Friday, August 31, 2018

This Week in Pics


The Board of Mesa County Commissioners discuss the importance of exempting state grants and pass-through revenue from the spending limitations of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR) and opens up the discussion for the residents to weigh-in during the public hearing Monday morning.
Joe Higgins, campaign co-chair for the initiative to exempt state grant from Mesa County's TABOR cap, and former executive director for Mesa County Partners, testifies before the Board of County Commissioners from the viewpoint of a non-profit needing funding to provide the much-needed services to the community.

  Jeffrey Hurd, past board chairman of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, speaks on behalf of the chamber, in support of the proposed ballot measure and urges residents to vote in favor in November.

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners adopted a resolution in public hearing Monday morning that approves and authorizes Ballot Question 1A for the election to be held Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, for the purpose exempting state grants and pass-through revenue from the spending limitations of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR).
Commissioner Rose Pugliese talks to News Channel 5 Reporter Tyler Young about the Board of County Commission unanimous vote to place Ballot Question 1A  on the November ballot. Watch the interview at https://bit.ly/2C1kept.
County Administrator Frank Whidden speaks about the importance of the new airport project as part of economic development at a groundbreaking ceremony for the runway on Tuesday.

Frank Whidden, county administrator, addresses the audience at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new runway at the airport.

County Administrator Frank Whidden, (third from left) and other Grand Valley leaders brake ground on a new runway at the Grand Junction Regional Airport. The $130 million project will replace an old runway built in the 50s.
Mesa County saw its first human case of West Nike virus since 2015, this week. MCPH Epidemiologist spoke with Shelby Bracho on Fox 4 News about how to protect yourself and your family against the illness.

Commissioner Rose Pugliese and Kathy Rennels, associate vice president of engagement for Colorado State University, discuss industrial hemp at a western district meeting hosted by Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI). 

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners and County Administrator attend a meeting for counties in the western district. The meeting included several topics, including broadband access, wildfires, industrial hemp and legislative priorities for the upcoming year.

Montrose County Commissioner Keith Caddy, left, and Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis catch up at CCI's western district meeting.

Commissioner Rose Pugliese, center, CCI staff  Eric Bergman and Brandi DeLange at the western district meeting in Montrose. Commissioner Pugliese is the chairwoman for CCI's General Government Steering Committee.

Several County Commissioners and Administrators from the western district attend a meeting in Montrose, Colo. to discuss legislative priorities for 2019.
Dennis Berry's retirement celebration was well-attended by friends and family who were there to wish him the best in all his future endeavors. 

Pictures of Criminal Justice Services Director Dennis Berry were displayed at his retirement celebration. 

Staff remember Dennis Berry through the decades.

Commissioner Scott McInnis attends Dennis Berry's retirement celebration. Yes, that is "Dennis Wayne." Staff used a John Wayne cutout and pasted a picture of Berry's face over it.

Attendees took a moment to share anecdotes of Dennis Berry's and his exemplary leadership.
Criminal Justice Services Director Dennis Berry (not pictured here), is recognized by the Board of Mesa County Commissioners at his farewell celebration Wednesday afternoon.

Criminal Justice Services Director Dennis Berry receives a gift from the District Attorney's Office with a special message: "On behalf of the Twenty-First Judicial District Attorney's Office, thank you for your leadership, dedication and innovation in making this a safer community." 

Commissioner John Justman, left, and Criminal Justice Services Director Dennis Berry pose for a picture at Berry's farewell. 

Dennis Berry celebrates 43 years of service in the criminal justice system.

Happy retirement, Dennis Berry! You will be missed dearly.

Willie Wilkins and Teresa Nees with  Noxious Weed and Pest Management go to great lengths to navigate a cattail-ridden irrigation retention pond to treat the noxious weed purple loosestrife. It's dirty hard work, but there is always some fun involved!

Erik Storey with Noxious Weed and Pest Management looking stoic and serious as he slops through the swamp to scout and spray purple loosestrife. 

A view from the top of the Grand Mesa. 
Josh Ochoa and Bridgett Mancera, Colorado Works case managers at the Workforce Center, take a break from life in the cubes. 

Sandy Sebold and Alicia Griffin from Colorado Works team take a break for a photo op.

Colorado Works Supervisor Shelley Grattan believes in hydration as evidence of the three tumblers on her desk. 


Road work continues on the CO 340 Bike and Pedestrian Facility Project, motorist should expect short traffic delays.


Here is what is planned for the I-70 Exit 49 Grand Mesa Ramp Improvement project Traffic update for the week of Sept. 2-8, 2018.
In observance of Labor Day many Mesa County offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. View a detailed list of closures at https://bit.ly/2BXayME.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

County offices closed on Monday for Labor Day

In observance of Labor Day many Mesa County offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, 2018.

Several Mesa County offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of Labor Day.

This one-day closure does NOT include the Coroner’s Office, Criminal Justice Services, 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, Sept. 4.

This 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.)
Composting Facility, Hazardous Waste, Solid Waste Administration (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Department of Human Services  (510 29 1/2 Road)
District Attorney's Office (125 N. Spruce St.)
Facilities and Fairgrounds (2785 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Grand Valley Transit fixed and paratransit services (525 S. 6th St.)
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 Management Campus (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Tri-River 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. to 1 p.m.

This closure does NOT include:
Coroner's Office
Criminal Justice Services (all locations)
Sheriff's Office - jail, patrol, emergency services (215 Rice St.)

Monday, August 27, 2018

Board approves a ballot question to exempt state grants from the TABOR cap

Mesa County Commissioners adopted a resolution that approves and authorizes a ballot question for the Nov. 6 General Election, for the purpose exempting state grants from the revenue and spending limitations of TABOR.
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners adopted a resolution today in public hearing that approves and authorizes a ballot question for the election to be held Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, for the purpose exempting state grants and pass-through revenue from the spending limitations of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR).

“The commissioners are asking residents to consider a ballot question to exempt state grants from our TABOR cap, without increasing any taxes," Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese said.“This would include pass-through grants for our nonprofits like Mind Springs. If we continue to turn away grants, our taxpayer money will continue to go to the state and be used in other communities for their projects. I believe it is time to bring Mesa County taxpayer money home to work for Mesa County residents.”

The approved language for the State Revenue Ballot Question for consideration this November aks: "Without any increase in taxes, shall Mesa County be authorized to collect, retain and spend the full proceeds from any grant revenue received from the State of Colorado, and any revenue received by Mesa County and passed through to another entity, notwithstanding any restrictions or limitations of Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution ("TABOR"), starting on January 1, 2019, and thereafter?"