Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 2/18/19

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

F ½ Road Closure West of 31 Road – Lewis Wash Bridge Replacement Project

  • F ½ Road will be closed to through traffic between 30 Road and 31 Road, 24/7
  • Detour route will be in place
  • Residents living west of Lewis Wash and Thunder Mountain Elementary School traffic use 30 Road
  • Residents living east of Lewis Wash including Allegheny Drive use 31 Road
  • Anticipated completion – mid April.

Snow Removal Operations – City Crews

  • This time of year after weather events motorists should be alert for snow plowing and the salting of City streets
  • Please slow down and give the plows adequate space.

640 24 ½ Road – Utility Work

  • 24 ½ Road in front of the property at 640 will be closed to through traffic Thursday & Friday only
  • Detour route will be 25 Road.

Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager   970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org

City Closures and Services for Presidents’ Day Holiday

Presidents Day

City of Grand Junction offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, February 18 in observance of Presidents’ Day.  City trash pickup as well as recycling pickup will be on the regular schedule all week.  Monday is also a parking holiday for all metered parking spaces downtown.  All metered spaces will be free including those on the first floor of the Rood Avenue parking garage.  There will be no City Council workshop on Monday.


Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager  970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org 

Long-Time Director of City’s Human Resources Department Announces Retirement

HazelhurstClaudiaCity of Grand Junction Human Resources Director Claudia Hazelhurst has announced she will be retiring after more than 44 years with the organization, capping one of the longest tenured careers the City has ever seen.

Claudia first joined the City in February, 1975. Her position upon hire was Personnel Aide and was funded through a State grant. In 1976, her position transitioned to Administrative Aide and became City-funded. Upon the resignation of the Personnel Director in late 1976, Claudia was appointed to serve in the interim role and was promoted into the permanent role in 1977. She has held the position since that time, although the title has changed.

During her tenure, Hazelhurst has represented the City of Grand Junction on the United Way Board of Directors on which she served as VP of Board Development and Board President, and the Western Slope Center for Children (The Center) Board of Directors.

In reflecting on her career, Claudia noted, “I’ve been so fortunate to have spent my career serving my community alongside others who have chosen the same path of public service. I have a great deal of pride in having played a small part in ensuring the City employed the very best talent available to serve this community. Our employees, from our leaders to our line employees, are a remarkably talented, dedicated and generous group of public servants whose professional and personal contributions and sacrifices go largely unnoticed or uncelebrated. That’s how they would want it in that service to others is what drives them and is its own reward. I’ll miss being able to call myself one among them.”

City Manager Greg Caton added, “It’s hard to even quantify the contribution Claudia has made to our organization over such a lengthy career. Her compassion and advocacy for the people working here is amazing. Virtually every employee who has ever walked through our doors has known her, and she knows each of them by name. The institutional knowledge she will take with her is significant and her presence here will be very missed. I know I speak for the organization in wishing Claudia an extremely well-earned and fulfilling retirement.”

Claudia’s retirement is slated to become effective in April.


Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager   970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org

City Public Works Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 2/11/19

Road Work

City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

F ½ Road Closure West of 31 Road – Lewis Wash Bridge Replacement Project

  • F ½ Road will be closed to through traffic between 30 Road and 31 Road, 24/7
  • Detour route will be in place
  • Residents living west of Lewis Wash and Thunder Mountain Elementary School traffic use 30 Road
  • Residents living east of Lewis Wash including Allegheny Drive use 31 Road
  • Anticipated completion – mid April.

Snow Removal Operations – City Crews

  • This time of year after weather events motorists should be alert for snow plowing and the salting of City streets
  • Please slow down and give the plows adequate space.

Riverfront Trail at Las Colonias Business Park

  • Trail closed due to construction between C ½ Road and the Old Mill Bridge (bridge across river leading to Eagle Rim Park).
  • Use alternate route
  • Trail will reopen by July, 2019.

Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager   970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org

Exciting Changes at Lincoln Park Pro Shop and Golf Course; Open House February 22

The Lincoln Park Golf Course Pro Shop is housed in a building, located at 800 Mantlo Circle in Lincoln Park, that is fast approaching its 100th birthday. As this impending milestone drew closer it became clear it was time for a few changes. Over the course of the last several weeks, a number of improvements to the facility have been made creating a more welcoming and modern space. New carpet, paint and lighting have been added in addition to structural changes that have improved the flow of the building. New seating, pub tables and televisions have been added in the lounge area that has been moved to the front of the building and a beautiful original stone fireplace that had been hidden was exposed, creating a more desirable atmosphere. The pro shop has been moved to the rear of the building, resulting in more room for merchandise and an overall more open feel and view through the building.

