CENSUS JOBS AVAILABLE – $16.50/Hour

Help your community while getting paid. Jobs for the 2020 Census include both field and office positions throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. A single application allows you to be considered for several positions, including census taker, recruiting assistant, office clerk, and supervisory staff.

This is a perfect opportunity for anyone currently furloughed or unemployed due to the pandemic.

The Census Job FAQ page answers many questions about the positions available.

Apply now!

APRIL 20, 2020 COMMUNITY UPDATE

SCHOOL BUILDINGS TO REMAIN CLOSED FOR REMAINDER OF 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

Governor DeWine announced that students will continue to go to school remotely for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. At this time, no decisions have been made regarding whether or not schools will reopen in the fall.

VILLAGE TO BEGIN VIRTUAL MEETINGS

Our first virtual Village Council meeting will be held April 21, 2020 at 6:30pm. A copy of the agenda can be found here.

This will be a virtual meeting and 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 so that we can work to accommodate.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://www.gotomeet.me/johnstown/42120—village-council-meeting

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3212

Access Code: 732-165-325

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/732165325

To read complete drafts of any legislation scheduled on the agenda please contact the Clerk of Council for a copy at tmonroe@johnstownohio.org or by calling 740-967-3177 ext 5

JOHNSTOWN PD TO DISTRIBUTE FREE HAND SANITIZER

The Village of Johnstown, Ohio Police Department has partnered with Apeks Supercritical by GIBRALTAR to distribute free hand sanitizer to those who are considered most vulnerable to infection of COVID-19. Those individuals are defined as (1) Elderly individuals or (2) Individuals with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy.

Apeks Supercritical is providing the hand sanitizer at absolute zero cost to the community! Supplies are limited so please be patient.

Please complete the information HERE to be placed on a list to receive a bottle of hand sanitizer. Our Police Officers will delver to your front door with no contact needed.

You will receive an email when our Officer delivers your bottle.

Questions? Email Jim Lenner, Village Manager at jlenner@johnstownohio.org.

LOUD VEHICLES / NOISE ORDINANCE

We’ve received numerous complaints in North Main Street / Leafy Dell neighborhood about extremely loud vehicles in the area. The Chief of Police is aware of the situation and targeted enforcement will begin. We won’t tell when for obvious reasons.

JOHNSTOWN POINTE BEGINS CONSTRUCTION

The green fence at 383 W. Coshocton Street indicates construction has begun on the 81 -bed Johnstown Pointe Transitional Care Facility. The project received its final approval from the Village Planning & Zoning Commission on February 25th. 

The proposed structure will be approximately 58,000 square feet and will be constructed as a single story, protected wood frame building.

POLICE DEPARTMENT STEPS UP FACEBOOK UPDATES

If you haven’t already, check out the Village Police Department Facebook Page. Under the direction of Chief of Police Haroon, more information will be posted in a timely manner to assist our community.

PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TO LOCAL FOOD PANTRY

VILLAGE PARKS ARE OPEN

Even though our playgrounds are closed, you can still get out and enjoy the parks in town or in Licking County. Please remember to keep proper distance from others.

US 62 ROAD CLOSURE

Revised date of closure..the first day of complete closure has been moved to May 20. The road will be closed to all traffic (except for home access). The closure will be from Williams Street to the Post Office and last 60 days.

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Federal Response to Reopening States

President Trump on Thursday announced new guidelines for reopening states as soon as May 1 now that the coronavirus appears to be peaking in the US, but he left the decision up to each state’s governor while recommending criteria that would have to be met for each to gradually reopen.

Under the guidelines, states will need to demonstrate a downward trajectory of COVID-19 cases over a 14-day period and a “robust” system for testing health-care workers before they can proceed to a phased opening.

The phases, as described by task-force member Dr. Deborah Birx include:

  • Phase 1, which recommends continued social distancing, closure of schools, teleworking and sheltering in place for vulnerable individuals. Nonessential travel would be discouraged, bars should remain closed and visits to nursing homes and hospitals should remain prohibited, the guidelines warn. “If a vulnerable population needs to return to work, there should be special accommodations for all vulnerable populations. If the schools are already closed, they should remain closed,” Birx said. “All visits to senior living facilities should continue to be prohibited. Large venues can only be operated under strict physical distancing protocols. Gyms could open if they adhere to strict physical distancing.”
  • Phase 2 allows schools, restaurants and bars to reopen with diminished occupancy. Nonessential travel can resume, and people can gather in groups no larger than 50, but teleworking is still encouraged. “This is for the employers. We still would like to encourage telework, and the common areas should remain closed or be physically distant,” Birx said. “This should be a relief to many households that have small children: schools, day cares and camps can reopen in Phase 2. Visits to senior living facilities however should remain and hospitals prohibited.”
  •  Phase 3 allows workplaces to reopen with no restrictions, and visits to senior care centers and hospitals can resume. “It is essentially returning to our new normal. With all of the what we talked about through all phases: continuing the good hygiene practices, continuing the respect for spaces between individuals, because we know that we still have an issue with asymptomatic spread,” she said.

