Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Thursday said that schools in Ohio will have a three week spring break starting at the end of classes on Monday. The move is a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus and will last at least until April 3rd..
The Village administration has been monitoring the spread of COVID-19. We were in an education/awareness phase and now moving to prevention. I want to share with you what our plans are regarding COVID-19 prevention and continued education.
First, our goals throughout this health crisis are to:
Protect employees and their families from infection or spread of COVID-19.
Maintain services as much as possible through any form of infectious outbreak.
Reduce or eliminate the infection or spreading of COVID-19 to our customers/citizens, with a focus on at-risk individuals. At-risk individuals, as defined by the CDC, are older adults (above 60 and even more focus for above 70), and those with current health conditions such as heart problems, diabetes, lung issues, etc.
Minimizing adverse effects on other entities or partners (i.e., Licking County, Licking Memorial Health Systems, etc.)
Village Administration Office Remains Open
However, the Village may consider reducing hours for Village Administration Office. Promotion and education for customers to use alternative measures will be through website/Facebook, etc.
Council Chambers Closed to External Users
Because Ohio has its first confirmed case of COVID-19, the Village Council Chambers will be closed to external users until at least April 4th, 2020 except for voting on March 17th. All confirmed meetings in these rooms will be cancelled through the appropriate contacts.
Future Public Meetings
Consideration to reduce and/or cancel official meetings: Boards, Commissions and possible Village Council meetings will be made based on the situation.
Clean your hands often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Avoid touchingyour eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
After months of negotiation and discussion, Village Council authorized the Village Manager to enter into contract with Daybreak Foods, Inc. to sell a minimum of 125,000 gallons of water per day. New Day Farms, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daybreak Foods, is one of the nation’s fastest growing egg producers. New Day Farms operates an egg production facility at 9300 Croton Road. Under the 15-year contract, New Day Farms guarantees the use of 125,000 gallons of water per day with a maximum per day usage of 175,000 gallons. Since the facility is located outside of the Village corporation limits, New Day Farms has agreed to a payment in lieu of taxes of $64,000 per year for the first 10 years and $45,000 for the final 5 years of the contract. Revenue from the sale of water and payment in lieu of taxes will finance the bond payment for the construction of the waterline.
Over the next 12 months, the Village will design the water line, begin permitting and construct the infrastructure needed to serve the New Day Farms facility.
Property owners along the 1-mile waterline will have the ability to connect. Those property owners that are contiguous to the Village corporation boundary will be required to annex prior to water service being granted. Those not contiguous will be required to record a property deed restriction stating the property owner will annex when the property becomes contiguous. Also, a tap fee and capacity fee must be paid. Currently a water tap fee costs $375 and capacity fee is $5,000 and is subject to change. The water rate will be 200% for those outside the Village corporation limits.
Ohio Department of Health Opens Call Center to Help With COVID-19 Response
1-833-4-ASK-ODH Open Seven Days a Week
Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH, today announced the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has opened a call center to answer questions regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
Call center staff includes licensed nurses and infectious disease experts. They will be available to answer questions and provide accurate information about COVID-19, the risk to the public, and the state’s response.
There are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio. The number of potential cases and the results of testing are regularly updated every weekday at coronavirus.ohio.gov.
While the general risk to the public in Ohio is still considered low, it is important to continue to follow standard precautions to prevent the spread of infectious disease. To prevent the spread of any virus including novel coronavirus, practice these preventative measures:
Wash your hands often with soap and water.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Additional information and guidance on COVID-19 is available at ODH’s new website, coronavirus.ohio.gov.
