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Beggar’s Night Still on as Scheduled

With the recent weather, we have been asked about Beggar’s Night. Though not an official Village event, Beggar’s Night is still scheduled for Wed. night, 6-7:30 pm.

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2-1-1 Crisis/Hotline Available for Non-Emergency Calls

With the approaching storm, we would like remind everyone that the 2-1-1 Crisis/Hotline will be available for non-emergency calls. Please call 2-1-1 or 345-HELP (4357) as the contact to call for non-emergency information such as shelters, power outage information, etc. This can help reduce unnecessary calls to 9-1-1, Red Cross or the EMA.

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Hurricane Sandy Information

Johnstown Village staff will be on alert as the remnants of Hurricane Sandy reach central Ohio. In the event of downed trees in the street, our crews will clear the trees from the road. If you see any streets blocked by downed trees, please call the Police Dispatch Office at 740-967-9911. Stay up to date with the Weather Channel as they cover this storm.

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Information on Voting from the Ohio Secretary Of State’s Office

Information on Voting Jon Husted – Oh Sec of State

 

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Johnstown ripe for new business development

By SCOTT RAWDON

ThisWeek Community NewsSunday October 14, 2012

Johnstown is ready for new business development, particularly light manufacturing and assembly, according to Licking County development manager Dan Evers.

He addressed the Johnstown administration’s weekly multi-committee meeting Oct. 8 at the village offices.

Evers is leading a countywide effort to advertise Licking County’s assets to potential commercial and industrial investors.

“We don’t really look at it as, ‘What does the community need?’ but (instead), ‘What does it offer?’” he said.

Evers said Johnstown offers a sizable business park with infrastructure in place, with additional sites and infrastructure coming.

“The community is positioned for light manufacturing, assembly and other manufacturing support industries,” he said. “This is a niche the community is well-fit to serve.”

Evers said Johnstown already has a core of solid successful businesses within the community today. Those businesses, he said, also have the potential to expand existing sites.

“There’s great opportunity for organic growth, as well as new investment,” he said.

Evers said it’s just as important to meet and get to know the existing businesses in addition to advertising Johnstown and the rest of Licking County to new businesses looking to expand, relocate or start from scratch.

“We’re very pleased to have (Evers) come and speak with us,” Johnstown Village Council member Carol Van Deest said.

She said she agrees with Evers’ assessment that Johnstown could be a good host for businesses of about 100 employees. She said she also understands that the county is marketing Johnstown as just one part of Licking County.

“They don’t just focus on one area,” she said.

Van Deest said Evers and village planner Jim Lenner are integral to how the village markets itself to new economic development. In fact, because Johnstown currently can’t afford an economic development director of its own, the village is depending upon Evers and Lenner, who is a member of the Grow Licking County Community Investment Corp., to do most of the marketing.

“We’re happy that Jim is on the CIC,” she said. “I think that’s how we’re working through things at this point. … A group marketing together is better than one community on its own.”

Evers said he believes that overall, marketing Licking County to potential developers is going well, particularly in the wake of the Ascena Retail Group Inc. expanding its operation in the Etna Corporate Park. He said the county has responded to 30 inquiries from outside commercial developers since April, and he’s been able to suggest multiple suitable sites within the county to each inquiry.

“We’re not saying we just have this one site that works,” Evers said.

He said he is able to tell each inquiry the county has many sites, including those within Johnstown.

Van Deest said it’s her understanding that the Johnstown Industrial Park is approaching capacity and that it could be time to begin considering other places to establish development sites. She said she hopes, however, that any new site, if possible, would not contribute to truck traffic through the village.

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Purdue Marching Band Event Cancelled for Oct 19th

The School received word today that Purdue will not be joining the Johnstown Big Red Band on October 19th. Circumstances beyond our control have caused the event to become more complicated and Purdue has decided they will not be coming to town prior to their game with OSU. On behalf of the Band members, Band Boosters, and Mr. Carver, we thank you and appreciate your tremendous support. We are so blessed to live in a community that is always so willing to help.

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Village Council Approves Updated Strategic Plan

Johnstown Village Council approved an important update to the existing Strategic Plan at their September 18th meeting. Starting in 2011, the Village Planning & Zoning Commission embarked on an in-house update to the strategic plan. Working with the staff, the Planning & Zoning Commission went page by page through the existing Plan to determine the areas in need of updating. What started out as a quick review turned into a twelve month endeavor to produce an update that will guide future development in the years to come. The 2012 Strategic Plan (effective October 1, 2012) will provide a updated strategic approach to achieving the community’s vision by creating a plan for the physical development of the Village as well as general policy statements of how to get there. It is a guide for developers, landowners, concerned citizens, and elected officials as they make decisions about land. This information contained in this update must be used in conjunction with the previous Strategic Plan.

More information on planning and zoning in the Village can be found here.

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Request for Qualifications – Civil Engineering Services

The Village of Johnstown, OH (4,632 population, located in Licking County, Ohio) seeks highly qualified firms to provide consultant civil engineering services.  Johnstown is experiencing steady growth and development with dynamic residential, commercial, and corporate activity.  The consultant civil engineer will provide supporting professional engineering services and the conservative use of Village resources to Village Council, Planning Commission, Administration and Service Departments. Deadline for the RFQ is October 8th at 5:00pm.

RFQ For Consultant Civil Engineer

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Public Hearing Sept. 18th at 7pm – Strategic Plan Update

The Johnstown Village Council will hold a public hearing on the adoption of amendments to the Strategic Plan. A copy of the draft plan amendment can be found below or by visiting the Village office at 599 S. Main Street. The hearing will be September 18th at 7:00pm at Village Council Chambers.

FUTURE LAND USE VILLAGE 10.1.12

Strategic Plan Text 10.1.2012

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Public Hearing on Strategic Plan Update

The Johnstown Planning & Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on the adoption of amendments to the Strategic Plan. A copy of the draft plan amendment can be found below or by visiting the Village office at 599 S. Main Street. The hearing will be September 5th at 6:30pm at Village Council Chambers.

Strategic Plan Amendment Draft

Future Land Use Map Amendment Draft

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