Read the 18-page document here.

COVID-19 Employment Census

ALL JOHNSTOWN BUSINESS OWNERS! I need your help to help you! Share with any local business that has been impacted by the pandemic.

The purpose of this form is to gauge the impact of the pandemic on our local business while being able to assist where needed. This is a voluntary request made by the Village Manager’s Office. This information will help us help those impacted by the pandemic. All material collected as part of this effort will remain confidential in nature except for the aggregate data with no business identifying information. Please contact me (jlenner@johnstownohio.org) with any questions.

To respond please click here.

Vote-by-Mail Information

If you are able to print your own absentee ballot request please do so at the following link. https://www.boe.ohio.gov/comoh/Absentee_Request_11-A.pdf

If you do not have the ability to print a form or have a family member help you, write all the required information on any sheet of paper and mail it to us at:

Licking County Board of Elections
20 S. Second St.
Newark, OH 43055

Required information when making your own request.

  • Printed Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Full voter registration address
  • A form of identification – Most commonly last four digits of your social security number, or driver’s license number (2 letters 6 numbers), or include a copy of another acceptable form of ID.

This is a partisan primary election, specify which party ballot you want. Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Issues Only.

SIGN the form and date the form.

Elections Office staff is working long extended hours to ensure the voters of Licking County are able to cast their ballots.

If you have a question please send an email at licking@ohiosos.gov

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)

Village Offices and Buildings Are Closed Until May 4th.

Village Manager Jim Lenner has announced that the closing of Village buildings and offices will be extended for another month. This coincides with Governor DeWine’s decision to keep Ohio’s schools closed through Friday May 1st because of the COVID-19 emergency. Village Offices will be closed to the public until Monday May 4th pending any new direction from the Governor.

During the extended closing period, residents and businesses can use the Villages night deposit slot to make water bill payments. The deposit slot is located beside the entrance door. Water shut offs have been suspended until further notice. Residents and businesses are still responsible for their water bill. The deadline for filing City income tax returns without penalty has been moved back to July 15th. 

During the period all Village offices can be reached by calling 740.967.3177 or emailing at info@johnstownohio.org. Direct lines and applications for Village permits can be found on the Village’s web site at www.johnstownohio.org. Information on how to pay water bills are also available on the Village’s web site. #flattenthecurve

Sincerely,




Jim Lenner
Village Manger

March 28, 2020 Community Update

US 62 Construction Update

Beginning Wednesday, April 1, US 62 (W. Coshocton Street) will be reduced to one lane. This will last for one month. 

The road will be closed begining the first week of May to all traffic (except for home access). The closure will be from Williams Street to the Post Office and last 60 days.

Tax Deadline Extended

The deadline for filing municipal income tax returns has been extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15,2020. The due date for the Tax Year 2020 1st Quarter estimate has been extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15,2020.

Kasson Street to Close

Columbus Asphalt Paving, Inc. (contracted by the Village of Johnstown) will be starting work on S. Kasson St. on Wednesday April. 1. The road will be CLOSED to thru traffic during the day. We will try to accommodate resident’s access as best we can. We are asking residents to park on an adjacent street or alley if possible. At the end of each work day the street will be re-opened to normal traffic. Our normal working hours are from 7 AM to 5:30 PM.

Any questions or concerns may be directed to Doug Lindsey at (614) 759-9800 or dlindsey@capasphalt.com.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Village Arbor Day Celebration has been cancelled

Based on recommendations from the Governor and public health officials, the Village of Johnstown has made the decision to postpone the Arbor Day Celebration previously scheduled for April 18th. We hope to reschedule at a later date. 

The poster contest for children ages 5-12 will still take place. The poster can be downloaded and printed here: http://johnstownohio.org/…/upl…/2020/03/Arbor-Day-poster.pdf. They can be mailed to the Village office or dropped in the utility payment drop box by April 7th. We will still announce a winner by April 18th.

Updated Voting Information

The coronavirus crisis has changed the trajectory of our lives. As we work to overcome those challenges, it’s still important to have your voice heard in the Ohio primary. The Ohio General Assembly has put in place a plan that will allow all Ohioans to continue voting by mail until April 28. Don’t lose your voice! Vote!

Paths and Parks are Open! Playgrounds are Closed.

Our playgrounds are closed effective immediately. They will remain closed until further notice. #covid19

The National Parks & Recreation Association has developed some simple “social distancing” guidelines to follow for anyone wishing to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits of getting outside during this difficult time.

Licking County COVID-19 Relief Fund

Right now, we are living through extraordinary and challenging days, and all of us here in Licking County are struggling to figure out what comes next. If you have the means, please join me in donating to the Licking County COVID-19 Relief Fund, to help preserve the health and safety our community. Together we can make a difference.

You can make your donation by:
Text ‘Virus19’ to 41444
Go to https://www.unitedwaylc.org/covid
Mail donation to United Way of Licking County
PO Box 4490 Newark, OH 43058-4490 
Put COVID-19 Relief Fund in the memo line.