Friday, January 18, 2019

This Week in Pics


Progress on the 24-H.96 Bridge Replacement Project continues. This week, construction crews worked on the new bridge deck for 24 Rd., south of I Road. Pictured above, the deck is covered with a plastic tent filled with warm air so that the concrete can cure properly. It also provides warmer conditions for workers while its below freezing outside. The project will include the construction of a new bridge over the Grand Valley Irrigation Canal, irrigation modifications, and road profile improvements. Additionally, there will be a reconstruction of the intersection at 24 Road and I Road to improve the sight distance. The anticipated completion date of this project is the beginning of May 2019. Mesa County received a grant from the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) for this project.

 Road safety improvement construction on Kimball Creek Road and the intersections of 59.9 Road and 58.7 Road continues. The project got underway in November 2018. This is a full depth reconstruction road project to address safety issues along Kimball Creek (58.6) Road on the north side of the Town of Collbran from the intersection of Buzzard Creek (58.9) Road to the intersection of 58.7 Road.

Work continues on the improvements to Kimball Creek Road in Collbran with the installation of new walls.

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed January 20 through 26, 2019, as School Choice Week in Mesa County and call this observance to the attention of all citizens. Mesa County recognizes the important role that an effective education plays in preparing all students in the Grand Valley to be successful adults. School Choice Week is celebrated across the country by millions of students, parents, educators, schools and organizations to raise awareness of the need for effective educational options. Pictured above from left to right: Commissioner John Justman, Head of Caprock Academy Andrew Collins, Commissioners Rose Pugliese and Commissioner Scott McInnis.

Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed January 2019, as National Crime Stoppers Awareness Month and called upon residents to join Crime Stoppers of Mesa County to help prevent crime. Read more at https://bit.ly/2FFmvXr.

Mesa County Commissioner John Justman was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Grand Valley Drainage District Board of Directors (GVDD) this week. Cody Davis resigned his position as the Division #1 Director on the Grand Valley Drainage District Board of Directors effective January 10, 2019. Pursuant to C.R.S.Section 37-31-125, in the case of a vacancy in the Board of Directors, the Mesa County Board of County Commissioners shall appoint a director who shall hold office until the next regular GVDD election, and a successor is elected and qualified. Commissioners Scott McInnis and Rose Pugliese voted to appoint Commissioner Justman at an administrative public hearing where the public was asked to weigh in.  
Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis (pictured here) spoke to  Daily Sentinel Reporter Erin McIntire about the Board's decision to appoint Abby Landmeier to the library board. Read the article at  https://bit.ly/2ANX56D.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese attends Colorado Counties, Inc., legislative meeting and discusses bills coming down the pike that affect local government with newly elected El Paso Commissioner Holly Williams and Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer.

Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner (right) and Chief Deputy Treasurer Jackie Campbell share that paper tax bills will go out late this week. Earlier this week, e-statements were sent out. Anyone who applied to get their tax statement via e-mail should have it in their inbox by now. If you would like your tax notice electronically, next year follow the instructions on the paper bill or e-mail the Treasurer's Office at mctreas@mesacounty.us.

Accounting Specialist Heike Buenning helps a resident with his property tax payment Thursday afternoon.

Accounting Administrator Amy Bosse reconciles daily deposits.
Accounting Specialist Chris Horner takes in daily deposits from various county departments and verifies that they balance.

Ben Mendenhall, Vice President of Investment Advisory Services and Cory Gebel, Director of Portfolio Management of Public Trust Advisors came to review Mesa County's portfolio with Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner and Chief Deputy Treasurer Jackie Campbell. Part of the Treasurer's statutory duties is to make investment decisions for the county's funds. The state statute is pretty restrictive on which public funds can be invested in so there is not a great amount of risk involved, but there is some strategy to it!

Mesa County Coroner Victor Yahn rearranges office space to welcome a new investigator to his team. 

Acting Criminal Justice Services Director Matt Sullivan (left) recognizes Community Corrections Board Member at Large, Sharon Walker. Sharon has served as a board member for the past 14 years and was recently honored for her contributions to our community and her work on statewide community correction board issues.

A new outlet structure was installed on 20 1/2 Road and Terrace Ct. to alleviate drainage issues in the area.

Here is a photograph of a completed project by Road and Bridge Construction Team. Thanks, Scott, Mark, and Travis for your hard work! This outlet structure was installed on  20 1/2  Road and Terrace Ct. as part of a drainage complaint that Mesa County responded to.  

