Friday, November 8, 2019

This Week in Pics

The Mesa County Workforce Center was recognized for its workforce development achievements over the past year at the ACT Workforce Summit in Charlotte, N.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, along with 48 other participating ACT Work Ready Communities. Employment Specialist/Job Profiler's Michael Smith (center) and Victor Carreras (left) accepted the honor.

On Election Day, Nov. 5, all hands were on deck. Mesa County Elections staff members and volunteers worked together to run the 2019 Coordinated Election. Here are the unofficial results: https://bit.ly/2K3moGN. Pictured here from left to right: Angelica Jestrovich, Cindy Nelson, Shana Martin, Jessica Empson, Adriana Murrieta-Barcelo Becky White, and Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters. 

Election Judges process ballots on the evening of Nov. 5.
Election judges, from different political affiliations, retrieve ballots from a 24-hour drop box on Election Day.
This week Mesa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) Patrol Deputy Brian Prunty was promoted to Sergeant. Congratulations, Sergeant Prunty!

MCSO Detentions Deputy Norris Erkman was promoted to Sergeant this week. Congratulations, Sergeant Erkman!

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office participated in a photo project aimed at humanizing first responders. Here is Deputy Jennifer Keyes under the night sky in Clifton. View more "I'm a Police Officer" photos and stories here https://www.facebook.com/iamapoliceofficer/.

Take a close look at this photo—it's not just of wildland firefighters, but also of  Mesa County Sheriff's Deputies! Not only does the MCSO fight crime, but they also fight wildfires! One of the eight statutory functions of a Sheriff's Office in Colorado is fighting wildland fires. Several MCSO deputies are trained to fight wildland fires and are part of the Sheriff's Office Wildland Fire Team. Learn more at https://sheriff.mesacounty.us/…/special…/wildland-fire-team/.

This week the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Union Pacific Railroad, began a project to provide a long-term solution to recurring crime and safety issues in one Clifton neighborhood. The project is focusing on an area between 32 ½ Road and 33 ½ Road adjacent to the railroad tracks south of F Road.    

Inside nearly a mile stretch of thick brush and overgrown trees is years of piled-up trash, human waste, and hazardous materials. In addition to the health concerns, the dry vegetation and illegal camping in the area pose a significant fire danger. One neighborhood, in particular, has homes that back up to this area of concern. Deputies have responded to reports of fires being started by people camping illegally. Additionally, deputies have identified some people who trespass in this area as the source of recurring crime and safety concerns at businesses in nearby Peach Tree Shopping Center. Those concerns include trespassing, public urination, and aggressive behavior.

The first part of the project is the removal of trash and hazardous materials. Restoration One, a professional cleaning and restoration company, began the work Tuesday. Once the hazardous waste is removed, fire mitigation efforts will begin. The brush will be removed, and overgrown trees will be cut back to significantly reduce the risk of fire in the area. It will also discourage future illegal use of the area. By cleaning up these areas and connecting people with services, deputies hope to reduce criminal activity in the area and ultimately make it a safer place to live and do business.

Code Compliance Officer Greg St. Martin presents to community partners the outcome of the Neighborhood Clean-up, a cleanup pilot program that tackled a one-square-mile area from 32 Road to 33 Road and D Road to E Road.
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed November 2019, as National Adoption Awareness Month in Mesa County. The Board urged residents to celebrate adoption and to honor families that grow through the adoption process. Director of Child Welfare Joe Kellerby (at podium), Kim Espindola, Adoption Supervisor, and Kinsee Dixon, an adoptive parent, accepted the proclamation.
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed November 2019, as National Family Caregivers Month in Mesa County. Single Entry Point Manager Dyann Walt (at podium), Adult Services Supervisor Cheryl Brown, and Dana Bogue, a family caregiver, and her family accepted the National Family Caregivers Month presented by the Board of Mesa County Commissioners in public hearing Monday morning.
On Monday, Nov. 4, John Mok-Lamme (center), Karis, Inc. Executive Director, alongside volunteers Teresa Nees (left) and Abram Herman (right), accepted the Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness Month proclamation presented by the Board of Mesa County Commissioners.
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed November 2019, as Random Acts of Kindness Month in Mesa County in public hearing on Monday, Nov. 4.

