here: https://my2020census.gov

Our current response rate is 69.8%

TRANSIT PLAN OPEN TO COMMENT

LCATS and the Licking County Transit Board are seeking input from the public on the draft versions of the Transit Development Plan and Coordinated Plan! To view the plans, watch the presentation, and take the survey, visit https://arcg.is/1aa1Cr

VILLAGE SEEKS OPINION ON FUTURE DEVELOPMENT DESIGN

The Village is in the process of updating its development regulations and would like your input on how a well utilized zoning method – Design Review – can be used to protect and enhance the Village’s unique character. The purpose of design review is to allow the Village administration and the public the opportunity to evaluate the physical appearance and layout of development proposals based on a set of design standards and guidelines. The survey begins with asking a few questions about yourself and then moves to questions that range from what do you think should be reviewed to where do you think the standards and guidelines should be applied. Please read and answer each question carefully and thank you for helping make Johnstown a great place to live, work, and play! Take the shore survey here.

Contact Bailey Klimchak, Village Planner with any questions.

VILLAGE STRENGTHENING DISORDERLY CONDUCT; NOISE; INTOXICATION LAWS

At their May 5, 2020 meeting, the Safety/Service Committee is recommending changes to the existing laws governing noise. The strengthening of these laws comes from numerous requests by residents to quell very loud automobiles and motorcycles that disrupt the peace of the community. In part, Creating or causing the creation of noise so as to disturb or disrupt the peace and quiet of any reasonable person of normal sensitivity will constitute an offense. The full legislation moves to Village Council on May 19, 2020.

JOHNSTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT TO RAMP UP SPEED PATROLS

Consider this the warning to all who travel through the Village: Our officers will be ramping up their efforts to discourage speeding through town. The pandemic has caused our officers to be defensive and very selective when patrolling. However, some have seen this as a free pass to speed recklessly through our community. A speeding ticket is $129.00. We don’t want your money. We want to keep the community safe.

VILLAGE CANCELS MEETINGS

The following meetings have been cancelled:

  1. Economic Development Committee – May 7, 2020
  2. Planning & Zoning – May 12, 2020
  3. Parks & Rec Committee – May 14, 2020

Village of Johnstown Implements CivicReady® Mass Notification Solution

SIGN UP NOW: https://johnstownohio.regroup.com

The Village of Johnstown has partnered with CivicReady to implement its mass notification solution. Available from CivicPlus, a leader in integrated technology for local government, the CivicReady solution will allow Village staff to issue urgent notifications, emergency instructions, warnings, and routine communications to subscribed citizens via email, text message, and voicemail alert, to keep citizens safe and informed. In the event of a local emergency, citizens subscribed to CivicReady will benefit from immediate, actionable information and instructions sent via their preferred notification channel. For non-native English speaking citizens, CivicReady voice call notifications can be automatically translated into one of 20 languages, and email and text notifications can be automatically translated into one of 63 languages to maximize the effectiveness of the solution in ensuring mass awareness of potentially impactful situations.

US 62 CLOSING DELAYED TO JUNE 27

The Village has been informed the closing of US 62 (W. Coshocton Street) has been postponed until June 27. The 60-day closure is scheduled to be reopened on August 27, dependent on weather.

BENEDICT DRIVE TO CLOSE FOR CONSTRUCTION

Beginning May 11, 2020, Benedict Drive will be close immediately north of Dr. Bright’s office parking lot. It will be closed until June 23, 2020. The purpose of the closure is to excavate and replace the deteriorated road.

VILLAGE CONTINUES CLOSURE OF BUILDINGS TO PUBLIC

Following the latest Stay at Home Order issued by the State of Ohio, all Village buildings and facilities will remain closed to the public until at least May 29, 2020. Please contact the Village office at 740.967.3177 or info@johnstownohio.org for assistance.

FINANCIAL PROJECTION CONTINUALLY MONITORED

The Village administration and Council Finance Committee continue to monitor the financial wellbeing of the Village. We are operating under ‘budget constraint’ at this time. The budget condition chart below shows the levels of severity of budget impacts.

KASSON STREET UPDATE

Sidewalks were poured today! If all goes as planned, the road will be completed in 30 days!

Village of Johnstown Implements CivicReady® Mass Notification Solution

Service Enables Multi-Channel Distribution of Urgent and Routine Citizen Communications

SIGN UP NOW: https://johnstownohio.regroup.com

JOHNSTOWN, OHIO – APRIL 28, 2020 – The Village of Johnstown has partnered with CivicReady to implement its mass notification solution. Available from CivicPlus, a leader in integrated technology for local government, the CivicReady solution will allow Village staff to issue urgent notifications, emergency instructions, warnings, and routine communications to subscribed citizens via email, text message, and voicemail alert, to keep citizens safe and informed. In the event of a local emergency, citizens subscribed to CivicReady will benefit from immediate, actionable information and instructions sent via their preferred notification channel. For non-native English speaking citizens, CivicReady voice call notifications can be automatically translated into one of 20 languages, and email and text notifications can be automatically translated into one of 63 languages to maximize the effectiveness of the solution in ensuring mass awareness of potentially impactful situations.

“The Village of Johnstown has never had a stand alone mass notification system,” noted Mayor Chip Dutcher. “The use of CivicReady will allow us to ensure timely information to our residents and businesses in the event of an emergency. Johnstown Chief of Police Abe Haroon encourages everyone to sign up. “One of the most important responsibilities of the Police Department is to get timely, accurate information to the public. CivicReady will allow us to do just that.”

CivicReady is part of the CivicPlus Platform of local government technology solutions designed exclusively for the public sector.

