Friday, May 3, 2019

This Week in Pics

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese is the only western Colorado resident to be honored with the 2019 Denver Business Journal's Top Women in Energy Award. “I am humbled and honored to have received this award. We have so many incredibly strong female leaders all across the state, and we do great work for our communities,” Pugliese said. “I am so fortunate to be able to advocate for Mesa County on a federal and statewide level and be a strong voice for our county’s energy issues.”
On April 19, Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) hosted Governor Jared Polis at the Mesa County Library for a discussion about building social capital as a means to improving community health. MCPH Executive Director Jeff Kuhr provided an overview of the Clifton community illustrating the geographic, economic, and social barriers the residents experience and how the Community Transformation Group is addressing these challenges.  MCPH Community Network Coordinator Sarah Johnson followed, facilitating a discussion with community partners participating in the project around Rocky Mountain Elementary School, describing their role in the project and the results they have seen. The conversation was engaging, and Governor Polis was impressed with the results of the collaborative efforts! Pictured here: members of the Community Transformation Group, Mesa County Commissioner John Justman and Governor Polis pause for a picture during the discussion at Mesa County Public Libary.

Governor Polis, right, proudly displays his Jeff Kuhr button during the visit.

MCPH Community Network Coordinator Sarah Johnson and Rocky Mountain Elementary School Principal Patti Virden shared how the project is making a difference at Rocky Mountain Elementary.

The Community Transformation Group is all smiles when Gov. Polis commends their efforts.

Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed May 8, 2019, as Bike to Work Day in Mesa County. From left, Commissioner Scott McInnis, Commissioner John Justman, Health Promotion Specialist Kelsey Fife, and Commissioner Rose Pugliese. Bike to Work Day is an opportunity to encourage cycling enthusiasts and novices to experience the fun and freedom of safely riding a bike to work, school, on errands, or for recreation. Healthy Mesa County, along with local governments, and other sponsors throughout Mesa County, has scheduled numerous community bicycling activities and are promoting bicycling as a healthy leisure activity as well as an environmentally-friendly alternative to the automobile.
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed May as Mental Health Awareness Month in Mesa County to increase public awareness of mental illness and to promote greater understanding for those who suffer from these disorders. From left, Commissioner John Justman, Executive Director for Voices of Awareness Andrea Thomas, Commissioner Rose Pugliese, D'Ann Hopkins, and Commissioner Scott McInnis.Mental Health is essential to everyone's overall physical health and emotional well-being and strikes one in five adults in a given year.
Sharefest Weekend in the Grand Valley is May 4 & 5, 2019. Debe Colby, center, with First Presbyterian Church, accepted the Sharefest Proclamation alongside other community members participating in Sharefest Weekend. Employees from five local Starbucks locations also came to accept the proclamation. Thirty-two churches and other community organizations are coming together to serve the people of Mesa County. The Board encourages all citizens to participate by finding helpful ways to help their community on Sharefest Weekend and throughout the year. 

Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee talks to KJCT News 8 Reporter Chris Schumann about Notices of Value being sent out this month. Read more at
Appraiser Susan Andrews helps residents with property value information Wednesday afternoon. On her screen, is the oldest house on the Assessor's Office records dating back to 1875.  
A Grand Valley native, Amanda Mayle, is excited to join the Mesa County Public Health team as the Communications and Marketing Manager.  Amanda spent nearly 15 years in broadcasting and television news as both a Journalist and News manager.  She is excited to shift to the other side of the camera and help answer questions for our community. Amanda's passionate about informing residents in our community about issues important to them - she's excited to continue to build the core values of Wellness, Excellence, Empowerment and Community with the great team here.

Jackie Campbell, Chief Deputy Treasurer, lead a discussion regarding depositing processes. Mesa County employees Sara Tourney, Erin Johnson, Janette Haynie, and Jennifer Richardson participated in the discussion. 

Jennifer Richardson and Janette Haynie place dots on the details of the depositing process as part of the mapping exercise hosted by the Treasurer's Office. The green dots mean it's a value-added step. The yellow dots indicate it is a law, rule or policy, and the purple dots mean it is waste.
April 30 was a very busy day at the Mesa County Treasurer's Office, property taxes were due in full for those choosing to pay in one installment. All staff members were working the counter assisting taxpayers. 
Mesa County Department of Human Services (DHS) is pleased to welcome Katie Miller as the Information and Communications Coordinator. Continuing with current procedure, Miller will be the first point of contact for all DHS media requests as well as being responsible for establishing and maintaining information and communication between various customers, stakeholders, departments, staff, community partners, media and the public. Miller brings to Mesa County more than 15 years of marketing and communications experience. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Georgia Southern University and a Master’s degree in Marketing and Public Relations from the University of Denver. She was raised here in Mesa County and credits much of her love of the region and passion for communications to her father.
Public Works Operations Manager Connie Hahn stands in front of the concrete pipe that will be installed between 34 and 35 roads on G Road.  

