Month: March, 2013

Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt

Johnstown’s American Legion Post 254’s Easter egg hunt is March 30 for children ages 1-9. It will be on the Johnstown Recreation Center grounds. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., with the hunt starting at 1 p.m

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Johnstown creating village X-ray, sort of

By SCOTT RAWDON

ThisWeek Community News

Monday March 18, 2013 11:19 AM

Imagine it. A water main or a hydrant valve breaks beneath many inches of snow. The only way to know where the leak originates is to begin digging and digging and digging.

The result is expensive damage to streets, sidewalks and other infrastructure and hours without community utility service.

Johnstown Village Manager Jim Lenner said the village is in the process of digitally mapping all village underground lines to be certain that sort of scenario never occurs.

“It’ll save time and energy, and we’re doing all the data collection in house,” he said. “It’s to make better decisions, ultimately.”

Lenner said Johnstown has initiated a project to gather geographic-information-systems data and photographs of village water, sewer and storm water infrastructure.

This project will involve village employees walking Johnstown streets to collect hundreds of different points and pictures.

“You will see our employees walking around town over the next year,” Lenner said. “Using specific GPS software and iPads, our staff will have real-time data in case of a line break or to plan for infrastructure replacement project or locate a line for utility contractors.”

By collecting this information, village crews no longer will have to search for paper maps or wonder what infrastructure is in the area, therefore cutting staff time and making better decisions. He said it’s also a matter of safety for village employees, who wouldn’t discover a water leak the hard way.

“(The leak) has enough force to knock you down,” Lenner said. “As local government officials, our staff must work to strengthen the village’s infrastructure

“We are responsible for many assets, such as transportation, water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure,” he said. “GIS gives us the data management and mapping tools we need for better asset management, planning, and prioritization.”

Lenner, who studied the related technology in school, said he initially expected the data collection process to take roughly three years and was pleasantly surprised to find it should take only about one.

“This is going so much quicker than we imagined,” he said, adding that the process is not an additional expense for the village. “With the iPads, we can do it now.”

Lenner said Newark, for example, invested many thousands of dollars into its digital mapping system.

For security reasons, he said, the data will not be readily available online to everyone, he said. However, anyone could visit the village office and request data.

“They would actually have to ask us for a map,” he said.

Taking the photos and collecting the data are time-consuming work, Lenner said, but time well-worth the effort.

“We’ll be using it every day,” he said.

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All Village Employees Carry ID Cards

As a part of the Village’s commitment to ensuring the safety and security and improving our services to residents, effective March 15th, 2013, all employees will be required to carry a Village-issued photo identification (ID) badge.

All Village employees are required to visibly display their Village ID badge on their person during working hours. Uniformed police officers are not required to display their ID. In the event a police officer is on duty in civilian clothing, the ID badge must be visible.

Whenever asked by a member of the public, Village employees will be required to provide their ID badge for inspection.

For more information on this project, please contact Jim Lenner at 967-3177 or jlenner@villageofjohnstown.org.

 

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Village Initiates Digital Mapping Project

As local government officials, our staff must work to strengthen the Village’s infrastructure. We are responsible for many assets such as transportation, water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) gives us the data management and mapping tools we need for better asset management, planning, and prioritization.

Johnstown has initiated a digital mapping project to gather GIS data and photographs of our water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure. This project will involve Village employees walking our streets to collect hundreds of different points and pictures. You will see our employees walking around town over the next year. Using specific GPS software and iPad’s, our staff will have real time data in case of a line break or to plan for infrastructure replacement project or locate a line for utility contractors. By collecting this information, we will no longer have to search for paper maps or wonder what infrastructure is in the area therefore cutting staff time and making better decisions.

For more information on this project, please contact Jim Lenner at 967-3177 or jlenner@villageofjohnstown.org.

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Snow Emergency Parking Reminder for March 6th Snow Event

In order to facilitate the cleaning of streets and expedite the free flow of traffic, motor vehicles shall not be parked on any street within the Municipality or within the Businessman’s Downtown Parking Lot at such times as the United States Weather Bureau records indicate that two inches of snow has fallen or two inches of snow has fallen and there is a prospect of further snowfall. All vehicles parked prior to the time weather conditions prohibited parking must be removed by the owners or operators. Any motor vehicle parked in violation of this prohibition shall be removed at the order of the Chief of Police and shall subject the owner or operator to the fines provided herein.

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