Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fire officials announce No July 4 Fire Restriction. Caution is still urged.

After many years of fire restrictions during the Independence Day holiday, fire officials are pleased to announce moisture levels are higher this year providing less wildland fire danger.

Mesa County urges residents to use caution when celebrating with fireworks.


• A good rule of thumb: anything that explodes or leaves the ground is most likely illegal in Colorado.
• Okay fireworks include: Cylindrical or cone fountains, wheels and ground spinners, illuminating torches and colored fire, dipped sticks and sparklers, toy propellant or toy smoke devices, trick noise makers and snake or glow worms are all permissible.
• The use of fireworks on federal land is illegal.
• No one under the age of 16-years-old, can purchase or possess fireworks.
• Any devices or components that, when used or ignited, project or disburse any metal, glass, or brittle plastic fragments are illegal. Cherry bombs, roman candles, firecrackers, bottle rockets, shells and rockets, M-80s and M-100s, and helicopters are all examples of illegal fireworks.
• Any person who violates the laws pertaining to the sale, possession, and use of fireworks commits a class 3 misdemeanor and faces up to $750 in fines, six months in prison, or both.

See July 1, 2014 Mesa County Fire Chiefs Association news release.

Mesa County Offices Closed Friday July 4, 2014

Many Mesa County Offices will be closed on Friday, July 4, 2014 in honor of Independence Day.

This one-day closure includes:
  • Commissioners, Treasurer, Assessor, Surveyor (544 Rood Avenue)
  • Administration offices (544 Rood Avenue)
  • Health & Human Services (510 29 1/2 Road) 
  • Workforce Center (512 29 1/2 Road)
  • Motor Vehicle/Recording/Elections/Clerk and Recorder (200 S. Spruce Street)
  • Motor Vehicle/Clerk and Recorder (3225 I70 Business Loop)
  • Motor Vehicle/Clerk and Recorder (Fruita)
  • Public Works and Planning (200 S. Spruce Street)
  • Regional Transportation Planning Office (525 S. Sixth Street)
  • Sheriff’s Office - Records and Civil Divisions (215 Rice Street)
  • Mesa County Landfill, Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, Organic Material Composting Facility, and waste transfer stations **
The closure does NOT include
Sheriff's Office - Jail, Patrol, Emergency Services (215 Rice Street)
Criminal Justice Services (South Avenue)
Mesa County Animal Services (Coffman Road)

Please visit us again when these offices re-open to the public on Monday, July 7, 2014.

**Please note: Mesa County Landfill, Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, Organic Material Composting Facility, and waste transfer stations will reopen on Saturday, July 5th during normal operating hours.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Commissioner Justman Meeting with Governor Hickenlooper

Today, Commissioner Justman meets with Governor Hickenlooper, as part of a meeting hosted by Club 20 being held in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

While at the meeting, Commissioner Justman will be providing the Governor with a request for Assistance with Stormwater Runoff from Federal Lands. The Mesa County Board of Commissioners signed a letter dated June 30, 2014, which states in part:

"We respectfully request that you bring this significant matter to the attention of, and encourage discussion between, the Washington, D.C. offices of the Department of the Interior, other federal agencies, the State of Colorado and the local governments affected by stormwater runoff from Federal Lands.

Mesa County proposes hosting a dialogue with federal lands agencies, including, but not limited to, the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service, as well as various local governments, in an attempt to receive active (monetary or project) contribution for maintenance and improvement of these drainage ways.

We also request that a continuing dialogue occur between the Colorado Department of Health and the Environment and local governments during the rule-making process on water quality regulations."