Friday, January 17, 2020

This Week in Pics

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, during Land Use Hearing, representatives from the Mesa County Planning Division, Greg Moberg, and Todd Hollenbeck presented before Board of County Commissioners a request to update the entire Mesa County Land Development Code. Watch what happened at
Mesa County Commissioners John Justman and Rose Pugliese express that updating the Land Development Code to make it more business-friendly has been one of their priorities since they both took office. The Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to approve an update to the entire Mesa County Land Development Code, which will provide a more user-friendly document that reduces redundancy, creates flexibility, streamlines submittal and review processes and institutes more realistic and achievable design, landscape and development standards.

Community Development Director Todd Hollenbeck, Principal Planner Greg Moberg, and County Attorney Patrick Coleman pause for a picture after the TXT Land Development Code Update item was approved by the Board of County Commissioners. The previous Land Development Code was almost 550 pages, however, with the new updates aimed to reduce redundancy and to make the document user-friendly, the code is now only 60 pages.
Mesa County Commissioners thank and visit with members of the Code Focus Group after the adjournment of the hearing. Commissioner Rose Pugliese said: "We are grateful to the Code Focus Group and our staff for getting this massive update accomplished."
Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis (right) talks to Daily Sentinel Reporter Charles Ashby (left) about his accomplishments so far in office, and the upcoming projects and priorities he will be focusing on this year.

Greg Moberg, Mesa County's Principal Planner, has been instrumental in the timeliness and rewrite of the Land Development Code. Moberg was recently elected for a two-year term as the Northwest Area Representative to the American Planning Association (APA) Colorado Chapter Executive Board. According to the APA's website, "The Colorado Chapter is the state affiliate of the American Planning Association (APA). The Colorado Chapter is an organization of professionally practicing planners, officials, and citizens providing vision and leadership for the future development of Colorado communities. The association serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas, as a network in support of planning professionals, and as a bridge to build cooperation among planners, allied professionals, and the public through education and awareness. We are a member organization of professional planners and planning officials who serve Colorado’s communities in many ways, at all levels of government, the private sector, and non-profit organizations. The 1400+ membership is divided into Regions and served by an Executive Board. Elections are held every year for approximately half the Board." Congratulations, Greg!
The Mesa County Treasurer's Office has been working diligently to verify that over 90,000 tax accounts are balanced and that the tax roll is ready to go, all while keeping their smiles and sense of humor. Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner wrote the following: "After a grueling few weeks bringing in the tax rolls, our eyes are slightly bloodshot, but we are ready to send data to our printer. Mesa County 2019 Tax Bills will begin popping up in mailboxes in a few weeks! Bills are available online now at"

Mesa County Treasurer Sheila Reiner reminds residents that debit or credit cards are accepted as a method of payment for any in-person transaction.
Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) Environmental Health Specialist, David Wang (second from left at table) speaks to a group of food truck vendors as part of a collaborative approach to food safety.
The Western Slope Breastfeeding Coalition listens as Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) Communication and Marketing Manager, Amanda Mayle, gives tips and tricks to convey important information on social media.
Kelsey Fife, MCPH Health Promotion Specialist, interviews with a local reporter about the dangers associated with vaping, given a recent study that showed most young people don’t understand the health impacts of the products.

Did you know bus riders take an average of 30% more steps than those who drive? Have you ever used GVT or the DASH? If you would like to learn more about our public transit system or how to ride the bus, contact Mobility Manager Sarah Brooks at to schedule a group travel training class.
Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis announced this week that County Sheriffs of Colorado, Inc. (CSOC), the state Sheriffs Association, will award a $500 scholarship to a deserving Mesa County student next spring. Scholarship announcements have been mailed to all high school offices in the eligible counties and to all Colorado higher education institutions. Applications are available online at or at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, which is located at 215 Rice Street. For more information, visit

On Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, the elevator at the old Mesa County Courthouse was taken out of service to begin the replacement project.

Work to replace the elevator got underway on Monday afternoon. The elevator is more than 30 years old, and replacement parts are no longer available.   

Crews work to remove the elevator in the old Mesa County Courthouse. There will be no elevator service in the building for approximately eight weeks. However, during the replacement period, accommodations will be in place to address accessibility issues.

Lead Maintenance Technician Dan Adams works with crews replacing the elevator on Tuesday afternoon to make sure everything is running smoothly.

Crews work in the elevator machine room, located in the basement of the old Mesa County Courthouse, to take the elevator apart.
Diana Pennington and John Franklin, with Mesa County Mail Services Division, sort through mail Thursday morning to deliver it to the various county departments, and they are getting their steps in because the elevator will be out of service for a few weeks. Thank you, Diana and John!
On Thursday afternoon, Greg Moberg and Todd Hollenbeck, with the Mesa County Planning Division, hosted a Planning Workshop during the lunch hour for the Board of County Commissioners, Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments, and the Code Focus Group.
The Planning Workshop allowed staff members to present the 2020 Planning Work Program while discussing current and future planning issues with the group.

Pete Baier, Mesa County Administrator, shares his input with Planning Workshop attendees for the future of Mesa County's Master Plan. The plan is a framework and guide for accomplishing community aspirations and intentions. It states goals and objectives and recommends courses of action for the future growth and development of land, public facilities and services, and environmental protection.
Community Development Director Todd Hollenbeck presented on the Master Plan Review, Resource Management Plan and the Planning Fees Update, and assigned and outlined the roles and responsibilities of staff, the Code Focus Group, and the Planning Commission.
We are lucky to live in such a beautiful place. This photo was taken in the desert off 21 Road.

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