Community Briefing for March 30, 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.

Public Safety Tips – The City of Grand Junction has the following public safety tips for residents during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis:

When to Call 9-1-1 – The City understands that residents may have questions during the pandemic. There are many resources available for pandemic-related questions online from the City and its agency partners. Mesa County Public Health has set up a COVID-19 hotline at (970) 683-2300 and has a variety of resources on its website. The City asks that residents reserve the 9-1-1 lines for emergencies.

Accident Alert – The Grand Junction Police Department has moved to accident alert protocols for the City of Grand Junction. While accident alert is typically used in severe weather conditions, it can also be effective during a public health order to limit in-person contact. This is an additional measure to adhere to social distancing and to offers protection for community member and first responders. You can always report a traffic alert online.

Watch Out for Scams – COVID-19 scams are like any other. Criminals seek to take advantage of unsuspecting and otherwise trusting individuals. The City of Grand Junction wants residents to be careful and watch for potential scams. If you are suspicious about an offer or request for personal information, remember that you might be facing a scam. As a reminder, FEMA is not contacting people for information before the stimulus checks go out. Also watch also for medical and insurance scams and talk to your existing providers about how they will contact you if necessary. Do not respond to random emails or take phone calls from people you do not know without first verifying who they are.

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

Grand Junction City Council Preview for the Week of 3/30/2020

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NOTE: In an effort to support the health and safety of our residents, Grand Junction City Hall is currently closed to the public. Residents may view this week’s City Council Meeting on Cable channel 191 or live-stream via the City of Grand Junction website.

Citizens have two options for providing Citizen Comments:

1) Via phone by calling (970) 255-­2355 during the Citizen Comment portion of the meeting

2) Submitting comments online until 4 p.m. on April 1 by completing
this form. Written comments will be read aloud at the City Council meeting. In­person comments are suspended until further notice.

Wednesday, 4/1/20 – 6:00 p.m.    City Council Meeting City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Contracts
a. Contract Approval for Setting the Guaranteed Maximum Price for the
Construction of City of Grand Junction Fire Station #6

Non­-Scheduled Citizens & Visitors ­ SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER
NOTICE

Until further notice the City Council will, in the interest of public health and safety, be changing its procedure for Council meetings. City Council may hold virtual meetings appearing by telephone or video conferencing. The City is endeavoring to provide alternatives to in­-person attendance for City Council, City staff and members of the public to prevent the possible spread of COVID­-19.
In lieu of in person attendance, the public may listen to/view Council meetings on television on Charter channel 191 or online via live streaming at www.gjcity.org. The public may contact City Council and/or City staff by e­mail regarding items on an agenda at www.gjcity.org. Electronic communications will be distributed to the person(s) to whom addressed and Council and staff will try and respond as quickly as possible.
For information about COVID­19 and the City’s planning and preparedness in response to the virus outbreak, please go to www.gjcity.org.


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

 

City Issues Temporary Changes to Charge Structure

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The City has temporarily amended its charge structure as a part of a comprehensive economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The temporary change in charges will provide temporary relief to local businesses and residents that are negatively impacted by the pandemic. These changes are made in accordance with the City’s Emergency Declaration.

Early in the City’s response to the public health and economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City identified that businesses and residents may find paying utility bills challenging. In an effort to provide relief to the community we serve, the City issued the temporary changes to the charges. Businesses and residents may also choose to defer your Utilities bill for up to two months.

Additionally, residents may receive a $15 credit on their next City of Grand Junction utility bill just for signing up with Paymentus (automatic credit card payments) or the Automatic Draft Program. Processing fees will apply.

A full schedule of the temporary charge changes may be viewed on our website.

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

Community Briefing for March 27, 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.

As a reminder, city services are available online, by phone and by appointment as needed. Since City offices are closed to the public, we encourage the public to call or look for services online. Despite the closures, the City is still available to serve the public.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Donations – Grand Junction Fire Department is accepting Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donations starting today. Items can be dropped off in the bins outside of Fire Administration at 625 Ute Ave. weekdays between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M.

The following items are currently needed; other items will not be accepted at this time:

  • Masks – unopened and unused only:
    • N95 masks
    • Surgical/procedure masks
  • Gloves – unopened and unused only:
    • Exam gloves (latex-free)
  • Smocks – new and lightly used:
    • Painting smocks
    • Rain jackets (disposable or permanent)
    • Art Smocks
    • Coveralls of any type
  • Supplies – unopened and unused only:
    • Bleach
    • Disinfectant wipes
    • Disinfectants and sanitizers
    • Hand sanitizer containing 60% or higher isopropyl alcohol

Parks Facilities & Recreation Options – The City of Grand Junction has closed all playgrounds, picnic areas and shelters and courts (including basketball, volleyball, pickleball and tennis) in accordance with the Governor’s stay at home order, which went into effect yesterday. Indoor facilities, such as the Senior Recreation Center and the Orchard Mesa Pool, remain closed. Recreation programs and shelter reservations remain cancelled through May 15.

The 36 City parks, over 20 miles of bike paths and over 900 acres of open space remain open. All bathroom facilities at the parks remain open and are being regularly cleaned and disinfected. The order issued by the Governor encouraged Coloradoans to stay active and healthy by walking, biking and jogging, and the Grand Junction parks system is a great place to engage in these activities. Please recreate responsibly!

