January

JANUARY 2021 NEWSLETTER

New Water and Sewer Rates and Rate Structure

 
Johnstown residents deserve better water service and going into 2021, that is exactly what the Town has planned. This month, January 2021, the Town will begin using a new utility billing rate structure for both water and sewer services which includes new customer classifications as well as new rates. For residential customers, the new water base will be $21.53 and usage rates will apply on a tiered basis with 0 - 5,000 gallons (the first tier) charged at $3.00 per thousand gallons. The residential sewer rate is a flat fee of $31.56.

The decision to increase rates was made carefully and cautiously and the increase provides the water and sewer funds the money that is needed to operate, maintain, and improve the water and wastewater systems for current residents. The Town uses its best efforts in controlling its costs in order to keep rates as low as possible, and ultimately, these rates were approved as part of multi-year plans to upgrade both systems.

Projects resulting from this increase that will provide better water and wastewater services to residents include (but are not limited to): purchasing and installing a granular activated carbon feeder to improve water taste and odor, a new water tower to increase capacity, improve pressure, and distribution, and updates to both sewer treatment plants.
To see the new rates and rate structure, please click here.
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2nd Round of the Johnstown Micro Grants - Up to $15,000

The Johnstown Micro Grant Program ROUND 2 is currently accepting applications. Businesses are eligible for up to $15,000. Johnstown businesses within Town limits, who have been impacted by COVID-19, and need financial assistance are encouraged to apply. Businesses who have been awarded a Johnstown Small Business Micro Grant in the past are also welcome to apply. For more information, click here.

Johnstown Small Business Micro Grant Program Success So Far!

Now that the Johnstown Small Business Micro Grant Program is moving into Round 2 (read above), round 1 is officially over. Round 1 of the Micro Grant Program proved to be very successful in helping some local Johnstown businesses face the challenges of COVID-19. There were 34 grants awarded totaling $296,790.21 in assistance provided. Thank you all for helping to spread the news about the program and supporting your local businesses.

Johnstown PD and Weld County Santa Cops Program

During the month of December, Johnstown PD and their spouses worked hard to collect and wrap Christmas presents for local Johnstown kids as part of the Weld County Santa Cops Program. Johnstown PD delivered presents to 40 families and over 80 kids. Thank you to anyone who donated and helped make this possible.

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Comprehensive Plan Update

Check out the Johnstown Comprehensive Plan Update discussion draft. Now is your chance to read through the plan and provide any feedback on the document that will guide the development and future of Johnstown. 

 
Click to view discussion draft
**COVID-19 Reminder: Wear a mask, Wash your hands, and Watch your distance. Do your part to keep our businesses and schools open.**
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Johnstown Community YMCA

Johnstown Community YMCA's Inspire Preschool is now enrolling!

Our year-round preschool and early childhood learning center provides part-time and full-time options to local families for their children ages 2 1/2 to 6. The students get to enjoy using the Y's facilities including the gym, outdoor sports fields and the pool. We also offer Full-Day Remote Learning for school aged children in the Weld RE-5J School District and Day Off Camps when school is out. Once the district goes back to in person learning, we will be transitioning to Before and After School Care.

For more information on our preschool and School Age Programs, please visit our website.

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Johnstown Historical Society

THANK YOU JOHNSTOWN

Once again, our Johnstown community showed how it truly is The Community That Cares. Your gracious support through JHS’s Annual Holiday Auction and 2020 Commemorative Ornament Fundraiser, along with other year-end donations, brought an outstanding $2,900 to our coffers. Thank you all for your generosity!


JHS is happy to announce its 2021 Board of Directors: Beverly Kirkpatrick (President), Ardis Briggs-Tomlinson (Vice President), Becky Lassen (Treasurer), Cathy Hull (Secretary), and Chad Young, Jamie Desrosier, and Clair Hull (Directors). Look for the story and JHS's plans for 2021 in the Johnstown Breeze in January.

For more information visit the website.

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Glenn A. Jones Memorial Library

Trying to Outrun the monstrous year of 2020?
Don't know where to go?

Get away from the chaos and start off the new year by visiting your local library! Come into our building, stop by for curbside pick-up and call us at 970-587-2459, or connect online at www.librariesrock.org.

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Senior Center

To find updated information about the Center, visit the Town of Johnstown website, find us on Facebook @JohnstownSeniorCenter, or call 970-578-9676.

Friendly Fork Nutrition Meals

Wednesday for carry out. RSVP by Tuesday 9:30am. Donation of $4.00, age qualifications apply.

Wagon of Toys Drawing - Rebecca C. was the winner of the Senior Center drawing. Thank you to everyone who participated in this event.

Hopefully the new year will get us together again. The center is looking to have a boutique the first Saturday in February. Check the website for more information or call.

January 1 Office Closed - New Year's Day
January 4  Town Council Meeting @ 7pm* 

January 13 Planning and Zoning Meeting at 7pm*
January 18  Office Closed - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 20**  Town Council Meeting @ 7pm*

*Denotes that meeting may be remote. Click link for details.
**Denotes that this meeting is a WEDNESDAY meeting on account of the holiday

Reminder: Town Offices may extend closure to the public past January 4, 2021. 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