“CivicPlus is built on designing innovative solutions for local governments,” said Ryan Strait, CivicPlus Platform Product Director. “We continually invest in our products, such as CivicReady, to strengthen and transform the way local governments serve and communicate with their citizens and are proud to partner with the Village of Johnstown to help them accomplish their public safety goals.”

CivicPlus has over 20 years of experience working with local governments. Its CivicReady mass notification system is powered by Regroup, an award-winning industry leader in mass notifications for critical and non-critical applications.

About Village of Johnstown

The Village of Johnstown is located in western Licking County in Ohio and has a population of 4,763 (2010 Census). The Village of Johnstown has a quaint, ‘‘small-town America’’ vibe while being within the Columbus (OH) metropolitan area. 

About CivicPlus

CivicPlus is the integrated technology platform for local government, working with over 4,000 local governments, including municipalities, counties, and municipal departments. CivicPlus has been selected by Inc. Magazine as “One of the Fastest-Growing Privately Held Companies in the U.S.” since 2011. For more information, visit CivicPlus.com.

Contact: 
Jim Lenner
Village Manager
740.967.3177
jlenner@johnstownohio.org

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APRIL 27, 2020 COMMUNITY UPDATE

STATE ANNOUNCES RESPONSIBLE RESTART OHIO

The Village of Johnstown will follow the guidelines and policies enacted by Governor DeWine and Health Commissioner Acton. At this time, we have not issued any orders pursuant to our Village Emergency Declaration. We do not believe we will have to issue Village-specific policies based on current information. 

Today, April 27, 2020, Governor DeWine announced the opening of certain businesses. The schedule is as follows:

Businesses like salons, gyms and restaurants will have to wait to see how the first reopenings go.

The State will require those who are opening – and those who already have been open – to follow strict guidelines on how to reopen. You can find all details about these announcements at https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/responsible-restart-ohio/

VILLAGE BUILDINGS REMAIN CLOSED

All Village facilities remain closed to the general public at this time. 

VILLAGE SURPLUS SALE

The Village has two, 2012 Dodge Chargers for sale.

2012 Dodge Charger

ARBOR CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCED

Happy Arbor Day! Though we were not able to celebrate the way we hoped, there are still many ways for you to celebrate trees today. Plant a tree or go on a walk and try to identify some of the many beautiful trees in our community. The Village of Johnstown celebrated the holiday with Kenzie, age 9. She is the winner of our Arbor Day poster contest and she did a great job! Thank you Kenzie and all of our contest participants for celebrating trees with us!

Kenzie – Age 9 – Arbor Day Contest Winner

HAND SANITIZER SUPPLY

The Village, in partnership with Apeks Supercritical, will continue to deliver hand sanitizer to the most vulnerable population at no charge. However, Apeks Supercritical is making it available to purchase online with pickup in Johnstown. 

PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM

Today the U.S. Small Business Administration has resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders. Learn more and find a lender near you: sba.gov/pacheckprotection.

US 62 ROAD CLOSURE

The Village has been informed the US 62 road closure has been delayed to June 29, 2020.

VILLAGE MEETINGS

Johnstown Village Council will meet May 5, 2020 at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held virtually. The agenda will be posted to the Village website on Friday, May 1, 2020.

Johnstown Safety/Service Committee will meet May 5, 2020 at 5:00pm. The meeting will be held virtually.

VILLAGE PARTNERS WITH BOB EVANS FARMS AND APEKS SUPERCRITICAL TO DELIVER 1,200 MEALS

Can’t thank Andy Norman (Bob Evans Foods) and Andy Joseph (Apeks Supercritical) enough for collaborating to make this happen in just a few days. 1,200 meal kits going to 19 different central Ohio pantries.

THE WORKS AUGMENTED-REALITY MASTODON LAUNCHED

For a limited time, The Works is providing access to a new prehistoric exhibit piece! Licking County’s Burning Tree Mastodon is now available as a 3D augmented-reality experience. As a gift from Cyanna Education Services & powered by the technology of Origami Made, this piece of interactive history enables any history buff, tech enthusiast, student, or visitor of The Works to experience a 3D American Mastodon on their smartphone or iPad, anywhere in the world.

It’s easy! Simply scan the QR code with your phone’s camera to load the 3D Mastodon on your smart device. From there, you can rotate the Mastodon to take a 360° view of what the Mastodon may have looked like over 11,000 years ago. On your smart device, click the 3D-cube in the bottom right to place the model into your own environment– allowing you to scale the Mastodon big or small, and walk around the 10-foot-tall, 10,000-pound beast as if it were right beside you! Cyanna Education Services and Origami Made are proud to donate this project to The Works and are committed to furthering engaging, interactive education for students of all walks of life. So what are you waiting for? Give it a try and share your images with us using #attheworks!

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KASSON STREET SOIL STABILIZATION

We’ve completed the soil stabilization on Kasson Street – Phase 1. Soil stabilization occurs when lime is added to a reactive soil to generate long-term strength gain through a pozzolanic reaction.

Lime substantially increases soil resilient modulus values (by a factor of 10 or more in many cases). In addition, when lime is added to soil, users see substantial improvements in shear strength (by a factor of 20 or more in some cases), continued strength over time, even after periods of environmental or load damage (autogenous healing), and long-term durability over decades of service even under severe environmental conditions.

In the short-term, the structural contribution of lime-stabilized layers in pavement design can create more cost-effective design alternatives. In the longer term, lime stabilization provides performance benefits that reduce maintenance costs.

The village has completed major road reconstruction projects like Concord Road, W. Jersey Street and US 62 (W. Coshocton St) utilizing this method.

Before soil stabilization. April 21, 2020.
After soil stabilization. April 22, 2020.