Tuesday, September 17, 2019

County donates 4x4 truck to Clifton Fire

From left to right: Clifton Fire Chief Charles Balke, Mesa County Commissioners Rose Pugliese, Mesa County Commissioner John Justman, and Clifton Fire Deputy Chief Joe White. 

Mesa County Commissioners donated a 2009 Dodge Ram 2500 truck to the Clifton Fire Protection District on Monday afternoon, Sept. 16, at the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave.

“We are confident that this vehicle would positively improve our operational capabilities for both emergent and non-emergent activities. As we currently do not have a pickup as part our fleet this would allow us the opportunity to overcome what we consider a service gap within our fleet,” Clifton Fire Protection District Chief Charles Balke wrote in a letter to Mesa County.

Mesa County Commissioner for District 3, Rose Pugliese thanks Clifton Fire Chief Charles Balke and Clifton Fire Deputy Chief Joe White for their service and dedication.

The Clifton Fire Protection District encompasses approximately 15 square miles, which boundaries from 30 Road east to 35 Road and the Colorado River north to I-70.

Mesa County Commissioners donated a 2009 Dodge Ram 2500 truck to the Clifton Fire Protection District on Monday afternoon, Sept. 16, at the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave.

Mesa County is dedicated and committed to public safety and is excited to have donated a truck to Clifton Fire to help them better serve and protect our rural constituency.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Walk to School Day promotes health, safe walking, and biking


D51 students will walk, roll or bike to school on Oct. 2


Mesa County residents should be extra cautious during their commutes Wednesday, Oct. 2 because thousands of students will be walking, rolling or biking their way to school for National Walk to School Day.

Walk to School Day promotes an active lifestyle and finding safe routes to school. Children who walk or bike to school will see improvements in more than just their health.

Walking, rolling and bicycling to school helps students:

  • Reach the recommended goal of 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
  • Arrive at school energized and ready to learn.
  • Gain a sense of independence.
  • Learn and practice safe pedestrian behavior.
  • Leave the car behind and improve air quality.
  • Take an active role in their well-being.
Walk to School Day events build connections between families, schools and the community. Take the time to walk to school with your child and talk about the benefits of using different modes of
transportation.

Taylor, Pomona, Rocky Mountain, Lincoln Orchard Mesa, Mesa View, Chipeta, Shelledy, Rimrock, and Chatfield elementary school will all participate in National Walk to School Day. Encourage
your children to walk, as well. Map your route to school with interactive maps, available on the Mesa County Safe Routes to School page.

Mesa County Health Department staff and Urban Trails Committee members will also meet up with many of the participating schools to walk and help ensure students are safe while crossing
streets and traveling to school.

Sept. 17-23, 2019, is Constitution Week in the Grand Valley


Deana Znamenacek from the Mount Garfield Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution accepted the proclamation in public hearing Monday, Sept. 16. 
The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed Sept. 17-23, 2019, as Constitution Week in Mesa County. The Board encourages all residents to reflect during the week on the many benefits of our Federal Constitution and American citizenship and to join in ceremonies and activities commemorating Constitution Week.

Deana Znamenacek (center left) from the Mount Garfield Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution receives the Constitution Week proclamation presented by the Board of Mesa County Commissioners. 

The proclamation states:

"Whereas, our Founding Fathers, in order to secure the blessings of liberty for themselves and their posterity, did ordain and establish a Constitution for the United States of America; and

Whereas, it is of the greatest importance that all citizens fully understand the provisions and principles contained in the Constitution in order to support, preserve, and defend it against all enemies; and

Whereas, celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution provides an opportunity for all Americans to realize the achievements of the Framers of the Constitution and the rights, privileges, and responsibilities it affords; and

Whereas, the independence guaranteed to American citizens, whether by birth or naturalization, should be celebrated during Constitution Week, September 17 through 23, as designated by proclamation of the President of the United States of America in accordance with Public Law 915."


Friday, September 13, 2019

This Week in Pics

Community-based organizations accept the Workforce Development Month proclamation during the Mesa County Commissioners' public hearing Monday morning. Among those receiving the proclamation were: Mesa County Workforce Center, Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce, Mesa County Library, Western Colorado Community College, Colorado Mesa University, School District 51 and CareerWise. Mesa County Commissioners recognize that a skilled and flexible workforce is vital to business performance and supporting Mesa County’s competitive advantage, which is why they proclaimed September 2019 as Workforce Month.
Joe Kellerby (center-left), Director of Child Welfare at Mesa County Department of Human Services, several staff members, and Jerry Hubbard, a local kin provider accept the Kinship Month proclamation presented by the Board of Mesa County Commissioners on Monday. Sept. 9, 2019. Commissioners proclaimed September 2019 as Kinship Month to encourage collaboration and support by community members and to commend the hard work, love and time kinship parents give to the children in their care. 
This week, Commissioner John Justman is in Washington D.C. talking about the importance of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) payments and trying to get permanent funding for Mesa County. Commissioner Justman wrote on a Facebook post "Mesa County is 73 percent Federally owned, and these payments help the County cover its cost for law enforcement and rescue work."

