RockyMounts to Break Ground in Riverfront At Las Colonias Park

This Friday, bike rack manufacturer RockyMounts will be the first company to break ground in the new business park at the Riverfront at Las Colonias Park development. RockyMounts announced it was relocating its headquarters to Grand Junction at the Western Colorado Economic Summit in June 2018. The effort to bring the Boulder-based business to the western slope has been a truly collaborative partnership between the City of Grand Junction, the Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP) and several local economic development partners.

Mayor Rick Taggart and GJEP Chairman Doug Simons will welcome RockyMounts owner Bobby Noyes and his staff to the Grand Valley on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at the RockyMounts site at Riverfront at Las Colonias Park 1675 Las Colonias Drive, Grand Junction, CO (See map)

RockyMounts is the first business to break ground at the new 15-acre business park within Riverfront at Las Colonias Park. Locally operated Bonsai Design is expected to break ground early 2020, with additional businesses following suit. Once complete, the $30-million, 140-acre mixed-use development will include the business park, a 5,000-seat amphitheater, a river park with two standing waves along the Colorado River, a boat ramp, multiple ponds and a planned zipline across the Colorado River.


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

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 11/11/19

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Monument Road Trail Project

  • Little to no traffic impacts along Monument Road between D Road and the Lunch Loops Parking Lot
  • Portions of the Lunch Loops trails remain closed
  • Informational signs will be posted in the parking lot and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Sewer  Line Replacement Project

  • Sewer line construction will occur in the following areas:
    • Formay Avenue between 29 Road and 29 1/4 Road
  • Street will be closed to through traffic
  • Access for local residents will be provided
  • Expect delays
  • Anticipated completion – November.

Raw Waterline Project from City Water Plant to Las Colonias Business Park

  • Please slow down and be aware of road damage due to utility construction along 26 ¼ Road, South of Hwy 50 (roadway adjacent to cemetery)
  • Asphalt paving will take place the week of November 18th (Weather Dependent).

City of Grand Junction Annual Leaf Removal Program

  • Please drive with caution in areas where crews are working
  • Anticipated completion – December.

7th Street Reconstruction Project, Orchard Avenue to Patterson Road

  • Construction clean-up activities will take place along the west side of 7thStreet
  • Asphalt Grinding will occur at select locations throughout the project
  • Expect intermittent lane shifts
  • All business and resident access along 7thStreet will remain open

Patterson Road – Asphalt Repair Project

  • West-bound lane of Patterson Road will be patched just east of 28 Road on Monday November 11
  • Expect lane shifts and delays.

Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Orchard Avenue Reconstruction from Normandy Drive to 29 Road – Mesa County Project

  • Orchard Avenue will be closed to through traffic 24/7
  • Detour route will be in place
  • Access will be maintained for local residents at all times
  • Anticipated completion – December.

30 Road from I-70 Business Loop to Patterson Road (F Road) Waterline Replacement Project – Ute Water Project

  • Pavement operations on 30 Road will occur this week
  • Access will be provided for local residents and businesses
  • Delays can be expected
  • Anticipated completion – December.

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

  • 22 Road will be 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 2020.

31 Road Asphalt Repair between Hwy 50 & Coffman Road – Mesa County Project

  • Road leading to the Landfill will be closed Monday, November 11
  • Landfill will remain open via detour.

Front Street Water Line Replacement – Clifton Water District Project

  • Front Street between 2nd Street and 5th Street will be closed to through traffic
  • Street will reopen evenings and weekends
  • Anticipated Completion – April 2020.

           

Parks and Recreation to Honor Veterans at City Cemeteries

The City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Cemetery staff and community Veterans Flagsvolunteers are planning for a busy Veterans weekend as they begin to prepare to honor local Veterans on November 11.

The Cemetery staff, volunteers and community members will be showing appreciation for Veterans in multiple ways throughout the weekend. Flags, donated by volunteers and City Cemeteries, will be placed on every Memorial Stone in the Veterans Section of Orchard Mesa Cemetery on Saturday, November 9, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The flags will remain in place until Tuesday, November 12. This effort is being organized by Ron Schaefer and SJ Christ, both of whom have previously served in the United States Armed Forces.

Along with the flags, two new benches will also be placed in the Veterans sections of the Cemetery on Friday, November 9. These are being donated by Mike and Cindy Shults, Mountain Air Roasters, and Snyder Grand Valley Memorials.

In addition to City and community volunteer efforts, the Grand Junction Area Realtors Association will be creating a “Boulevard of Honor” for Veterans interred in all sections of the cemetery. Flags will be placed on the split rail fencing boarding roadways throughout the cemetery and will remain up throughout the weekend.

“It is truly humbling to see over 1,500 flags adorning the Veterans Stones after the volunteers are finished,” said Mike Vendenga, City Cemetery Supervisor. “The passion these people have to honor our Veterans is remarkable.”

The City of Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department is proud to be part of these efforts and want to extend our sincerest thanks to all those who have served our great nation.


For more information, contact:
Primary: Mike Vendenga, Cemetery Supervisor   970-254-1550 or mikeven@gjcity.org
Secondary: Callie Berkson, Marketing   970-254-3867 or callieb@gjcity.org

RESCHEDULED Community Values & Vision Workshop

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The Community Values & Vision Workshop has been rescheduled! You are cordially invited to help the City plan for the future! The City of Grand Junction is conducting a 2020 Comprehensive Plan update and we need your input.


