Grand Junction City Council Preview for the Week of 8/3/2020

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For more detailed information on any of these items, read the full agendas and/or staff reports here. 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, 8/3/20 – 5:30 p.m.    City Council Workshop City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Discussion Topics

a. Presentation and Discussion on the Draft Patterson Road Access Control Plan (20 minutes)

b. De-Brucing Discussion (20 minutes)

c. Tobacco & Vaping Discussion (20 minutes)


Wednesday, 8/5/20 – 6:00 p.m.    City Council Meeting City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Presentations

2019 Auditor’s Report to City Council – Ty Holman, Haynie & Company

Appointments

To the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

To the Grand Junction Downtown Development Authority/Business Improvement District

REGULAR AGENDA

Public Hearings

4a. Legislative:

4ai. An Ordinance Expanding the Boundaries for the Downtown Grand Junction Business Improvement District to Include Property Known as 863 Colorado Avenue into the Boundaries of the Business Improvement District and an Ordinance Expanding the Boundaries for the Grand Junction, Colorado Downtown Development Authority to Include Property Known as 863 Colorado Avenue into the Boundaries of the Downtown Development Authority

4aii. An Ordinance for Supplemental Appropriations

4b. Quasi-judicial:

4bi. An Ordinance by the City of Grand Junction to Amend Ordinance No. 4929 Vacating Portions of Public Right-of-Way Within the Proposed Riverfront at Dos Rios Development

4bii. A Resolution to Approve a Service Plan for the Proposed West Junction Metropolitan District on 177 Acres Northwest of the Highway 6 and 50 and Patterson Road Intersection

4biii. An Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 4938 Annexing Territory to the City of Grand Junction, Colorado for the Annexation Known as the Magnus Court Annexation of 45.543-Acres, Located at the West End of Magnus Court

Grand Junction Parks & Recreation Annual Pork and Hops Event Cancelled

Pork & HopsThe Pork and Hops Festival put on by the City of Grand Junction is an annual fall event attracting people from across the region and country. The festival includes live music, a corn-hole competition, and award-winning BBQ.

In the interest of public health and safety, the 2020 Pork and Hops Festival has been cancelled. The event was originally scheduled for September 11 & 12.

Based on guidance from Mesa County Public Health and the Governor on the COVID-19 pandemic, the City decided it would be best to eliminate the risk associated with large crowds congregating in a single location. We thank all the sponsors and partners who have helped make this event what it is and look forward to working with all of them in the future.


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

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 8/3/20

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Waterline Replacement Project

  • Construction will continue this week along 14th Street between Ute Avenue and Pitkin Avenue
  • Delays can be expected

Asphalt Overlay Program

Shouldering/Raising Manholes/ Raising Valve Boxes

  • 27 Rd./B Rd Area
  • Horizon Ave
  • Centauri Dr Area
  • G Rd Area
  • 23 Rd
  • Traffic Delays can be expected
  • Rolling Lane Closures will be utilized

Lunch Loop Trailhead Improvement Project

  • Watch for shoulder work along Monument Road
  • Watch for trucks turning off and onto Monument Road
  • Be aware of reduced speed limit through work zone
  • Minimal delays expected
  • West bound bike lane (heading into the Monument) will remain open
  • East bound bike lane will be closed (heading into town)

12th Street Fiber Optic Construction – Fire Station #6

  • Shoulder work  along the west side of 12th Street between Horizon Drive and Patterson Road.
  • Please slow down through construction zone
  • Delays will be minimal

Grand Avenue Between 9th Street and 10th Street – Safe Routes to School Project

  • Grand Avenue east bound lane shift 24/7
  • Both 9th Street and 10th Street will be closed at Grand Avenue
  • Please slow down through construction zone

Dos Rios Bicycle Playground

  • Minor construction activities have begun adjacent to the bicycle playground. Access to the bike park from Riverside Parkway will remain open
  • Parking for the bicycle playground will be open, but the location will be moved to the north side of the bike park
  • Expect continuous changes to the access and parking for the bike park throughout the rest of the summer months

Riverfront at Dos Rios Phase 2 Project (8/17/20 to 6/17/21)

  • As of 7/29, minor construction activities have begun around the bicycle playground, but access to the bike park from Riverside Parkway will remain open during construction.
  • Beginning on 7/29, the existing asphalt surface of Riverside Drive, south of Hale Avenue, is being removed permanently. No vehicle access shall be allowed south of Hale.
  • The River Front Trail, south of Hale Avenue, shall remain open, but expect small detours around construction activities beginning August through September.

