March 12, 2020 Community Update

COVID-19 Update

In order to help slow the spread of the corona virus, the Village is asking all our residents to call the Village office (740-967-3177) with questions or concerns instead of coming to the office. You can also email any general questions to or a staff member using the following style:

–> Please drop off your water payments in our dropbox outside the Village office door.

–> At this time, we will continue to deliver essential services to our community. We have cancelled all trainings, seminars and other outside travel for the near future. Village Council meetings will be abbreviated with only legislation and public comments being of importance.

–> The Village is cancelling the March 24th Planning Commission meeting.

Flatten the Curve

Excerpt from

The speed at which the outbreak plays out matters hugely for its consequences. What epidemiologists fear most is the health care system becoming overwhelmed by a sudden explosion of illness that requires more people to be hospitalized than it can handle. In that scenario, more people will die because there won’t be enough hospital beds or ventilators to keep them alive.

A disastrous inundation of hospitals can likely be averted with protective measures we’re now seeing more of — closing schools, canceling mass gatherings, working from home, self-quarantine, avoiding crowds — to keep the virus from spreading fast.

Epidemiologists call this strategy of preventing a huge spike in cases “flattening the curve,” and it looks like this:

“Even if you don’t reduce total cases, slowing down the rate of an epidemic can be critical,” wrote Carl Bergstrom, a biologist at the University of Washington.

Flattening the curve means that all the social distancing measures now being deployed in places like Italy and South Korea, and on a smaller scale in places like Seattle and Santa Clara County, California, aren’t so much about preventing illness but rather slowing down the rate at which people get sick.

Read entire article here.

New Fire Station Receives Approval

At the March 10, 2020 Planning Commission meeting, the Monroe Township Fire Department received approval of the certificate of appropriateness and conditional use permit. Please note the renderings shown below have an addition two equipment bays that may not be built depending on final bid prices. The new Fire Station will be built at 186 E. Coshocton Street next to Tech Rubber Co.

March 17th Election Location Remains the Same

The Village Council Chambers (599 S. Main Street) will be used for the election. All three Village precincts use this location for voting.

Village Council Meets March 18th

Due to the March 17th election, Village Council will meet one day later.

Taste of the Trails Event to be held May 30th at Trailhead/TJ Evans Trail

The Taste of the Trails is an event series hosted by Central Ohio Greenways and its regional partners. The events encourage residents to experience the trails and learn more about how the trails can support a healthy lifestyle, sustainable commuting options, and recreational opportunities. 

Trailheads along the chosen route are activated with food and other local vendors and businesses. The Johnstown Trailhead will feature local food truck and restaurant, Dashing Diner! The family friendly event encourages residents from around the region to casually walk, run, crawl, bike, or rollerblade the route to learn more about the assets in their communities. Participants can talk with local planners and Central Ohio Greenways partners about trail efforts underway and provide input on where new trail projects should be built. 

Do I Actually Live in the Village of Johnstown?

We receive phone calls regarding issues outside of the Village. We are more than happy to point the caller in the right direction and will continue to do so. I thought this map might clarify the different jurisdictions that our community collectively calls Johnstown. I hope the graphic is helpful when you’re in need of assistance when you unearth a mastodon while planting your spring garden.

Mental Health First Aid Training Being Planned

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The Village is in the early stages of organizing a Mental Health First Aid training open to the public. With the current corona virus pandemic, we aren’t sure when it will happen. However, we ask that you sign up to receive our community updates to ensure those wanting to attend receive proper notice.

Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

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