COMMUNITY VALUES AND VISION WORKSHOP
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 6:30 PM
Two Rivers (Grand Junction) Convention Center

A Community Vision Review and Public Input Workshop will be held at Two Rivers Convention Center in downtown Grand Junction. On Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 6:30 PM the public is invited and encouraged to attend. At this session, attendees will provide feedback on draft vision statements, goals and objectives that have been derived from community feedback and input received to date through the public outreach of the Comprehensive Plan planning process. The workshop will be conducted using a system that polls attendees via their smart phone, or tablet. The interactive workshop will provide participants the opportunity to see results in real-time, while learning how other residents feel about specific issues. Please mark your calendars and attend this important event!


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

City of Grand Junction Invites Public to Discuss Redlands Roundabout Art

The City of Grand Junction is holding a public meeting on November 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Broadway Elementary School cafeteria, 2248 Broadway. This meeting will discuss artistic concepts for the Redlands Parkway Roundabout.

It was determined by the National Transportation and Safety Board that the intersection of Hwy340 and Redlands Parkway was a dangerous intersection. Colorado Department of Transportation was given funding by the NTSB to build a roundabout at that location. The funding was for the construction of the roundabout only. The City of Grand Junction is interested in beautifying this roundabout and is looking to the public for input.

The purpose of this meeting is to gather feedback from the community about which direction the majority is interested in pursuing for public art. The City of Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture has vetted nine categories of art that will be up for discussion. These categories include: Kinetic Sculptures, Historical Representations, Abstract Art, Local Animals, Community, Local Landscape, Outdoor Recreation, Local Flora, and Other. If the community has other ideas they’d like to put forth, they will be welcomed at this meeting.

Once a category has been chosen, concepts will be explored by the Art Commission. Funding options for this project have not yet been determined, and may include but are not limited to a fundraising endeavor.

The City of Grand Junction and the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture are dedicated to maintaining and improving public art in our community. “We are looking forward to the public process to help us define what the community would like to see in this highly visible location,” said Lorie Gregor, Staff Liaison to the Art Commission.

We encourage the community to come out, make your voices heard, and participate in the initial phase of this project.


For more information, please contact:
Primary: Lorie Gregor, Staff Liaison/Art Commission   970-254-3876 or lorieg@gjcity.org
Secondary: Callie Berkson, Marketing   970-254-3867 or callieb@gjcity.org

City Office and Service Schedules in Observance of Veterans Day

Veterans Day

City of Grand Junction offices will be closed on Monday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. City trash and recycling pickup service will be on the regular schedule with no delay. Monday will also be a parking meter holiday so if you are planning a trip downtown for business or shopping, you may park at metered spots for free, including the parking garage on Rood Avenue.

Grand Junction City Council Preview for the Week of 11/4/2019

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For more detailed information on any of these items, read the full agendas and/or staff reports here: http://www.gjcity.org/city-government/agendas-and-minutes/  City Council meeting videos can also be found at the same link.

City Council will discuss the following items at this week’s meetings:

Monday, 11/4/19 – 5:30 p.m.    City Council Workshop City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Discussion Topics

1a. Budget Reconciliation

1b. Catholic Outreach Presentation by Sister Karen Bland

1c. Fire Department Community Stakeholder Discussion and Survey

1d. Discussion of 2019 Strategic Plan


Wednesday, 11/6/19 – 6:00 p.m.    City Council Meeting City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Presentations

Summary of November Election Results:  Ballot Questions Related to Funding Transportation Projects and a Charter Amendment Regarding Leases

Proclamations

Proclaiming November 11, 2019 as A Salute to All Veterans

Appointments

To the Grand Junction Housing Authority

Regular Agenda

Public Hearings

5ai. An Ordinance Amending Industrial Pretreatment Regulations (Title 13) of the Grand Junction Municipal Code Section 13.04.370 Regarding Limits for Metals in Industrial Wastewater Discharge

5aii. An Ordinance to Adopt the 2019 Grand Junction, Colorado, Downtown Development Authority Plan of Development Entitled “Vibrant Together”

5aiii. A Resolution Accepting the Petition for Annexation of 1.999-Acres of Land and Ordinances Annexing and Zoning the Adams II Annexation to R-8 (Residential – 8 du/ac), Located at 216 27 ½ Road

5aiv. A Resolution Accepting the Petition for Annexation of 2.00 Acres of Land and Ordinances Annexing and Zoning Zona’s Annexation to C-1 (Light Commercial), Located at 408 29 Road

5bi. An Ordinance Amending Title 3, Chapter 8 of the Grand Junction Municipal Code Pertaining to Lodging Tax for Online Travel Companies and Short Term Rentals and the Three Percent Lodging Tax Increase as Approved by the Voters in the November 6, 2018 Election

5bii. An Ordinance Amending Section 3.12.030 of Chapter 3 of the Grand Junction Municipal Code Concerning the Imposition, Collection and Enforcement of the Sales and Use Tax and Amending the Tax Rate


 

Wednesday, 9/4/19 – Following the 6:00 p.m. City Council Meeting – Grand Junction Dos Rios General Improvement District       City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Presentations

Certification of Election Results


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