 

Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Orchard Avenue sewer line repair between 28 ¾ Road and 29 Road – Mesa County

  • By use of flaggers, there will be alternating one lane traffic during work hours
  • Alternate route advised
  • Two lane traffic will be maintained at night and weekends

North Avenue Gas Line Replacement Project Phase 2, between 28 Road and 29 ¾ Road – CDOT

  • Work hours – 8pm to 8am Sunday thru Thursday
  • Expect lane closures and delays
  • Alternate route advised

Sewer Line Rehabilitation Project – Clifton Sanitation District

  • 32 Road south of F Road to I-70B
  • 31 ½ Road from F ½ Road to F Road
  • Expect delays
  • Alternate route advised

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

City Invests $700,000 in Infrastructure for Children

The City of Grand Junction is committed to the safety and wellbeing of school-aged children. Since the school district changed the busing policy a few years ago, students have had to walk longer distances to school. The City has made a concerted effort to improve sidewalks and walking routes to get children to school safely. Since 2016, the City has invested over $700,000 in infrastructure that provides safe transportation corridors and amenities for students who walk or ride bicycles to school. More safety improvements are a part of the $50,000,000 the city is investing in transportation infrastructure over the next 5 years.

While the Federal Highway Administration working though the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) does have program dedicated to funding Safe Routes to Schools, there are many administrative challenges associated with the state program. The City instead prioritizes a portion of the federal Community Development Block Grant distribution it receives each year in creating its own Safe Routes to Schools program addressing issues perceived as barriers to making walking and bicycling to school a reality for more children in our community. Studies show that walking and bicycling reduce the risk of health problems in children such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

These improvements provide safer connections between neighborhoods and schools by adding sidewalks where there are none, constructing new crosswalks, shortening crossing distances by adding curb extensions (bulb outs), and building ramps to connect intersections to sidewalks.

The following is a list of projects completed by the City in the last five years:

2016 (Completed Projects)

  • Westlake Park Pedestrian Improvements – $113,900

2017 (Completed Projects)

  • Nisley Elementary Orchard Avenue Sidewalk from 29 Road to Melody Lane – $80,000
  • El Poso Pedestrian Improvements – $52,000
  • Bookcliff Middle School 29 1/4 Road sidewalk and crossings – $42,000 matched with dollars from Mesa County

2018 & 2019 (Projects under construction currently)

  • Grand Avenue at 9th & 10th Streets pedestrian safety improvements – $72,700
  • Pinyon Avenue Sidewalk from 13th Ave. to 15th Ave. – $60,000
  • ADA improvements at City Hall and Tope Elementary School – $24,000
  • B Road / Mesa View Elementary sidewalk from near Night Hawk Drive to school – $95,000
  • B 1/2 & 27 1/2 Road intersection crossing and accessible ramps – $40,000
  • Lorey Drive from Westlake Park to just west of 1st Street – $75,000

2020 (Projects scheduled for construction in summer 2021)

  • Elm Avenue sidewalk from 28 to 28-1/4 Road – $120,000

For more information on safe routes to schools and other school transportation information, please visit the City’s website.


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

Increased Vandalism at Grand Junction Parks

Eagle Rim Park Cleanup

The City of Grand Junction has responded to several recent incidents of vandalism in recent weeks. Most recently, the City was made aware of graffiti at the Eagle Rim Skate Park on Tuesday, July 28 by a concerned citizen. Once aware of the incident, the City dispatched a crew to remove the graffiti and clean up the site. This incident is being investigated by the Grand Junction Police Department.

Other recent vandalism includes:

  • A memorial tree was destroyed near the entrance to the Lincoln Park Pool on Friday July 24.
  • Canyon View Park saw major vandalism the weekend of July 17th and 18th with a door being kicked in and the restroom being vandalized.
  • The loaner life jacket program constructed and donated by the Save a Life program at the River Park at Las Colonias, was vandalized twice within the past month.
  • Several trees were destroyed with an ax at West Lake Park.

This type of behavior in our community is unacceptable. Leaving a City facility in poor condition shows disregard for a community asset and ultimately costs us all as taxpayers because of the resources needed to repair the damage.

We want to remind our community that emergencies should be reported by dialing 9-1-1 but also that non-emergencies can be reported through our non-emergency dispatch line at 970-242-6707. We all have a responsibility to keep our community as safe and desirable as we can. If you see something that could use attention, please let us know!


