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, 11/16/20 – 5:30 p.m. City Council Workshop – City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street
a. 2020 One Grand Junction Comprehensive Plan Overview of the Draft Plan, Discussion and Update
Wednesday, 11/18/20 – 5:30 p.m. City Council Meeting – City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street
Proclaiming November 28, 2020 as Small Business Saturday in the City of Grand Junction
Proclaiming November 3, 2020 as Sister City Day in the City of Grand Junction
To the Visit Grand Junction Board
i. Introducing the Appropriation Ordinance for the 2021 Budget, Presentation, First Public Hearing and Set a Second Public Hearing for December 2, 2020
ii. An Ordinance in Regards to the Refunding (Refinancing) of $5,540,000 Certificates of Participation, Series 2010, Increasing the Certificates of Participation Payments, Extending the Term to 2045 and a Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (TEFRA) Hearing
i. An Ordinance Rezoning Two Parcels Totaling 2.97 Acres from I-O (Industrial Office) to BP (Business Park Mixed Use) Located Generally at the Southwest Corner of Fracture Lane and 25 ½ Road
The weather is warming up and it’s time to think about gathering your neighbors for some weekend fun. The new City of Grand Junction Neighborhood Block Party Trailer makes it easy. All you have to do is reserve the trailer, add some of our great Grand Valley weather, provide some food, drinks and neighbors and you are ready to go! The trailer is available at no cost to you.
The trailer is equipped with useful items including street-closure equipment, chairs and tables, water coolers and tubs for ice, lawn games and even clean-up supplies. The City will tow the trailer to your street or site and it is yours to use. Just pack it up clean and organized for the next neighborhood group and the City will tow it from your site.
The Connection Between Block Parties and Stronger Communities
The goal of launching the Neighborhood Block Party Trailer is to make it easier for neighbors to gather together and spend some enjoyable time with, and get to know, one another. These types of gatherings have been around for decades, but such activities are relevant, maybe even more so, today. By spending time with neighbors and strengthening those relationships, communities become more resilient in the face of unexpected issues and concerns. In this way, the City views block parties as an important tool to help create safe, resilient and friendly neighborhoods increasing the livability for residents and strengthening the community fabric.
Thinking About Hosting a Block Party?
If you are interested in hosting a block party and don’t know where to begin, contact the City Neighborhood Program or visit gjcity.org/neighborhoods. Block parties can be simple potlucks with friendly conversation and a few activities for kids. They may also be highly organized gatherings with barbecues, food trucks, music, children’s parades, art and talent contests…and the list goes on. The City can provide you with theme ideas, suggest activities, help you get in touch with other City departments for a visit from local firefighters or police officers, or just assist you in reserving our new Block Party Trailer!
If you want more information, please let us hear from you at 970-244-1430 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media contact: Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager 970-244-1507 or email@example.com
As part of a program that began in 1993 to assure the highest quality drinking water, the City of Grand Junction Water Services Division will begin spring hydrant flushing on Monday, April 29. The complete process will take approximately three weeks.
There are 970 fire hydrants and 150 miles of pipe in the City of Grand Junction’s service area. This program will flush 50% of those fire hydrants. Ron Key, Water Distribution Supervisor states, “The total amount of water used in the flushing program equates to about one half of an average day’s consumption during the month of May.”
Other than maintaining water quality, reasons for flushing the water system include:
Push chlorine residuals to the extremities of the water system
Eliminate taste and odors
Remove discolored water
Maintain the life of the water mains
Check fire flows and exercise fire hydrants
There are often questions related to hydrant flushing, so here are some of the more common ones:
What is the total volume of water flushed? Approximately 3,000,000 gallons
How much water is flushed at each hydrant? 3,500 to 10,000 gallons per hydrant
Where does the water go? To the storm sewer then to the Colorado River
If the water is flushed to the Colorado River, is the chlorine harmful to fish? We have tested the water and have found NO chlorine at the outflow at the Colorado River.
Why can’t we capture the water in water trucks? Water trucks typically hold only around 2,000 gallons so they are not adequate to capture the amount flushed.
Would we still need to flush hydrants if we “looped” the hydrants at the end of the line? Yes, 50% of hydrants must be tested each year to verify adequate function. We do “loop” end-of-line hydrants during fall flushing.
Some of the noticeable effects of flushing may be discolored water, low water pressure and noticeable water in the streets and gutters. These conditions should only be for short periods of time. If discolored water is noticed coming from your faucet the water should be allowed to run for several minutes to clear the service line.
During this process, the Water Division will make every effort to cause the least amount of disruption to water service possible. This program is just one way the Division seeks to provide a high level of customer service while continuing to provide water of the highest quality.
If you have any questions regarding the flushing program, please call Ron Key, Water Distribution Supervisor, at 970-244-1572.
Media contact: Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager 970-260-5431 or firstname.lastname@example.org