Community Briefing for April 3, 2020

The City of Grand Junction is focused on and committed to the wellbeing of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City is committed to putting measures in place to make sure that we continue to provide the core municipal services the community expects from the City of Grand Junction.

Water Utility Mutual Aid – The Grand Junction area has three water providers committed to the delivery of reliable water to residents. The City of Grand Junction, Clifton Water District, and Ute Water have a long history of working in partnership. The three water delivery systems are interconnected so in the event of an emergency, one entity can provide backup water supply to one another. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the water providers meet weekly to discuss mutual support needs such as equipment or supplies. The three water providers are also all members of Colorado’s Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (WARN), a statewide mutual aid system. All three water providers are committed to the continued safety of the community’s potable water supply.

Wastewater Safety – The City of Grand Junction continues to operate the Persigo wastewater treatment plant to protect public health. The final step in the treatment process uses ultraviolet disinfection to kill pathogens and viruses such as COVID-19. The treated water meets stringent requirements that are protective of public health and the environment before it is discharged back to the Colorado River.

Members of the community can help maintain critical wastewater infrastructure by remembering the three P’s of items that are flushable: pee, poop, and toilet paper. Other paper products such as facial tissue, “flushable wipes”, napkins, paper towels, and disinfection wipes should not be flushed as they can clog household plumbing and the sewers which may require a plumber or sewer maintenance call out. Those items should be placed in the trash.

Customer Billing – The City of Grand Junction, Clifton Water District, and Ute Water strongly believe that our customers should not have to worry about losing service during this critical time. The three water providers will not be shutting off water for non-payment due to the crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. While offices are not open to walk-in traffic from the public, all three entities encourage customers to utilize payment options that support social distancing recommendations and have adopted temporary policies to encourage social distancing:

  • Payment options include:
  • Online payments
  • Phone
  • Ute Water drive-up window at 2190 H ¼ Road.
  • Drop boxes located strategically around the Grand Valley for customers to drop their payments in. Lists of drop-box locations can be found on each entity’s website.
  • Mail

Contact information for the water providers is provided below:

The City is committed to serving our residents through the temporary stay at home order and will continue to develop creative solutions for this economic and public health crisis. We thank our residents for the support as we maintain the delivery of our core municipal services.

As always, we will continue to update the community on any changes to services. Please visit our COVID-19 response page or our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.


Contact: Incident Command PIO – (970) 852-1105

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 4/6/20

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Raw Water Line Construction – 5th Street Bridge

  • Monday April 6th – North Bound 5th Street traffic will be reduced to one narrow lane
  • Flaggers will be on site to assist motorists
  • Expect delays
  • No wide loads allowed (Monday only)
  • 35 mph speed limit will be enforced
  • All North Bound lanes will reopen by Tuesday

31 Road between D ½ Road and E Road, Utility Construction

  • 31 Road closed to thru traffic
  • Access for residents will be provided
  • Detour route is in place
  • Anticipated completion – April

Riverside Pedestrian/Bicycle Trail Repair West of 5th Street Bridge

  • Approximately 2,000 of trail along various locations will be under construction
  • Please follow well-marked detour
  • Anticipated completion – April

729 27 Road – New Fire Station Construction

  • Watch for trucks turning onto and off 27 Road
  • Anticipated completion – November

Annual Spring Clean-Up

  • This week, Spring Clean-Up will start south of North Avenue (includes areas of Orchard Mesa and the Redlands)
  • Please slow-down in areas where crews are working

 

Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

22 Road between J Road and K Road, Bridge Replacement Project – Mesa County 

  • 22 Road is closed to through traffic
  • Work hours will be 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Mon. – Fri.
  • Access will be provided for local residents at all times
  • A well-marked detour will be in place
  • Anticipated completion – April.

Orchard Avenue Reconstruction, Normandy Drive to 29 Road – Mesa County

  • Due to unforeseen circumstances, Orchard Avenue will be closed one more week
  • Detour route will be in place

Hwy 340 and Colonial Drive (Monument Village Entrance). Left Turn Lane Project – Mesa County

  • Expect alternating one lane traffic and delays during work hours
  • Pedestrian access will remain on north side of Hwy 340
  • Anticipated completion – Late May

Contact: Greg LeBlanc, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager 970-244-1557 or gregoryl@gjcity.org

Community Briefing for April 2, 2020

The City of Grand Junction is focused on and committed to the wellbeing of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City is committed to putting measures in place to make sure that we continue to provide the core municipal services the community expects from the City of Grand Junction.