In connection with the renovation of the pro shop, reduced golf fees are also being offered with the best among them being an 18-hole daily rate of $15 (down from $28) and an 18-hole cart rental fee of $10 (down from $16).

In addition, a new Director of Golf has joined the operation. Mike Jurca joined the City of Grand Junction Golf Division on December 31. Mike is a native of St. George, UT, and has a well-groomed background in the world of golf. He is a former collegiate scholarship athlete who played golf at Brigham Young University. Mike spent the past three years of his working career as the Head Golf Professional at The Ledges Golf Club in St. George, UT. He also served as the Dixie State Men’s Assistant Golf Coach. Mike is a certified Class-A PGA Golf Professional.Open House Invitation.png

In celebration of all these changes, we would like to invite the public to come by and take a look and to meet our new Director of Golf.

The City of Grand Junction General Services Department operates two municipal golf courses: Lincoln Park and Tiara Rado. Both are operated as independent business operations and are not funded nor subsidized by City of Grand Junction General Fund revenues. Golf operations are funded by revenues generated by the golf courses themselves.

For additional information on either of the City’s golf courses, visit www.golfgrandjunction.net or www.facebook.com/golfgrandjunction.


Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager   970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org

Join the City Manager and the Chiefs for a Cup of Coffee

February 2019

Grand Junction City Manager Greg Caton is hosting a series of informal coffees to interact with community members, gather feedback on City programs and services, and to answer questions.

The next coffee is scheduled for Tuesday, February 12 at Octopus Coffee, 759 Horizon Drive, at 9:00 a.m. The City Manager will be joined this time by Fire Chief Ken Watkins and Police Chief Doug Shoemaker.

The sessions are open to the public and are an unstructured, drop-in format. More details here: http://bit.ly/2i6AQkR


Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager       970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org

Maintenance and Renovation of Suplizio Field More Than Meets the Eye

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As warmer weather is drawing near, work is already well underway to make sure Suplizio Field is ready for the busy season that lies ahead.

In fall 2018, the infield of Suplizio Stadium was renovated, replacing the entire infield as well as a 10-foot transition arc into the outfield. The project, which was completed jointly by City of Grand Junction staff and GreenOne from Parker, CO, was more significant than it may first seem due to the conditions of the ground in the facility. The project, costing $89,950, was completed in an amazing 17 days, working around the schedule of a heavily utilized facility. The project was funded jointly by the Parks Improvement Advisory Board and the Parks and Recreation Department.

Suplizio Field opened in 1949 and typically hosts 125-150 games annually for the four local high schools, Colorado Mesa University, Junior College World Series (JUCO) and the Grand Junction Rockies. It is also host to multiple special events including fireworks, Challenger Baseball, and Special Olympics.

The last time the infield was renovated was in 1994. Over the 24 years since then the maintenance practices that are utilized on the field had slowly raised the elevation of the infield which led to the need for renovation. The elevation change is caused by a very high water table along with topdressing and over seeding a couple times a year. The skinned area of the infield has also seen elevation changes of as much as eight inches due to the addition of infield dirt and infield conditioner. When it rains on a game day, as much as 15 to 45 bags of infield conditioner may be added to dry the infield enough for play.

Maintaining the turf in the facility requires significant knowledge and effort. The infield and outfield consists of bluegrass, ryegrass and the undesirable poa annua bluegrass. Poa annua bluegrass, also known as annual bluegrass, is one of the most invasive weeds that can be found in turfgrass. It is difficult to control because the plant will produce several hundred seeds in one season, and the seeds can remain dormant for several years before sprouting. Poa annua bluegrass will typically die back in hot weather, which can make unsightly brown spots in the lawn during the height of summer. It also thrives during cool weather, when most lawn grasses are dying back, which means that it invades the lawn at these susceptible times. The poa annua bluegrass is very aggressive and often out competes the desired turf grass, so it requires focused and strategic attention from City Parks Facilities staff.

Despite these challenges, in 2009, Suplizio was selected as the Field of the Year by the Colorado Sports Turf Managers Association, recognizing the staff who work so hard to maintain this popular facility.



Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager   970-244-1507 or 
samr@gjcity.org