Your Johnstown Newsletter December 2023 Issue

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Johnstown!

It’s hard to believe it is time to recap another fantastic year in our wonderful community. While we have had our challenges, we have also taken this opportunity to celebrate the heart of Johnstown, welcome new friends and neighbors, plan and invest in our infrastructure, and expand services for residents. Your Town Council and staff have worked hard to find ways to create new opportunities to support residents, bring much needed improvements to infrastructure and to celebrate what makes Johnstown “The Community that Cares”.  Let’s take a moment to reflect on what we have accomplished together.


Planning for the Future: 

During 2023, Council began work on projects for the long-term vision of the community and to partner with residents to address recreation needs. I invite the community to provide feedback on our draft strategic plan that will serve as a roadmap for our future. We launched a study to dive into the feasibility of an Aquatics Center. We completed an in-depth study of the future of State Highway 60 as well as a complete overhaul of the Town’s development code. These projects provide part of the vision for the future look and feel of Johnstown.


Your Community, Your Voice:

The 2023 community survey was completed. This survey will continue to provide insight into the priorities of Johnstown residents and areas of opportunity to improve. I want to thank all who participated; your voice is vital as goals and priorities are set for the future. I also want to thank those who provide ideas and constructive feedback via email, online submissions on our website, and through comments during our Council meetings. 

We take those comments seriously and have implemented changes based on your feedback.


Community Programs:

We have worked to find ways to provide meaningful programs for Johnstown. This year we celebrated Arbor Day with the Annual Tree Giveaway Program, providing 125 trees to community members. The Police Department hosted National Night Out and Shred Day; both were wonderful opportunities to meet our exemplary Police Department staff. We partnered with Via Mobility to bring free transit services to local seniors and residents with disabilities. We have also worked with our area veterans in support of a lasting memorial to their service at I-25 and Freedom Parkway (aka Highway 402 or LCR 18).


Keeping Johnstown Moving:

2023 has been a year of investment in our roadways. We have prioritized safety and keeping traffic flows moving to reduce congestion. Transportation projects, such as the traffic signal at Carlson Boulevard and Highway 60, improvements to the I-25 Frontage Road, intersection improvements to High Plains Boulevard, and the massive Charlotte Street project are wrapping up. For various reasons, some of these projects did not go as quickly or efficiently as the Council could have wished, but our staff has been at the forefront in resolving those issues that have occurred, and for that, I truly appreciate their efforts. I appreciate your patience and support as we have navigated some rough waters in improving Johnstown’s roadways.  


Water Quality and Service Capacity:

A new water storage tank west of CR17 and north of CR40 was completed and we are hard at work on the design of the new water pipeline that will improve water pressure and delivery for current and future residents in the southern area of town. A new water treatment plant will be under construction to replace the current 60+ year old facility. These are just a few of the many projects we’re working on to improve water quality, service capacity, and wastewater treatment service in our community. 


Downtown Johnstown:

We unveiled the Downtown J and launched the new “Local Grows Here” brand tagline to encompass business, connection, history, creativity, family, and community. We will continue to partner with the Johnstown Downtown Development Association to celebrate our unique downtown. 


Constant Improvement:

We are always looking for ways to improve our services to our residents. Whether it is remediating drainage issues, faster repair of street issues, or easier ways to find information about your town government, we want to work towards being the best we can be – then be better than that tomorrow. 


What’s Developing:

Construction began on Buc-ee’s 74,000 square foot store and the creation of 150 full-time positions upon opening in 2024. Anchor tenants Wood Supermarket and Murdoch's will open in 2024 at I-25 and Hwy 60 in the Ledge Rock development. We also expect to see new sights at the I-25/SH402 exit. We are excited to welcome all our new merchants to the community.  


2023 has been a year full of projects and planning for the future of Johnstown. The council and staff have been hard at work, providing high levels of service to our residents. Thanks to you, the residents of Johnstown, for your feedback, wisdom, and participation in this journey. I also want to thank the Town Council for their hard work and the many hours of meetings focused to make Johnstown a truly awesome place to live.


I am proud and humble to be your neighbor and Mayor. I wish your family joy, happiness, and blessings during this season and in 2024.

Mayor Troy Mellon

Johnstown Jingle & Holiday Tree Lighting

Join the community in kicking off the holiday season on December 3rd with the Johnstown Jingle and annual Christmas tree lighting! Come enjoy family-friendly holiday activities all afternoon long in Historic Downtown, including carriage rides, reindeer, carolers, visits with Santa, and more. 


Historic Downtown Johnstown

Johnstown Jingle festivities 2-5pm

Tree Lighting begins at 5:30pm


Please note that before and during the event, CR 17/Parish Ave. will be closed between Canal Ave. and S. 1st Place. Charlotte St. will be closed between Rutherford Ave. and Angove Ave. 