As part of the culvert replacement project on G Road, pieces of the deteriorated, corrugated metal pipe were removed from underground to be replaced with a concrete pipe. 

An open-cut excavation approximately 8-feet deep across G Road and 34 Road was done to remove a metal pipe to install a new reinforced concrete pipe.

Finishing touches on the culvert replacement on G Road near Palisade are underway. 
Progress continues on the culvert replacement in the area of 3466 G Road near Palisade. The new concrete pipe has been installed and irrigation water has been turned back on. The road will soon reopen to motorists.
Jim Kelleher with Road and Bridge rewraps his breakfast burrito Thursday morning at Public Works' employee appreciation breakfast.

Mesa County Public Works hosted an appreciation breakfast and project update meeting for staff members. Road Supervisor Rudy Bevan gave various project updates and happily reported that overlay work is about 75% complete.

All divisions within Public Works came together for an early morning breakfast meeting to get project status updates across agencies. Mesa County will begin chip sealing mid-June.

During the breakfast, it was announced that Project Manager David Wolff will be retiring after 12 years of service. Equipment Operator Travis Cole, right, congratulates David Wolff on his retirement.
Project Manager David Wolff and District C Manager Keith Hatch say goodbye. Mesa County wishes both David and Keith the best in all their future endeavors.
Engineering Technician Matt Nichols helps clean after the Public Works employee appreciation breakfast. 
Criminal Justice Services Department (CJSD) hosted an employee appreciation hotdog luncheon.

CJSD staff from left: Miranda Kinnett, Matt Sullivan, Carmen Otero, Matt Schultheis, and Angelica Manjarrez pause for a picture at their employee appreciation luncheon.

CJSD Case Manager David (Dave) Wetherald wonders why he is always photographed while eating.
Teresa Nees with Solid Waste Management participates in a dress out practice version of a hazardous waste clean up event as part of her Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training. Pictured above: instructors help class participants suit up with all of the precautionary safety equipment to handle an unknown chemical spill.

Teresa Nees with the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility at Solid Waste Management participated in a mock exercise of a hazardous materials clean-up event in a safety training course. All employees at Mesa County Hazardous Waste Collection Facility are trained on HAZWOPER and Department of Transportation regulations in order to safely and properly handle and dispose of the residential and commercial waste that is collected at the facility.

Mesa County District A  construction crews reconstruct a portion of 10 Road before they get ready to overlay.
District A construction crews are working in the Loma area to reconstruct a part of 10 Road. 
The Mesa County Clerk and Recorder's Office hosted a Cinco de Mayo themed employee appreciation luncheon Friday afternoon. Don Clement, DMV Customer Service Lead Specialist, holds up two tiny piƱatas that were part of the decor.

Training Specialist Matt Vigil helps cook for his fellow Clerk and Recorder's Office team members. 

Customer Sevice Specialists Yolanda Cervantes, left, and Beth Lillie assist customers at the Motor Vehicle triage counter Friday afternoon.  

Early Friday afternoon (May 3), the Motor Vehicle wait time was less than 15 minutes.

Monday, April 29, 2019

This Week in Pics

It was Career Day at Clifton Elementary School last Friday, and Mesa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) deputies found a student who is ready to join the team! 

MCSO deputies had a blast talking to Clifton Elementry School students about what it takes to be a deputy. Deputies also got to learn about what students want to be when they grow up.

Mesa County Hazardous Waste, Traffic, and Road and Bridge presented various safety topics to students at the Plateau Valley School Safety Fair. 

Mesa County Traffic Technicians Tina Dugger (left) and Nichole Frazier (right) promote traffic safety awareness to Plateau Valley School students.

Plateau Valley School students had the opportunity to visit different safety stations to get helpful tips from a variety of Mesa County agencies during the safety fair.
 Noxious Weed and Pest Management Coordinator Montana Cohn worked on a project last Friday with the Bureau of Reclamation to help them remove Houndstongue seed banks. 

 Department of Human Services, Economic Assistance Division staff, Jodi McKenna (left), Denise Kampf (center), and Danae Derryberry (right) participated in a Community Resource Fair hosted by the Parole Department. The Parole Department shared, "This event resulted in great collaboration among each other, and connected our offender population with resources to better their chances of success. After reviewing the numbers, we put roughly 91 Parolees through this event and about 60 of their family members!"

Workforce Center staff participated in the Parole Department resource fair on April 23, 2019. From left to right: Rhonda Johnson, Kent Kroese, Bethany Hall, Kirstin Maska.

Criminal Justice Services Department personnel participated in a training Tuesday morning.

5-2-1 Drainage Authority members discuss updating their feasibility plan. 

After 12 years with Mesa County Planning, Kathy Kinsey says goodbye. A farewell celebration was hosted in her honor. Congratulations and happy retirement, Kathy!

Kathy Kinsey's retirement party was well attended.
Regional Transportation Planning Office (RTPO), Grand Valley Transit (GVT), and Public Health staff were part of an ADA Eligibility Training. As part of the training, staff members participated in a mock physical assessment evaluation scored by Public Health and the course instructor.

After staff members completed the ADA Eligibility Training, they made a pit stop at Graff Dairy. Pictured above from left to right: RTPO Transit Coordinator Andy Gingerich, Transit Coordinator Dina Jones, GVT Dispatcher Cheryl Gibboney, and RTPO Mobility Manager Sarah Brooks.

A portion of G Road is closed for culvert replacement. Read more at
For the safety of the construction crew, motorists should remain alert, reduce their speed and watch for stopped traffic while passing through the work zone.

Mesa County Road and Bridge Department expect G Road, between 34 and 35 roads, to remain closed while crews work to replace a 66-inch corrugated metal pipe culvert that failed near 3466 G Road in the Palisade area.

For safety reasons, the irrigation water to the culvert has been shut off. While repairs are underway, this may cause some residents to have low water pressure or possibly be without irrigation water.  The damaged culvert is part of the Price Ditch — the main conveyance vessel for the Palisade Irrigation District. 

The culvert replacement project consists of an open-cut excavation approximately 8-feet deep across G Road and 34 Road where the existing deteriorated 66-inch culvert will be removed and replaced with a 72-inch reinforced concrete pipe.

Damage to the culvert was a result of a vehicle accidentally driving over and crushing the aging corrugated metal culvert.

A deteriorated 66-inch corrugated metal pipe culvert that failed near 3466 G Road last week affected about 8,000 customers, according to the Palisade Irrigation District.

Mesa County Public Works Director Pete Baier (right), and Equipment Operator Travis Cole (left) respond to the incident on G Road. 
A detour is in place rerouting traffic from G Road to F ¾ Road between 34 and 35 roads until the culvert replacement is complete. The road is expected to reopen the first week in May. 
Progress continues on the culvert replacement in the area of 3466 G Road near Palisade. The road closure on G Road between 34 and 35 roads will be in effect until the project is completed. 

Installation of the new 72-inch reinforced concrete pipe got underway Thursday afternoon.

The culvert replacement project on G Road is expected to be completed by early next week. Irrigation water will be turned back on Tuesday, April 30.
On Saturday, Mesa County staff members from Animal Services, Criminal Justice Services Department (CJSD) and the Treasurer's Office participated in Active Shooter Training. Linn Armstrong, the class instructor, demonstrates what you could do if you get a bad guy on the ground. Jackie Campbell is the bad guy, and Karen Reiher is not enjoying seeing her tied up at all.

Amy Bosse and Christine Horner from the Mesa County Treasurer's Office enjoy practicing tying up a bad guy on their boss— Treasurer Sheila Reiner—as Lisa Armour and Kevin Bozarth from Animal Services observe and contemplate.

Linn Armstrong explains what you could do if you find yourself on the ground to Jackie Campbell from the Treasurer's office.

Leah Hankins from the Treasurer's Office gets ready to kick the tar out of attacker (co-worker) Bobbie Gross during practice on what you can do to move around and use what you have to fight back with when you find yourself on your back. In the background Michael Perry and Nick Brutosky with CJSD prepare to do the same.
Christine Horner from the Treasurer's office prepares to whop CJSD's Eli Stemrich (playing the part of an approaching gunman).
Nick Brutosky and James Bruner, with CJSD, have fun morphing Nick into Red Man for hands-on exercises Saturday. 

Nick Brutosky has morphed into Red Man for a hands-on, active shooter demonstration. 
Class participants learned about slowing down an intruder while finding a safe exit. Participants used all resources available.
Here is what Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner said about the training, "In this class, it looks like it's about fighting or coming into contact with an aggressor, but it's not—that is the last resort.  Run, Hide, Fight still applies but one thing we learned is that you can buy yourself time by interrupting a person's orient, observe, decide and act loop.  If you can distract them, they have to reorient. One way to distract them would be by throwing objects at the aggressor. We practiced that multiple times during the day and this is what that looks like! Think about what you have on your desk that could be thrown."