SAFEST CITY IN COLORADO
Johnstown residents live in one of the safest communities in all of Colorado! The National Council for Home Safety and Security released a report on February 21 announcing that Johnstown ranks No. 1 on the list of Top 50 Safest Cities in Colorado for 2017. The report shows Johnstown's crime rate is impressively low compared to the state average with only three reported violent crimes and 68 property crimes in 2016, six times less than the state average. The report summarizes by saying, "This town is clearly a wonderful place to live."
As national crime rates are on the rise, Johnstown residents enjoy a sense of calm knowing they live in a place where safety is second to none. Thank you to the Johnstown Police Department for their dedication in making sure this level of safety remains a reality for our community.
Find the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s Report at https://www.alarms.org/THE-SAFEST-CITIES-IN-COLORADO-2017/ and the Safewise Report at www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-colorado.
NORTH 2ND STREET IMPROVEMENT PROJECT BEGINS
The Town hired Concrete Express, Inc. as General Contractor to oversee this major improvement project. The first phase of work will commence in March, per the Contractor’s schedule, extending from Parish Avenue, west to Canal Street. Phase 2 is planned to follow Roosevelt High School graduation, continuing through the summer months, with substantial project completion in August 2017. The project will cost approximately $1.3 million, and will include replacement of a major water main, removal and replacement of concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter, and replacement of the asphalt roadway, plus striping. Xcel Energy will relocate street lights to accommodate sidewalk improvements. Recognizing the need for improved traffic and pedestrian safety, Town Council designated this project as a goal for 2016 and authorized TTG Engineers to prepare a design. A public open house was held in October 2016 to discuss the design and receive comments.
2534 AND JOHNSTOWN PLAZA
Johnstown’s 2534 development is buzzing with excitement as buildings near completion. High Country Beverage Corp. headquarters and distribution center, a two-story, 130,000-square-foot refrigerated beer warehouse and office space located at 4200 Ronald Reagan Blvd., is close to being finished. Swire Coca-Cola USA, a 125,000-square-foot beverage distribution center located at the southeast corner of the development, is still under construction.
Johnstown Plaza continues construction with newly added retail buildings that are beginning to fill with eager tenants. The list of current and future tenants can be found at www.johnstownplaza.com/current-tenants/. Scheels continues to make strides closer to completion every day and is on track to open on its target date of September 2017.
2534 AND JOHNSTOWN PLAZA
COMFORT SUITES OPENS FOR BUSINESS
The Comfort Suites hotel at 4851 Thompson Pkwy in Johnstown’s 2534 development opened at the end of January 2017. The hotel is owned and operated by Spirit Hospitality, a Fort Collins-based hotel developer and management company. Located north of Scheels, the 92-room hotel boasts a 130-foot-long water slide and looks forward to booking families and business travelers year-round.
NEW POLICE SUBSTATION TO HELP BETTER SERVE RESIDENTS
Johnstown Police Department’s new substation in the Town’s 2534 development is tentatively scheduled to open in March. The substation, which is located at the east end of the Liberty Firearms Institute facility (4990 Ronald Reagan Blvd.), will allow for quicker response times for Johnstown Police officers. Police Chief Brian Phillips says the use of the added facility will allow officers to respond to any call in Johnstown in fewer than four minutes on average.
UPCOMING TOWN EVENTS
ANNUAL SPRING CLEANUP DAY -- APRIL 22
Help keep Johnstown beautiful by participating in the Town’s Annual Spring Cleanup Day, which will be held on Saturday, April 22 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Works facility (201 S. 1st Place). There will be a $10/load fee.
Appliances will not be accepted and neither will household hazardous materials (paint, cleaners, batteries, tires, etc.). Please take those items to the Weld County Household Hazardous Waste drop-off site. Contact Johnstown Town Hall at (970) 587-4664 for more information.
PET VACCINATION CLINIC — APRIL 29
Join the Town of Johnstown, Police Department and Full Circle Veterinary Care for the Annual Pet Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, April 29 at the Public Works building (201 S. 1st Place). Rabies and distemper vaccinations will be administered from 8 a.m. to noon for $10 per shot.
Dogs that are six months or older are required to have a current rabies vaccination and a license. Town licenses for spayed or neutered animals are available for $4, and $10 for unaltered animals. Call Town Hall at (970) 587-4664 or Full Circle Veterinary Clinic at (970) 587-5140 with questions.
COMMUNITY SHRED DAY EVENT — JUNE 17
The Johnstown Police Department’s FREE Community Shred Day Event will be held on Saturday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to noon. Residents will be able to safely destroy up to three copy boxes or one large trash bag full of documents with Apex Shredding’s mobile shredding unit with officers onsite at the Johnstown Police Department (430 S. Parish Ave.). Proof of residency will be required. Contact the Johnstown Police Department at (970) 587-5555 with questions.
GET READY FOR JOHNSTOWN ANNUAL BBQ DAY – JUNE 3
Johnstown’s Annual BBQ Day, the Town’s most beloved tradition, will be held June 3. Bring your family and join your community in a day full of exciting activities and events. With friends and neighbors, enjoy the parade, climbing wall, 200-ft. zip line, human gyroscope, food and craft vendors, and live music, just to name a few! The event culminates that evening with BBQ and a concert in the park before an amazing fireworks display. You don’t want to miss it. Find the full schedule of events at www.johnstownbbqday.org/schedule.
The Johnstown Senior Center, located at 101 Charlotte St., offers weekly exercise and yoga classes, lunch, card games and blood pressure checks. Sewflakes, breakfast and bingo are offered bi-monthly. Trips to Walmart, baseball games, casinos, lunch out, and catered meals are offered monthly. Trips: March -- Quilt Craft & Sew Festival and Denver Art Museum; April -- NREL; May -- Tea at Briarwood Inn; June -- Chuck Wagon Dinner. For more information, visit www.townofjohnstown.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 970-587-5251.
GLENN A. JONES MEMORIAL LIBRARY
There's a lot going on at the Glenn A. Jones Library this spring! We have a ten-week-long "Life Storying" program for seniors, starting March 21, and a Microsoft Word workshop on Tuesday evenings for the entire month of April. We've also started preparations for our summer reading program titled "Libraries are Out of This World!" Registration starts in late May. For more information, please visit us at the library, give us a call at 970-587-2459, or check our website at www.80534books.com.
JOHNSTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Enjoy a tour of the Historic Parish House and Museum, 701 Charlotte Street, as part of your BBQ Day fun on June 3, starting at 10 a.m. The museum is also open Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon. We are looking for houses to feature on the 2017 Holiday Home tour. If you have a special collection, themed trees, or architecture you’d like to share, phone the museum at 970-587-0278.