Heavy Snow Fall Causes Extensive Urban Tree Canopy Damage

On Sunday, October 25, Grand Junction saw heavy snow fall in the late afternoon leading to exstensive damage to Grand Junction’s urban tree canopy. Damage caused to trees as a result of this early season winter storm was the result of heavy snow accumulating on leaves remaining on trees. The result was a high number of fallen tree limbs. Since Sunday night, the City of Grand Junction Forestry Division has been working hard to clean up the fallen tree limbs in street rights-of-way. For those residents with fallen tree limbs, the following explains what trees the City maintains:

  • The City of Grand Junction takes care of all trees in rights-of-way and in parks. The City is mobilizing to address the high number of fallen tree limbs. This extensive clean-up process may take several days and calls for service are priortized according to their urgency.
  • Broken and hanging branches or limbs blocking roadways are dangerous and need attention as soon as possible. Please call the City Forestry and Parks Operations at (970) 254-3861 to notify the City about these situations. For less urgent matters, please submit a work order form notifying the City Forestry Division of the need for work.
  • For tree damage on private property, please work with a licensed tree service company. A full list of professional arborists is provided here. The Forestry Board approves this list and all arborists listed possess the required expertise and carry proper insurance. Be aware of unlicensed and uninsured tree services.
  • Downed trees and limbs can be taken to the Mesa County Landfill, located at 3071 Highway 50, Grand Junction, CO 81503.  Please do not bring downed limbs to the curb or place next to trash receptacles. All limbs must fit inside trash receptacles for the City to remove them. The Mesa County Landfill includes a free composting facility, open to the public Thursday – Saturday from 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. All tree limbs must be under six feet in length and under twenty inches in diameter for composting. As of October 26, there is a temporary four-wheel drive restriction. Please reach out to Mesa County Landfill with any questions, (970) 241-6846.

We ask for residents to be patient during this time and also exercise caution when around snow loaded trees.

The City of Grand Junction appreciates the community’s patience during this time. Stay safe and warm!


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

Avoiding Frozen Water Pipes

With cooler temperatures in the forecast, the Grand Junction Utilities Department has put together helpful suggestions to keep your water service operating smoothly this winter:

  • Close garage doors. Many frozen waterlines can be avoided by keeping the garage door closed. 
  • Open the cabinet doors below sinks to let heated air from the room into that space, especially if water pipes are in outside walls. Pipes exposed to external walls have an increased chance of freezing.
  • One of the most effective ways to prevent waterlines from freezing is to allow a reduced stream of water (just before a drippy faucet becomes a solid stream) to flow through faucets, particularly faucets on exterior walls. This is for the customer’s plumbing protection.
  • Make sure that all heated areas, zones and plumbing are working properly.
  • Install heat tape and insulation around exposed plumbing. For safety reasons, it is important to make sure your heat tape is always working properly.
  • It is important that you properly identify and mark your main shut-off valve. The main shut-off valve isolates the water from coming into your house (in the situation of an internal waterline break). Knowing where this valve is located could save your home from costly damage due to a broken waterline.

Customers should not forcefully heat their waterlines. Using a torch can cause additional stress on the waterline causing it to burst. It is best if they allow the lines to thaw naturally or by applying moderate heat, for example, heat tape or space heaters.

The Utilities Department encourages customers to contact the Water Services office if they are experiencing a water outage. At that time a technician can be dispatched, at no charge to the customer, to investigate whether or not the water meter or service line is frozen. If it is, then the technician can take actions to attempt to restore service. The City requests that the meter pits not be accessed by customers or plumbers as that can allow additional cold air into the pit which could then cause the meter to freeze.


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

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 10/26/20

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 – 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.
  • Eisenhauer St. – Blichmann Ave. to Burkey St.
  • Burkey St. – Eisenhauer St. to Patterson Rd.
  • Hollingsworth St. – Blichmann Ave. to Burkey St.
  • Fracture Lane – Eisenhauer St. to 25 ½ Rd.
  • Traffic delays can be expected
  • Rolling lane closures will be utilized

Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

North Avenue Gas Line Replacement Project Phase 2, between 28 Road and 29 3/4 Road – Xcel Energy

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

Hwy 340 Gas Line Relocation Project – Xcel Energy

  • The Intersection of W. Main and Chuluota will intermittently be closed
  • W. Main between Crosby and Spruce will be restricted to one lane with flaggers 
  • Anticipated Completion: Friday October 30

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

Grand Junction City Council Preview for the Week of 10/19/20

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, 10/19/20 – 4:00 p.m.    City Council Workshop – City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Discussion Topics

a. 2021 Budget Workshop:

  • Lodging Share Partners and Economic Development Partners Funding Discussions.
  • Horizon Drive Business Improvement District Operating Plan and Budget presentation. 
  • Non-profit Funding and Capital Budget Presentation

Wednesday, 10/21/20 – 5:30 p.m.    City Council Meeting – City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Proclamations

Proclaiming October 24, 2020 as McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area Day in the City of Grand Junction

Proclaiming October 21, 2020 as Imagine a Day Without Water Day in the City of Grand Junction

Presentations

Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Master Plan Findings Presentation

REGULAR AGENDA

Public Hearings

a. Quasi-judicial

i. An Ordinance Amending the Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use
Designation for a Property of 4.52 Acres Located at 2515 Riverside Parkway from Business Park Mixed Use to Commercial and an Ordinance Rezoning Said Property from CSR (Community Services and Recreation) to C­2 (General Commercial)

ii. An Ordinance Amending the Planned Development (PD) Zoning Ordinance and Development Plan for the North Seventh Street Historic Residential District to Add Allowed Uses on the Property Located at 535 North 7th Street

iii. An Ordinance Zoning the Airport North Boundary Annexation, Approximately 187.69­Acres to a City Planned Development ­ PAD (Planned Airport Development) and Amending the Outline Development Plan (ODP), Located Generally at the Northern Edge of the Grand Junction Regional Airport, Parcels 2701­113­00­002 and 2705­154­00­003

iv. An Ordinance Rezoning 8.24 Acres Located at 1405 Wellington
Avenue from R­O (Residential Office) to BP (Business Park)

b. Legislative

i. An Ordinance Amending Chapter 2 of the Grand Junction Municipal Code Regarding Campaign Violations


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

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 10/19/20

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, south of Hale Avenue, shall remain open, but expect small detours around construction activities.

2020 Waterline Replacement Project

  1. Elm Avenue from N 18th Street to N 23rd Street
  • Elm Avenue closed to through traffic
  • Resident access provided
  • Concrete replacement and paving is scheduled for this week

2. 12th Street and 13th Street from Ute Avenue to Pitkin Avenue

  • 12th Street and 13th Street closed to through traffic
  • Anticipated Completion – Late October

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 – 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.
  • Eisenhauer St. – Blichmann Ave. to Burkey St.
  • Burkey St. – Eisenhauer St. to Patterson Rd.
  • Hollingsworth St. – Blichmann Ave. to Burkey St.
  • Fracture Lane – Eisenhauer St. to 25 ½ Rd.
  • Traffic delays can be expected
  • Rolling lane closures will be utilized

Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

North Avenue Gas Line Replacement Project Phase 2, between 28 Road and 29 3/4 Road – Xcel Energy

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

Hwy 340 Gas Line Relocation Project – Xcel Energy

  • Eastbound Hwy 340/Broadway from the Colorado Bridge to West Avenue will be reduced to one lane between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • The intersection of W. Main and Chuluota will intermittently be closed
  • W. Main between Crosby and Spruce will be restricted to one lane with flaggers

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

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 10/12/20

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, south of Hale Avenue, shall remain open, but expect small detours around construction activities.

2020 Waterline Replacement Project

  1. Elm Avenue from N 18th Street to N 23rd Street
  • Elm Avenue closed to through traffic
  • Resident access provided
  • Concrete replacement and paving is scheduled for this week

2. 12th Street and 13th Street from Ute Avenue to Pitkin Avenue

  • 12th Street and 13th Street closed to through traffic
  • Anticipated Completion: Friday, October 16

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 – City Wide

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

Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

1st Street and Gunnison Avenue Water Repair Line – Connection Church

  • Monday and Tuesday: 1st Street will be closed at Gunnison Avenue.
  • Detour route will be in place
  • Traffic control personnel will be on site to assist motorists
  • Traffic delays will be minimal, however alternate route advised

North Avenue Gas Line Replacement Project Phase 2, between 28 Road and 29 3/4 Road – Xcel Energy

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

Hwy 340 Gas Line Relocation Project – Xcel Energy

  • Eastbound Hwy 340/Broadway from the Colorado Bridge to West Avenue will be reduced to one lane between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Expect traffic delays

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

Lunch Loop Trailhead Improvement Celebration with Food Truck Fridays

Come celebrate the new amenities with us at the Lunch Loop Trailhead!

