Friday, September 6, 2019

This Week in Pics

Department of Human Services celebrated the 35-year career of Shauna Wilson by throwing her a retirement party complete with a cake, tiara and plaque. To new beginnings and happy memories, congratulations, Shauna!

Thank you for your 35 years of outstanding service, Shauna Wilson! All the best wishes for a happy retirement.
Sarah Johnson, Community Network Coordinator at Mesa County Public Health, volunteers to help pick produce from the CSU research station.  Fresh produce is picked and distributed to food banks, schools and nonprofits.  

As part of International Overdose Awareness Day, Healthy Mesa County’s Opioid Response Group collaborated with other local agencies to put on a resource fair and candlelight vigil. The events were branded, across the globe as a “Time To Remember.  Time to Act.”

Ashley Miller, Environmental Health Specialist with Mesa County Public Health, shares information on the Blue Ribbon Award.  It’s given to restaurants that go above and beyond to ensure food safety.  This interview at KKCO 11 News shared information with our community about Food Safety Education Month.  Be sure to look for this Blue Ribbon when dining out, and ask your server about your favorite restaurant's participation in the program.
Healthy Mesa County’s Opioid Response Group distributed lock boxes and locking pill bottles for safe storage of medicines at home at the Market on Main this week.​ ​The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RxALI) of Colorado brings together local, state and national leaders to identify solutions that help prevent the misuse of prescription medicines. Their trailer, which is an interactive mock teenage bedroom which parents and community members can visit to see possible warning signs of drug abuse, saw the highest turnout so far on the statewide tour.

Meet Brandi Goller, the new Office Administrator for Mesa County's Solid Waste Management.  Brandi received her Master of Business Administration from Warner University and has previous accounting and administrative experience in the public and private sector. Brandi is from central Florida but moved to Palisade in 2018 after she had experienced enough hurricane seasons for a lifetime. She is an orange juice connoisseur who loves hiking and the outdoors. Please contact Mrs. Goller with questions related to landfill accounts and public outreach campaigns. Welcome aboard, Brandi!

The Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, located at the Solid Waste Management Campus near Whitewater, disposes of paint at no cost to residents to help keep it out of the soil and waterways.
Bill Clarke with the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility chisels off layers of oil-based paint from components of the paint-can crusher.

This week, at the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, staff dismantled an oil-based paint crusher for maintenance and cleaning.

Employees with the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility assist a Mesa County resident in unloading household chemicals and other hazardous materials to keep them out of the landfill.

Carey Awe with Mesa County Elections holds down the fort while team members attend a  Western County Clerks training, put on by Colorado Secretary of State's Office in Glenwood Springs, to help prepare for 2019 and 2020 elections.
A bat lays in the hallway at the Mesa County Central Services Building. If residents find a wild animal on their property, dead or alive, they should contact Mesa County Animal Services (MCAS) at (970) 242-4646 for guidance.  It’s important to have dead bats found in your home tested for rabies because their bites can often be small and undetectable. Bats are the animal that most frequently tests positive for rabies in Mesa County.

To learn more about rabies prevention, including how to protect your pets, your home, and your family, visit Please remember, no matter how young or innocent wild animals look, you should leave them alone. If you’re concerned, you can always call MCAS or Colorado Parks and Wildlife for help.

Mesa County Administrator Pete Baier and Public Works leadership discuss upcoming projects and status of projects that have gotten underway. Clockwise: Administrator Peter Baier, Engineering Division Director Scott Mai, GVMPO Director Dana Brosig, Fleet Supervisor Eric Brown, Road and Bridge Manager Rudy Bevan, Solid Waste & Sustainability Division Director Jennifer Richardson and Community Development Director Todd Hollenbeck.

A site visit was conducted this week at Douglas Wash to look at areas that cause flooding in the drainage basin. The main goal is to reduce the effect of flooding by slowing down water flow.
According to a floodplain study conducted on Douglas Wash a few years ago, major flooding may occur at the point where Douglas Wash crosses under Highway 6 and the corridor between I-70 and the Colorado River.

Mesa County Regulatory Programs Manager Carrie Gudorf and Engineering Division Director Scott Mai check out possible locations for detention dams within the Douglas Wash with consultant Dale Mathison from Ayres Associates.

Palisade Plunge update: the crew working from Lands End Road, which includes two excavators and six staffers, had a tough week with some insanely thick corridor that took half of the week to get through. They have trail roughed past the second creek crossing to MP 16.8 and finished the portion of the trail to MP 16.4 and are less than a mile away from Cliff Lake.

Nice curve feature of the finished portion of the Palisade Plunge Trail. To date, a total of 2.3 miles of total finish trail completed with an additional 2.4 miles of trail cleared and roughed in.

The creek (trench) crossing, east of Cliff Lake, on the Palisade Plunge Trail may need a wood bridge installed instead of a regular sloped crossing due to its configuration and lack of rock material nearby to construct a rock crossing. 

Signs of a bear were spotted on the road up to the Palisade Plunge Trail.

On Thursday morning, Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese, CU Regent Heidi Ganahl and Dr. Nathan Perry, Ph.D. along with Debbie Brown with Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED) participated in a roundtable to discuss responsible energy development. The meeting was held at Colorado Mesa Univerity. 

Commissioner Rose Pugliese discusses the impacts of energy development on Mesa County's economy at a roundtable hosted by CRED.
Do you have an opinion about transportation in the Grand Valley? Of course you do, and we want to hear it! That’s why we are seeking public input for the  2045 Regional Transportation Plan. ​S​hare your opinion​ ​online ​through a ​survey and ​interactive ​map:​ or attend one of the workshops.​
Diana with Mesa County Mail Services Division smiles as she delivers mail Friday afternoon. The new division was formed on Sept. 1, 2019, to manage mail distribution across all Mesa County departments and divisions. The office is located on the first floor of the old Mesa County Courthouse across the hall from the Treasurer's Office.

Do you have an opinion about transportation in the Grand Valley?

Of course, you do and we want to hear it! That’s why we are seeking public input for the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan

Ways to share your opinion:

Online Survey and Interactive Map:

Focused Workshops:
  • Monday, Sept. 9 – 5:30-7:00 p.m. at The Factory, 750 Main Street, in Grand Junction
  • Tuesday, Sept. 10 – 12:00-1:30 p.m. at the Mesa County Central Library, 443 N 6th St, in Grand Junction
  • Tuesday, Sept. 10 – 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Clifton Community Hall, 126 2nd St., in Clifton

What is the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan?
  • Identifies prioritized multimodal projects for implementation 
    • The plan will include a list of prioritized projects that will determine where transportation funding should be spent and is also used to seek additional funding. Multimodal projects include roadway, bike/pedestrian, transit, and freight projects.
  • Ensures the vision, goals, and priorities reflect the desires of current community member
    • The 2045 Regional Transportation Plan should reflect the desires of the community. Communities change, priorities change, and decision-makers have to decide where transportation funds are spent. What do you want the transportation system to look like in 2045? 
  • Mandated to be updated every 5 years in order to qualify for Federal funding
    • In order to receive federal funding for transportation, the Grand Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is required to have a regional transportation plan and update it every 5 years. 

  • Reflect and incorporate rapidly changing transportation technology and innovation
    • Communities continuously change as does the world around them. Our transportation system should be responsive to community needs while incorporating ever-improving technologies.