The following legislation was approved by Village Council on March 3, 2020:
ORDINANCE 04-2020 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CERTAIN SECTIONS OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE VILLAGE OF JOHNSTOWN, OHIO IN ORDER TO SET WATER SERVICE RATES, CHARGED BY THE VILLAGE OF JOHNSTOWN
ORDINANCE 05-2020 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CERTAIN SECTIONS OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE VILLAGE OF JOHNSTOWN, OHIO IN ORDER TO SET WATER DEBT SERVICE RATES, CHARGED BY THE VILLAGE OF JOHNSTOWN
ORDINANCE 06-2020 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CERTAIN SECTIONS OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE VILLAGE OF JOHNSTOWN, OHIO IN ORDER TO SET SEWER SERVICE RATES CHARGED BY THE VILLAGE OF JOHNSTOWN
ORDINANCE 07-2020 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CERTAIN SECTIONS OF THE CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE VILLAGE OF JOHNSTOWN, OHIO IN ORDER TO SET SEWER DEBT SERVICE RATES, CHARGED BY THE VILLAGE OF JOHNSTOWN
RESOLUTION 2020-07 A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE VILLLAGE LAW DIRECTOR TO ACCEPT THE ONE OHIO MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
RESOLUTION 2020-08 AN ORDINANCE REDUCING THE VILLAGE OF JOHNSTOWN WATER AND SEWER TAP/CAPACITY FEES FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A REPLACEMENT FIRE DEPARTMENT FACILITY BY THE MONROE TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT
RESOLUTION 2020-09 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE MANAGER TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH NEW DAY FARMS, LLC FOR THE SALE OF WATER
RESOLUTION 2020-10 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE MANAGER TO MODIFY AN EXISTING CONTRACT WITH NEW DAY FARMS, LLC FOR THE DISPOSAL OF WASTEWATER
RESOLUTION 2020-11 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE MANAGER TO ENTER INTO A LOAN AGREEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE VILLAGE OF JOHNSTOWN WITH THE OHIO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY AND/OR OHIO WATER DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY FOR THE PUROSE OF WATER LINE INSTALLATION
RESOLUTION 2020-12 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE VILLAGE MANAGER TO ENTER INTO A LOAN AGREEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE VILLAGE OF JOHNSTOWN WITH THE OHIO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY AND/OR OHIO WATER DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY FOR THE PUROSE OF WASTEWATER LINE INSTALLATION
US 62 TURN LANE CLOSURE: The latest news received by the Village is a mid-April closing for 60 days. Prior to the closing, located between Williams Street and the first entrance to the Post Office, work will occur on the edges of the project with flaggers maintaining traffic.
KASSON STREET: With the gas company finished with their work, our contractor will move in as soon as the weather breaks.
WESTVIEW DRIVE: We are finalizing construction plans. We anticipate a complete repaving of the street with curb repair as needed. This will happen in 2020.
S. OREGON STREET: We will begin work in mid-July after the State of Ohio releases the grant/loan fund package.
Planning & Zoning Commission meets on March 10 at 6:30pm in Council Chambers. The agenda is available here.
Mayor Dutcher and I attended the GROW Licking County CIC Investor Breakfast featuring JobsOhio President and CIO J.P. Nauseef on March 4th. Highlights include:
The Columbus Region has been listed No. 8 on Site Selection magazine’s ‘Top 10 Metro Areas’ list, with 92 new and expanded facilities in 2019. The Region has made Site Selection’s ‘Top 10 Metros’ list for eight consecutive years.
Licking County has added 6,000 job opportunities, 3.06 BILLION of new investment and retained 2,100 jobs since its inception in 2012.
Crow Works was highlighted as a 2019 “win” adding 40 new jobs to the Village workforce.
Please join the Village of Johnstown as we celebrate Arbor Day on April 18th. The event will take place at 11 am at the Johnstown Trailhead. The Village will be planting and celebrating all things trees. The winner of the Arbor Day poster contest will also be announced!
Posters are being distributed through the schools and are also available at the Village office. If your child wishes to participate, please return completed posters to the Village office by April 7th.
Johnstown Village Council is accepting letters of interest for one unexpired term on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Term expires December 31, 2021. Letters will be accepted by the Clerk of Council until noon on March 18, 2020.
