Friday, December 2, 2016

This Week in Pics

Commissioner Justman tours the Mesa County jail and tests the quality of the food being served to inmates. The Mesa County Commissioners are required by state law to inspect the jail once a year.

Commissioner Rose Pugliese, right, is named “Commissioner of the Year” by Colorado Counties Inc. (CCI) at their annual winter conference in Colorado Springs Nov. 29.

Commissioner Pugliese, left, receives “Commissioner of the Year” award by Colorado Counties Inc. 

The Cameo bridge gets new girders; the bridge replacement project is estimated to be completed by next spring. 

DHS Child Welfare team hosts the Colorado State Department of Human Services statewide permanency roundtable discussion at the Mesa County Workforce Center, 512 29 1/2 Road.

From left: Connie Mercer and Kylie Mayfield, of the foster care permanency team, help stuff stockings for foster children in Mesa County.

The Foster Care Permanency team hard at work at the annual stocking stuffing for foster children in our community.

From left: Kate Lima, Connie Mercer, Jeff Sheley, Sarah St. Martin, Kylie Mayfield, Laura Kinson help stuff over 120 stockings for foster kids.

Weed & Pest Managment Coordinator Teresa Nees and her predecessor, Melissa Werkmeister, at the Land Resource meeting. 

 Nearly 30 representatives of various county, federal and state agencies meet with Mesa County Commissioners for a Land Resource meeting. 

2016 General Election Canvass

Elections staff members and representatives from the Democratic and Republican parties hand-count ballots to verify the results of the election.

Mesa County Elections officials and representatives from the Democratic and Republican parties hand-count ballots to confirm the results of the election.
The all-seeing eye watches over Compliance Services Courtney Patch as she works.

Open House: 29 Road Pedestrian Underpass

Mesa County will host an open house for residents to learn about the 29 Road Pedestrian Underpass project Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Mesa County Conference Room 40, 200 S. Spruce St. Please join us!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Pugliese named “Commissioner of the Year”

Statewide county association honors commissioner for going “above and beyond the call of duty”

GRAND JUNCTION. Colo. — Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese was honored as “Commissioner of the Year” by Colorado Counties Inc. (CCI) at their annual winter conference in Colorado Springs Nov. 29.

CCI is a non-profit association that brings all 64 Colorado counties together to work on shared issues. The award recognizes a commissioner who has gone beyond their county level to spend additional time working for the good of all counties and their constituents.

“I am humbled and honored to have received this award. We have so many incredible commissioners all across the state, and we do great work for our counties together,” Pugliese said. “I am so fortunate to be able to serve Mesa County on a statewide level and be a strong voice for our county issues.”

Award recipients are determined by voting CCI members and are ultimately selected by CCI’s board of directors.

“Rose has won the heart of her peers with her contagious enthusiasm,” 2015 Commissioner of the Year Steve Johnson said. “She has shown tremendous leadership in so many different areas, not the least being economic development.”

Commissioner Pugliese is the first Mesa County Commissioner to be honored with this award.

County hosts open house for new, expanded Veterans Memorial Park

The community is invited to learn about the proposed design to expand and relocate the Veterans Memorial Park, which will include a stormwater detention area.

The open house aims to share information on the intentions of the project and gather citizen input. Join us on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. at the Mesa County Fairgrounds Community Building, 2785 U.S. Hwy 50.

“This project is to reconstruct and enhance the Veterans Memorial Park, to a 9.4-acre multi-purpose lawn space at the Mesa County Fairgrounds,” Mesa County Facilities Director Greg Linza said. “The new park will be the largest green space south of the Colorado River in the Grand Valley.”

Citizens are encouraged to attend the open house and share their thoughts and priorities.

“The Veterans Memorial Park will include a stormwater detention area that will help alleviate flooding in downstream areas of Orchard Mesa,” Mesa County Engineer Daniel Larkin said. “But, the focus of this project is to provide recreational opportunities to a diverse range of users.”

Monday, November 21, 2016

County offices closed for Thanksgiving holiday

Many Mesa County offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 25, 2016, in observance of Thanksgiving.

