Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 5/25/20

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

729 27 Road – New Fire Station Construction

  • Watch for trucks turning off and onto 27 Road

2020 Asphalt Overlay Program 

This week’s activities will include Concrete Replacement & Manhole Adjustments at the following locations:

  • Legends Way from Grand Falls Drive to Patterson Road
  • Grand Falls Drive from Pacino Way to 28 ¼ Road
  • 28 ½ Road from Grand Falls Drive north to end of pavement
  • Grandeur Court from 28 ½ Road west to end of cul-de-sac
  • Mariposa Drive from Monument Road to Ridges Blvd.
  • Traffic Delays can be expected.
  • Rolling Lane Closures will be utilized

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

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

      

Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

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 June

4th of July Fireworks Cancellation & Delay in Pool Opening

4th of July Update GraphicThe 4th of July fireworks show put on by the City of Grand Junction has been a time for our community to gather and celebrate our nation’s independence. In recent years, the City has coordinated the fireworks show with the Grand Junction Rockies for a 4th of July game.

In the interest of public health, the City has made the decision to cancel the fireworks show. Although the community is in the Safer at Home phase of re-opening, staff would need to make preparations now for the show. The uncertain nature of the pandemic does not guarantee that restrictions would be lifted by the date. Other contributing factors, such as high fire danger due to low snow pack also contributed to this decision.

In addition to the fireworks display, the City is delaying the opening of the Lincoln Park outdoor pool. The Orchard Mesa Pool will remain closed after closing on March 14 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lincoln Park outdoor pool normally opens on Memorial Day. This year, given the health crisis and the current Safer at Home order in Mesa County, the pool will not open during the holiday weekend. The City is working closely with Mesa County Public Health to evaluate our ability to open the Lincoln Park pool this summer given concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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

Memorial Day Schedule for City of Grand Junction Services

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City of Grand Junction administrative offices will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. There will be no City trash pick up on Monday and the schedule will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week. The recycling drop off center will be closed Monday, and Monday’s curbside route pick up will be delayed until Tuesday.

Have a safe holiday weekend!


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 5/18/2020

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NOTE: The City Council workshop on May 18, the City Council meeting on May 20, and the Planning Commission meeting on May 26 will be open to public. Persons attending meetings will be asked to practice social distancing and wear masks.


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, 5/18/20 – 5:30 p.m.    City Council Workshop City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Discussion Topics

1a. Board and Commission Assignments for City Council

1b. Consider Expenditure of HUD CDBG ­CV Funds Allocated to the City of Grand Junction in the Amount of $275,976


Monday, 5/18/20 – City of Grand Junction Dos Rios General Improvement District Workshop     Following the 5:30 p.m. City Council Workshop City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Discussion Topics

1a. Dos Rios General Improvement District Debt Issuance


Wednesday, 5/18/20 – 6:00 p.m.    City Council Meeting City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Proclamations

Proclaiming May 17-23, 2020 as Emergency Medical Services Week in the City of
Grand Junction

Appointments

Appointment to the 2020 Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Master Plan
Advisory Committee

Certificates of Appointment

To the Horizon Drive Association Business Improvement District

REGULAR AGENDA

Public Hearings

7ai. A Resolution 1) Amending the 2019 Program Year Action Plan as a Part of the Grand Junction Five­Year Consolidated Plan for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program to Include CDBG­CV funds Received via the CARES Act and Allocate the Funds to Additional Activities; and 2) Amending the CDBG Citizen Participation Plan to Include Flexibilities Allowed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

7bi. An Ordinance to Make a Supplemental Appropriation of $300,000 from the City General Fund Reserve to Support the #GJStrong Fund in the City of Grand Junction, Colorado – Continued from May 6, 2020

7bii. A. An Emergency Ordinance Regarding Neighborhood Meetings
and Alternative Hearing Procedures for Land Use Applications
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OR IF NOT APPROVED

B. Introduction of an Ordinance Regarding Neighborhood Meetings and Alternative Hearing Procedures for Land Use Applications and Set a Public Hearing for June 3, 2020

7biii. An Ordinance Amending the Grand Junction Municipal Code Title 21 Zoning and Development Code Regarding the Keeping of Roosters – ­Staff Presentation

7biv. An Ordinance Amending Title 21 of the Grand Junction Municipal Code to Modify and Clarify Provisions Governing the Planned Development (PD) Zone District – ­ Staff Presentation

7ci. An Ordinance to Amending the Planned Development (PD) Zoning and Outline Development Plan (ODP) for Riverfront at Dos Rios, Located on the Northeast Bank of the Colorado River between Hale Avenue and near the 5th Street/Highway 50 Viaduct -­ Staff Presentation

7cii. An Ordinance to Vacate Seven Portions of Public Right-­of-­Way and a Resolution to Vacate a Public Sanitary Sewer Easement within the Proposed Riverfront at Dos Rios Development ­ Staff Presentation

7ciii. An Ordinance to Vacate an Approximate 30-­Foot Wide by 675­-Foot
Long Portion of 29 5/8 Road Abutting the Northeastern Property
Line of the Property Located at 359 29 5/8 Road ­ Staff Presentation

Resolutions

8a. A Resolution of Notice of Intent to Create an Improvement District ­ Victor
Drive Sanitary Sewer Improvement District SS­20 and Set a Public
Hearing for July 1, 2020


Wednesday, 5/20/20 – City of Grand Junction Dos Rios General Improvement District Meeting     Following the 5:30 p.m. City Council Regular Meeting City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Discussion Topics

1a. Approval of Minutes

2a. An Ordinance in Regards to the Issuance of up to $10,900,000 in Special Revenue Bonds for the City of Grand Junction Dos Rios General Improvement District and Set Final Consideration on June 3, 2020


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

City Response Efforts to COVID-19

The crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the Grand Junction community in many ways. To help mitigate the effects of the crisis, the City of Grand Junction has worked with agency partners and developed several strategies for continuity of services and economic support.

