Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 12/30/19

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Sewer Line Replacement Project

  • Sewer line construction will occur in the following areas:
    • Sandra Avenue between 29 Road and 29 1/4 Road
  • Street will be closed to through traffic
  • Access for local residents will be provided
  • Anticipated completion – January.

Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

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

  • 22 Road will be 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.

16 Road Bridge Replacement at Highline Canal – Mesa County Project

  • Traffic will be detoured around bridge construction
  • Anticipated Completion – May.

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 12/23/19

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Sewer Line Replacement Project

  • Sewer line construction will occur in the following areas:
    • Sandra Avenue between 29 Road and 29 1/4 Road
  • Street will be closed to through traffic
  • Access for local residents will be provided
  • Anticipated completion – January 2020.

Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Orchard Avenue Reconstruction from Normandy Drive to 29 Road – Mesa County Project

  • Orchard Avenue is now open
  • The final mat of asphalt will be placed in the Spring when the temperatures warm up
  • Please use caution where Orchard Avenue transitions from new pavement to existing pavement.

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

  • 22 Road will be 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 2020.

16 Road Bridge Replacement at Highline Canal – Mesa County Project

  • Traffic will be detoured around bridge construction
  • Anticipated Completion – May 2020.

City Office and Service Schedules for the Holidays

christmassnowmanCity of Grand Junction administrative offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 25, in observance of Christmas Day and Wednesday, January 1, in observance of New Year’s Day. There will be no City trash collection on December 25 or January 1 and trash collection will begin at 6 a.m. on December 24 in anticipation of early landfill closure that day. The trash collection schedule will be delayed by a day for the remainder of both weeks. For the GJCRI curbside recycling collection schedule, please call them at 970-242-1036.

Wishing you safe and happy holidays from the City of Grand Junction!

Parks Greenhouse Uses Innovative Idea for Heat

Parks Greenhouse

The Parks & Recreation Department is experimenting with heating one of the greenhouses using compost. This project will generate heat for the greenhouse by combining chicken manure and wood chips. It is anticipated that the temperature in the center of the pile will reach as high as 160 degrees. By capturing this heat, staff is able to heat one of the Department’s greenhouses which are used for propagation and to overwinter bedding plants. Heating with the compost allows Parks & Recreation to start planting earlier in the season and allows significant savings by growing flowers from seed rather than purchasing from a nursery. This will also save on utility costs and the compost will be reused throughout the parks system to amend soils in the spring.

This project complements other sustainable initiatives of the City. Notable efforts include:

  • Continued investment in community solar farms and energy-efficient facilities. This includes the installation of LED lights, high-efficiency electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and other systems, which are designed to have small environmental footprints in 14 City facilities.
  • Expansion of the Persigo Methane to Compressed Natural Gas Project. Over 100,000 gallons of biofuel produced and transported via pipeline from the Persigo Wastewater Treatment Plant to the City fleet fueling facility is expected to be consumed by City and Grand Valley Transit (GVT) vehicles in 2020. There are currently 72 CNG vehicles that use the biogas produced by Persigo.
  • Continued water conservation efforts. In the City’s parks, irrigation is being transitioned from manual operation to fully computerized control valves, which will measure daily precipitation and adjust irrigation accordingly. The City is also transitioning many greenspace areas from turf to native landscaping.

A full list of the City’s conservation efforts can be found here: https://bit.ly/2PpoSkw


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 12/16/2019

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For more detailed information on any of these items, read the full agendas and/or staff reports here: http://www.gjcity.org/city-government/agendas-and-minutes/  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, 12/16/19 – City Council Workshop CANCELLED


Wednesday, 12/18/19 – 6:00 p.m.    City Council Meeting City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Appointments

To the Forestry Board

To the Visit Grand Junction Board

Regular Agenda

Public Hearings

5ai. An Ordinance to Vacate Undeveloped Westcliff Drive Public Right-of-­Way (0.18 ac) as Part of the Proposed Court in G Subdivision

5aii. An Ordinance to Amend the Phasing Schedule of the Previously Approved Planned Development to Allow 20 Residential Lots and Condominium Units on 1.88 ­Acres for the Casas de Luz Planned Development Located at West Ridges Boulevard and School Ridge
Road

6a. A Resolution Adopting the 2020 Redevelopment Boundary Map and Formula For Calculating the Transportation Impact Fee Payments Required within the Redevelopment Boundary


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

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 12/16/19

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Sewer Line Replacement Project

  • Sewer line construction will occur in the following areas:
    • Sandra Avenue between 29 Road and 29 1/4 Road
  • Street will be closed to through traffic
  • Access for local residents will be provided
  • Anticipated completion – January 2020.

City of Grand Junction Annual Leaf Removal Program

  • Please drive with caution in areas where crews are working
  • Anticipated completion – December.

Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Orchard Avenue Reconstruction from Normandy Drive to 29 Road – Mesa County Project

  • Orchard Avenue will reopen later this week to two-way traffic
  • Due to the onset of winter weather, the final mat of pavement will not be laid until spring.

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

  • 22 Road will be 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 2020.

16 Road Bridge Replacement at Highline Canal – Mesa County Project

  • Traffic will be detoured around bridge construction
  • Anticipated Completion – May 2020.

Visit Grand Junction Destination Branding Initiative

Ornament StationVisit Grand Junction (Visit GJ), the City of Grand Junction’s Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), is excited to announce the launch of a new destination branding initiative using a community-driven approach.

The brand will support the Grand Junction area as a destination for travel and tourism, and it will emphasize what is truly distinct about Grand Junction, as well as what the destination should be known for. Destination Think!, a globally recognized agency in destination branding, has been hired by Visit Grand Junction to assist with this process https://destinationthink.com/.

Visit GJ Director Elizabeth Fogarty stated, “A successful destination brand will embody how people feel when they think of a specific destination, and if the brand is effective, once they visit, the expectation they imagined is the experience they received.” A destination brand is the sum of all the characteristics and experiences of a place. “To be effective, there must be congruence between what a visitor imagines a destination will be like, and the characteristics and identity they observe once they visit,” Ms. Fogarty added.

The process will take approximately six months and will rely heavily on community involvement. The community feedback will be integrated with a significant amount of data from Visit Grand Junction. The data includes what non-residents think about Grand Junction. Outside opinions of Grand Junction are quite positive based on current public sentiment data, derived from a variety of tools managed by Visit GJ.

While the formal process will begin in early 2020, there are two projects that have been launched already:

Tickets of Good Cheer – Visit GJ, in partnership with the City of Grand Junction’s Police and General Services Departments, is issuing “Tickets of Good Cheer” over the holiday season. The City of Grand Junction is randomly selecting cars with expired parking meters to receive a Ticket of Good Cheer. Instead of paying the typical citation fee, the “fee” from the Ticket of Good Cheer is a request for residents and visitors to consider emailing Visit GJ about what makes Grand Junction unique or exceptional.

Ornament Stations – Visit GJ has decorated the City Hall foyer and the Grand Junction Visitor Center with Ornament Stations. Residents and guests can stop by to decorate a wooden ornament and hang it on the trees to share what differentiating characteristics GJ has compared to other destinations.

The feedback received from both of these initiatives will be shared with the community during the upcoming brand strategy sessions in 2020. The community’s sentiment will be a significant component in developing the brand.


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

Elizabeth Fogarty, Visit Grand Junction Director 970-244-1480 or 719-200-5065 or elizabethf@gjcity.org