Friday, July 21, 2017

This Week in Pics

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, center, Alamosa County Commissioner Darius Allen, left, and Pueblo County Commissioner Terry Hart joined forces to present statewide public safety solutions to the Legislative County Courthouse and County Jail Funding and Overcrowding Solutions Interim Study Committee at the State Capitol Building on Monday.
Commissioner Rose Pugliese talks to the Legislative Interim Committee about the importance of statewide collaboration to address public safety issues that stem from the growing mental health population and drug and alcohol addiction in Colorado jails.

Commissioner Rose Pugliese, right, traveled to Denver to testify before a Legislative Interim Committee regarding courthouse and jail funding. Pugliese led a bipartisan panel of western Colorado commissioners to join efforts and work toward statewide solutions to courthouse funding and public safety issues.

Inside Mesa County class participants attend the Commissioners' public hearing to receive certificates of completion for their commitment and willingness to learn more about Mesa County.

On Monday, at public hearing Inside Mesa County class participants were recognized for their dedication in completing the 8-week course that helped them acquire a deeper knowledge of their Mesa County government. The next IMC class will be held in spring 2018, visit http://www.mesacounty.us/insidemesacounty/ to register.
Mesa County Surveyor Patrick Green, Western Colorado Land Surveyors, Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado and Colorado Mesa University work collaboratively to address legislative changes that require those seeking a license as a professional land surveyor to have a four-year degree in surveying. As a result, Colorado Mesa University will offer a new course in land surveying and geomatics at Western Colorado Community College this fall. For information about the land surveying program, contact WCCC at (970) 255-2670 or visit http://www.coloradomesa.edu/wccc
The exterior trench at the Mesa County Animal Services facility gets some backfill.

Construction crews begin prepping to install concrete on the outer portion of dog quarantine area.

Interior installation of floor drains continues at the Mesa County Animal Services facility.

Underground fiber-optic cable installation.

A contractor waterproofs walls and floors in the interior of the Animal Services building.

Interior crawl space on the north west side of the Animal Services building.

The new interior concrete floor at the Animal Services facility gets a moisture barrier installed.

Construction crews backfill the exterior wall of the Animal Services building.
Regional epidemiologist Tom Orr talks about the risk of salmonella and backyard flocks with Fox News' Chelsea Helms. Visit health.mesacounty.us for more info!

Mesa County Public Works briefs the Board of Mesa County Commissioners on the status of various construction, road and traffic projects. As well as updates from all the divisions within Public Works.

Commissioner Scott McInnis listens attentively to budget updates from Public Works, which oversees 19 separate budgets and 15 different funds!

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese thanks the staff for the briefing and their dedication to serving the community.

The Mesa County Noxious Weed & Pest Management crew treat purple loosestrife with Colorado Parks and Wildlife at Letha Jean Stasson State Wildlife Area in the Redlands.

Trace Levinson, Stacy Wilson, Alan Barbee, Julie Knudson with Noxious Weed & Pest Management cool off in the shade after a hard day of treating purple loosestrife with CPW at Letha Jean Stasson State Wildlife Area in the Redlands.

For nearly 20 years, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Mesa County and other partners have been treating purple loosestrife along the drainages and Colorado River through town into Utah. Monitoring and retreatment are required annually to reduce seed production and work toward the elimination of this invasive plant. One purple loosestrife plant can produce several hundred thousand to a million seeds!
This summer create memories and tradition with your family at the Mesa County Fair, July 25-29! Enjoy carnival rides, fresh funnel cake and ice-cold lemonade. Visit http://mesacountyfair.com/ for details.
The Fun Bunch sponsored a rubber chicken hunt for tickets to this year's Mesa County Fair. Pictured here: Kandis Fuller, Rosie Mellon, Jessica Smith, Char Moncada.
Mesa County Fairgrounds crews work hard to get the stage set at the Mahindra Arena. The Mesa County Fair is just a few days away! Embrace a 130-year-old Mesa County tradition, take your family to the fair!

