Friday, March 24, 2017

This Week in Pics

Mesa County's ongoing project to provide continuous pedestrian and bicycle structures along Highway 340 gets an addition. On the north side of Highway 340, between Mesa Grande Drive and Vista Grande Drive, a pedestrian bridge was added this week to improve pedestrian safety. The bridge will cross the Red Canyon drainage, which is approximately 200 feet west of the existing sidewalk on Highway 340.

Installation of the prefabricated, 105-foot pedestrian bridge started Wednesday morning and is expected to be completed by summer 2017. In addition to the new bridge, the multifaceted project includes minor flood mitigation and minor stormwater improvements as well as connection to the Riverfront Trail.

Construction crews prep the new Red Canyon Pedestrian Bridge for installation on the north side of Highway 340, between Mesa Grande Drive and Vista Grande Drive in the Redlands. The new bridge will aid in making Mesa County roads safer for all users.

A crane lifts the new Red Canyon Bridge and meticulously proceeds to set it into place on the new abutments.

Crew members help guide the crane operator to ensure the bridge aligns with the bolts on the abutment.

The installation process of the Red Canyon Bridge took approximately two hours. 

The bridge is set. A perfect fit! 

Residents can expect to see work continue on the newly installed pedestrian bridge over the Red Canyon drainage in the coming weeks. The bridge is estimated to open June of 2017.

The length of Highway 340 is densely populated and serves schools in the Redlands area. Mesa County will continue to provide safety improvements to make our community safer for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians.The final phase of the project will add sidewalks from Vista Grande Drive to Kansas Ave. Construction is expected to begin in 2018.

Mesa County Elections Technician Karen Reiher processes ballots. So far approximately 16 percent of voters have cast their ballot as of  Thursday evening. 

Mesa County Elections Operations Manager Patti Inscho works on tabulating ballots for the municipal election.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner and Clerk and Recorder Division Director Jackie Campbell assist the elections office with opening ballots to ensure staff is not shorthanded.

Mesa County Facilities staff member Kevin Eaton participates in a refresher aerial lift and bucket truck training. Only appropriately trained and authorized employees are permitted to operate aerial lift devices. 

Mesa County Fairgrounds Event Coordinator Stacy Pinnt looks at the picture of her granddaughter hanging in her office. Pinnt's granddaughter was on the cover of the Mesa County Fairgrounds' program last year. 

St. Mary's Blood Mobile Donation Day at Mesa County Central Services Building. From left to right, April Puter, Mesa County Department of Human Services administrative team member, and St. Mary's blood draw Staff.

Mesa County Department of Human Services Long-term Care Liason Ashley Mow fills out paperwork before donating blood.

Annual Jump Start Job Fair at the Mesa County Workforce Center on Tuesday.

The Annual Jump Start Job Fair at the Mesa County Workforce Center attracted over 370 job seekers.

Nearly 50 employers participated at this year's Mesa County Workforce Center Job Fair.

To date, the 2017 Job Fair drew more business participation than ever before. 

Mesa County Public Health Data Analyst Shane Chatfield administers Bitrex to Information & Communication Manager Katie Goddeyne during the sensitivity testing portion of Katie's fit testing. Staff were fit for respirators, which would be utilized in the case of an emergency in which MCPH officials needed to respond.

Epidemiologist Andy Tyler fits Child Care Licensing Specialist Audrey Osgood during the fit testing on Thursday.

Friday, March 17, 2017

This Week in Pics

Barrett Jensen is Mesa County's new Solid Waste Director. Jensen comes to Mesa County having worked as Pitkin County's Landfill Operations Manager for over three years. In that time he has managed multiple programs, to include; landfill, compost, recycling, and aggregate. He enjoys getting involved and spending time with veterans, hiking, and being with his family and newborn daughter.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese stands alongside Representative Susan Beckman as Governor Hickenlooper signs HB17-1052, which removes antiquated data gathering factors and adds language directed at the identification of factors that directly affect the population of children in need as determined by the State Department and the Child Welfare Allocation Committee.  

The Mesa County Board of Commissioners proclaimed March 2017 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Mesa County. From left to right, Commissioner John Justman, Strive Development Vice President Doug Sorter, Commissioner Rose Pugliese, Commissioner Scott McInnis.

In 1895 all of the proceedings of the Board of Mesa County Commissioners were handwritten in cursive.

