Friday, July 1, 2016

News Release from Mesa County Elections Department

Please see an important News Release from the Mesa County Elections Department

This Week in Pics

This week was a busy week for Mesa County! Starting Saturday, June 25th with the State Line Marker dedication and St. Baldrick's event, to Monday at Public Hearing and Tuesday racing to the Primary Election, we have all had an eventful week! Thank you to all who have made it successful and smooth sailing! Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

Photos from the June 25th Dedication Ceremony of the placement of the State Line Marker.  For the full story in pictures, please see previous Blog post.

Waiting for the unveiling

Commissioner Pugliese speaking at ceremony

Commissioner Justman speaking at ceremony

Commissioners Scott McInnis, Rose Pugliese, and John Justman
after the unveiling of the Marker

County Attorney Coleman, Commissioners, and County Administrator, Frank Whidden

Grand Valley Transit bus driver, Cheryl Gibboney transported many of the attendees
from the Rabbit Valley parking lot to the site.

Commissioner McInnis with Mesa County Public Works:  Julie Constan, Pete Baier and Jim Nall
Commissioner Pugliese and Public Works Director Pete Baier with the Commissioner's Cup
The Commissioner's Cup was awarded Saturday to the Public Works Dept. for raising the most money for St. Baldrick's 

St. Baldrick's organizers Robyn Carmine and Jim Hamlin with Commissioner Pugliese and Pete Baier. 

Public Works employee Travis Cole and son Grady both had their heads shaved 
Saturday for childhood cancer awareness.

Commissioner Pugliese awarded Public Works the Commissioner's Cup, Pete Baier accepted.

Mesa County Commissioners at Public Hearing Monday 

 Mesa County Workforce Center Director, John Flanagan speaking about the Local Area WIOA plan

 Young Entrepreneur Brayden Kelley briefs the Board about his invention/company Practical Tackle

 Terri Smatla from Young Entrepreneurs Academy and Hire Me First Program and Brayden Kelley 
talk about the impact young people have on the economy

Commissioners looking on as Brayden speaks to the Board

Terri Smatla and Brayden Kelley with the Commissioners

 Mesa County Human Services employee briefing the Board on DHS items

Picture taken by IT Manager Rick Corsi of the fire on 25 1/2 Road 

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder employee Matt Vigil showing his American pride on Election Day!!! 
Thank you for all the hard work getting through the Primary!!! 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Mesa County office closures for Monday, July 4

Many Mesa County offices will be closed on Monday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day

These offices will be closed on Monday:
  • Commissioners, Treasurer, Assessor, Surveyor, Finance, Administration, 544 Rood Ave.
  • County Attorney, 544 Rood Ave.
  • Clerk & Recorder (Motor Vehicle/Recording/Elections), Grand Junction, Clifton and Fruita locations
  • District Attorney
  • Facilities and Fairgrounds offices
  • Grand Valley Transit
  • Health & Human Services, 510 29 1/2 Road
  • Public Works and Planning, 200 S. Spruce St.
  • Regional Transportation Planning, 525 S. Sixth St.
  • Resource Management, 544 Rood
  • Sheriff (Records Division), 215 Rice St.
  • Workforce Center, 512 29 1/2 Road
  • The Mesa County Landfill, Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, Organic Material Composting Facility, and Solid Waste Administration, 3071 U.S. Hwy. 50

This office has special hours on Monday:
  • Animal Services will be open from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. An officer will be on duty from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
These offices will be open on Monday:
  • Criminal Justice Services, 636 South Ave.
  • Sheriff (Jail, Patrol, Emergency Services), 215 Rice St.

Chip Seal Activity for the week of July 4th

Greetings and Happy 4th of July:
Here is the list of activities for Overlay and Chip Seal.  Please note Chip Seal continues in the Fruita area and work begins on the county Chip Seal program.

Manhole Adjustments
Crew working on other contractor projects.

Chip & Seal
In the City of Fruita
7/5- Kingsview Rd - from EOP W .77 miles
Mesa County
7/5- 18.00 Rd - from the camping area kiosk S 2 miles

7/6- 16.00 Rd - from EOP to Three Eagles Way

7/7- 13.50 Rd - RRX to end S to end
       L.50 Rd - 13.50 Rd W to Hwy 139
       P.00 Rd - 11.80 Rd to 12.00 Rd
       11.80 Rd - P.00 Rd to Q.00 Rd

Thank you!
Have a Great Day and be safe on the 4th! 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Colorado State Line Marker Revealed

Saturday, June 25th, was a very special day for an old friend.  The Colorado/Utah State Line Marker was placed in its new home, refurbished and renewed.  This historic marker had been close to rubble from graffiti, gunshots and other abuse along old Hwy. 6 on the Colorado/Utah state line.  During the last 18 months it has received a new look, with the help of so many; and is now placed near the current Colorado/Utah state line on the south (eastbound) side of Interstate 70.

Several joined Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis to celebrate this historical event.

