Friday, January 12, 2018

This Week in Pics


The Board of Mesa County Commissioners convenes for the first public hearing of the new year. To watch the meeting, visit  http://www.mesacounty.us/commissioners/webcast.aspx
Commissioners approve the Mesa County Commissioners' 2018 committee, panel and board assignments in public hearing on Monday.

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis gives a report on his last day as Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners regarding the accomplishments and challenges the county faced in 2017. 

On Jan 8., 2018, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners voted Commissioner John Justman as the 2018 Chairman of the Board. Commissioner Justman succeeds Commissioner Scott McInnis, who served as Chairman in 2017. Commissioner Justman was elected to office in January of 2013 and is currently serving his second term which expires January of 2021.
Women, Infants & Children Educator Kandis Fuller was selected for a January Spotlight on Excellence award at Mesa County Public Health (MCPH). Kandis, pictured with MCPH Executive Director Jeff Kuhr, was honored for her hard work and dedication to MCPH and Mesa County residents at an all-staff meeting this week. 
Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) Regional Epidemiologist Andrew Tyler, left, and MCPH Executive Director Jeff Kuhr pause for a picture after Andrew was presented with a January Spotlight on Excellence award earlier this week.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese talks to KKCO News Channel 11 Reporter Joey Prechtl about starting a community conversation about how state grants are treated under TABOR. To view the interview, visit https://goo.gl/2Yb6yt.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner and Motor Vehicle Manager Bobbie Gross work on customer flow via conference call with their vendor, Qmatic, for a new queuing system that is expected to be implemented at the end of February at Motor Vehicle. Qmatic is a company that specializes in technology solutions and insights using software platforms and hardware systems to streamline services.

Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner and Customer Service Specialist Amanda Golightly work on a unique project Tuesday afternoon. 
In preparation for the Clerk and Recorders's state conference next week, Clerk Reiner works on one of her assignments. The theme of the conference is "change," and since huge statewide changes are coming down the pike for 2018, the leadership wants to make sure everyone gets comfortable and ready for it.  

Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner and Customer Service Specialist Amanda Golightly pause for a picture after cutting out images of coins/change for their assignment, which requires them to attend a statewide meeting (that revolves around changes) and dress accordingly. A staff member suggested they dress up as coins to represent change. 

Life-size coins lay on a table in the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder's conference room before they are made into costumes to represent metaphorical change. 

Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner and Amanda Golightly get started on their costume creation.

Clerk Reiner dresses up as "change" in preparation for a statewide meeting that will discuss innovation and modification processes that will be implemented in the Clerk and Recorder's Offices across Colorado in 2018. For example, this year Elections will manage the first primary for unaffiliated voters, while Motor Vehicle will adopt a new software system in August. 

Motor Vehicle Customer Service Specialist Katie Conner stops by the Clerk's conference room and asks what is happening. Clerk Reiner replies, "We are becoming change."

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner is a change agent.

Mesa County Animal Services Manager Doug Frye, right, and Noxious Weed and Pest Management Coordinator Teresa Nees break for a photo at KAFM Community Radio. Frye and Nees were on the Know Your County show discussing tips on how to keep pets safe during the winter months as temperatures drop.

Mesa County Commissioners and County Attorney Patrick Coleman, left, meet with Mesa County Director of the Board of Directors of the Colorado River Water Conservation District (CRWD) Steve Acquafreca, right, regarding expectations, policy and budget changes for the district.

Construction for the new and improved scales near the entrance of the Mesa County Landfill is now complete. The new scales replace deteriorated scales used to weigh vehicles when entering and exiting the campus. 

The new 70-foot scale on the outbound lane at the Mesa County Landfill is an improvement over the 40-foot deteriorated scale it replaced.

Mesa County Solid Waste Management Scale House Attendant Cheryl Reece greets customers at the Mesa County Landfill with a friendly smile.

Mesa County Solid Waste Director Barrett Jensen explains that older vehicles with four-wheel drive often have locking hubs (or freewheeling hubs) that have to be manually turned to lock the front wheels.

On Wednesday, due to inclement weather and hazardous road conditions, Mesa County Landfill closed to the general public but remained open for commercial waste haulers.
Mesa County Solid Waste staff help pull out a garbage truck that is stuck in the mud at the Mesa County Landfill.
Mesa County Solid Waste Site Manager Brandon Hoskin works to keep roads safe and get them open as soon as possible at the landfill.

Site Manager Brandon Hoskin blades dry material into the mud to improve slippery road conditions at the Mesa County Landfill.

Solid Waste staff member Cody Schmalz helps keep roads safe at the Mesa County Landfill Wednesday.

Conditions at the Mesa County Landfill are so muddy that even heavy equipment is slipping and sliding. 

Commissioner Rose Pugliese talks to KKCO News Channel 11 Reporter Joey Prechtl about a letter the Board of Mesa County Commissioners sent to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper Tuesday. The letter urges Gov. Hickenlooper to support new natural gas-fired electricity facilities to be fired up in western Colorado. "The Front Range continues making headlines for their economic prosperity while rural Colorado continues to lag behind," the Mesa County Commissioners wrote. "Locating new natural gas power plant capacity in western Colorado is an opportunity to create economic prosperity in rural areas of Colorado." To see the interview, visit https://goo.gl/UrTpYM. To read the letter, go to https://goo.gl/m53XeY.
Meet Mesa County Clerk & Recorder's Office Land Records Technician Kim Cole.

Many Mesa County offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This one-day closure does not include the Coroner’s Office, Criminal Justice Services, Grand Valley Transit (GVT), Mesa County Landfill or the emergency functions of the Sheriff’s Office. Animal Services will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For a detailed list of closures, visit https://goo.gl/ZfxzKz.

