Friday, January 17, 2020

This Week in Pics


On Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, during Land Use Hearing, representatives from the Mesa County Planning Division, Greg Moberg, and Todd Hollenbeck presented before Board of County Commissioners a request to update the entire Mesa County Land Development Code. Watch what happened at https://bit.ly/2suQ1uS.
Mesa County Commissioners John Justman and Rose Pugliese express that updating the Land Development Code to make it more business-friendly has been one of their priorities since they both took office. The Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to approve an update to the entire Mesa County Land Development Code, which will provide a more user-friendly document that reduces redundancy, creates flexibility, streamlines submittal and review processes and institutes more realistic and achievable design, landscape and development standards.

Community Development Director Todd Hollenbeck, Principal Planner Greg Moberg, and County Attorney Patrick Coleman pause for a picture after the TXT Land Development Code Update item was approved by the Board of County Commissioners. The previous Land Development Code was almost 550 pages, however, with the new updates aimed to reduce redundancy and to make the document user-friendly, the code is now only 60 pages.
Mesa County Commissioners thank and visit with members of the Code Focus Group after the adjournment of the hearing. Commissioner Rose Pugliese said: "We are grateful to the Code Focus Group and our staff for getting this massive update accomplished."
Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis (right) talks to Daily Sentinel Reporter Charles Ashby (left) about his accomplishments so far in office, and the upcoming projects and priorities he will be focusing on this year.

Greg Moberg, Mesa County's Principal Planner, has been instrumental in the timeliness and rewrite of the Land Development Code. Moberg was recently elected for a two-year term as the Northwest Area Representative to the American Planning Association (APA) Colorado Chapter Executive Board. According to the APA's website, "The Colorado Chapter is the state affiliate of the American Planning Association (APA). The Colorado Chapter is an organization of professionally practicing planners, officials, and citizens providing vision and leadership for the future development of Colorado communities. The association serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas, as a network in support of planning professionals, and as a bridge to build cooperation among planners, allied professionals, and the public through education and awareness. We are a member organization of professional planners and planning officials who serve Colorado’s communities in many ways, at all levels of government, the private sector, and non-profit organizations. The 1400+ membership is divided into Regions and served by an Executive Board. Elections are held every year for approximately half the Board." Congratulations, Greg!
The Mesa County Treasurer's Office has been working diligently to verify that over 90,000 tax accounts are balanced and that the tax roll is ready to go, all while keeping their smiles and sense of humor. Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner wrote the following: "After a grueling few weeks bringing in the tax rolls, our eyes are slightly bloodshot, but we are ready to send data to our printer. Mesa County 2019 Tax Bills will begin popping up in mailboxes in a few weeks! Bills are available online now at https://treasurer.mesacounty.us/."

Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner reminds residents that debit or credit cards are accepted as a method of payment for any in-person transaction.
Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) Environmental Health Specialist, David Wang (second from left at table) speaks to a group of food truck vendors as part of a collaborative approach to food safety.
The Western Slope Breastfeeding Coalition listens as Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) Communication and Marketing Manager, Amanda Mayle, gives tips and tricks to convey important information on social media.
Kelsey Fife, MCPH Health Promotion Specialist, interviews with a local reporter about the dangers associated with vaping, given a recent study that showed most young people don’t understand the health impacts of the products.

Did you know bus riders take an average of 30% more steps than those who drive? Have you ever used GVT or the DASH? If you would like to learn more about our public transit system or how to ride the bus, contact Mobility Manager Sarah Brooks at rtpo@mesacounty.us to schedule a group travel training class.
Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis announced this week that County Sheriffs of Colorado, Inc. (CSOC), the state Sheriffs Association, will award a $500 scholarship to a deserving Mesa County student next spring. Scholarship announcements have been mailed to all high school offices in the eligible counties and to all Colorado higher education institutions. Applications are available online at www.csoc.org or at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, which is located at 215 Rice Street. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2tfbY1B.

On Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, the elevator at the old Mesa County Courthouse was taken out of service to begin the replacement project.

Work to replace the elevator got underway on Monday afternoon. The elevator is more than 30 years old, and replacement parts are no longer available.   

Crews work to remove the elevator in the old Mesa County Courthouse. There will be no elevator service in the building for approximately eight weeks. However, during the replacement period, accommodations will be in place to address accessibility issues.

Lead Maintenance Technician Dan Adams works with crews replacing the elevator on Tuesday afternoon to make sure everything is running smoothly.

