Share Some Thoughts Over a Cup of Coffee

April 2019.pngGrand Junction City Manager Greg Caton is hosting a series of informal coffees to interact with community members, gather feedback on City programs and services, and to answer questions.

The next coffee is scheduled for Thursday, April 18 at City Hall in the Planning Conference Room, 250 N. 5th Street, at 10:30 a.m. The City Manager will be joined this time by Community Development Director Tamra Allen and Public Works Director Trent Prall.

The sessions are open to the public and are an unstructured, drop-in format. More details here: http://bit.ly/2i6AQkR


Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager       970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org

Projects Affecting Traffic the Week of 4/8/19

City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

F ½ Road Closure West of 31 Road – Lewis Wash Bridge Replacement Project

  • F ½ Road will be closed to through traffic between 30 Road and 31 Road, 24/7
  • Detour route will be in place
  • Residents living west of Lewis Wash and Thunder Mountain Elementary School traffic use 30 Road
  • Residents living east of Lewis Wash including Allegheny Drive use 31 Road
  • Anticipated completion – mid April.

Reeder Mesa Road – Water Line Replacement

  • Watch for truck and heavy equipment traffic along both Reeder Mesa Road and Lands’ End Road
  • Expect occasional daytime closures
  • Message boards at each end of Reeder Mesa Road will give specific closure dates
  • Detour route will be in place on days of closure
  • Anticipated completion – May.

Two Rivers Convention Center – Remodel Project

  • Main Street will be closed to both pedestrian and vehicle traffic between 1st Street and 2ndStreet, Monday only, 6am to 6pm
  • Detour route will be in place
  • Anticipated completion – Monday, April 8.

City of Grand Junction Annual Spring Clean-Up Program

  • Spring clean-up starts this week north of North Avenue
  • Motorists can expect delays and short-term street closures
  • Completion Friday, April 19.


Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

32 Road Sewer Line Replacement Project – Clifton Sanitation District Project

  • Watch for utility construction (various locations) along 32 Road between I-70B and D Road
  • Please slow down through the work zones and obey traffic control signs and personnel
  • Motorists may experience intermittent lane closures and detours
  • Anticipated completion – September.

22 Road and H Road Utility Construction – Private Development

  • H Road is closed to through traffic between 22 Road and 23 Road
  • Access for local residents will be provided
  • Detour route is in place
  • Anticipated completion – May.

Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager   970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org

Seeking Community Input on Grand Junction’s Future

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You are cordially invited to help the City plan for the future! The City of Grand Junction is conducting a 2020 Comprehensive Plan update over the next 18 months and we would love to have your input.


COMMUNITY WORKSHOP:  Tuesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. at Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main Street

Feel free to bring your children ages 4+ – activities will be provided onsite by Parks and Recreation staff


What is a Comprehensive Plan? 

A Comprehensive Plan is a critical road map to guide decisions about a community’s future and may include elements such as housing, recreation, tourism, the economy and transportation. A new website has been launched to help in the Grand Junction planning effort.

Our update is a long-range plan that will look at issues such as where and how we will grow over the next 20 years. The Plan will include planning for residential and commercial growth and needed services and infrastructure (parks, utilities, roads, police, fire, etc.) and will also evaluate potential changes to the City’s growth boundary, identify risks and vulnerabilities of natural and human caused hazards. Perhaps most importantly, the Plan will work to identify goals, strategies and actions that reflect the values and vision for the community as a whole; one Grand Junction.

Please plan to take part. For additional information, you may also visit the City’s website.


Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager       970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org 

Grand Junction City Council Preview for the Week of 4/1/19

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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 meeting:

Monday, 4/1/19 – 5:30 p.m.    City Council Workshop     CANCELLED


Wednesday, 4/3/19 – 6:00 p.m.    City Council Meeting   City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Regular Agenda

Presentations

Initial Certification of Election Results

Public Hearings

7ai. A Resolution Accepting the Petition for Annexation of 5.722 Acres of Land and Ordinances Annexing and Zoning the Hosanna Annexation to R­8 (Residential ­ 8 du/ac), Located at 743 24 3/4 Road

7aii. A Resolution Accepting the Petition for Annexation of 1.41 Acres of Land and Ordinances Annexing and Zoning the Arlington Annexation to R­4 (Residential ­ 4 du/ac), Located at 265 Arlington Drive

7aiii. An Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 3981 and Ordinance No. 4662, Planned Development for Corner Square, Located at 2525 Meander Court


Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager       970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org 

Projects Affecting Traffic the Week of 4/1/19

Road Work

City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

F ½ Road Closure West of 31 Road – Lewis Wash Bridge Replacement Project

  • F ½ Road will be closed to through traffic between 30 Road and 31 Road, 24/7
  • Detour route will be in place
  • Residents living west of Lewis Wash and Thunder Mountain Elementary School traffic use 30 Road
  • Residents living east of Lewis Wash including Allegheny Drive use 31 Road
  • Anticipated completion – mid April.

Reeder Mesa Road – Water Line Replacement

  • Watch for truck and heavy equipment traffic along both Reeder Mesa Road and Lands’ End Road
  • Expect occasional daytime closures
  • Message boards at each end of Reeder Mesa Road will give specific closure dates
  • Detour route will be in place on days of closure
  • Anticipated completion – May.

Orchard Avenue Safe Routes to School Project –Sidewalk Construction

  • New curb, gutter and sidewalk, south side of Orchard between 29 Road and Melody Lane
  • Construction hours will be 7am to 4pm
  • Accommodations will be made for pedestrian traffic
  • Motorists can expect delays during work hours
  • Anticipated completion – April.