As part of Suicide Prevention Month, Mesa County Public Health encouraged and participated in “Connect over Coffee.” Social connectedness has been identified as a strategy in suicide prevention. On September 10th, community members were encouraged to stop in and have a conversation with someone at a local coffee shop. Six shops offered free coffee during the community event. Connectedness is the degree to which a person or group is socially close, interrelated or shares resources with others.

Mesa County Public Health hosted emergency preparedness agencies from across the state at a workshop to kick off the contract year for Emergency Preparedness Response (EPR).  The group ran drills, listened to webinars and collaborated about the coming year. 

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) hosted a training day at Highline Lake State Park for Rural Area Deputies. The MCSO Rural Area Deputy Program (RAD) began in 2000. Over the years, the RAD program has built long-lasting partnerships with many government agencies operating in the rural areas of Mesa County. 
MCSO RAD spent the day training with rescue boats on Highline Lake. If someone needs to be rescued on one of our local waterways, this is the unit that responds along with our search and rescue volunteers.

MCSO RAD deputies train to be able to safely maneuver in all kinds of water conditions.
Megan Moore of Angels in the Making (left), and Mesa County Animal Services Director, Doug Frye (right) present to a group of Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) employees during a lunch and learn about the difference between service animals and emotional support animals.  The presentation is part of the Know the Difference campaign, a collaborative effort with MCPH, Animal Services, and Roice Hurst Humane Society.

From left to right: Senior Transportation Planning Engineer Dean Bressler, Mobility Manager Sarah Martsolf-Brooks, and Regional Transportation Planning Office Director Dana Brosig hosted a community workshop on the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan, at Factory, 750 Main St., Monday, Sept. 9, 5:30—7 p.m.
Do you have an opinion about transportation in the Grand Valley?​ Tells us about it! ​We are seeking public input for the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan. Take the survey (https://gv2045rtp.com/survey/) by Sept 22.
Mesa County residents check out information and make suggestions for the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan at Factory on Monday, Sept. 9.

Help shape the future of transportation in the Grand Valley take the survey — https://gv2045rtp.com/survey/. Ipads were available for residents to take the survey at the workshop hosted at the Factory.

Mesa County Regional Transportation Planning Office is looking for your vision, priorities, & challenges to transportation in the Grand Valley. Citizens were invited to share their input at community workshops around the County this week.
Regional Transportation Planning Office Director Dana Brosig pauses for a picture before discussing the Grand Valley 2045 Regional Transportation Plan with citizens.
The 2045 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) team works with the community to develop a framework for a balanced multi-modal transportation network, building off the Grand Valley’s existing transportation system, and addressing the region’s transportation needs and opportunities.

Jennifer Richardson, Solid Waste Director (right) speaks with Greg St.Martin, Code Compliance Services Officer and community members at Kimwood Park in Clifton about how to manage junk, trash, and other items in the area that may cause public health issues. 

Mesa County employees from Environmental Services, Code Compliance Services, Solid Waste Management, and the Sheriff's Office met with residents to plan a local clean-up event that will address areas experiencing illegal dumping and junk ordinance violations to improve the health and safety of the community. 

Tuesday evening, multiple Mesa County agencies and non-profit organizations met at Kimwood Park with Clifton residents to plan a coordinated effort to clean up a four-square-mile area around Rocky Mountain Elementary School. Stay tuned for more details.
Teresa Nees with Mesa County Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, Amber Swasey with Community Development, and Sid Martinez with Code Compliance Services met with residents to discuss a new pilot program that will be launched in that area.
Regional Transportation and Planning staff members met with residents to discuss the intentions of the 2045 Transportation Plan at the Mesa County Central Library, 443 N 6th St. on Tuesday afternoon. 
Residents share their opinion about transportation in the Grand Valley at a workshop for the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan.

Residents stopped by Clifton Community Hall, 126 2nd St., Tuesday, Sept. 10, to learn more and share their thoughts and priorities on the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan.
A Palisade resident attends the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan Workshop at Clifton Community Hall, 126 2nd St., on Sept. 10 to learn more about developing a framework for a balanced multi-modal transportation network.
Crews replace a broken window on the annex side of the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave. on Monday morning.

