Friday, February 14, 2020

This Week in Pics

Kindness is Contagious! It’s KIC week, and students from Fruita 8/9 are spreading kindness all over Mesa County!
Fruita 8/9 students stopped by the Sheriff’s Office and wrote positive messages on patrol vehicles as part of Kindness is Contagious Week. Look for them around town and help spread the love!
It was Career Day at R-5 High School on Wednesday, and Mesa County Sheriff's Office deputies got to talk to students about what it takes to have a career in law enforcement. Students wanting to learn more about the Sheriff's Office can become a Youth Explorer! Learn more at https://sheriff.mesacounty.us/volun…/youth-explorer-program/
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners and Administrator Pete Baier delivered the State of the County address on Monday, Feb. 10, during the Commissioner's administrative public hearing. The latest economic indicators presented in the address show a slight improvement in the local economy. Read more at https://bit.ly/2Hk8LkB.
Mesa County Commissioners discuss the slowdown in the energy industry and the trickle-down effect it might have on grants the county receives from oil and gas severance taxes from the state Department of Local Affairs.

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis talks to KREX News Reporter Ivan Fisher about the economic trends that have an effect on county operations. Watch the interview at https://bit.ly/37lTWbL

County Administrator Pete Baier talks to media about the State of the County. View more details at https://bit.ly/3byYbUI.
Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee (left) and Deputy Assessor Brent Goff (right) teach a class at Colorado Mesa University on real estate investments, particularly on the tax implications and policy.
Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters hosted a media roundtable regarding the upcoming elections. For more information on the Presidential Primary, visit https://bit.ly/38sY4YP.
Election Coordinator Shana Martin (center) explains ballot processing and election security to media members.
Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters talks to KKCO News Reporter Goldene Brown about the Presidential Primary, which is March 3, 2020, and the various methods available to citizens to cast their votes. Watch the interview at https://bit.ly/37pDNST.
Presidential Primary ballots are in the mail! The United States Postal Service received eight pallets of ballots from Mesa County Elections, which will be delivered to voters in Mesa County today (Feb. 14).
Mesa County Engineering is currently working with a consultant, Wood Environment and Infrastructure (Wood), to investigate local flooding issues within the Melody Estates residential area along 30 Road, between C 3/4 Road and C 1/2 Road. An open house will be held for residents interested in this project from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at the Mesa County Central Services Building — Conference Room 40, 200 S. Spruce Street, in Grand Junction. Learn more at https://bit.ly/2vxv8QM.
Learn about flooding issues along Reed Mesa Drive in the Redlands, at an upcoming open house. Residents interested in this project will have a chance to give input from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at the Mesa County Central Services Building — Conference Room 40, 200 S. Spruce Street, in Grand Junction. The purpose of the meeting is for County staff and the design team to receive comments, concerns, and information from residents regarding the local drainage issues. Collected data will be used by the design team to refine design solutions and to address further concerns. Learn more at https://bit.ly/2vxv8QM.
Chad Lovlin, Facilities' newest member, changes out a lightbulb outside the Mesa County Elections Office. Welcome aboard, Chad!
Have you seen the new digital sign near the entrance of the Mesa County Landfill? The sign will help share information with residents about closures and other critical messaging. Per Colorado regulation, the Mesa County Landfill is required to close during periods of high winds. High wind notices will be posted on the message board.
Last year, the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility assisted 7,930 Mesa County residents and 347 area businesses with the proper disposal of nearly 250,000 lbs of hazardous material.
Shay Starr, with the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, explains that working around hazardous material is dangerous, and having an emergency shower and eyewash station accessible is crucial in case of exposure to fluids.
Hazardous Material Manager Teresa Nees fills out a log sheet and checklist to report the mileage and condition of a county vehicle before she drives it.

Birds flock the Mesa County Landfill looking for food Wednesday afternoon as staffers work to compact and spread garbage. In 2019, the Mesa County Landfill managed about 186,000 tons of trash, which is a 3% increase over the previous year.
A Mesa County Landfill staffer directs traffic as a truck empties its load Tuesday. A bulldozer nearby gets ready to spread trash to then be flattened.
A compactor drives over newly deposited trash at the Mesa County Landfill. 

