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TOWN COUNCIL UPDATE Johnstown Town Council is settling in nicely with a couple of role changes and one addition to the group. During the first meeting of the year, Gary Lebsack assumed his new role as Mayor of the Town of Johnstown, and Chad Young was selected to serve as Mayor Pro Tem. Damien Berg was appointed to Town Council at the January 27 meeting and will serve until the next municipal election in April 2020.
Berg formerly served on Johnstown Town Council from 2010-2015 until a job took him and his family out of state. After one year away, they returned home to Johnstown where he enjoys being immersed in the community. Berg is a former U.S. military combat medic and Colorado State University graduate. He is the manager of Sterile Processing for Centura Health, and he travels the nation and the world as a speaker on leadership, process management and infection prevention.
“I have very much enjoyed serving as Mayor so far and am excited to have a full Town Council with Chad Young as Pro Tem and the new addition of Damien Berg,” said Mayor Gary Lebsack. “We have very knowledgeable Councilmembers poised to deal with the increased development proposals coming before the Council. We will also be working hard on an infrastructure plan to meet the development needs going forward. Please know we are all working to make sure Johnstown continues to be a great place to work and live, a place we can all be proud of.”
JOHNSTOWN AMONG SAFEST CITIES IN THE NATION Johnstown is one of the safest cities in the nation for 2019, according to SafeWise, and one of only two towns in Colorado to make the cut at No. 38. Windsor made the list at No. 46. Thank you to the Johnstown Police Department for your dedication to protecting our community! Find the report at https://www.safewise.com/safest-cities-america/.
SPRING EVENTS: PET VACCINATION CLINIC - 4/13 Public Works Building 201 S 1st Place | 8 a.m. - noon Rabies and distemper vaccines $10/shot. Town licenses for spayed and neutered animals are $4, and $10 for unaltered. Call Town Hall (970) 587-4664 or Full Circle Veterinary Clinic (970) 587-5140 with questions.
SPRING CLEANUP DAY - 4/27 Public Works Building 201 S. 1st Place | 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. $10/load fee. Recycling is offered. No appliances or hazardous materials accepted. Contact Town Hall at (970) 587-4664 with questions.
PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY - 4/27 Johnstown Police Department 430 S Parish Ave. | 10 a.m. - noon Safely dispose of unused or expired prescriptions. No questions asked.
SHRED DAY - 6/22 Johnstown Police Department 430 S Parish Ave. | 9 a.m. - noon Destroy three copy boxes or one large trash bag full of documents for FREE. Proof of residency required. Call JPD at (970) 587-5555 if you have any questions. ______________________________________
SENIOR SCENE Nutritional meals are offered every Wednesday. (RSVP by Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.) Blood pressure checks: 1st/3rd/4th Wed. of the month at 10:30 a.m. Hearing aid cleanings: 2nd Wed. of the month at 10:30 a.m. Catered lunch is offered the 2nd Tues., and lunch is out the last Tues. of the month.
Tai Chi Chih (fee): Wed. at 1:30 p.m. Yoga (fee): Mon. at 9:45 a.m./Tue. at 8:15 a.m./Fri. at 9:15 a.m. Chair Exercise (fee): Tue. at 9:30 a.m./Fri. at 8:30 a.m. Blackhawk – 3rd Thur. at 8:30 a.m.
Rockies games begin soon! Contact Shirley Newsom Gamez at 970-587-5251 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
GLENN A. JONES MEMORIAL LIBRARY April: An Elementary Art Show will be held April 6 - 19. Work from young artists representing all the elementary schools in the district will be displayed throughout the library.
May: Mother’s Day Program — Date TBA
June and July: Summer Reading Program for all ages from babies to adults! Join us for fun programs and prizes! This year’s theme is a Universe of Stories. Find program details at www.librariesrock.org , or call 970-587-2459.
JOHNSTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY The Historic Parish House and Museum’s annual open house is on Johnstown BBQ Day, June 1. They are on the parade route (701 Charlotte St.) and hope you’ll take a tour that day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are open every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon, and by appointment. Please call 970-587-4403.
TOWN HIRES NEW DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS MARCO CARANI joined the Town of Johnstown as Public Works Director in January. Carani comes to us from Frederick, CO, where he was the Public Works Director for over three years. With 33 years of municipal work experience, including 24 years in supervisor and director roles, he hopes to help the Town grow, develop new policies and procedures, and increase the level of service to Johnstown residents. Carani says he looks forward to creating a Public Works Department that is a standard for others to follow.
MITZI McCOY became the Finance Director in February. She oversees all aspects of the Town’s finances, including preparing forecasts and comprehensive budgets, preparation of financial statements and reporting to Town Council and the public. McCoy brings over 20 years of financial management experience in the private and public sectors. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business from the University of Northern Colorado and is currently working towards an MBA.
KIM MEYER joined the Town in March as the Director of Planning and Development. Meyer brings 25 years of experience in planning, land development, real estate, and small business; and holds bachelor degrees in Planning and Environmental Design, as well as an MBA from Colorado State. She looks forward to helping guide appropriate growth, strengthen the sense of community, and enhance the long-term resiliency of the Town with updated processes, programs, plans and codes.
JOHNSTOWN COMMUNITY YMCA UPDATE The Johnstown Community YMCA construction site is rapidly transforming into the 69,000-square-foot fitness and recreation center the Town looks forward to opening in May 2020.
Despite some setbacks from difficult winter weather, progress is still well underway. So far, site grading, foundations, rammed aggregate piers, underground utilities, and the storm sewer have all been installed. This spring and summer, residents can look forward to the building going vertical! Concrete slabs will be poured; structural steel and masonry walls will go up; electrical and plumbing will be installed on the building and pool; and the Xcel transformer will be set.
The YMCA of Northern Colorado will begin offering youth programs in the Johnstown/Milliken area this summer. While details are being finalized, the Y is working with the school district to develop summer programming at Pioneer Ridge Elementary and Milliken Elementary for children entering K-5th and at Milliken Middle School for children entering 6th-8th. The Y will offer six-week summer learning programs with pre- and post-camp care, as well as summer camp on weeks when the learning program is not in session. The Y also plans to run youth sports programs in fall. Visit www.ymcanoco.org/johnstown-camp to request email updates.
PROTECTING YOUR DRINKING WATER The Town of Johnstown is focusing on backflow prevention with its newly established Cross Connection Control Program. The law requires that every connection with the public water system be protected with a backflow prevention device to ensure water flows in only one direction, protecting the Town’s water supply from outside contamination.
Currently backflow requirements apply only to commercial businesses and multifamily units. It is the responsibility of the property owner to have backflow prevention assemblies installed and tested by a Certified Colorado Cross Connection Control Technician, who is also licensed with the Town. Aqua Backflow has been hired by the Town to implement and oversee this program. They can be reached at 866-777-2124, or you may contact the Town of Johnstown Public Works Department at 970-587-4664 with any questions. For more information, visit https://townofjohnstown.com/350/Protecting-Your-Drinking-Water.
NEW ORDINANCE PASSED ON CONTRACTOR LICENSES Town Council passed an ordinance this month requiring contractors to be licensed by the Town of Johnstown for construction projects. The license would be applicable for projects that require a building permit. Generally, but not all inclusive, this would include licensing by general contractors, electricians, plumbers, etc. The requirements include the need for the applicants to provide insurance and work comp verification, as well as any applicable state licenses to ensure their capability of performing the job.
The purpose of this licensing requirement is to protect citizens with more effective tracking of contractors and their licenses, as well as to protect the contractor and their employees. Find the ordinance at https://townofjohnstown.com/60/Building.
REPORT A PUBLIC WORKS EMERGENCY Public Works emergency services are provided around-the-clock, free of charge to residences within the Town. After 5 p.m. or on weekends, please call the following numbers for the corresponding emergencies:
If the phone is not answered, leave a message, and your call will be returned within 15 minutes. For emergencies during regular business hours, call Town Hall: 970-587-4664.
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