March

MARCH 2021 NEWSLETTER
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By participating in Town government, you can make sure that Johnstown represents the interests of us all.

There are a number of different ways to get involved with Town government as a resident of the Town of Johnstown. Participation can take place in a variety of ways, including the following. Voting is probably the most obvious way to be involved with local government. Keep in mind that municipal elections follow their own timelines that don’t always align with State or Federal elections. Johnstown holds elections in April on EVEN numbered years so expect the next election in April 2022, with information about ballot measures and issues coming out well before Election Day. Voting is a highly impactful form of engagement, however, if you are looking for something more frequent another opportunity to engage with Town government is by attending Town Council Meetings. Town of Johnstown Town Council Meetings occur on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month at 7pm. If Monday is a holiday, then the meeting is generally held the immediate Wednesday following. Right now, Town Council Meetings are held, both, in-person and remotely and there is an opportunity for general public comment at every Town Council Meeting. A more immersive, but also regular, opportunity to engage with Town government is to join a Town board or commission. Vacancies on boards and commissions vary, as do the required time commitments, but generally it could look like one meeting monthly or quarterly. Interested? The Town is currently looking for residents to join the Housing Authority and the Planning and Zoning Commission! 

Being involved with local government is important because local government touches every aspect of our lives. The Town is just one facet of local government; there is also (just to name a few) the local library district, school district, fire authorities, and county governments. By getting involved, you can play a role in how this community thrives.

Want more information about getting involved? Click on the relevant image below or call Town Hall at 970-587-4664.
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COVID-19 Resources for Residents and Businesses

Here are a few personal and business resources for those impacted by COVID-19. Visit johnstown.colorado.gov/COVID for more information and opportunities. 

Property Taxes & Mill Levies

Some residents are noticing an increase in their property taxes this year. While the Town of Johnstown has not raised its Mill Levy since 2008, residents recently voted in favor of providing more support to the Weld RE5J school district. The school district’s increased Mill Levy accounts for the largest difference in this year’s Property Taxes. There is an informational document with 2020 vs 2021 comparisons on the Town’s website or call the Town Hall and it can be emailed to you. 

Monthly Mobile Food Pantry in Johnstown

The Weld Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry will be at the Johnstown Community YMCA the 3rd Friday of every month from 9-10:30am until the end of the year. Everyone is welcome to drive through and grab some food. If you are interested in volunteering to help click here to sign up or call 970-590-0644 for more information.

Upcoming Public Works Projects

One of the Town’s priorities this year (and moving forward) is better water and sewer service. The recent water/sewer rate increases provide much needed funding to the Water and Sewer Funds to cover regular maintenance, operational costs and needed upgrades to be able to deliver the service that residents deserve. Just a few of the projects starting this year are listed below. Updates to these projects will be noted in upcoming newsletters as well as on our website at johnstown.colorado.gov/pwprojects.  

 
Installation of new

Carbon Feeder System

South Water Tank Project
 
Water Plant
Expansion
Central Wastewater Treatment Plant Project
**COVID-19 Reminder: Wear a mask, Wash your hands, and Watch your distance. Do your part to keep our businesses and schools open.**

It's March - time to get out and move!  From March 1st-20th, stop by the library to pick up an outdoor fitness challenge that includes 3 different family-friendly routes. For more information visit librariesrock.org or call 970-587-2459. 

 

The Senior Center is still accepting Hays receipts and aluminum cans. You can drop them off in the entrance hall or give the Center a call for more information: 970-578-9676.

 

American Red Cross classes are coming to the Johnstown YMCA! We will be offering Lifeguard Certification classes and Babysitting Certification classes in March and April. Click here for more info and to register or contact jeanette.hollingsworth@ymcanoco.org

 

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

 
March 1 Town Council Meeting @ 7pm* 
March 10 Planning and Zoning Meeting at 7pm*
March 15 Town Council Meeting @ 7pm*
March 19 Mobile Food Pantry at the YMCA from 9-10:30am

*Denotes that meeting has a remote opportunity for participation

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.
Go to johnstown.colorado.gov