Friday, August 30, 2019

This Week in Pics

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners selected Peter Baier as the new Mesa County Administrator in public hearing on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. From left to right: Commissioner Scott McInnis, Commissioner Rose Pugliese, County Administrator Peter Baier, and Commissioner John Justman. Read more at https://bit.ly/2NwTNvW.
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed Aug. 29 – Sept. 2, 2019, as Fill the Boot Days in Mesa County. Learn more about the annual Fill the Boot campaign at https://gjfdnews.org/2019/08/26/mda-and-mesa-county-fire-fighters-to-kick-off-annual-fill-the-boot-campaign/. Pictured: Kendall Montagriff from the Western Colorado Muscular Dystrophy Association and Connor Charlesworth with the Grand Junction Fire Department accept the Fill the Boot Days proclamation.
Mesa County Commissioners congratulate resident Bruce Lohmiller on the recognition he received from the White House for his work in helping local veterans. 

 Join us on Sept. 4, 2019, from 9 to 11 a.m. for the Clifton Nature Park Clean-Up with Colorado Baby. This event is specially designed for families and children to participate.  https://bit.ly/329bSUV.

Regional Transportation Planning Office (RTPO) displays project boards at the Market on Main for the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan (2045 RTP) to encourage residents to learn about the plan and participate by taking a survey Help shape the future of transportation in the Grand Valley take the survey — https://gv2045rtp.com/survey/.

RTPO Senior Engineer Dean Bressler speaks to people about the 2045 RTP, and the importance of getting community input at the Market on Main.

A group of Colorado Mesa University (CMU) students gives feedback by placing dots on the map to identify areas they feel need most improvements are needed. Students commented that they thought 12th Street by the campus needs to become more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly. Let us know what you think, take the survey at https://gv2045rtp.com/survey/.

A CMU student gives feedback by placing dots on the map to identify areas they feel need most improvements. There are two ways to provide input— 1) Take the project survey 2) Pin the interactive map, which allows individuals to drag and drop pins or draw lines in areas that need improvement. Community participation is critical for this long-range plan because feedback will help the county and the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to prioritize where to spend the funding as it becomes available.

Mesa County Weed and Pest hosted a volunteer event to scout and remove yellow star-thistle, a List A noxious weed species found in a few parts of Colorado. 

Yellow star-thistle spreads by seed and can be fatal to horses. Local residents and personnel from Colorado National Monument and RiversEdge West joined Mesa County Weed and Pest to remove the invasive species.
Progress continues on the Palisade Plunge Trail, to date 1.6 miles of trail have been completed, which included a major creek crossing. Additionally, 2.2 miles have been cleared and rough cut.

Palisade Plunge Trail crews hike an hour each way daily to get to their current worksite.

Work continues on the Palisade Plunge, 32-mile, single-track trail. The $4 million project is scheduled to be completed by 2021.
Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) employees engage in a tabletop exercise to talk about response and readiness.
Did you know WIC provides healthy food for families with children up to age five?  Program Manager, Karla Klemm, interviews on the Everyday Families program about the importance of healthy foods in young one's lives. 
Idea to action.  Each of these sticky notes represents an idea from someone in the Healthy Mesa County group. MCPH is working with our community partners to implement them.
As a follow up to an Emerging Issue sent out from MCPH informing residents about the more than 100 cases of severe lung illness linked to vaping across the country, Health Promotion Specialist Kelsey Fife,  informs our community on some of the data we see in Mesa County with Vaping.  
Approximately 70 Public Works employees participated in a two-day safety training seminar, which included lunch for all attendees. 
After a morning of learning and discussing new safety topics, county personnel enjoys lunch prepared in-house. 
Thank you, Mike Doyhenard (pictured here) and Matt Nichols for grilling for the entire team!

Road and bridge family: although Otis Darnell said goodbye to Mesa County after his 39-tenure he periodically stops by when the crew gets together.
Public Works personnel waits for class to resume after the luncheon. The two-day seminar focuses on panel discussions and demonstration surrounding safety topics.
Traffic Technician Tina Dugger is ready for class!

Public Works personnel help put tables and chairs away after lunch before class gets underway. Go teamwork!

Administrative Assistant Heather Conder, MCSO Deputy Casey Dodson, and Risk Manager Jean Boothe get ready to present safety issues for Public Works staffers.

Help shape the future of transportation in the Grand Valley take the survey — https://gv2045rtp.com/survey/.
For more information on the DASH, visit https://downtowngj.org/.
This week, Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese participated in a panel discussion regarding local control in relation to oil and gas development at the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) Energy Summit in Denver. 

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese congratulates former Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis for receiving the Colorado Oil and Gas Association’s Industry Advocate award.

Support Local Buisnesses, Ride The Dash

Do the DASH – Special Event


Do the Dash – Friday, Sept. 6

In partnership with Colorado Mesa University, Downtown Grand Junction, and the Horizon Drive District, Mesa County is encouraging the community to support local businesses and ride the DASH around town. 

Grab your friends and coworkers, check out local art, unwind after work for a social hour, and Do the DASH.

The first 100 people who ride the DASH between 5:00-7:00 p.m. to supporting business locations will receive special discounts from Cruisers Bar and the Colorado Mesa University Bookstore. 

In addition, all DASHERS that visit the new CMU art gallery, 437CO Art Gallery, will be entered into a drawing to win a student art piece. 437CO will be launching a new exhibit on Friday, Sept. 6 as part of the monthly First Friday event Downtown Grand Junction. Ride the DASH and enjoy all that Downtown, Horizon Drive, and Colorado Mesa University have to offer.

