Friday, November 9, 2018

This Week in Pics

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed November 2018 as National Adoption Awareness Month to acknowledge foster parents, volunteers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children in foster care find permanent homes. All children deserve a safe, loving family to protect and care for them, which is why children waiting for adoptive parents, and families who have adopted these children, require and deserve community and public agency support. Mesa County urges all citizens, community agencies, religious organizations, businesses, and others to celebrate adoption, honor families that grow through adoption, further awareness of the challenges and issues of adoption and focus attention on those children who live in the shadow of an uncertain future while they await permanent families. Pictured here: Mesa County Department of Human Services personnel—Joe Kellerby (left) and Kim Espindola (center left) accept the proclamation.
Mesa County Commissioners proclaim Nov. 12-18, 2018, as Apprenticeship Week. Cynthia McLain (center right), State Director for the Colorado Office of Apprenticeship accepts the proclamation along with Shawna Grieger (center left) with Western Colorado Contractors Association and Georgia Hoaglund (left) with Western Colorado Area Health Education Center. The demand for skilled workers continues to increase in the Grand Valley and apprenticeship programs are a crucial method to meet the demand. Apprenticeships are a unique, flexible training system that combines job-related technical instruction with structured, paid, on-the-job learning experiences.
Mesa County Public Works was honored with the Public Works Project Award by the Colorado Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) at the chapter's conference in Denver, Oct. 29 for the Veterans Memorial Detention Pond. The award recognizes the alliance between the managing agency, the contractor, the consultant, and their cooperative achievements.
Mesa County Public Works Director Pete Baier recognizes and thanks personnel and the contractor for all their hard work and dedication in making the Veterans Memorial Detention Pond project a success. 
Veterans Memorial Detention Pond project: The one-of-a-kind vision and effective use of resources used for the 30.2 acre-foot detention pond increased the capacity of the Orchard Mesa drain system, while aesthetically enhancing and incorporating the Veterans Memorial Park, which has multiple uses, including flood reduction (as a primary purpose), walking trails and a wetlands area.  Read more about the award and project at https://bit.ly/2PjsdEG.
It's Law Enforcement Records Personnel Week! Join us in recognizing the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office records personnel for their crucial role in the criminal justice system. Governor John Hickenlooper declared November 5, 2018, through November 9, 2018, the first-ever Law Enforcement Records Personnel Week to honor the vital service this dedicated group of individuals provide. Records personnel assist law enforcement by helping with identifying suspects, relaying vital information from other criminal justice agencies, as well as processing and maintaining the agency’s criminal justice records.
Here is one of the many reasons why Colorado has dedicated an entire week to say THANK YOU to law enforcement records personnel! This incredible group of professionals helps provide the public with various services, and they help patrol and detention deputies too! Here is a glimpse at the amount of work they did in 2017. https://www.mcsonews.com/2018/11/law-enforcement-records-personnel-week.html

Meet Jeremy Caudle, Mesa County budget manager, this is his first week on the job. Welcome aboard, Jeremy!

Carey Awe with Mesa County Elections smiles as she helps voters Tuesday morning. 

Lily Thorpe answers calls about voter registration and voting.

A busy Election Day morning for Elections staff and volunteers.

A Mesa Couty resident makes his voice heard by voting Tuesday afternoon.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner reminds citizens to vote before 5 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Elections Coordinator Brian Williams greets and holds the door open for voters Tuesday morning.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner takes phone calls and assists citizens on the evening of Election Day. 

It's 6:30 p.m. on election night and there is still a line of citizens waiting to casts their votes before the doors close at 7 p.m.

It is almost down to the wire and Becky White and Carey Awe are still helping residents who want to vote on the night of the election.
Mesa County Employee Association hosted their 13th Annual Employee Craft Fair, the Autumn Shoppe.

The Autumn Shoppe featured great crafts from local artisans (many of them are county employees).

The craft fair was hosted at the Mesa County Workforce Center, 512 29 1/2 Road. Did you check out Connie Robinson's booth? Connie (second to the left) had many Christmas decorations.

Bernice Stogsdill with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office had handmade jewelry for sale at the Autumn Shoppe.
This year's Annual MCEA Employee Craft Fair featured a flu clinic with these nurses. How convenient! 

13th Annual Employee Craft Fair.
This year's Annual MCEA Employee Craft Fair, not only featured a flu clinic, they also hosted a cookie harvest and competition. 

Meet the cookie judges: Barret Jensen (left), Rudy Bevan and Paul Mitts.
Many employees participated in the MCEA First Annual Cookie Harvest and entered the bake-off. 

The bake-off featured a variety of cookies made from scratch. Employees (or employee's family members) entered into the contest for a chance to win a Kitchen Aid stand mixer, a Kitchen Aid hand mixer or a Cuisinart untensil set.

