Friday, March 20, 2020

To Reduce COVID-19 Transmission County Closes Facilities to The Public


In compliance with guidelines issued by the federal, local and state government agencies, Mesa County has temporarily closed most County buildings.

Mesa County encourages residents to use online services at  www.mesacounty.us.

County departments and offices will remain staffed to support ongoing essential operations during this closure, which will be in place until further notice.

Mesa County’s priority is to continue to provide as many services as possible while protecting the health and safety of our employees and community.

Visit Mesa County Offices Virtually for additional information, and for up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit  https://health.mesacounty.us/covid19/.

Watch Public Hearings Online


In response to the COVID-19 social distancing requirements, residents wishing to view public hearings need to use the webcast option. At this time, there is no safe option to allow citizens into the public hearing room during a public hearing.

For public commenting or to listen only to public hearing, please follow the instructions below.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/493550045.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122

Access Code: 493-550-045

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Compassionate Shoppers Support Animals Up For Adoption

Today when a county employee went to a local store to stock up on supplies for the office, it started out not much different than any other. For one Mesa County Animal Services (MCAS) officer, buying dog food for the shelter animals is just another part of his job duties even with the COVID-19 public health crisis.

The officer initially connected with the store manager about the current dog food shortage they are experiencing. The shortage has limited shoppers to purchasing one bag of dog food; however, the manager granted the officer an additional bag for purchase because of the shelter status.

Photo Courtesy of MCAS of Kevin Bozarth, MCAS Officer 
While the Animal Services officer was talking to the store manager, multiple store employees and customers overheard the request to purchase dog food. The employees and customers then took it upon themselves to buy bags of dog food and donate those bags onsite to the officer as donations to shelter dogs. The compassion and generosity of these people made it possible for the officer to return to the Mesa County Animal Control shelter with an additional eight bags of dog food, for a total of 10 bags.

And yet this amazing story isn't over. After the shift of another store employee ended, one more bag of dog food was delivered to the shelter, and now our daily donation of dog food is up to nine bags.

From the MCAS staff:  "Thank you to the extremely generous people for coming to the aid of shelter dogs during these hard times."

If you would like to donate dog or cat food to MCAS, they are located at 971A Coffman Road in Whitewater. You can also call them at (970) 242-4646 or email them at AC.Dispatch@mesacounty.us.

In addition to food donations, they are in pressing need of non-clumping cat litter, and can always use towels (used is great) and treats for both dogs and cats.

DASH Buses Reduce Service

DASH service will transition to one bus operating per hour, beginning Thursday, March 19, at 4:15 p.m. 



The Regional Transportation Planning Office (RTPO), who manages the DASH service, will review ridership numbers after this weekend and may further reduce service.

If you are a DASH rider and have questions about this change, please contact the RTPO office directly at (970) 255-7188.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Visit Mesa County Offices Virtually


Many Mesa County offices have adjusted operating hours and have implemented limited access to facilities aimed at minimizing in-person interaction to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Please click on each agency's link for more detailed information. All schedules are subject to change.

Mesa County will continue taking appropriate steps to keep COVID-19 from spreading and will make adjustments as needed in the best interest of our community.

We appreciate your understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation.

In-person closures include:
Clerk & Recorder: Motor Vehicle (all locations - 200 S. Spruce St., Fruita and Clifton)
Department of Human Services (510 29 1/2 Road)
District Attorney's Office and the Justice Center (125 N. Spruce St.) *Opening March 19, with minimal public access
Human Resources (544 Rood Ave.)
Surveyor (544 Rood Ave.)
Treasurer (544 Rood Ave.)
Tri-River Area CSU Extension (2775 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Workforce Center (512 29 1/2 Road)

Limited public closures include:
Administration, County Commissioners, County Attorney, Financial Services, and Information Technology (544 Rood Ave.)
Assessor (544 Rood Ave.)
Clerk & Recorder: Recording, Elections, and Clerk to the Board (200 S. Spruce St.)
Facilities & Parks (across the County)
Fairgrounds (2785 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Regional Transportation Planning Office (525 S. 6th St.)
Sheriff's Office Records, Civil Divisions and Emergency Services (215 Rice St.)

Fully open and operational, at this time:
Animal Services (971A Coffman Road) will be open from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (weekdays)
Coroner's Office (544 Rood Ave.)
Criminal Justice Services (all locations)
Grand Valley Transit fixed and paratransit services (525 S. 6th St.) *Requesting only healthy riders use services for essential work only.
Mesa County Landfill (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Public Works, Building, and Planning  (971 Coffman Road & 200 S. Spruce St.)
Solid Waste Campus: Composting, Hazardous Waste and Transfer Stations (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50)

For the latest recommendations and answers to frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19, visit https://health.mesacounty.us/covid19/.

County Treasurer Releases Modified Schedule


Beginning at 11 a.m. today, March 18, the Mesa County Treasurer's Office is closing in-person services until further notice. Payments can be made online, by mail, or dropbox located just outside the 6th St. entrance of the old Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave.

If you are a local bank and a qualified holder, you can submit Releases and Partial Releases of Deed of Trust electronically via Simplifile to reduce delays in processing and recording.