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Mesa County Commissioners listened to extensive public testimony on the Marasco Family Farm Rezone. The rezoning of approximately AFT 58 acres of land to RSF-E (Residential Single Family-Estate) passed on a 2-1 vote. Watch what happened during the Land Use Hearing at https://bit.ly/2Ctg5rz.
The new trail in McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area of Fruita is explicitly designed to meet standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Read more https://bit.ly/2qE3fnD.
The Mesa County Tax Lein Sale is complete! Treasurer Sheila Reiner wrote the following:  "I would like to publicly thank the Treasurer's staff for a job well done.  For most of us on this team this was our first time conducting a tax sale.  We fielded a good number of questions, and as we worked through the questions that came our way, we all grew our knowledge base. County employees are not allowed to participate in the tax sale, but next year if you know someone who is interested in making an investment, bidding will open in October of 2020. Investors get 1% interest per month currently.  If the homeowner redeems the tax lien, the investor gets their money back plus interest.  If the homeowner doesn't redeem the lien in the next 4 years or longer, then the investor can apply for a Treasurer's Deed and gain ownership of the property. In 2019, we worked on some proactive communications and collections.  This resulted in an improved performance measure.  We advertised 20% less properties in comparison to 2018 AND made $18,000.00 more in premium bids."  

The Mesa County Employee Association (MCEA) Autumn Shoppe included the 14th Annual Employee Craft Fair, and 2nd Annual MCEA Cookie Harvest Contest on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Employees from various agencies stopped by the Autumn Shoppe, hosted at the Mesa County Workforce Center, 512 29 1/2 Road. A variety of local vendors had great holiday gifts available.

The 2nd Annual MCEA Cookie Harvest Contest featured a variety of homemade cookies, which were sold to help fund MCEA employee-focused events.
County employees entered into the contest for a chance to win a Kitchen Aid stand mixer, a cookie baking set, or baking sheets. Cookie Judge Sarah Robinson displays the prizes.

MCEA President Heidi Belatti kicks off the 2nd Annual MCEA Cookie Harvest Contest and gives judges instructions on how to rank and score the 25 different types of cookies they will be judging.

Kate Lima, with the Department of Human Services, took first place of the Cookie Harvest Contest with her delicious Raspberry Almond Thumbprints made with homemade raspberry preserves.
Criminal Justice Services Department (CJSD) Blast Team, an employee activity group, hosted a sandwich bar on Nov. 6 over the lunch hour. Employees from all CJSD divisions had an opportunity to come together for a meal to discuss projects and upcoming training opportunities.
CJSD Case Manager Natalie Flynn talks about the importance of departments coming together to strengthen communication, foster teambuilding, and share agency updates and training.
On Wednesday, Nov. 6, Mesa County Planning hosted an open house to discuss updates to the Land Development Code (LDC) with residents. The open house was hosted in the Mesa County Central Services Lobby, 200 S. Spruce St. The updates aim to modernize Mesa County Land Codes and to provide a more user-friendly document that combines various ordinances and code standards to avoid redundancy.

Mesa County and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) hosted a joint open house to share future plans with residents along US Highway 6, as part of the Clifton Access Control Plan. The public meeting was hosted, Nov. 6, from 4:30- 7:30 p.m. at the Clifton Hall, 126 2nd St.

Clifton Fire Protection District Charles Balke and residents listen as Deputy Public Works Director Scott Mai (left) shares information about the intention of the Clifton Access Control Plan.

Mesa County Traffic Engineer Sean Yeates (right) talks to residents about why 33 3/8 Road in Clifton needs to be reconfigured for road safety issues. 
Mesa County officials including Greg St. Martin, Sid Martinez, Amber Swasey, Sarah Johnson, and Megan Terlecky alongside The Colorado Trust leadership Jose Chavez and Tera Wick, talked to several Clifton residents at a community meeting Thursday night to discuss the Neighborhood Clean-up, which took place Monday, Oct. 7 through Wednesday Oct. 8, 2019.
Clifton residents attended a community meeting hosted by Mesa County and The Colorado Trust on Nov. 7 to share priorities, opinions on the Neighborhood Clean-up event. The pilot program was a success.

Mesa County Code Compliance Officers Sid Martinez (left) and Greg St. Martin write thank you cards to those who participated in the cleanup pilot project in Clifton last month.

The 22 Rd J.9 Bridge Replacement Project is now underway, 22 Road is closed from J Road to K Road until April 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience the construction may cause. With everyone’s cooperation and patience, the project will progress on time. Read more at https://bit.ly/2PVO7ge.
All veterans and active-duty military can ride GVT fixed-route free throughout November, all they have to do is present their government-issued ID or discharge papers to the driver when boarding the bus.

Motor Vehicle Lead Trainer Matt Vigil, a Marine Veteran, will be honoring other Veterans this weekend and will be celebrating among other Marines the United States Marine Corps Birthday, which is on Sunday, Nov. 10. Thank you for your service, Matt!