MCPH Data Analyst Shane Chatfield, an independent official not affiliated with the MCEA, tabulates the judges' cookie scores to keep track of the winner so that the process isn't biased.

The winners of the bake-off are, 1st Place: The Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer— Avalanche Cookies, Jennifer Cook with DHS. 2nd Place: Kitchen Aid Hand Mixer— Cranberry Orange Christmas Cookies, Michelle Harmon, Spouse of Sheriff ‘s Office Deputy David Harmon. 3rd Place: Cuisinart Utensil Set—Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies, Rene Romero with Administration.

Cookies were sold for $5 for half a dozen or $8 for a dozen. All proceeds from the event will fo to MCEA to help fund future events.

On the 1-year anniversary of the repairs and renovations to the Mesa County Animal Services Facility, 971A Coffman Road in Whitewater, county officials, engineers and contractors gathered to inspect the building for any structural shifts. Read more at https://bit.ly/2JVC9hG.

The renovations to the building include an elevated concrete poured steel pan deck floor that is structurally anchored with 61 drilled caissons to a depth of 31’ creating a crawl space with weather protection and drain line access. The new building, so far, has been able to withstand the movement of the expansive soils underneath.
Through Nov. 23, there will be a detour due to a culvert replacement on 1725 10 Road in the Mack area. Use the above alternate route.

Road safety improvement construction on Kimball Creek Road and the intersections of 59.9 Road and 58.7 Road just got underway. This is a full depth reconstruction road project to address safety issue along Kimball Creek (58.6) Road on the north side of the Town of Collbran from the intersection of Buzzard Creek (58.9) Road to the intersection of 58.7 Road.

Mesa County Fair Ambassador Program is now accepting applications. Learn more here.

Many Mesa County offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day. View a detailed list of closures at https://bit.ly/2D6EswS.

Animal Services Facility in Good Standing a Year Later


 

On the 1-year anniversary of the repairs and renovations to the Mesa County Animal Services Facility, 971A Coffman Road in Whitewater, county officials, engineers and contractors gathered to inspect the building for any structural shifts.

"Happy to let you all know that not one single crack in the floors or walls were found. All doors and jams were working perfect and Doug passed his last PACFA walk through with not one write up," Mesa County Facilities Parks & Fairgrounds Director Greg Linza wrote in an email to the commissioners.

"The building is looking very good," Linza added.

The Animal Services facility was built in Whitewater in 2010, and within a few months, structural problems flourished. The building was built atop expansive soils, causing floors and walls to crack creating uneven hazardous surfaces that required immediate attention.

Construction defects derived from expansive soils, which are subject to changes in volume and settlement in response to weather conditions and pouring a slab on grade without structurally securing it down.

The renovations to the building include an elevated concrete poured steel pan deck floor that is structurally anchored with 61 drilled caissons to a depth of 31’ creating a crawl space with weather protection and drain line access.

The new building, so far, has been able to withstand the movement of the expansive soils underneath.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Veterans Memorial Detention Pond Project Receives Award

Mesa County Commissioners recognized Public Works personnel in public hearing Monday in honor of the Large Community Public Works Project Award for the Veterans Memorial Detention Pond they received on Oct. 29 at the 2018 APWA Colorado Chapter Conference.
Mesa County Public Works was honored with the Public Works Project Award by the Colorado Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) at the chapter's conference in Denver, Oct. 29 for the Veterans Memorial Detention Pond.

The award recognizes the alliance between the managing agency, the contractor, the consultant, and their cooperative achievements.

"This unique project could not have been successfully completed without the cooperation of the all involved, including the project team from Sorter Construction and their subcontractors, the design consultant, Ayres, Mesa County Facilities Director, Greg Linza, and especially Shawn Herron, Construction Manager, who kept everyone heading in the right direction," Mesa County Construction Group Manager Laura Page said.


The one-of-a-kind vision and effective use of resources used for the 30.2 acre-foot detention pond increased the capacity of the Orchard Mesa drain system, while aesthetically enhancing and incorporating the Veterans Memorial Park, which has multiple uses, including flood reduction (as a primary purpose), walking trails and a wetlands area.

“I am proud to be a part of this project,” Mesa County Project Manager Shawn Herron said. “Everyone involved worked hard to give the public a safe and beatiful park to enjoy for years.”

The detention pond was a flood control project funded 75 percent by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 12.5 percent by the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) and 12.5 percent local match. Sorter Construction started work on this project Oct. 2017 and concluded work July 2018.

"The 2013 flooding event was devastating, and this unfortunate event gave the opportunity for federal funding to become available statewide. Mesa County was able to design, and construct two major flood reduction projects that have been in the making for over a decade,” Mesa County Regulatory Programs Manager Carrie Gudorf said.


