Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 6/8/20

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Chip Seal Program

The following streets are scheduled to be chip sealed this week (weather dependent):

  • Sunday Jun 7: Patterson Road from 24 ½ Road to 1st Street
  • Monday June 8: South Camp from Broadway to Rimrock Road
  • Tuesday June 9: 22 Road from Hwy 6&50 to H ¼ Road
    • H Road from 22 Road to 21 ½ Road
  • Wednesday June 10: 23 Road from Hwy 6&50 to H ¼ Road
    • G Road from 23 Road to 25 Road                             
  • Expect possible short term street closures resulting in moderate traffic delays
  • Alternate route advised

Asphalt Overlay Program

This week’s activities will include the following (weather dependent):

Concrete Removal and Replacement / Manhole Adjustments:

  • Foresight Circle Area

Asphalt Milling:

  • Mariposa Dr. – Monument Rd. to Ridges Blvd.
  • 27 Rd and B Rd – B ¼ Rd. to Clymer Dr.
  • Legends Way – Patterson Rd. to Grand Falls Dr.
  • Grand Falls Dr. – Pacino Way to Grand Cascade Way
  • 28 ½ Rd – Grand Falls Dr. to N. End of Pavement
  • N. Grandeur Ct. – 28 ½ Rd. to W. End of Pavement
  • Traffic Delays can be expected.
  • Rolling Lane Closures will be utilized

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

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

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

Downtown Parking Enforcement Resumes

Downtown parking was made free in early March as part of the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this period, compliance operations still occurred for designations such as handicapped spaces, fire lanes, and loading zones. Downtown Grand Junction also requested that certain parking spaces be identified as “pick-up” zones for patrons. The goal was to support the local businesses and restaurants in the area by driving customers down to enjoy the amenities, while not having to worry about parking. The downtown area was not built to accommodate pick-up parking spots. As a result, the City had to make modifications to support the request.

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As of June 8, 2020, parking compliance operations will resume in the downtown area for all locations. Additional pickup locations have been added to existing zones. A map of pickup locations can be found here. The goal of resuming parking operations is to support the local businesses and restaurants by enforcing compliance in the downtown the area and encouraging frequent turnover for downtown parking spaces. Compliance in the designated pickup locations will also be enforced, allowing for customers to pick up to-go orders easier.

The City of Grand Junction has ample parking for its downtown patrons with over 1,000 meters, 180 time-limited parking spaces and the parking garage located in the 400 block of Rood Avenue. The parking garage has 448 parking spaces; 126 of those spaces are available for short-term/daily public parking, and the remaining spaces are being used for long-term leased parking.


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

City Street Maintenance Update

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One of the core functions of the City is to maintain its street infrastructure.

The City of Grand Junction’s Street Maintenance Program has the goal of improving the condition of our roads and streets with the interest of increasing the pavement condition index (PCI). From 2017 through 2022, over $33 million is planned to be invested in improving the condition of our street infrastructure from a PCI of 69 to a more sustainable 73. Funding in 2020 for this effort is from two sources: $2.8 million from the City’s 0.75% sales tax for capital improvements and $3.0 million from the voter approved 2017 measure 2B which allowed the City to use restricted TABOR dollars for increasing the condition of City streets. After the first three years of the program, a recent PCI study rated the City’s street network at a 71 – placing the City in good standing on its goal to increase PCI to 73 by 2022.

As part of the City’s commitment to street maintenance, this year’s efforts will focus on three treatments:

  • Street Overlays – A 2-inch layer of new asphalt is placed restoring structural capacity to the road. Elam Construction was awarded the $2.9 million project that will overlay 45 roads with over 30 lane miles.
  • Chip Seal – Covers the roadway with a thin layer of asphalt followed by a 3/8-inch of fine rock surface (“chips”) and then a few weeks later cover it in a fog seal. The “chips” help provide a new wearing surface but more importantly this method seals the surface to help prevent moisture from compromising the integrity of the street. 26 City employees will be involved in this year’s chip seal program that will cover over 85 lane miles. The area to be “chipped” is bounded by 25 Road on the east, I-70 B on the south and City Limits to the north and west.
  • HA-5 – Thick, flexible seal material that the City has been piloting for three years. The product is used in neighborhoods as an alternative to Chip Seal.

A map of the street maintenance can be viewed here. Construction has been considered an essential service and the work can be done safely with social distancing and other protocols in place.


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

Parks & Recreation Services Update

Following the start of Phase II of Safer at Home Mesa County, the City of Grand Junction is moving to open more parks and recreation facilities. Much of the City’s parks and recreation system has been able to remain open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The system includes over 900 acres of open space, over 20 miles of trails and 36 developed parks. This has been important for the health of our community.

