Friday, October 2, 2015

This week in pics, Oct. 2

The Mesa County Commissioners and county staff at Monday's administrative hearing.  
Linda Johnson of Segal Consulting and Scott Stewart, Mesa County's Chief Financial Officer, presented at Monday's Commissioner hearing. The Commissioners considered an appeal from CNIC/Rocky Mountain Health Plans but decided to stay with their decision to use Anthem and Community Hospital. Open enrollment for employees is Nov. 2-13. 
Dean Bressler and Todd Hollenbeck of Mesa County's Regional Transportation Planning Office presented on the Grand Valley 2040 Regional Transportation Plan after the health benefits discussion at Monday's Commissioner hearing. 
This was the beginning of Dean and Todd's PowerPoint presentation to the Commissioners. 
Here's a panoramic shot of Grand Valley Transit's West Transfer facility. 
Riders on one of GVT's new Certified Natural Gas buses.
October is Walk to School Month. Some local schools are participating in Walk to School Day on Oct. 14. These are some of the prizes the schools will be handing out to participating students. 
Police Academy Cadet Kandyce at the shooting range this week. Read about her adventures in the Police Academy at (Photo provided by Mesa County Sheriff's Office).
An MCSO patrol truck and fire truck at a prescribed burn on the Grand Mesa Sunday. 
Serpent's Trail. Now is a lovely time of year to get out and hike one of Mesa County's many, many trails. 
Mesa County Health Department executive director Jeff Kuhr, far right, presents the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment to a group of about 50 stakeholders at the Mesa County Workforce Center on Tuesday. 
A Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest Management crew member treating the regrowth of tamarisk and Russian olive along Monument Road.

Mesa County seeking contractor to take over Animal Services operations

Mesa County has launched a nationwide search for a contractor to take over operations of Animal Services.

The Statement of Qualifications was issued Wednesday. Due date for submissions is Oct. 30.

The county is seeking a qualified contractor to provide an approved sheltering facility, all personnel, supplies and equipment to operate Mesa County Animal Services sheltering operations within State of Colorado Pet Animal Care and Facility Act requirements. The county is also seeking a contractor who will maintain existing services.

Mesa County Animal Services is open to the public seven days a week, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. In 2014, Animal Services provided shelter for 2,998 pet animals. The daily population was 75 animals. 

Animal Services:
  • Accepts, assesses and shelters stray and owner-released dogs
  • Accepts, assesses and shelters cats in need of humane care
  • Provides shelter and monitors animals during rabies quarantine
  • Prepares animal specimens for rabies testing
  • Shelters animals for Dangerous Dog and Animal Cruelty investigations and prosecutions
  • Provides humane euthanasia of animals as needed
  • Provides a progression and rescue/transfer program that maintains public safety while minimizing euthanasia.
  • Provides a spay/neuter voucher program in collaboration with local veterinarians
  • Provides a pet licensing program
  • Issues and processes animal ordinance violation citations
  • Maintains animal, relinquishment and finder documentation necessary for potential prosecution and/or animal care management
  • Maintains a current Colorado Department of Agriculture PACFA license and all other licensure required for pharmaceutical use for euthanasia purposes. 
  • Provides essential support in any animal disaster within the county 
Firms that are selected to submit proposals must submit a plan that will focus on maintaining public safety while minimizing euthanasia through rehoming of displaced pets. 

To submit a Statement of Qualifications proposal, go to  

Thursday, October 1, 2015

County nearing end of road work

Chip and seal road work will be done once the list below is completed. 

Paving for the overlay program is done. Shouldering and asphalt patching where concrete was replaced will take place over the next two weeks and then the overlay program will be complete, too.  
Short delays should be expected on these roads during this time.

Week of Oct. 5:

Fog Seal - over previously chipped roads
22 Road - J Road to K Road
22 1/2 Road - K Road to L Road
24 Road - J Road to CDS
24 1/2 Road - I Road to Home Ranch Court
24 1/2 Road - H Road to I Road
24 1/2 Road - North of overpass from GJCL to H Road
25 Road - I Road to end of canal

54 7/10 Road (Molina) - KK Road to Molina Fire Station
KE Road (Mesa) - 48 1/2 Road to gravel
KE Road (Mesa) - Gravel to wye in road. Lathe placed says "End Paving."

Concrete Work

2874 B 1/2 Road

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Learn about updates to the Mesa County Land Development Code at open houses Oct. 6-7

Mesa County is holding two open houses to present proposed changes to the Mesa County Land Development Code, as well as allow citizens to provide feedback to the Planning Division regarding land-use issues.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 - 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Mesa County Central Services, 200 S. Spruce St., Room 40 

  • Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 - 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Clifton Community Hall, 162 2nd St., Clifton

"The Land Development code guides decisions we make about development in Mesa County," said Mesa County Commissioner  John Justman. "Community feedback is important to us as we move forward with updates to this important guiding document."

Proposed changes to the Land Development Code include:

  • Revisions to permitted uses in a number of zoning districts (chapter 5)
  • Changes to public right-of-way dedication criteria, which are used in the subdivision process (chapters 3 and 7) 
  • Revisions to chapter 10, non-conformities
  • Revisions to chapter 9, transfer of development rights, particularly with regards to the Clifton/Fruitvale receiving area

The Mesa County Planning Division has worked with the Land Development Code focus group, which is comprised of business leaders and citizens from the agriculture, energy and development fields, to identify areas of concern and develop solutions.

"The revisions are intended to encourage business development in the county by making the Land Development Code easier to use and reducing or eliminating conflicts with other regulations and policies," said Rose Pugliese, Chairwoman of the Mesa County Commissioners. 

For more information, go to, or contact the Mesa County Planning Division at or 970-255-7189.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Test verifies integrity of new voting equipment

Mesa County Elections and representatives from the Mesa County Democrats and Republicans completed a Logic and Accuracy Test on September 24 that verified the integrity of the new voting equipment. After the test, the representatives deemed the equipment’s performance satisfactory and signed their approval.
This is the first election since 2001 that Mesa County will be using new voting equipment as one of the eight participant counties of the state’s Pilot Election program. Each county will be piloting one of the four election systems that are up for statewide usage, including the Denver-based company Dominion Voting Systems, which is the provider of Mesa County’s equipment this fall.
“I am pleased with the test results and the equipment's functionality,” Sheila Reiner said. “I am also proud of the 'can do' attitude of our Elections team. Piloting new software in a live election is a challenge, and they are doing very well with it!”
For further information or if you have any questions, email us at or call our office at (970) 244-1662.