Clerk of Council 599 South Main St. Johnstown, Oh 43031
Have you ever wondered what your utility (water/sewer) payment helps to fund? Or what it can’t fund? Enterprise funds as outlined by Ohio Revised Code can only be spent on specific items related to the fund they are collected for. For example, we can’t use utility payments to pay for new playground equipment or road paving.
On Tuesday, the Village joined other counties and municipalities across Ohio in a unified effort to hold opioid manufacturers accountable for the increased opioid use over the past 10 years.
The plan, called One Ohio, divides any money received from opioid manufacturers between local communities (30%), a foundation governed by a board made up of local government leaders who would distribute the money among 19 regions (55%), and the Ohio Attorney General Office (15%). All of the money will be used for prevention, recovery, and treatment programs. The Village legislation can be read here.
The Village is scheduled to receive approximately $80,000.
The 2020 Census is more than a population count. It’s an opportunity to shape the future of your community.
You can inspire others. Tell everyone—your friends and family, your neighbors and co-workers—that you will complete the census, and tell them why it’s important that they respond too.
Census results have an impact on planning and funding for health clinics and highways, fire departments and disaster response, education programs such as Head Start and college tuition assistance, and so much more.
Johnstown Pointe Transitional Care Facility Approved
Johnstown Pointe, a new 81 bed transitional care facility, received its final approval from the Village Planning & Zoning Commission on February 25th.
Construction will begin in the spring. The new facility will be located at 383 W. Coshocton Street.
The proposed structure will be approximately 58,000 square feet and will be constructed as a single story, protected wood frame building.
The proposed structure will feature a variety of roof forms and massing in order to break up the visual impact and enhance the residential character of the building. Exterior materials will include cultured stone, brick, split face block, siding and EIFS in natural stone and gray coloring. Materials have been selected for durability and visual aesthetics. A split face block base and limestone water table will extend around the perimeter of the building. Brick will be featured to full height on the smaller gables with siding and EIFS on the larger gable.
Village Council meets Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30pm. Click here for agenda.
March 17th is Election Day. Village Council will meet one day later on March 18th at 6:30pm.
The Johnstown Youth Athletic Association has extended baseball sign ups to March 7. If you haven’t signed up yet you still have time!! Click HERE.
Edward Donaldson is celebrating his 90th birthday on March 3rd. His family is trying for 90 cards for 90 years. Mail cards to: Edward Donaldson 71 S. Oregon St. Johnstown Ohio 43031
Johnstown lost a great man last week. Mike Shull passed away on Feb 28th at his home surrounded by his family. Read Mike’s obituary here.
Police Chief Search: First round of interviews are completed the week of February 24. Of the 14 applications received, seven were interviewed. Three will continue to the second round of interviews.
I continue to receive messages that go a little something like this …”My family and I moved to Johnstown three years ago for the small town charm. Please stop all this development because it’s ruining what we love about the community.”
Just a few of my thoughts…
1. No one can stop development. People have the right to sell their property. The Village will guide growth. Can’t stop it. 2. Never assume the farmland/vacant lot/scenic vista next to your property will remain as such in perpetuity unless (1) you own it or (2) a mastodon was found there. 3. When you moved here, there were people (existing residents) complaining about you moving here. 4. Take a look at the new homes being built OUTSIDE of the Village limits compared to inside. There isn’t much difference in volume. 5. Think about all the wonderful things in life such as a baby, a puppy and trees. They all start small and grow to be great things. Community growth is part of life.
Johnstown Village Council and administration is committed to controlling the growth that is upon us and what is knocking on the front door. We cherish our 200+ year history while looking years down the road to become what the greater community wants no matter if you’ve lived here 3 years or 30 years. No one voice shall be greater than another.
ORDINANCE 01-2020 was approved. This appropriated unused engineering and inspection fees from 2019.
