Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 10/23/17

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Riverside Parkway Access Improvements at Jarvis Subdivision

Eastbound Riverside Parkway will be restricted to one lane between Hale Avenue and 5th Street between the hours of 7:30 am and 5:00 pm daily

  •  Anticipated completion November 2017.


28 ½ Road Sewer and Water Line Replacement

28 ½ Road between I-70B and North Avenue will be closed to through traffic.

  • Access will be maintained for local residents and businesses
  • Anticipated completion – November 2017.


Roadway Repairs Project

6th Street between North Avenue and Tiger Way is closed.

  • Anticipated completion – Friday, October 27.

Leaf Removal Program

  • Please slow down in areas where crews are working
  • This program is weather dependent and may be delayed due to poor conditions.

Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

I-70B/North Avenue Interchange Project west of 1st Street– CDOT Project

  • Expect alternating left and right-lane closures in both directions
  • Speed limit reduction throughout construction zone is set at 30 mph
  • Detour route will be in place
  • Anticipated completion – October 2017.

Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager       970-244-1507 or

Pumpkins at Dark at Canyon View Park

The City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department is putting on the 3rd Annual Pumpkins at Dark at Canyon View Park presented by Grand Junction Volkswagen! This holiday event for families and kids of all ages features more activities than you can count!

  • What’s happening: Various Halloween-themed attractions and entertainment including: Unifirst Mortgage Flashlight Pumpkin Hunt, science experiments with the John McConnell Math & Science Center, Girls Scouts of Mesa County pumpkin bowling, face painting, hayrides, and over a dozen games! Attendees are encouraged to dress up. Kids participating in the Pumpkin Hunt should bring a flashlight.
  • Who’s Welcome: Everyone. FREE admission for all-ages! A great family event.
  • When: Friday, October 20th from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Where: Canyon View Park Softball Complex, Grand Junction
  • What Else: Concession will be available for purchase.

Last year, hundreds of people flocked to this event. Grand Junction Parks and Recreation staff have been working hard to make this year’s event a really special night for families.

We want to thank our partners: Grand Junction Volkswagen, Unifirst Mortgage, Magic 93.1, Ruby Canyon Dental, Girl Scouts of Mesa County, Wendy’s, Absolute Dance, Barnes & Noble, and Pine Country Truck & Trailer. Without community participation we could not put on this fun and FREE event that benefits Grand Valley residents!

For more information or questions, please contact:
Tina Ross, Recreation Coordinator


Free Class for Liquor Sellers and Servers

The City of Grand Junction is offering FREE training for liquor licensees (owners), their managers and employees.

The training will cover:

  • Server responsibility
  • ID checking and enforcement
  • Recognizing signs of intoxication
  • Guarding against over service of patrons

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Officer David Keech, Grand Junction Police Department, has a fun and informative method of educating anyone who dispenses alcohol on how they can protect themselves and their patrons.

Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. and the class begins promptly at 5:00 p.m. Late arrivals will not be able to participate. Participants who stay for the entire class and complete the post-test and score a 70% or better on the post-test will receive certificates of completion for this State-certified class. If you would like to participate in the class, call the City Clerk’s office at 970-244-1510 or e-mail to register.  Please note that no food or beverages other than water are permitted in the auditorium.  Please bring your own writing instrument and paper to take notes on.

Contact: Wanda Winkelmann, City Clerk   970-244-1511  

2018 City Calendar and Annual Report Coming to a Doorstep Near You

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Every year the City of Grand Junction distributes an Annual Report to the residents of Grand Junction in the form of a calendar. Once again, we are partnering with Grand Junction’s own Gold Leaf Directories to bring you the City Calendar along with the new Mesa County Telephone Directory. In with the telephone directory and the calendar you will also find several items of interest from other community organizations. Delivery will be underway very soon.

The City of Grand Junction Calendar and Annual Report is far more than just beautiful pictures taken by local photographers; it also serves several other purposes. As one of the City’s most widely distributed communication pieces, it presents a large amount of information including a recap of the previous year, dates of numerous upcoming community events, a comprehensive listing of meeting dates for all City Council and board/commission meetings, details about the City budget including where the funds come from and where they are spent, and a listing of useful City telephone numbers.

If you do not receive a copy of the calendar in the coming weeks, and would like to pick one up, you may do so at one of the following locations:

  • City Hall, 250 North 5th Street
    • Customer Service Division (main floor)
    • Community Development Division (main floor)
    • City Clerk’s Office (main floor)
    • Administration (2nd floor)
  • Grand Junction Fire Department Administration, 625 Ute Avenue
  • Grand Junction Police Department lobby, 555 Ute Avenue
  • Visit Grand Junction Visitor’s Center, corner of Horizon Drive and I-70 (behind Taco Bell)
  • Downtown Development Authority, 437 Colorado Avenue
  • Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, NW corner of 4th and Grand

Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager       970-244-1507 or

Trent Prall Appointed Public Works Director

City ID PhotosA familiar face has taken the reins of the City of Grand Junction’s Public Works Department. Trent Prall has been appointed to the position by City Manager Greg Caton. The appointment became effective October 8. Trent was one of 33 individuals who applied for the position during a nationwide recruitment followed by a professional assessment process.