The City of Grand Junction invites the community in celebrating improvements made to the Lunch Loop Trailhead by attending the Food Truck Friday event on Friday, October 16 from 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Food trucks will be lined up in the trailer parking area southwest of the main parking lot. The community can enjoy tasty food in the beautiful desert landscape with views of the Colorado National Monument. Attendees are encouraged to enjoy the many dirt and shared use trails as part of the event!

In 2017, the City teamed with Colorado West Land Trust, Mesa County, Grand Valley MPO/TPR, Bureau of Land Management, National Parks Service, Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Association (COPMOBA) and local trail users to develop the future expansion of the existing gravel parking lot. Public meeting participants identified several elements they would like to see at the trailhead, including a trailer specific parking area along Monument Road. When the paved Monument Road (Connector) Shared Use Path was completed to Lunch Loop Trailhead in 2019, the project came in under budget. This remaining funding was already earmarked for this project and it was proposed to use it to add the trailer parking area southwest of the existing parking lot, as well as curb and gutter and asphalt and concrete paving around the existing bathrooms at Lunch Loop Trailhead. The project funders agreed, and the trailer parking and trailhead improvements were constructed in the summer of 2020.

This event will have several safety elements in place for the health of all attendees. Masks are required for entry, handwashing stations will be available, and social distancing is encouraged. All attendees are required to register upon arrival.


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

Leaf Removal Program Kicks Off October 12th

Program starts October 12th and finishes December 15th

The Leaf Removal Program is a helpful service that the City provides that gives residents the opportunity to conveniently dispose of leaves. These efforts also help to eliminate excess leaf build-up along City streets and reduce negative impacts affecting our water quality. Leaves collected during this program are taken to the Mesa County Organic Materials Composting Facility where they are recycled and turned into compost. Over 10,000 cubic yards of leaves are collected annually!

The City is divided into five different areas, with specific rake-out dates assigned to each. Rake-out dates are the day by which you must have your leaves at the curb by 7:00 A.M. Place leaves 18 inches from the curb or directly on pavement if no curb or gutter. Leaf pick up may be affected by weather and rake-out dates can be found here. 

A post card is mailed to City residents the first week of October. These post cards are specific to residents in each area and contain only the rake-out dates for that area. Please keep this post card so you can refer back to your scheduled rake-out dates. To view the area map, click here. . For questions regarding the program, please call 970-244-1426.


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

1st Street Sewer Replacement Project

The City of Grand Junction and its contractor will be replacing a sewer line on 1st Street between Pitkin Avenue and Grand Avenue, starting on Monday, October 12. The primary reason for this project is to replace the existing 1920s-era clay sewer line to a modern PVC line and to accommodate the reconstruction of 1st Street by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) that is scheduled to start in over a year. CDOT plans to reconstruct a portion of the I-70 Business loop through the intersection of 1st Street & Grand Avenue and the sewer upgrade needs to happen prior to the start of that project.

Work will take place Monday through Friday from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. The project will take approximately 6 weeks to complete.

Access to businesses will be maintained. However, there will be short durations when the Contractor has to temporarily close a driveway access in order to install the new sewer pipe. Alternative entrances off surrounding streets are advised during those times. Advanced notification will be given if an access needs to be temporarily closed during daytime hours.

The Contractor will be responsible for maintaining traffic access for residents adjacent to the construction areas. The Contractor will provide traffic control and on-site flaggers to help traffic through and around the work area. Temporary access and road closures will be necessary during the project. Large trucks, including semis, are advised to use the Riverside Parkway as an alternative route.

Please drive with caution around the construction equipment and follow all traffic warning signs in the work areas.


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

Fall Programming with Grand Junction Parks & Recreation

The Grand Junction Parks & Recreation Department is committed to providing fun and safe activities for the community throughout the year. The Parks & Recreation Department now issues seasonal variations of the Activity Guide throughout the year to provide residents with the most accurate information on activities offered by the Department. The Late Fall Activity Guide was released today and covers from October 5 through January 2. The guide is available online at gjparksandrec.org.

The Late Fall Guide shares the latest information on services currently being offered. With the holiday season approaching, Grand Junction Parks & Recreation is excited to offer some of the more traditional parks and recreation holiday events. During October, residents can get in the Halloween spirit by participating in the Boston’s Halloween Softball Tournament or the 4th Annual Trick, Track, and Treat event. For the colder months of November and December, residents can enjoy the Santa Cause Run, Candy Cane Hunt, Chocolate Walk, and a Virtual Holiday Light Tour. Other programs are being offered such as Indoor Pickleball, Drop-in Sports, and Swim Lessons.

To register for programs, please go to the gjparksandrec.org or call 970-254-3866. Residents may also visit the Parks and 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