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

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 7/27/20

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Waterline Replacement Project

  • Construction will continue this week along 14th Street between Ute Avenue and Pitkin Avenue
  • Delays can be expected

2020 Asphalt Overlay Program

Shouldering/Raising Manholes/ Raising Valve Boxes

  • 27 Rd./B Rd Area
  • Horizon Ave
  • Centauri Dr Area
  • Interstate Ave Area
  • 23 Rd

Asphalt Paving (Night Work)

  • Colex Dr. area
  • 22 Rd. area

Guardrail Replacement

  • Mariposa Dr. and Ridges Blvd
  • Traffic delays can be expected
  • Rolling lane closures will be utilized

Lunch Loop Trailhead Improvement Project

  • Watch for shoulder work along Monument Road
  • Watch for trucks turning off and onto Monument Road
  • Be aware of reduced speed limit through work zone
  • Minimal delays expected
  • West bound bike lane (heading into the Monument) will remain open
  • East bound bike lane will be closed (heading into town)

Dos Rios Bicycle Playground

  • The bicycle playground will be closed during the reconstruction, with no access from the River Front Trail
  • Access to the Dos Rios Drive parking area off Riverside Parkway, will also be closed during construction.
  • Anticipated Completion – Late July

12th Street Fiber Optic Construction – Fire Station #6

  • Shoulder work  along the west side of 12th Street between Horizon Drive and Patterson Road.
  • Please slow down through construction zone
  • Delays will be minimal

Grand Avenue Between 9th Street and 10th Street – Safe Routes to School Project

  • Grand Avenue west bound lane shift 24/7
  • Both north bound 9th Street and 10th Street will be closed at Grand Avenue
  • Please slow down through construction zone

Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Orchard Avenue sewer line repair between 28 ¾ Road and 29 Road – Mesa County

  • By use of flaggers, there will be alternating one lane traffic during work hours
  • Alternate route advised
  • Two lane traffic will be maintained at night and weekends

North Avenue Gas Line Replacement Project Phase 2, between 28 Road and 29 ¾ Road – CDOT

  • Work hours – 8pm to 8am Sunday thru Thursday
  • Expect lane closures and delays
  • Alternate route advised

Sewer Line Rehabilitation Project on E ½ Road from 31 ½ Road to 31 ¾ Road – Clifton Sanitation District

  • Expect lane closures this week on E ½ Road by Central High School
  • Expect delays
  • Alternate route advised

 E ½ Road between 32 Road and 32 ½ Road Utility Construction – Clifton Sanitation District

  • Expect Delays
  • Alternate route advised

22 Road and I Road Utility Construction – Ute Water

  • The 22 and I Road intersection will be closed Monday thru Thursday
  • Detour Route will be in place

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

 

Governor’s Executive Order on Masks

“We know that there are a lot of questions and strong feelings regarding the Governor’s Executive Order announced this afternoon regarding masks ,” commented City Manager Greg Caton. The Governor’s Executive Order requires that every Coloradoan over the age of 10 to wears a mask in all indoor spaces and while around others. We are prepared to implement the Governor’s Order for the City’s public facilities and will work with the community to inform and assist in compliance.

The mask mandate, effective Friday, July 17, is an executive order and is thereby enforceable by law. Residents in all counties of Colorado must wear a cloth face covering while indoors. Mesa County’s variance under Safer at Home does not exempt us from this statewide order. In short, the order requires masks be worn by anyone over the age of 10 years old in all public indoor spaces, as well as when utilizing public transportation, as part of a statewide effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.  The City will continue to work closely with Mesa County Public Health, and our strong desire is education and voluntary compliance, as it has been from the very beginning of this pandemic.  Questions, concerns, and complaints regarding COVID-19 and compliance with public health orders should continue to be directed to the Mesa County Public Health COVID-19 hotline at 970.683.2300.

Additionally, although the Governor’s order indicates that police officers may be exempt from the mask mandate, all employees with the Grand Junction Police Department are required to wear masks whenever they are interacting with the public except in emergent, tactical situations.  We are committed to our responsibility to do our part to keep our community safe and healthy.

“Calls for service must be prioritized by our officers and dispatchers, and calls regarding refusal to comply with this executive order will be no different,” says Grand Junction Police Chief Doug Shoemaker.  “If officers are called to handle a dispute over mask compliance, that is time taken from other calls for service received from members of our community who need our help.  We receive an incredible amount of support from this community, and we would humbly ask that folks treat one another with civility and respect and do the right thing by complying with the law.”


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

River Park at Las Colonias Water Channel Dammed Due to Low Water Levels in Colorado River

Las Colonias_River Park_Low Flow (6)Water levels in the Colorado River have been dropping continuously over the past few weeks largely due to the current drought happening throughout Colorado. On Wednesday, the City of Grand Junction closed off the River Park at Las Colonias from the main channel to protect the ecological habitat in the main channel of the river. Sandbags were placed at the entrance to the River Park in order to keep the water in the main channel to the benefit of the endangered fish present in our river.