Crews work in the elevator machine room, located in the basement of the old Mesa County Courthouse, to take the elevator apart.
Diana Pennington and John Franklin, with Mesa County Mail Services Division, sort through mail Thursday morning to deliver it to the various county departments, and they are getting their steps in because the elevator will be out of service for a few weeks. Thank you, Diana and John!
On Thursday afternoon, Greg Moberg and Todd Hollenbeck, with the Mesa County Planning Division, hosted a Planning Workshop during the lunch hour for the Board of County Commissioners, Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments, and the Code Focus Group.
The Planning Workshop allowed staff members to present the 2020 Planning Work Program while discussing current and future planning issues with the group.

Pete Baier, Mesa County Administrator, shares his input with Planning Workshop attendees for the future of Mesa County's Master Plan. The plan is a framework and guide for accomplishing community aspirations and intentions. It states goals and objectives and recommends courses of action for the future growth and development of land, public facilities and services, and environmental protection.
Community Development Director Todd Hollenbeck presented on the Master Plan Review, Resource Management Plan and the Planning Fees Update, and assigned and outlined the roles and responsibilities of staff, the Code Focus Group, and the Planning Commission.
We are lucky to live in such a beautiful place. This photo was taken in the desert off 21 Road.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

County offices closed Jan. 20 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day



Many Mesa County offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, 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 (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.

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 10, 2020

This Week in Pics

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners conducted their first administrative public hearing of the year on Monday, Jan. 6. See what they voted on at https://bit.ly/37O4Ac3.
On Monday, Jan 6, 2020, Mesa County Commissioners unanimously voted Commissioner Scott McInnis as the 2020 Chairman of the Board of Mesa County Commissioners. “I am honored to assume the role of Chairman, and I feel privileged to work alongside my two colleagues John Justman and Rose Pugliese,” McInnis said. “Rose has done an outstanding job leading us as Chairwoman three separate times, and I am thankful for her dedication and leadership.” Read more at https://bit.ly/2N6E99B.
Scott Mai, Deputy Public Works Director, briefs the Board of County Commissioners on an agreement for on-call consultant services for local sanitary facilities.
Rudy Bevan, Road Supervisor, gives the Mesa County Commissioners updates on a contract to purchase cold magnesium chloride and contracts with three local gravel suppliers for this year's material requirements.
Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed January 2020, as National Crime Stoppers Awareness Month and called upon residents to join Crime Stoppers of Mesa County to help prevent crime. 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. Learn more at https://bit.ly/36IK0ti.
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed January 2020, as National Mentoring Month in Mesa County and encourages citizens to become involved with local youth and become a mentor through coaching, tutoring, volunteering, and teaching. Mesa County Partners pairs adult role models with at-risk youth while providing a variety of structured activities and support to build quality mentoring programs for youth in our community. Read more at https://bit.ly/2QDBW7B.
On Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese shared the following message: "Seven years ago today, I was sworn in as Mesa County Commissioner. It has been my great honor to serve the people of Mesa County."
Mesa County Commissioner John Justman talks to Daily Sentinel Reporter Charles Ashby about his goals and priorities for 2020.

On Jan. 3, Commissioner John Justman visited the new Bureau of Land Management office located at 760 Horizon Drive in Grand Junction. He commented, "These posters show what the BLM does on public lands. These new headquarters are going to be very helpful in managing public lands in the West! It is good for Mesa County and all of the west, and we are glad they are here!"
Commissioner Scott McInnis met with Mesa County residents Tony and Angie (Tony's mom) and gave them a tour of the third floor of the old Mesa County Courthouse. Tony was pleased to visit with Commissioner McInnis to learn about the functions and services Mesa County government provides.

Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee (left) delivers the 2019 Tax Warrant to the Mesa County Treasurer's Office. Deputy Treasurer Jackie Campbell (right) makes sure the tax roll balances by comparing figures from the Assessor's Office versus what the Treasurer's Office has before the documents are taken to Treasurer Sheila Reiner for approval and signature. Over 80,000 tax accounts were reviewed.
Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee and Treasurer Sheila Reiner review and execute the 2019 Tax Warrant. By state law, upon the receipt of the certified mill levies from the Board of County Commissioners, the Assessor enters the mill levies, extends the calculations against the individual assessed values, and forwards the resulting tax warrant to the Treasurer by January 10th for collection.

