Friday, October 4, 2019

This Week in Pics

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis attended a Color Sunday Celebration on Sept. 29 at the Mesa Community Center, 48973 KE Road, in the town of Mesa. From left to right: Chad Toenjes, Commissioner McInnis, and Ernest Lax. Mr. Toenjes and 92-year-old Ernest Lax were tablemates and discovered they both served in the U.S. Navy's Aviation School in Jacksonville, Fla., 35 years apart.

The 14th annual arts & crafts fair and luncheon held on Color Sunday at the Mesa Community Center supports three 4-H clubs. Proceeds from the event will fund all three club's activities for an entire year.

The delicious turkey luncheon served 880 people this year. Craft vendors are also there for shopping!

 Plateau Valley 4-H members get ready to serve desserts!
Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis and sister, Caré McInnis, enjoy the Color Sunday luncheon hosted by the Plateau Valley 4-H Club in the town of Mesa.

Regulatory Programs Manager Carrie Gudorf presents at the 2019 Annual Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers (CASFM) Conference in Crested Butte, Colo. Gudorf discusses the Veteran's Memorial Park Detention Pond, a 30.2 acre-foot detention pond drainage project that integrates form and function to deliver better service mixed with outdoor recreation opportunities for residents.

Laura Page, Public Works Construction Group Manager, talks to CASFM Conference attendees about the Veteran's Memorial Park Detention Pond, "How Water Brings People Together." Additionally, Ayres Associates helped present on the design portion of the presentation.
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners unanimously voted to approve an agreement between Mesa County and Capco, LLC, concerning Personal Property Tax Incentive Payments. Tax incentive agreements like this one are designed to promote economic development activities within Mesa County and generate employment opportunities for Mesa County residents.
Mesa County officials and community members met at the Clifton Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 2, to discuss a neighborhood clean-up pilot program.
Mesa County Employee’s Association (MCEA) members Nicole Worthington, Amy Joy, Heidi Bellati, Donna Redd, and René Romero assemble table gifts for the 39th Annual Employee Recognition Luncheon.

The finished product! These gifts will adorn the tables at recognition luncheon themed — Fiesta like there is no mañana!
Thank you, MCEA, for hosting the 39th Annual Employee Recognition Luncheon! MCEA is a representative body for all employees. The Mission of the MCEA is to create an environment that values, encourages and supports employee engagement and promotes a united organization by developing internal programs and events for Mesa County employees.

MCEA, along with Mesa County Commissioners and leadership recognized 119 employees for their length of service during the 39th Annual Employee Recognition Luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. To view a list of honorees, visit https://bit.ly/2mYCOI7.

Fifty-five Mesa County employees were recognized for their five years of service.

Fourteen Mesa County employees were recognized for their 10 years of service.

Fourteen Mesa County employees were recognized for their 15 years of service.

Nineteen Mesa County employees were recognized for their 20 years of service.

Twelve Mesa County employees were recognized for their 25 years of service.

Mesa County Commissioners and County Administrator honor Kathy Morgan (center) for her 30 years of service.

Lisa Armour (center-right) is recognized for her 35 years of service by the Board of Mesa County Commissioners, County Administrator and Animal Services Manager.


Vicki Audino (center-left) is recognized for her 35 years of service by the Board of Mesa County Commissioners, County Administrator and Community Development Director.


Rudy Bevan honors Lincoln Crawford for his 35 years of service.

Tracey Garchar honors Shauna Wilson for her 35 years of service.

Nearly 500 employees attended the recognition luncheon.
A local Mariachi band, Mariachi San Jose, played at the 39th Annual Employee Recognition Luncheon.

Generacion Folklorico Dance Group members danced as Mariachi San Jose played for the employee luncheon fiesta!

Current Mesa County Treasurer, Sheila Reiner stands alongside former Mesa County Treasurer and Public Trustee, Gena Harrison and Christine Horner at the employee recognition luncheon. Harrison served as Mesa County Treasurer for 40 years.

Mesa County employees enjoy a taco bar for lunch.

Mesa County employees celebrate their peers who have served the community for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years.

Jessica Guajardo and Sheri Lilly from the Department of Human Services enjoy time together at the employee recognition luncheon.

