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The Town's newsletter, The Lowdown, is published and distributed periodically. Find previous editions of the newsletter here.
 
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COVID ANNOUNCEMENT

UPCOMING SPRING EVENTS

  • PET VACCINATION CLINIC - CANCELLED

  • DRUG TAKE BACK DAY - CANCELLED

  • SPRING CLEANUP DAY
    Saturday, May 2  |  8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Public Works Bldg.  |  201 S. 1st Place

    Dispose of trash and debris from around your property for $10 per load. Tree branches must be tied in 4-foot bundles. Electronic Recycling: $10/electronic. TVs larger than 30 inches: $20/each. This is a cash-only event. Find more details HERE.

  • FREE SHRED DAY
    Saturday, May 30  |  9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Johnstown Police Department
    430 S. Parish Ave.

    Safely destroy three copy boxes or one large trash bag full of documents for FREE. Proof of residency required. Call JPD at (970) 587-5555 with questions.

  • JOHNSTOWN BBQ DAY 
    Saturday, June 6

    This beloved community tradition is celebrated annually with a full day of family activities, a parade, fireworks, delicious food, live music, and so much more. Check out the schedule of events

SENIOR CENTER
Find the Johnstown Senior Center’s schedule of routine programs and services on their webpage. Upcoming dates are shown below. Contact Shirley Newsom-Gamez at 970-587-5251 or email sgamez@bajabb.com.

April 10: Wings Over the Rockies Excursion - 10 a.m.
April 29: Aspen Club presents Advance Directives - 11 a.m. Lunch at 11:45 a.m. (RSVP)
May 6: Women’s Suffrage program - 11 a.m. Lunch at 11:45 a.m. (RSVP)
May 7: Forney Museum of Transportation in Denver - 10 a.m. with lunch.
July 23, August 16, September 8: Lazy B Ranch Chuck-wagon Dinner and Show.
• Call for information on Colorado Rockies games.

GLENN A. JONES MEMORIAL LIBRARY 
Now that the library’s exterior is complete, their next chapter is to refresh the interior! Work requires temporarily closing some portions of the library, but services will continue. Follow them on Facebook, or check their website for specific information. The Summer Reading Program begins May 26! For questions, please contact the library at 970-587-2459.
Library - new exterior after remodel - Dec 2019
JOHNSTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Visit the Historic Parish House and Museum! They are open every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon and by appointment. Call 970-587-4403.

JOHNSTOWN COMMUNITY YMCA GRAND OPENING SET FOR MAY 16

YMCA
Ladies and gentlemen, the moment you've been eagerly awaiting is merely weeks away! You're invited to attend the grand opening of the Johnstown Community YMCA at 165 Settler Way on May 16 for a ribbon cutting, speeches from key community leaders, tours and fun events throughout the day.

The ribbon cutting will begin at 10 a.m., and the doors will open soon after so you can fully explore the new facility and all it has to offer. The Y will be open to the community all day, and everyone -- members and non-members alike -- will have the opportunity to work out, swim, shoot hoops and play. YMCA memberships will be available for purchase beginning in mid-April. Please check the YMCA Inspire Preschool Facebook page for those announcements. Also, the YMCA Inspire Preschool plans to open on May 18, and registration is open. Visit www.ymcainspirepreschool.org for details.

The opening of the Y has been years in the making, stemming back to an April 2016 decision by Town Council when they expressed the Town's commitment to construct a community recreation center without raising taxes or issuing debt. That's what they promised, and that's exactly what they have delivered.

"More than 14 years of sound financial planning, two citizen surveys, and countless hours of planning have yielded a state-of-the-art YMCA. The Town of Johnstown and surrounding communities are yet to realize the impact this project will bring to the region," Mayor Gary Lebsack said. "This will be a place to gather, meet new friends and improve the wellness of its members. We are so proud to give this project to our community."

