Friday, May 1, 2015

Taking trash to the Landfill? Tarp it!

Uncovered trash loads contribute to litter and safety issues along the roads of the Grand Valley. Per Colorado Traffic Code, spilling of loads on highways is prohibited and citizens must take measures to prevent it. That means all vehicles traveling to the Mesa County Landfill or related transfer stations MUST BE COVERED AND SECURED with a tarp.

For those who don't, FEES WILL BE DOUBLED.

Examples of uncovered loads include:
  • Loads containing appliances that have not been tied down and covered with a tarp 
  • Loads that contain loose waste, bags, boxes or debris 
  • Any load that is not secured and completely covered, including cement and rock 
  • Loads containing garbage cans that are not secured and covered 
For more information, please call 970-241-6846.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Commissioners to federal officials: Approve mineral lease exchange but ensure development can unfold

Mesa County's Commissioners are weighing in on federal legislation that would allow the exchange of oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide area for federal mineral leases on the Grand Mesa, the Uncompahgre and the Gunnison National Forest.

The move would be good for Mesa County, officials say, because the oil and gas leases would allow for oil and gas development.

Mesa County officials want to make certain, however, that development would occur. Currently, development in the Thompson Divide area is halted because of litigation.  

Mesa County has long held a position of supporting responsible resource development, and this proposed lease exchange fits with the county's vision for economic development.

In a letter to U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, the Commissioners wrote:

"Under this proposal, Mesa County would derive direct economic benefits from the development of federal minerals located within our borders. We would also benefit from the development of those in neighboring Delta County, insofar as we are an economic and commercial hub for the region, and would therefore support many of the jobs that this development would create.

"We would ask that some form of assurance be provided that development will be allowed to proceed in as timely and efficient manner as legally and practically possible. ...we do not wish to see the conflict currently brewing in the Thompson Divide merely shifted westward."

To read the full letter, go here

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mesa County Commissioners support Senate Bill 212

The Mesa County Commissioners today shared their support for Senate Bill 212.

The bill is "of critical importance to the protection of life and property in Mesa County," the Commissioners wrote in a letter. "The bill will ensure that Mesa County and its constituents are able to build stormwater detention facilities without the cost, red tape and delays associated with applying for a water right."

To read the full letter, go here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mesa County hires full-time Public Information Officer

Mesa County has a new full-time Public Information Officer (PIO). As of April 27, Veronica Daehn Harvey has been re-classified from the Mesa County Health Department to fill the PIO position. For some time, the County has attempted to work without having this position filled on a full-time basis. However, the Board of County Commissioners has been expressing the need for a full-time PIO for a while in order to continue the Board’s strategic emphasis on transparency to the public through more and better communication.   

Harvey comes to Mesa County Administration from the Mesa County Health Department, where she served as Communications Manager for two years. In February, she took on a dual role, serving both the Health Department and Mesa County. It was during this time that it became increasingly clear that a full-time PIO was needed.

Jeff Kuhr, Mesa County Health Department Executive Director, late last week graciously offered to allow Harvey to serve the whole County full-time rather than attempt to keep serving a dual role.

“Veronica has done a great job serving both the County and the Commissioners over the past several months,” said County Administrator Frank Whidden. “I’m thrilled to have her on board full-time.”

Harvey will focus on media relations, content development and overall promotion of Mesa County’s brand and image in her new role.  She will also oversee Mesa County’s Web site from a content perspective. She will support the Commissioners and most Mesa County departments (the Sheriff’s Office, the Health Department, the Department of Human Services and the Workforce Center have their own dedicated Public Information Officers).

Harvey has a Bachelor’s of Journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and spent 10 years as a daily newspaper reporter and editor. She lives with her husband and children in downtown Fruita.

Public meetings planned for citizens to meet with Mesa County Assessor

Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee and his staff have public meetings planned in May for citizens to ask about their property value assessments and file protests.

Community members can come to the Assessor’s office in the Old Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave., or attend one of these meetings:

  • Fruita Civic Center (Rotary Room) – Tuesday, May 5, 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Collbran Town Hall – Wednesday, May 6, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Gateway Community Center (next to the fire station) – Monday, May 11, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Senior citizens and veterans are encouraged to attend these meetings for information on the Senior/Disabled Veterans property tax exemption.

“We would like to make sure that every eligible senior citizen or disabled veteran who has earned this exemption gets it,” Brownlee said. “We will also be available to listen to property owners about their property value assessments and field protests.”

For more information, please call Ken Brownlee at 244-1610 or Enola Miller at 244-1633.