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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

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


County auditor warns against property appeals solicitations

Via Newark Advocate

NEWARK — Licking County Auditor Michael L. Smith is warning property owners to beware of companies offering to assist with valuation appeals.

ValueAppeal LLC of Seattle is one of several companies mailing letters to area residents saying they could be overpaying their taxes because “the county” value of their property might be in error, Smith warned in a news release. “I have seen solicitations that say owners could be overpaying by thousands of dollars,” said Smith.

Some mailings offer what some companies term “a custom report.” One charges $159. Smith said owners can do the research on their own and can file an appeal for no charge with the Board of Revision (BOR).

“We often advise homeowners to contact a Realtor who is active in their area for an independent opinion of their value as a first step,” he said. “They can also review recent sales of comparable properties on our website .”

“The information is available and easy to access,” said Smith. “Why pay some out-of-town company to provide what anyone can get at no cost?” he asked.

He noted similar letters have been mailed to property owners in counties across the state.

The auditor stated in the news release that no one can offer a “guarantee” or “a very high likelihood” of a value reduction.

“Promises of ‘risk free’ filings are extremely misleading,” he said. “Each case is considered on its merits and the BOR can increase a value. Filing a BOR complaint is the initiation of a legal proceeding. Potential filers are urged to carefully review the instructions we provide to best present their case,” he added.

The BOR is a three-member board which includes the county auditor, county treasurer and a county commissioner.

The auditor’s office completed a full reappraisal in 2011. The current values became effective with the first tax bill in 2012. Owners who believe their value is inaccurate should make sure their BOR complaint forms are received by the Auditor’s office no later than 4:30 p.m. on April 1.

Complaint forms and instructions are available from the auditor’s office (740-670-5040) or may be accessed on the auditor’s website (

Snow Emergency Parking Notice

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.

Village Administration Office to Close December 24th and 25th

Village Administration offices will be closed December 24th and 25th in observance of Christmas.

Health Department Offers Free Flu Vaccine

Health Department Offers Free Flu Vaccine

The Licking County Health Department now has adult flu vaccine available at no charge to those who do not have health insurance. The Health Department will offer flu vaccine to adults on a daily basis, Monday thru Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Adults who have health insurance should bring their insurance cards when they come to receive flu vaccine. The Health Department can bill Medicare, Medicaid, Anthem Blue Cross, and some Medical Mutual plans, for the vaccine. For those without health insurance the Health Department will waive the normal $20 flu shot fee. LCHD will be collecting donations for the Food Pantry Network of Licking County at flu clinics throughout the remainder of this flu season.

Health Commissioner, Joe Ebel, stated, “We have seen an unusually high number of flu cases already this year. Getting vaccinated is your best defense and the Health Department wants to make sure that the cost of vaccination is not a barrier to protecting your health.”

Children can receive flu vaccine by appointment only at the regularly scheduled immunization clinics. To schedule an appointment, or for any questions, please call the Licking County Health Department at 740-349-6535.

Contact: Mary Beth Hagstad, (740) 349-6685,