Grand Junction City Council Preview for the Week of 2/5/18

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For more detailed information on any of these items, read the full agendas and/or staff reports here:    http://grandjunctioncityco.iqm2.com/citizens/default.aspx

City Council will discuss the following items at this week’s workshop and meetings:

Monday, 2/5/18 – 5:00 p.m.    City Council Workshop   City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

1.Introduction of the New Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority Executive Director

2. Discussion Topics

a. Riverfront Update
~ Former Jarvis Property Conceptual Plan
~ RIO Developments at Riverside Park and Bicycle Playground

b. Lunch Loop Trail and Trail Head Update

3. Next Workshop Topics – March 5, 2018

~ Invocation Discussion
~ Lodging Tax

4. Other Business



Monday, 2/5/18 – 5:00 p.m.    Executive Session   Administration Conference Room, 250 N. 5th Street

Executive Session for the purpose(s) of receiving legal advice regarding a possible claim(s) and/or possible litigation by an employee against the City and for a conference with an attorney under C.R.S. 24-6-402(4)(B) and/or instructing legal counsel relative to negotiations for a possible resolution of the possible claim(s) and/or possible litigation under C.R.S. 24-6-402(4)(E) of the Open Meetings Law.


Wednesday, 2/7/18 – 6:00 p.m.    City Council Meeting   City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Regular Agenda

Public Hearings

6ai.  An Ordinance Amending Chapter 12 of the Grand Junction Municipal Code Concerning Riverfront and Other Trail Regulations Concerning the Operation of Electrical Assisted Bicycles

6bi. A Resolution Accepting the Petition for Annexation and Ordinance Annexing the Taurus Park Plaza Annexation of 40.414 Acres, Located at 789 23 Road

Resolutions

7a. Resolutions of Intent Requesting Coverage Under the Fire and Police Defined Benefit System Administered by the Fire and Police Pension Association (FPPA) of Colorado for Sworn Firefighters and Police Officers

Other Action Items

8a. Consider a request for a North Avenue Catalyst Grant in the Amount of $10,000 for Best Built Homes, Located at 1401 Glenwood Avenue

8b. Consider an Appeal of the Community Development Director’s conditional approval of Final Plat for Pinnacle Ridge Subdivision, Filings 1 and 2



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

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 2/5/18

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Two projects going on next week, both are non-City projects.

Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions   

Broadway and Redlands Parkway Intersection, Gas Line Relocation – Xcel Energy Project

  • Expect lane shifts and traffic delays
  • 7am – 5pm, Monday – Friday
  • Anticipated completion – mid February.


Rim Rock Drive, partial closure for construction –Colorado National Monument Project

This project will consist of three phases between now and July 31,2018. The first part of the project will involve road construction between Highland View Overlook and Artist Point Overlook.

  • Passenger vehicles will be asked to turn around at either Highland View Overlook or Artist Point Overlook
  • Oversize vehicles and those pulling trailers must turn around at 16 1/2 Road and Independence Monument View
  • Anticipated completion for this first phase will be late February
  • For additional information please visit http://www.nps.gov/colm or call 970-858-3617, ext. 360.

Road Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 1/29/18

Road Work

Three projects going on this week, none are City projects.

Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions   

Horizon Drive Gas line Replacement Project – Xcel Energy Project

  • Northeast-bound traffic (leading to airport) will be restricted to one lane between 27 ½ Road and I-70 from the hours of 8 am and 4:30 Monday through Friday.
  • One more week of traffic delays for clean up.      


Broadway and Redlands Parkway Intersection, Gas Line Relocation – Xcel Energy Project

  • Expect lane shifts and traffic delays
  • 7am – 5pm, Monday – Friday
  • Anticipated completion – mid February.


Rim Rock Drive, Roadway Repair –Colorado National Monument Project

This project will consist of three phases between now and July 31,2018. The first part of the project will involve road construction between Highland View Overlook and Artist Point Overlook.

  • Closure will begin Monday and last for about a month
  • Passenger vehicles will be asked to turn around at either Highland View Overlook or Artist Point Overlook
  • Oversize vehicles and those pulling trailers must turn around at 16 1/2 Road and Independence Monument View
  • For additional information please visit http://www.nps.gov/colm or call 970-858-3617, ext. 360.

Community Benefits Big from GOCO Funding

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Lincoln Park Playground

Since 1994, Grand Junction has been the proud recipient of over $4 million worth of funds that have directly benefited our community and improved our park properties, and more are in the works for 2018.

Great Outdoors Colorado (referred to as GOCO) provides a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to community projects across the state of Colorado. The emphasis is on helping preserve and enhance parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. In 1992, citizens placed an initiative on the Colorado ballot that created a constitutional amendment to establish the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund. The initiative was approved by 58% of Colorado voters.

According to Parks and Recreation Director Rob Schoeber, “Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery have been dedicated to Parks & Recreation projects since its inception in 1994. These funds have been instrumental in funding many local projects including the Lincoln Park Stadium Improvements, Tiara Rado Golf Course, and many parks, pools, trails and master plans. The continued support from GOCO has allowed us to leverage funds from numerous other public and private sources making so many more projects possible.”