As more parks and recreation facilities reopen, the City requests that users continue to practice proper social distancing, wash or sanitize hands frequently, wear masks, and to not gather in groups greater than 50. This is consistent with the City’s philosophy of applying a gradual, cautious approach to reopening facilities so that we can best serve the community while reducing the spread of the virus.

Parks & Recreation service updates are listed below:

  • Court facilities, including pickleball, tennis and basketball reopened on April 29.
  • Playgrounds reopened throughout the community on May 28th. The City provides 25 playgrounds across our system of 36 developed parks.
  • Drinking fountains will reopen the week of June 1. Restroom facilities and hand washing stations have remained open since mid-March.
  • Contracted programs and facility rentals that are limited to 50 people (including participants and spectators) per field may resume June 6 for practices, lessons and skills clinics. Examples include a multi-purpose field (soccer, lacrosse or football), a four-court tennis court and each softball field. Use of fields is limited to local teams only and youth sport games and tournaments are still not allowed.
  • Summer Camp programs will begin June 15th and will run through the summer season. This program will apply new safety procedures, which includes frequent sanitation, smaller group sizes and minimizing interactions beyond small groups.
  • The Lincoln Park Pool is scheduled to open for the summer on Friday, July 3. Like summer camps, capacity will be limited at first and additional safety procedures will be applied. Swim lessons will not be available at this time.
  • The Softball Program will begin on Monday, July 6 with modified rules to limit congregation and contact.
  • The 4th of July Fireworks Show and Senior Games are cancelled.
  • Lincoln Park Stadium, Orchard Mesa Pool, Senior Center, and park shelters remain closed.

To register for camps or to request more information, please go to gjparksandrec.org or call (970) 254-3866. Residents may also visit the Parks & Recreation office located at 1340 Gunnison Avenue. Parks & Recreation administrative office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday the week of June 1 from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. (closed noon-1:00 P.M.), and Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. (closed noon-1:00 P.M.) starting June 8.


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 6/1/2020

DSC_0201-GJ Council-9-2019-WillowPondPhotoFor 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, 6/1/20 – 6:00 p.m.  City Council Special Meeting City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

REGULAR AGENDA

1. Public Hearings

a. Quasi-judicial

i. An Ordinance Rezoning the Horizon Villas Property from PD (Planned Development) to R-8 (Residential – 8 du/ac) Located West of the Undeveloped Horizon Glen Drive Right-of-Way

ii. An Ordinance Vacating a 25 Foot Wide by 400 Lineal Foot Portion of the Undeveloped 27 ½ Road Public Right-of-Way (ROW) Abutting the Eastern Property Line of the Property Located at Approximately 347 27 ½ Road

iii. An Ordinance Amending the Comprehensive Plan Changing the Future Land Use Map Designation for a Property of 5.26 Acres from the Commercial and Commercial/Industrial Future Land Use Designations to the Downtown Mixed Use Future Land Use Designation and Rezoning said Property of 5.26 acres from a C-2 (General Commercial) Zone District to a R-24 (Residential – 24 du/ac) Zone District Located at 630 South 7th Street

iv. An Ordinance for a Comprehensive Plan Amendment from Residential High Mixed Use (16 – 24 du/ac) and Residential Medium (4 – 8 du/ac) to Village Center and a Rezone from R-E (Residential – Estate) to C-1 (Light Commercial) Located at 785 24 Road – WITHDRAWN

b. Legislative

i. An Ordinance Amending Title 21 of the Grand Junction Municipal Code Regarding Setbacks in the B-1, Neighborhood Business Zone District

ii. An Ordinance Amending the Grand Junction Municipal Code Title 21 Zoning and Development Code Regarding the Requirements for Conducting Neighborhood Meetings


Wednesday, 6/3/20 – 6:00 p.m.  City Council Meeting City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Appointments

Ratification of Appointment to Riverview Technology Corporation

REGULAR AGENDA

5. Public Hearings

a. Legislative

i. A. An Emergency Ordinance Regarding Neighborhood Meetings and Alternative Hearing Procedures for Land Use Applications

OR IF NOT APPROVED

B. An Ordinance Regarding Neighborhood Meetings and Alternative Hearing Procedures for Land Use Applications

ii. Public Finance Agreement, First Amendment to Loan Agreements and Amending Ordinance 4881 Concerning the City of Grand Junction Dos Rios General Improvement District

iii. 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 20, 2020


Wednesday, 6/3/20 – City of Grand Junction Dos Rios General Improvement District Meeting. Following the 6:00 p.m. City Council Regular Meeting City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Discussion Topics