On Jan. 19, 1900 the Mesa County Assessor appeared before the Board of County Commissioner in public hearing to ask for additional help to get his abstract assessment ready for delivery to the Treasurer. On motion, it was ordered that he employ four additional assistants at a salary not to exceed $3.50 per day each until the work was completed.

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis attends the 521 Drainage Authority annual board meeting.

Mesa County County Commissioner Rose Pugliese talk to News Channel 5 Reporter Colette Bordelon about Mesa County's financial challenges.

Mesa County is currently testing the last of the soil anchors on Buckskin Hill Road (58 1/2 Road just south of Collbran), which has been closed since the fall of 2014. The contractor will begin building the hillside back up to road level.  Once the stabilization process is complete, the road will be established to a gravel base level, which is anticipated to happen by the end of May. Then, in September, the road will be paved. A two-week closure is expected to complete the paving work.

The Mesa County Transportation Department in cooperation with Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management will begin applying herbicides along roadways throughout Mesa County on Monday, March 20. Roadside and right-of-way weed treatment (up to 10 feet on each side of the road) will be conducted countywide several times through September.

A BBQ appreciation luncheon was hosted to celebrate our hard-working transit drivers who provide critical transportation to the community. For hours on end, GVT drivers manage to keep a schedule, check fares, give directions, announce stops, remember stop requests and more, all while safely maneuvering an extra-large vehicle through unpredictable traffic, adverse weather and tight spaces. Transit drivers don't have an easy job, but many make it look that way. Pictured from left to right is Tom (driver), Cheryl (operations supervisor), Paula (safety supervisor), Gwen and Liz (drivers), Dan (general manager), and Todd (RTPO director).
Mesa County Senior Human Resources Analyst Krista Ubersox teaches a transaction and DocuSign class.

Mesa County Development Services Manager Dan Caris attends a training hosted by the Human Resources department.

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Mesa County Health Department Emergency Preparedness & Response Program Specialist Nanci Quintana presented at the EPR101 Orientation for new emergency preparedness staff from around the state in Denver, this week. This training was a two-day collaboration between the Regional Emergency Preparedness & Response team at Mesa County Health Department and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

Ludwig, a double merle dog that has hearing and vision issues, went to a specialized rescue shelter in the state of Washington.

"Decimus" trying his best to get adopted.

One of the adoptable dogs at the Mesa County Animal Services gets quality people time with staff member Barb Cutunilli.

Mesa County Fairgrounds Manager Donna Redd hosts a statewide fairgrounds managers meeting to give managers an opportunity to network and to weigh in on matters of interest at a statewide, regional, and local level.

Mesa County Solid Waste Management Mechanic Genelle Belcastro services a Caterpillar 928H Wheel Loader.

Mesa County Assistant Fleet Supervisor Gerard Scheetz maintains and repairs heavy equipment.

Mesa County Fleet Maintenance Technician Gary Greenough repairs a piece of equipment.

A tractor with a ditch bank mower is currently at the Mesa County Fleet shop getting serviced. The bank mower is used to help with the mowing and maintaining of rights-of-way, drainage ditches, embankments and sloping terrain.

A road roller is getting repaired and serviced just in time for chip seal and overlay season!

KKCO Channel 11 News Karaline Ann interviews County Administrator regarding budgetary challenges. 

State Representative Dan Thurlow (at left in photo with Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese) joined Colorado Counties Inc.'s Taxation & Finance Steering Committee meeting to explain HB17-1187, the change excess revenue cap growth factor. 

CSU Extension Rio Blanco County Director teaches the Colorado State University Tri River Extension Master Gardener Integrated Pest Management class how to properly use equipment and chemicals.

This week the Colorado State University Tri River Extension Master Gardener Integrated Pest Management class covered soil solarization, a nonchemical method for controlling soilborne pests using high temperatures produced by capturing radiant energy from the sun.

From left to right, CSU Extension Horticulture Coordinator Susan Honea, Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest Management Coordinator Teresa Nees and CSU Extension Rangeland Management Specialist Retta Brugger host a Colorado State University Tri River Extension Master Gardener Integrated Pest Management class at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.
Thousands of officers will participate in the Police Unity Tour in May to honor the law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2016. The 260-mile bicycle ride begins in Virginia and ends in Washington, D.C. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office was contacted by riders who will ride in honor of Deputy Derek Geer.