Your Johnstown Newsletter February 2023 Issue

2023 Budget Update from the Town Manager

At the December 12, 2022 Town Council Meeting, the Town Council was presented with and unanimously approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 budget for the Town. The budget presented is a balanced budget and is focused on providing key services through operations and maintenance funding. 


As Town Administration works through the budget process, our focus is to understand the key objectives and goals of the Council and receive feedback from you, our residents. A key focus of the budget is to produce projects and programs that improve the quality of life for our community and its businesses. Your input helps to drive the future of this Town, and we are incredibly grateful for your feedback and ideas throughout 2022 and into 2023. Below are some of the highlights of the approved budget for FY 2023 that directly benefit the community and improve services.


First and foremost is the creation of a strategic plan. The Town is in the process of creating a plan that will complement the mission, vision, and values of the organization. The plan will help to set the direction of the future of the organization and will identify the goals and priorities of the organization for the Community. Prior to its adoption, we will want your feedback to ensure we are meeting your expectations and desires for the Community.


Recreation planning and construction projects are a key focus of 2023. The Town recently accepted a donation of approximately 60 acres of vacant land and expects to take ownership of the old Letford Elementary School site (about 6 acres) in 2023. Given the opportunity to better program these spaces to meet community needs and desires, we will be issuing an RFP for Park Planning consulting services, that will include community participation. We will begin the planning phase in Q2 of 2023 and hope to begin construction around Q4 of 2023 for one of the spaces mentioned above. We have also allocated funds in 2023 for purchase of acreage in the Larimer County portion of Johnstown for a regional park. The funding for this purchase is through the collaborative agreement with Larimer County and sharing of sales tax they assess for Larimer County for Open Space. Both existing open spaces are great opportunities to begin focusing on regional park development and your feedback is essential to this process.


In January, we started construction on the Thompson River Trail Project. This walking path is located along County Road 46.5 just east of Parish Avenue. The trail will travel west to CR19 and is a section of the trail that will connect Johnstown and Milliken. We expect this phase of the project to be completed by May 2023. Additional trail connectivity projects will be a major focus in each fiscal year moving forward.


This year, we have allocated $1.1 million towards our pavement maintenance programming. This is up 10% compared to the original 2022 budget. Additional funding beyond the pavement maintenance program is being allocated for the Charlotte St. Improvement project which began in late 2022. This project will be completed in Summer 2023. 


In late 2022, the Town completed an updated Hwy. 60 Corridor Analysis with the focus to improve traffic flow. Aspects included (to name a few) determining future intersection locations, signalization, and travel lanes. The Hwy. 60 report has been submitted to CDOT for review and will be used as a planning tool as development occurs along this corridor. One action item from the Hwy. 60 report was to install a new traffic signal at the intersection of Carlson Blvd. and Hwy. 60. The Town has secured a federal grant to help with the cost on this project, estimated at about $550,000. The signal should be installed sometime in Q2 of 2023, subject to approval processes required with the federal funds. This will help vehicles exiting from neighboring subdivisions and Elwell Elementary School. 


This year, we will also design a new intersection at CO Blvd. and Hwy 60. Given the traffic coming from all directions, a full motion intersection will be designed. The Town will pursue grant funding for the project with hopes to perform construction in 2024. Other smaller, but meaningful projects include a partnership with CDOT for grant funding to improve the railroad crossings on Highway 60 near downtown and an evaluation of methods to improve traffic flow in the roundabout on Thompson Parkway in the Johnstown Plaza at 2534 .


In 2023 we will complete the South Water Tower and the Low Point Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) expansion projects. At the same time, we will be transitioning to other significant and necessary capital projects for both water and wastewater. We will begin construction of a new Central WWTP which will take about 24 months and should begin in Q2 of 2023. This is necessary due to compliance issues with our dated lagoon system. The replacement of the facility will also increase the plant treatment capacity from ~1 million gallons per day (MGD) to 2.5 MGD. The current facility has been in place for over 50 years. We will also be expanding our water treatment plant from 6 million gallons per day (MGD) to 12 MGD. This construction timeline will also take about 24 months and will begin in Q4 of 2023. This expansion will allow us to meet the maximum water demands during the summer of current residents as well as plan for future growth. The implementation of water restrictions in 2022 was due to treatment capacity limits during peak summer irrigation periods from existing water users. 


The treatment plant projects are made possible by a combination of new growth paying plant investment fees toward the system and current development paying regular user rates. Property tax or sales tax dollars do not go towards funding these improvements based on the water and wastewater fund classifications.


Last, but not least is the inclusion of four new police officers to the department. This will help to support the existing team of police officers and shifts to ensure safety is a primary focus and core value of the organization for the Community. 


While this is just a small look at some of the improvement projects you can expect in 2023, we want to continue hearing from you. We welcome your ideas at any time so that we can better plan, meet your needs as a community, and provide you with the services you deserve. Overall, the Town is in a healthy financial position. The Town Council and the organization are committed to ensuring our financial position is secured, today and into the future. Please feel free to contact me as I am happy to hear about the great ideas we should consider in the future. Your partnership is important as we continue to build an amazing community!

Your Town Manager,

Matt LeCerf

Honor a service member, past or present, with the Johnstown Honors banner program

The Town’s light pole banners honoring past and present service members will be hung again this year in May. If you would like to see a US Armed Forces service member that you know on one of the banners around Town, apply by April 1, 2023. Find more information and apply online at johnstownco.gov/JohnstownHonors.

