Friday, September 4, 2015

Many Mesa County offices closed on Monday for Labor Day

Many Mesa County Offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, in observance of Labor Day.

These offices/services will be closed:
  • Commissioners, Treasurer, Assessor, Surveyor, 544 Rood Ave.
  • Administration & Resource Management offices, 544 Rood Ave.
  • Attorney’s Office, 544 Rood Ave.
  • Clerk & Recorder (Motor Vehicle/Recording/Elections/Clerk & Recorder), 200 S. Spruce St., Grand Junction; 3225 I-70 Business Loop, Clifton;  325 E. Aspen St., Fruita
  • District Attorney, 125 N. Spruce St. This includes the Justice Center.
  • Grand Valley Transit (GVT)
  • Health & Human Services, 510 29 1/2 Road
  • All Mesa County Landfill facilities, 3071 U.S. Hwy. 50
  • Public Works and Planning, 200 S. Spruce St.
  • Regional Transportation Planning Office, 525 S. Sixth St.
  • Resource Management, 544 Rood Ave.
  • Sheriff’s Office - Records and Civil Divisions, 215 Rice St.
  • Workforce Center, 512 29 1/2 Road
 These offices will be open:
  • Criminal Justice Services, 636 South Ave.
  • Sheriff’s Office - Jail, Patrol, Emergency Services, 215 Rice St. 
Alternate hours:

  • ​Animal Services, 971A Coffman Road near Whitewater, will be open from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Hotline for child abuse and neglect is back up and running

Colorado's hotline for child abuse and neglect was down Thursday afternoon and evening, due to a national CenturyLink service outage. 

CenturyLink has informed Mesa County that toll-free service was restored to Colorado’s Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline (1-844-CO-4-KIDS) around 11 p.m. The outage, which impacted all toll-free numbers hosted by CenturyLink throughout the nation, resulted in callers to the hotline hearing erroneous, recorded messages that the number was no longer a working number. 

Officials at Mesa County's Department of Human Services are pleased that this service is once again available throughout Mesa County and the state. The hotline, which was designed to provide an easy-to-remember phone number for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect, is an important tool for helping to keep the children of Colorado safe.

This week in pictures, Sept. 4

Checking to see if Paul Mitts feels OK ... Miriam Hawkins caught him not wearing a Hawaiian shirt!
This is the first of five photos from the Heart Gallery photo shoot last Friday involving the Department of Human Services. Heart Gallery showcases Colorado children who are looking for forever homes. Go here to visit their website and see the pictures. 
At the Heart Gallery photo shoot.
At the Heart Gallery photo shoot.
At the Heart Gallery photo shoot.
At the Heart Gallery photo shoot.
Some Mesa County Health Department employees underwent Personal Safety Training with Hilltop Director of Corporate Coaching David Livingston on Thursday. The seminar included instruction, discussion and hands-on training.
Hilltop Director of Corporate Coaching David Livingston holds SafeCare Home Visitor Joe Nichols in a choke-hold grip during a Personal Safety Training seminar at Mesa County Health Department. David instructed Joe to keep his chin down to protect his trachea.
Christina Bouts is all smiles, providing customer service at the Clifton DMV.
Janet Williams and Cheryl Benton pose for a selfie.
Janet Williams and Erika Pena pose for a selfie.
Sundae Montgomery tests new equipment in the Elections office. 
Two weeks' worth of mortgage mail at the DMV.
Josh Garcia at the DMV Call Center.
Rose Tafoya working on billing for Internet subscriptions in the Recording Division. 
Community members using the public access terminals at Mesa County Central Services in the Recording division.
Work is being done on K Road at 21 1/2 Road to improve safety at the intersection.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Short road work delays, week of Sept. 7

Chip & Seal and Overlay will continue next week, including paving and bringing manholes above the asphalt to the road surface.

Short delays should be expected on these roads during this time.

Chip & Seal

  • First Street in Clifton - Front Street north to Asphalt 
  • N. Iowa in Palisade - W. First St. to Barricade
  • South Iowa in Palisade - from 2014 chip to V-Pan
Paving – Kannah Creek Area

  • Purdy Mesa Road - 6800 Purdy Mesa Road west to Divide Road
  • Divide Road - Purdy Mesa Road to Lands End Road
Concrete Work

  • E. Lynwood Street between 2782 and 274 E. Lynnwood
  • 2874 B 1/2 Road

Both lanes soon to be open on 38 Road Hill

County officials celebrate the opening of 38 Road Hill earlier last month.
Mesa County officials this afternoon plan to reopen 38 Road in both directions.

Some small lane closures will remain today and Friday as work continues, but it should be open completely for Labor Day weekend.

Officials two weeks ago noticed that portions of the recently rebuilt highway between Palisade and East Orchard Mesa had begun shifting, creating several large cracks in the road. Since then, the road has been down to one lane as contractors work around the clock to repair the road damage and rebuild the sinking retaining wall.

Repairs are 100 percent complete on the road and about 80 percent complete below. That work should be finished in about a week.

The road was dedicated earlier last month, several days before work began on the repairs.