Licking County Job and Family Services is offering limited COVID-19 Emergency Services for Licking County residents impacted by COVID-19

Licking County Job and Family Services is offering emergency assistance for families impacted by the COVID-19 virus.  Families who have experienced unexpected expenses and/or job loss or due to the COVID-19 virus may apply. 

Licking County JFS is committed to the delivery of services to our community. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, we are temporarily amending how we deliver services to protect the health of our community and staff. We will be closing walk-in services effective Monday, March 16th. This includes our JFS office at 74 S. 2nd Street, Newark, Ohio and Ohio Means Jobs – Licking County at 998 E. Main Street. Please see below how to access services.

Essential Service Workers

Thank you to the pharmacy employees at CVS Pharmacy and Kroger who continue to fulfill prescriptions to those in need, to the line workers at TECH Tire Repairs for making repair kits for our transportation system vehicles, to the folks restocking shelves at Kroger making sure we have proper supplies, to the Johnstown, Ohio Police Department for continuing to patrol our streets, to the Monroe Township Fire Department for responding to all calls for help, to the restaurants who continue to keep our souls fed when the easy thing to do is close up, to the gas stations who provide fuel for our vehicles, and to the hundreds of other professions who will not stay at home because they provide essential services to our community. You went to work for us. We will stay home for you. THANK YOU. 🙏 #covid19 #flattenthecurve

Water To Remain On

In light of the financial hardships that the most recent restrictions handed down from the Governor’s office could cause our customers, the Village Manager has authorized the suspension of March 2020 water turn-offs for non-payment during this ever changing situation. A decision on April 2020 turn-off will be made in the near future dependent on the coronavirus situation.

It is important to note that the water and sewer bills will NOT be waived. Those bills are still valid and due. Anybody who has concerns about paying their bill should contact the Utility Billing office at 740-967-3177. We have payment plan options available to help our customers remain current.

Any customers who do not pay their bills on-line or through the mail to use our dropbox located near the front door at our office, 599 South Main Street. Our staff is still available by phone or email to answer any of your questions.

Thank you for you flexibility and understanding. Information about this situation is changing quickly and we may have to adapt our response to match.

Village Appoints Police Chief

March 17, 2020 – Johnstown Village Manager has appointed Ibrahim “Abe” Haroon as the Police Chief of the Village of Johnstown overseeing all facets of the police department. Chief Haroon began his career in law enforcement in 2005. His past experience includes working for the Licking County Sheriff’s Office (2005-2007) as a deputy sheriff and most recently with the City of Pickerington’s Division of Police (2007-2020) as a police sergeant for the patrol division. In addition, he has also served as a drug recognition expert (DRE), a school resource officer (SRO), a crisis intervention specialist, and as an operator for the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team in Fairfield County, Ohio.

Chief Haroon holds numerous educational achievements. In 2015 he earned a bachelor’s of science in criminal justice administration through Globe University at the Minnesota School of Business. In 2017, he received a master’s of business administration (MBA) through Western Governor’s University. Chief Haroon is also a graduate of several executive police leadership schools which include graduate level studies at The Ohio State University’s John Glen College of Business Public Safety Leadership Academy (PSLA), Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC), and the Ohio Law Enforcement Foundation’s Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE) program. Chief Haroon believes that personal development and growth is essential and is quoted saying, “The moment we stop learning is the moment we stop trending!”

Chief Haroon believes in strong family and community values. He is highly committed to serving the Village of Johnstown and is excited and optimistic about its future growth and development as well as working closely with the community. Building trust, transparency, legitimacy, and positive relationships are among his top priorities. Chief Haroon intends on having an “open door” policy for the citizens of Johnstown in order to gain a better understanding of the community’s needs and concerns whether it is good, bad, or indifferent.

Chief Haroon comes from a multicultural background and is a native of Pakistan. He has been married for 25-years to his wife Judy and has a son who will be attending the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University in Athens this fall.  He enjoys camping, fishing, hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends. 

Mayor Dutcher is excited for the appointment of Chief Haroon. “He has an exceptional record in law enforcement that will help lead Johnstown into the future. I ask that the residents and businesses of Johnstown welcome Chief Haroon to the community.”

Chief Haroon will be sworn in by Mayor Dutcher on March 30th. The Village Manger and Police Chief will hold a Facebook Live event during the first week of April to introduce Chief Haroon to the public. A public reception will be scheduled in the future.  

Media inquiries can be sent to Jim Lenner, Village Manager at 740-967-3177 or jlenner@johnstownohio.org.

COVID-19 Report

March 16, 2020 | 12:00pm – We are aware of a potential COVID-19 case in the area and are in contact with the Licking County Health Department (LCHD) who are investigating the report. At this time, the LCHD reports that there are no confirmed cased in Licking County. We’ll update you as needed when facts are determined. 

If your organization has a question about exposure to COVID-19, please contact the LCHD at (740) 349-6535. Continue to practice great hygiene and social distancing from others.

Village Buildings Closed to Public

March 15, 2020 – Starting Monday, March 16th, all Village buildings will be closed to the public. In accordance with Governor Mike DeWine’s State Orders to minimize the community spread of the coronavirus (COVIN-19), the Village of Johnstown asks residents who normally visit our village buildings for services to conduct their business online, over the phone or through email. All emails can be found on our website. General questions can be sent to info@johnstownohio.org.

Elections will still be held on March 17th in Village Council Chambers.

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COVID-19 Community Announcements

This page has been designed to house any community information regarding events, cancelations, organizational announcements, etc. Please send your announcement to jlenner@johnstownohio.org.

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3.13.2020 | 12:15pm – Village Meeting Update

  1. The Finance Committee scheduled for March 18th has been cancelled.
  2. The Village Council meeting scheduled for March 18th (6:30pm) is still on. There will be an abbreviated agenda of only legislation.
  3. The Planning Commission meeting scheduled for March 24th has been cancelled.
  4. All usage of the Council Chambers has been suspended EXCEPT for voting on March 17th.
  5. Mayors Court scheduled for March 26th and April 9th has been cancelled.

In order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, 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 info@johnstownohio.org or lcain@johnstownohio.org.

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

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 info@johnstownohio.org or a staff member using the following style: firstinitiallastname@johnstownohio.org.

–> 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 www.vox.com.

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 Vox.com 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. https://johnstownohconnection.wordpress.com/email-sign-up/

WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID?
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.