Those who have never tried the DASH, it is a free bus service that operates along Route 1 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 4:15 p.m -12:15 a.m. The DASH route travels down Main Street, up 12th Street past the college, over to Horizon Drive, and the Grand Junction Regional Airport. This service operates on the same loop on a 30-minute frequency. For more information on the DASH visit https://downtowngj.org/. 

For more information on the DASH shuttle service and Grand Valley Transit, contact Sarah Brooks at 970-244-1830 or by email sarah.brooks@mesacounty.us.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Fill the Boot Days for Muscular Dystrophy Association

Kendall Montagriff from the Western Colorado Muscular Dystrophy Association and Connor Charlesworth with the Grand Junction Fire Department accepted the Fill the Boot Days proclamation in public hearing on Aug. 26, 2019.
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed Aug. 29 – Sept. 2, 2019, as “Fill the Boot Days” in Mesa County.

Learn more about the annual Fill the Boot campaign at https://gjfdnews.org/2019/08/26/mda-and-mesa-county-fire-fighters-to-kick-off-annual-fill-the-boot-campaign/.

The proclamation states:

"WHEREAS, the Fire Fighters of Mesa County and the Grand Junction Professional Fire Fighters L2808, are an example of public service and sacrifice, displaying the nobility to protect the citizens of our community; and

WHEREAS, they selflessly contribute their time and energy fighting for kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit muscle strength and mobility by “Filling the Boot” each year for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA); and

WHEREAS, in the past 10 years, the Fire Fighters in Mesa County including the Grand Junction Fire Department, Clifton Fire Protection District, Palisade Fire Department, Lands’ End Fire Protection District, and the Lower Valley Fire District, have raised more than $147,000 for MDA through the annual “Fill the Boot” campaign.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Mesa County Commissioners hereby proclaims August 29 – September 2, 2019, as “Fill the Boot Days” in Mesa County."



Clifton Nature Park Clean-Up with Colorado Baby

Join us in the clean-up of Clifton Nature Park to help us maintain and create healthy landscapes to enjoy.

The event will take place from 9 a.m to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. The event includes an opportunity for a descriptive nature walk after monitoring the growth of native plants, picking up trash, clearing out weeds and playing games along the way! 

This event is specifically designed for families and children to participate.

Make sure you pack sunglasses, sunscreen, snacks, and water. We recommend you wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants, and sturdy shoes. We will have some gloves available, but if you have a favorite pair— please bring them along!

Meet at the Clifton Nature Park parking lot, which is located on the south side of D Road between 32 1/4 and 32 1/2 roads, next door to the Clifton Sanitation District.

This Clifton Nature Park clean-up is sponsored by Mesa County, RiversEdge West, Clifton Sanitation District, and Colorado Baby.

For more information, please contact Teresa Nees at (970) 257-9336

Monday, August 26, 2019

County offices closed on Monday for Labor Day


Many Mesa County offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in observance of Labor Day.

This one-day closure does not include the Coroner’s Office, Criminal Justice Services, or emergency functions of the Sheriff’s Office.

Animal Services will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


This closure includes:
Administration, Assessor, County Commissioners, County Attorney, Financial Services, Human Resources, IT, Surveyor, Treasurer (544 Rood Ave.)
Clerk & Recorder: Motor Vehicle (all locations), Recording, Elections, Clerk to the Board (200 S. Spruce St.)
Composting Facility, Hazardous Waste, Solid Waste Administration (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Department of Human Services  (510 29 1/2 Road)
District Attorney's Office (125 N. Spruce St.)
Facilities and Fairgrounds (2785 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Grand Valley Transit fixed and paratransit services (525 S. 6th St.)
Public Health (510 29 1/2 Road)
Public Works, Building, and Planning (971 Coffman Road & 200 S. Spruce St.)
Regional Transportation Planning Office (525 S. Sixth St.)
Sheriff’s Office: Records and Civil Divisions (215 Rice St.)
Tri-River CSU Extension (2775 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Workforce Center (512 29 1/2 Road)

Alternate Hours:
Animal Services (971A Coffman Road) will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This closure does NOT include:
Coroner's Office
Criminal Justice Services (all locations)
Sheriff's Office - jail, patrol, emergency services (215 Rice St.)

Commissioners Employ Peter Baier as County Administrator

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners employs Peter Baier effective immediately for the Mesa County Administrator position. From left to right: Commissioner Scott McInnis, Commissioner Rose Pugliese, County Administrator Peter Baier, and Commissioner John Justman. 
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners signed a contract to employ Peter Baier effective immediately for the Mesa County Administrator position after a unanimous vote this morning in public hearing.

“Pete is very familiar with the operations and budget process of the county. We could not have hired a better person for the job,” Rose Pugliese, Chairwoman of the Board of Mesa County Commissioners, said.

Baier graduated from the University of Colorado with a master’s degree in public administration. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Colorado, and also earned a bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State College and an associate’s degree from Mesa State College.

"I am looking forward to working with the Board of County Commissioners and county employees to provide essential services to our community,” Mesa County Administrator Pete Baier said. “I am also looking forward to working with the residents of Mesa County and community partners in keeping Mesa County a great place to live."

Baier has been employed with Mesa County for more than 23 years and has served as Public Works Director for 20 of those years. During his tenure, he also held the positions of Development Engineer and Engineering Director. As Public Works Director, Baier managed projects such as the construction of the 30 Road Underpass, 29 Road Bridge, and was the Field Operations Manager for the West Salt Creek Landslide. He is currently overseeing the county's efforts on the Palisade Plunge project and the 29 Road interchange project.

“It is truly an honor to serve my community,” Baier added.