City Office and Service Schedules in Observance of Veterans Day

City of Grand Junction offices will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day. City trash and recycling pickup service will be on the regular schedule with no delay.

Wednesday will also be a parking meter holiday. If you are planning a trip downtown for business or shopping, you may park at metered spots for free, including the parking garage on Rood Avenue.


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

Parks & Recreation Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

Late yesterday afternoon, the Grand Junction Parks & Recreation Department became aware that one staff member had tested positive for COVID-19. The employee quickly identified their symptoms and immediately went home to begin a self-quarantine. This staff member works with a small group of other Parks & Recreation staff members who are also currently quarantining. This group of individuals has not been in contact with other City employees or members of the public.

All City employees, including Parks & Recreation staff, monitor symptoms daily and track symptoms at the beginning of every working shift. In addition to daily symptom monitoring and tracking, in-person interactions are limited and masks are required during in-person interactions and while working inside. The City developed a mask policy that went into effect April 13, 2020 following the Governor’s guidelines.   

The City of Grand Junction works closely with Mesa County Public Health to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the City is dedicated to the safety of our employees and the public. This exposure does not affect service delivery at this time. The City will continue to work with Mesa County Public Health to monitor the situation and make necessary changes to our operations to keep our employees and the community safe. 

As a reminder, the Mesa County Public Health Hotline at (970) 683-2300 is a resource for community members that are experiencing symptoms and need to be tested. For the most up-to-date public health information, visit the Mesa County Public Health website.


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

2020 One Grand Junction Comprehensive Plan Open Houses Scheduled

The Draft Final Plan document is available for public review and input!

You are cordially invited to help the City plan for the future as part of the City’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan and we need your continuing participation and final input on the draft Final Plan document! 


The One Grand Junction Comprehensive Plan is an update to the City of Grand Junction’s previous Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 2010. The updated Plan addresses changes that have occurred in the last decade and sets a course to guide decision-making for the next 10 to 20 years.

The Plan addresses issues within the municipal boundary of the City as well as in its planning area including topics such as public safety, transportation, parks and recreation, education, community identity, inclusivity, resiliency, economic development, and resource stewardship, all that collectively work to achieve the community’s vision. The Plan also provides the policy framework for regulatory tools like zoning, and annexations and establishes a framework for fiscally responsible and well-managed growth.

The Plan is not just a policy document for the City organization—it is a guide for the entire community that envisions the kind of place we desire in the future, sets the overall direction for the changes we want, and outlines the steps we will need to take to get there. It is not a definitive course of action or a legally binding obligation of what must be done. Rather, it is a guidance document that describes what the community would like to become and what steps and actions, partnerships, and policies will move the City forward to achieving its vision.

Updating of the One Grand Junction Comprehensive Plan has been a multi-year project – one which includes multiple phases of public and stakeholder engagement as well as the utilization of a variety of engagement tools used to actively engage with the community in a meaningful way. So far during the planning process there have more than 2,100 instances of public participation. The City of Grand Junction and the consultant team with Houseal Lavigne Associates are now presenting the Final Draft Plan to the public for their review and input. The Draft One Grand Junction Comprehensive Plan is available on November 4th to view or download from the City’s website at www.gjcity.org.   

The Draft Plan reflects the input of thousands of individuals as well as numerous organizations and agencies that contributed to the plan process. With this Plan, we celebrate our past accomplishments while also recognizing future challenges and opportunities. With our long-range vision and plan principles, One Grand Junction Comprehensive Plan will shape decision-making and funding priorities to implement the future the community desires.


You are Invited!

A series of Final Open Houses are being held for the community virtually and to attend in-person to review and provide input on the draft 2020 One Grand Junction Comprehensive Plan. The City is seeking public input on the draft Plan prior to presenting it to Grand Junction Planning Commission and City Council for adoption in December. A Spanish translator will be available at all three open houses.

Virtual and In-person Open Houses Scheduled

  1. Virtual Open House – Tuesday, November 10, 2020 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/748787620344494606
  2. Virtual Open House – Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M. Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8535528968254226702
  3. Public Review Session – Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Grand Junction Convention Center (formerly Two Rivers), 159 Main Street. Register here: https://doodle.com/poll/amim3cymcs9feyzb?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link

Due to COVID-19 and Mesa County Public Health restrictions, space is limited for each session. Registration is mandatory for attendance. The public is invited to participate in any or all of these important events! 

We invite you to take part and provide us your input. For additional information, you may visit www.gjcity.org or contact David Thornton, Principal Planner at 244-1450, or email at davidth@gjcity.org


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


2020 Plan Integral Uno de la Ciudad de Grand Junction
Horario de exposiciones

El borrador final del plan está disponible para la opinión y el aporte del publico!

