City Council Meeting Time Change

Public engagement is a critical component of the civic process. The City Council of the City of Grand Junction values the input it receives from members of the public during meetings and has made changes to the format of City Council meetings to make it easier for the public to comment.

The following changes to City Council meetings are now in effect:

  • City Council Pre-Meetings are now held at 5:20 P.M. in the City Hall Auditorium
  • City Council Meetings now start at 5:30 P.M. in the City Hall Auditorium

City Council has also reordered the agenda to allow for citizen comments to come earlier in the agenda out of respect for the time of each individual. The Citizen Comments portion of the agenda will now immediately follow the pledge of allegiance and invocation/moment of silence.

Unable to attend a City Council meeting, but want to make your voice heard? These are some additional ways to contribute:

  • Call and leave a message with Council: call the City Council line at 244-1504 and leave a voicemail message. Please specify that the message is intended for the Council meeting. Messages will be played and entered into the record at the next Council meeting.
  • Email City Council: email City Council at council@gjcity.org. While not entered into the record as a citizen comment, emails are ready by City Council.

As a reminder, the City Council meets in the City Hall Auditorium on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month and holds workshops on Mondays preceding the official meetings. Agendas and minutes of meetings can be found on our website.


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 8/31/2020

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, 8/31/20 – 5:30 p.m.    City Council Workshop City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Discussion Topics

a. Las Colonias Plaza Discussion

b. Consideration of Providing Fire and Emergency Medical Services to the Central Orchard Mesa Fire Protection District


Wednesday, 9/2/20 – 5:30 p.m.    City Council Meeting City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Proclamations

Proclaiming September 17-23 as Constitution Week in the City of Grand Junction

Certificates of Appointment

To the One Riverfront Commission

REGULAR AGENDA

a. Quasi-judicial

i. A resolution Accepting the Petition for Annexation of 19.020 Acres of Land and Ordinances Annexing and zoning the Fairview Glen Annexation to R-8 (Residential – 8 du/ac), Located at 2767 C Road and Vacant Properties Located North of B 1/2 Road between Allyce Avenue and Nashua Lane/Court

ii. A Resolution Accepting the Petition for Annexation and an Ordinance Annexing the Proposed Airport North Boundary Annexation of 187.69 Acres Located at 2828 Walker Field Drive and Including Parcels 2705-154-00-003 and 2701-113-00-002

b. Legislative

i. An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 8.20 and Chapter 9.04 of the Grand Junction Municipal Code by Increasing the Distance Requirements for Smoking in Entryways from 15 Feet to 25 Feet, Prohibiting Smoking in Hotels and Motels and Changing the Regulation of Tobacco Products by Amending the Term “Minor” to “Minimum Legal Sale Age”, Increasing the Minimum Age for Purchase/Sale of Tobacco from 18 to 21, and Removal of the Provision that Punishes the Purchase, Use, or Possession of Tobacco Products by Persons Under the Minimum Legal Sale Age

ii. An Ordinance Amending the Grand Junction Municipal Code Title 21, Zoning and Development Code, to Revise Sections Related to Mini-Warehouse Uses and Use Standards


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

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 8/31/20

City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

731 27 Road – Fire Station #6

  • Monday, August 31: Asphalt Patching
  • Alternating one lane traffic along 27 Road at Pacific Drive
  • Expect delays

Lorey Drive (West off of 1st Street north of West Middle School) – Safe Routes to School Project

  • Shoulder work and possible street closure when needed
  • Access for residents will be maintained
  • Please slow down through construction zone
  • Anticipated Completion – Early September   

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

  • Be aware of construction activities around the bicycle playground, access to the bike park from Riverside Parkway will remain open during construction.
  • The existing asphalt surface of Riverside Drive, south of Hale Avenue, has been permanently removed. 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 through September.

7th Street Between Grand Avenue and North Avenue Lead Water Service Elimination Project

  • Lane closures either north bound or south bound throughout the week
  • Short delay can be expected
  • Anticipated completion – Friday, September 4th

Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

North Avenue Gas Line Replacement Project Phase 2, between 28 Road and 29 2/4 Road – CDOT

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

Sewer Line Rehabilitation – Clifton Sanitation District

  • F Road between 31 Road and 32 Road
  • F ½ Road between 31 Road and 32 Road
  • Expect delays
  • Alternate route advised

Gas Line Relocation Project – Xcel Energy

  • White Avenue will be closed between Rice Street and 1st Street
  • Business access provided
  • Alternate route advised


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

Lunch Loop Trailhead Improvement Project

The City of Grand Junction is continuing improvements to the Lunch Loop Trailhead Parking Lot off of Monument Road. This is in addition to the completion of the Monument Connector Trail, which links the trailhead to the downtown and Riverfront Trail via a 1.5-mile, paved, off street/pedestrian trail.