The arena for barrel racing is ready!The Mesa County Fair is an annual celebration of the county, its residents, community and history. The fair creates an environment that promotes the diversity of the area and features family oriented entertainment, educational opportunities and is a showcase for local products and services. Don't miss out, purchase your tickets today at https://monumentalevents.com/events/25-jul-2017-mesa-county-fair

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mesa County is implementing self-service plate renewal technology



Colorado State Senator Ray Scott and Mesa County Clerk & Recorder Sheila Reiner would like to invite the public to an open house on July 24 at the Motor Vehicle office, 200 S. Spruce St, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., where they will be available to answer questions and demonstrate the features of our new self-service kiosk for renewing license plates.

Governor Hickenlooper signed SB16-138 on May 17, 2016, allowing counties to provide services via self-service kiosks.  The touch-screen terminals allow citizens to walk up, enter information from their vehicle renewal notice, pay the appropriate fees and print their registration and license plate tabs without having to wait in line for service from a deputy clerk.

“I appreciate Senator Ray Scott’s efforts of continuing to conserve taxpayer resources by assisting the public with innovation and efficiency," said Mesa County Clerk & Recorder, Sheila Reiner. “We anticipate that at least 25 percent of the people in our lobby will be diverted to the self-service kiosk. We are hopeful that this will make a significant impact on the wait times.”

For more information on the kiosks, and other ways the public can save time getting services without visiting the office, visit http://clerk.mesacounty.us/mv/home.aspx or email plates@mesacounty.us.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

County Surveyor Instrumental in New Land Surveying and Geomatics Program at WCCC



Colorado Mesa University will offer a new course in land surveying and geomatics at Western Colorado Community College this fall.

"WCCC will be the only school in the state to offer such degree," Mesa County Surveyor Patrick Green said.

The State of Colorado has been in dire need of a four-year degree surveying program after the Legislature passed House Bill 10-1085, requiring those seeking a license as a professional land surveyor to have a four-year degree in surveying. The bill takes effect July 1, 2020.

"County Surveyor Patrick Green saw that CMU was the perfect place to offer such program," Chair of the Mesa County Board of Commissioners Scott McInnis said. "Using his many contacts, he initiated the study by CMU for a program in surveying."

With letters of support from the Mesa County Commissioners, Western Colorado Land Surveyors, Professional Land Surveyors of Colorado and the president of the National Society of Professional Land Surveyors, Green was able to show the need for the LSG program.

"In collaboration with members of the local chapter (WCLS), and CMU staff, a complete course curriculum was developed, and with the help of seed money from PLSC the program was approved," Green said.  "The land surveying program will offer the skills required for a broad spectrum of job opportunities to our young professionals, and supply the industry with a needed skilled workforce."

The course will offer the required curriculum in surveying and related fields to provide a pool of qualified professionals to serve not only Colorado but surrounding states.

"This is a good example of county government, institutions of higher learning and professional land surveyor organizations coming together to provide necessary programs for our future workforce in professional fields," Green added.

For information about the land surveying program, contact WCCC at (970) 255-2670 or visit http://www.coloradomesa.edu/wccc

Monday, July 17, 2017

Residents recognized for furthering their county government knowledge


Spring 2017 Inside Mesa County graduates and the Mesa County Commissioners.

This spring's Inside Mesa County class participants were recognized today for their dedication in completing the 8-week course that helped them acquire a deeper knowledge of their Mesa County government.

Classes included interactive presentations from elected officials and county departments as well as tours of several Mesa County facilities.

Participants were awarded a Certificate of Recognition during the Board of County Commissioners' public hearing for their dedication and willingness to further their awareness of the function and responsibilities of county government.

Certificates of Completion were issued to the following: Alden Savoca, Mary Watson, Jay Mashburn, Dana Martinez, Christopher Mathews, Michael Day, Ike Rakiecki, Erik Cornelison, Glenda O’Halloran, Laureen Gutierrez, Andrew Weber, Ron Arellano, Erica Eng, Ed Kowalski.

Congratulations, Spring 2017 Inside Mesa County graduates!

The next Inside Mesa County class will be held in spring 2018.

If you are interested, please submit your application as soon as possible for consideration in our next class. Register online at http://www.mesacounty.us/insidemesacounty/







Congratulations, Spring 2017 Inside Mesa County graduates!