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, 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

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