ORDINANCE 02-2020 was introduced. This legislation is our new annexation policy. Any property that is annexed will be zoned RR-3 which allows agricultural uses as well as residential single family homes as 1 unit per 3 acres.
ORDINANCE 03-2020 was introduced. This legislation authorizes salary adjustments for the police department as well as the funding of a new service department laborer position.
ITEMS OF NOTE
Phase II of the US 62 turn lane project will be ramping up this spring. Plan on avoiding the area if possible. At this time, the plan is to shut down the road for 60 days similar to last fall.
S. Oregon Street will be under construction this summer beginning approximately July 15.
S. Kasson Street will be under construction as soon as the weather breaks. The gas company has finally finished moving their infrastructure.
The Village is requesting proposals from interested consultants to guide the creation of design standards for new commercial and residential developments. There will be public meetings so keep an eye out.
On Feb 18 (date is tentative), I’ll be presenting to the Northridge School Board during their work session about the creation of a joint recreation district. Room and time TBD.
On Feb 24, I’ll be presenting to the Johnstown-Monroe School Board during their work session about the creation of a joint recreation district. The meeting is in Room 102 at the high school beginning at 6:30.
ORDINANCE 02-2020 was approved. This legislation is our new annexation policy. Any property that is annexed will be zoned RR-3 which allows agricultural uses as well as residential single family homes as 1 unit per 3 acres.
ORDINANCE 03-2020 was approved. This legislation authorizes salary adjustments for the police department as well as the funding of a new service department laborer position.
ORDINANCE 08-2020 was approved by emergency. This authorized the borrowing for a new plow truck.
ORDINANCE 09-2020 was approved by emergency. This authorized the borrowing for a salt storage building.
ORDINANCE 10-2020 was approved by emergency. This authorized the borrowing for paving of Westview Drive.
ORDINANCE 11-2020 was approved by emergency. This authorized the borrowing for a new 500,000 gallon water tower and waterline to SR 310/SR 161.
ORDINANCE 12-2020 was approved by emergency. This authorized the borrowing for a fixing the Valleyview sewer line and upgrade the Jersey Street sewer line.
ORDINANCE 13-2020 was approved by emergency. This authorized the consolidation of prior ordinances to allow for one bond issuance.
ORDINANCE 04-2020 was introduced. This would increase water service rates by 5%.
ORDINANCE 05-2020 was introduced. This would increase water debt service rates by 5%.
ORDINANCE 06-2020 was introduced. This would increase sewer service rates by 5%.
ORDINANCE 07-2020 was introduced. This would increase sewer debt service rates by 5%.
ITEMS TO NOTE:
US 62 Construction Update: Weather dependent, it looks like April 1 will begin the final 60 day road closure from Williams Street to the first entrance of the Post office. Prior to and following the closure, there will be work on the project with one lane restrictions.
S. Kasson Street, Westview Drive and S. Oregon Street will all be under construction at some point this spring/summer. We’ll post updates when the work is ready to begin.
On February 25 I’ll be presenting to the Johnstown-Monroe School Board during their work session about the creation of a joint recreation district. The meeting is in Room 102 at the high school beginning at 6:30.
UPCOMING MEETINGS (all held at 599 S. Main Street)
Feb 24 – School Board Presentation at 6:30pm in HS Room 102
Feb 25 – Planning Commission at 6:30pm
Feb 27 – Mayors Court at 6:30pm
March 3 – Safety Service Committee at 5:00pm
March 3 – Village Council at 6:30pm
March 5 – Economic Development Committee at 10:00am
March 10 – Planning Commission at 6:30pm
March 12 – Mayors Court at 6:30pm
March 12 – Park & Rec Committee at 10am
March 17 – Election Day (Council Chambers)
March 18 – Finance Committee at 5:00pm
March 18 – Village Council at 6:30pm
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Jim Lenner Village Manager
Village of Johnstown 599 South Main Street Johnstown, Ohio 43031