A stockpile of tire waste is used as a retention wall at the Mesa County Landfill. 
A horizontal grinder processes compost material Wednesday afternoon. Last year, the Organic Materials Composting Facility partnered with local nurseries to sell 7,210 bags of compost, 9,150 cubic yards (CY) of compost, and 1,127 CY of mulch in 2019. Learn more about the different types of compost available at https://bit.ly/3bDzdn9.
Steam billows off a pile of compost as a heavy equipment operator works at the Organic Materials Composting Facility.
A view of the Grand Mesa from the Organic Materials Composting Facility. Did you know that outreach and education are the cornerstones of all Mesa County Solid Waste Management activities? Without an educated public, the system and associated programs designed at the landfill will not be successful. Mesa County Solid Waste Management has an outreach and education program to provide the venue for teaching Mesa County residents how to utilize public and private sector integrated solid waste management services within the community. Take a tour! For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2HlWjkb.
The Mesa County Sheriff's Office has taken on the broom challenge to another level. Here is their caption: "If you think this is cool....so is locking your car! Did you know you can prevent people stealing stuff from your car 99.99999999% of of the time by simply....wait for it.....🔒 LOCKING🔒 your car 🚗?!! Now That's Amazing! #LockitorLoseIt #‎broomstickchallenge‬."

 Jeff Kuhr, Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) Executive Director, updates and inspires the staff on the One Community concept, working across sectors to improve the overall quality of life for all Mesa County residents.

MCPH employees during a team-building activity as part of their 'Healthy Hearts' monthlong challenge for employee wellness.
Here’s your daily dose of cuteness: Students from New Emerson Elementary School at Columbus Pre-K delivered handmade valentines to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office! It was so sweet! Happy Valentine's Day!

Don't forget, many Mesa offices will be closed Monday, in observance of Presidents Day. This one-day office closure does not include the Coroner’s Office, Criminal Justice Services, Grand Valley Transit, the Mesa County Landfill, or the emergency functions of the Sheriff’s Office. Animal Services will be open from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. For a list of closures, visit bit.ly/37dUfFI.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Notice of Public Meeting: Drainage Feasibility Study for Melody Estates and Reed Mesa Drive

Mesa County Engineering is currently working with a consultant, Wood Environment and Infrastructure (Wood), to investigate local flooding issues within the Melody Estates residential area along 30 Road, between C 3/4 Road and C 1/2 Road, and flooding issues along Reed Mesa Drive in the Redlands.

Project Area: Melody Estates residential area along 30 Road, between C 3/4 Road and C 1/2 Road.
Project Area: Reed Mesa Drive. 
Wood has performed preliminary analyses of these areas and is working with the County on drainage improvements.

An open house will be held for residents interested in this project from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at the Mesa County Central Services Building — Conference Room 40, 200 S. Spruce Street, in Grand Junction.

The purpose of the meeting is for County staff and the design team to receive comments, concerns, and information from residents regarding the local drainage issues. Collected data will be used by the design team to refine design solutions and to address further concerns.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to provide your input, or if you have any additional questions, please contact the Project Engineer, Dane Liljestrand, at Dane.Liljestrand@woodplc.com or 303-630-0764.

We look forward to your participation.

Sincerely,
Carrie Gudorf
Mesa County Engineering Department
Regulatory Programs Manager
Carrie.gudorf@mesacounty.us
(970) 244-1811

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary



Voter Service and Polling Centers

  • Elections Office — 200 S. Spruce St., Grand Junction, CO 81501
  • Fruita Civic Center — 325 E Aspen Ave, Fruita, CO 81521
  • Clifton Christian Church —3242 F 1/4 Road, Clifton, CO 81520
  • Colorado Mesa University — 1100 North Avenue, University Center, Room 213, Grand Junction, CO 81501 (only March 2 -March 3)

