February

FEBRUARY 2021 NEWSLETTER

2021 Budget Update from the Town Manager

On December 14, 2020 the Town Council was presented, and unanimously approved, the fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget for the Town. The budget presented is a balanced budget and includes a number of projects and initiatives that will benefit the community. A couple of key pillars considered in the development of the annual budget are: the focus of enhancing the community and bringing additional value to the residents and businesses. Some of the specific improvements that you will see in the FY 2021 budget that directly benefit the community include the following: 

In 2020, the community approved a ballot measure for an additional 1/2% sales tax on all tangible goods. The revenue generated for this was identified and earmarked exclusively for purposes of transportation enhancements. Accordingly, the Town has budgeted over $700,000 which will go towards asphalt overlay projects, curb and gutter improvements, ADA accessible ramp improvements on our sidewalks, and additional maintenance of dirt roads in our community. We will also utilize these funds for the purposes of purchasing a new 3-ton plow truck which will help with snow events as well as with general maintenance and operational initiatives throughout the summer. 

Two major capital projects that have been included in the budget are the design and engineering of Charlotte Avenue as well as street and stormwater improvements in the area of Estes Avenue. For the Charlotte Avenue project we plan to engage with residents along this corridor to understand desired improvements, and, ultimately eliminate the exaggerated crown on the road. This project will also include water and sewer line replacement. Construction is expected in 2022 after the design is completed this year. With regards to the Estes Avenue area, the expected construction of street and stormwater improvements will help to mitigate drainage and localized flooding issues in this general area.

 In 2021, construction on I-25 will also continue. CDOT is on schedule for I-25 Express Lanes project to be completed in October 2023. One major component to the I-25 corridor improvement is the addition of a divergent diamond interchange that will replace the existing interchange at Highway 60 and I-25. While the Town has provided funding for the I-25 corridor, which contributed to improvements at Highway 402 and I-25, the Town has also engaged with CDOT for an aesthetic improvement at the interchange (pictured on next page). This interchange will serve as a key Johnstown gateway to the community and will enable the Town to realize new economic development projects in this area.

Water and Sewer Infrastructure - Construction will begin this year on the new 1.5 million gallon water tower and 16” waterline on the South side of Town allowing for more effective water distribution, increase fire flow pressure, provide better water quality, and increased water capacity, especially during the summertime. Another critical project will be the installation of a granular active carbon feeder to address water taste and odor issues. During the summer time, water increases in temperature, which combined with the lack of movement and aeration of water, causes the introduction of geosimin and MIB. While these do not impact the safety of the water, they are major components to taste and odor issues in the water. Staff is working with a water engineering firm to analyze water nutrients and plan for an installation of a carbon activated feeder system, the typical method used to address taste and odor issues. It is our intent to have this carbon activated feeder installed sometime in late spring, and based on the taste and odor issues, introduce the carbon on various levels to combat taste and odor issues in the system. 

Finally, the Town has budgeted funds for additional trail development in the community. Better connectivity through alternative methods of transportation in the form of trails is part of key feedback we have received from you and what you want. As we look at this trail linkage, we will also be installing new trees in various parks including Clearview and others in the community that are operated and maintained by the Town. New trees will also be installed in areas of downtown that were lost due to the early frost we experienced in 2019. While we were hopeful they would have come back this year, they didn’t and we want to ensure the beautification of our downtown.

While this is just a small segment of some of the improvements and changes you can expect in 2021, we want to continue hearing from you. We want your thoughts, ideas, and feedback. They are always valued, considered, and when possible, incorporated into future fiscal year budgets - please let us know as we continue to build an amazing community!
Picture of Johnstown Briddge at HWY 60 and I25 aesthetic changes. Featuring flag poles on either side of the bridge as well as a classically styled "Johnstown" text in the center. The bridge is brown and brick
Water & Sewer Rate Increase

The new rate structure and new rates went into effect for January 2021 utility bills. The new rate structure includes new customer classifications as well as new rates. The Town does its best to keep the rates as low as possible while ensuring that the water and sewer funds have enough money to maintain, operate, and improve water and sewer infrastructure for current Johnstown residents. More information about the rate change can be found by clicking here

Pay Your Utility Bill Online!

You can eliminate the paper trail and manage your utilities online using Xpress Bill Pay. Visit xpressbillpay.com to sign up. 

COVID-19 Financial Assistance for Small Businesses

Small business owners are able to find a variety of information on the Town’s website regarding COVID-19 financial relief grants at the local, county, and state level. At the moment, the Johnstown Small Business Micro Grant is accepting applications along with the Johnstown-Weld County Small Business Relief fund (deadline is Feb. 4, 2021 for the latter). 

Business License Renewal

If you have a business in Town, it is time to renew (or get) your 2021 business license. Town business licenses are for the calendar year and cost $50.00. Please call 970-587-4664 for more information. 

 

Pet (dog) License Renewal

Thinking about grabbing a 2021 pet license for your furry friend? On account of offices being closed (this is subject to change), the renewal for pet licenses has been suspended until later in the year. 

 
decorative icon/image of a small dog - black
**COVID-19 Reminder: Wear a mask, Wash your hands, and Watch your distance. Do your part to keep our businesses and schools open.**

WELD RE5J offers free developmental screening ages birth to 5. Email Chrissy.schoneman@weldre5j.org for more info. Forms due Feb. 19, 2021.

 

LOVE OUR COMMUNITY…Join the Glenn A Jones Memorial Library in a heart-filled scavenger hunt and discover our local businesses. Stop by for a participation form and get into the fun and prizes for all! For info call 970-587-2459.

 

The Parish House museum remains closed temporarily due to Covid-19. Follow the Johnstown Historical Society on Facebook for upcoming plans and announcements.  

 

The Johnstown Community YMCA is once again launching open swim, family swim, and open gym as well as swim lessons for lower levels. Visit ymcanoco.org for information.

 
 
 
February 1 Town Council Meeting @ 7pm* 
February 6  Senior Center February Boutique @ Johnstown YMCA 9am-3pm

February 10 Planning and Zoning Meeting at 7pm*
February 15  Office Closed - Presidents' Day
February 17**  Town Council Meeting @ 7pm*

*Denotes that meeting has a remote opportunity for participation.
**Denotes that this meeting is a WEDNESDAY meeting on account of the holiday

Reminder: Town Offices continue to be closed to the public. This is subject to change. Click here for the most up-to-date information when it becomes available

Note: Town Council Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Planning and Zoning Commission meetings are the 2nd Wednesday of the month when there are items on the agenda
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