Friday, March 1, 2019

This Week in Pics

Social Case Workers Rory Cornelison and Kari Miracle present the culture and values of the Department of Human Services to the 2019 DHS Leadership Institute class.
Information Technology (IT) Manager Lhana Jordan and IT personnel Valerie Rutter, Paul Mitts, Eric Farslow, Joe Keene and Terrie Smith present Kristen Cole with Administration a special recognition for her diligent training efforts on behalf of the OnBase Agenda Project.
Kristen Cole (center) was given the Honorary Geek Award, which provides her access to all benefits and privileges bestowed upon Mesa County IT. Pictured above from left to right: Eric Farslow, Terrie Smith, Paul Mitts, Kristen Cole, Valerie Rutter, Lhana Jordan, and Joe Keene.
Mike Peterson with the Assessor's Office is retiring today (Friday, March 1, 2019). Congratulations, Mike! Best of luck in all your future endeavors.

Assessor's Office personnel hosted a farewell celebration for Mike Peterson Thursday afternoon. Pictured here: Tayler Weaver, Mike Peterson, Miriam Hawkins, David Metzger, Shirley Shaw, Gene Hughes, Anne Opitz, and Matt Barber.
Mike Peterson celebrated with fellow co-workers at his retirement potluck party.
Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner helps a resident at the customer service counter Wednesday morning.

Chief Deputy Treasurer Jackie Campbell processes bank deposits.

It was all hands on deck for the Treasurer's Office Wednesday, which was the last day to pay the first half of property taxes. Pictured here: Christine Horner (left) Amy Bosse (right), and Heike Buenning (behind) process property tax payments for walk-ins.

The Treasurer's Office is a busy place on the deadline for the first half of property taxes, but the line keeps moving quickly because all staff members are helping process payments.

Mesa County Sheila Reiner assists residents with their tax payments on Feb. 28.

Several Mesa County employees have been attending the Grand Valley Leadership Academy course for professional development and leadership training. Pictured here, Andy Tyler, Heidi Belatti, Regina Clark with Public Health, and Teresa Nees with the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility take a moment to catch up during the lesson on conflict management in the workplace.

Students at the Grand Valley Leadership Academy include supervisors, crew leads and other young professionals hoping to increase their abilities to manage their work programs and support their co-workers. Attendees represent Mesa County, Community and St. Mary's hospitals, the City of Grand Junction, Riverside Educational Center, Royce Hurst Humane Society, and many other local governmental agencies, businesses and non-profits. Pictured above Mesa County employees Teresa Nees, Heidi Belatti, and Regina Clark learn techniques to successfully facilitate change management.

Mesa County and the City of Grand Junction are partnering to conduct a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study for a new interchange on I-70 at 29 Road. This interchange has long been identified as one of the final elements of the internal beltway around the city to enhance local and regional connectivity. An open house was hosted to share the intention of the project.
Mesa County PublicWorks Director Pete Baier and Senior Engineer Kevin King talk to residents about the 29 Road Interchange Project Thursday evening.

 Senior Engineer Kevin King talks to concerned residents about the traffic impact the proposed interchange will have at an open house.
The PEL Study will develop a thorough understanding of the existing and future transportation conditions and economic development opportunities within the project area to define the overall vision for the future interchange. The process will be coordinated with stakeholders and members of the public to identify issues and opportunities associated with the new interchange.

Over 150 residents participated in the open house to share their input on the Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study for the interchange of 29 Road at I-70, which represents the next step in a process to complete the long-discussed internal “beltway” in Grand Junction to enhance local and regional connectivity for residential and commercial areas surrounding downtown.
Many residents participate in learning more about the PEL process, which is a study approach used to coordinate transportation planning efforts and to identify potential transportation benefits and impacts and environmental concerns, which can be applied to make planning decisions. PEL studies link planning efforts to future environmental processes and result in valuable information that may ultimately be used to prepare a NEPA study and design development. 

