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MESSAGE FROM MAYOR SCOTT K. JAMES As another year closes, I am tremendously thankful for this remarkable town. I am thankful for retiring Town Manager Roy Lauricello, who dedicated the last 20 years of his career to ensuring Johnstown is among the best managed municipalities in the state. I am thankful for a dedicated town staff who works hard every day to provide top-notch municipal services to our citizens. I am thankful for the Johnstown Police Department who embody professionalism and courtesy and truly do endeavor to “protect and serve.”
Most of all, I am thankful for you! Every day I hear inspiring stories of the unique people who comprise our little town. I hear stories of kindness, of service, of valor and perseverance that continue to make me #OneProudMayor!
In November, I was honored to be elected Weld County Commissioner and will assume that role on Jan. 2. Thus, I will resign as your mayor on December 31, and Mayor Pro-Tem Gary Lebsack will assume the role. Under Mayor Pro-Tem Lebsack’s leadership, I am confident the Council will continue to competently lead our community. It has been my honor and pleasure to serve as your mayor! Happy Holidays! I wish you a safe and prosperous 2019!
SENIOR SCENE The Johnstown Senior Center, located at 101 Charlotte St., now offers yoga three times a week: Mon. at 9:45 a.m., Tue. at 8:15 a.m. and Fri. (all levels) at 9:15 a.m. Tia Chi Chih is held on Wed. at 1:45 p.m. Mahjong is played on Mon. at 9 a.m., Cribbage on Tue. at 1 p.m., and Pitch on Wed. at 12:30 p.m. Bingo is the second and last Wed. of the month at 1 p.m. Shopping trips to Walmart are offered on the first and third Mon. of the month at 1:30 p.m. Blackhawk is on the third Thur. at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast with Friends is the second and fourth Thur. of the month at 8 a.m., and billiards tournaments are held on the third Wed. of the month. Hearing aid checks are the second Wed. of the month.
January and February: Eagles Hockey Games January 24: Breckenridge Snow Sculptures February 2: The play, “Rent” February 17: Bluegrass Festival March: Tour Art Castings of Colorado March 17: The play, “Church Basement Ladies”
For more information, call 970-587-5251 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GLENN A. JONES MEMORIAL LIBRARY Make a New Year’s Resolution to visit the Glenn A. Jones, M.D. Memorial Library in 2019! There’s always something new and cool to check out or do! Go to www.librariesrock.org for a complete calendar of upcoming events for both adults and kids.
JOHNSTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY Visitors and volunteers are always welcome at Johnstown’s museum, the Historic Parish House and Museum at 701 Charlotte Street. The beautiful Arts and Crafts bungalow was the home to town founders Harvey and Mary Parish in the early 1900s.
The museum is open Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, and by appointment. Just call 970-587-4403.
SANTA COPS OF WELD COUNTY A sincere thank you goes to everyone who generously donated to the Santa Cops of Weld County program this year. The Johnstown Santa Cops program provided gifts for 91 kids from 38 families this holiday season. All families who benefit from this program are referred by law enforcement in Weld County, schools, DHS, probation, and parole. Santa Cops does not accept self-referrals.
CHRISTMAS TREE DISPOSAL Looking for a place to dispose of your Christmas tree? There’s a local spot where you can do just that for FREE. Every Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m., you can drop your tree off at 2681 East Ash Street in Milliken. If you choose not to drop off your tree, Waste Management will pick it up until Jan. 7 if you place it at the curb with regular trash. ______________________________________
SIGN UP FOR XPRESS BILL PAY Simplify your bill paying experience by using Xpress Bill Pay to pay your utility bill online. Registering for an account is FREE, quick and easy. It provides several options like paperless billing, auto pay, email notifications showing when your bill is ready, and much more. Learn more at https://townofjohnstown.com/224/Online-Utility-Bill-Payment.
SNOW REMOVAL REMINDER As a friendly reminder...Property owners and occupants are responsible for removing snow and ice from sidewalks on and adjacent to their properties within 24 hours of when the snow stops falling. The penalty for violating the regulation is a fine not exceeding $1,000. Find Johnstown’s Snow Removal Operation Plan at www.townofjohnstown.com/89/Snow-Removal.
