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Hot rods, classic cars coming to town Sept. 13

CUPOLA CLASSIC

Sunday August 30, 2015 5:40 PM

The Johnstown Cupola Classic started out seven years ago as a fundraiser to fix the cupola on the building in the downtown square.

“Things were looking pretty shabby in the town square back then,” said Chris Speck, five-year president of Downtown Johnstown.

“We raised the money to make improvements and now we will always call it the Cupola Classic to remind us of our initial success,” he said.

This year, the Cupola Classic Cruise-In will be driving into town Sept. 13. Admission is free.

It is still an annual fundraiser for the group Downtown Johnstown and raises money to be used to improve the village.

Speck said the village recently acquired 10 acres near the TJ Evans bike path trailhead and the group has been tasked when brainstorming ideas for the property.

“With all that land, the sky’s the limit in terms of what we could do,” Speck said.

“We’ve looked into possibly making it a community park,” he said.

Downtown Johnstown’s Cupola Classic Cruise-In is at the corner of state Route 37 and U.S. Route 62 and will feature hot rods, antique cars, antique trucks and classic cars.

Speck said it’s the biggest event for Downtown Johnstown and usually raises close to $5,000.

He expects there to be a crowd of more than 1,000 people and more than 200 cars on display.

“You don’t have to be a car person to enjoy this event,” he said.

“You get to see a lot of neat cars since anyone is welcome to enter their car in the show,” he said.

Speck said car owners from throughout Licking County come to this show and some even choose not to participate in other car shows, just so they could schedule time to come to the Johnstown Cupola Classic.

“I’m excited to be around the people,” Speck said.

“It’s a great way to touch base,” he said. “Not everyone there is from the same walk of life. You have people of all ages there.

Admission to the event costs $10 and lasts from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m.

There will be plaques given to the first 100 cars, trophies given to the top 40 and other various prizes and drawings.

Live disc jockey entertainment will be provided by HyperSounds Entertainment and five to six food vendors will be present as well, event organizers said.

For more information call Jim Downing at 614-679-3426.

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Sportsmans Club ready for Swapper’s Day

Sunday August 30, 2015 5:47 PM

If you can’t find what you’re looking for at the Johnstown Swapper’s Day, then it probably doesn’t exist.

That’s the mantra organizers from the Johnstown Community Sportsmans Club espouse when talking about the 71st annual Swapper’s Day event that will be held Labor Day weekend at 7357 Sportsmans Club Road.

The Sportsmans Club touts the event as one of the oldest, largest and most-interesting flea markets in Ohio.

Thousands of visitors come to see the 750 vendors, numerous food vendors, water races and entertainment events.

Swapper’s Day began as a group of sportsmen who wanted to race their dogs across the pond on their property.

As time went on, the event became more popular and people began to bring things to swap or sell.

Just like at the very first Swapper’s Day, there will be dog trials at noon Saturday through Monday, Sept. 5-7.

Parking is free; admission is $5 per day and children 12 years old and younger will be admitted free. The event will be held rain or shine and gates open at 9 a.m. each day. The event ends at 6 p.m. each day.

Bill Tate, a media outreach coordinator for the Johnstown Community Sportsmans Club, said there are many things to experience and enjoy.

“It’s an affordable entry fee and you can spend hours there,” said Tate, who has been with the Sportsmans Club for more than 12 years. “In my opinion, it’s just a fun way to spend the Labor Day weekend.”

Items such as antiques, records, ropes, cords, honey and baked goods will be available for sale.

There will also be plenty to eat.

“People can expect to find food that they would also find at the state fair, like chili, hamburgers and hot dogs,” Tate said.

Proceeds will go to Johnstown Community Sportsmans Club, a 501(c)7 organization.

Tate said the event allows the Sportsmans Club to give back to the community and offer even more scholarships for students.

Visitors are asked not to bring pets, alcohol or camping equipment ,Tate said.

The club was founded on principles of sharing and enjoying conservation and outdoor activities such as fishing, archery, shooting, hunting and hunting dog competitions.

The club also provides a meeting location for other organizations such as Boy Scout troops, Cub Scouts, 4-H clubs, baseball and softball teams, sports booster organizations, churches, masonic lodges and hunter education classes.

