4.7.2020 Community Update

COMMUNITY

United Way of Licking County has joined with the Licking County Foundation and community partners to establish a unified Licking County COVID-19 Relief Fund. 100% of the dollars raised, currently $100,000, will be awarded to local organizations who are helping those affected by this pandemic.

  • There are several ways to donate to the fund. They include:
    • Text ‘Virus19’ to 414-44
    • Go to http://www.unitedwaylc.org/covid
    • Mail a check to ‘United Way of Licking County PO Box 4490 Newark, Oh 43058-4490’ – Include ‘COVID-19 Relief Fund’ in the memo line.

If your organization needs help meeting the needs of those affected by the pandemic you can submit a needs summary at https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/65607-Licking-County-Foundation

COVID 19 

  • PPE Supply Drive – Licking County Health Department on Friday, April 10 from 8 am to 3 pm located at 675 Price Road in Newark.
  • Governor DeWine encouraged Ohioans to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation to wear cloth face coverings (masks) in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Employers are encouraged to allow their employees to wear masks as well. 
  • The Stay At Home Order, which was originally issued on March 22 set to expire on April 6, has been extended through May 1 at 11:59 p.m. 
  • The amended Stay at Home order went into effect April 6, 2020 at midnight, including the new Dispute Resolution Commission. There are new requirements for retailers in this order, including determining a maximum number of customers allowed in the store to account for proper physical distancing. The permitted occupancy must also be posted.
  • The Dispute Resolution Commission will evaluate and render guidance in situations where two local health departments have come to a different conclusion for similar businesses on what is or is not an essential business. To submit a dispute, fill out this Dispute Resolution Form and submit it to Dispute.Resolution@odh.ohio.gov.
  • Under the Stay at Home order, all travelers arriving to Ohio are instructed to voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days. This does not apply to persons who as part of their normal life live in one state and work or gain essential services in another state. Visitors are instructed not to travel to Ohio if they are displaying symptoms.
  • Public swimming pools and swimming pools at private clubs are closed to prevent transmission of COVID-19. 
  • Campgrounds are closed with the exception of when a campground serves as a person’s permanent residence and is unable to secure safe alternative housing. 
  • Organized youth and adult sports are prohibited, but you can still play sports in a park or yard. 
  • Wedding ceremonies are permitted; however, wedding receptions are limited to no more than 10 people. 
  • Ohioans can apply for unemployment benefits online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at unemployment.ohio.gov. It is also possible to file by phone at 877-644-6562 or TTY at 888- 642-8203, Monday through Friday 7 am to 7 pm and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturdays. Employers with questions should email UCTech@jfs.ohio.gov.

ROAD CONSTRUCTION

US 62 – Down to one lane for the next few days. Will be normal for next few weeks. Closure coming in mid-May for 60 days.

Kasson Street – Still closed to non-local traffic. New storm sewers are being installed this week.

MASTODON PRESERVE

Did you know we have a path that leads to the location of where the famous Johnstown Mastodon was found? Along the way, use your phone to scan the QR codes to learn about the history of the event. You can get to the path by using the Trailhead at the end of E. Jersey Street. Please stay on the path and do not go past the landing at the end of the path.

VILLAGE ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION CANCELLED

Johnstown area children ages 5-12 are encouraged to participate in the Arbor Day poster contest. In order to give everyone a chance to submit their posters, the submittal deadline has been changed to April 14th. Posters can be downloaded on the Village website and can be mailed to the office or dropped in the utility payment box outside the front door. A winner will be announced by April 25th.

VILLAGE WATER BILLS

Under the direction of the State of Ohio, the Village has suspended the disconnection of water service due to non-payment. We will abide by this State order until the State of Emergency is lifted or December 1st, 2020, whichever occurs first. 

This DOES NOT relieve anyone from their past due amount, current or future payments during this time. All accounts must pay for the amount of water they use. Please contact the office at 740.967.3177 or info@johnstownohio.org with any questions.

2020 CENSUS 

It’s going to take all of us to get a complete count of #Ohio and we can’t do it without you! Today, you can help shape your future by responding to #Census2020 over the phone or online at http://2020Census.gov.

As of 4/4 Johnstown has a 52% response rate to the census if you want to include that in your census section. The rate is up from 41% on 3/31.

BIKE PATH 

The TJ Evans Trail (within the Village) will be monitored for adherence to social distancing. If it becomes apparent that the path has become a place to gather, we will have no choice but to close the path. This IS NOT what we want to do but must put the safety of our community first.

2019 WATER QUALITY REPORT

The Village has released our 2019 Water Quality Report.

The Johnstown Water Treatment Plant treats water from three groundwater wells located adjacent to the plant on the grounds of the Belt Park on Jersey Street.

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, USEPA prescribes regulations which limit the number of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water, which must provide the same protection for public health. Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791)

2 thoughts on “4.7.2020 Community Update

  1. I really hope those misusing the bike path will not spoil it for those of us who are walking daily within the rules. Please follow the social distancing guidelines so we all can continue to walk.

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  2. Bike path is very safe thru day. Adults keeping distance. Children supervised. Am out there a lot. Adults will hardly give eye contact. Did hear from people living very near path. Young people congregate in evening. Smoking weed. We need to keep them off path,

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