Please continue to use our available services, while respecting social distancing. Although City offices are closed, Parks & Recreation staff are still available to serve the community through phone and email.

For a complete list of City of Grand Junction facilities that are temporarily closed to the public, as well as a list of phone numbers and available online services, please visit our website.

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

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 3/30/20

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Raw Water Line Construction – 5th Street Bridge

  • North Bound 5th Street traffic will be reduced to one lane
  • Expect delays
  • 35 mph speed limit will be enforced
  • Anticipated completion – April

31 Road between D ½ Road and E Road, Utility Construction

  • 31 Road closed to thru traffic
  • Access for residents will be provided
  • Detour route is in place
  • Anticipated completion – April

Court Road between Orchard Avenue and Bookcliff Avenue, Utility Construction

  • Court Road between Orchard Avenue and Bookcliff Avenue will be closed to thru traffic
  • Access for local residents will be provided
  • Detour route will be in place
  • Anticipated completion – April

Riverside Trail Repairs/Replacement west of 5th Street Bridge

  • Approximately 2,000 of trail along various locations will be under construction
  • Please follow well-marked detour
  • Anticipated completion – April

Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

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

  • 22 Road is 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.

Orchard Avenue Reconstruction, Normandy Drive to 29 Road – Mesa County

  • Orchard Avenue will be closed to thru traffic this week for paving
  • Anticipated final completion – April

Hwy 340 and Colonial Drive (Monument Village Entrance). Left Turn Lane Project – Mesa County

  • Expect alternating one lane traffic and delays during work hours
  • Pedestrian access will remain on north side of Hwy 340
  • Anticipated completion – late May

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

Community Briefing for March 26, 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.

Stay at Home Order – Yesterday, Governor Polis issued a temporary stay at home order, effective today, March 26. The temporary order is effective through April 11. As a result, all City offices will be closed to the public and staff will continue to assist the community over the phone and online when applicable. A full list of City services available online or over the phone is available here.

This executive order means Coloradans should not leave their homes except for critical activities including:

  • Obtaining food and other household goods including medicine, alcohol and cannabis products
  • Going to and from work if you are a critical employee
  • Seeking medical care
  • Caring for dependents or pets
  • Caring for a vulnerable person in another location
  • Participating in outdoor recreation in your area at a legally-mandated safe distance of six feet or more from other parties

 The full order can be read online and the Governor has created a FAQ for the order, available here.

City Charge Emergency Changes – The City has temporarily amended its charge structure as a part of a comprehensive economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The charge change will provide temporary relief to local businesses that may be impacted by the pandemic. These changes are made by an administrative action of the City Manager as authorized under Council’s Emergency Declaration.

A schedule of the temporary charge changes may be viewed on our website.

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

Community Briefing for March 25, 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 Services Available Online – The COVID-19 pandemic certainly has impacted services and availability of City staff. The City encourages residents to conduct business by phone, online, or at a drop box location. Below is a list of available online services:

Utilities Department:

  • Utility bills can be paid at drop boxes that can be found at City Market, Safeway, the 5th Street Alpine Bank and the south side of City Hall. Utility bills can also be paid by phone by calling (970) 255-2323 or online at http://www.gjcity.org under Pay My Utility Bill.

Community Development Department:

  • The Community Development Department continues to conduct planning and permitting work. Persons can conduct business with the department by calling (970) 244-1430 or by sending an email to comdev@gjcity.org during regular business hours.

City Clerk’s Office:

  • The City Clerk’s Office will allow liquor license renewals to be dropped off at the drop box located on the south side of City Hall.

Finance Department:

  • The Sales Tax Office will have options to file sales tax returns or complete a sales tax license application:
    • Mail your return to PO Box 1809, Grand Junction, Colorado 81502-1809
    • Place in drop box on the south side of City Hall
    • File online: https://gjcity.force.com/TaxPortalHome
    • For questions please call (970) 244-1521
  • Accounts Receivable will have the following options for paying an invoice:
    • Mail to PO Box 1809, Grand Junction, Colorado 81502-1809
    • Place in drop box on the south side of City Hall
    • Call in payment or questions to (970) 244-1581
  • Accounts Payable will have the following options for vendors receiving payments from the City:
    • Complete an ACH form for direct deposit by calling (970) 244-1519 or by  e-mailing ap@gjcity.org
    • All other payments will be mailed by City
  • In-person visits to Sales Tax, Accounts Receivable, and Accounts Payable are by appointment only. Please call (970) 256-4025.

A comprehensive list of information will be made available on our website and will be updated regularly.

February 2020 Lodging, Sales and Use Tax Emergency Refund Information – On March 23, 2020, the Grand Junction City Council approved Emergency Ordinance #4912. This Emergency Ordinance, a response to the COVID-19 emergency, will provide for an emergency refund of taxes collected in February 2020 which were paid to the City in March 2020.

The City is currently working on an electronic form for businesses to request a refund of taxes already paid in March. This will be available on our website as soon as possible. Any business owner who has not yet paid, will also need to fill out this form to provide us information on their sales and agree to the terms of the deferment.

The City will be processing refund requests as quickly as possible once the form is available. Businesses can expect a refund approximately one week after requesting. At this time the State and County have not decided to defer February 2020 taxes, this refund only applies to City sales, use and lodging taxes paid. If you have any further questions, please contact us at gjsalestax@gjcity.org or (970) 244-1521.

The City is committed to our residents 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