In honor of Veterans Day, many Mesa County offices will be closed on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. This one-day closure does not include the Coroner’s Office, Criminal Justice Services, Mesa County Landfill, or emergency functions of the Sheriff’s Office. Animal Services will be open from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Thank you, Veterans, we are grateful for your service and sacrifice.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

22 Road Closed from J Road to K Road

The 22 Rd J.9 Bridge Replacement Project is now underway, 22 Road is closed from J Road to K Road until April 2020.

Project Overview
The project involves removing the existing bridge on 22 Road and installing a new box culvert along with adjusting elevations along the road for improved safety of the public traveling on 22 Road.

Work Progress
Most of the utilities have been relocated. The box culvert is to be installed by March 1, 2020.  22 Road should be open by April 30, 2020.

Residents in the area
Residents on 22 Road in the work zone will have access at all times. Day time access during working hours will be assessed on a case by case basis. Starting Nov. 6, the bridge will be inaccessible to the traveling public. 

Please obey all traffic control signs and use caution while traveling near the work zone.

We apologize for any inconvenience the construction may cause. With everyone’s cooperation and patience, the project will progress on time.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Board of County Commissioners Adopt Proclamations

On Monday, Nov. 4, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners adopted proclamations for National Adoption Awareness Month, National Family Caregivers Month, Random Acts of Kindness Month, and Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness Month.

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed November 2019, as National Adoption Awareness Month in Mesa County. The Board urges all residents to celebrate adoption and to honor families that grow through the adoption process.

Director of Child Welfare Joe Kellerby (at podium), Kim Espindola, Adoption Supervisor, and Kinsee Dixon, an adoptive parent accepted the National Adoption Awareness Month proclamation.

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed November 2019, as National Family Caregivers Month in Mesa County, and urges all citizens to recognize the selfless time family caregivers give to their loved ones.
Cheryl Brown (left), Adult Services Supervisor, Dyann Walt (center left), Single Entry Point Manager, and Dana Bogue (center right), a family caregiver and her family accepted the National Family Caregivers Month presented by the Board of Mesa County Commissioners Monday morning.

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed November 2019, as Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness Month in Mesa County. 
John Mok-Lamme (center), Karis, Inc. Executive Director, alongside volunteers Teresa Nees and Abram Herman accepted the Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness Month proclamation.

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed November 2019, as Random Acts of Kindness Month in Mesa County.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Vets Ride GVT for Free in November


Vets & Active Duty Military Ride GVT Fixed Route Free in November

Mesa County Regional Transportation Planning Office (RTPO) and Grand Valley Transit (GVT) would like to thank all the men and women who have graciously served this country, by offering a special promotion with GVT.

All veterans and active-duty military can ride GVT fixed-route free throughout November, all they have to do is present their government-issued ID or discharge papers to the driver when boarding the bus.

This special appreciation promotion will be available from Nov. 1-30. Thank you for your service!

For more information on the Vets Ride Free promotion, or Grand Valley Transit services, contact Sarah Brooks at 970-244-1830 or by email sarah.brooks@mesacounty.us.

County Offices Closed on Veterans Day


Many Mesa County offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

This one-day closure does not include the Coroner’s Office, Criminal Justice Services, Mesa County Landfill, or emergency functions of the Sheriff’s Office.

Animal Services will be open from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.

This closure includes:
Administration, Assessor, County Commissioners, County Attorney, Financial Services, Human Resources, IT, Surveyor, Treasurer (544 Rood Ave.)
Clerk & Recorder: Elections, Clerk to the Board, Recording (200 S. Spruce St.) Motor Vehicle (all locations)
District Attorney's Office (125 N. Spruce St.)
Department of Human Services (510 29 1/2 Road)
Facilities and Fairgrounds (2785 U.S. Highway 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 Mangement: Compost, Hazardous Waste and Transfer Stations (3071 U.S. Highway 50)
Tri-River Area CSU Extension (2775 U.S. Highway 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: jail, patrol, emergency services (215 Rice St.)

Friday, November 1, 2019

This Week in Pics


Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) employee, Vincent Burkhardt, received the Mountain Mover Award at the Annual Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Office of Emergency Preparedness & Response Partner’s Meeting! Vince has gone above and beyond his duties as a regional EPR specialist to assist the state in dissolving the Kaiser Cache in Denver and be a subject matter expert for the state in supply chain management.
MCPH Epidemiologist Andy Tyler educates our community on the dangers of lead on a KREX 5 Noon interview about Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, which is an effort to reduce childhood exposure to lead. Watch the interview at https://bit.ly/333L2yp.