Approximately 40 volunteers joined Mesa County, Colorado Baby and Clifton Sanitation District at a Clifton Nature Park clean-up event. They checked up on the native plants that volunteers planted last year and took a nature walk while picking up trash and pulling weeds along the way.

A large bird's nest sitting high above the Clifton Nature Park. 

Colorado Baby was the event sponsor for the Clifton Nature Park cleanup, which brought 20 children and about 20 adults including parents, staff, and other volunteers from the community.

The volunteers picked up trash, checked on the native plants transplanted last October, looked at the Blue Heron nests and nearby Ospreys, talked about weeds and talked about what is healthy and unhealthy for our environment and our community at Clifton Nature Park.

A big thank you to all of the hardworking volunteers and agencies that collaborate and host Clifton Nature Park clean-up events.
Mesa County and City of Grand Junction officials met for a joint Persigo Board Workshop on Thursday afternoon.
Informing our community about the dangers associated with vaping and other e-cigarette products is a focus for Mesa County Public Health (MCPH).  This week, MCPH staff presented with Colorado Mesa University nursing students about some of the known health impacts, and statistics about the use of these devices in our community.

Mesa County Public Health hosts a Hepatitis A clinic at Whitman Park. Nurses from the public health clinic offered the free vaccine to residents experiencing homelessness.  Lunch was provided, and through our community partnerships, Mesa County Animal Services provided rabies, parvo and distemper vaccines for pets, too.

Doug Frye with Mesa County Animal Services provided rabies, parvo and distemper vaccines for pets at Whitman Park.

Savannah Herland administers free vaccines offered to residents experiencing homelessness at a Hepatitis A clinic at Whitman Park hosted by Mesa County Public Health.
Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein alongside his staff members slipped on high heels to compete in the 10th annual Men in Heels Race. The race benefits Hilltop’s Latimer House, which provides emergency shelter and vital services to those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. 
Mesa County Sheriff's Office gets ready to participate in the Men in Heels Race on Thursday, Sept. 12th, at the last Downtown Farmers’ Market on Colorado Avenue between 4th & 5th streets. Remember, this is all to support Hilltop Community Resources, Inc.’s Latimer House.
Paul Mitts, Information Technology Technical Support, is ready for Friday the 13th and the full moon!

Monday, September 9, 2019

September is Kinship and Workforce Month

Today in public hearing, Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed September as Kinship and Workforce Month.

Joe Kellerby (center-left), Director of Child Welfare at Mesa County Department of Human Services, several staff members, and Jerry Hubbard, a local kin provider accept the Kinship Month proclamation presented by the Board of Mesa County Commissioners on Monday. Sept. 9, 2019.
Commissioners proclaimed September 2019 as Kinship Month to encourage collaboration and support by community members and to commend the hard work, love and time kinship parents give to the children in their care. 

Community-based organizations accept the Workforce Development Month proclamation during the Mesa County Commissioners' public hearing Monday morning. Among those accepting the proclamation were: Mesa County Workforce Center, Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce, Mesa County Library, Western Colorado Community College, Colorado Mesa University, School District 51 and CareerWise.

Mesa County Commissioners recognize that a skilled and flexible workforce is vital to business performance and supporting Mesa County’s competitive advantage, which is why they proclaimed September 2019 as Workforce Month. 

Friday, September 6, 2019

This Week in Pics


Department of Human Services celebrated the 35-year career of Shauna Wilson by throwing her a retirement party complete with a cake, tiara and plaque. To new beginnings and happy memories, congratulations, Shauna!

Thank you for your 35 years of outstanding service, Shauna Wilson! All the best wishes for a happy retirement.
Sarah Johnson, Community Network Coordinator at Mesa County Public Health, volunteers to help pick produce from the CSU research station.  Fresh produce is picked and distributed to food banks, schools and nonprofits.  

As part of International Overdose Awareness Day, Healthy Mesa County’s Opioid Response Group collaborated with other local agencies to put on a resource fair and candlelight vigil. The events were branded, across the globe as a “Time To Remember.  Time to Act.”

Ashley Miller, Environmental Health Specialist with Mesa County Public Health, shares information on the Blue Ribbon Award.  It’s given to restaurants that go above and beyond to ensure food safety.  This interview at KKCO 11 News shared information with our community about Food Safety Education Month.  Be sure to look for this Blue Ribbon when dining out, and ask your server about your favorite restaurant's participation in the program.
Healthy Mesa County’s Opioid Response Group distributed lock boxes and locking pill bottles for safe storage of medicines at home at the Market on Main this week.​ ​The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RxALI) of Colorado brings together local, state and national leaders to identify solutions that help prevent the misuse of prescription medicines. Their trailer, which is an interactive mock teenage bedroom which parents and community members can visit to see possible warning signs of drug abuse, saw the highest turnout so far on the statewide tour.

