Friday, October 14, 2016

This Week in Pics

Property in East Orchard Mesa has been transformed from an old orchard at risk of becoming a host site for disease and insect infestation to a healthy and thriving orchard! The collaborative efforts by Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management, Upper Grand Valley Pest Control District and property owners made the land reclamation a great success.

Before land reclamation and mitigation  
After: a beautiful orchard.

Mel Bamford with Noxious Weed Management searches and removes diffuse knapweed along 59 Road, south of Collbran on a beautiful autumn day.

Each quarter the Criminal Justice Services Department recognizes an employee who has demonstrated outstanding service through their work while exhibiting a positive and supportive attitude. This quarter's winner is Criminal Justice Office Eli Stemrich!

Congratulations to Eli Stemrich, right, who was nominated by his peers for CJSD employee of the quarter. Treatment Director Jason Talley, left, presents the recognition cake.
Director Dennis Berry, right, along with CJSD staff give Eli Stemrich, left a round of applause.

The Criminal Justice Services Department put on a chili cook-off and had over 35 chili judges! 
CJSD chili cook-off in full swing
It's a tough job being a CJSD chili cook-off judge...serious competition.
Carol Parker is the winner! Congrats!

Health Inspector Heather Nara speaks to her coworkers at Mesa County Health Department about Triad EAP benefits and how to use them at the MCHD Quarterly All Staff Meeting on Tuesday.  

Executive Director Jeff Kuhr, right, assists with tech support after welcoming new employees. 

Animal Services Ambassador Sherman, takes his job very seriously. He is the official greeter, and he even has a Facebook page! Sherman has been recovering from a surgery he had back in September. He is recovering well and back to work!

Sherman is always busy at the office.
We are glad to see Sherman recovering well and back to work!

Sargeant Lee takes the Inside Mesa County (IMC) class on a tour of the Mesa County Jail.

IMC class participants walk to the Mesa County Jail for a tour.
Sargeant Lee talks to the IMC class about the jail intake process.
Sargeant Lee

This week Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden presented the proposed 2017 budget to the Board of County Commissioners. 

Administrator Frank Whidden talks to KKCO 11 News Reporter Makenzie O'Keefe about the budget challenges Mesa County is facing. 
KKCO 11 News Reporter Makenzie O'Keefe interviews Commissioner Justman. 
Commissioner McInnis talks to KKCO 11 News Reporter Makenzie O'Keefe about the reduction of revenues and how it affects the County's budget
KREX Channel 5 News Reporter Brandon Thompson interviews Commissioner McInnis on the proposed 2017 budget. 

Commissioner Pugliese gives the Chamber Government Affairs Committee an update on what Mesa County is working on and toward.

Commissioner Pugliese talks about the economic and legislative priorities for Mesa County 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Mesa County Treasurer 2016 Online Tax Lien Sale

The Mesa County Treasurer’s office is announcing that this year’s Online Tax Lien Sale will begin Wednesday, October 12, 2016, and close Wednesday, November 2, 2016.

If you are planning to participate this year, please take time to review the Bidding Rules at

As you review the properties and note a property is “unavailable,” those property taxes have been paid since posting. The batches you review will continue to be updated as property taxes are paid through November 1, 2016.

 Please call the Treasurer's Office (970-244-1824) if you have questions.

Monday, October 10, 2016

2017 proposed budget presented to the BOCC

Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden presented the proposed 2017 budget to the Mesa County Board of Commissioners this morning in public hearing. 

View his PowerPoint presentation and other budget documents here

In the proposed budget, the general fund is balanced at $55,376,709  proposed revenue and $56,465,243 proposed expenditures. 

Public comment period is now underway. Comments are encouraged through the following venues:
  • Budget town halls
    • Wednesday, Oct. 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Starvin Arvin’s, 3247 F Road in Clifton
    • Thursday, Nov. 3, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Old Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave., public hearing room on the second floor
    • Monday, Nov. 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson Ave.
  • Facebook:
  • E-mail:
  • Board of County Commissioner Hearings
    • Hearings are typically 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 2017 budget at that time. For upcoming Commissioner hearing agendas, visit
In November, county staff will finalize the budget, and in late November, the board will give staff final direction.

Final adoption of the 2017 budget is planned for the Dec. 5 public hearing at 9:00 a.m.