Orchard Avenue Irrigation Project from Melody Lane to 28 ¾ Road

  • Crews will be installing new irrigation pipe along the south side of Orchard Ave
  • Expect alternating one-lane traffic with delays
  • Alternate route is advised
  • Anticipated completion – April.

Two Rivers Convention Center – Remodel Project

  • Main Street will be closed to both pedestrian and vehicle traffic between 1st Street and 2nd Street, Monday – Friday 6am to 6pm
  • Detour route will be in place
  • Anticipated completion – Friday, April 5.


Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

32 Road Sewer Line Replacement Project – Clifton Sanitation District Project

  • Watch for utility construction (various locations) along 32 Road between I-70B and D Road
  • Please slow down through the work zones and obey traffic control signs and personnel
  • Motorists may experience intermittent lane closures and detours
  • Anticipated Completion – September.

Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager   970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org

Sharrows to be Installed at Select Locations Across the Grand Valley

Among the Strategic Directives in the Grand Junction Strategic Plan adopted by City Council is Planning & Infrastructure. One of the success metrics of the directive Full Bike Laneaddresses continuing to enhance the bicycle friendliness of our community. As a result, the City of Grand Junction’s Public Works Department has begun installing new traffic control markings and signage in key corridors to improve the level of comfort and safety for bicycle traffic. Federal guidelines in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), detail a pavement marking symbol called a Shared Lane Use symbol, frequently referred to as a “sharrow”. The pavement marking symbol is often accompanied by a sign that states, “Bicycles May Use Full Lane”. The sharrow signs and markings are only intended for streets that meet very specific criteria, such as narrow streets that do not have enough width to accommodate bike lanes. Additionally, streets where sharrows are installed typically have low vehicular volumes, a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less, and frequent bicycle traffic. Sharrows are also commonly used at the entrances to roundabouts, because bike lanes cannot be marked within the roundabout and bicyclists are expected to use the travel lane.

SharrowsThe sharrow signs and markings are intended to advise vehicle drivers to expect the presence of bicycles and encourage safe passing of bicyclists by motorists. On streets and roads that do not have bike lanes, bicyclists have the right to utilize the travel lane just like motor vehicles, per the Model Traffic Code for Colorado. Therefore, the presence of a sharrow does not change the rules of the road, rather it serves as a reminder that cars and bicycles need to share the road.

The markings have become very common throughout the world, but these will be the first installations within Grand Junction. Locations that will be installed include the entrances to the 7th and Main Street Roundabout, West Main Street beginning at the Riverfront trail connection (at the cul de sac) and continuing to the Main Street Pedestrian Bridge, and a few areas on the Tour of the Moon Byway. Each of these locations are on routes that have been identified as key bicycle corridors and also meet the criteria for locations where sharrows can be used.

The first installations were installed on Tuesday, March 19, along South Broadway. These are within the corridor designated as the Tour of the Moon Byway, a popular route for road bicyclists.  Other locations will be installed throughout the coming months.

Please watch for crews as this work is being completed. For additional information on the City’s Strategic Plan, follow this link.


Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager   970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org

City Earns Improved Credit Rating

bbi-blog-post-image-reporting-full-width-4S&P Global has notified the City of Grand Junction that it has raised its long-term rating for the City of Grand Junction to AA- from A+. The S&P rating is a credit score that describes the general creditworthiness of a company, city, or county that issues debt and the likelihood that debt will be repaid. As a result, a higher rated city will likely pay lower interests costs than a lower rated city. The best rating given by S&P is AAA and the worst is D.

The rating report issued by S&P states that the higher rating for the City of Grand Junction “reflects our view of the City’s positive operating performance and maintenance of a very strong reserve position, coupled with a reduction in the City’s overall net debt burden. While the local economy has seen a relatively slow recovery from the recession, stable growth in recent years and the broader region’s efforts to diversify the employment base have resulted in an overall stable revenue growth trend in recent years, contributing to the positive operations. Additionally, the implementation and formalization of what we consider strong financial management policies and practices have enhanced our view of credit quality, as management’s efforts have proved fruitful in balancing the budget and replenishing the general fund reserve in a timely manner. We believe these strengths will persist throughout the foreseeable future.”

S&P specifically noted that they view the City’s management as strong and cited the implementation of a five-year general fund forecast and 10-year capital improvement plan as reasons for the upgrade. Other factors that led S&P to upgrade the City’s rating included the city use of historical data and external sources to help forecast revenue streams while taking a systematic and realistic approach to all line items in the budget every year. S&P also highlighted the City’s minimum reserve requirement and the policy requiring a replenishment of that balance if brought to a level below the minimum requirement.

According to City Manager Greg Caton, “Through the leadership of City Council and staff we set out three years ago to improve the City’s financial position. This has taken some time to accomplish, but through strategic decisions and establishing sound financial policies we have now been recognized, and our efforts have been validated, by a very creditable third party. Community members should be very proud of the City’s overall fiscal health.”

S&P also credited the City’s stable outlook and growing local economy for the increase in rating stating that “the City’s growing local economy, which, although slow, has begun to recover from the recent recession and has been growing at a sustainable pace. The outlook further reflects our expectation that the City will maintain its very strong reserves and strong budgetary performance over the next two years, supported by what we consider strong financial management policies and practices.”

If you wish to see the S&P report in full, you can find a link to it here.


Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager   970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org