Friday, November 1, 2019

This Week in Pics

Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) employee, Vincent Burkhardt, received the Mountain Mover Award at the Annual Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Office of Emergency Preparedness & Response Partner’s Meeting! Vince has gone above and beyond his duties as a regional EPR specialist to assist the state in dissolving the Kaiser Cache in Denver and be a subject matter expert for the state in supply chain management.
MCPH Epidemiologist Andy Tyler educates our community on the dangers of lead on a KREX 5 Noon interview about Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, which is an effort to reduce childhood exposure to lead. Watch the interview at

Last Friday, Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, Angelica Jestrovich, and many other Elections staff members pulled all their resources together to set up Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPCs).

Mesa County Regional Transportation Planning Office (RTPO) had a busy weekend highlighting and showcasing Grand Valley Transit (GVT) services at community events in Fruita and Grand Junction.

GVT staff took a bus out to the Fruita Truck-or-Treat event to hand out candy. Fruita had a large variety of vehicles at their annual event, and GVT staff welcomed about 800 kids and parents onto the bus for a tour.

GVT staff hands out candy at the Fruita Truck-or-Treat event on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Mesa County RTPO staff Sarah Brooks and Andy Gingerich participated in the Colorado Mesa University (CMU) Homecoming Parade on Saturday, with a DASH Bus. RTPO staff partnered with students from CMU Sustainability Council for the float. The Sustainability Council made signs promoting the use of Compressed Natural Gas and encouraged people to ride the bus.

Mesa County RTPO hung a banner on the back of a DASH bus to promote the CMU bus pass program. CMU students enrolled in a minimum of six credits are eligible to obtain a free GVT pass as part of their student fees.

Students prep for the CMU Homecoming Parade.

CMU students fashioned Mav horns on the front of the DASH bus. Sarah Brooks, Mobility Manager, dressed up as the Mobilicorn, promoting Mobility for ALL.

Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese reminds voters that every election is important. Get your voice heard, vote!
Mind your speed when approaching this area of the Palisade Plunge Trail. 
Moving boulders by hand. The Palisade Plunge crew working on the Grand Junction side has finished 2,100-feet of the trail up to pinch point of Mile Post (MP) 23.26, spending the majority of their time performing technical rock work. They've also built a 14-foot tall rock wall to help traverse some of the dangerous edges of cliff sections. The Lands End crew has been cleaning up around Cliff Lake and addressing some of the issues that were discussed during the trail inspection the previous week. 

Building ramps with rocks. The crew working on the Palisade side of the Palisade Plunge Trail, continue to encounter very technical rock work.

 As of Oct. 25, the Palisade Plunge Trail has a total of approximately 6.31 miles of total finished trail and around 1.73 miles of rough-cut trail.
The Land Use Hearing of Oct. 29 was well attended by residents wanting to share their views and opinions. Watch what happened at

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners took public comment on the PRO2019-0130 RZ - Marasco Family Farm Rezone, which was continued to Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. for consideration.

Employees at MCPH gather to get an agency update at a quarterly all-staff meeting. The agency recognized excellence, learned about community impact occurring in current initiatives, and celebrated wins! We’re proud to be working together for a healthier community!

Karla Klemm, WIC Program Manager, and Mary Cornforth, Executive Administration Manager, attend the MCPH all-staff meeting.
MCPH personnel gathers for an agency update at a quarterly staff meeting. 

Employees with MCPH attend an agency luncheon meeting to discuss current initiatives and outcomes.

For more information, contact Tri-River Area Extension—Mesa County 4-H at 970-244-1834 or
Mesa County is looking for input on much-needed updates to the Land Development Code (LDC) to improve services and processing time to move projects through the system more efficiently. Learn more at
Mesa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) Records was full of Lumberjacks and Lumberjills on Oct. 31, ready to help chop down crime!

MCSO's Wendy Likes is keeping us all fed as THE Wendy from Wendy's!  

We have a lot of breadwinners at MCSO, especially Bernice Stogsdill.

On Halloween, Motor Vehicle (MV) personnel dressed up and assisted customers. 

In the spirit of Halloween, Shawn Burd, Commissioner to Convey Real Estate & Right-of-Way Agent, decorated himself and his office. It's five o'clock somewhere!

Human Resources staff members were clowning around on Halloween.

Eric Farslow has the spider power!

Don Clements is such a Joker!

A Velociraptor renews tags at the Clifton MV Thursday morning.

A T-Rex and a Velociraptor walk into the Clifton MV. 
Happy Halloween from the RTPO staff! 
"Captain Jenn" (Jennifer Richardson), "Willie Nelson" (Brandi Goller), "Pretty Kitty" (Nicole Worthington), and "The Blood Witch" (Meta Boon) of Solid Waste Management greet customers at the landfill with special fanfare and candy on Halloween!
The elevator at the old Mesa County Courthouse will be replaced due to the inability to get replacement parts. Starting Dec. 2, 2019, there will be no elevator service for approximately nine weeks during the installation of the new unit. Read more at

Elevator will be out of service at old courthouse

The elevator at the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave., will be replaced due to the inability to get replacement parts. Starting Dec. 2, 2019, there will be no elevator service for approximately nine weeks during the installation of the new unit.

During the replacement period, services will remain available — accommodations will be in place to address accessibility issues.

“The elevator is more than 30 years old, and parts are no longer available, so the entire unit must be replaced,” Mesa County Facilities Director Greg Linza said. “The elevator will be out of order during the installation process, which should conclude the later part of January 2020.”

Departments housed in the old courthouse include Administration, Assessor, Commissioners, County Attorney, GIS, Human Resources, Information Technology, Purchasing, Risk Management, Surveyor, and Treasurer. To view a list of services, visit

“The exterior elevator near the 6th Street entrance will remain in service,” Linza added. “That elevator takes people to the Surveyor’s Office and will not be affected by the replacement of the interior elevator.”

Mesa County is committed to addressing needs and services to serve the community while the elevator replacement takes place.

For questions regarding accessibility, please contact Greg Linza, Mesa County Facilities Director, at 970-244-3232.

Voters, Check Your Ballot Status

This postcard was not sent by Mesa County Elections nor the Secretary of State's Office.
Many voters have contacted Mesa County Elections to inquire about their ballot status after receiving a postcard in the mail that states, "Secretary of State Records Indicate You Haven't Returned Your Ballot." 

“Elections verified the receipt of all ballots for those individuals that contacted us. This postcard does not appear to be accurate,” Elections and Recording Manager Jessica Empson said.  “Please know that this postcard was NOT sent by our office nor the Secretary of State's Office.”

If you have concerns about where your ballot is in the process, please follow the below steps to check on your ballot status:

Click on Find My Registration
Input your information
Click on Ballot Information, and the status of your ballot will appear

Mesa County Elections is committed to the integrity and security of our facilities, equipment, data, and elections.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Changes to the LDC condense and streamline processes

Mesa County is looking for input on much-needed updates to the Land Development Code (LDC) to improve services and processing time to move projects through the system more efficiently.
The updates aim to modernize Mesa County Land Use Codes and to provide a more user-friendly document that combines various ordinances and code standards to avoid redundancy.

The proposed code update condenses and streamlines processes such as:
  • Major and Minor Subdivision
  • Site Plan(s)
    • Major vs. Minor
    • Conditional Use
  • Urban vs. Rural
  • Landscaping requirements
  • Property Line Adjustments
  • Density by Design Toolbox
Currently, we are seeking comments on this update, to submit your comments, visit or attend an open house with the Mesa County Planning Department on Nov. 6. See below for more details.

Join us for an open house with the Mesa County Planning Department
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, from 4:30-7:30pm
Mesa County Central Services Lobby (East Entrance)
200 S. Spruce Street, in Grand Junction.

Please note, final updates to the Land Development Code will be presented in the following public meetings:
  1. Mesa County Planning Commission — Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at 6 p.m. Mesa County Public Hearing Room, 544 Rood Avenue, on the second floor.
  2. Mesa County Board of Commissioners — Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, at 9 a.m. in the Mesa County Public Hearing Room, 544 Rood Avenue, on the second floor.