Notable Grand Junction proceeds since 1994 and plans for 2018:

  • $1.5 million for connecting the Riverfront Trail to the Lunch Loops via the Connect Initiative (construction to begin this year)
  • $75,000 for RIO to connect youth and their families with the outdoors via the Inspire Initiative (2015)
  • $29,400 for the Las Colonias Slough project via the Habitat Restoration Grant (2016)
  • $122,000 for Rocket Park (2009); $250,000 for Lincoln Park (2012); $323,000 for the first phase of Las Colonias Park (2014); and $343,000 currently pending for a Las Colonias Boat Launch via the Local Park and Outdoor Recreation Grants Program
  • $75,000 for the Matchett Park Master Plan via the Planning Grants Program (2014)
  • $110,000 for Orchard Avenue Elementary (2017) and $110,000 currently pending for Mesa View Elementary via the School Yard Initiative Grants Program
  • Four weeks’ worth of youth conservation corps effort on permanently conserved properties (2016)

Each of these programs require varying amounts of matching funds. Additional GOCO funds have also been utilized by Colorado West Land Trust and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.


Media contact:  Callie Berkson, 970-254-3867 or callieb@gjcity.org

New Director Selected to Lead ‘Visit Grand Junction’

Elizabeth Fogarty2Grand Junction City Manager Greg Caton has appointed Elizabeth Fogarty to be the next Director of Visit Grand Junction. She will officially begin on Monday, March 5, but will begin participating with Visit Grand Junction staff on the new Visit Grand Junction brand launch prior to her arrival. Elizabeth was one of 116 individuals who applied for the position during a nationwide recruitment followed by a professional assessment process.

Ms. Fogarty most recently comes from Visit Estes Park in Estes Park, CO where she was the President and CEO for over 3 ½ years. While there, Visit Estes Park received the 2016 Governor’s Award for the Best Marketing Campaign in Colorado. In addition, she was instrumental in expanding the area from a largely seasonal destination to one with a vibrant year-round appeal. Elizabeth has a solid background in marketing, branding, business development, finance, sales and consulting in the travel and hospitality industries. She has a wealth of experience in destination management and has a proven track record of innovation and identifying solutions under challenging circumstances. Elizabeth has been active in destination management professional organizations throughout the state of Colorado and internationally.

City Manager Greg Caton states, “I am looking forward to having Elizabeth lead the destination marketing efforts. Tourism is a growing part of our economy and a significant amount of jobs are related to the tourism industry. We have phenomenal assets in our region and we are a wonderful destination. Elizabeth’s energy, leadership capabilities and industry experience are exactly what we need to brand and market the area.”

The Visit Grand Junction Department, which is primarily funded by lodging tax collected on hotel rooms, operates with a budget of approximately $2 million and a staff of nine. The department serves as the tourism and destination marketing organization for the Grand Junction area.

The Visit Grand Junction Director position is becoming vacant due to the upcoming retirement of long-time director Debbie Kovalik.


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

Water Treatment Plant Completes Filter Upgrade Project

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Construction underway

In spring 2016, the City of Grand Junction began planning for and designing the very important project of upgrading the four filters in the City’s water treatment plant. The existing filters, which were still functioning properly, had outlasted their industry life expectancy after having been in service for forty-eight years. The work was just recently completed and was formally accepted by City Council last night. The project came in under budget by more than $245,000.

The replacement filters were funded by a loan from the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority, State Revolving Fund. Total project costs came in at $867,220. The project was awarded to low bidder Moltz Construction, Inc., and construction began in November 2016.

Construction of the new filter system generated a number of tangible benefits including:

  • The reduction of media loss (the media used in this particular process is a combination of sand and coal) due to the installation of new underdrains
  • The implementation of modern backwashing technology
  • Reduction by 30% of backwash water consumption
  • Reduction by 30% of the time a filter is required to be offline for washing
  • Installation of safety railing around each individual filter
  • Process modifications that can be made easily on a computer touchscreen by the water plant operator

Reduction in operating costs of the Water Treatment Plant of $20,000 annually are anticipated as a result of the construction of the new filters.

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Filter area following completion

Utilities Director Randi Kim adds, “This modernization project represents a cost-effective investment in the Water Treatment Plant infrastructure that will enable us to continue the City’s long tradition of delivering high-quality drinking water to our customers well into the future.”

The City of Grand Junction Water Plant has earned the AWWA’s Partnership for Safe Water Director’s Award, which is awarded to plants that maintain plant performance (filtered water turbidity) at three times under the limit mandated by the Safe Drinking Water Act. These new filters have demonstrated the ability to maintain this same excellent performance while operating at higher flow rates.



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

City Financial Report Honored for 33rd Consecutive Year

 

CAFRThe Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has once again been awarded to the City of Grand Junction by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment.

“I am proud of the continued efforts of City Council, City management, and accounting staff to earn this award each year. The CAFR is an important record of the City’s fiscal responsibility and financial management, and to achieve this level of distinction year  after year is a great achievement,” said Jodi Romero, City of Grand Junction Finance Director.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the  program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

The GFOA is a non-profit professional association with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, D.C. serving approximately 19,000 government finance professionals.



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