Friday, April 5, 2019

This Week in Pics

Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month in the Grand Valley and called upon all citizens, community agencies, religious organizations, medical facilities and businesses to participate in programs and activities that help prevent child abuse, thereby strengthening our community. The proclamation was accepted by District Attorney Dan Rubinstein, National Director for Project 1.27 Janet Rowland and Department of Human Services personnel. Read more at https://bit.ly/2G1c0h5.
On Monday, pinwheels to help share child abuse prevention awareness were placed on the memorial located on the front lawn of the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave., in memory of children who left us too soon.  

Laura Page, Mesa County Construction Group Manager, gives a tour of the 24 Road bridge project to a couple of local home-schooled kids. They learned what a civil engineer does and, thanks to local contractor Mountain Valley Contracting, they also learned how GPS controlled equipment works. 

Wednesday evening, Animal Services Officer Ron Markley received a call from residents who found a parakeet near 32 and D 1/2 roads. Officer Markley was successfully able to catch the bird within a few minutes.  

Meet our new Cyber Security Officer— Caitlen Sanders! Sanders is originally from Grand Junction but has spent the last five years working for JPMorgan Chase in Columbus, Ohio. She has a master's degree in communication and information sciences. She moved back to the Grand Valley with her husband and their French bulldog, and in her spare time, she likes to hike and do calligraphy. Welcome aboard, Caitlen!
Mesa County Sheriff's Office deputies get ready to participate in the Avon Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Colorado. Burr!

Why would anyone jump into a freezing lake? For Special Olympics Colorado of course! Mesa County Sheriff's Office deputies had a ton of fun participating in the Avon Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. Thank you to everyone who supported the event!

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese talks to a group of residents about the National Popular Vote Resolution that was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners in public hearing earlier this week. Read the resolution at https://bit.ly/2KjDYZI

Look who stopped by Joyful Journey Preschool this week! Kids got to learn all about how and when to call 911. If you ever need help, ask a Mesa County Sheriff's Office deputy!

Department of Human Services staff celebrates Sandy Sebold's retirement at a farewell get together.
DHS Case Manager Sandy Sebold is ready for retirement after 38 years of dedicated service to the residents of Mesa County. Congratulations and happy retirement, Sandy!


This week, the Treasurer's Office was the grateful recipient of Facilities' help to make their workspace more functional.  No monies were spent!  It was only a rearrangement.  They now have better access to the entire counter to help customers more efficiently.

Chris Horner, Lead Treasurer Technician, waves from the back of her training pod.

Four of the desks in the Treasurer's Office were rearranged into a pod to increase their ability to communicate.

Mesa County Commissioner John Justman speaks to media members on House Bill 1261, also known as the “climate change” bill.

Commissioner John Justman testifies against HB19-1261 before the Colorado House Energy & Environment Committee on Friday afternoon from the Colorado Mesa University campus. 
During his remote testimony, Commissioner John Justman tells the Colorado House Energy & Environment Committee that every job is valuable, and that every industry is essential to Mesa County's continued path to economic diversification.
Human Resources Manager Brenda Moore stopped in with her beautiful, two-week-old baby girl. Congratulations, Brenda!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Commissioners Adopt a National Popular Vote Resolution

On March 15, 2019, Governor Jared Polis signed the National Popular Vote bill (Senate Bill 19-042) into law, making Colorado the 13th jurisdiction to enact the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

The Board of County Commissioners of Mesa County, Colorado, believes SB 19-042 is an evasion of the Constitution of the United States of America because it requires Colorado’s Presidential Electors to cast their votes for the candidate for President who received the most votes nationally, even if that candidate did not receive the most votes in Colorado.

The Board supports putting the National Popular Vote to a vote of the people on the November 2020 ballot and encourages all voters in Mesa County to sign the petition and have a voice in this important issue.

Here is the resolution they adopted on Monday, April 1, 2019.



Preventing child abuse is dependent on the involvement of our community

Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month and presented the proclamation to District Attorney Dan Rubinstein, National Director for Project 1.27 Janet Rowland and Department of Human Services personnel.
Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month in the Grand Valley and called upon all citizens, community agencies, religious organizations, medical facilities and businesses to participate in programs and activities that help prevent child abuse, thereby strengthening our community.

The majority of child abuse cases stem from situations and conditions that are preventable in an engaged and supportive community. Child abuse and neglect not only directly harms children, but also increases the likelihood of criminal behavior, drug abuse, and risky behavior such as smoking and alcohol abuse.

After accepting the Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month proclamation, District Attorney Dan Rubinstein shares with the commissioners that this month is not just about reporting and addressing child abuse but finding better ways to prevent crimes from ever occurring as a community effort.
All citizens should become involved in efforts to support families, so that children may be raised in a safe, nurturing environment.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Mesa County Opposes House Bill 19-1278—Uniform Election Code of 1992

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners and Mesa County Clerk and Recorder sent a letter to the Colorado House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee in strong opposition to House Bill 1278, concerning modifications to miscellaneous provisions of the "Uniform Election Code of 1992." 

The bill was introduced last week and will be heard in the House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee on Tuesday, April 2, at 1:30 p.m.

The letter states: "Passage of HB19-1278 will have massive unfunded fiscal impacts on Mesa County. This bill modifies the formulas in the statute that mandate how many Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPCs) and 24-hour drop boxes must be provided during an election, expanding hours of operation closer to the election and requiring that they be open on Sunday before the election. 

Establishing new VSPCs includes a myriad of unfunded mandates, such as the rental cost for space, purchasing additional laptops, scanners and voting machines and paying for security and additional election judges. The County Clerks Association estimates that this bill will cost all the counties approximately $5 million to implement, without any state financial assistance.  

Colorado is second in the nation in voter turnout and fourth in the nation for lowest wait times.  Only a small handful of counties had wait times on election day that were greater than an hour – this bill goes way too far and puts expensive mandates on numerous counties in an attempt to address election day wait times in just a few urban counties.

Mesa County strongly urges this committee vote “no” on HB19-1278."