Prall is a registered professional engineer with over 27 years in the industry. He has been employed by the City of Grand Junction since 1995 after beginning his career at the City of Los Angeles. While with the City of Grand Junction he has served in a number of increasingly responsible roles including Project Engineer, Utility Engineer, Riverside Parkway Project Manager, Interim Deputy City Manager, and Engineering Manager. In addition to a number of certifications, Trent holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

City Manager Greg Caton states, “I am looking forward to working with Trent in this expanded role. He was clearly the superior candidate and he brings a wealth of experience and passion to the position. We have a lot going on in the Public Works Department right now and I look forward to many great things in the years ahead.”

Prall adds, “I am looking forward to the opportunity to expand my role in providing service to this outstanding community.  We have a great group of dedicated individuals in Public Works who work hard at maintaining our existing infrastructure while planning and constructing improvements to enhance the quality of life for all residents and visitors, both present and future. I am honored to have been selected to help lead this outstanding team.”

The Public Works Department, which has 56 full-time employees along with 12 seasonal employees, consists of the divisions of Streets, Solid Waste, Stormwater/Drainage, Engineering, and Transportation. The Public Works Director is responsible for overseeing the activities and operations of these divisions; coordinating assigned activities with other divisions, departments and outside agencies; and providing highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager.

The Public Works Director position became vacant following the resignation of Greg Lanning earlier this year. Prall had been serving as the interim Public Works Director since August.

Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager       970-244-1507 or

Grand Junction City Council Workshop and Meeting Preview Week of 10/16/17



For more detailed information on any of these items, read the full agendas and/or staff reports here:

City Council will discuss the following items at this week’s workshop and meeting:

Monday, 10/16/17 –  4:00 p.m.   City Council Workshop   City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Discussion Topics

1. Budget: Grand Junction Downtown Business Improvement District, Horizon Drive Association Business Improvement District, Economic Development, Capital

2. Next Workshop Topics: October 30 ­ Budget: Downtown Development Authority, Budget Reconciliation

3. Other Business

Wednesday, 10/18/17 – 6:00 p.m.    City Council Meeting   City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street


Proclaiming October 2017 as “National Homeless Awareness Month” in the City of Grand Junction

Regular Agenda
Other Action Items

5a. Discussion and Possible Direction Regarding North Avenue/University Boulevard and CMU 20000

Public Hearing

6ai.  Ordinance Vacating Right­-of­-Way and Easements Located in the Jarvis Subdivision Plat

Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager       970-244-1507 or

City of Grand Junction Biogas Project to be Featured on National Geographic Channel October 18


The highly acclaimed and internationally recognized biogas project at the Persigo Wastewater Treatment Facility will receive even more attention in the coming week when it is featured on the National Geographic Channel series “Positive Energy”. The series, which chronicles energy projects in North and South America, begins Wednesday, October 18 at 3:00 p.m. The first episode will include the Grand Junction story. A film crew was onsite last November working with City staff to produce the segment.

In 2006, the City of Grand Junction began researching a biogas project that would allow methane gas produced at the Persigo Wastewater Treatment Facility to be used as vehicle fuel. Currently, the facility produces approximately 120,000 cubic feet of gas in the anaerobic digestion process per day. Since plant startup back in 1984, only a small amount of the methane was used to fuel the boilers that heat the digestion process, with the vast majority of the gas being flared off.

In 2011, the City began implementing a plan for the future by beginning to purchase Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fleet vehicles and planning for construction of a fueling station for them. The first CNG solid waste trucks were delivered within days of the CNG fueling station being completed.

In 2014, the City contracted with BioCNG, LLC to design a system to capture, collect and purify the digester biogas at the wastewater plant to a natural gas quality vehicle fuel. The project included a 5.7-mile pipeline which delivers the fuel to the existing CNG fueling site and is used as the primary source of fuel. The fueling station includes slow-fill stations for fueling City and County vehicles, as well as a public fast-fill station that is operated by a private contractor.

Currently the equivalent of 400 gallons of gasoline is produced on-site daily and has offset the same volume use of diesel fuel resulting in approximately $400,000 in fuel cost savings annually. The project has also resulted in a carbon emission reduction of approximately 3 million pounds per year.

Since the first purchase of CNG vehicles in 2011, the City (and in partnership with the County) have continued to add to the CNG fleet each year as vehicles come up for replacement.  There are currently 62 CNG vehicles between the City and the County ranging from street sweepers to transit busses.

The City has received international attention for the biogas project, which  is believed to be the only one of its kind in the United States.

Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager       970-244-1507 or