The River Park channel was developed first and foremost as an ecological enhancement to create additional aquatic and riparian areas and recreation was a secondary factor. In accordance with requirements of the River Park’s federal permit, any time the Colorado River flows below 810 cubic feet per second (cfs), the River Park channel must be cut off from the main channel of the Colorado River to protect critical habitat for wildlife. The Colorado River has historically dropped below 810 cfs through this reach approximately 10% of observed years. Due to drought conditions throughout Colorado, the Colorado River reached these flow levels on July 14th.

The River Park channel is still open for use, but the experience is very different from when the River Park opened for public use. Dogs are still not allowed in the water of the River Park as the water volume in the River Park channel is greatly reduced. A section of the Dog Park at Las Colonias is planned to open soon.

The City of Grand Junction will continue to monitor flows and look to undam this channel to increase water flow into the River Park channel as soon as flows permit.  This is a very popular amenity and we appreciate the community’s embrace of it.


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

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 7/20/20

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Waterline Replacement Project

  • Construction will continue this week along 14th Street between Ute Avenue and Pitkin Avenue
  • Delays can be expected

2020 Asphalt Overlay Program

Shouldering/Raising Manholes/ Raising Valve Boxes

  • 27 Rd./B Rd Area
  • Horizon Ave
  • Centauri Dr Area
  • Interstate Ave Area
  • 23 Rd

Asphalt Paving (Night Work)

  • Interstate Ave Area
  • Colex Dr. Area
  • Traffic Delays can be expected.
  • Rolling Lane Closures will be utilized.

Lunch Loop Trailhead Improvement Project

  • Watch for shoulder work along Monument Road
  • Watch for trucks turning off and onto Monument Road
  • Be aware of reduced speed limit through work zone
  • Minimal delays expected
  • West bound bike lane (heading into the Monument) will remain open
  • East bound bike lane will be closed (heading into town)

Alley Improvement Project from 10th Street to 11th Street between Ute Avenue and Pitken Avenue

  • 11th Street will be closed to thru traffic
  • No alley access
  • Anticipated completion – Late July

Dos Rios Bicycle Playground

  • The bicycle playground will be closed during the reconstruction, with no access from the River Front Trail
  • Access to the Dos Rios Drive parking area off Riverside Parkway, will also be closed during construction.
  • Anticipated Completion – Late July

12th Street Fiber Optic Construction – Fire Station #6

  • Shoulder work  along the west side of 12th Street between Horizon Drive and Patterson Road.
  • Please slow down through construction zone
  • Delays will be minimal

Grand Avenue Between 9th Street and 10th Street – Safe Routes to School Project

  • Grand Avenue west bound lane shift 24/7
  • Both north bound 9th Street and 10th Street will be closed at Grand Avenue
  • Please slow down through construction zone

Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Orchard Avenue sewer line repair between 28 ¾ Road and 29 Road – Mesa County

  • By use of flaggers, there will be alternating one lane traffic during work hours
  • Alternate route advised
  • Two lane traffic will be maintained at night and weekends

North Avenue Gas Line Replacement Project Phase 2, between 28 Road and 29 ¾ Road – CDOT

  • Work hours – 8pm to 8am Sunday thru Thursday
  • Expect lane closures and delays
  • Alternate route advised

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

Grand Junction City Council Preview for the Week of 7/13/2020

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For more detailed information on any of these items, read the full agendas and/or staff reports here. 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, 7/13/20 – 5:30 p.m.    City Council Workshop City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Discussion Topics

a. Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan Council Workshop

b. Tobacco & Vaping Discussion

c. Marijuana Discussion


Wednesday, 7/15/20 – 6:00 p.m.    City Council Meeting City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Proclamations

Proclaiming August 3 ­-9, 2020 as Interfaith Awareness Week in the City of Grand
Junction

Certificates of Appointment

To the Urban Trails Committee

To the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

REGULAR AGENDA

5a. Quasi-Judicial

5ai. Public Hearing to Consider Funding the 2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Year, and Set a Public Hearing for Adoption of the 2020 Annual Action Plan for August 19, 2020

5aii. A Resolution Accepting the Petition for Annexation and an Annexation Ordinance for the Proposed Redlands 360 Annexation of 237.57 Acres, Located South of the Redlands Parkway/Highway 340 Intersection

Other Action Items

6a. Items Relating to Fire Station 3 Replacement:

i. Resolution Authorizing a Land Exchange with Mesa County Valley School District 51

ii. Resolution Authorizing a Grant Request through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs

Contracts

7a. Deed of Conservation Easement – 2312 Monument Road


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