 City’s Economic Stimulus & Recovery Response Fund – On the evening of Wednesday, April 1 the City Council of Grand Junction heard the first reading of a supplemental appropriation ordinance to help those affected by the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

As written, the supplemental appropriation provides for the disbursement of $2.7 million to the City Economic Stimulus and Recovery Response Fund. The Fund will add $2.2 million to the General Fund of the City budget for the emergency, temporary employment of City residents to perform necessary maintenance, repair and improvement of City parks, trails and facilities and to assist human service agencies. The Fund will also add $500,000 for a partnership with Western Colorado Community Foundation to use as grants for basic needs of food and shelter.

Council voted to hear the ordinance on second reading as two separate supplemental appropriations, one for $2.2 million and one for $500,000. The next reading is scheduled for April 15.

Help Us Help You Community-Driven Sheet – Visit Grand Junction has created a community-driven sheet for businesses to update their information in real-time. As the situation is continuously changing and developing, this document allows businesses to edit their hours of operation and services offered.

This document also provides a mechanism for remote tipping, a nationally trending activity that allows the public to tip their favorite hospitality worker from home. Financial aid opportunities are available to hospitality workers, many of which are listed on the document. There is also a job board page where laid off staff can offer up services they can provide to the community.

Visit Grand Junction plans to continue to promote this spreadsheet through social media and our website. By next week, if anyone in the Grand Junction area goes to VisitGrandJunction.com, they will be automatically prompted to look at this community-driven sheet.

The City is committed to serving our residents through the temporary stay at home order and will continue to develop creative solutions for this economic and public health crisis. We thank our residents for the support as we maintain the delivery of our core municipal services.

As always, we will continue to update the community on any changes to services. Please visit our COVID-19 response page or our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.


Contact: Incident Command PIO – (970) 852-1105

Community Briefing for April 1, 2020

The City of Grand Junction is focused on and committed to the wellbeing of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City is committed to putting measures in place to make sure that we continue to provide the core municipal services the community expects from the City of Grand Junction.

Community PPE Drive – Since last Friday, community members and local businesses have made personal protective equipment (PPE) donations for first responders at Grand Junction Fire Administration including masks, containers of disinfectants, coveralls, and non-latex gloves. First Responders and their families are incredibly grateful for this outpouring of support for the safety of those on the front lines. Donation bins continue to be available Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. at 625 Ute Avenue.

#TakeoutTuesday – Visit Grand Junction has promoted #TakeoutTuesday on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as a part of the City’s #GJStrong and #GJStrongAppetite campaigns. The department shared staff photos of picking up takeout from local restaurants which spurred close to 40 other establishments using the hashtag as they shared photos. Visit Grand Junction will continue to promote on Tuesdays under the #TakeoutTuesday name.

Visit Grand Junction also maintains a community-driven document where restaurants and other businesses are listed with information about hours, availability of take-out, and other useful information for residents. The Department also maintains a resource page on their website for COVID-19-related information.

City Council Meeting – City Council will be holding its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, April 1. In lieu of in person attendance, the public may listen to/view Council meetings on television on Charter channel 191 or online via live streaming at http://www.gjcity.org. The public may contact City Council and/or City staff by e­mail regarding items on an agenda our website. Electronic communications will be distributed to the person(s) addressed and Council and staff will try and respond as quickly as possible.

Citizens have two options for providing Citizen Comments:

  • Via phone by calling (970) 255-­2355 during the Citizen Comment portion of the meeting.
  • Submitting comments online until 4 p.m. on April 1 by completing this form. Written comments will be read aloud at the City Council meeting. In ­person comments are suspended until further notice.

The City is committed to serving our residents through the temporary stay at home order and will continue to develop creative solutions for this economic and public health crisis. We thank our residents for the support as we maintain the delivery of our core municipal services.

As always, we will continue to update the community on any changes to services. Please visit our COVID-19 response page or our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.


Contact: Incident Command PIO – (970) 852-1105

Community Briefing for March 31, 2020

The City of Grand Junction is focused on and committed to the wellbeing of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City is committed to putting measures in place to make sure that we continue to provide the core municipal services the community expects from the City of Grand Junction.

City Council Meeting – City Council will be holding its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, April 1. In lieu of in person attendance, the public may listen to/view Council meetings on television on Charter channel 191 or online via live streaming at http://www.gjcity.org. The public may contact City Council and/or City staff by e­mail regarding items on an agenda our website. Electronic communications will be distributed to the person(s) addressed and Council and staff will try and respond as quickly as possible.

Citizens have two options for providing Citizen Comments:

  • Via phone by calling (970) 255-­2355 during the Citizen Comment portion of the meeting
  • Submitting comments online until 4 p.m. on April 1 by completing this form. Written comments will be read aloud at the City Council meeting. In ­person comments are suspended until further notice.