For more information call 740-967-9633

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Five running for three seats on Village Council

JOHNSTOWN INDEPENDENT

Five candidates have filed petitions to run for three seats on the Johnstown Village Council.
Ryan Green, Ben Lee, Lewis Main, Russell Sparks and incumbent Cheryl Robertson have all filed with the Licking County Board of Elections. The filing deadline was Aug. 5.
Incumbent councilmen David Keck and Bob Orsini are not running. The general election is Nov. 3 and the council terms will start Jan. 1.

Cheryl Robertson

Cheryl Robertson, 59, has lived in Johnstown for 34 years and previously was employed with Johnson & Johnson in sales and management, but now she manages her family farms in Sandusky County.
She said this is an exciting and challenging time for Johnstown as it gets closer to obtaining city status after the 2020 census.
“My goal is to help maintain the small village charm while managing the growth,” Robertson wrote in an email.”My focus will be on economic development, to help provide jobs to our residents, and financial stability to our village.”
She has served on Johnstown Village Council for almost two years now, after being appointed in January 2014.
“I take this responsibility seriously, as local government, be it village council, township trustee, or county government has a direct impact on our lives,” Robertson said.
“I was taught to leave a place better than I found it. If elected I will do my best to live up to those teachings.”

Ben Lee

Ben Lee, 31, has spent 21 years in the village and he and his wife chose to move to the village so they could raise their two young daughters in Johnstown.
“I want to make sure it’s the same Johnstown experience for them that it was for me,” Lee said. “I’d like to lend my voice to the progress that’s coming.”
He explained he believes progress is inevitable, especially with how many families are moving in, but the progress needs to be a win-win for the community.
Lee graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in public affairs journalism and is the Distribution Center Operations Manager at L Brands.
Lee acknowledged other candidates have lived in the village longer than he has, but his passion for preservation and progress sets him apart.
“I have a passion for small towns,” he said.
“I love walking around and saying ‘hi’ to people. I’m good with faces and I feel I know a good amount of people in the town, but I’m not opposed to meeting new people by going door-to-door.”
Lee said he hopes to raise the visibility of what goes on in council and increase fiscal responsibility.

Ryan Green

Ryan Green, 27, originally from Pataskala, has lived in Johnstown for two years. He has a degree in political science from OSU and works in sales at Scott’s Miracle Grow.
“There’s a lot of great things going on here and potential for growth,” Green said. “I want to continue to push the village in the right direction.”
Green said he hopes to bring new ideas into the area and is looking forward to doing as much as he can for Johnstown.

Lewis Main

Lewis Main, 71, previously served on the Village Council in 1983, following the death of Whang Phalen, and then was elected in 1984 and 1987.
He also served as Johnstown mayor from 1986-1991 and two terms on the Village Planning and Zoning Commission.
“Due to my involvement in the village via my previous years of service, I believe I have the time, knowledge, and am the most-qualified person to fill one of the council vacancies,” Main wrote in an email.
Main was employed by Western Electric, AT&T and Lucent Technology in a variety of accounting and supervisory positions. He retired after 32 years of service.
Following that retirement, he has spent 10 years with the Ohio Department of Development as a tax credit auditor.
He also is a 20-year veteran of the former Johnstown Rural Volunteer Fire Department, original chairman of Chimes Terrace Living Center and is treasurer at the Presbyterian Church.
Main graduated from Alexandria High School, and attended Ohio State University and Franklin University. He and his wife raised two girls who graduated from Johnstown High School.

Russell Sparks

Russell Sparks views the Village Council as an opportunity to be a good steward and responsible with taxpayer’s money.
“Community members elect us to be their representatives and trust us to make sound decisions on their behalf when they are unable to attend meetings all the while taking their opinions and needs into consideration,” he said in an email.
Sparks, his wife and three sons — Ryan, Reece and Rylee — have lived in Johnstown for more than 22 years.
He grew up in Alexandria, graduated from Northridge High School, earned an associate’s degree in business management from Central Ohio Technical College, and was a member of the Johnstown Fire Department for 19 years as a volunteer.
Sparks works in the emergency department at St. Ann’s Hospital and volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America.
“While I keep involved with various volunteer activities, I feel at this time I would like to serve my community in the capacity of Village Council member,” he said.
“I want to bring fresh ideas and perspectives on things such as ensuring fiscal responsibility and communication.”
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Monday rain, winds take toll

From ThisWeek News Johnstown Independent 

Sunday August 16, 2015 5:32 PM

The thunderstorm that rolled through the village of Johnstown Monday afternoon, Aug. 10, took its toll on the village and the employees of the water and sewer department.