This two-day 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 & Recorder) (200 S. Spruce St., Grand Junction & 3225 I 70 Business Loop, Clifton)
  • Facilities and Fairgrounds (2785 U.S.Hwy. 50)
  • Health Department & Department of Human Services (510 29 1/2 Road)
  • Hazardous Waste Collection, Organic Material Composting and Transfer Stations 
  • 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.)
  • Tri River CSU Extension (2775 U.S. Hwy. 50)
  • Workforce Center (512 29 1/2 Road)

These offices will be closed Thursday and open Friday:
  • District Attorney and the Justice Center (125 N. Spruce St.) 
  • Mesa County Landfill (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50) 
  • Grand Valley Transit (GVT) (525 S. 6th Street) 
  • Animal Services (971A Coffman Road near Whitewater) will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The closure does NOT include:
  • Coroner's Office 
  • Criminal Justice Services (all locations) 
  • Sheriff’s Office - Jail, Patrol, Emergency Services (215 Rice St.) 

Friday, November 18, 2016

This Week in Pics

Check out some of the happenings around your Mesa County government this week! 
Enjoy your holiday next week - many county offices will be closed Thursday and Friday. 

Road and Bridge Crew Manager Jerry Herrera (bottom left) and Matt Woodring (to his right), and crew pour the foundation for the new traffic department storage building (off Coffman Road) on Wednesday morning.  The building will be used for storing painting materials, paint truck and bucket truck.

Child Welfare Director Kari Daggett and CASA Director Janet Rowland speak to The Sentinel's reporters at the child abuse forum.

Sheriff Matt Lewis addresses child abuse forum attendees about child abuse statistics in Mesa County. 

Over a 100 concerned citizens attended the community forum on child abuse.

At Monday's Administrative Hearing, the Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed November 2016 as Adoption Awareness Month. Every single child deserves a safe home and a loving family to protect and care for them.

Mesa County elected officials meet with our legislators to discuss 2017 legislation. From left: Sheriff Lewis, State Representative Thurlow, State Senator Scott, State Representative Yeulin Willett.
Commissioner Pugliese and State Senator Scott discuss 2017 legislative prioroties.

Commissioner McInnis, left, and State Senator Scott, right, discuss conservation easements.

Sheriff Lewis and State Representative Willett discuss public safety legislation. 

MCHD staff members from the Consumer Protection, Epidemiology & Health Analytics and Communication teams recently began meeting monthly to tackle some of the issues the teams face when working together. The meetings have resulted in solutions to problems and questions that arise during disease outbreaks in Mesa County. Cohesion between these teams allows them the ability to respond quickly and efficiently.

Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed November 2016 as Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is a serious, incurable disease that affects millions. An increase in community awareness of risk factors and symptoms related to the disease can improve the likelihood that people with diabetes will get the attention they need before suffering devastating complications.

Election Judges work to adjudicate ballots while watchers look on.

Clerk & Recorder Sheila Reiner helps process ballots on election night.

Clerk & Recorder Sheila Reiner hard at work helping staff process ballots on election night.

From left, Elvis (Clerk Division Director Jackie Campbell) dropped by to sing Motor Vehicle Manager Janet Williams a goodbye song as she prepares to retire Jan. 3.

 Motor Vehicle Manager Janet Williams, center right, excited about retiring.
Teresa Nees with Noxious Weed & Pest Management finished up a grant report and got a break from the office to do this: Spray some weeds and rinse out a sprayer for probably the last time this year.(check out the storm rolling by in the background!)

Teresa Nees goes on air at KAFM 88.1  "Know Your County" to introduce the noxious weed program and the Upper Grand Valley Pest Control District to the community.

Check out the view from the road on the way to the Mesa County Landfill and Compost Facility on Thursday afternoon.

Snow on Hwy 50 at MM 51 taken Thursday by a Mesa County Sheriff's Office deputy.

Deputy Mark Johnson and his red-tailed hawk named Shimri.
Deputy Mark Johnson is a licensed Falconer and showed students at Scenic Elementary School just what Shimri (the hawk) can do. 
Deputy Mark Johnson taught Scenic Elementary students about this beautiful chickenhawk.

Deputy Mark Johnson, Shimri and Scenic Elementry students.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

County's snow removal program

Did you know? Mesa County:

  • Plows 641 miles of paved roads.
  • Uses 34 trucks and four 1-ton trucks to plow paved roads.
  • Considers 589 miles of paved roads a priority, which means they need to be cleared the first day.
  • Plows 170 miles of gravel/dirt roads.
  • Uses 13 graders to plow the gravel/dirt roads.
  • Considers 144 miles of gravel/dirt roads a priority.

Mesa County maintains 24-hour coverage during and after storms until near normal driving conditions are restored.

Roads and streets within incorporated cities are not included in Mesa County's program.

For more information, go here or call 244-1807.