¡Está cordialmente invitado a ayudar a la Ciudad a planificar el futuro como parte del Plan Integral 2020 de la Ciudad y necesitamos su participación continua y su opinión final sobre el borrador final del Plan!


2020 PLAN INTEGRAN UNO DE LA CIUDAD DE GRAND JUNCTION

El Plan Integral UNO de Grand Junction es una actualización del Plan Integral anterior de la Ciudad de Grand Junction, adoptado en 2010. El Plan actualizado plantea los cambios que han ocurrido en la última década y establece un rumbo para guiar como se toman decisiones en los próximos 10 a 20 años.

El Plan trata problemas dentro de los límites municipales de la Ciudad, así como en su área de planificación, incluidos temas como seguridad pública, transporte, parques y recreación, educación, identidad comunitaria, inclusión, resiliencia, desarrollo económico y administración de recursos, todo eso colectivamente trabajar para lograr la visión de la comunidad. El Plan también proporciona la estrategia de políticas para herramientas regulatorias como la zonificación, los anexos y establece una estrategia para un crecimiento fiscalmente responsable y bien administrado

El plan no es solo un documento de política para la organización de la ciudad, es una guía para toda la comunidad que visualiza el tipo de lugar que deseamos en el futuro, establece la dirección general para los cambios que deseamos y describe los pasos que necesitaremos tomar para llegar allí. No es un curso de acción definitivo ni una obligación legal de lo que debe hacerse. Más bien, es un documento de orientación que describe como la comunidad debería de cambiar y qué pasos y acciones, las colaboraciones y políticas se tendrán que formar para que la Ciudad avance hacia el logro de su visión

La actualización del Plan Integral UNO de la Ciudad de Grand Junction ha sido un proyecto de varios años, uno que incluye múltiples fases de participación pública y de las partes interesadas, así como la utilización de una variedad de herramientas de participación utilizadas para participar activamente con la comunidad de una manera significativa. Hasta el momento durante el proceso de planificación se han registrado más de 2,100 ocasiones en las que la participación pública ha estado presente. La ciudad de Grand Junction y el equipo de asesores Houseal Lavigne Associados ahora están presentando el borrador final del plan al público para su revisión y comentarios. El borrador del Plan Integral de Grand Junction está disponible para verlo o descargarlo del sitio web de la ciudad en www.gjcity.org

El Borrador del Plan refleja los aportes de miles de personas, así como de numerosas organizaciones y agencias que contribuyeron al proceso del plan. Con este Plan, celebramos nuestros logros pasados ​​al mismo tiempo que reconocemos los desafíos y oportunidades futuras. Con nuestra visión a largo plazo y los principios del plan, el Plan Integral UNO de la Ciudad de Grand Junction dará forma a la toma de decisiones y las prioridades de financiamiento para implementar el futuro que la comunidad desea.

¡Está invitado!

Se llevarán a cabo una serie de Exposiciones finales para la comunidad de manera virtual y también para asistir en persona para revisar y proporcionar comentarios sobre el borrador del Plan Integral UNO de la Ciudad de Grand Junction 2020. La Ciudad está buscando comentarios del público sobre el borrador del Plan antes de presentarlo a la Comisión de Planificación de Grand Junction y al Concejo Municipal para su adopción en diciembre.

Horario de las reuniones y exposiciones virtual y en persona:

  1. Martes, 10 de noviembre de 6:00 P.M. a 8:00 P.M.
    Exposición Virtual
    – Siga este enlace en su buscador.
    https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/748787620344494606
  2. Jueves, 19 de noviembre, de 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M.
    Exposición virtual
    – Siga este enlace en su buscador.
    https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8535528968254226702
  3. Jueves, 12 de noviembre de 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
    Sesión de revisión pública en persona
    Centro de convenciones de Grand Junction (formalmente Two Rivers), 159 Main Street.
    Debido a las restricciones de salud pública del condado de Mesa y COVID-19, el espacio es limitado para cada sesión. La inscripción es obligatoria para asistir. Regístrese antes de la medianoche del 11 de noviembre utilizando el siguiente enlace: https://doodle.com/poll/amim3cymcs9feyzb?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link

¡Por favor marque su calendario! ¡El público está invitado a participar en cualquiera o en todos estos importantes eventos! Habrá interpretación al español disponible en las tres exposiciones.