Heidi Belatti, president of MCEA, Amy Joy, MCEA Communications Specialist, and Cindy Barnett from Human Resources are all smiles at the 39th Annual Employee Recognition Luncheon.
To keep up with tradition, here is a picture CJSD Case Manager Dave Wetherald eating at the employee recognition luncheon Tuesday afternoon. Is there anything Dave won't eat?
This year, the honorees included employees who have served five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years — together, these employees have a combined 1,475 years of service!
Employees that participated in MCEA's Around the County trivia and won a drawing collect their prizes.
Employees from The Cowboy and the Rose Catering brought fantastic food and smiles to the 39th Annual Employee Recognition Luncheon.

After the employee recognition luncheon is over, it was all hands on deck to clean up. Great teamwork!
Mesa County Traffic Department personnel remove the employee recognition banners at the Mahindra Arena.
This week, Ginny Baughman, Land Records Technician, celebrates 18 years with the county. Congratulations, Ginny!
Mesa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) Deputy Baca and Deputy Ysasi attend the Western Colorado University Fall Career Fair. 

MCSO Deputy Bunch enjoys coffee and conversation with community members at a Coffee with a Cop event at Monument Village Coffee Shop on Broadway.

MSCO Undersheriff Rowell listens to residents as they share their priorities for the community over a cup of coffee.

A community member submitted this picture to share gratitude after a MCSO deputy paid for breakfast as a random act of kindness.
Wednesday, Oct. 2, was Walk & Roll to School Day. Mesa County Mobility Manager Sarah Brooks, collaborated with School District 51 schools, Mesa County Public Health (MCPH), and the Urban Trails Committee (UTC) to plan the event. Overall, nine schools opted to participate with designated meetup locations for walkers and bikers. Participating schools included: Taylor, Pomona, Rocky Mountain, Lincoln Orchard Mesa, Mesa View, Chatfield, Chipeta, Shelledy, and Rimrock Elementry Schools.

Volunteers from the Regional Transportation Planning Office (RTPO), MCPH, and UTC helped at various schools to walk and bike with kids, discuss pedestrian and bike safety, give out stickers, and assist with safe street crossings. Pictured above: a family participates in Walk & Roll to School Day.

Dana Brosig, MPO Director, talks with a family that walked to Chipeta Elementary together.

As part of Walk & Roll to School Day, Rimrock Elementary had a total of 10 meetup locations, and over 100 students participated from Chipeta Elementary.

Sarah Brooks, Mesa County Mobility Manager, walked her niece to Rimrock Elementary on Tuesday.

Taylor Elementary had 120 combined students, teachers, and parents participate in Walk & Roll to School Day. Taylor Elementary also partners each year with Palisade Fire, Emergency Management Services and the Police Department to help with safe street crossing.

Children at Chipeta Elementary biked to school on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Prizes are lined up for distribution to the schools that participated in Walk & Roll to School Day. A huge thank you to Mesa County Public Health for the donation to purchase prizes and helmets to give away at schools. Each school received a box of prizes, and the PE teachers held prize drawings for all the participating students at each school.
Mesa County Engineering personnel Laura Page, Scott Samuels, and Josh Springer, along with the Forest Service, Colorado Parks & Wildlife and the new Mesa County Trails Coordinator Ross Mittelman, check out the proposed alignment for Phase 2 of the Palisade Plunge Trail. 

The proposed alignment for Phase 2 of the Palisade Plunge Trail will come off the top of the Mesa at Shirttail Point and follow the part of the historic trail built by John Otto.

Doug Marah with the Forest Service, and Mesa County personnel, Ross Mittelman and Scott Samuels, discuss necessary reconstruction to the existing rock retaining wall.
This picture shows the existing Otto trail along the cliff face, with Lands End Road off in the distance. The trail will cross Lands End and join up with Phase 1 of the Palisade Plunge section of the trail.

The trail will run under the edge of the rock underhand.
The Mesa County Clerk and Recorder's Office celebrates autumn and teamwork and by coming together and breaking bread over delicious home-cooked soups.
Department of Human Services' Child Welfare workers Baylee Torres (right) and Kiira Moore (left) support each other by being 'twinsies' with their love of fox shirts! Way to promote self-care, team unity and care for your co-workers, ladies!
Did you know Mesa County Sheriff's Office deputies also work in the Mesa County Justice Center? Deputies provide law enforcement services and security for the courthouse, transport inmates and help maintain order in the courtroom. We would like to recognize a good deed by one of our court deputies. Today, the deputy took time out of his day to guide a person through the courthouse who happened to be blind. The deputy took it upon himself to lead this community member around the building, making sure she was able to finish all of her business. He then escorted her outside, where her ride was waiting. Kindness is infectious.