Friday, August 7, 2015

This week in pictures, Aug. 3-7, 2015

Check out the pictures from around Mesa County government this week: 

The IT Department won prizes for most participation in the recent blood drive at 544 Rood. Way to go, team!

Krista Ubersox, left, and Stacey Mascarenas with their blood drive prizes. Stacey was named "fastest bleeder." Krista was "slowest bleeder."

One view of the K Road Improvement Project.

Another view of the K Road Improvement Project.

Sheriff Lewis, left, and Deputy Searcy tried to talk this girl out of her sucker during National Night Out at Kimwood Park this week in Clifton. 

Deputy Orr, left, and Deputy Pfister get ready to go out on patrol. 

Deputy Gray conducts speed enforcement in the Fruitvale Elementary School zone. A reminder to drivers that school is back in session!

Mays Concrete poured concrete this week for a sidewalk on State Highway 340.They will be working their way west for the next 3 months.

Mesa County commissioners and staff met with Garfield County commissioners and staff this week to talk about the BLM's travel portion of the Resource Management plan, and other issues.

Mesa County commissioners and staff met with Garfield County commissioners and staff this week to talk about the BLM's travel portion of the Resource Management plan, and other issues.

Mesa County Animal Services Officer Martinez giving one of their pups some TLC!

Commissioner, Councilman call for change to Drainage District board

To better represent Mesa County citizens, Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis and Grand Junction City Councilman Duncan McArthur are requesting a change to the governance of the Grand Valley Drainage District.

The district includes the communities of Grand Junction, Fruita and Palisade and the unincorporated areas of Mesa County. Since the district’s inception in 1915, many changes have occurred. When necessary, legislative modifications have been made.

County and city leaders, among others, have been meeting for months to evaluate the Drainage District and its services with the goal of better meeting drainage and stormwater needs, as well as water quality regulations.

Now, McInnis and McArthur are asking their boards and others to consider the necessary state legislation to restructure the Drainage District’s board of directors. The two would like to see the board move from a three-member, elected board to a five-member appointed board. Moving away from elected board members is important, they say, to properly represent citizens. Elections for the board are often cancelled; when that happens, board members are essentially self-appointed.

Under the plan, certain municipalities/areas of major economic impact that deserve to have their own representative to the district’s board would have one.  

These are the communities of:
·         Fruita
·         Palisade
·         Grand Junction
·         Mesa County – unincorporated areas and agricultural land

And the industry of:
·         Agriculture

“We believe a fresh and much more representative governance model for our communities is a change that leaders of today must recognize as being clearly warranted,” they wrote in a letter to the Drainage District board. The letter also was sent to other elected officials and local city/town managers.

“It would seem prudent that we come together as a team for this change and look forward to your participation and cooperation in establishing a stronger governing structure that benefits all in providing the Grand Valley with the tools to meet the challenges ahead.”

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Mesa, Garfield Commissioners talk about BLM travel plan

Mesa County Commissioners Rose Pugliese and John Justman, along with other Mesa County staff, met with Garfield County Commissioners John Martin, Mike Samson and Tom Jankovsky this afternoon at Mesa County's Old Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave.

The topic: the Bureau of Land Management's travel portion of the Resource Management Plan.

County officials wanted to be on the same page about their experiences with the BLM and their respective plans since some roads/routes are in both counties.

"We need to hear your successes, so we can incorporate those," said Commissioner Martin.

Officials from both counties agreed that public access to roads is a priority. Garfield County officials said so far it has not been a struggle working with the BLM on the proposed plan.

Mesa County has been gathering feedback from citizens on the proposed plan.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Commissioners will meet as Board of Equalization Aug. 4

The Mesa County Board of Commissioners will meet as the County Board of Equalization on Aug. 4 at 10:30 a.m.

The Board of County Commissioners convenes as the County Board of Equalization to review the assessment roll, as prepared by the Mesa County Assessor, of all taxable real and personal property located in Mesa County.

Colorado Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission to meet in Grand Junction

The Colorado Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission will hold its next meeting in Grand Junction to give residents of Western Colorado an opportunity to voice their perspectives on solid and hazardous waste matters in the region.

The commission will meet at the SpringHill Suites Marriott, 236 Main St. in Grand Junction, from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, Aug. 24. A public comment session is set to begin at 10 a.m. Residents, government and other elected officials, and interest group representatives are encouraged to attend.

“The commission looks forward to conducting its meeting in Grand Junction and hearing from Western Slope citizens about solid and hazardous waste issues,”  said Michael Silverstein, the commission’s administrator. “This will be a great opportunity for commissioners to get a better perspective on these issues across the state.”

The commission normally meets quarterly in Denver. This will be the commission’s first trip outside the Denver area. The Colorado Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission is a nine-member board appointed by the governor. The commission’s primary role is to promulgate and adopt rules pertaining to solid and hazardous waste. The commission comprises three members from the regulated industry, three members from local government or academia and three members from the public at large. Members represent a variety of interests and areas of the state.