Hours

Monday through Friday
Feb. 24, 2020 - Feb. 28, 2020, and March 2, 2020
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 3 (ELECTION DAY)
7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

How to Vote

  • By Mail: Voters may vote and return their mail ballot.
  • In-Person: Voters may vote in-person at the Voter Service and Polling Centers. They may also drop the ballot in the drop boxes listed below.
Election Dates for Presidential Primary

  • Feb. 14 - Ballots begin mailing out
  • Feb. 24 - Voter service & polling centers open
  • March 3 - Presidential Primary Election Day

Other Elections in 2020


  • June 30 - State Primary Election
  • Nov. 3 - General Election
For the most up-to-date Election Calendars, visit the Sect. of State's website.

 Ballot Box Locations

  • Mesa County Central Services - 200 S Spruce St, Grand Junction
  • Grand Valley Transit (West) - 612 24 1/2 Rd, Grand Junction
  • Mesa County Human Services - 510 29 1/2 Rd, Grand Junction
  • PeachTree Shopping Center - 3225 I-70 Business Loop, Unit A2, Clifton
  • Fruita Civic Center - 325 E Aspen Ave, Fruita
  • Colorado Mesa University - 1100 North Avenue (outside the William S. Robinson Theater), Grand Junction

Mesa County Precinct Map


For more information, visit Mesa County Elections.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Offices Closed for Presidents Day

Closed on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.
Many Mesa County offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in observance of Presidents Day.

This closure includes:
Administration, Assessor, County Commissioners, County Attorney, Financial Services, Human Resources, IT, Surveyor, Treasurer (544 Rood Ave.)
Clerk & Recorder: Motor Vehicle (all locations), Recording, Elections, Clerk to the Board (200 S. Spruce St.)
District Attorney's Office and the Justice Center (125 N. Spruce St.)
Department of Human Services (510 29 1/2 Road)
Facilities and Fairgrounds (2785 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Public Health (510 29 1/2 Road)
Public Works, Building, and Planning (971 Coffman Road & 200 S. Spruce St.)
Regional Transportation Planning Office (525 S. 6th St.)
Sheriff’s Office: Records and Civil Divisions (215 Rice St.)
Solid Waste Campus: Composting, Hazardous Waste and Transfer Stations (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Tri-River Area CSU Extension (2775 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Workforce Center (512 29 1/2 Road)

Alternate Hours:
Animal Services (971A Coffman Road) will be open from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This closure does NOT include:
Coroner's Office
Criminal Justice Services (all locations)
Grand Valley Transit fixed and paratransit services (525 S. 6th St.)
Mesa County Landfill (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Sheriff's Office emergency services (215 Rice St.)

2020 State of the County

Mesa County Commissioners and Administrator Pete Baier delivered the State of the County address on Monday, Feb. 10, during the Commissioner's administrative public hearing.

The latest economic indicators presented in the address show a slight improvement in the local economy.

"Our economy is showing signs of growth, and we remain cautiously optimistic. However, we are keeping a watchful eye by tracking economic trends and legislation," said Baier. " The Colorado State Legislature's decisions this legislative session may have huge impacts on our local economy."

"We will proceed with caution and will continue our commitment to providing essential services to our community through responsible fiscal practices as we move forward in the year," added Baier.






Friday, February 7, 2020

This Week in Pics


Mesa County Administrator Pete Baier gives members of the Young Professionals Network of Mesa County (YPN) an overview of the functions and responsibilities of county government over the lunch hour. YPN hosts monthly lunch conversations as part of their mission to connect young professionals from diverse backgrounds, empower personal and professional growth, and strengthen the Grand Valley's community of future leaders. Learn more about YPN, visit https://www.ypnmc.org.
During YPN's lunch conversation, Administrator Pete Baier discusses economic trends and the effects it has on operations and services in Mesa County. Thank you, YPN, for participating in your Mesa County government!
Gary Harmon, a Mesa County resident and former Daily Sentinel reporter, stopped by the public hearing room to check in on local government officials.

