Friday, March 2, 2018

This Week in Pics

Mesa County staff members at the Community Services Building campus, 510 29 1/2 Road, hosted a "Giving from the Heart" food drive and collected over 1,000 food items. All items were donated to the homeless shelter. The Professional Standards Team donated the most food items, from left to right, Jerrie Julius, Holly Myers and Becca Chase.
Kathy Capps of Mind Springs addresses Mesa County Public Health Suicide Prevention Community Forum attendees Tuesday night. The group offered up ideas about suicide prevention in Mesa County during breakout sessions.

Mesa County Facilities staff supervises as a five-inch thick piece of broken glass is replaced on the third floor of the Mesa County Justice Center, 125 N. Spruce St. 

A broken window is replaced on the third floor of the Justice Center Thursday morning. 

Crews work to replace a broken window at the Justice Center. 

K Road is currently closed between 20 Road and 21 Road. Dirtworks Construction is in the process of widening the roadway to allow for four-foot paved shoulders on both sides of the road, and will then be overlaid with a new asphalt pavement surface. The roadway will be closed until this work is completed which is anticipated for the end of March depending on weather conditions and reopening of the asphalt plants by the suppliers.

Road work has K Road closed between 20 Road and 21 Road (closure started Feb. 19).  The projected is expected to be completed by the end of March.

Animal Services Officer Kate Scales returns to the office after taking a dog who wasn't feeling well to the vet.

Animal Services Officer Tracy Royce tries to get a dog out from under a table while another dog decides to use her legs as a comfortable bed.

In February, Mesa County Engineering & M.A. Concrete Construction started construction on the V.8 Road and Big Salt Wash Crossing bridge project located off 16 Road. The existing V.8 Road, shown in the photo above, crosses Big Salt Wash through the bottom of the wash, which during storm events, makes the road impassable for residents in the area.

Mesa County received a $450,000 Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) grant to assist in the construction of the bridge on V.8 Road. The project is expected to be completed early this summer.

Elections Director Amanda Polson, Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner and Elections Manager Patti Inscho go over the plan for processing unaffiliated voters’ ballots in the upcoming Primary Election. This is following the passing of Propositions 107 & 108 in 2016.

Mesa County Elections is busy formulating a plan for processing unaffiliated voters’ ballots in the upcoming Primary Election.
Mesa County Commissioners present Lori Parrott (center-right), State President of the National Society United States Daughters of 1812, with a proclamation recognizing the end of the war of 1812. The local chapter of the National Society of the United States Daughters of 1812 will be hosting a state conference and dedicating a memorial bench at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado on March 3, 2018. To learn more about the society visit:
Beginning March 5, citizens in 12 Colorado counties will have the option to renew their vehicle registration at any of 18 self-service kiosks located in participating counties. For more information, visit

Motor Vehicle staff members, from left to right, Amanda Golightly, Charlayne Higginson and Cheryl Benton discuss new developments with Driver License, Record, Identification and Vehicle Enterprise Solution (DRIVES). The project is aimed to provide an efficient, reliable, accurate and integrated solution for driver and vehicle services, as well as business licensing and revenue accounting.

Don Clement, Motor Vehicle Customer Service Specialist, is busy taking phone calls while processing titles. 
Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner talks about the changes happening in her office. The Recording Division (land records and marriage license), 200 S. Spruce St., has relocated to the Elections entrance to make room for the Motor Vehicle check-in station.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner talks about the move between her divisions, which is aimed to help with congestion as well as provide additional efficiencies for Motor Vehicle by having all back-office functions within the same proximity of the front line.

The Motor Vehicle check-in station helps guide residents to the services they need.

Engineering Director Scott Mai talks to KKCO Reporter Megan McNeil about the 24-H.96 Road and Bridge Replacement Project.

Engineering Director Scott Mai talks about the 24 Road Bridge, which is structurally deficient due to corrosion of the steel beams and scouring of the footings. Mesa County was awarded an Energy Impact Grant from the Department of Local Affairs that will cover 50 percent of the project's cost.

Mesa County Public Works staff members participate in a mandatory pre-bid meeting for the Highway 340 Sidewalk Project lead by Senior Engineer Kevin King.

As part of the 29 Road Pedestrian Underpass Project, northbound traffic on 29 Road over the Colorado River will be detoured to the west side of the bridge, along with southbound traffic, on Monday, March 5. This will allow for construction equipment to stage on the east side of the bridge during the placement of concrete for the pedestrian underpass below the bridge. Traffic will resume normal operations on Tuesday.

Public Works Engineer Scott Samuels provides details about the proposed location for the Kimball Creek Safety Improvement Project at an open house at the Collbran Fire Station Wednesday evening.

Landowners attend the public meeting for the Kimball Creek Safety Improvement Project at the Collbran Fire Hall.  

Road and Bridge District C Maintenance Manager Keith Hatch explains the need for safety improvements on Kimball Creek Road.

Public Works Engineer Scott Samuels discusses the Kimball Creek Safety Improvement Project with landowners at an open house in Collbran.

Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden presented the 2018 State of the County report to the Mesa County Commissioners on Monday, Feb. 26. For information, visit

The latest economic indicators presented in the State of the County address, show a slight improvement in the local economy.

Mesa County has navigated through years of financial upheavals caused by restrictive budgetary challenges. However, 2017 has been a turnaround year, and well-planned budgeting has allowed Mesa County government to provide needed services to residents. Officials and staff continue doing what they can to improve efficiencies in service delivery by implementing innovative ideas.

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