Here is what the project nomination states:
"In September 2017, Mesa County Engineering awarded a $1,089,740.95 construction contract to Sorter Construction, Inc. for the Veteran's Memorial Detention Pond project. To collaborate the future needs of the fairground, Mesa County Facilities elected to fund approximately $250,000 worth of additional landscaping and park amenities to be designed and built as part of the detention pond project. Walking trails were included around the pond and the wetland areas, along with viewing areas for public education purposes, picnic tables and benches, and additional landscaping was added to the southern section area to provide for sports fields and community events. The Veterans Memorial Detention Pond project accomplished all goals of reducing potential losses of life and property by collecting and reducing the 100-year storm event, along with reducing sediment and debris within the Orchard Mesa main drain system. The project was completed within the original $1.2 million budget and within the modified grant deadline. All involved in the project, including Mesa County Facilities Department and the Public Works Engineering staff worked closely together to meet the needs of both departments and to accomplish a successful project that not only addresses stormwater issues but provided a new parks facility for Mesa County residents."

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Mesa County Fair Ambassador Program is now accepting applications


Mesa County Fair Ambassador Applications submission dates have CHANGED and are earlier than before!

The application deadline is Dec. 24, 2018. Interviews will be held Jan. 4 and 7, 2019.

Youth can download the application at https://mesacountyfair.com/ambassadors/

Important dates:
Ambassadors for 2019 will commence Feb. 1, 2019
Community Night for Mesa County Fair July 16, 2019
Mesa County Fair July 17-20, 2019

For more information call Mesa County Fairgrounds at 970-255-7107

County Offices closed Monday, No​v.​ 12, in observance of Veterans Day


Many Mesa County offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day.

This one-day closure does not include the Coroner’s Office, Criminal Justice Services, Landfill or emergency functions of the Sheriff’s Office.

Animal Services will be open from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.

Please revisit us when all of our offices reopen to the public Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Closure includes:
Administration, Assessor, County Commissioners, County Attorney, Financial Services, Human Resources, IT, Surveyor, Treasurer (544 Rood Ave.)
Clerk & Recorder: Motor Vehicle, Recording, Elections, Clerk to the Board (200 S. Spruce St.)
District Attorney's Office (125 N. Spruce St.)
Department of Human Services (510 29 1/2 Road)
Facilities and Fairgrounds (2785 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Public Health (510 29 1/2 Road)
Public Works, Building, and Planning (971 Coffman Road & 200 S. Spruce St.)
Regional Transportation Planning Office (525 S. Sixth St.)
Sheriff’s Office: Records and Civil Divisions (215 Rice St.)
Solid Waste Mangement: Compost, Hazardous Waste and Transfer Stations (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Tri-River Area CSU Extension (2775 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Workforce Center (512 29 1/2 Road)

Alternate Hours:
Animal Services (971A Coffman Road) will be open from 11 a.m.—1 p.m.

The closure does not include:
Coroner's Office
Criminal Justice Services (all locations)
Grand Valley Transit fixed and paratransit services (525 S. 6th St.)
Mesa County Landfill (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Sheriff's Office: jail, patrol, emergency services (215 Rice St.)

Apprenticeship Week in Mesa County


Mesa County Commissioners proclaim Nov. 12-18, 2018, as Apprenticeship Week. Cynthia McLain (center right), State Director for the Colorado Office of Apprenticeship accepts the proclamation along with Shawna Grieger (center left) with Western Colorado Contractors Association and Georgia Hoaglund (left) with Western Colorado Area Health Education Center. 

Next week, Nov. 12-18, 2018, is Apprenticeship Week in Mesa County.  

The demand for skilled workers continues to increase in the Grand Valley and apprenticeship programs are a crucial method to meet the demand. Apprenticeships are a unique, flexible training system that combines job-related technical instruction with structured, paid, on-the-job learning experiences.


Monday, November 5, 2018

November is National Adoption Awareness Month


Mesa County Department of Human Services personnel: Joe Kellerby (left) and Kim Espindola (center left) accept the proclamation in public hearing Monday, Nov. 5.
Today, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed November 2018 as National Adoption Awareness Month to acknowledge foster parents, volunteers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children in foster care find permanent homes.

All children deserve a safe, loving family to protect and care for them, which is why children waiting for adoptive parents, and families who have adopted these children, require and deserve community and public agency support.

Mesa County urges all citizens, community agencies, religious organizations, businesses, and others to celebrate adoption, honor families that grow through adoption, further an awareness of the challenges and issues of adoption and focus attention on those children who live in the shadow of an uncertain future while they await permanent families.

