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The Town's newsletter, The Lowdown, is published and distributed periodically. Find previous editions of the newsletter here.
 
------------------------------------ DECEMBER 2019 ------------------------------------

WATER RATES TO INCREASE
In 2015, Town Council approved a 3% annual increase in water rates for the following five consecutive years. As a result, water rates will increase by 3%, effective in January 2020. Find the water rates chart for 2020 on the Town of Johnstown website.

SNOW REMOVAL REMINDERS
•  Please remove snow from sidewalks within 24 hours of the end of snow fall. Try to wait until snow plows have come through your neighborhood.

•  Avoid pushing snow into the streets.

•  For your safety, stay at least 200 ft. behind snow plows.

•  If you park on the street, stagger parking to allow plows to pass through.

Find the Town of Johnstown’s Snow Removal Operation Plan at https://townofjohnstown.com/89/Snow-Removal.

SENIOR CENTER
The Johnstown Senior Center (101 W. Charlotte St.) offers the following programs and services. For more information, call 970-587-5251 or email sgamez@bajabb.com.

• Chair and Mat Yoga (Mon., Tue., Fri. )
• Tai Chi Chih (Wed. – 1:45 p.m.)
• Exercise class (Tue., Fri.)
• Dance w/ music by Jim Erlich
(cover charge) (1st, 3rd Fri.)
• Mahjong (Mon. – 9 a.m.)
• Cribbage (Tue. – 1 p.m.)
• Pitch (Wed. – 12:30 p.m.)
• Pinocle (3rd Wed. – 12:30 p.m.)
• Bingo (2nd and last Wed. – 1 p.m.)
• Walmart (1st, 3rd Mon. – 1:30 p.m.
• Blackhawk (3rd Thur. – 8:30 a.m.)
• Breakfast (2nd, 4th Thur. – 8 a.m.)
• Hearing Aid Checks
(2nd Wed. – 10:30 a.m.)
• Eagles Hockey Games
(Feb. and March)
• Breckenridge Snow Sculptures
(Jan. 24)
• Afternoon High Tea (Feb. 13)
• Rockies games begin in April.
(Registration begins Feb. 1).

GLENN A. JONES MEMORIAL LIBRARY 
New Year = New Look!  Our exterior update is complete, and we’re excited to begin on the interior! For information on all the events at the Library, stop by to see us or check out our website at www.librariesrock.org!
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.

STAY CONNECTED
Town Council Meetings
1st/3rd Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
Town Hall  |  450 S. Parish Ave.

Planning and Zoning Meetings
2nd Wed. of month @ 7 p.m.
(Supplemental meetings held only as necessary on the 4th Wed.)
Town Hall  |  450 S. Parish Ave.

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A MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR - A YEAR IN REVIEW

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As I reflect on the past year, I am so thankful for all we have accomplished as a Town and that we live in one of the safest communities in the land of the free. Looking back on 2019, I’d like to highlight some of the Town’s most notable accomplishments.

First is the completion of the I-25 and 402 interchange, a great example of what can be achieved when working together at the regional level. Looking ahead, in conjunction with CDOT, we will redesign our Highway 60 intersection. Yes, there will be some traffic headaches for a while, as there were at I-25 and 402. Please keep in mind the end result will be a vastly improved intersection, providing better traffic flow at the interchange. 

Secondly, I’d like to highlight the completion of an Inter-Governmental agreement between the Town of Johnstown and the Front Range Fire Authority (FRFA). This agreement has been long in the making and will bring about better fire and emergency response within the Town and FRFA’s shared boundaries. The health and welfare of our residents is always our top priority.

Last spring, the Town was awarded a $1 million grant from the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to pave County Road 50 between County Road 13 and I-25. This grant, along with participation from Weld and Larimer Counties, will allow us to start the project in Spring 2020. The Town was also awarded a DOLA Energy Impact Grant that will yield a walking path that will connect Johnstown with the walking path that the Town of Milliken constructed. With this path completion, our neighbors to the east will have connectivity with Johnstown and our new community YMCA, which is approximately 65% complete. This is a big deal for our residents and surrounding areas. 

While accomplishing all these projects, we have managed to keep our Town one of the safest in America. A huge thank you is due to our great police department! I want to welcome our new officers with a special welcome to our new K9 officer, Vasco, a beautiful German Shepherd.

I am looking forward to 2020. The first thing that comes to mind is the Grand Opening of the Johnstown Community YMCA in May, a long-anticipated milestone for the entire region. It should be an answer to all the previous surveys for such a facility. We have a long list of projects to address next year associated with growth, and we want everyone to know we take growth seriously and are working to address all issues responsibly. Our Council, Town staff and employees are working hard to make Johnstown a great place to live and work. 

