Did you know that your Johnstown water/sewer bill can be set up to come out of a checking or savings account automatically?  You will still receive your bill so the amount is not a surprise and an ACH debit will take the payment out every month on the due date!

Complete the ACH Debit authorization and return it to the Water billing office with a voided check.  599 S. Main Street or call 740-967-3177 with any questions.



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.

Johnstown Firemen’s Parade – June 22, 2013

The Johnstown Firemen’s Parade is June 22, 2013 at noon. The parade will be combined with the Bicentennial Parade for one big parade. For entry into the parade, call Rod Bemiller (967-6394), Johnny Johnson (967-7771) or Josh Harrison (967-2976).

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.

Planning & Zoning Commission Cancelled for April 3rd

There will be no Planning & Zoning Commission on April 3rd. The next meeting will be April 17th in Village Council chambers.

US 62 Drainage Repair Delayed for April 3rd and 4th

Work on US 62 scheduled for April 3rd and 4th had been postponed due to contractor availability. We will post once a date has been determined.

US 62 Traffic Delay Expected – April 3 & 4

Traffic will be delayed Wednesday and Thursday (April 3 & 4) from the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm along US 62. Crews will be repairing/installing new storm sewers at Kasson St/US 62 and Meadow Lane/US 62. This repair/installation is in anticipation of the ODOT repaving project so that we do not tear up new pavement to make repairs.

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

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.