Friday, May 17, 2019

This Week in Pics


The Board of County Commissioners honors law enforcement by declaring May 12-18, 2019, as Police Week in Mesa County in public hearing Monday morning. The Board publicly salutes the service of law enforcement officers in our community and in communities across the nation.
There are more than 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the United States, including the dedicated members of our local law enforcement agencies: Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, the Grand Junction Police Department, the Palisade Police Department, the Fruita Police Department, and the Colorado State Patrol. Pictured above: the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and Grand Junction Police Combined Honor Guard perform the Presentation of Colors.
Mesa County honors the sacrifices local law enforcement make every day to make Mesa County a safer place to live. Sheriff Matt Lewis, accompanied by members of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Junction Police Department, and the Colorado State Patrol, accept the proclamation on behalf of all the men and women that serve Mesa County.
On Saturday, Jennifer Richardson, from Mesa County's Solid Waste Management Campus, taught families attending Kite Day how to plant with compost.
Solid Waste Management's booth at the Kite Day event was a hit. Attendees planted over 300 petunias, snapdragons, and dianthus just in time for Mother's Day.
Jennifer's daughter, Kairi, (left) got in on the act and sported her green thumb at the fun booth.
Solid Waste & Sustainability Division Director Jennifer Richardson and daughter, Kairi, teach residents how to plant with compost at the Kite Day event.

As flood waters rise because of melting snow in the high country, free sandbags will be available for residents in the Plateau Valley area at the Mesa County Collbran Road and Bridge shop, 15757 57.5 Road. Pictured above: Inmates fill sandbags for residents in flood zone areas.

Additional "self-serve” sandbagging locations include the main Mesa County Road and Bridge shop, 971 Coffman Road and the Appleton shop, 905 23 Road.

On Thursday afternoon, Public Works personnel hosted a farewell celebration for retiring Construction Project Manager David Wolff.
Public Works sends David Wolff off with all the best wishes on all his future endeavors.

David Wolff, Engineering Department construction project manager, retired Thursday, May 12, 2019, after working for Mesa County Public Works for 12 years. David is ready to "hit the streets" during his retirement. Congratulations and happy retirement, David!

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters and Deputy Clerk Heather Benjamin host a class for liquor licensing Wednesday afternoon. Over 30 people from counties and cities across western Colorado attended the course.
Robert W. Darrow, Agent In Charge, Licensing and Complex Investigations, facilitates the Liquor Enforcement Division class for Colorado Clerk & Recorders, and Liquor License Clerks.
Mesa County Criminal Justice Services (CJSD) staff enjoy freshly grilled burgers and hotdogs to benefit Mesa County Partners, a program that helps youth develop a positive self-image and acceptance of responsibility for their actions. 
CJSD Shift Supervisor James Bruner, left, grills burgers and hotdogs while Supervisor Shawn McNamara, right, keeps track of donations and raffle tickets to help raise funds for the CJSD's Partners Superstars Team.

Mesa County employees enjoy food and refreshments at CJSD's fundraising BBQ luncheon. Tickets for the meal were priced at $10 to raise money for Partners, a local youth program.   
Since Dave Wetheral was absent, Nick Brutosky, CJSD case manager, filled in for him and posed while eating.

Clockwise: Terri Norris, Trevor Heffner, Kimberly Fuoco, and Angela Morgan enjoy lunch at CJSD's fundraising BBQ.

Connie Robbins, with CJSD, fixes herself a plate for lunch after donating funds to help staff raise money for CJSD's Partners Superstar Team Wednesday afternoon. In the background, James Bruner is flexing, and Michael Perry is wondering why.  

Malia, victim advocate canine companion, stopped by the luncheon to say hello. The Labrador is a facility dog with a calm, sweet demeanor. Everyone wanted to pet Malia at the luncheon.

CJSD Supervisor Shawn McNamara gives Malia treats. Malia is a professionally-trained dog to provide emotional support for vulnerable individuals in legal settings.

Eileen Wygant, CJSD quality assurance coordinator, asks Malia to shake and high-five. Malia is among a few facility dogs in Colorado that are part of a growing trend toward having facility dogs in courtrooms nationwide.
CJSD staff members Jose Campas and Diane Fox play cornhole Wednesday afternoon at CJSD's fundraising BBQ.