This week, a drainage complaint was handled by Road and Bridge Construction Team to help with flooding issues. An overflow pipe was installed around C 1/2 and 34 roads because during severe rain events floodwaters overtopped the road, and it creates a hazard for travelers. Improvements will keep the road from being closed down for safety reasons. The pipe is wrapped in CMP to keep the ends of the pipe safe during burn season.

Brant Harrison (left), a member of the Upper Grand Valley Pest Control District Advisory Committee and owner of Kokopelli Farms listens to an explanation of a drying system used to process hops and hemp during part of the Western Colorado Horticultural Society annual conference and bus tour.

Bruce Talbott (center), a member of the Upper Grand Valley Pest Control District Advisory Committee explains his different methods of tree pruning to maximize productivity and minimize labor to the crowd of fruit growers during the Western Colorado Horticultural Society annual conference and bus tour.

Western Colorado Horticultural Society bus tour attendees try their hand at different pruning methods. This is the 76th year for the WCHS conference which brings new and experienced fruit growers from Colorado and other western states together to learn from the latest research, share success stories, and keep finding ways to improve their craft.

Teresa Nees with Mesa County Weed & Pest (left); Bob Hammon, former CSU Extension Entomologist, and current UGVPCD Advisory Committee member; and Meredith Shrader, current CSU Extension Entomologist at the Western Colorado Horticultural Society annual conference at Two Rivers Convention Center.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese (left) and Colorado State Representative for House District 55 Janice Rich are working on HB19-1062, concerning the Grand Junction regional center campus. For more information on the bill, visit http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1062

From the Mesa County archives: Bill of sale recorded by the Mesa County Clerk’s Office on August 19, 1890. John H. Lemmon sold to Josephine Barton: one Studebaker Carriage, five buggies, four spring wagons, one Concord Coach, 27 head of horses, 10 sets of harnesses and one-half interest in the Levy and Feed Stable Establishment. Price paid $1,000.00.
Got a New Year's resolution to help our community? Become a Victim's Advocate! Volunteers provide comfort and compassion to victims of crime. Don't have any experience? They will train you! Learn more at https://sheriff.mesacounty.us/vap/. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Victim Advocate Program, just fill out an application or contact the Mesa County Sheriff's Office Victim Advocate Coordinator. See the attached flyer for more information.
Mesa County administrative offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The holiday closure does not include the Coroner’s Office, Criminal Justice Services, Grand Valley Transit (GVT), Mesa County Landfill or the emergency functions of the Sheriff’s Office. Animal Services (971A Coffman Road) will be open from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. For a list of closures, visit https://bit.ly/2ssOJwU.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

National Crime Stoppers Awareness Month

The Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed January 2019, as National Crime Stoppers Awareness Month and called upon residents to join Crime Stoppers of Mesa County to help prevent crime.

Mesa County Commissioners proclaim January 2019, as National Crime Stoppers Awareness Month. Several members of the Mesa County Crime Stoppers were present in public hearing to accept the proclamation.

The Crime Stoppers of Mesa County program was founded in 1983 through the efforts of local law enforcement agencies and dedicated community members. The program operates as an independent organization to help fight crime in our community.

Crime Stoppers of Mesa County has received over 19,900 tips, which have led to 1,795 arrests and the recovery of over 9 million dollars in drugs and property. Anonymous Crime Stopper callers have been rewarded over $300,000 for their valuable information.

Chalane Coit along with other Mesa County Crime Stoppers members accepted the proclamation.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Offices closed Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Mesa County administrative offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The holiday closure does not include the Coroner’s Office, Criminal Justice Services, Grand Valley Transit (GVT), Mesa County Landfill or the emergency functions of the Sheriff’s Office.

Closure includes:
Administration, Assessor, County Commissioners, County Attorney, Financial Services, Human Resources, IT, Surveyor, Treasurer (544 Rood Ave.)
Clerk & Recorder: Motor Vehicle, 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. Sixth 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.

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

Friday, January 11, 2019

This Week in Pics

Last Friday afternoon, the Treasurer’s staff accepted the tax warrant and triple checked the figures before opening up our software to collect 2018 taxes due in 2019! As you can see it was EXHAUSTING! Pictured above (clockwise): Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner, Heike Buenning, Amy Bosse and Christine Horner.
Dave Morlan with the Victim Advocate Program talks about why he became a victim advocate for KKCO‘s new story about the program recruiting new members. Visit https://sheriff.mesacounty.us/volunteer-programs/victim-advocate-program-vap to learn more.

