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The Town's newsletter, The Lowdown, is published and distributed periodically. Find previous editions of the newsletter here.
 
------------------------------------ OCTOBER 2017 ------------------------------------
SANTA COPS OF WELD COUNTY,
A GIFT-GIVING OPPORTUNITY
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Santa Cops of Weld County is a tradition that ensures area children in need receive a gift during the holidays. New, unwrapped gifts are collected by the Johnstown Police Department and distributed to families up until Christmas Eve.

If you are looking for other ways to give, monetary donations are also appreciated. If you prefer to make a tax-deductible donation, please deliver a check made out to “Santa Cops” to the police department and receive a receipt to retain for your taxes. If you’re interested in helping to wrap gifts, please call the Johnstown Police Department at 970-587-5555. To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/SantaCopsofWeldCounty.
 
TOWN MEETINGS
Town Council:
First and third Monday of each month, 7:00 p.m., 450 S. Parish Ave.
Planning and Zoning Commission:
First and third Wednesday of each month, 7:00 p.m., 450 S. Parish Ave. 
 
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SENIOR SCENE
The Johnstown Senior Center, 101 Charlotte St., offers a variety of services and programs, including exercise classes, blood pressure checks, and shopping and casino trips, just to name a few. Free hearing aid checks are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Learn more at www.townofjohnstown.com, email sgamez@bajabb.com, or call 970-587-5251.
11/11: US Army Band – 7 p.m. (Leave 6:15 p.m.)
12/2: Annual Christmas Boutique 9 a.m. -  3 p.m.
12/11: Air Force Band – 2 p.m. (Leave at 1:15 p.m.)

12/20: Christmas Dinner – Entertainment by 
   Tim Black – RSVP required
12/27: Bring in the New Year Dinner – Entertain-
   ment by Vic Anderson – RSVP required.

WRITTEN WORD FROM GLENN A. JONES, M.D. MEMORIAL LIBRARY
This October, the Glenn A. Jones, M.D. Memorial Library is celebrating its 50th anniversary.  We’ve come a long way since the first small library was built in 1967! Help us celebrate this milestone event by joining us on Saturday, October 28th, from 10 a.m. to noon for refreshments and the sharing of fond (or funny) library memories.

Visit us this Fall, as we have lots of programs to enjoy, including four different storytimes, six book clubs, our Artist in Residence programs, and First Saturday programs (November 4th’s program:  How to Hygge!). For more information, visit our new website at  www.librariesrock.org.  

JOHNSTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Historic Parish House and Museum, 701 Charlotte Street, is the home of Town Founders Harvey and Mary Parish. It is also the offices of the Johnstown Historical Society. The museum is open Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and by appointment. Follow JHS on Facebook and at Johnstownhistoricalsociety.org for more information on activities and updates.

AMY TALLENT NEWEST MEMBER OF TOWN COUNCIL

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The Town of Johnstown has a new Councilwoman on board as of the July 17, 2017, Town Council meeting when Amy Tallent was sworn into office. She filled the vacancy left by former Councilman KC Mitchell, who resigned from his position on June 8, 2017. After interviewing six applicants for the seat, Tallent was unanimously appointed to office by the remaining Council members at the June 28, 2017, Town Council meeting. Tallent is the owner and operator of The Tallent Company, a public relations firm located in Johnstown, and she will serve as the liaison between the Town Council and Chamber of Commerce.

“The Town of Johnstown has been a wonderful home for my family and my business. We moved here four years ago and we’ve made great friends, we’ve been able to volunteer in the community and continue to grow our business. I feel blessed to live here,” Tallent says. “Joining the Council allows me the opportunity to give back to a great, vibrant community. I have a unique background that includes over ten years of merging government entities, businesses and community through communication, events, and proactive relationships. Johnstown is in a fantastic position right now because of its experienced leadership, and I’m proud to come on board to focus on a proactive approach to serving residents, current and potential businesses, and local organizations.”

  
SCHEELS GRAND OPENING
Less than two years ago in February 2016, an excited crowd of Town officials, developers, and media personnel joined Scheels’ Chairman Steve D. Scheel beneath a tent in Johnstown’s 2534 development for the groundbreaking ceremony at the site where the company’s newest store now stands. The highly anticipated grand opening of the 250,000-square-foot sports and outdoors superstore that anchors Johnstown Plaza, one of the region’s largest up-and-coming shopping centers, was held on September 30. The opening of the store has brought approximately 400 new jobs to Johnstown.

Shoppers will enjoy scenic views of Longs Peak while partaking in a retail adventure for the entire family. Features include a 65-foot Ferris wheel, a 16,000-gallon aquarium at the doors – complete with a scuba diver feeding the fish every day at 5 p.m., a children’s bowling alley, shooting galleries, simulators for golf, soccer, hockey, baseball and other sports, and a deli and fudge shop. To learn more about Johnstown Plaza and its anchor, Scheels, go to www.johnstownplaza.com. Sink Combs Dethlefs is the architectural firm that has been hired by the Town to design the recreation center, which is tentatively planned to feature an aquatic center, multi-activity gymnasium, elevated running track, fitness center, exercise studios, multi-purpose meeting rooms, child watch and other amenities. A total of $25 million has been committed by the Town for the project.
 
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LARIMER PARKWAY TRAFFIC SIGNAL INSTALLED
A new traffic signal now stands at the intersection of Larimer Parkway and U.S. Highway 34. WL Contractors, Inc. completed the installation of the signal prior to the grand opening of Scheels. It is the hope of the Town that the new signal will provide a sense of ease and safety for residents and visitors traveling in the area of Johnstown’s 2534 development.
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BURLINGTON COAT FACTORY OPEN
The Burlington Coat Factory officially opened its doors in Johnstown Plaza on September 8. More and more businesses are opening their doors all the time in Johnstown’s 2534 development. Find a full list of tenants in Johnstown Plaza at www.townofjohnstown.com/332/Johnstown-Plaza.
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COUNCIL NAMES NEW COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTER SITE
The Johnstown Community Recreation Center has a new site location. During the regularly scheduled Town Council meeting on September 6, Town Council unanimously voted to reconsider the selection of the Massey property as the site and selected the Mountain View site, which is located across the street from Town Hall. Discussion on selecting a new site began during the August 7 Town Council meeting after learning of problems that arose with the readiness of the Massey property.

Town Council’s decision came after the Mountain View property owner announced during the September 6 meeting that he would cut the price of the property in half to $1 million. Councilmembers noted this site location would attract people from all parts of Johnstown and surrounding communities to Johnstown’s downtown district and would serve as an economic stimulus for the town. Town Council directed Town staff and the Town attorney to prepare the documentation necessary to effectuate the transfer of the property. Learn more about the site selection process at www.townofjohnstown.com/337/Johnstown-Community-Recreation-Center.

NORTH 2ND STREET IMPROVEMENT PROJECT COMPLETE
The North 2nd Street improvement project, which began this summer, has been completed. The project included 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 also relocated street lights to accommodate sidewalk improvements. The Town has appreciated the patience of the residence during this improvement process.
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SNOW FALLS
With 56 square miles of streets, the Johnstown Streets Department has established priorities for snow plowing. When sufficient snow accumulates to warrant plowing, school bus routes and main arteries are cleared first. Thereafter, if conditions require and as time permits, the Town will plow the remaining streets. Find Johnstown’s Snow Removal Operation Plan at www.townofjohnstown.com/89/Snow-Removal. The Colorado Department of Transportation is responsible for snow removal on Highway 60/South First Street.