Community Briefing for April 6, 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 Response Merges with County – The City of Grand Junction is coordinating with Mesa County about a unified COVID-19 response. This partnership builds off the existing response structure used by both agencies, Incident Command System (ICS). Currently, both organizations have been in close communication, but working independently of one another – a practice that is not entirely uncommon in the beginning of large-scale incidents. Both the City of Grand Junction and Mesa County recognize that as this health crisis potentially grows in our community, it is critical that we are all working together and sharing resources.

The transition will take some time and the Incident Commander for the City response, Fire Chief Watkins will be facilitating the transition. Until the transition is complete, the City will continue response operations as normal. One of the more visible changes will be the City’s daily community briefings, held at noon on weekdays. Mesa County will take the lead on these briefings moving forward with support from City resources. The briefings will move to a less frequent schedule to be announced during the transition.

Special City Council Meeting – City Council will be holding a special meeting tonight to hear an Emergency Ordinance to make a supplemental appropriation of $500,000 from the City General Fund Reserve to support the City’s #GJStrong Fund. The temporary assistance afforded by this ordinance includes the creation of an emergency fund in the City’s budget for expenditure for the expenses directly and indirectly related to providing basic needs of food and shelter, in collaboration with the Western Colorado Community Foundation in the City of Grand Junction.

The agenda can be found on our website. Residents can view the live broadcast from the same link and the meeting will be broadcast on Channel 191.

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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