JOHNSTOWN COMMUNITY YMCA GROUNDBREAKING Since Town Council’s April 2016 decision to pursue construction of a community recreation center, countless discussions, extensive planning and decision-making have all led to the major milestone that was celebrated on Nov. 10 with the groundbreaking of the Johnstown Community YMCA. Around 150 Johnstown residents and youth attended with shovels in hand, to help Town Council and staff, representatives from Adolfson & Peterson, LaCouture Inc., Perkins + Will and operating partners YMCA of Northern Colorado to move dirt on this family-centered facility.
The $34 million-dollar, 69,000-square-foot fitness and community center is slated to open in May 2020 on the property across from Town Hall, the Police Department and the Library. The facility will also feature a preschool, aquatics center, community event spaces, sports fields, multipurpose rooms, and much more. For highlights and updates, visit https://townofjohnstown.com/340/Johnstown-Community-YMCA-Project-Updates. Also, be sure to follow the Town of Johnstown and the Johnstown Community YMCA on Facebook for the latest updates.
Thank you to Danny Dodge of Roadrunner Productions for providing photography services.
MEET MATT LECERF, INTERIM TOWN MANAGER Matt LeCerf officially joined the Town of Johnstown as Interim Town Manager on Oct. 15, following the retirement of former Town Manager Roy Lauricello. LeCerf comes to Johnstown with over 17 years of experience in local government. With over 12 years in city management, LeCerf comes from Frederick, CO, where he served as Town Manager for almost seven years.
LeCerf earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Kansas in Geography, focusing on Geographic Information Systems, and a Masters of Public Administration from Valdosta State University. Some of his accomplishments include being an International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Credentialed Manager and the 2017 Colorado City/County Management Association’s Manager of the Year recipient.
“Johnstown has transformed into one of the leading communities in the state, and our citizens deserve an interim manager who has the knowledge and experience to carry on the sound fiscal guidance championed by former manager Roy Lauricello and the vision to help lead Johnstown in this rapid-changing and competitive municipal environment,” said Mayor Scott James. “It is wonderful that just such a quality individual exists close to home. I know Mr. LeCerf will perform admirably as the Interim Town Manager, and I hope Council will consider him for the permanent position.”
When asked about the opportunity in Johnstown, LeCerf said, “I am honored to be selected and serve as the Johnstown Interim Town Manager by the Mayor and Town Council. I look forward to working with the dedicated Mayor, Town Council and Town Staff to build upon the successes already achieved in the community and to ensure exemplary services are delivered to the citizens, businesses, and visitors in Johnstown.”
LeCerf lives with his wife, Kate, and their two children, Gavin and Mallory.
DEVELOPMENT UPDATE A considerable amount of construction activity is underway at 2534, Johnstown Plaza and the neighboring Iron Horse Business Park. Now open in 2534 are Arby’s; Lift Coffee Bar; Coral Bay Wine & Spirits; and Liberty Development office building, which is awaiting tenants. Hiroshi Teriyaki Grill will open soon. Under construction are Lazy Dog Restaurant; Blue Mountain Storage, a 100,000+sf climate-controlled storage facility next to Liberty Firearms Institute; an extended-stay annex to the Wingate Hotel; and Liberty Flex, a light industrial building south of the Liberty Offices.
Framing is underway for the four-building Spanos apartment complex, located south of the Gateway Apartments, and initial groundwork has commenced on the Brannen Flex building. Brakes Plus and In-Line Shops, a multi-tenant retail building near Bonefish Grill, will soon start construction, while Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse is a proposed restaurant located next to the Colorado Bank Building.
In Johnstown Plaza, Northstar Liquors, formerly known as Raven Liquors, opened next to Tuesday Morning. The Cat Doctor, located next to Rod Works, will open soon in Building B, along with Café Mexicali. Building D, a multi-tenant retail building near Bad Daddy Burgers will soon be completed.
Located east of 2534 is the Iron Horse Business Park where the exterior walls are up on the third building, a multi-tenant facility that will be home to Lohmiller & Co. Carrier West Division, an HVAC contractor.
A WORD ABOUT FLUSHING WIPES The Town is asking residents to avoid flushing disposable wipes down the toilet. While most packages claim the wipes are “flushable” or “biodegradeable,” they are clogging sewer systems across the country, including our very own. These wipes do not dissolve in the sewer as toilet paper would and increase the chances for a sewer main line blockage, as well as becoming trapped in the impellers of the Town’s sewer pumps.
Help us protect our sewer system, as well as our environment, by placing all such wipes, paper towels, etc. in the trash and not down the sewer system. Please share with everyone in your household. Your efforts will help keep our wastewater system running smoothly and reduce maintenance costs.