Meet Brandi Goller, the new Office Administrator for Mesa County's Solid Waste Management.  Brandi received her Master of Business Administration from Warner University and has previous accounting and administrative experience in the public and private sector. Brandi is from central Florida but moved to Palisade in 2018 after she had experienced enough hurricane seasons for a lifetime. She is an orange juice connoisseur who loves hiking and the outdoors. Please contact Mrs. Goller with questions related to landfill accounts and public outreach campaigns. Welcome aboard, Brandi!

The Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, located at the Solid Waste Management Campus near Whitewater, disposes of paint at no cost to residents to help keep it out of the soil and waterways.
Bill Clarke with the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility chisels off layers of oil-based paint from components of the paint-can crusher.

This week, at the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, staff dismantled an oil-based paint crusher for maintenance and cleaning.

Employees with the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility assist a Mesa County resident in unloading household chemicals and other hazardous materials to keep them out of the landfill.

Carey Awe with Mesa County Elections holds down the fort while team members attend a  Western County Clerks training, put on by Colorado Secretary of State's Office in Glenwood Springs, to help prepare for 2019 and 2020 elections.
A bat lays in the hallway at the Mesa County Central Services Building. If residents find a wild animal on their property, dead or alive, they should contact Mesa County Animal Services (MCAS) at (970) 242-4646 for guidance.  It’s important to have dead bats found in your home tested for rabies because their bites can often be small and undetectable. Bats are the animal that most frequently tests positive for rabies in Mesa County.

To learn more about rabies prevention, including how to protect your pets, your home, and your family, visit https://bit.ly/2knRBeb. Please remember, no matter how young or innocent wild animals look, you should leave them alone. If you’re concerned, you can always call MCAS or Colorado Parks and Wildlife for help.

Mesa County Administrator Pete Baier and Public Works leadership discuss upcoming projects and status of projects that have gotten underway. Clockwise: Administrator Peter Baier, Engineering Division Director Scott Mai, GVMPO Director Dana Brosig, Fleet Supervisor Eric Brown, Road and Bridge Manager Rudy Bevan, Solid Waste & Sustainability Division Director Jennifer Richardson and Community Development Director Todd Hollenbeck.

A site visit was conducted this week at Douglas Wash to look at areas that cause flooding in the drainage basin. The main goal is to reduce the effect of flooding by slowing down water flow.
According to a floodplain study conducted on Douglas Wash a few years ago, major flooding may occur at the point where Douglas Wash crosses under Highway 6 and the corridor between I-70 and the Colorado River.

Mesa County Regulatory Programs Manager Carrie Gudorf and Engineering Division Director Scott Mai check out possible locations for detention dams within the Douglas Wash with consultant Dale Mathison from Ayres Associates.

Palisade Plunge update: the crew working from Lands End Road, which includes two excavators and six staffers, had a tough week with some insanely thick corridor that took half of the week to get through. They have trail roughed past the second creek crossing to MP 16.8 and finished the portion of the trail to MP 16.4 and are less than a mile away from Cliff Lake.

Nice curve feature of the finished portion of the Palisade Plunge Trail. To date, a total of 2.3 miles of total finish trail completed with an additional 2.4 miles of trail cleared and roughed in.

The creek (trench) crossing, east of Cliff Lake, on the Palisade Plunge Trail may need a wood bridge installed instead of a regular sloped crossing due to its configuration and lack of rock material nearby to construct a rock crossing. 

Signs of a bear were spotted on the road up to the Palisade Plunge Trail.

On Thursday morning, Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, CU Regent Heidi Ganahl and Dr. Nathan Perry, Ph.D. along with Debbie Brown with Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED) participated in a roundtable to discuss responsible energy development. The meeting was held at Colorado Mesa Univerity. 

Commissioner Rose Pugliese discusses the impacts of energy development on Mesa County's economy at a roundtable hosted by CRED.
Do you have an opinion about transportation in the Grand Valley? Of course you do, and we want to hear it! That’s why we are seeking public input for the  2045 Regional Transportation Plan. ​S​hare your opinion​ ​online ​through a ​survey and ​interactive ​map: www.gv2045rtp.com​ or attend one of the workshops.​
Diana with Mesa County Mail Services Division smiles as she delivers mail Friday afternoon. The new division was formed on Sept. 1, 2019, to manage mail distribution across all Mesa County departments and divisions. The office is located on the first floor of the old Mesa County Courthouse across the hall from the Treasurer's Office.