Mesa County Elections will send mail ballots on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, to all active voters in the county who qualify to vote in the primary election. The Presidential Primary returns to Colorado for the first time in 20 years after voters approved Proposition 107 in the 2016 Election. Unlike the caucus process, the statute now allows for unaffiliated voters to participate in choosing delegates to the national conventions, along with those affiliated with the Democratic and Republican parties. For more information on upcoming elections, visit https://bit.ly/2tBffbD.

Unaffiliated voters who do not have a party preference will be receiving two ballots: one Democratic and one Republican. Voters who receive both ballots should only return one voted ballot. Should a voter return two voted ballots, their vote will not be counted. For more on election information, visit https://bit.ly/2SrX2FB.
Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner talks to the media about the new and improved property tax bills released this year. Tax bills should be arriving in taxpayers' mailboxes this week. Watch the interview at https://bit.ly/3biahl3 or read the article at https://bit.ly/37bsgGl.

Pictured: A before and after comparison of a Mesa County tax bill. To access your bill online, pay your taxes online, obtain property tax history and receipts for payments, or to view and print your current year tax statement, click here. Property taxes may be paid in one full installment by April 30 or in two installments with the first half due by Feb. 29 and the second half due by June 15.
High school juniors and seniors from Mesa County Valley School District 51 (D51) participated in a career day at the Mesa County Sheriff's Office last week. Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis and Undersheriff Todd Rowell spoke to students about the steps they can take now to have a career in law enforcement.

D51 students interested in careers in the criminal justice field learned about career opportunities as a patrol deputy, detention deputy as well as many other career opportunities available. They also had the chance to get some hands-on experience with a state of the art training simulator.



The Mesa County Sheriff's Office hosted a career day for D51 juniors and seniors and took them around their building to teach students about the internal operations of the agency, and show them some of the equipment and various vehicles they use.

Mesa County Public Health Epidemiology Program Manager Heidi Dragoo talks to KREX Reporter Ivan Fisher about Census 2020 and the importance of making sure everyone in Mesa County is counted in the survey.

Mesa County Public Health is tracking the spread of a novel coronavirus.  There have been no cases identified in Mesa County or Colorado.  Find out the steps your local Public Health Agency takes to be ready to respond, here.

Last Friday, Mesa County Regional Transportation & Planning Office (RTPO) Public Health and Public Works personnel did a group bike ride to the new Monument Connector Trail to check out the trail and take video footage for a special social media project. The group ride started at the RTPO office and traveled down 7th Street, past the Botanical Gardens, through Las Colonias and Riverside over to Lunch Loops. Pictured: Sarah Brooks, Mobility Manager; Anita Sheetz, Certified Nurse Midwife; Dana Brosig, MPO/RTP Director; Dean Bressler, Transportation Engineer; Thomas Orr, Regional Epidemiologist; Kelsey Fife, Health Promotion Specialist; Sean Yeates, Sr. Engineer.
Group shot at Lunch Loops: Thomas Orr, Regional Epidemiologist; Jack Jordan, Public Health Apprentice; Kelsey Fife, Health Promotion Specialist; Anita Sheetz, Certified Nurse Midwife; Dean Bressler, Transportation engineer; Dana Brosig, MPO/RTP Director; and Sean Yeates, Sr. Engineer. 
RTPO staff Dean Bressler, Transportation engineer; Sarah Brooks, Mobility Manager; and Dana Brosig, MPO/RTP Director.

View of the trail from Lunch Loops.
Bikes on the Lunch Loops section.

In honor of American Heart Month, Mesa County RTPO is sharing the health benefits of taking public transit. Learn more about the agency at https://rtpo.mesacounty.us/.
Every year Mesa County Road and Bridge, Hazardous Waste, Traffic, and the Sheriff's Office, as part of the Mesa County Safety Council, participate in the Mesa County Safety Fair held at Mesa Mall in Grand Junction. The Safety Fair is a FREE two-day event for children to learn about safety. For more information, visit http://mesacountysafetycouncil.org/.