Friday, April 28, 2017

This Week in Pics


In public hearing on Monday, David Eisner, center left, of the Congregation Ohr Shalom accepts the Days of Remembrance Week proclamation from the Board of Mesa County Commissioners.The commissioners proclaimed April 23-30, 2017, as Days of Remembrance Week in honor of the Holocaust during World War II.

Commissioners proclaimed April 29-30, 2017, as ShareFest Weekend in Mesa County. The ShareFest proclamation was presented to members of the ShareFest Steering Committee. On ShareFest Weekend, over 25 churches from different denominations in the Grand Valley will work together to cooperatively serve the community.
 On Monday, Governor Hickenlooper signed HB17-1049 into law. The bill sponsored by Representative Dan Thurlow, left, and brought forth by Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee, center left, revises the way interest payments are made on tax abatements. Congratulations, Assessor Brownlee!

This week, Mesa County Animal Services started to move into the tent facility, which will be the new home for animals during the rehabilitation of the Animal Services building. From April 24-30, 2017, Animal Services will be unable to accept any owner released animals, unless the animal presents an imminent risk to the public due to aggressive behavior.

Chain link kennel parts were delivered to the temporary Animal Services tent facility, where animals will be housed while the repairs to the Animal Services, 971 Coffman Road, building are completed. 

Mesa County Animals Services temporary shelter facility will have a few specialized rooms: puppy room, cat room, an isolation room, and a quarantine chamber. The temporary facility will not be open to the general public, however, information on adoption and lost and found services will be available at pets.mesacounty.us.

Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest Management and agriculture studies students from Plateau Valley School dodged the rain and hail on Thursday and began removing a thistle infestation from the parcel they use to raise cattle.

Mesa County Noxious Weed and Pest Management and Plateau Valley School students plan to continue work together to reseed and revitalize this pasture and learn about weed management.

MCPH Health Promotion Specialist Troy Ward fits a helmet to Laila Watchman at Saturday's Bike Rodeo. 

Grand Junction Police Officer Chad Simpson directs riders through the figure eight and into the slow zone on Saturday.

MCPH Data Analyst Shane Chatfield examines a bandage applied by a coworker during CPR and First Aid Training on Wednesday at Mesa County Public Health.

MCPH Health Promotion Specialist Troy Ward practices CPR on a mannequin during CPR and First Aid Training on Wednesday.

MCPH Information & Communication Manager Katie Goddeyne practices chest compression on a mannequin Wednesday during CPR and First Aid Training.

Progress continues on Buckskin Hill Road, on 58 1/2 Road just south of Collbran. GeoStabilization International places a soil nail wall on Buckskin Hill Phase II to stabilize an area showing signs of slope failure.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Gov. Hickenlooper signs HB17-1049 into law


On April 24, Governor Hickenlooper signed HB17-1049 into law. The bill sponsored by Representative Dan Thurlow revises the way interest payments are made on tax abatements.

"What this law does in simple terms is good for taxpayers in Colorado," Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee said. "This law helps to correct a situation whereby very few taxpayers are actually paid to delay or neglect to address property tax issues and paid by all taxpayers in their district not to do so."

Overpayment of property taxes can result from classification errors, clerical errors or incorrect valuation. A taxpayer who overpaid their tax may apply for a refund within two years after the tax has been levied, but prior to this law, someone who did not address the issue at the proper time could collect 1 percent per month interest for the full two years and more. They could only take advantage of this opportunity if and only if the taxpayer did not address the issue during the time frame established by the legislature.

Local jurisdictions that received the property taxes are immediately responsible for repaying the taxes and the interest once the abatement or refund is approved. In Mesa County, an average of over a million dollars is abated each year.

The current process allows only a taxpayer that has not protested the valuation during the protest period to file a petition for abatement. The abatement petition may be filed up to two years after the tax has been levied. By then, property taxes have been appropriated to taxing authorities to expend funds on necessary services for the community.

"Rep. Thurlow simply proposed a bill that would limit the accrual of interest to begin only after an abatement petition has been filed," Brownlee added. "The taxpayer may be made whole and interest accrues once the taxpayer addresses the issue, but should a county drag its feet in processing the petition, interest is accruing. Dan Thurlow sponsored this when no one else wanted to touch it. $90 million was on the table."

To read House Bill 17-1049, click here.

Expect short road delays the week of May 1



Here is the list of construction work planned for the week of May 1, road delays should be expected. The schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions.