1. Approval of Minutes

2. Resolutions

a. A Resolution Designating the Location for the Posting of the Notice of Meetings, Establishing the 2020 City of Grand Junction Dos Rios General Improvement District Meeting Schedule, and Establishing the Procedure for Calling of Special Meetings for the City of Grand Junction Dos Rios General Improvement District

3. Other Action Items

a. An Ordinance in Regards to the Issuance of up to $12,300,000 in Special Revenue Bonds for the City of Grand Junction Dos Rios General Improvement District


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

City Issues Process for Emergency Temporary Modification of Premises

IMG_7793As a part of the City of Grand Junction’s commitment to a rapid economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the City has implemented emergency temporary modification of premises procedures to fast track the process for restaurants to apply for an extension of the allowable areas for outdoor dining. The City is supportive of allowing the use of public space such as sidewalks for this use.

Regulations were adopted to allow on-premises liquor licensed businesses to apply for temporary modifications with their local and state licensing authority and to pre plan for temporary outdoor seating areas that support social distancing requirements.

Businesses can apply for a temporary modification of premises by completing the following steps:

  • Complete the Modification of Premises Application using DR 8442 – Permit Application and Report of Changes and include the following documentation:
    • Describe the modification proposed and the start date.
    • Confirm the proposed space complies with local building and zoning laws.
    • Attach a diagram of the temporary premises with an outline of the entire licensed area.
    • Attach any existing leases, statements of use, permits, easements, or other documents that show legal possession of the premises.
    • Attach a control plan which details boundaries of the licensed premises, ingress/egress, signage, hours of operation, preventing sales to underage or intoxicated persons.
  • For businesses within the Downtown Development Authority that have an Outdoor Dining Lease, please complete the Outdoor Dining Lease Amendment.
  • Turn all forms and documentation into the City Clerk’s office. To expedite the application, you have the option of paying the $150 fee to the State online. The City is waiving the fee for Temporary Modification of Premises and the application will be expedited.

For more information, please contact the City Clerk’s office at 970-244-1509 or visit the City Clerk’s webpage.


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

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 6/1/20

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Chip Seal Program

  • The following streets are scheduled to be chip sealed this week (weather dependent):
    • Sunday May 31:  Patterson Road from Hwy 6&50 to 24 ½ Road
    • Monday June 1:  25 Road from Hwy 6&50 to Fountain Greens Pl. and 24 ½ Road from Hwy 6&50 to Patterson Road
    • Tuesday June 2:  G Road from Railroad to Hwy 6&50 and Riverside Pkwy. from Bananas Fun Park to Elam’s asphalt plant
    • Wednesday June 3:  N. 1st Street from North Avenue to Orchard Avenue
  • Expect possible short term street closures resulting in moderate traffic delays
  • Alternate route advised

Asphalt Overlay Program

  • This week’s activities will include the following (weather dependent):

Concrete Removal and Replacement / Manhole Adjustments

  • Foresight Circle Area
  • Legends Way Area
  • Summer Hill Area

Asphalt Milling

  • Mariposa Dr.
  • 27 Rd and B Rd
  • 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


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

City Services Update for May 27, 2020

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The City of Grand Junction is entering its next phase for reopening City Hall as well as other City facilities. This phased reintroduction of the general public into facilities has allowed the City to provide in-person services to the public safely. The following is an updated schedule for opening City facilities:

  • The lobbies for the Police Department and the Fire Department are currently open to the public Monday through Friday
  • The track at Suplizio Field is currently open
  • Playgrounds will open on May 28
  • City Hall will open to the public on June 1st on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
  • Court Hearings are held in City Hall on Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • Other City buildings (Parks & Recreation, Public Works, etc.) will follow the City Hall schedule

City Council and Planning Commission meetings will also be open to public. Staff has created queuing areas for members of the public to attend these meetings while observing proper social distancing. Meetings will be streamed in real time to these areas. If you are not feeling well, please do not come to City Hall.

We are also currently working with Mesa County Health Department and evaluating a timeline for reopening the following facilities:

  • Picnic shelters
  • Organized sport teams/leagues
  • Summer camps for youth
  • Lincoln Park Pool

As City facilities reopen to the public, members of the community will see several additional safety measures in place to promote physical distancing. City employees will continue to wear masks when interacting with the public and we will continue the safety protocols currently in place. These safety measures help protect our employees and members of the community. Members of the public are requested to wear face coverings when visiting City Hall and other City facilities as they begin to open. For a list of City services available online or over the phone, please visit our website.


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

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