Mesa County PublicWorks Director Pete Baier answers questions from residents at the 29 Road Interchange Open House.
Mesa County Commissioner John Justman talks to Mesa County resident Lynn Zubek about the 29 Road Interchange at an open house Thursday evening.

If you were unable to attend the first open house, please stay tuned for more public meetings. You may also review information and submit comments online at

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese was at the National Association of Counties meeting in Washington D. C. this morning to discuss the proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule with the EPA and Army Corps. Counties were encouraged to provide examples on how the proposed rule will impact county-owned infrastructure such as roads and roadside ditches, drainage and irrigation conveyances, flood control channels, bridge construction, and rehabilitation projects and stormwater and wastewater facilities and provide suggestions on how the rule can be modified.
The Clerk and Recorder's Office hosted a farewell celebration for Rose Tafoya who will be joining the Mesa County Planning Department. Pictured above: Rose Tafoya process transactions Friday afternoon, on her last day with the Clerk's Office.  

Monday, February 25, 2019

This Week in Pics

Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner reminds residents that if your mortgage company doesn't pay your taxes and if you want to pay in two parts your first half payment is due this week! February 28th to be exact. Pay on the web at or get it in the mail right away.
Workforce Center Employment Specialists Victor Carreras (left) and Michael Smith (right) attend training for the 7 Smart Strategies for 50+ Job Seekers, sponsored by Skillful and AARP Foundation.
Animal Services Officer Trainee Rebecca Dillon stands alongside Field Training Officer Lisa Armour on her first week of training on road duty. Congratulations, Rebecca!
Animal Services Officer Trainee Mitchel Guzikowski is hard at work washing dishes used for the care of the animals in the shelter.
Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner (right) spent her day off on Monday (Presidents Day) spending some time with Charlie (center) at Mesa County Animal Services. Good news, her husband (left), Utah Reiner approves, and she can adopt him!
The adoption is completed, and Charlie is ready to go to his new loving home!

Matt Younger with the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility loads a can of oil-based paint into a can crusher. Oil-based paint is considered hazardous waste, so the paint is drained into a larger drum and sent out for recycling. The Hazardous Waste Collection Facility accepts paint from Mesa County businesses and residents.

The calm after the storm: Solid Waste Management employees were treated to a lovely view of the Uncompahgre hills as they shoveled access and walking paths after the blizzard-like weather cleared up early last Saturday morning.
This week, at the Mesa Mall, the Public Works Division spoke with local children regarding traffic safety, safety when handling and disposing of hazardous waste, and road and bridge safety concerns. Pictured above are Road and Bridge staff members Jarrod Houck (left) and Heather Conder (right).

Jay McLarty mans the Mesa County Hazardous Waste booth at the 2019 Safety Fair. Kids have the opportunity to visit different stations to get helpful safety tips from a variety of organizations.

The Mesa County Safety Council promotes safety awareness among the public, students, and organizations. Pictured above: Traffic Technicians Nichole Frazier and Brady Sartain talk to kids about road safety.
Each year Mesa County Road and Bridge, Traffic, Hazardous Waste, and the Sheriff's Office, as part of the Mesa County Safety Council, participate in the Mesa County Safety Fair held at the Mesa Mall. Pictured here: Matt Nichols and Travis Cole.
Mesa County Solid Waste Regulatory Compliance Manager Ryan Kyle talks to children about properly disposing of hazardous waste at the Safety Fair.
Road Manager Rudy Bevan (left) and Heather Conder pause for a picture at the 2019 Safety Fair Friday afternoon.

Commissioner Scott McInnis studies his latest grammar lesson to improve his Spanish communication skills.
Public Information Officer & Legislative Liason Stephanie Reecy (center) and Chief Deputy Clerk Heather Benjamin (right) observe legislative proceedings at the Colorado State Capitol House Chamber Floor where Colorado State Representative Janice Rich (left) is voting on bills that affect Mesa County.