Asphalt Paving - Fruita Area:
  • 17 ¼ Road, from Fruita City limits to K ¾ Road
  •  K ¾ Road, from 17 Road to 17 ½ Road
  •  K 6/10 Road, from 17 ½ Road to 18 Road
  • 17 ½ Road, from K 6/10 Road to N 3/10 Road
  • 18 ½ Road, from M Road to M ¾ Road
  •  K Road, from 21 ½ Road to 22 ½ Road
  • 25 Road, from Grand Junction City limits to I-70 Overpass


Shoulder Work - Fruita, Loma and Mack Areas:
  •  R Road, from the west Highline State Park entrance to 12 Road
  • 11 8/10 Road, from Q Road north to Highline State Park
  • 12 ½ Road, from Q Road to Q ½ Road
  • Q ½ Road, from 12 Road to 12 ½ Road
  • 12 Road, from Q Road to R Road
  • 14 Road, from O Road to Q Road
  • 12 ½ Road, south of M Road
  • M Road from, 12 Road to SH 139 (Douglass Pass Road)
  • 17 ¼ Road, from Fruita city limits to K ¾ Road
  • Country Living Park (Mack)

Asphalt Milling - Redlands Area:
  • Monument Village Subdivision

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Clifton Nature Park Volunteer Day


Take part in National Volunteer Week by joining Alpine Bank, Mesa County, Clifton Sanitation, the Desert Rivers Collaborative, and the Tamarisk Coalition in a clean-up of Clifton Nature Park! Shifts are available from 9 a.m to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017.

Please bring sunglasses, sunscreen, long sleeve shirts, long pants, sturdy shoes and a water bottle and snacks. We will have some gloves, but if you have a favorite pair, please bring them along.

Meet at the Clifton Nature Park parking lot, which is located on the south side of D Road between 32 1/4 and 32 1/2 Road, next door to Clifton Sanitation District.

For more information contact Teresa at 970.255.7121 or weed.pest@mesacounty.us

Monday, April 24, 2017

April 29-30, 2017, is ShareFest Weekend in Mesa County

Over 25 churches from different denominations in the Grand Valley have chosen to work together to cooperatively serve our community for one weekend, ShareFest Weekend.

People of all ages will work on projects including cleaning yards, sewing lap quilts for care center residents, walking through neighborhoods picking up trash, painting mobile homes, and making care packages for college students.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, left, presents the ShareFest proclamation to ShareFest Steering Committee Chair Debe Colby.

The first Mesa County ShareFest Weekend was in April 2008 with 23 churches and over 3,000 people involved in over 600 projects.

Mesa County Commissioners this morning proclaimed April 29-30, 2017, ShareFest Weekend.
View the proclamation here.

Animal Services Transitions to Temporary Facility


The Mesa County Animal Services temporary facility is underway.
This week, Mesa County Animal Services will start moving into a temporary facility and office trailer, where they will operate out of until late November 2017 while the repairs to the Mesa County Animal Services facility are completed.  Animal Services is making every effort to make this transition as smooth as possible, some of the following services to the public will be impacted.

During the transition from the current facility to the temporary facility the following services will be affected:
  • From April 24-30, 2017, Animal Services will be unable to accept any owner released animals, unless the animal presents an imminent risk to the public due to aggressive behavior. 

  • Animal Services will be closed to the general public on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28.  

The temporary Animal Services tent facility is under construction.
During the seven month period of construction while Animal Services is in the temporary facility, the following services will be impacted due to safety concerns to the public:

  • The temporary facility will not be open to the general public. Citizens looking for their lost animals will be directed to our website for animal identification and retrieval. Citizens will also be able to obtain additional details including locating lost animals at our website http://pets.mesacounty.us
  • Owner release dogs held in the temporary facility will be kept to a limited number.  Animal Services will have very limited space in the temporary facility and will need to closely monitor the animal numbers during this period. Animal Services will be working with dog owners based on individual circumstance to be able to accept owner release dogs as soon as possible.
 The following services will NOT be impacted by this temporary situation:
  • Regular calls for service through the Animal Services answering service.
  • After hours emergency calls.
Animal Services recognizes the impact these changes may have on the community during this period and asks for the public’s patience during this time. We are working diligently to try and minimize the impact to the public. Once the current facility is repaired, we will invite the public to our grand opening.


Additional information and details are available at http://animalservices.mesacounty.us/hoursofoperation.aspx 

Commissioners proclaim April 23-30, 2017, as Days of Remembrance Week

The Mesa County Commissioners this morning proclaimed April 23-30, 2017, Days of Remembrance Week in honor of the Holocaust during World War II.

To read the proclamation, click here.

David Eisner, center left, of the Congregation Ohr Shalom accepts the Days of Remembrance Week proclamation from the Board of Mesa County Commissioners.