COVID-19 Pandemic & City Construction Projects – The stay at home order from Governor Polis identifies construction an essential activity. The City of Grand Junction continues to bid projects to keep construction projects moving and support the local economy. Almost all construction work can be completed following social distancing protocols as staff is often separated in various pieces of equipment with just a couple of laborers on the ground.

Construction safety protocols have been developed that are similar to that of the general public:

  • Practice social distancing while working on projects
  • Keeping equipment clean and sanitized
  • Not working while sick
  • Using virtual meeting techniques to minimize physical interaction between people.

Local contractors have also updated their safety plans to include coronavirus protocols.

City projects that are currently under construction include the 23 Road Trunk Extension, Riverbend Lift Station Elimination, 31 Road Sewer Replacement, Dos Rios fill for Bike Playground.

The City is committed to serving our residents through the temporary stay at home order and will continue to develop creative solutions for this economic and public health crisis. We thank our residents for the support as we maintain the delivery of our core municipal services.

As always, we will continue to update the community on any changes to services. Please visit our COVID-19 response page or our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.


Contact: Incident Command PIO – (970) 852-1105

Community Briefing for March 30, 2020

The City of Grand Junction is focused on and committed to the wellbeing of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City is committed to putting measures in place to make sure that we continue to provide the core municipal services the community expects from the City of Grand Junction.

Public Safety Tips – The City of Grand Junction has the following public safety tips for residents during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis:

When to Call 9-1-1 – The City understands that residents may have questions during the pandemic. There are many resources available for pandemic-related questions online from the City and its agency partners. Mesa County Public Health has set up a COVID-19 hotline at (970) 683-2300 and has a variety of resources on its website. The City asks that residents reserve the 9-1-1 lines for emergencies.

Accident Alert – The Grand Junction Police Department has moved to accident alert protocols for the City of Grand Junction. While accident alert is typically used in severe weather conditions, it can also be effective during a public health order to limit in-person contact. This is an additional measure to adhere to social distancing and to offers protection for community member and first responders. You can always report a traffic alert online.

Watch Out for Scams – COVID-19 scams are like any other. Criminals seek to take advantage of unsuspecting and otherwise trusting individuals. The City of Grand Junction wants residents to be careful and watch for potential scams. If you are suspicious about an offer or request for personal information, remember that you might be facing a scam. As a reminder, FEMA is not contacting people for information before the stimulus checks go out. Also watch also for medical and insurance scams and talk to your existing providers about how they will contact you if necessary. Do not respond to random emails or take phone calls from people you do not know without first verifying who they are.

The City is committed to serving our residents through the temporary stay at home order and will continue to develop creative solutions for this economic and public health crisis. We thank our residents for the support as we maintain the delivery of our core municipal services.

As always, we will continue to update the community on any changes to services. Please visit our COVID-19 response page or our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.


Contact: Incident Command PIO – (970) 852-1105

Grand Junction City Council Preview for the Week of 3/30/2020

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NOTE: In an effort to support the health and safety of our residents, Grand Junction City Hall is currently closed to the public. Residents may view this week’s City Council Meeting on Cable channel 191 or live-stream via the City of Grand Junction website.

Citizens have two options for providing Citizen Comments:

1) Via phone by calling (970) 255-­2355 during the Citizen Comment portion of the meeting

2) Submitting comments online until 4 p.m. on April 1 by completing
this form. Written comments will be read aloud at the City Council meeting. In­person comments are suspended until further notice.

Wednesday, 4/1/20 – 6:00 p.m.    City Council Meeting City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Contracts
a. Contract Approval for Setting the Guaranteed Maximum Price for the
Construction of City of Grand Junction Fire Station #6

Non­-Scheduled Citizens & Visitors ­ SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER
NOTICE

Until further notice the City Council will, in the interest of public health and safety, be changing its procedure for Council meetings. City Council may hold virtual meetings appearing by telephone or video conferencing. The City is endeavoring to provide alternatives to in­-person attendance for City Council, City staff and members of the public to prevent the possible spread of COVID­-19.

In lieu of in person attendance, the public may listen to/view Council meetings on television on Charter channel 191 or online via live streaming at www.gjcity.org. The public may contact City Council and/or City staff by e­mail regarding items on an agenda at www.gjcity.org. Electronic communications will be distributed to the person(s) and Council and staff will try and respond as quickly as possible.

For information about COVID­19 and the City’s planning and preparedness in response to the virus outbreak, please go to www.gjcity.org.


Contact: Greg LeBlanc, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager 970-244-1557 or gregoryl@gjcity.org