Los invitamos a participar y darnos tu opinión. Para obtener información adicional, también puede visitar http://www.gjcity.org o comunicarse con David Thornton, Planificador Principal al 244-1450, o enviar un correo electrónico a davidth@gjcity.org

Grand Junction City Council Preview for the Week of 11/2/20

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, 11/2/20 – 5:30 p.m.    City Council Workshop – City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Discussion Topics

a. Downtown Plaza Project

b. Downtown Development Authority and Grand Junction Downtown Business Improvement District

c. Lincoln Park Stadium Refinance and Renovation


Wednesday, 11/4/20 – 5:30 p.m.    City Council Meeting – City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Proclamations

Proclaiming November 11, 2020 as A Salute to All Veterans 2020 in the City of Grand Junction

Proclaiming November 9 -13, 2020 as Law Enforcement Records Personnel Week in the City of Grand Junction

Appointments

To the Grand Junction Housing Authority

Presentations

a. Summary of November Election Results: Ballot Question Related to
Removing Revenue and Spending Limitations

Regular Agenda

Contracts

a. Taser/AXON Body Camera and Taser Contract

Resolutions

a. A Resolution Authorizing the Business Incubator/Small Business
Development Center Grant Program for Small Businesses

Public Hearings

a. Quasi-judicial

i.

A Resolution Approving and Accepting the Improvements Connected with the Victor Drive Sanitary Sewer Improvement District No. SS­20, Giving Notice of a Public Hearing, and Introduction of an Ordinance Approving the Assessable Cost and Set a Public Hearing for December 16, 2020


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

Update on City Response to Winter Storm for 10/30

The winter storm on Sunday, October 25 inflicted major damage on the urban tree canopy. The City of Grand Junction mobilized crews on Sunday night and has been adding in more resources to address the damage with each day. We recognize that residents may have concerns and questions regarding trees on private property and public rights-of-way, as well as what immediate actions can be taken to address the situation. The City is committed to providing a daily update until the clean-up is complete.

City Response Update for October 30 – Over 30 city staff members along with the three tree servicing companies are continuing work to fully address the storm damage. Please view an updated map of the response on our website.

The downed tree limbs are being recycled into material that will be used throughout the parks and recreation system throughout the year. The City also makes this mulch available to any resident within the City. Residents may access this mulch pile and receive free mulch by coming to the City of Grand Junction Parks Operations Office at 2529 High Country Court.

The recent winter storm was a serious and unprecedented event, and the City will remain mobilized to protect the safety of the public and to clean up our community.


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

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 11/2/20

City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

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: expect detours around construction activities.

1st Street Sewer Line Replacement from Pitkin Avenue to Grand Avenue

  • All traffic will be shifted over to the south bound lanes of 1st Street
  • One lane traffic each direction 24/7 for the duration of project
  • Business access will remain open
  • Anticipated completion – Mid November

Annual Leaf Removal Program and Tree Limb Clean-Up – City Wide

  • Please slowdown and use caution in areas where City Crews are working
  • Anticipated Completion – Mid December

2020 Asphalt Overlay Program

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

Asphalt Paving

  • Foresight Circle – Entire Circle
  • Blichmann Ave. – 25 Rd to Eisenhauer St.
  • Ridge Circle Drive – Ridges Blvd. to west end of pavement
    • Traffic delays can be expected
    • Rolling lane closures will be utilized

Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Arlington Avenue Utility Construction: Ute Water

  • Arlington Avenue between Oxford Avenue and B ½ Road closed to through traffic
  • Access provided for residents
  • Anticipated Completion: November 9

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

Update on City Response to Winter Storm for 10/29

Recycled Tree Material

The winter storm on Sunday, October 25 inflicted major damage on the urban tree canopy. The City of Grand Junction mobilized crews on Sunday night and has been adding in more resources to address the damage with each day. We recognize that residents may have concerns and questions regarding trees on private property and public rights-of-way, as well as what immediate actions can be taken to address the situation.  To answer questions, the City is committed to providing a daily update until the clean-up is complete.

City Response Update for October 29 – To date, the City has received 250 work order requests for tree issues resulting from the winter storm. Work orders range in size from trees at a specific residence to areas that cover entire city blocks. Please view an updated map of the response on our website.

The City’s response is now being addressed by over 30 City employees along with the three additional private tree service contractors. There are three City supervisors who are currently assessing the status each work order and documenting those that are complete. The supervisors are simultaneously identifying additional areas within the City that need attention that the untrained eye may miss. Although progress is being made, new trees in need of care and attention continue to be identified.

As of today, the clean-up in most of the downtown core area has been completed. Crews are now responding to other areas within the City. As crews complete work orders, the downed tree limbs are being recycled into material that will be used throughout the parks and recreation system throughout the year. This mulch pile is shown in the picture above. The City also makes this mulch available to any resident within the City.  Residents may access this mulch pile and receive free mulch by coming to the City of Grand Junction Parks Operations Office at 2529 High Country Court.


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

City Launches Interactive Mapping Tool

The City of Grand Junction has launched an online interactive mapping tool for the public to see and learn about development projects happening around their neighborhood and across the City.