It's official! The tax roll is ready for collection. Property tax is collected to support Mesa County, schools, libraries, roads, cities, and towns, fire protection districts and other special taxing districts. The Mesa County Treasurer's Office collects property tax on behalf of over 75 taxing districts.
Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner (right) and Deputy Treasurer Jackie Campbell (left) arrive at the Mesa County Public Trustee's Office to begin the transition of duties. In 2019, the Colorado Legislature passed a law changing how Public Trustees in the largest counties operate. Starting this July, the Mesa County Treasurer will be responsible for handling the work of Public Trustee.

Mesa County Public Trustee Mike Moran (center) has started helping Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner (left) and Deputy Jackie Campbell (right) transition into their new responsibilities their office will be absorbing in July 2020. Colorado Public Trustees in larger counties used to be appointed by the governor, but starting in July 2020, County Treasurers will be taking care of the work.
Accounting Administrator Melissa Herek (left) and Accounting Specialist Karen Reiher (right) discuss a tax parcel in the Mesa County Treasurer's Office.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters (second from the right) and staff members were excited to receive a gift from the Board of Mesa County Commissioners on Wednesday. The Mesa County Employees Association (MCEA) delivered the gifts on behalf of the Board as a token of appreciation to all employees for their hard work and dedication. Thank you, Mesa County Commissioners and MCEA!
Criminal Justice Services Department employees received a gift from the Commissioners, an insulated lunch bag with a message that reads: "We don't do average we do awesome!" From left to right: Substance Abuse Counselor Angela Morgan, Clinical Director Jason Talley, Case Manager Alicia McNamara, Substance Abuse Counselor Crystal Kisselburgh, Case Manager Priscila Otero, and Substance Abuse Counselor Melissa Fox.
Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners Scott McInnis led the first Mesa County Land Resources Managers Meeting of the year on Thursday afternoon.

Approximately 25 local, state and federal community leaders attended the Land Resources Managers Meeting to represent their agency and give an update all related to land resources and public lands.
Montana Cohn, Noxious Weed and Pest Management Coordinator, gives an update on 2019 accomplishments and the pest and noxious weeds he will be tracking this year in accordance with the Colorado Noxious Weed Act.
Paul Mitts, Information Technology (IT) Technical Support Specialist and Administration staff (left to right) Kristen Cole, Linda Fraiser, and René Romero take a farewell ride in the elevator in the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave., one last time before it is replaced. As of Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, there will be no elevator service for approximately eight weeks during the installation of the new elevator. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2FyH4DB.

IT Technical Support Specialist Paul Mitts showcases a notice that states, "The elevator in this courthouse will be out of order January 13, 2020, through March 13, 2020. For assistance, please see the front desk."

Last week, Senior Transportation Planner/Engineer Dean Bressler rode the Monument Connector Trail and took several pictures of the trail.

The Monument Connector Trail is now open to the public. The trail connects the Riverside area to the Lunch Loops Trail Head.
The Monument Connector Trail, which connects the Riverside area to the Lunch Loops Trail Head, is approximately 1.5 miles. The new trail connector will be dedicated on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Lunch Loop parking lot.

Major project partners for the Monument Connector Trail include Mesa County, the City of Grand Junction, Colorado West Land Trust, Great Outdoors Colorado, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Gates Family Foundation, Bureau of Land Management, and others.
A view of snow accumulation on the Monument Connector Trail.
The Mesa County Building Department will be hosting the 2020 Building Department Code Training on Jan. 30 and 31 at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. For details, visit https://bit.ly/2QVrUO0.

Looking for an opportunity to volunteer? Become a Victim's Advocate! Don't have any experience? They will train you! Learn more at https://sheriff.mesacounty.us/vap/.
Starting Jan. 13, 2020, there will be no elevator service for approximately eight weeks during the installation of the new elevator at the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2FyH4DB.
Mesa County Elections will be performing a Logic and Accuracy test between the hours of 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, for voting equipment being used for the Primary Election in March.  The test will be performed at the Mesa County Elections office, located at 200 S. Spruce Street, by Elections staff and Democratic and Republican Party representatives. The Logic and Accuracy test allows the Mesa County Elections Office, the party representatives, and the public to be confident that the equipment is running efficiently. Members of the public who are interested in learning more about the election process are encouraged to attend. For more information, email voter.info@mesacounty.us or call (970) 244-1662.