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Moody’s Investor Services assigns MIG 1 to Johnstown, OH’s $1.25M Street Improvement GOLT BANs, Series 2014

As part of the Village’s Transportation Asset Management Plan, the Village will be issuing $2.5MM in future debt to finance the reconstruction of Concord Road, W. Jersey Street and S. Kasson Street as well as institute a pavement preservation plan. The first step in securing the debt was to be rated by Moody’s Investor Service. The past three years the Village has cut expenditures which has resulted in increased general fund balance. The increase in general fund balance was a factor in the Village receiving the highest rating (MIG 1) for our Bond Anticipation Notes (BAN). This designation denotes best quality. There is present strong protection by established cash flows, superior liquidity support or demonstrated broad-based access to the market for refinancing.

Jim Lenner
Village Manager

US 62 to Close Temporarily for Bridge Replacement

For Immediate Release

July 1, 2013
In Franklin County
The following work is planned in the Franklin County area on the specified dates and times. All work is weather dependent; it may be postponed or cancelled without prior notice.
US 62 to Close Temporarily for Bridge Replacement
US Route 62 (Northeast Side) – (NEW) US 62 will close Monday, July 8 between Tippet Road and Walnut Street in New Albany for 45 days. The closure is necessary to replace the bridge over Blacklick Creek in Franklin County.
The signed detour will be US 62 to SR 37 to SR 310 to SR 161 to US 62 or reverse.
Per contract, the work must be completed and the road open in 45 days. There is $2,000 a day disincentive that the contractor must pay if the road is not open in the specified time.
There is another ODOT project that also begins on US Route 62 on July 8. This project will resurface 10 miles of US 62 from the Franklin/Licking County Line through Johnstown.
During the resurfacing work, one-lane of two-way traffic will be maintained on US 62 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For up-to-date traffic information, construction information and road conditions, 24-hours a day, visit

Special Council Meeting Scheduled for June 10th at 6pm

This will be an executive session to interview candidates for the vacant council seat.

The meeting will be held in Council Chambers, 599 S. Main Street.

URGENT: Information Regarding Water & Sewer Rate/Infrastructure

I have been made aware of reports of our water and sewer infrastructure failing. I want to assure our residents that our infrastructure is not failing and we continue to invest in our infrastructure to ensure we get the longest life possible. Our water and sewer rates are evaluated on a yearly basis as part of our annual budget process which begins in the fall. Our rates have remained steady over the past few years and we believe they will continue to do so in the immediate future. If you have any concerns or source of this incorrect information, I would ask that you contact me at or 740-967-3177 ext 2.

Jim Lenner

Village Manager

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Scheduled for April 27, 2013

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day 
Scheduled for April 27, 2013 

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is spearheading a nationwide Drug Take-Back event for Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Called the “National Take-Back Day”, this event provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.

The Village of Johnstown Police Department and several organizations throughout Licking County are helping to coordinate this effort. There will be several collection sites throughout Licking County on the day of this event including the Johnstown Municipal Building (599 S. Main Street). Other locations include:

Pataskala-Pataskala Police Department, 430 S. Main St.

Newark-Kohl’s Parking Lot, 1041 Mount Vernon Rd.

Heath-Best Buy Parking Lot, 701 Hebron Rd. 

Medicines play an important role in treating certain health conditions and diseases, but they must be disposed of with care to avoid harming the environment. The Village of Johnstown supports efforts to ensure the safe and secure disposal of unused, unwanted, or expired medications.

  • Do not flush medications down the toilet or drain
  • Do not throw medications away in the trash

Instead, the public should take advantage of pharmaceutical “take-back” programs.

Controlled, non-controlled, and over-the-counter medications will be collected. Liquid products and creams in its containers will be accepted. Sharps and syringes will not be accepted due to the potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.

This program is absolutely anonymous and all efforts will be made to protect the anonymity of individuals disposing of medications. No questions or requests for identification will be made by law enforcement personnel present. Participants should remove any personal information from bottles or packages that contain pills/capsules and liquids and place the bottles or packages into the disposal box.

Descendants’ help sought in replacing deteriorating markers at Bigelow Cemetery

By SCOTT RAWDONThisWeek Community News

Monday April 1, 2013 2:40 PM

Bigelow Cemetery needs the community’s help.

Johnstown American Legion Post 254 has been trying to replace stone markers for the veterans laid to rest in Bigelow Cemetery.

“It’s a matter of normal wear and tear,” said Terry Priest, of the Johnstown Historical Society. “(The markers) are so old.”

He said the military would replace aging marker stones for veterans “at a good price,” but the veterans’ families must sign for the new markers.

Priest said descendants are sought for specific veterans within the cemetery. The veterans of the American Revolution include Elijah Adams (1756-1843), Oliver Bigelow (1759-1817), Benjamin DeWolf (1763-1846), Caleb Hill (1756-1842), Abel Jewett (1760-1821), John Jacob Martin (1744-1845), Thomas Perkins (1762-1837), Moses Scovell (1762-1836) and Thomas Scovell (unknown).

The veterans of the War of 1812 include Claudius Brittell (1794-1862), David Buston (1769-1843), Joseph Evans (1783-1863), Daniel Gardner (1790-1842), Stephen D. Grove (1795-1858), Israel Harding (1773-1816), Emmanuel Hoover (1780-1826), Samuel Hoover (1759-1842) and David Scovell (1788-1871).

Veterans of the Civil War include John S. Cummins (1848-1864), Samuel A. DeWolf (1812-1864) and Isreal H. Scovell (1828-1906).

Priest said it’s necessary that descendants of those specific veterans make requests. He said descendants (or anyone who knows one) should email hgalbraith@roadrunner.comor call 740-967-7655.

“This bicentennial project is waiting for your help,” Priest said.

Johnstown creating village X-ray, sort of


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.

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


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