The City of Grand Junction partnered with Mesa County and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for the trail construction project in 2019. A majority of the funding for the project was provided by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), and the trail was completed under budget by $350,000. GOCO has given the City permission to utilize the project savings to improve the Lunch Loop Trailhead and add a large, paved turnout area for trailer parking south of the existing parking lot. This project also includes adding a left turn lane off of Monument Road for southbound traffic to access the new trailer parking. The City funded $150,000 for the widening of Monument Road.

Paving operations of the trailer parking area and widening of the roadway were recently completed. Concrete work in the parking lot near the bathrooms was also recently completed. Asphalt near the restrooms is scheduled to be complete the week of August 31. Landscaping will occur in September.


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

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 8/24/20

City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Waterline Replacement Project

  • Elm Avenue – 18th Street to 23rd Street
  • D Road – 10th Street to 12th Street
  • Streets may be closed to thru traffic
  • Detour routes will be in place
  • Expect delays

731 27 Road – Fire Station #6

Wednesday, August 26:

  • Alternating one lane traffic along 27 Road
  • Expect delays

Lorey Drive (West off of 1st Street north of West Middle School) – Safe Routes to School Project

  • Shoulder work and possible street closure when needed
  • Access for residents will be maintained
  • Please slow down through construction zone
  • Anticipated Completion – Early September        

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

  • Be aware of construction activities around the bicycle playground, access to the bike park from Riverside Parkway will remain open during construction.
  • The existing asphalt surface of Riverside Drive, south of Hale Avenue, has been permanently removed. 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 through September.

7th Street Between Grand Avenue and North Avenue Lead Water Service Elimination Project

  • Lane closures either north bound or south bound throughout the week
  • Short delay can be expected

Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

North Avenue Gas Line Replacement Project Phase 2, between 28 Road and 29 2/4 Road – CDOT

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

Sewer Line Rehabilitation – Clifton Sanitation District

  • F Road between 31 Road and 32 Road
  • F ½ Road between 31 Road and 32 Road
  • Expect delays
  • Alternate route advised

Gas Line Relocation Project – Xcel Energy

  • White Avenue will be closed between Rice Street and 1st Street
  • Business access provided
  • Alternate route advised

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

Pawn Shop Demolition

Pawn Shop MapBeginning on Monday, August 24th, CW Construction will begin the demolition of the Pawn Shop building on 225 S 2nd Street. Nine different companies submitted bids for this project with CW Construction being the low bid at $40,000.

The City purchased this prominent piece of property in 2017. The removal of this building helps to eliminate slum and blight in the downtown area and the remaining vacant land will be used as parking expansion for the Grand Junction Convention Center. Please exercise caution near the property during the demolition process.


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

Tiara Rado Golf Course Hosts Sinclair Rocky Mountain Open

The Sinclair Rocky Mountain Open Golf Tournament, the longest running continuous, open golf tournament in the state of Colorado, is celebrating its 82nd year in 2020. The Rocky Mountain Open is a professional tournament that raises money for the Colorado Mesa University Athletics Department. To date, the tournament has contributed more than $120,000 to Colorado Mesa University athletics department for scholarships and other needs. This year’s Pro-Am will take place on Thursday, August 20th followed by tournament play, which tees off Friday, August 21st – Sunday, August 23rd.

The 2020 tournament will adhere to health guidelines for the safety of all players, spectators and staff.

The RMO began in 1939 as the first golf tournament in Western Colorado where both amateur and professional golfers could compete together for their own prizes. The tournament was originally played over two days at the Lincoln Park Golf Course and was sponsored by the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce. Today, the tournament is played over four days at Tiara Rado Golf Course.

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

Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Releases Fall Activity Guide

The availability of the Parks & Recreation system continues to fluctuate as we balance the need to offer what services we can while discouraging the spread of the virus. As the season transitions into Fall, the City would like to update the community regarding offerings.   