‘Tis the season to shop our Local Business Directory!

Our local Johnstown business owners are our friends, family, and neighbors, and their businesses are part of the foundation of our Town. When you Shop Local this holiday season, your money goes directly back into bettering our community. Browse holiday shopping opportunities and other products and services throughout town in our Business Directory at johnstownco.gov/businessdirectory. You can't miss, no matter what's on your list!

Mill and Overlay Program for 2023 Complete – Thank you for your cooperation!

The Town wrapped up its annual Mill & Overlay pavement patching program at the end of November. This year, the Town was able to make repairs and provide smoother, higher quality roadway in Rolling Hills Ranch, Pioneer Ridge, Johnstown Farms, Country Acres, Downtown Johnstown, Johnstown Plaza and along portions of Weld County Roads 3 and 13. Thank you for your cooperation in following signage and driving slow for the cone zone while crews worked to improve our local roads!

Charlotte Street Reopens

Thank you Charlotte Street homeowners and all residents for your patience: Charlotte Street is reopening for traffic! This project is wrapping up after several months of hard work and navigating delays due to record rainfall and other factors. The aged clay water pipes have been replaced with modern infrastructure that should reliably serve homes along Charlotte for decades to come. Travelers in the area can now enjoy wider sidewalks and a smooth, improved roadway. Please note that while the road is open, you may encounter some crew members at work addressing various punch list items as the Town formally closes out the project. 

The Town Council is developing a Strategic Plan, and we want to hear from you! A well-executed strategic plan serves as a roadmap that enables us to work toward our goals, improve services, and enhance the quality of life for residents. The survey will take 3-5 minutes to complete. This is your chance to share your thoughts directly to us! The results will be incorporated into the Strategic Plan. Stay tuned to the newsletter, website and social media for updates.


Scan the QR code to share your thoughts!

Garbage and Recycling - Find more info online at 

johnstown.colorado.gov/GarbageandRecycling

Service on Mondays or Wednesdays, garbage weekly and recycling every other week.

Johnstown WEST of CO Blvd

Monday Pick Up

Upcoming recycling dates below

December 11 & 26*

Johnstown EAST of CO Blvd

Wednesday Pick Up 

Upcoming recycling dates below

December 13 & 28*

New in 2024: Town Calendar!

Watch the mail for your very own Town calendar, featuring major Town events and photos of our beautiful community! Stay up-to-date and involved with somewhere you can save the date for all of your fun family and community activities. 


Thank you to the talented local photographers for their photo submissions! Follow the Town for opportunities to submit for the 2025 Town calendar in the spring!


December 3 - Johnstown Jingle

December 4 - Town Council Meeting at 7pm

December 13 - Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting at 7pm

December 18 - Town Council Meeting at 7pm

December 25-26 - Offices Closed, Christmas Holiday

January 1, 2024 - Offices Closed, New Year's Day


Find our online Community Calendar at johnstownco.gov/fullcalendar.


Town Council Meetings and Planning and Zoning Commission meetings are held in the Town Council Chambers at Town Hall (450 South Parish Ave) and all are welcome to attend these meetings in person. 

Johnstown Senior Center

Join us for holiday fun at the Senior Center! Our annual Christmas Boutique is December 2nd from 9am-3pm. Join us December 6th at 11:30am for a presentation on local historical artifacts, or on December 21st for a trip to Blackhawk. For more information, go to Johnstownco.gov/seniorcenter, email hdarby@johnstownco.gov, or call 970-587-5251.

Johnstown YMCA

Are you looking for a fun and safe environment for your kids during the winter holidays? The Johnstown Community YMCA offers School Day Off Camps while school is out. For information on the camps and to register, visit our website at ymcanoco.org/before-after-care/weld-re-5j/school-day-off-camps

Johnstown Historical Society

The Parish House has been closed during construction activities during our History Colorado grant work. We’ll officially reopen at our Holiday Open House & Bake Sale, Saturday December 2nd from 2-6pm. Please drop by and join us in celebrating this holiday tradition of camaraderie and a fresh look at the decked halls of Johnstown’s only museum. 

Glenn A. Jones Memorial Library

Time to get those Christmas lists together and write your letters to Santa! The Library will be collecting letters until December 15th. Please drop off your children's letters by the deadline to ensure that Santa's Elves can gather them together and have the jolly ol' elf write back in time for Christmas. Ho-ho-hope to see you soon, and Season's Readings from all the staff at the Glenn A Jones M.D. Memorial Library! Contact us at 970-587-2459 or visit our website, www.librariesrock.org.

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