In closing, I hope your holiday season was blessed and that each and every one of you have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

                                                                                            Sincerely,
                                                                                            Mayor Gary Lebsack


MEET K9 OFFICER VASCO
K9 Officer Vasco is the newest addition to the Johnstown Police Department. The 2-year-old German Shepherd will complete a 16-week training in illegal narcotic scents, evidence article scent, tracking, and biting and will be ready to patrol in February 2020.

According to Sergeant Michael Timme, Vasco is extremely intelligent, excited to be with his new JPD family of which he will be an essential addition in helping to keep Johnstown one of the safest places in Colorado.

VASCO

 

TOWN OF JOHNSTOWN REGULAR MUNICIPAL ELECTION
The Town of Johnstown Regular Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The Election will be conducted via Mail Ballot.

There are three (3) trustee positions and the Mayor’s position up for re-election. Nomination petitions will be available for circulation beginning on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. Nomination petitions must be filed with the Town Clerk no later than Monday, January 27, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Candidates must be at least eighteen (18) years of age, a registered elector and must have resided within the incorporated limits of the Town of Johnstown for twelve (12) consecutive months immediately preceding the date of the election.

Find information on the upcoming election at https://townofjohnstown.com/240/Election-Information.

CO 402 INTERCHANGE GRAND OPENING
The I-25 and CO 402 interchange officially opened on Oct. 18 with a ribbon cutting event celebrating the new bridge that crews built above I-25 and three roundabouts, marking the end of the 120-day project that was funded with help from Johnstown, Loveland, Weld and Larimer Counties.

This project was just part of the massive I-25 North Express Lanes project that will eventually extend from Mead to Fort Collins. The 16-mile, $300 million segment from Johnstown to Fort Collins is expected to be completed in 2022, and the 10-mile, $250 million section from Berthoud to Johnstown is expected to reach completion in 2023. Both projects will yield toll lanes in each direction with improved bridges for safer travel. For more on the I-25 North Express Lanes projects, visit www.codot.gov/projects/north-i-25/johnstown-to-fort-collins.

CO 402Pictured Left: Mayor Gary Lebsack addresses the crowd highlighting the importance of projects like the CO 402 and I-25 interchange to improve infrastructure for our rapidly growing region. Pictured Right: Local and state dignitaries cut the ribbon on the new bridge that moved CO 402 above I-25. (Photo Credit: Nikki A. Rae Photography)

TOWN TO UPDATE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
As one of the fastest growing municipalities in the Front Range, the Town of Johnstown plans to partner with a planning consultant in 2020 in a year-long effort to assist the Town in an updated community assessment, public engagement, and drafting an update to our Johnstown Area Comprehensive Plan. A comprehensive plan sets the Town’s policy on land use and development, as well as other important community elements for the Town and extending to the Growth Management Area (a larger area to which the Town may ultimately grow). The current comprehensive plan was adopted in 2006; since that time, Johnstown’s population has nearly doubled, with considerable commercial development, and additional lands under current development review.

“This is an incredible opportunity to capture the community’s emerging priorities, values, and desires to help guide decision-making and resource allocation over the next 20+ years,” said Planning & Development Director Kim Meyer. Throughout 2020, please be on the lookout for opportunities to learn about and participate in this process through our website, open houses, and public meetings. Input from citizens, land owners, and businesses is vital to this planning process.

JOHNSTOWN COMMUNITY YMCA UPDATE
The Johnstown Community YMCA will soon buzz with activity this spring with a Grand Opening in May! Owner Representative Beau LaCouture says progress is constant, and the project continues to be on time and under budget.
 
Between now and this spring, the contractor will install the building elevator, exterior windows, exterior concrete, drywall and acoustical ceilings. Crews will finish roofing and will continue to work on mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems, as well as interior finishes like tile, flooring, and doors.

Meanwhile, the Johnstown Community YMCA is accepting registration for preschool, which will open May 1, 2020. Visit www.ymcainspirepreschool.org to learn more.

YMCA Youth Basketball and Volleyball start in January! And when school is out, the Y is in. YMCA School Day Off Camps are offered during winter break at Pioneer Ridge and Milliken Elementary. After-school care and clubs are continuing at those schools. Registration for these program are ongoing. Find details at www.ymcanoco.org.
ymcaPictures of progress are provided by Owner Representative Beau LaCouture.