Friday, November 2, 2018

This Week in Pics

MCPH Executive Director Jeff Kuhr (left) talked with KKCO 11 News' Jay Greene our new Blue Ribbon Award recognition program. Click here to learn more about our Blue Ribbon Award recipients who are committed to quality and safety! 

NPR Podcaster Gretchen Henderson (left) and MCPH Epidemiology Program Manager Heidi Dragoo talked about winter wellness during an interview, this week. Stay tuned later this month for the full interview!

After an almost 90-day road closure, 31 Road, leading to the Mesa County Landfill, is now open.

For about three months all vehicles accessing the Organic Materials Composting Facility and the Landfill, 3071 US Highway 50, were rerouted to Hookless Boulevard. During construction, residents were advised of longer waits and were encouraged to limit the number of trips they took to the landfill during the construction.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese hosts a group of Junior Girl Scouts to talk to them about the importance of county government.

Junior Girl Scouts ask Commissioner Rose Pugliese about the role and responsibilities of various county offices and departments.

Commissioner Rose Pugliese talks to a group of 30 Girl Scouts about the importance of serving the community. At the end of the session, the scouts earned their Inside Government badge.

City of Grand Junction Council members and Mesa County Commissioners along with key staff participate in a Persigo Budget Workshop.

Judd Choate, Director of Elections, Secretary of State performs an audit with Tim Long (left), Elections and Recording Manager for Mesa County.

Election Judges are determining voter intent as they electronically adjudicate ballots with irregular marks. 

Here is an example of an irregular mark that Election Judges need to review and determine voter intent.


Saturday voting was so slow the Election Judges were catching lizards and naps!  

The 24-H.96 Bridge Replacement Project will include the construction of a new bridge over GVIC, related road work, irrigation modifications, and road profile improvements. Additionally, there will be a reconstruction of the intersection at 24 Road and I Road to improve the sight distance.

Who is the boss at Animal Services? Or, it's a ruff day at work. Pictured here: Animal Services Manager Doug Frye.

Donuts and cops: Administrator Wendy Likes and Sheriff Matt Lewis.
Mesa County Sheriff's Office Records Division went Hawaii 5-0 for the day. Hang loose Y'all!
This Sheriff's Office detention team spanned the spectrum of Super Heroes. They are 50% Deputy and 50% Super Hero.
Just another day on the job for this Grand Valley transit driver. Do you think he is actively collecting retirement?
Welcome to the jungle.

Did Solid Waste Management employees dress up for Halloween? Yes, they did! Top Row: Kevin Daugherty, Cheryl Reece, Nicole Worthington and Talon Yandell. Bottom Row: Genelle BelCastro and Jennifer Richardson.

A teen wolf was spotted at the Mesa County Landfill on Halloween.
The following pictures are from the Rocky Mountain Elementary School Trunk-or-Treat event on Halloween. Many Mesa County Public Health staff members decorated their trunks and handed out candy at this Community Transformation Project event.

 Rocky Mountain Elementary School Trunk-or-Treat event.

Rocky Mountain Elementary School Trunk-or-Treat event.

Rocky Mountain Elementary School Trunk-or-Treat event.

Rocky Mountain Elementary School Trunk-or-Treat event.

Rocky Mountain Elementary School Trunk-or-Treat event.

Rocky Mountain Elementary School Trunk-or-Treat event.

Rocky Mountain Elementary School Trunk-or-Treat event.

The following pictures are from the Trick-or-Treat Street event at the Community Services Building. Mesa County staff went with a super hero theme and it was a hit!

Trick-or-Treat Street event at the Community Services Building.

Trick-or-Treat Street event at the Community Services Building.

Trick-or-Treat Street event at the Community Services Building.

Trick-or-Treat Street event at the Community Services Building.

Trick-or-Treat Street event at the Community Services Building.

Trick-or-Treat Street event at the Community Services Building.

Trick-or-Treat Street event at the Community Services Building.

Trick-or-Treat Street event at the Community Services Building.

Trick-or-Treat Street event at the Community Services Building.

Trick-or-Treat Street event at the Community Services Building.

Trick-or-Treat Street event at the Community Services Building.

Trick-or-Treat Street event at the Community Services Building.

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Trick-or-Treat Street event at the Community Services Building.

Trick-or-Treat Street event at the Community Services Building.

Trick-or-Treat Street event at the Community Services Building.

The first annual Assessor's Office Soup-Off Fundraiser was a hit! 
Shirley Shaw, with the Assessor's Office, coordinated the event and thanks everyone who participated.

The winning soup goes to Dianna Valdez (left) for her amazing Pork Posole Verde (soup #8)! Dianna donated her cash prize to accompany the entry fee earnings (total of $142) to be donated to her favorite charity: Warm Hearts~Warm Babies. Shirley Shaw holds up the prize.