Here’s a recap of what measures the City has taken to respond to the pandemic crisis:

Economic Strategies – The City used a variety of economic strategies to help the community through the crisis:

  1. Sales, Use and Lodging Tax Deferral – The focus of this strategy was to support cash flow to businesses. In total 59 businesses, with a reported 890 employees took advantage of the deferral program for a total of $245,000, ($159,000 in sales and use tax and $86,000 in lodging tax). Seven of those businesses have already paid their balances off for approximately $10,000 in sales tax and the current outstanding is $235,000 for 52 businesses.
  2. #GJStrongAppetite Campaign – The focus of this strategy was to support local restaurants who were impacted during the onset of the pandemic crisis by the restrictions put in place by public health orders. City employees put $81,449.20 into the local economy through this program with the City’s investing $44,873.50 as a part of it. The number of City employees who participated was 358.
  3. #GJStrong Fund – The focus of this strategy was to support community members in need of food and shelter. The City provided $500,000 to non-profits for food and shelter support.
  4. Support for Business Fixed Costs – The focus of this strategy was to help businesses with fixed costs by filling a gap in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) included in Federal stimulus. The City provided $500,000 to support businesses for rent, mortgage, and other fixed costs.
  5. Temporary Changes to Charge Structure – The focus of this strategy was to provide temporary relief to local businesses and residents that were negatively impacted by the pandemic. Charges were amended or allowed to be deferred as a part of this strategy.

Fiscal Responsibility – Through modeling of economic activity, the City projects a loss in revenue of approximately $16M, which is a 25% reduction on an annualized bases (meaning one-quarter or 3-months at $0 sales). Staff has reduced expenses by approximately $7M, while minimizing the impact in service delivery to the community.  Additionally, some capital projects will be deferred to 2021.

Incident Command Systems (ICS) – The City of Grand Junction activated an Incident Command System (ICS) in March to coordinate an effective and efficient response to the COVID-19 pandemic. An ICS structure is typically used for emergent events and as the City transitions into long-term management of the pandemic, the ICS structure was deactivated. City departments now handle specific response actions as coordinated by the City Manager.

Intergovernmental Cooperation & Legislative Advocacy – The City worked closely with Mesa County Public Health to coordinate a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mesa County Public Health is leading the public health response and continues to keep the City informed of public health updates, best practices, and any new state public health orders that may affect the response of the City.

The City also worked with our Federal delegation to advocate for legislative that helps our residents and local governments. As a result of this work, several pieces of legislation have been introduced with provisions for specific aid to individuals and local governments.

Emergency Declaration – City Council declared a state of emergency from March 23rd through May 6th. The state of emergency was originally declared because of the risk to the personal health and economic welfare to the persons and businesses of the City and the Greater Grand Junction community.

Continuity of Operations Plan & Employee Policies – To protect the health of employees and to ensure continuity of services provided to the community, the City activated its Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP Plan) and developed pandemic policies early in the response. Policies provided guidelines for teleworking, pandemic leave, and best practices for public health such as hand washing. The City also provided all employees with a cloth mask to be worn while working for the purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19 within the organization and the community. The COOP Plan provided guidance for the organization to continue to provide uninterrupted service to the community.


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

Dos Rios Bike Playground Construction

Dos Rios Bike Park

The City of Grand Junction is pleased to announce the beginning of construction of the Dos Rios Bike Playground. The contractors, American Ramp Company and Single Track Trails are on site this week starting construction of the playground.

The Bike Playground is designed to be accessible to a wide variety of riders, from small children on strider bikes, to kids of all ages, to adults looking to build their skills and confidence. Four distinct lines will be offered: one beginner, one beginner/intermediate, and two adjacent intermediate that involve either tabletops or jumps. The concept is to help build biking skills that people of all ages can use to further their passion for biking, be it road biking and commuting, BMX or mountain biking at the nearby Lunch Loop Trail System.

With easy access to the Colorado Riverfront Trail and at the center of the continually improving River Corridor, the City expects high utilization. Construction is scheduled to proceed over the next two weeks, with a scheduled opening by Memorial Day weekend. The project budget is $120,000, which was funded by a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation as a part of a broader park improvement project which included a redesign of Riverside Park. The Riverside Park redesign project was a collaborative effort with brought about by input from members of the Riverside Neighborhood community.

As the community enjoys these new amenities, including those at Dos Rios, please remember that social distancing measures must still be observed, and group size needs to be kept within the allowable limit.


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

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 5/18/20

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

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 – May

729 27 Road – New Fire Station Construction

  • Watch for trucks turning off and onto 27 Road

Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

None this week


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