Friday, January 10, 2020

This Week in Pics

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners conducted their first administrative public hearing of the year on Monday, Jan. 6. See what they voted on at
On Monday, Jan 6, 2020, Mesa County Commissioners unanimously voted Commissioner Scott McInnis as the 2020 Chairman of the Board of Mesa County Commissioners. “I am honored to assume the role of Chairman, and I feel privileged to work alongside my two colleagues John Justman and Rose Pugliese,” McInnis said. “Rose has done an outstanding job leading us as Chairwoman three separate times, and I am thankful for her dedication and leadership.” Read more at
Scott Mai, Deputy Public Works Director, briefs the Board of County Commissioners on an agreement for on-call consultant services for local sanitary facilities.
Rudy Bevan, Road Supervisor, gives the Mesa County Commissioners updates on a contract to purchase cold magnesium chloride and contracts with three local gravel suppliers for this year's material requirements.
Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed January 2020, as National Crime Stoppers Awareness Month and called upon residents to join Crime Stoppers of Mesa County to help prevent crime. Crime Stoppers of Mesa County program was founded in 1983 through the efforts of local law enforcement agencies and dedicated community members. The program operates as an independent organization to help fight crime in our community. Learn more at
The Board of Mesa County Commissioners proclaimed January 2020, as National Mentoring Month in Mesa County and encourages citizens to become involved with local youth and become a mentor through coaching, tutoring, volunteering, and teaching. Mesa County Partners pairs adult role models with at-risk youth while providing a variety of structured activities and support to build quality mentoring programs for youth in our community. Read more at
On Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese shared the following message: "Seven years ago today, I was sworn in as Mesa County Commissioner. It has been my great honor to serve the people of Mesa County."
Mesa County Commissioner John Justman talks to Daily Sentinel Reporter Charles Ashby about his goals and priorities for 2020.

On Jan. 3, Commissioner John Justman visited the new Bureau of Land Management office located at 760 Horizon Drive in Grand Junction. He commented, "These posters show what the BLM does on public lands. These new headquarters are going to be very helpful in managing public lands in the West! It is good for Mesa County and all of the west, and we are glad they are here!"
Commissioner Scott McInnis met with Mesa County residents Tony and Angie (Tony's mom) and gave them a tour of the third floor of the old Mesa County Courthouse. Tony was pleased to visit with Commissioner McInnis to learn about the functions and services Mesa County government provides.

Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee (left) delivers the 2019 Tax Warrant to the Mesa County Treasurer's Office. Deputy Treasurer Jackie Campbell (right) makes sure the tax roll balances by comparing figures from the Assessor's Office versus what the Treasurer's Office has before the documents are taken to Treasurer Sheila Reiner for approval and signature. Over 80,000 tax accounts were reviewed.
Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee and Treasurer Sheila Reiner review and execute the 2019 Tax Warrant. By state law, upon the receipt of the certified mill levies from the Board of County Commissioners, the Assessor enters the mill levies, extends the calculations against the individual assessed values, and forwards the resulting tax warrant to the Treasurer by January 10th for collection.

It's official! The tax roll is ready for collection. Property tax is collected to support Mesa County, schools, libraries, roads, cities, and towns, fire protection districts and other special taxing districts. The Mesa County Treasurer's Office collects property tax on behalf of over 75 taxing districts.
Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner (right) and Deputy Treasurer Jackie Campbell (left) arrive at the Mesa County Public Trustee's Office to begin the transition of duties. In 2019, the Colorado Legislature passed a law changing how Public Trustees in the largest counties operate. Starting this July, the Mesa County Treasurer will be responsible for handling the work of Public Trustee.

Mesa County Public Trustee Mike Moran (center) has started helping Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner (left) and Deputy Jackie Campbell (right) transition into their new responsibilities their office will be absorbing in July 2020. Colorado Public Trustees in larger counties used to be appointed by the governor, but starting in July 2020, County Treasurers will be taking care of the work.
Accounting Administrator Melissa Herek (left) and Accounting Specialist Karen Reiher (right) discuss a tax parcel in the Mesa County Treasurer's Office.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters (second from the right) and staff members were excited to receive a gift from the Board of Mesa County Commissioners on Wednesday. The Mesa County Employees Association (MCEA) delivered the gifts on behalf of the Board as a token of appreciation to all employees for their hard work and dedication. Thank you, Mesa County Commissioners and MCEA!
Criminal Justice Services Department employees received a gift from the Commissioners, an insulated lunch bag with a message that reads: "We don't do average we do awesome!" From left to right: Substance Abuse Counselor Angela Morgan, Clinical Director Jason Talley, Case Manager Alicia McNamara, Substance Abuse Counselor Crystal Kisselburgh, Case Manager Priscila Otero, and Substance Abuse Counselor Melissa Fox.
Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners Scott McInnis led the first Mesa County Land Resources Managers Meeting of the year on Thursday afternoon.

Approximately 25 local, state and federal community leaders attended the Land Resources Managers Meeting to represent their agency and give an update all related to land resources and public lands.
Montana Cohn, Noxious Weed and Pest Management Coordinator, gives an update on 2019 accomplishments and the pest and noxious weeds he will be tracking this year in accordance with the Colorado Noxious Weed Act.
Paul Mitts, Information Technology (IT) Technical Support Specialist and Administration staff (left to right) Kristen Cole, Linda Fraiser, and René Romero take a farewell ride in the elevator in the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave., one last time before it is replaced. As of Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, there will be no elevator service for approximately eight weeks during the installation of the new elevator. For more information, visit

IT Technical Support Specialist Paul Mitts showcases a notice that states, "The elevator in this courthouse will be out of order January 13, 2020, through March 13, 2020. For assistance, please see the front desk."

Last week, Senior Transportation Planner/Engineer Dean Bressler rode the Monument Connector Trail and took several pictures of the trail.

The Monument Connector Trail is now open to the public. The trail connects the Riverside area to the Lunch Loops Trail Head.
The Monument Connector Trail, which connects the Riverside area to the Lunch Loops Trail Head, is approximately 1.5 miles. The new trail connector will be dedicated on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Lunch Loop parking lot.

Major project partners for the Monument Connector Trail include Mesa County, the City of Grand Junction, Colorado West Land Trust, Great Outdoors Colorado, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Gates Family Foundation, Bureau of Land Management, and others.
A view of snow accumulation on the Monument Connector Trail.
The Mesa County Building Department will be hosting the 2020 Building Department Code Training on Jan. 30 and 31 at the Mesa County Fairgrounds. For details, visit

Looking for an opportunity to volunteer? Become a Victim's Advocate! Don't have any experience? They will train you! Learn more at
Starting Jan. 13, 2020, there will be no elevator service for approximately eight weeks during the installation of the new elevator at the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave. For more information, visit
Mesa County Elections will be performing a Logic and Accuracy test between the hours of 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, for voting equipment being used for the Primary Election in March.  The test will be performed at the Mesa County Elections office, located at 200 S. Spruce Street, by Elections staff and Democratic and Republican Party representatives. The Logic and Accuracy test allows the Mesa County Elections Office, the party representatives, and the public to be confident that the equipment is running efficiently. Members of the public who are interested in learning more about the election process are encouraged to attend. For more information, email or call (970) 244-1662.

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