“We were already very busy and the storm just compounded the problem,” said Jack Liggett, Johnstown’s service director.

“When water is backing up in our storm sewers, that obviously becomes our top priority.”

Liggett estimated that from Monday to Wednesday more than 75 man hours were spent trying to repair the damage the storm had caused.

At least 10 streets and highways — including U.S. Route 62, state Route 37, North Main Street, Ridgeview Drive and Concord Crossing Drive — were flooded, village officials said.

Liggett said his crews spent all day Tuesday and Wednesday cleaning out storm sewers filled with dirt, sand, grit and leaves that had been washed into them by the heavy rains.

Village Manager Jim Lenner said the storm sewers were also overwhelmed with so much water they could not keep up.

“Once the storm sewers tops were cleaned off, we could only wait as the water receded from the streets,” he said in an email.

“We received many calls about water in the yards of residents, but we did all we could to get rid of the water as fast as possible,” Lenner said.

He said they were reports of basements flooding.

“Our wastewater plant was flooded as well,” Lenner said.

“I do not believe the village property received any significant damage,” he said.

Water and sewer department officials, aware of the village’s aging storm sewers, this summer repaired lines along East College and Pratt streets.

“Those sewers handled the water fine,” Liggett said. “Our repairs really paid off.”

In addition to flooding streets, the storm also damaged trees and power lines.

AEP was called because a tree was reportedly leaning on powerlines in Hannah’s Park, 143 W. Maple St., Liggett said.

“It was quite an impactful day,” he said. “It was such a large rain event for us.”

Before the storm, Liggett said, crews were cutting grass in the park and painting crosswalks in preparation for the first day of school.

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More than 200,000 expected to visit this week

HARTFORD INDEPENDENT FAIR

The farm animals, family fun and deep-fried foods are back at the 157th Hartford Independent Fair Aug. 9-15.
“I’m expecting about 230,000 people to turn out. I’d like to see 250,000 this year,” fair manager Larry Hughes said.
This year, fair organizers added 125 camping ground plots that feature electricity and water as part of a project started last year. A 12-foot safety fence has been erected in front of the bleachers in the grandstand.
“We were concerned about someone getting hurt,” Hughes said.
This year, there will be close to 70 food trailers and up to 15 different amusement rides at the Hartford Independent Fair. Hughes said he personally looked forward to the pepperoni on a stick, the stromboli, french fries and hot dogs.
What won’t be at the fair this year, however, are the poultry shows. The Ohio Department of Agriculture issued a ban on all poultry shows at fairs in the state in 2015 because of the threat of a deadly bird flu virus.
Several other states have already canceled poultry shows at summer fairs, including Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Michigan.
Even without chickens, plenty of shows featuring sheep, goats, pigs, cattle, rabbits and horses are scheduled throughout the week.
Featured grandstand entertainment includes Clark Manson and Frankie Ballard at 7 p.m. Aug. 10. Tickets for this show cost $20 and can be purchased online.
Other grandstand shows are free and include the OSPTA Truck and Tractor Pull at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11; Figure 8 and PU Races and Demolition Derby at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12; Fast Traxx Motocross Racing at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13; a Rough Truck Contest at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14; and the Championship Horse Pull at 7 p.m. Aug. 15.
The fair dates back to 1858, when, according to the fair website, it was called the Hartford Independent Agricultural Society.
It now attracts about 200,000 people each year and calls itself “The Biggest Little Fair In the World.”
“People call this their home fair because they come and hang out all week and they can see people that they know and catch up on the past year,” Hughes said. “It’s a great family event that’s for all ages.
“The fair lets kids show their 4-H projects and livestock that they have been working so hard on for months and months,” he added.
Hughes said the Hartford Independent Fair puts on one of the largest swine shows in Ohio, besides the Ohio State Fair.
“If all of the entries show up, we might have to add 22 additional pens by putting up a tent,” he said. “That’s the first time in a long while that we’ve potentially had to expand.”
General admission costs $7 Sunday to Saturday for ages 8 and older. On Monday, admission is $3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Senior Citizens Day and Veterans Day.
The first 150 seniors who come to the fairgrounds pavilion on Senior Day will receive a free box lunch between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Lunches and a goody bag are being donated by Licking Memorial Hospital and Chestnut House.
Other lunchtime activities include entertainment, bingo and door prizes.
The event is sponsored by the Licking County Task Force on Aging, For more information, call Kathy Wise at 740-404-9603.
Children age 7 and younger are admitted free to the fair. Parking is also free.
Wristbands for midway rides cost $8 to ride from noon to 5 p.m. and $9 to ride from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Season tickets are $30 and membership tickets are $35.
The fairgrounds is at 14028 Fairgrounds Road N.W. in Croton.
More information is available by calling 740-893-4881.