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) Epidemiologist Andrew Tyler presents at the Epidemiology and Laboratory Conference in Colorado Springs.

MCPH Epidemiologist Chelsea Stacy presents at the Epidemiology and Laboratory Conference in Colorado Springs.

MCPH Executive Director, Jeff Kuhr, sits down with Townsquare Media for an in-depth interview on the Mesa County Community Health Needs Assessment.

As part of Bike Month, Healthy Mesa County helped host the Mountain Bike Film Fest at the Avalon on May 16.
Chairwoman of the Board of Mesa County Commissioners, Rose Pugliese, kicks off the Inside Mesa County course Wednesday evening in the public hearing room inside the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave. Read more at https://bit.ly/2w0OwCH.

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis talks to Inside Mesa County participants about the responsibilities and core functions of county government. If you are interested in attending our next class, please submit your application online at http://www.mesacounty.us/insidemesacounty/.

Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden explains that the majority of Mesa County’s revenue comes from intergovernmental grants, property tax, sales and use tax. Total budgeted revenues for 2019 are $169,804,586, a 5% increase from the 2018 Adopted Budget.
Mesa County Regional Transportation & Planning Office (RTPO) staff attend the ground-breaking event for the new Monument Road, which is part of the Lunch Loop connector trail.
Dean Bressler, Dana Brosig, and Pete Baier represented Mesa County at the Lunch Loop Connector Trail ground-breaking event and have been involved in the process of this expansion project to connect the trail to the downtown area.

Clifton Clerk’s Satellite Office On Public Hearing Agenda



Mesa County, CO. - Tina Peters, Mesa County Clerk and Recorder, has secured a lease with PeachTree Center, LLC to re-occupy the DMV space formerly utilized by the Mesa County Clerk, in Clifton. The office space is on the east end of the PeachTree shopping center just off Patterson Road and the I-70 Business Loop.

The public is invited to join Peters in the public hearing room, at 544 Rood Ave., for the weekly County Commissioner’s public hearing this Monday, May 20, at 9am. She will be presenting the County Commissioners with the lease for their final vote and approval to occupy the office space. Peters is fulfilling a campaign promise to provide satellite offices on both ends of the County after the offices were closed in 2016.

“We are one step away from continuing my plan to expand much needed motor vehicle services to Mesa County citizens,” Peters said. “The feedback from citizens has been steady about their desire for Mesa County to have more than one DMV office.”

The negotiated rent and expenses to re-open the Clifton office are a fraction of the costs paid by the County when it previously occupied the space and less than half the cost annually in previous years.

An anticipated open date for the Clifton office will be determined after all the logistics are finalized, which can’t be done until the lease is signed and formalized by the County Commissioners. The office would open this summer and would be open five days a week.

In March of this year, a partnership with the city of Fruita made it possible to open the Fruita satellite office. The cost for that office space is $150.00 a month for janitorial services and a portion of the utilities. The Fruita satellite office is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 5pm, and is located at 325 E. Aspen Ave.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Residents start journey to learn more about county government

Chairwoman of the Board of Mesa County Commissioners, Rose Pugliese, kicks off the Inside Mesa County course Wednesday evening in the public hearing room inside the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave.
On Wednesday evening, community members wanting to acquire more in-depth knowledge on how local government works, began Inside Mesa County, a nine-week course that gives an inside look into Mesa County's departments and budgets including interactive presentations from elected officials and county departments as well as tours of several facilities.
Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis talks to Inside Mesa County participants about the responsibilities and core functions of county government.

Over 25 people are taking the free course this year, held Wednesday evenings at the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave.

On the opening night, attendees heard from Commissioners Rose Pugliese and Scott McInnis, as well as County Administrator Frank Whidden. 
Mesa County Administrator Frank Whidden explains that the majority of Mesa County’s revenue comes from intergovernmental grants, property tax, sales and use tax. Total budgeted revenues for 2019 are $169,804,586, a 5% increase from the 2018 Adopted Budget.

If you are interested in attending our next class, please submit your application online at http://www.mesacounty.us/insidemesacounty/.