Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Material Reuse Program receives recognition for recycling strategies and innovation

Hazardous Material Manager Hope Petrie holds the Program Innovation Award at the 2017 NAHMMA National Conference in Clearwater, Fla.

Mesa County Solid Waste Management was honored with the Program Innovation Award by the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA) at the 2017 NAHMMA National Conference in Clearwater, Fla. Aug. 17 for the utilization of waste latex paint as alternative daily cover for the Mesa County Landfill.

The prestigious award recognizes unique and effective innovations in hazardous household waste, including best recycling, reuse strategies, best documented educational strategies resulting in positive behavior change, and/or best-documented hazard reduction. NAHMMA is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization committed to pollution prevention, product stewardship, and the safe and effective handling of hazardous materials.

“This is big for us—we are one of three entities awarded in Colorado, it puts our state on the map and shows the Western Slope is not lacking in innovation within our respected industries,” Mesa County Solid Waste Director Barrett Jensen said. “It is a great achievement, and it took every person in the Solid Waste Management team to make it happen.”

In 2013, Mesa County Solid Waste discovered that latex paint, collected at the Hazardous Household Waste Facility, mixed with commercial spray slurry, could be used as an alternative daily cover at the landfill instead of shipping the paint off-site for recycling or disposal. The daily cover is applied atop a day's accumulation of waste to prevent the interaction between the waste and the air, reducing odors and allowing a firm base upon which vehicles may drive on.

“Last year the Hazardous Household Waste Facility provided the landfill approximately 3,800 gallons of waste latex paint and saved about $11,300 in disposal fees,” Jensen added. “The use of waste latex paint in the alternative daily cover process has proved to be a success and cost savings for the landfill and Hazardous Household Waste Facility.”

The Mesa County Landfill was the first landfill in Colorado to utilize waste latex paint as daily cover.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Commissioners comment on Updated Whitewater Unit Master Development Plan

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners this morning signed a letter to the Bureau of Land Management, regarding the Preliminary Environmental Assessment for the Updated Whitewater Unit Master Development Plan as submitted by Fram Operating LLC.

Commissioners take public testimony on the letter commenting on the Updated Whitewater Unit Master Development Plan.
Mesa County Commissioners approve and sign a letter to the Bureau of Land Management, regarding the Preliminary Environmental Assessment for the Updated Whitewater Unit Master Development Plan as submitted by Fram Operating LLC.

The letter states: "The Board appreciates the BLM’s cooperation and support of the Preferred Alternative in the 2014 Finding of No Significant Impact, which previously approved alternative uses for B Road as the wintertime northern access to minimize travel through sensitive winter wildlife range, an Orchard Mesa rural residential neighborhood, and the Fruit and Wine Byway during development activities."


To read the full letter, go here or view below.





Friday, August 18, 2017

This Week in Pics

The Mesa County Commissioners honor Otis Darnell with a proclamation for his 39 years of dedication and exemplary service to the residents of Mesa County and extend their sincere best wishes for success in all his future endeavors. Commissioners celebrate Otis Darnell alongside his wife and grandson.

Many Mesa County Road and Bridge staff members attend the Commissioners' public hearing to honor and recognize Otis Darnell.
Mesa County Road and Bridge Maintenance District Manager Otis Darnell received a standing ovation after being recognized for his dedication and exemplary service to the residents of Mesa County for over 39 years. Read more at https://goo.gl/JUYRMe.
Mesa County Public Health and Mesa County Department of Human Services staff came together on Saturday for an active shooter training with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and the Grand Junction Police Department. Here, the group debriefs on the morning training.

Albin Escamilla, Operations Manager, accepts the DHS Values Champion Trophy from Rory Cornelison, Employee Representatives Co-Chairman, for his exemplary demonstration of humanity. Congratulations, Albin!

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaims the week of August 13-19, 2017, as National Health Center Week in Mesa County. Representatives from MarillacHealth accepted the proclamation at the Commissioners' public hearing.

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners adopts a proclamation to honor the life of Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Petty Officer 1st Class Remington Jordan Peters. Peters' family in public hearing listen while to Commissioners read the proclamation aloud into the record.

Military and law enforcement officials attend the Commissioner's hearing in honor of Remington J. Peters' family. 

Mesa County Commissioners present the Peters family with a proclamation commemorating the life of U.S. Navy SEAL Remington J. Peters. From left, Commissioner John Justman, Peters' mother, Tina, niece, Taylor, Commissioner Rose Pugliese, sister, Cayce, father, Tom and Commissioner Scott McInnis.

The Western Slope Blue Star Mothers, a group of mothers of children who are serving or have previously served in the military, attend the Commissioners' hearing to present Tina Peters with a Gold Star Flag.

The Gold Star Flag is presented by the Western Slope Blue Star Mothers to Tina Peters, left, to honor her loss. The Gold Star Flag recognizes a mother's role as the Country's strength and inspiration.


Chief Navy Counselor (SurfaceWarfare) (Ret) Dan Chermock shares Remington J. Peters left an indelible impression on him. Chermock added it was an honor to have been able to help Peters start his Navy career. 



Deputy Myles Shows and Ben Miller gave a presentation and demonstration of our UAV to the Plane Crazy and Newcomers Club yesterday afternoon.

Repairs to the Mesa County Animal Services facility are on budget and schedule for November 2017. Read more at https://goo.gl/uPg49v.

Interior framing is installed for masonry walls. Learn more about the construction progress at the Animal Services facility, watch this news clip: https://goo.gl/GYcS1w.
Masonry walls are going up at the Animal Services building. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of November.
Otis Darnell reflects on his years at Mesa County, including some funny stories, with employees of the Road and Bridge Department.

Otis' family supports him at his farewell party and gets some laughs in with him.
Otis Darnell with his wife, Norma, daughter, Cassie, son-in-law Russ, and grandchildren.

Mesa County and Rolland Consulting Engineers host an open house to give residents an in-person opportunity to learn and give input on the proposed design plans and improvements to 22 Road, from the bridge at J.9 to the K Road intersection.

The Gateway Resort in beautiful Gateway, Colorado.

Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee and County Administrator Frank Whidden speak with constituents and answer questions on Wednesday evening in Gateway. 


Mesa County Road and Bridge Supervisor Rudy Bevan talks to constituents about roads in their district.  

Commissioner Scott McInnis speaks to Gateway residents interested in issues concerning public safety.

The Gateway Community Coffee hosted by the Mesa County Commissioners was well attended and informative.

Commissioner John Justman answers a question from a resident Wednesday evening. 

Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee explains some of the duties his office has during the community coffee. 

Commissioner Rose Pugliese talks to constituents about matters that affect the county.

Gateway residents ask questions and share their priorities with Mesa County officials at the Gateway Community Coffee.

Mesa County Treasurer Janice Rich gives a brief explanation of the work her office does and its importance to constituents. 

Residents of all ages had questions for county government officials. 

Commissioner Justman speaks to a local resident on matters that are important to him. 

Commissioner Scott McInnis and Treasurer Janice Rich talk to a constituent.

Residents in Gateway, Colorado have a lot of questions for Assessor Ken Brownlee. 

Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest Management was joined by members of the Bureau of Land Management and Colorado Canyons Association to scout the Gunnison River for rare invasive species and collect data and samples for studies by the Colorado Department of Agriculture and Colorado State University.

BLM and Mesa County employees take a lunch break along the Gunnison River between Escalante and Bridgeport.
BLM and Mesa County employees get ready to scout the Bridgeport to Whitewater section of the Gunnison River.

Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest Management watch two desert big horn sheep fighting on a cliff above the Gunnison River between Bridgeport and Whitewater in the Dominguez Escalante National Conservation Area.
Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest Management spot two desert big horn sheep on a cliff above the Gunnison River between Bridgeport and Whitewater in the Dominguez Escalante National Conservation Area. 
Today is Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee's birthday. Happy birthday, Ken!

After 39 years of service to Mesa County, Otis says goodbye

Otis Darnell began his career with Mesa County Public Works on June 26, 1978, as a Tech 1 in the traffic division and within six months was promoted to Tech 3. A sign he was about to embark on a journey of accomplishments through hard work and dedication.

Throughout Otis' career with Mesa County, he continued to advance while demonstrating leadership and perseverance. He continued to climb the ladder and was promoted a few times, before advancing to District Manager for District B in 1993, a position he has held for 24 years.

During his 39-year tenure, Otis Darnell has served the community with dedication and an unwavering commitment to provide and maintain safe and efficient roads for the residents of Mesa County.

His principles and dedication have played a critical role in providing road services at all hours and in all types of weather conditions to safeguard the community.

The Mesa County Commissioners honor Otis Darnell for his 39 years of dedication and exemplary service to the residents of Mesa County and extend their sincere best wishes for success in all his future endeavors.

Mesa County Commissioners present Mesa County Road and Bridge Maintenance District Manager Otis Darnell with a proclamation that recognizes his many years of service to the residents of Mesa County. From left, Scott McInnis, Otis Darnell, John Justman, Rose Pugliese.

Mesa County Road and Bridge Maintenance District Manager Otis Darnell has worked for Mesa County for 39 years. The Mesa County Commissioners congratulate Otis on his accomplishments and tenure.

Mesa County Commissioners celebrate Otis Darnell alongside his wife and grandson.

Many Mesa County Road and Bridge staff members attend the Commissioners' public hearing to honor and recognize Otis Darnell.

Mesa County Road and Bridge staff congratulate Otis Darnell on his retirement.


Mesa County Road and Bridge Maintenance District Manager Otis Darnell has worked for Mesa County for 39 years. His dedication and exemplary service to the residents of Mesa County are invaluable.

Mesa County Road and Bridge hosted a farewell celebration in recognition of Otis Darnell. Here are a few pictures from the event: