Friday, March 17, 2017

This Week in Pics


Barrett Jensen is Mesa County's new Solid Waste Director. Jensen comes to Mesa County having worked as Pitkin County's Landfill Operations Manager for over three years. In that time he has managed multiple programs, to include; landfill, compost, recycling, and aggregate. He enjoys getting involved and spending time with veterans, hiking, and being with his family and newborn daughter.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese stands alongside Representative Susan Beckman as Governor Hickenlooper signs HB17-1052, which removes antiquated data gathering factors and adds language directed at the identification of factors that directly affect the population of children in need as determined by the State Department and the Child Welfare Allocation Committee.  

The Mesa County Board of Commissioners proclaimed March 2017 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Mesa County. From left to right, Commissioner John Justman, Strive Development Vice President Doug Sorter, Commissioner Rose Pugliese, Commissioner Scott McInnis.

In 1895 all of the proceedings of the Board of Mesa County Commissioners were handwritten in cursive.

On Jan. 19, 1900 the Mesa County Assessor appeared before the Board of County Commissioner in public hearing to ask for additional help to get his abstract assessment ready for delivery to the Treasurer. On motion, it was ordered that he employ four additional assistants at a salary not to exceed $3.50 per day each until the work was completed.

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis attends the 521 Drainage Authority annual board meeting.

Mesa County County Commissioner Rose Pugliese talk to News Channel 5 Reporter Colette Bordelon about Mesa County's financial challenges.

Mesa County is currently testing the last of the soil anchors on Buckskin Hill Road (58 1/2 Road just south of Collbran), which has been closed since the fall of 2014. The contractor will begin building the hillside back up to road level.  Once the stabilization process is complete, the road will be established to a gravel base level, which is anticipated to happen by the end of May. Then, in September, the road will be paved. A two-week closure is expected to complete the paving work.

The Mesa County Transportation Department in cooperation with Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management will begin applying herbicides along roadways throughout Mesa County on Monday, March 20. Roadside and right-of-way weed treatment (up to 10 feet on each side of the road) will be conducted countywide several times through September.

A BBQ appreciation luncheon was hosted to celebrate our hard-working transit drivers who provide critical transportation to the community. For hours on end, GVT drivers manage to keep a schedule, check fares, give directions, announce stops, remember stop requests and more, all while safely maneuvering an extra-large vehicle through unpredictable traffic, adverse weather and tight spaces. Transit drivers don't have an easy job, but many make it look that way. Pictured from left to right is Tom (driver), Cheryl (operations supervisor), Paula (safety supervisor), Gwen and Liz (drivers), Dan (general manager), and Todd (RTPO director).
Mesa County Senior Human Resources Analyst Krista Ubersox teaches a transaction and DocuSign class.

Mesa County Development Services Manager Dan Caris attends a training hosted by the Human Resources department.


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Mesa County Health Department Emergency Preparedness & Response Program Specialist Nanci Quintana presented at the EPR101 Orientation for new emergency preparedness staff from around the state in Denver, this week. This training was a two-day collaboration between the Regional Emergency Preparedness & Response team at Mesa County Health Department and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

Ludwig, a double merle dog that has hearing and vision issues, went to a specialized rescue shelter in the state of Washington.

"Decimus" trying his best to get adopted.

One of the adoptable dogs at the Mesa County Animal Services gets quality people time with staff member Barb Cutunilli.

Mesa County Fairgrounds Manager Donna Redd hosts a statewide fairgrounds managers meeting to give managers an opportunity to network and to weigh in on matters of interest at a statewide, regional, and local level.

Mesa County Solid Waste Management Mechanic Genelle Belcastro services a Caterpillar 928H Wheel Loader.

Mesa County Assistant Fleet Supervisor Gerard Scheetz maintains and repairs heavy equipment.

Mesa County Fleet Maintenance Technician Gary Greenough repairs a piece of equipment.

A tractor with a ditch bank mower is currently at the Mesa County Fleet shop getting serviced. The bank mower is used to help with the mowing and maintaining of rights-of-way, drainage ditches, embankments and sloping terrain.

A road roller is getting repaired and serviced just in time for chip seal and overlay season!

KKCO Channel 11 News Karaline Ann interviews County Administrator regarding budgetary challenges. 

State Representative Dan Thurlow (at left in photo with Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese) joined Colorado Counties Inc.'s Taxation & Finance Steering Committee meeting to explain HB17-1187, the change excess revenue cap growth factor. 

CSU Extension Rio Blanco County Director teaches the Colorado State University Tri River Extension Master Gardener Integrated Pest Management class how to properly use equipment and chemicals.

This week the Colorado State University Tri River Extension Master Gardener Integrated Pest Management class covered soil solarization, a nonchemical method for controlling soilborne pests using high temperatures produced by capturing radiant energy from the sun.

From left to right, CSU Extension Horticulture Coordinator Susan Honea, Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest Management Coordinator Teresa Nees and CSU Extension Rangeland Management Specialist Retta Brugger host a Colorado State University Tri River Extension Master Gardener Integrated Pest Management class at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.
Thousands of officers will participate in the Police Unity Tour in May to honor the law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2016. The 260-mile bicycle ride begins in Virginia and ends in Washington, D.C. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office was contacted by riders who will ride in honor of Deputy Derek Geer.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Transit Driver Appreciation Day



Transit Driver Appreciation Day is Saturday, March 18. To celebrate, Grand Valley Transit is asking bus riders to thank their driver.

For hours on end, GVT drivers manage to keep a schedule, check fares, give directions, announce stops, remember stop requests and more, all while safely maneuvering an extra-large vehicle through unpredictable traffic, adverse weather and tight spaces. Transit drivers don't have an easy job, but many make it look that way.

GVT strives for a high-quality, safe, effective, efficient and friendly public transportation system. This responsibility rests heavily on the shoulders of the GVT drivers.

Despite this workload, GVT drivers go above and beyond the call of duty to best serve their passengers and community. It’s not just about driving either. GVT drivers have reported signs of child abuse to authorities and advocated for route and stop improvements.

In honor of Transit Driver Appreciation Day, please share some gratitude with your bus driver – today and every day!

For more information, visit gvt.mesacounty.us.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Save money: get your compost and mulch March 21 to April 1




Mesa Magic compost and wood mulch is on sale March 21-April 1, at the Mesa County Organic Materials Composting Facility, 3071 U.S. Hwy. 50.

Hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Compost is $23.83, plus tax, per cubic yard. Wood mulch is $9.52, plus tax, per cubic yard.

Don't miss out - these products go fast!

For more information, call (970) 263-9319.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Commissioners proclaim March 2017 as 
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Mesa County



On Monday, March 13, 2017, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed March 2017 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and encouraged the citizens of Mesa County to participate in activities that increase public awareness of developmental disabilities.

Strive has been serving the serving Mesa County residents for over 50 years. They offer a variety of services to support individuals and their families with developmental disabilities. 

Strive is a partnership of people supporting people, and it is their mission to help people with developmental disabilities live independent, productive and full lives. 

Doug Sorter, the Vice President of Development for Strive, accepted the Proclamation and presented Strive's program at the Botanical Gardens and their continuing efforts to improve the lives of the developmentally disabled in our community.

Roadside spraying for weeds begins Monday, March 20


The Mesa County Transportation Department in cooperation with Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management will begin applying herbicides along roadways throughout Mesa County on Monday, March 20.

The county contracts with a licensed commercial applicator to apply the herbicides to control weeds.

Roadside and right-of-way weed treatment (up to 10 feet on each side of the road) will be conducted countywide several times through September.

If property owners do not want herbicide sprayed along their property line, they can request to be added to the "No Spray" list. Those property owners will need to clearly mark their property lines with signs or bright flags and manage the weeds in and along that area themselves.

Please contact Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management at (970) 255-7121 or weed.pest@mesacounty.us to be added to the "No Spray" list or for other weed identification and treatment questions.

For questions regarding the roadside vegetation mowing, please contact the Mesa County Transportation Department at (970) 244-1807.