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!

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