MCPH Executive Director Jeff Kuhr talks about the MCPH Framework and the Community Health Strategist concept during a quarterly all-staff meeting.

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners convened for the first public hearing of 2019 Monday morning. The Board voted Commissioner Pugliese as the new Chair.
Chairwoman of the Board of County Commissioners Rose Pugliese welcomes everyone to the swearing-in ceremony for re-elected and newly elected officials Tuesday morning.

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis (re-elected) is sworn into office by his sister Municipal Judge Care' McInnis.

Commissioner Scott McInnis signs his oath of office. His term in office ends January of 2023.
Chief Judge Brian Flynn administers Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis' (re-elected) oath of office.

Newly elected Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters is sworn into office by Chief Judge Brian Flynn.
Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner is sworn into office by Chief Judge Brian Flynn Tuesday morning.
Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee affirms at the swearing-in ceremony that he will support the Constitution of the United States, the constitution of the State of Colorado, and the laws of the state of Colorado, and will faithfully perform the duties of the office of Mesa County Assessor.

Chief Judge Brian Flynn congratulates newly elected Mesa County Coroner after swearing him into office Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Newly elected Mesa County Surveyor is sworn into office by Chief Judge Brian Flynn.
After Commissioner Scott McInnis (re-elected), Assessor Ken Brownlee (re-elected), Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters, Coroner Victor Yahn, Sheriff Matt Lewis (re-elected), Surveyor Scott Thompson and Treasurer Sheila Reiner were sworn into office, a reception was hosted which was open to the public and members of the media to have an opportunity to talk to the electeds.
Welcome aboard and congratulations to all of our Mesa County elected officials!

In honor of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, the Mesa County Employee Association (MCEA) made goodie bags for the Mesa County Sheriff's Office to recognize and thank them for their dedication and unwavering commitment to keep our community safe.
Mesa County Sheriff Office personnel stand alongside members of the MCEA who stopped by to deliver goodie bags filled with treats in honor and recognition of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

Captains Art Smith and Don Hendricks receive a token of appreciation from the MCEA for keeping our community safe!

Thank you Mesa County Sheriff's Officers! Pictured above from left to right: Deputy Nick Bouton, PST Catherine Bowers, PST Cody Parmenter, Deputy Troy Jones.
Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters, left, and her Chief Deputy Clerk Heather Benjamin are working on ways to improve processes and services at the Clerk and Recorders Office.
On National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, many of the Clerk and Recorder's staff wore blue to show support! Pictured here: Mary McGrath, Beth Lillie, Amanda Golightly, Heather Benjamin, Tina Peters and Matt Vigil.
The Clerk and Recording team thanks law enforcement officers for keeping our communities safe! Pictured above from left to right: Angelica Jestrovich, Rose Tafoya, Belinda Knisley, and Arna Hoffman.

Elections team members (from left) Becky White, Karen Reiher, Tim Long and Brian Williams show appreciation and support by wearing blue on Wednesday in honor of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
Transportation Commissioner Kathy Hall was filmed for the Older, Wiser campaign, encouraging older adults to consider new transportation methods. It will raise the awareness of public transportation options across the Western Slope that all people can use.

This snowman was waiting for Grand Valley Transit Route 6. As soon as he boarded the warm bus the snow melted right off!
MCPH Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program Manager Karla Klemm talks with KKCO 11 News' Megan McNeil about WIC operations during the partial government shutdown. WIC is open, operating as usual and is accepting new clients! Funding is currently available through the end of January.

MCPH Clinic Program Manager investigates a JUUL during the Leadership Team Meeting. The team was given a vaping 101 presentation, this week. The tank in the foreground is also used to vape. Vaping has been declared a youth epidemic. Visit health.mesacounty.us to learn more.

Stephen R. Pyland of AcuDetox of Western Colorado, LLC applies magnets to MCPH Emergency Preparedness & Response Program Specialist Carmen Pipe to help with stress and cravings during a lunch 'n' learn, this week. Many team members partook in the magnets.

Wednesday evening, Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters swore in the Citizens on Patrol volunteers with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. These volunteers do VIN checks for her office.