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Council Delays Utility Aggregation Vote Until Spring

Monday August 10, 2015 11:04 AM

Johnstown Village Council took no action on an emergency ordinance Tuesday, Aug. 4, aimed at placing a utility aggregation request before voters in November.
In order for the issue to make the ballot, the request had to be submitted to the Licking County Board of Elections no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5. Therefore, the ordinance was declared an emergency, meaning the first reading, public comment and vote were held all at once.
Councilwoman Cheryl Robertson said she had some concerns about the proposal, which was for an aggregation deal with Aspen Energy, based in Powell.
Aspen representative Jay Sell told council in June aggregation could help the village negotiate better gas and electricity rates for residents.
Sell said more than 300 communities in Ohio have already gone through the community aggregation process with Aspen Energy.
“I’m not sold on this, to be honest,” Robertson said at the Aug. 4 meeting. “I don’t like the government to be more involved than they need to be. Plus, if things did go south with this, we don’t have the resources to listen and respond to everyone.”
Mayor Sean Staneart said he’s been indifferent about the idea since the beginning and he was fine with postponing the issue until spring.
Resident Lewis Main said postponing it would be a good idea because there would be a higher voter turnout then because of the presidential primary.
Councilman Bill Van Gundy agreed that waiting would be a wise decision.
“I feel we’re rushing this,” he said. “We, as a council, have not had enough time to think about this and until we can get our bearings, I ask that this be tabled. I’d like to talk to our residents about this and hear from other communities such as Upper Arlington.”
That city’s contract with FirstEnergy Solutions for electric aggregation ended earlier this summer and officials opted not to seek another contract because the rates weren’t favorable.
A motion to approve the ordinance was not made or seconded so the ordinance died.
The next council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at 599 S. Main St.
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Council OKs new set of pay ranges for village workers

Monday August 3, 2015 11:18 AM

Village Council voted unanimously July 21 to approve an updated wage and salary structure that Village Manager Jim Lenner said will make Johnstown more competitive when it comes to hiring and retaining employees.

The ordinance goes into effect Aug. 20. It covers both salaried and hourly workers.

Finance Director Dana Steffan said the salaries and wages of most of the village’s 25 employees already fall within the new pay ranges. Those that don’t will be adjusted before Aug. 20.

The list of salaried employees covered under the new pay scale includes the finance director ($46,176 to $71,715); village planner ($45,000 to $68,250); and the human resources director, police chief and service director, whose salaries all will range from $52,790 to $94,152.

Pay scales for jobs paid by the hour range from a low of $12.50 to $15.12 for part-time accounts payable clerk and part-time dispatcher to a high of $21.50 to $27.03 for a police lieutenant.

The highest hourly wages listed in the ordinance are for police and service department employees.

A police sergeant’s hourly pay will range from $19.50 to $23.10. Full-time patrolmen will be paid $15.50 to $21.20 per hour and part-time patrolmen will earn between $13.50 and $17.32 an hour.

In the service department, the hourly wage for the chief wastewater operator will be between $20.05 and $29.63; the chief water operator will earn $20.05 to $29.63 per hour; utility operator class III will earn $18.29 to $27.02 per hour; utility operator class II will be paid $16.15 to $23.85 per hour; utility operator class I will earn between $14.17 and $20.93 an hour; and utility laborers will be paid between $13.13 and $17.96 an hour.

“The wage and salary-structure change is necessary to offer fair and competitive wages to our current and prospective employees,” Steffan said in an e-mail.

“The balancing of the wage structure, benefit plans and other expenditures within the limits of the approved budget is a complicated task that requires diligence and intelligent planning,” she said.

Cuts were made to employees’ pay in the 2014 budget, including $48,000 for police officer salaries and $42,000 in dispatcher salaries.

The issue of wages also was brought up last fall, when voters rejected a proposed charter amendment that would have allowed collective bargaining by village employees.

The last change to the pay structure was passed in 2013.

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Kids respond to gentle, tailed tutor

Monday August 3, 2015 11:21 AM

At the Mary E. Babcock Library, a sandy-colored goldendoodle named Murphy lay on a lime-green fleece blanket, softly panting, his tail wagging.

