Friday, November 6, 2015

This week in pictures

The Commissioners, along with the County Administrator, County Attorney and Clerk to the Board at their Monday morning administrative hearing. 

Commissioner Rose Pugliese being interviewed by Julia Maguire of KREX.

DHS's Adult Services Department was recognized as the quarterly Department of  Human Services' WIG (Wildly Important Goals) winner. Congrats!

Commissioner John Justman received a packet of thank you letters from third-graders at Pomona Elementary. This is one of them. 
Commissioners Scott McInnis and Rose Pugliese at the first of three Town  Hall meetings about the 2016 proposed budget.  See when the next two are here

This wasn't exactly taken this week ... but check out the first Mesa County Courthouse, 6th and Main Streets, in 1883. Who knows what business occupies this building now?  

MCSO Deputies Huisjen and Sandell at the Orchard Mesa Trunk 'n' Treat event.  
Mesa County Sheriff's Office Deputy Stuck with a, um, friend on Halloween night. Boo!

DHS Blue Team Family Med Scooby Doo.

Listening in at the Department of Human Services / Workforce Center all-staff meeting. 

DHS / WFC clerical team on Halloween. 

Mesa County Health Department Health Promotions specialist Fran Parker shows off a sign listing sponsors of two November community meetings. The Great Outdoors Colorado meetings will give residents a chance to show where youth outdoor programs and facilities are needed in Mesa County. For more info, visit  

MCSO Seargents Lee and Peck with Deputies Puckett and Walker at the local Special Olympics fall harvest party.

Many Mesa County offices closed Nov. 11 for Veterans Day

Many Mesa County offices will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

This closure includes:
  • Commissioners, Treasurer, Assessor, Surveyor (544 Rood Ave.)
  • Administration & Resource Management offices (544 Rood Ave.)
  • Attorney's Office (544 Rood Ave.)
  • Clerk & Recorder's Office (Motor Vehicle/Recording/Elections/Clerk & Recorder - Grand Junction, Clifton and Fruita offices)
  • District Attorney's Office (125 N. Spruce St.). This includes the Justice Center.
  • Health & Human Services (510 29 1/2 Road)
  • Hazardous Waste and Solid Waste Administration (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50)
  • Public Works and Planning (200 S. Spruce St.)
  • Regional Transportation Planning Office (525 S. Sixth St.)
  • Sheriff's Office - Records and Civil Divisions (215 Rice St.)
  • Workforce Center (512 29 1/2 Road)
The closure does NOT include
  • Criminal Justice Services (636 South Ave.)
  • Grand Valley Transit (GVT) 
  • Sheriff's Office - Jail, Patrol, Emergency Services (215 Rice St.)
  • Mesa County Landfill and Compost facilities (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Alternate Hours

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

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Commissioners say 'no' to salary increase for elected officials

In May, the Colorado Legislature voted to increase the annual salaries of elected state and county officials. The governor signed Senate Bill 288 into law on June 3.

In Mesa County, however, the Commissioners have declined the raise for themselves and all other county elected officials.

Under the law, the Commissioners’ salaries would have increased by $21,750 to $94,250/year. The Mesa County Sheriff’s salary would have increased by $26,310 to $114,010. Salaries of the treasurer, assessor, clerk, coroner and surveyor also would have increased.

"Given our current county fiscal predicament, coupled with the fact that our employees have, for the most part, not received raises in the past seven years, we cannot, in good conscience, take a $21,750 raise," said Commissioner Rose Pugliese.

Commissioner John Justman said: “The Commissioners can’t support a $21,750 raise for ourselves when the county employees haven’t had an across the board raise in the last seven years. Our revenue hasn’t recovered enough to cover these costs.”

The Mesa County Board of Commissioners has advised Colorado Counties, Inc., to add them to a legislative bill in the 2016 session asking that the salaries of elected officials remain unchanged.

Pomona students send thank you letters to Commissioner Justman

Just because they are fun, we wanted to share.

Commissioner John Justman in October visited a third-grade class at Pomona Elementary School. This week, he received a packet of thank you letters.

Here is a sample (thank you for your great letters, Pomona students!):

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Commissioners hold town halls about proposed 2016 budget

Community members are invited to learn more about Mesa County’s proposed 2016 budget at three upcoming Town Hall meetings hosted by Commissioners Rose Pugliese, Scott McInnis and John Justman.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Old Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave., public hearing room on the second floor
  • Monday, Nov. 9, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson Ave. in Fruita
  • Thursday, Nov. 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Starvin Arvin’s, 3247 F Road in Clifton

View Mesa County's proposed 2016 budget online at

The draft budget was presented in public hearing on Oct. 12. Final adoption of the 2016 budget is planned for Dec. 7 at 9 a.m. 

Comments on the proposed budget are encouraged through the following venues:
  • Facebook:
  • E-mail:
  • Board of County Commissioner Hearings:
o   Generally held every Monday morning at 9 a.m. at 544 Rood Ave., the hearings include an unscheduled business portion of the agenda. Community members are welcome to provide feedback on the proposed 2016 budget at that time. For upcoming Commissioner hearing agendas, visit

Monday, November 2, 2015

Election Day is tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 3

Tomorrow, November 3, is Election Day, which marks the final day that voters can fill out and return their ballot. Anyone still needing to receive a ballot can stop by 200 S. Spruce St., Grand Junction or at any of the following three voter service centers:
  • Mesa County Central Services, 200 S. Spruce St. (West Entrance), Grand Junction, CO 81501
  • Clifton Motor Vehicle, 3225 I-70 Business Loop, Clifton, CO 81520
  • Goodwill, 630 24 1/2 Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81505

All of the voter service and polling centers listed above will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the public to receive a ballot, drop off their mail-in ballots, cast their votes in person or make any changes to their registration information.

Each of the service centers also will have ADA-approved voting equipment available for disabled or impaired voters to cast their votes independently.
For further information or if you have any questions, email or call (970) 244-1662.

Animal Services truck transformed into traveling billboard

Thanks to the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund, Mesa County Animal Services now has a traveling billboard. Meet the "Sherman-obile."
Thanks to the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund (CPOF), Mesa County Animal Services now has a traveling billboard.

The “Sherman-obile” is a truck dedicated to promoting Mesa County Animal Services, as well as pet licensing and adopting a shelter pet while it’s being driven by an Animal Services officer.  

The Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund’s goal is to reduce pet overpopulation by subsidizing spay/neuter services and by supporting public pet education programs in Colorado.

Mesa County Animal Services is the largest shelter for displaced pets between Denver and Salt Lake City, housing approximately 3,000 animals in 2014.  While Mesa County Animal Services is not an adoption center, the shelter collaborates with rescue groups across the state to ensure that all healthy and treatable displaced pets that are not reunited with their owners find a loving home.

While doing the daily job of keeping displaced pets and the community safe, a Mesa County Animal Services officer can put more than 30,000 miles a year on his or her vehicle. That means this roving, mobile message board will be a good venue to reach a lot of potential pet lovers! 

The Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund has awarded more than $60,000 to local animal welfare organizations on the Western Slope in the last two years. Community members can support this worthy cause and local animal welfare agencies by purchasing an Adopt a Pet License Plate for their vehicle.