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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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Happy Holidays! It’s been a beautiful holiday season here in Johnstown and I hope you and your families have had and continue to enjoy this most wonderful time of the year. As my wife, Julie, my son, Jack, and I reflect on our many blessings, I’d like to extend a sincere thanks to YOU, the amazing residents who make our little town great. Your friendliness, compassion and hard work in spreading goodwill this time of year is greatly appreciated.

It is because of your generous donations that children in need across our area are able to enjoy a sense of joy and true holiday spirit this year by receiving Christmas gifts through the Santa Cops of Weld County program. Of all the reasons Johnstown is a great place to live, YOU are truly the Town’s greatest asset.

I constantly am blessed to hear of different individuals and organizations in our community who selflessly serve others ahead of yourself in the true spirit of our #PleaseDoGoodStuff Initiative. We all have the ability to be net positives, not negatives. To help, not hinder. To smile, not frown. To lift one another up and not tear one another down. When you witness one of your neighbors “doing good stuff,” please let me know via email at We’d love to recognize them with a Mayor’s Please Do Good Stuff Award!

It’s been an eventful year for Johnstown. We’ve been amid a transformation that has brought exciting progress in terms of commercial development, street improvement, and the approval of a community recreation center, to name a few. As we look ahead to the New Year, more substantial advancements are in store in the form of major grand openings and town improvements that will further establish Johnstown as a key destination spot in Northern Colorado, not only for shopping, but for living the great life.

It is absolutely my honor and pleasure to serve as your Mayor and to work closely with Town Council and our dedicated employees on your behalf. I look forward to the great times that await us as a community in the near future. I wish you all a New Year full of peace, prosperity and happiness. 

Have a blessed Holiday season!

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Mayor Scott James


Town residents can now enjoy a new public sculpture at the northwest corner of Charlotte and Parish Ave. that captures the spirit of Johnstown. The bronze, life-sized sculpture, which was installed in August, depicts three children enjoying a parade with the American flag waving behind them. Creator of the statue, Gareth Curtiss, has more than 30 years of sculpting experience and also created the statue that stands in front of Town Hall depicting town founder Harvey J. Parish holding his son, John, for whom the town is named after.

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Mayor Scott James, Mayor Pro Tem Gary Lebsack, and Gareth Curtiss (pictured L-R) pose with the new sculpture on its installation day, August 17, 2016.


Johnstown Police Department will now have a presence in the 2534 development in Johnstown with a new police substation that will exist at the east end of the Liberty Firearms Institute facility. The substation is anticipated to be operational by the end of January 2017. According to Johnstown Police Chief Brian Phillips, the use of the new substation will allow Johnstown police to respond to any call in Johnstown in fewer than four minutes on average.

police substation Johnstown Police Department substation located at the East end of Liberty Firearms Institute.


The tradition of spreading holiday cheer to underprivileged children across the Front Range began in 2003 with the start of the Santa Cops program. Each year, community members graciously donate items for police officers to deliver as new, age appropriate gifts to children, 0-17 years of age, on a referral basis. 

Thanks to the giving spirit of Johnstown residents this year, the Johnstown Police Department anticipate working over 1,500 referrals and delivering gifts to almost 4,000 kids on behalf of Santa Cops of Weld County. Thank you to all who made donations, helping spread joy to families in need across our area. For more information about this special program, go to


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Effective January 2017, residents will see a $4.48 increase on utility bills for a Street Maintenance Fee, approved at the July 18, 2016, regularly scheduled Town Council meeting. The revenue generated by the monthly fee collected from Johnstown residents and business owners will be used to pay for a new systematic planned street maintenance program. The goal is to extend the life of street pavement to reduce major repair and replacement costs through adequate routine street maintenance. Find a FAQ sheet at



Water rates will increase by three percent (3%) in 

2017 to reflect rising costs of treatment and delivery, but they will remain among the lowest rates in the region. The monthly minimum water rate will increase to $14.08. The new rates will be reflected on customers’ January 31, 2017 utility bills. 



Waste Management

of Colorado, Inc. raised rates for trash collection, which became effective on the November 2016 utility bills. For weekly curbside collection of a 95-gallon poly cart, the new rate is $10.50 per month, and the new senior rate, which includes a 65-gallon poly cart, is $7.71 per month. The new recycling rate is $7.40 per month. Questions regarding the increase should be directed to Waste Management at 866-482-6319. 


Visitors to the area south of US Hwy 34 and east of I-25 can’t help but notice the intense construction activity in the 2534 and Johnstown Plaza development. Large buildings like the new Scheels All Sports store, Comfort Suites and High Country Beverage distribution warehouse and offices are dominating the skyline. Three of the planned Johnstown Plaza retail buildings with a total of 54,000sf are nearing completion, with tenants working on their spaces. The foundation of a fourth 50,000+sf retail building emerges from the ground. Soon, the Swire Coca Cola distribution center will also rise into view.

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Pictured above: Scheels' 250,000-square-foot flagship store moves closer to completion
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Pictured above: Comfort Suites construction nears completionHigh Country Beverages - small
Pictured above: High Country Beverage distribution warehouse and offices


Concerns about pedestrian safety, stormwater management and pavement conditions will result in sidewalk, curb and gutter, and pavement improvements on North 2nd Street from Parish Ave. to Greeley Ave. The Town hired TTG Engineers, Inc. to perform civil engineering and traffic design services. TTG held an open house on October 27 and submitted final plans to the Town soon thereafter. Construction is expected to be complete in 2017.

Weld County Road (WCR) 50 lies along the boundary line of Larimer County and is also known as Larimer County Road 14.

The unpaved segment of WCR 50 will be improved in 2017 with two paved lanes between the I-25 East Frontage Road and WCR 13 (Colorado Blvd.). Working with the Larimer and Weld Counties on the unincorporated portions of the roadway, it is anticipated WCR 50 will be continuously paved from County Road 17 to I-25.

The Town hired Galloway & Company, Inc. for civil engineering and traffic design services for roadway and related improvements. They completed the initial survey work in April and presented the draft design to the Town in September. The open house was held October 20, and final plans were submitted in November. Construction is expected to be complete in 2017.


The Johnstown Senior Center's Christmas Boutique will be held on December 3, complete with food, vendors, a silent auction and an opportunity for the kids to visit with Santa.

Thanks to all who helped make this event a reality, especially to those who made donations. All proceeds go to the Johnstown Senior Center.


Join us at the library for Christmas Craft Day on Saturday, December 3rd, from 10 a.m. to noon. We’ll have crafts for all ages and abilities. No registration is required, but craft supplies are limited. To see what other activities we have going on at the library, please visit our website at


The Historic Parish House and Museum, 701 Charlotte Street, is again open after extensive restoration and rehabilitation. The project, funded by the State Historical Fund and the Town of Johnstown, has-plus-year-old wiring and plumbing, as well as creating a visitors interpretive center in the garage of the 1914 Arts and Crafts bungalow. Work on the visitors center is anticipated to be finished in the spring.

Donations are being accepted to finish the visitors center as well as to further Johnstown Historical Society projects and events. Donations can be sent to the office of the Historical Society, which is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, at the museum. The museum is open Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, as well as by appointment. Call (970) 587-0278 and leave a message.