Sitting beside him was 6-year-old Henry Dyer, who read Gus Grows a Plant by Frank Remkiewiez.

He gingerly sounded out each word, with the help of Murphy’s owner, Sheri Weiner.

Every Tuesday, children of any age can participate in the free Tail Waggin’ Tutors program at the library and read to a therapy dog for 15 minutes.

Henry’s father, Chris Dyer, said they come as often as they can.

“Reading to the dog is a great way to encourage him to read during the summer,” Dyer said. “We want him to continue to develop his reading skills.”

He believes the program has helped Henry a lot and finds that he really looks forward to Tuesday evenings now.

As Henry reads and closes the book, Weiner encourages him.

“Murphy was so proud of you for finishing that book. Look how he’s wagging his tail,” she said to Henry.

“I enjoy getting to watch kids learn how to read,” said Weiner, who is a licensed social worker and a grief counselor for children.

Weiner bought Murphy from a breeder in Dover, Ohio, in 2012 and hoped he could be a therapy dog with her work through hospice, but the necessary liability insurance was too costly.

Murphy instead became a licensed therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International in December 2014.

During his test, both Weiner and Murphy were judged on their reactions to situations such as when food was offered, when strangers petted Murphy, or when they encountered people in wheelchairs.

The pair has been volunteering at the library for about six months. They see about eight students regularly and aren’t afraid to challenge them.

“Murphy and I were talking and he told me he’s bored,” Weiner gently tells children when they try to read books far below their reading level. “We think that you need to practice reading at home some more and should try reading some tougher books.”

She said she has seen family members get tears in their eyes when they see their child reading aloud for the first time.

“We see kids with all different reading levels, some with ADHD, others with autism,” Weiner said. “Murphy is always so excited to see the kids.”

Branch assistant Becky Weber said children love the weekly Tail Waggin’ Tutors.

“It seems to help them read. It gives the parents ideas on how to help the kids with their reading at home, too,” she said. “I remember one evening, a child who was afraid of dogs saw Murphy. Sheri helped him realize that not all dogs are bad — and I don’t think he’s afraid of dogs anymore.”

Weiner plans to continue the program throughout the school year and wants to let teachers know about it so they could possibly offer students extra credit for attending the library sessions.

“This can open up a world of books for kids,” she said. “When they read to him, the kids feel a sense of accomplishment. Murphy isn’t judging them; he’s just a happy puppy.”

Reservations for a 15-minute spot at the next Tail Waggin’ Tutors program can be made by calling the Mary E. Babcock Library at 740-967-2982.

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Business blooming for The Crafty Garden

JOHNSTOWN INDEPENDENT

Sunday July 19, 2015 3:55 PM

Maria Rogers said since she was 15 years old her dream has been to open a flower shop.
June 1, her dream came true when she and co-owner Laney Shull opened The Crafty Garden in Johnstown at 28 S. Main St.
Rogers said she’s been in the floral industry for more than 20 years and has worked in several local florist shops.
For a brief time in her life she went into the medical field, but said she wasn’t happy there.
In October, she moved back to Johnstown where she met up with a friend.
Rogers told the friend about her dream and the friend informed her that Shull shared her flower shop dream.
The women got together, realized they both graduated from Johnstown-Monroe High School, and within 30 days they had a plan to open The Crafty Garden.
Rogers said she is the lead designer and handles the flower side of the business. She said Shull is crafty and helps with that side.
Rogers said business has been steady and is becoming busier every day.
“We’ve booked a few weddings, did Little Miss Firecracker, and are seeing more walk-ins as word of mouth travels around town,” she said.
“Everyone knows I’ve been doing this my whole life and so they are excited about the business.”
The company specializes in weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, funerals, parties and deliveries in Licking and Franklin county as well as same day deliveries for orders placed by 1 p.m.
“People are excited to have a florist back in town,” Rogers said.
“I’m blessed to have the opportunity to provide this local service,” she said.
In addition to floral arrangements, The Crafty Garden also offers home decorating services and sells custom silk arrangements, terrariums, owl figurines, potted plants, air plants and wind chimes.
“We have a unique show of flowers and plants that are new to the community,” Rogers said.
“We want to try to bring high style to Johnstown, so we are aiming for a more exotic look, by using more than just carnations, roses and baby’s breath.”
She said The Crafty Garden specializes in fragrant and tropical flowers such as orchids, bird of paradise, calla lilies, stargazer lilies and hydrangeas.
“I like for floral arrangements to fill up your whole house with the smell of the flowers,” Rogers said.
“Nowadays, some flowers are so chemically altered that they’ve lost their scent.”
The company uses a local wholesaler from Columbus and is working with a Johnstown wholesaler to possibly do business with them in the future.
Even as a young company, Rogers said the business has donated to Relay For Life and is working hard to use other local businesses, such as Digital Impressions, for business cards and stamps.
“We want to support other local businesses in our community,” Rogers said.
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Tim Hortons-Donatos proposal raises traffic concerns