As shown in the historical society records, circa 1931

January, 2015 in state of disrepair

On January 29, 2015, a team of county officials, road crew, engineers, and historical 
experts, along with Mays Concrete specialists, carefully removed the marker 

Cliff Mays, Sr. has a story behind his desire to restore the marker
"This marker brought back memories of when I first came to Grand Junction in 1959, " Cliff wrote.  He drove his 1953 Oldsmobile down the old two lane highway and when he came to the Colorado/Utah state line marker, he stopped and walked around it.  "I remember being so glad to be in Colorado."  He states he enjoyed personally working on the restoration of the marker.

The broken and bruised stately marker was transported with great care to Mays Concrete Specialties for 18 months of tender-loving-care and refurbishment.

Wrapped with care, she is ready for the move

Cliff Mays, Sr. with Commissioner Scott McInnis and Rudy Bevan (Mesa County Road & Bridge), with Kyle Vanderberg (Mays Concrete) looking on.  The marker has arrived at her critical care unit to receive her new look at May's Concrete.

During refurbishment

Brian Burthe, Mays Concrete, diligently working to prepare her for placement

Celebration Day!
June 25, 2016 

Waiting for the unveiling

The story of the marker is now placed on the back of the 'Welcome to Colorful Colorado' sign

Family and friends gather to await the unveiling

And the celebration begins...
The ceremony starts, with guest speakers for the dedication:
(from left to right) Katie Stevens, BLM, Commissioner Rose Pugliese, Garry & Barb Brewer, historians,
Commissioner John Justman, Cliff Mays, Jr., Kyle Vanderberg, Mays Concrete Specialties,
Julie Constant & Pete Baier, Mesa County Public Works

Commissioner Scott McInnis tells of the history of discussion, planning and moving of the marker

The unveiling
The first look at the refurbished marker

This little guy was quite surprised when the tarp was lifted from his 'home'
All of the little ones followed him around the marker.  He was looking for a new place to hide!
It was a great day to be celebrated by County Commissioners 
Scott McInnis, Rose Pugliese, and John Justman

Thank you to the following for their time, care, labor, materials, and research:
Mays Construction Specialties
Elam Ready Mix
Snyder Grand Valley Memorials
Master Builders Solutions - BASF
Dr. David Row
Mesa County Public Works Department
Garry & Barb Brewer

Monday, June 27, 2016

Mesa County employees support St. Baldrick's Foundation

Mesa County employees support St. Baldrick's Foundation

The St. Baldrick's Foundation and Mesa County held a special event Wednesday morning after the bike to work breakfast. Three Mesa County employees and an employee's husband "braved the shave" for children with cancer. The Mesa County Public Works Team has raised to date approximately $2000.00 for the foundation and are still collecting donations. Mesa County is proud to support such a great cause that directly benefits children in our community. Two years ago, Commissioner Rose Pugliese "braved the shave" while pregnant with her youngest child, to bring awareness to the devastating affect cancer has on the youngest members of our community. Thank you to those who have donated and to the shavees and fundraisers, Eric Brown, Dan Caris, Joe Gudorf, and Todd Hollenbeck.

On Saturday, June 25th, St. Baldrick's held their 5th annual head shaving event at Lincoln Park Barn. The Commissioner's Trophy was awarded to the Mesa County Public Works Department for their amazing efforts in raising money for childhood cancer research. Commissioner Rose Pugliese attended the head shaving event and awarded the trophy to Public Works Director Pete Baier, on behalf of the Public Works Department.  Another public works employee, Travis Cole, and his son Grady "braved the shave" on Saturday in support of a local toddler, Hadlee Cole (Travis' niece) who was diagnosed with leukemia in April. The event was very well attended by the community and the St. Baldrick's foundation was able to raise money for childhood cancer research.

Left to right: Joe Gudorf, Dan Caris, Eric Brown, Todd Hollenbeck and Pete Baier

Eric Brown, Mesa County Fleet Supervisor 
Commissioner Rose Pugliese with St. Baldrick's volunteer Robyn Carmine and other
MC employees watching on as Eric Brown "braves the shave"
Eric was a good sport! 

Todd Hollenbeck, RTP manager dares to "brave the shave"!
 Todd was all smiles!

 Pete Baier and Rose Pugliese at the head shaving event Wednesday morning

 Joe Gudorf, husband of Carrie Gudorf, storm water specialist for Mesa County

 Joe and Todd after getting shaved
 Dan Caris' fiance` got to take the first swipe and she looks happy about it!
 Dan Caris, Mesa County Public Works' Business Process Manager, braving 
the shave for childhood cancer 

 You all wear bald well!
A good time had by all, for a good cause!

Jim Hamlin, Pete Baier, and Rose Pugliese awarding the Commissioner's Trophy
 Pete Baier, Robyn Carmine, and Rose Pugli
 Jim Hamlin is holding a picture of the Public Works employees who "braved the shave"

 Rose Pugliese and Pete Baier at the 5th annual head shaving event for St. Baldrick's

 Rose Pugliese speaking on behalf of Mesa County at the St. Baldrick's event

Robyn Carmine, Jim Hamlin, Rose Pugliese, and Pete Baier with the Commissioner's Trophy
Public Works employee Travis Cole and son Grady, getting their heads shaved for
 childhood cancer awareness