The map tool is user-friendly and easy to navigate. It displays projects currently being processed by the Community Development department in addition to approved projects. It is connected to the City’s permitting software so that the public can view project status as well as all information related to the project. The map can be accessed at https://arcg.is/014XbL.

The Interactive Mapping Tool is another convenience the City’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Division offers to residents, along with our GIS services and Open Data Portal. If you need assistance with anything mapping or GIS related, please call the GIS help line at 970-256-4070.


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

Update on City Response to Winter Storm Tree Damage

The winter storm on Sunday, October 25 that inflicted major damage on the urban tree canopy. The City of Grand Junction mobilized crews on Sunday night and has been adding in more resources to address the damage with each day. We recognize that residents may have concerns and questions regarding trees on private property and public rights-of-way, as well as what immediate actions can be taken to address the situation.

City Response Update – Three crews of City employees were added to the response effort today, increasing the number of employees responding directly to the incident from 27 to 36. These additional crews are working to remove downed limbs in the downtown core area, which suffered the most extensive damage given the high percentage of mature trees, and high traffic areas. This effort will address the issue of downed limbs in or near roadways and sidewalks. Residents can also track progress and receive updates on the City’s website. Updates will be provided as they are made available.

As of this morning, about half of the trees in the downtown core area have been responded to by crews. There are four chippers being run along with two grapple trucks, two bucket trucks and three dump trucks. The City is still contracting with private tree services contractors, which began yesterday and will continue until the clean-up is complete. Residents will continue to see crews from the City of Grand Junction, Alpine Tree Service, T4 Tree Service, and Monkey Business LLC responding to the tree damage over the next several days.

Leaf Removal Program – Due to the switch of needs in the community and because leaves in snow cannot be picked up, the City’s Leaf Removal Program was paused and will return on Thursday, October 29. Leaf pickups that were scheduled earlier this week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday will be addressed in the next cycle pick-up in approximately two weeks.

Tips for Dealing with Fallen Tree Limbs – Residents should familiarize themselves with the following tips when it comes to dealing with broken tree limbs at their private residences. These tips can help protect resident’s safety as well as the health of the tree.

  • Check for Hazards If you see a broken tree limb, check your surroundings to see if there are any other tree limbs hanging above. Fallen tree limbs can also hit utility lines. Contact your utility company if a tree is affecting any utility line.
  • Contact the City – Trees in parks and in rights-of-way between sidewalks and property lines are maintained by the City. Please submit a work order online. Trees on private property are the responsibility of the property owner. For residents with financial needs, Bighorn Tree Service is offering discounted service. Bighorn Tree Service can be reached at (970) 640-5671.
  • Do Not Try to Clean Up by Yourself – If you are unable to clean up fallen branches, contact a licensed tree service for help. There are 21 licensed tree service companies currently operating in Grand Junction. These are all vetted by the City of Grand Junction’s Forestry Board, a volunteer board comprised of tree and plant experts. All companies on this list have the required expertise and insurance to serve private property owners.
  • Knocking Snow Off Branches – Knocking snow can cause branches to break. To help mitigate damage, gently push up on branches from below.
  • Remove Broken Branches – Removing broken branches can help protect the tree from future decay, insects, and disease. Prune the tree where the branch joins a larger branch.
  • Do Not Over-Prune – After tree limbs have fallen, a tree can look uneven. Do not worry, most trees will quickly grow new branches.

For more information about tree care and protection, visit the Colorado State Forest Service website at csfs.colostate.edu.


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

City Response to Winter Storm Tree Damage

The winter storm on Sunday, October 25 caused major damage on the City of Grand Junction’s urban tree canopy. Immediately following the storm, the City began assessing the extent of the damage. The City is now mobilizing crews and additional resources to address the damage.

City of Grand Junction’s Response Plan – The City of Grand Junction’s urban tree canopy is comprised of 37,000 public trees that exist in rights-of-way and in parks. After the recent winter storm, the City Forester estimates that around 30-45% of these trees have some sort of damage that requires attention. Parks & Recreation crews are utilizing a real-time map of the urban tree canopy to first identify priorities. Next, Parks & Recreation crews are prioritizing areas within the City with a higher hazard potential such as high traffic areas and the downtown core. When responding to an area, crews focus on tree limbs that pose a fall danger to the public and then moving on to minimal risks such as the clean-up of fallen limbs.

The City is mobilizing additional internal resources as part of the response. Currently, 27 additional City employees are working on the response which includes employees from other divisions and departments within the City. There are four chippers being run along with two grapple trucks and two bucket trucks. Given the extent of the damage and to accelerate the response, the City is contracting with private tree services contractors. Residents may see crews from the City of Grand Junction, Alpine Tree Service, T4 Tree Service, or Monkey Business LLC responding to the tree damage.


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