Originally published in print in Johnstown’s ThisWeek News

Sunday July 19, 2015 3:43 PM

More than 30 residents attended the regular Johnstown Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Wednesday, July 15, to discuss a potential dual Tim Hortons and Donatos restaurant at 18 W. Coshocton St.
The proposed building would be constructed to house a 1,786-square-foot Tim Hortons restaurant and a 1,930-square-foot Donatos restaurant, two drive-through windows, 22 parking spots and outdoor patio seating.
Village Manager Jim Lenner said the main concern is traffic flow in and out of the property and onto U.S. Route 62.
“There’s already a lot of traffic in that area and we are not sure how much it would increase,” Lenner said.
Representatives of RSSUM Holdings, a group of franchise owners that already owns 32 Columbus area Tim Hortons, presented their proposal, designed by Shremshock Architects and Engineers, to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Louise Stonehouse, a representative from RSSUM Holdings, said Tim Hortons and Donatos are companies deeply involved in their communities.
She said the businesses would create 45 new jobs with a total payroll of $600,000.
“We want to understand your issues and concerns and are willing to make tweaks and come back,” Stonehouse said.
James Hartzler, who was hired by the village to look at potential planning and zoning issues, said traffic is a major potential concern with the proposed project.
He noted Coshocton Street is a major arterial road to the village and he believes in other cities Tim Hortons restaurants have caused significant traffic increases.
Hartzler said the applicant must provide additional information such as a detailed traffic study by a registered professional engineer, before the planning commission accepts the application.
Commission Chairman Marvin Block said he has received at least 40 calls about the issue.
“This building you’re proposing would be a big distraction to our historic downtown area,” Block said.
“We welcome progress and want you here, but we want something we can be proud of,” he said.
“I know this architect firm and I’ve played this rodeo before and I’m not doing it again,” Block said. “They want to stomp on Johnstown.”
Because of the concerns raised about traffic and architecture, Stonehouse and RSSUM Holdings moved to withdraw the application.
“We were literally here trying to follow as many rules as possible,” Stonehouse said. “If we need a new architect, we will hire one.”
Village Law Director Jennifer Croghan, confirmed the applicant was permitted to withdraw their application.
Before the floor was opened to public comment, Village Zoning Inspector Jim Blair said the proposed project has become a very passionate issue.
“We have to remove all the emotions,” Blair said.
“These are business people and they will bring legitimate business to this area,” he said.
“They are going to make a $1- to $2-million-dollar investment in the community.
“I don’t see anyone else lining up to make that kind of investment,” Blair said. “We need to deal with the facts.
“Let’s remove the emotion,” he said.
During the public comment section, Carol Van Deest asked if RSSUM Holdings had ever done a collaboration like this.
Stonehouse replied saying they currently own seven Wendy’s and Tim Hortons collaborations, but this would be the first combined Donatos and Tim Hortons.
Several members of the public, such as Craig Perkins a resident of Oregon Street, pointed out current and potential traffic concerns with the proposed business.
Jill Kelly asked what the seating capacity would be and Stonehouse answered the seating capacity would be for 42 people, but typically those seats are not all full.
Janet Piper said she would like to see Johnstown and Tim Hortons work together
Joyce Evans voiced her opinion protesting the business.
“It’s crazy to think we need more pizza places,” Evans said.
“We already have nine pizza shops,” she said, “and those are present businesses that have survived in the good and bad years.
“That corner should be a park, purchased by the community,” Evans said.
Evans said she believes Tim Hortons and Donatos will only hurt current businesses.
After the public comment session was closed, the commission passed a motion to table the application.
Stonehouse ended the night by thanking the commission and residents for their comments.
“We are really excited about this opportunity and thank you for taking the time to get involved,” she said.