Parks & Recreation released the Early Fall Guide, which covers activities from August 17th to October to October 4th. The guide is available online. The Late Fall Guide will be released Monday, October 5th and covers activities from October 5th through January 2nd

This guide reflects the latest information on services currently being offered such as recreation programs, swim lessons, and information on the Lincoln Park-Moyer Pool (with an extended season until September 27th) and Orchard Mesa Pool (opening September 28). Grand Junction Parks & Recreation still provides many exciting programs and activities this Fall. Residents can enjoy programs such as adult softball, swimming lessons, and even a cornhole league.

Throughout the pandemic, the City of Grand Junction Parks & Recreation has continually consulted the Mesa County Health Department regarding the status of parks and recreation services. The Department also worked closely with the Colorado High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) for recreation programs such as flag football, volleyball, and basketball.

On August 4, 2020, CHSAA announced what fall sports will look like throughout Colorado. The only approved high school fall sports are boys golf, boys tennis, softball, and cross country. On a normal year, the Parks and Recreation department would offer girls basketball, adult volleyball, and flag football, but with these new guidelines, these activities have been postponed to the spring season for the safety and health of the Grand Junction community. To learn more about CHSAA’s 2020-2021 Interscholastic Athletic and Activities Calendar please click here.

To register for currently offered programs, please go to our Grand Junction Parks and Rec webpage or call 970-254-3866. Residents may also visit the Parks & Recreation office located at 1340 Gunnison Avenue. Parks & Recreation offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. (closed noon-1:00 P.M.).


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 8/17/2020

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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, 8/17/20 – 5:30 p.m.    City Council Workshop City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Discussion Topics

a. Tobacco & Vaping Discussion


Wednesday, 8/19/20 – 6:00 p.m.    City Council Meeting City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Appointments

To the One Riverfront Commission

Ratify Appointments to the Mesa County Building Code Board of Appeals

Certificates of Appointment

To the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

To the Grand Junction Downtown Development Authority/Business Improvement
District Boards

REGULAR AGENDA

Public Hearings

a. Legislative

i. A Resolution Adopting the 2020 Program Year Annual Action Plan as a Part of the Grand Junction Five-­Year Consolidated Plan for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

b. Quasi­-judicial

i. Resolution to Vacate Public Utility and Irrigation Easements and Ordinance to Vacate the Platted Public Right­-of-­Way of West Cliff Drive as Identified on the 2nd Addition to O’Nan Subdivision Located by Horizon Drive, N. 12th Street, Midway Avenue and
Budlong Street

Items Relating to the November 2020 Coordinated Election

a. A Resolution Setting a Title and Submitting to the Electorate on November 3, 2020 a Measure to Allow the City to Collect, Retain and Spend Revenues as a Voter Approved Revenue Change as Provided for and Defined by Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution

b. A Resolution Calling a Special Election in the City of Grand Junction, Colorado Concerning and Providing for the Submission to the Electorate on November 3, 2020 a Measure to Allow the City to Collect, Retain and Spend Revenues as a Voter Approved Revenue Change Provided for and Defined by Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution and Other Details Relating Thereto


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

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 8/17/20

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Waterline Replacement Project

  • Elm Avenue – 18th Street to 23rd Street
  • D Road – 10th Street to 12th Street
  • Streets may be closed to thru traffic
  • Detour routes will be in place
  • Expect delays

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

731 27 Road – Fire Station #6

  • Storm Sewer construction will require the west side of 27 Rd. @ Pacific Dr. to be closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Pacific Dr. residents will have access from Kimberly Dr.

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

  • Grand Avenue west bound lane shift 24/7
  • Both 9th Street and 10th Street will be closed at Grand Avenue
  • Please slow down through construction zone
  • Anticipated completion – August 26

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)

  • Minor construction activities have begun around the bicycle playground, but access to the bike park from Riverside Parkway will remain open during construction.
  • The existing asphalt surface of Riverside Drive, south of Hale Avenue, has been 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 – Clifton Sanitation District

  • 32 Road between F Road and F ¼ Road
  • Expect delays
  • Alternate route advised

Gas Line Relocation Project – Xcel Energy

  • Rice Street is closed between Broadway and White Avenue
  • Sheriff’s Department access is provided
  • White Avenue will have alternating one lane traffic between Rice Street and N 1st Street
  • Alternate route advised

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