Friday, July 6, 2018

This Week in Pics

The Veteran's Memorial Fairgrounds Detention Pond project is a 30.2 acre-foot detention pond and park adjacent to the BMX track at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, 2785 U.S. Highway 50. The detention pond increases the capacity of the Orchard Mesa Drain system, which was initially built and sized for agricultural tailwater drainage and is now undersized due to development in the area. Part of the detention pond includes the enhancement of a wetlands area (pictured above).

A stormwater detention area was recently added to the Veterans Memorial Park, which will help alleviate flooding in downstream areas of Orchard Mesa.

The Veteran's Memorial Fairgrounds Detention Pond project is in its final stages of completion. The new site includes park amenities such as walking trails, turf area for general recreation, park benches and landscaping. This project is partially funded by a $1 million grant from the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Sorter Construction started work on this project Oct. 25, 2017.

The new, expanded Intermountain Veterans Memorial Park is a 9.4-acre multipurpose lawn space at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.
The Bosley Wash Detention Pond project sits near the base of Mt. Garfield. Bosley Wash extends from the rim of the Book Cliffs south to the Colorado River. Development within the wash is limited to the portion of the watershed south downstream of I-70. Last spring, Mesa County hosted an open house to share information on the intentions of the project and to gather citizen input from residents that live in the area.

Mesa County Regulatory Programs Manager Carrie Gudorf points at where the detention pond will be located. “Mesa County applied for a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program grant in 2014 and was awarded the grant in December 2015,” Gudorf said. “Mesa County has been working with an engineering firm since spring 2016 to develop plans to construct a detention basin.”

Flooding from Bosley Wash occurs both upstream of I-70 overtopping or nearly overtopping the freeway, and downstream in developed residential and agricultural properties. The proposed project focuses on reducing the potential for losses in the community by reducing the flood risk and loss of life that is presented with the current drainage system. The Bosley Wash Detention Pond project is a high hazard dam, which will be 62.8 acre-feet.

The Bosley Wash Detention Pond project is located on 34 Road, north of I-70.  The project will consist of excavation and embankment of dam and privacy berm, construction of concrete spillway, block drop structures, stilling basin, and realignment of the 34 Road right-of-way. Mesa County received a grant from FEMA for this project that covers approximately 88 percent of the cost.

Crews mill near the bottom rim of the Book Cliffs and Mt. Garfield as they continue work on the Bosley Wash Detention Pond project. Detaining stormwater will help protect lives and property.

As dirt work gets underway for the Bosley Wash Detention Pond project, crews use a water truck to help with dust suppression and control. 

Regulatory Programs Manager Carrie Gudorf catches up with Construction Manager Pete Mathes as he stops by the Bosley Wash project to make sure everything is going well and on schedule.

Flooding due to the Bosley Wash has affected properties between 34 and 35 roads. The project will help reduce the flood risk that happens with the current drainage system.

Mesa County Surveyor Patrick Green is serving his final term in office and presents one last time to Mesa County residents on the functions and responsibilities of his office.  

From left: Mesa County Road Supervisor Rudy Bevan, Engineering Director Scott Mai and Deputy Administrator Operations Pete Baier get ready to present to the 2018 Inside Mesa County class.

Pete Baier talks about some of the accomplishments of his departments for 2017. Road and Bridge put in place 2,100 tons of asphalt patch material. The landfill was awarded the 2017 Program Innovation Award from the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA) for being one of the first landfills to utilize waste latex paints in conjunction with the spray on slurry for alternative daily cover. Fleet maintained 638 units, which range from dump/plow trucks, police cruiser, pickup trucks, and dozers. Planning and Code Enforcement implemented a new permitting process. Building hired two new staff (1 Plans Examiner & 1 Building Inspector) to support the building community. Traffic maintained 16,940 signs and has already replaced 1,600 signs this year. The Grand Valley Transit made 793,031 passenger trips. Engineering completed Phase I and II of the Buckskin Hill project, and Public Works Administration oversaw 22 separate budgets and is managing over $8 million in active grants.

Mesa County Fair Ambassadors attended the Fourth of July Parade in Downtown Grand Junction to promote the fair. Admission to the Mesa County Fair is free this year!

Hundreds of people participated in the 2018 Downtown Grand Junction Independence Day Parade. Thank you to the men and women who serve and have served our country. 

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