Johnstown Business of the Month for January 2023

Congratulations to January’s Business of the Month - Imprint Family Chiropractic! This family-oriented woman-owned chiro works with kids and adults to help them live longer, healthier, and happier lives. IFC features pediatric care, wellness care, and pregnancy care.


Address: 7 S. Parish Ave, Johnstown CO 80534

Website: ImprintFamilyChiro.com

Facebook and Instagram: @ImprintFamilyChiro


You can learn more about the Business of the Month program at johnstown.colorado.gov/botm.

Our Historic Downtown Identity

Dive into the Downtown Identity brand part of this project by taking a look at brand concepts to represent our Historic Downtown! Share your input and be a part of something local at johnstownco.gov/DowntownIdentity.

What’s happening around Town?

While there is A LOT going on around Town to improve this great community, here is some information on two projects that you might be driving past and thinking, “what is going on there?”.


Letford Elementary School, located on the west side of Charlotte St. is in the beginning phases of demolition. The old school, which was in very rough shape, is being torn down to make room for a beautiful new park in the area. Folks who live and travel around Letford should expect a bit more truck traffic and noise during the daytime as a result of this work.


You might also notice ground moving from the railroad tracks on CR 46.5 to CR 19 - this is the Little Thompson River Trail Project. This is the first portion of trail that will travel east on CR 46.5 to CR 19 to connect Johnstown and Milliken. You will be seeing trucks on the property during construction, but most of the project should be complete by the end of May. Get your walking shoes ready!

Community Working Draft - New Land Use Code Updates

The Town is working to update municipal code chapters related to development and land use. A working draft of suggested new code is available to view and provide feedback! The purpose of an updated land use code is to represent the vision of the Community and the Council as well as the ideas expressed in the 2021 comprehensive plan. You can view the working draft at johnstownco.gov/landcodedraft2023.

License your dog and/or cat at Town Hall!

According to Municipal Code, all cats and dogs within Town limits need to be licensed every calendar year (April 30 - May 1)! Cats and dogs will be required to have a rabies vaccination certificate and pricing for licenses is different depending on whether the dog or cat is neutered/spayed. Read the full ordinance at johnstown.colorado.gov/MunicipalCode.

In 2023, We stay informed to get involved!

In 2023 there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved and have your say! Town Council Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month. The Town will also be reaching out more about the Downtown Identity Project, local parks and recreation concepts, the Land Use Code Updates, the Town Strategic Plan and more! Make sure to stay informed so that you can get involved!


Website - johnstownco.gov

Town Emails - johnstownco.gov/newsletter

Town Events and Meetings - johnstownco.gov/fullcalendar

Feb 6 - Town Council Meeting at 7pm

Feb 15 - Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting at 7pm

Feb 17 - Town Council Work Session (check website for time)

Feb 20 - Offices Closed in observance of Presidents’ Day

Feb 22 - Town Council Meeting at 7pm

 

Find our online Community Calendar at johnstownco.gov/fullcalendar 

As the new year moves forward into February, it might be time for you to begin or rekindle a relationship with an author. Or perhaps it is time to discover a new passion.


From reading to creating, there is something for everyone. You never know what you might find at your local library as you browse the shelves or peek in the windows of the Maker Space!

 

Call 970-587-2459, follow us on social media, or visit librariesrock.org for more detailed information about the Glenn A. Jones Memorial Library.

The Johnstown Downtown Development Association (JDDA aka Visit Downtown Johnstown) is a collective of local businesses both within the Historic Downtown area and throughout Johnstown. The JDDA hosts a number of community events as a collaboration of local business volunteers. You can check out the JDDA’s membership, become a member, or sign up for 2023 events with the JDDA by visiting visitdowntownjohnstown.com.


Also active on Facebook @VisitDowntownJohnstown

The Johnstown Community YMCA has received a grant through the Weld County Trust and Step into Swim to provide one free session of swim lessons for all second and third graders in the Weld RE5J school district. These lessons can be taken during any open session until June 2023. To take advantage of this great opportunity, please stop by the front desk at the Johnstown YMCA to get signed up. 


Always find more Johnstown Y info online at johnstownymca.com.

Do you know how easy it is to get involved with your local historical society? It’s as easy as telling a story, writing a memory down, volunteering for 1 hour a week or month, or reminiscing through the past while looking at local artifacts. You can do all of these things with the Johnstown Historical Society


Email jhscomuseum@gmail.com or call 970-587-0278 for more information.

The Senior Center is still accepting Hays receipts and aluminum cans. This month, join our exercise classes, Tai Chi Chih, and yoga. Stay up-to-date with our events and activities on our Facebook @JohnstownSeniorCenter or on our website at johnstownco.gov/SeniorCenter.


Contact: Shirley: sgamez@johnstownco.gov or 970-587-5251

Garbage and Recycling - Find more info online at 

johnstown.colorado.gov/GarbageandRecycling

Service on Mondays or Wednesdays, garbage weekly and recycling every other week. For questions regarding alley/curbside pick up, call Waste Connections at 303-288-2100 

Johnstown WEST of CO Blvd

Monday Pick Up

*Recycling dates below*

February 6 & 20

March 6 & 20

Johnstown EAST of CO Blvd

Wednesday Pick Up 

*Recycling dates below*

February 8 & 22

March 8 & 22

Go to johnstownco.gov
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