Town Council and staff hope you and your family will make plans to come experience the Johnstown Community YMCA for yourself on its opening day. This landmark will positively benefit the community and its residents for years to come.
YMCA Sneak Peak

TOWN OF JOHNSTOWN COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE
The Town of Johnstown is updating its Comprehensive Plan! We want to capture and articulate the community's emerging priorities, values, and desires to help guide decision-making and community resources over the next 20 years. We invite area residents to get involved and share your input. To learn more and get involved, please visit the Town's website and Facebook page.

TOWN OF JOHNSTOWN 2020 REGULAR MUNICIPAL ELECTION
Registered voters should now have ballots in hand. Ballots need to be received by the Town Clerk's office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, April 7. The Mayor's position and three (3) Councilmember positions, all four-year terms, are available for re-election. The only individual to qualify for election to the Mayor position is Gary Lebsack, who currently serves in that role. Individuals qualifying for election to the Councilmember positions are Damien Berg, Troy Mellon and Chad Young. Each of them currently hold a seat on Town Council.
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VOTER’S GUIDE - UNDERSTANDING BALLOT ISSUES
Registered voters will be asked to vote "Yes" or "No" on one ballot issue and two ballot questions, based on Resolutions adopted during the January 22, 2020 Town Council meeting. The following ballot measures included in the election are explained below.

 
BALLOT ISSUE 1A: TO APPROVE A 0.5% TRANSPORTATION SALES & USE TAX
The Town’s deteriorating infrastructure is in need of nearly$18 million of improvements, outlined in the 2020-2029 Road Capital Improvement Project Needs. The current Street Maintenance Fee (SMF), established in 2016 to cover these costs, is borne solely by Johnstown residents and only generates $350,000 annually.

As a solution, Town Council is proposing to eliminate the SMF and increase the Town’s sales and use tax by 0.5% (from 3% to 3.5%). If the ballot measure is passed with a YES vote, out-of-town visitors will help residents carry the cost of road maintenance, since they have a direct impact on them as well. Passage will ensure more street projects are completed on an annual basis with available revenue estimated at 5 times the revenue generated from the current SMF.

DID YOU KNOW...  
  • About 65% of all sales tax generation comes from out-of-town visitors.

  • The proposed sales and use tax equates to 5 cents on a $10 purchase.

  • The proposed sales and use tax will generate approx. $2.1 million annually.

  • Based on revenues, over $18 million in road projects could be completed in the first 10 years of the sales tax.

BALLOT QUESTION 1B: AMENDING TOWN OF JOHNSTOWN HOME RULE CHARTER
The ballot question seeks to amend the Home Rule Charter to clarify the intended status of the Mayor, to provide him/her the same voting requirements as Councilmembers. Under the Charter, which has not been amended since its adoption in 2006, the Mayor is not always included in the aggregate total to establish quorum for passage of Town policies.
 
IF PASSED... The Charter’s language will be clarified to affirm the Mayor’s status as a member of Town Council, who is included in qualifications for a quorum and as a voting member for resolutions, motions and emergency ordinances.

IF NOT PASSED... The Charter will remain unchanged, limiting the Mayor’s equal value, compared to Councilmembers, which minimizes the Citizen’s voice represented through the elected officials as a singular elected legislative body.

BALLOT QUESTION 1C: TO OPT-OUT OF SENATE BILL 152
The ballot question seeks to opt-out of Senate Bill (SB) 152, which limits a local government’s authority to provide or participate in the provision of services related to telecommunications, cable television services and/or broadband (high-speed internet).

IF PASSED... The Town would have the ability to explore expanding, enhancing or creating new broadband services (faster internet) for residents and businesses, either publicly or the more preferred option, a public-private partnership, should an opportunity arise.

IF NOT PASSED... SB 152 will continue to limit the Town’s ability to enhance broadband infrastructure.

Detailed information on each ballot measure can be found on the Town’s Election Information webpage.