Last Friday, Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, Angelica Jestrovich, and many other Elections staff members pulled all their resources together to set up Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPCs).

Mesa County Regional Transportation Planning Office (RTPO) had a busy weekend highlighting and showcasing Grand Valley Transit (GVT) services at community events in Fruita and Grand Junction.

GVT staff took a bus out to the Fruita Truck-or-Treat event to hand out candy. Fruita had a large variety of vehicles at their annual event, and GVT staff welcomed about 800 kids and parents onto the bus for a tour.

GVT staff hands out candy at the Fruita Truck-or-Treat event on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Mesa County RTPO staff Sarah Brooks and Andy Gingerich participated in the Colorado Mesa University (CMU) Homecoming Parade on Saturday, with a DASH Bus. RTPO staff partnered with students from CMU Sustainability Council for the float. The Sustainability Council made signs promoting the use of Compressed Natural Gas and encouraged people to ride the bus.

Mesa County RTPO hung a banner on the back of a DASH bus to promote the CMU bus pass program. CMU students enrolled in a minimum of six credits are eligible to obtain a free GVT pass as part of their student fees.

Students prep for the CMU Homecoming Parade.

CMU students fashioned Mav horns on the front of the DASH bus. Sarah Brooks, Mobility Manager, dressed up as the Mobilicorn, promoting Mobility for ALL.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese reminds voters that every election is important. Get your voice heard, vote!
Mind your speed when approaching this area of the Palisade Plunge Trail. 
Moving boulders by hand. The Palisade Plunge crew working on the Grand Junction side has finished 2,100-feet of the trail up to pinch point of Mile Post (MP) 23.26, spending the majority of their time performing technical rock work. They've also built a 14-foot tall rock wall to help traverse some of the dangerous edges of cliff sections. The Lands End crew has been cleaning up around Cliff Lake and addressing some of the issues that were discussed during the trail inspection the previous week. 

Building ramps with rocks. The crew working on the Palisade side of the Palisade Plunge Trail, continue to encounter very technical rock work.

 As of Oct. 25, the Palisade Plunge Trail has a total of approximately 6.31 miles of total finished trail and around 1.73 miles of rough-cut trail.
The Land Use Hearing of Oct. 29 was well attended by residents wanting to share their views and opinions. Watch what happened at https://bit.ly/2JClNLT.

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners took public comment on the PRO2019-0130 RZ - Marasco Family Farm Rezone, which was continued to Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. for consideration.

Employees at MCPH gather to get an agency update at a quarterly all-staff meeting. The agency recognized excellence, learned about community impact occurring in current initiatives, and celebrated wins! We’re proud to be working together for a healthier community!

Karla Klemm, WIC Program Manager, and Mary Cornforth, Executive Administration Manager, attend the MCPH all-staff meeting.
MCPH personnel gathers for an agency update at a quarterly staff meeting. 

Employees with MCPH attend an agency luncheon meeting to discuss current initiatives and outcomes.

For more information, contact Tri-River Area Extension—Mesa County 4-H at 970-244-1834 or melissa.tabke@mesacounty.us.
Mesa County is looking for input on much-needed updates to the Land Development Code (LDC) to improve services and processing time to move projects through the system more efficiently. Learn more at https://bit.ly/2MTxn7r.
Mesa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) Records was full of Lumberjacks and Lumberjills on Oct. 31, ready to help chop down crime!

MCSO's Wendy Likes is keeping us all fed as THE Wendy from Wendy's!  

We have a lot of breadwinners at MCSO, especially Bernice Stogsdill.

On Halloween, Motor Vehicle (MV) personnel dressed up and assisted customers. 

In the spirit of Halloween, Shawn Burd, Commissioner to Convey Real Estate & Right-of-Way Agent, decorated himself and his office. It's five o'clock somewhere!

Human Resources staff members were clowning around on Halloween.

Eric Farslow has the spider power!

Don Clements is such a Joker!

A Velociraptor renews tags at the Clifton MV Thursday morning.

A T-Rex and a Velociraptor walk into the Clifton MV. 
Happy Halloween from the RTPO staff! 
"Captain Jenn" (Jennifer Richardson), "Willie Nelson" (Brandi Goller), "Pretty Kitty" (Nicole Worthington), and "The Blood Witch" (Meta Boon) of Solid Waste Management greet customers at the landfill with special fanfare and candy on Halloween!
The elevator at the old Mesa County Courthouse will be replaced due to the inability to get replacement parts. Starting Dec. 2, 2019, there will be no elevator service for approximately nine weeks during the installation of the new unit. Read more at https://bit.ly/2NuKyLb.