If you have a Release of Deed of Trust with the original note, need a mobile home authentication, or need in-person assistance, please call our main line at 970-244-1824, and we will make appropriate arrangements.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Clerk and Recorder’s Offices Closed to the Public


Mesa County, Colo. – As a follow-up to an earlier Mesa County Press Release announcing limited access to their buildings and in-person services, to help reduce the rate of COVID-19 transmission; Mesa County Clerk & Recorder's Office is urging residents to use online services. Services by phone, email, or self-service kiosks are also available. Residents may also utilize the dropbox in the Central Services Building Lobby, Fruita and Clifton.

Although closed to the public, clerks will be working normal hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (subject to change) staffing phone lines and email.

Motor Vehicle:

  • Notice: Fruita and Clifton satellite offices are closed until further notice. 
  • Most services are available online (https://mydmv.colorado.gov/_/) including vehicle registration, tag renewals, duplicate registration or title requests, address changes, disability parking, and more.
  • If you are in doubt or have any issues renewing online, call our office at 970-244-1664. Staff can help to complete a transaction over email at plates@mesacounty.us.
  • Private party sales (person-to-person vehicle sales), please review Plates by Mail and call first to verify you have all the necessary paperwork or do it online at https://clerk.mesacounty.us/mv/quick-trip-tips/. To continue to provide excellent customer service, for the present time the Clerk & Recorder will waive the $5.00 Plates by Mail fee. 
  • For vehicle title name/ownership changes, please call first to verify all necessary paperwork.
  • Special Mobile Machinery (SMM) registration.
  • Call first for all other services at 970-244-1664.


Recording:

  • The Recording Office will only issue marriage licenses as an in-person service, by appointment only to control the gathering of the public.  This is limited to the couple only. To set up an appointment for a marriage license, visit https://snapappointments.com/mesaclerk.
  • For a marriage license application, visit https://recording.mesacounty.us/landmarkweb/marriagekiosk?title=Marriage.
  • All other recording services, such as recording a document, searching records, etc., will be handled over the phone and by email. Call our office for assistance at 970-244-1679 or visit https://clerk.mesacounty.us/recording/.
  • There is a dropbox on the outside of the Recording Office for documents that need to be processed. 
  • Email: Recording@mesacounty.us.


Elections:

  • Please call our office for assistance with voter registration and election-related needs at 970-244-1662 or visit govotecolorado.gov .
  • For petition collections, please call us to arrange an in-person visit.
  • Email: Elect@mesacounty.us.


For updates related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), go to https://health.mesacounty.us/covid19/.

Statement from the Desk of Commissioner Scott McInnis, Board Chairman, and Administrator Pete Baier



Our departments will continue to provide essential services to our residents, but it is critical to limit public access to our facilities at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and urge the public to follow the guidance of Mesa County Public Health.

The Mesa County Public Health COVID-19 Response Team, along with local, state, and national public health agencies, continue to lead efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 to protect vulnerable populations and mitigate impacts on health and medical systems.

Internal to Mesa County government, we have opened the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) to provide support and coordination for the emergency response. The EOC is operating a public health screening hotline, (970) 683-2300, that is operating from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

We are also employing a Joint Information Center (JIC) to aid public health information needs. To date, assistance has been provided by the Grand Junction Fire Department, Grand Junction Regional Airport, Grand Valley Power, Grand Junction Police Department, Community Hospital, School District 51, Colorado Mesa University, Mesa County Department of Human Services, Ute Water, and the Mesa County Radio Amateur Communications Emergency Service.

The EOC stands ready to add capacity and capability to meet the needs of this emergency response. We are working to ensure adequate resources are available to meet the demands of this rapidly evolving pandemic.

It is important for us to acknowledge that we, Mesa County, will get through this together.

Our county leadership and emergency preparedness folks train their entire careers on best practices for the health and safety of our residents. We have confidence in their abilities to handle this crisis as they work tirelessly to implement best practices.

Regarding County services, residents should know that all County departments are operating. However, many of our teams are working from home offices or the field. Our priority is to slow the transmission of COVID-19; we all must do our part by practicing common-sense transmission precautions.

Essential services from first-responders will continue, and many departments will continue to operate with modified services to reduce in-person contact.

Visit our County website for information on modified department hours and services. Your patience and understanding are appreciated. Social distancing efforts by all our Mesa County residents during this time of crisis is vital.

On behalf of all Mesa County employees, elected officials, and department heads, please know we care, we are working hard, and we are here for our community.

Our community is caring, strong, and resourceful. We will get through these difficult times.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit https://health.mesacounty.us/covid19/.

Monday, March 16, 2020

County Modifies Services to Minimize In-Person Contact

Visit us online, www.mesacounty.us.

Taking care of our community is at the center of everything we do. As we navigate times of change, our priority remains the same—our community.

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation rapidly continues to evolve, Mesa County is focused on addressing the needs of our residents, while prioritizing the health and safety of our employees.

With the first presumptive case of COVID-19 in Mesa County, changes to departments' operating hours and services are actively being updated aimed at limiting face-to-face contact and to encourage social distancing, to help stop the transmission of the virus.

Departments will continue to provide essential services to our residents, but it is critical to limit public access to our facilities at this time. For residents who need to conduct county business, staff members are ready to assist over the phone and online.

Each department's hours of operations may vary. Hours of operation and services can be found on each of the Mesa County departments' websites.

These preventative measures are necessary, and they are consistent with guidance and recommendations from local, state and national public health agencies.

Mesa County will continue taking appropriate steps to keep COVID-19 from spreading and will make adjustments as needed in the best interest of residents.

We appreciate your understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation.

For the latest recommendations and answers to frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19, visit https://health.mesacounty.us/covid19/.