Commissioners urge Governor Hickenlooper to support Natural Gas Facility on Western Slope

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners signed a letter on Tuesday, urging Governor Hickenlooper to support building Xcel's new natural gas electricity facilities on the Western Slope to help create opportunities for economic prosperity in the rural areas of Colorado.



Having the facilities located on the Western Slope would create permanent jobs while creating local demand for local energy projects.

Additionally, locating a facility near the source of Colorado's largest dry gas reserves reduces the potential for methane leakage and lowers transportation costs by using local gas.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Commissioners Appoint New Chairman


Mesa County Commissioners unanimously vote Commissioner John Justman as the 2018 Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.

On Jan 8., 2018, the Board of Mesa County Commissioners voted Commissioner John Justman as the 2018 Chairman of the Board. Commissioner Justman succeeds Commissioner Scott McInnis, who served as Chairman in 2017.

Commissioner Justman was elected to office in January of 2013 and is currently serving his second term which expires January of 2021.

Commissioner Justman has lived in the Grand Valley for over fifty years and has owned and operated a successful farming business on K Road for 45 of those years. He and his wife, Frances, raised their two sons on their farm. The Justmans instilled in their children abiding respect for higher education and, after attending Fruita Monument High School, Anthony graduated from Stanford Law School, and Craig earned his Ph.D. at Harvard.

“I am honored to assume the role of Chairman for 2018,” Justman said. “It is a privilege to continue to serve the residents of Mesa County."

“After a downturn in the economy, it appears we are reaching a point where we are growing and recovering, Mesa County has finally reached the lowest unemployment rates since the recession,” Justman added. “There are a lot of positive signs in our community for an economic recovery in 2018."

The Board will continue to focus on prioritizing core government services and needed infrastructure while working within their budget to enhance economic development in Mesa County.

"New businesses are relocating and expanding in the Grand Valley. The tourist industry appears to be doing better, and the oil and gas industry is picking up again, which is the largest property taxpayer and provides well-paid jobs," Justman said. "Based on the past year, sales tax has increased from previous years. The national economy is recovering, and that will positively affect Mesa County's recovery as well."

County offices closed Jan. 15 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Many Mesa County offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


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Martin Luther King Jr.


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 and the Justice Center (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 Campus: Composting, 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.

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.)

Friday, January 5, 2018

This Week in Pics

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy new year. Be on the lookout for many exciting things to come in 2018.

Mesa County Criminal Justice Services Director Dennis Berry shakes hands with Criminal Justice Officer Shawn McNamara as he presents him with recognition for earning Employee of the 4th Quarter. Congratulations, Officer McNamara!  
Mesa County Road and Bridge Crews plow snowy roads for motorists on Glade Park. Learn more about Mesa County's snowplow program, visit https://goo.gl/ftQ263.

Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee talks to KKCO News Channel 11 Reporter Stephanie Bennett regarding the assessment of property taxes and what taxpayers should expect to see this year.

Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee explains that property tax is derived by multiplying the assessed value times the mill levy. In November 2017, passed by the vote of the people, School District 51's ballot initiatives and Clifton Fire district mill levy increase (for Clifton area residents) resulted in a mill levy increase, which will be on average a 12 percent tax increase for the tax year 2017 due in 2018.

Mesa County Treasurer Janice Rich tells KKCO News Channel 11 Reporter Stephanie Bennett that the 2017 Property Tax Roll (due in 2018) has been certified. Property Tax Statements may be in the mail stream in the next few weeks, she invites taxpayers to utilize the website http://treasurer.mesacounty.us, and review property taxes owing. “It is very easy to click on Pay/View Property Taxes. From that point, follow the directions to see taxes owing for 2017, payable in 2018. You are welcome to call our office for property tax information,” Rich said.
Mesa County Treasurer Janice Rich reminds residents to throw those Denver envelopes away, and use the new envelopes included with the Property Tax Statement – the new envelopes have a Grand Junction address. No more mailing your property tax payments to Denver!
Last week, Motor Vehicle Customer Service Specialists Greg, Matt and Don helped spread holiday cheer at the Motor Vehicle office.

The Mesa County Organic Materials Composting Facility, 3071 Highway 50, offers an easy, free way to dispose of  (real/natural) trees after the holidays. Don't forget to remove lights, tinsel, ornaments and the stand from the tree before dropping it off. Flocked or artificial trees are not eligible and are not accepted.

Customers drop off and unload yard waste and a Christmas tree at the Mesa County Organic Materials Composting Facility, 3071 Highway 50. Trees and yard waste are processed for compost production on-site. For more information, please call (970) 263-9319.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Property Taxes 2017 due 2018

The 2017 Property Tax Roll (due in 2018) has been certified.  While we anticipate Property Tax Statements may be in the mail stream in the next few weeks, we invite you to utilize our website http://treasurer.mesacounty.us, and review property taxes owing.  “It is very easy to click on Pay/View Property Taxes.  From that point, follow the directions to see taxes owing for 2017, payable in 2018.  You are welcome to call our office for property tax information,” said County Treasurer, Janice Rich.

Colorado law [CRS 39-10-104.5] requires payments in two equal installments, the first being due on or before the last day of February, and the second installment to be paid no later than the 15th day of June.  Or, if you are paying your taxes in full, a single payment is due on or before the last day of April

 P.S.  No more mailing your property tax payments to Denver.  Be sure to throw those  Denver envelopes away, and USE THE NEW ENVELOPES included with your Property Tax Statement – the new envelopes have a Grand Junction address!