Friday, August 3, 2018

Press conference to address valley-wide stormwater drainage issues


Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis
Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis will lead a press conference Thursday, Aug. 9 at 11 a.m., in the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave., public hearing room on the second floor, to announce the unified front of the 5-2-1 Drainage Authority, City of Grand Junction, Grand Valley Drainage District, City of Fruita and the Town of Palisade to address the next steps for a solution concerning stormwater drainage issues across the Grand Valley.

Representatives from each agency, including the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce, will address their priorities and efforts as they move forward with a mission to create one authority under a new structure to appropriately handle stormwater improvements.

Here is what community leaders have to say about this initiative:
  • “Subsequent to a recent court ruling the parties have regrouped and reenergized efforts to move forward with a valley-wide solution,” Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis said. “We need a solution that requires all the stakeholders and local government bodies to come together. The good news is that we are back on track and efforts we had started a few years ago can come to fruition. We now have a group of leaders that are willing to unite forces in asking the Legislature to form a new authority and structure to handle stormwater in Mesa County.”
  • “With increased urbanization, the problem of drainage has been escalating for decades, and it's time we put our heads together and solve the problem,” Chairman of the Grand Valley Drainage District Board Cody Davis said. “With broad support from members of the 5-2-1, we are extremely optimistic about solving the valley-wide issue of drainage and maintaining this beautiful valley for generations to come.”
  • “Drainage issues in the Grand Valley are of paramount importance,” Chairman of the 5-2-1 Drainage Authority Duncan McArthur said. “The question before the voters will not be if drainage should be addressed but how should we pay for it.”
  • “The Grand Junction Area Chamber has consistently advocated for a valley-wide solution to a valley-wide problem and look forward to the thoughtful consideration of options that will work for everyone including our businesses to address this critical infrastructure need,” President and Chief Executive Officer of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce Diane Schwenke said.

The press conference will be held in the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave., on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 11 a.m.

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