Friday, February 13, 2015

Notice of road closure: 1062 20 Road

A small section of road will be closed near 1062 20 Road in Fruita from Feb. 17-20 for a culvert replacement.

A culvert is a structure that allows water to drain and flow under a road rather than pooling on top of it.

The repair is part of Mesa County Road and Bridge's work to maintain roads in Mesa County. In all, Road and Bridge takes care of more than 1,400 miles of road, more than 200 major bridges, 250 minor structures, 250 cattle guards and more than 4,000 other sub-surface structures such as culverts and sub-surface drainage.

For more information on Mesa County Road and Bridge, go here.

Commissioner John Justman attends convention on Colorado water

Mesa County Commissioner John Justman has been attending the 13th Annual DARCA Convention in Grand Junction this week.

DARCA is the Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance. The two-and-a-half-day convention, "Colorado's Water Plan: The Ditch Company Perspective," wraps up today at Two Rivers Convention Center.

The convention included a full slate of speakers with background and perspectives on water in Colorado.

"Water is very important to Mesa County," Justman said. "I'm from agriculture. If you don't have water, you don't have a job. Anytime you're talking about water in Mesa County, it's a big deal."

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mesa County Offices Closed for Holiday February 16, 2015

Mesa County Offices closed for President’s Day

MESA COUNTY, COLO February 12, 2015 - Many Mesa County Offices will be closed on Monday, February 16, 2015, in observance of President’s Day.

This closure includes:
  • Commissioners, Treasurer, Assessor, Surveyor (544 Rood Avenue) 
  • Administration offices (544 Rood Avenue) 
  • Attorney's Office (544 Rood Avenue) 
  • Clerk & Recorder's Office 
  • Motor Vehicle/Recording/Elections/Clerk & Recorder (200 S. Spruce Street) 
  • Motor Vehicle/Clerk & Recorder (3225 I-70 Business Loop, Clifton) 
  • Motor Vehicle/Clerk & Recorder (325 East Aspen Street, Fruita) 
  • District Attorney's Office (125 N. Spruce Street). This includes the Justice Center 
  • Health & Human Services (510 29 1/2 Road) 
  • Public Works and Planning (200 S. Spruce Street) 
  • Regional Transportation Planning Office (525 S. Sixth Street) 
  • Resource Management (544 Rood Avenue) 
  • Sheriff's Office - Records and Civil Divisions (215 Rice Street) 
  • Workforce Center (512 29 1/2 Road) 
The closure does NOT include
  • Criminal Justice Services (South Avenue) 
  • Grand Valley Transit (GVT) 
  • Mesa County Landfill (Hazardous Waste Collection Facility and Organic Material Composting Facility will be closed per their usual schedule) 
  • Sheriff's Office - Jail, Patrol, Emergency Services (215 Rice Street) 
Alternate Hours
​Animal Services (Coffman Road)​ will be open from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Monday, February 9, 2015

David Ludlam reappointed to Mesa County Federal Mineral Lease District board

The Mesa County Commissioners on Monday voted to reappoint David Ludlam to the board of directors of the Mesa County Federal Mineral Lease District.

He will serve until Jan. 15, 2018.

The Commissioners established the Mesa County Federal Mineral Lease District on  June 20, 2011. It is an independent body authorized by statute to distribute funds and provide services to communities impacted by the development of natural resources on federal lands within Mesa County. 

For more information on the district, please click here.

Ludlam is executive director of the West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association. 

Mesa County Commissioners approve purchase of four new Grand Valley Transit buses

The Grand Valley Transit bus fleet is expanding.

This morning, the Mesa County Commissioners gave the go-ahead to Mesa County's Regional Transportation Planning Office to purchase four new buses for Grand Valley Transit. The 33-foot buses run on compressed natural gas.

Total cost of the buses is $589,880, but thanks to grants and other local dollars, the county will pay only $46,072.

"With this approval, the Commissioners are demonstrating their commitment to Grand Valley Transit," said Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis. "This was made possible through the contribution of many partners."

Mesa County received a $432,000 Federal Transit Administration Ladders of Opportunity Initiative grant and a $145,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.  Only $87,000 of the DOLA grant will be used to help pay for these buses, though the rest also helped buy two  new Grand Valley Transit buses: those were purchased in December.

Other contributions:

The City of Grand Junction: $21,264
The City of Fruita: $2,126
The Town of Palisade: $1,418

It's important to county officials to spend wisely, and this is an example of a smart buy, they said.

"This purchase is highly leveraged with state and federal money," said Mesa County Commissioner John Justman."The buses are a valuable community asset because a lot of our citizens depend on them for transportation to and from work."

Grand Valley transit riders should begin seeing the new buses in August or September.