Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mesa County motor vehicle hours are changing

Mesa County's Clerk and Recorder would like to announce that the Title and Registrations Division of Motor Vehicle is changing its hours of operation.  

Beginning May 4, 2015, the Title and Registrations Motor Vehicle offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.          
  • The Motor Vehicle Division (MCCS, Clifton and Fruita) will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Fruita office will continue to be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hours will change to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • You can renew online if you have not passed your grace period and you have current proof of insurance by going to
    • Your receipt will work as proof of registration for 10 days.   
    • You can use an e-check for a $1 fee ($1 is worth avoiding the wait)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Property taxes due April 30 (if paying in full)

A reminder to Mesa County taxpayers: 

Colorado law requires property tax payments in two equal installments, the first being due on or before the last day of February, and the second installment to be paid no later than the 15th day of June. However, if you are paying your taxes in full, state law requires that property taxes be paid no later than April 30, 2015.

"We invite all taxpayers to utilize our website to check out property taxes owing," said County Treasurer Janice Rich. "It is very easy to click on Pay/View Property Taxes. Follow the directions from there to see taxes owing for 2014, due in 2015."

As always, please call the Mesa County Treasurer's office at 970-244-1824 with any questions.

Mesa County officials will help residents comment on travel portion of BLM's Proposed Resource Management Plan

Community members who need assistance navigating or providing specific comments on the Travel Management Plan part of the Bureau of Land Management's Proposed Resource Management Plan should contact Mesa County.

County officials in Planning and Public Works will be available on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to meet with community members. For an appointment, call Pam Hawkins at 244-1765.

Mesa County is a cooperating agency. As such, the local government continues to provide input to the BLM on the plan. As elected officials, Mesa County Commissioners feel it's important to listen to their constituents on matters of community interest.
The BLM published its Proposed Resource Management Plan late last week. Public comments will be accepted for 30 days.

This summer, the BLM will put a final RMP into place through a Record of Decision. At that time, the Travel Management Plan, which is part of the Resource Management Plan, will be open to appeal by the public, for 30 days.

Community members with specific route concerns in the Travel Management Plan are welcome to submit comments to Mesa County about that now, however.

On its website, Mesa County is hosting videos designed to help residents navigate the Proposed Resource Management Plan. Find those here. Go directly to the proposed plan here.

For more information, please call 244-1765 to make an appointment with a county official who can act as a guide.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Commissioners talk topics of interest with Orchard Mesa residents

The Mesa County Board of Commissioners met with Orchard Mesa residents Monday, April 13, to discuss topics of interest to the residents. 

An informal but wide-ranging discussion was held including topics such as alternative energy, challenging intersections and future plans for the Mesa County Fairgrounds. 

A small group of residents attended, which allowed for direct conversation with all three Commissioners and County Administrator Frank Whidden.  

The residents said they appreciate Mesa County's investment in and support of the Fairgrounds, especially the new covered equestrian arena and the world-class BMX track currently under construction.  

The community members also noted what an asset Fairgrounds Manager Jo Carole Haxel has been to the community.  

In addition, the residents expressed support for the return of motor sports to the Fairgrounds, and also requested that bathroom facilities and a concession stand be added to the BMX venue.

The Commissioners take community members' input seriously and enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the Orchard Mesa residents. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Mesa County hires Chief Financial Officer

Mesa County has hired a Chief Financial Officer.  

Scott Stewart, a native Coloradoan, will start with Mesa County on April 23. He was one of two finalists for the position.

According to Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden, Stewart has extensive public accounting experience and credentials including a CPA designation. He has held a number of positions and most recently has been working as a consultant to public entities across the United States. 

Stewart and his family currently reside in Parker, Colo.

Whidden said a great deal of thanks is owed to the search committee: Janice Rich, Jeff Kuhr, Barb Golden and Krista Ubersox. Stewart was the top recommendation of the committee.

"I am very excited to bring Scott on board," Whidden said. "I believe that he will be a great addition to the leadership team, as well as being a subject-matter expert in the field of public finance."

Mesa County Commissioners proclaim Days of Remembrance Week, Month of the Young Child, National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sharefest Weekend

The Mesa County Commissioners this morning gave their approval to several proclamations requested by the community.

They proclaimed:
  • April 12-18, 2015, Days of Remembrance Week
Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, right, stands with David Eisner of the Congregation Ohr Shalom. The Commissioners this morning proclaimed April 12 – 19, 2015, as Days of Remembrance Week in memory of the victims of the Holocaust and in honor of the survivors as well as the rescuers and liberators. 

  • April 2015 Month of the Young Child
Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis, left, stands with Mesa County Valley School District 51 Early Childhood Coordinator Kim Self at this morning’s public hearing. The Commissioners proclaimed April 2015 the Month of the Young Child in Mesa County.

  • April 2015 National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Mesa County Commissioners Scott McInnis, left, Rose Pugliese, second from left, and John Justman stand with Colorado Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) State Coordinator Lauren Mueller, center, and CASA of Mesa County Executive Director Janet Rowland. The Commissioners this morning proclaimed April 2015 as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

  • April 18-19, 2015, Sharefest Weekend
Mesa County Commissioner John Justman, left, stands with Michael Rossmann of the Ministerial Alliance, Sharefest Steering Committee Chair Debe Colby and Sharefest Volunteer Project Coordinator Vicki McGee. The Commissioners this morning proclaimed April 18 – 19, 2015, Sharefest Weekend.

Read the full proclamations below: