City Leaf Pick Up Program Running Behind Schedule

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Due to unanticipated equipment problems and the very quick drop of many leaves as a result of sudden cold temperatures, the City’s Leaf Pick Up Program is running somewhat behind schedule and we are asking for patience as our crews work to catch up with their routes.

The annual program, which got underway October 15 and runs through mid-December, eliminates excess leaf buildup along City streets that can cause storm water drains to clog. These efforts help prevent flooding and reduce negative impacts affecting 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.

For more information on the Leaf Pick Up Program, please visit our website.


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

 

City Office and Service Schedules in Observance of Veterans Day

Veterans Day

City of Grand Junction offices will be closed on Monday, November 12, in observance of Veterans Day, which is November 11. City trash and recycling pickup service will be on the regular schedule with no delay. Monday will also be a parking meter holiday so 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.

Thank you to all veterans for serving our country
and protecting our freedoms.

Join the City Manager For a Cup of Coffee and Some Conversation

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Grand 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 Friday, November 16 at Octopus Coffee, 759 Horizon Drive, at 9:00 a.m. 

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

City Council Reviewing Recommended $176.9 Million Budget for 2019; Two Public Hearings to be Held

CAFRCity Council will hold a public hearing during the regular Wednesday night City Council meeting on the City Manager’s Recommended 2019 Budget of $176.9 million. A second public hearing will be held at the December 5 City Council meeting after which City Council will vote on adoption of the budget. Access to all 2019 Recommended Budget documents can be found on the City’s website.

City staff has been working for months planning for and developing the Recommended 2019 Budget with over 30 employees playing a role. The budget is built on the foundation of the strategic plan, the ten-year capital plan, and a five-year financial forecast in addition to revenue projections based on economic indicators. Projections of annual revenues for 2019 include a modest 3% projected growth in sales tax revenues. The spending budget reflects an emphasis on the strategic plan fundamentals of public safety, planning and infrastructure, diversification of the economic base, and communication, outreach and engagement built upon the foundation of partnership and intergovernmental relationships, and fiscal responsibility.

The Recommended 2019 Budget reflects an increase of $11 million or 6.6% over 2018. The primary areas of increase include:

  • New positions (nine in public safety, nine in planning and infrastructure, and one in human resources), employee wage adjustments of 3.5%, and insurance increase of 10%
  • Completion of major capital projects at Las Colonias Park and Two Rivers Convention Center
  • Increasing costs of operating expenses including fuel and technology improvements
  • Continuation of funding replacement of operating equipment and fleet (public safety and infrastructure)
  • A projected ending fund balance of $26.9 million which is $8.7 million above or a 48% increase in fund balance projected in adopted 2018 budget

Other 2019 Recommended Budget highlights:

  • Implement a partnership with CMU to employ 11 students in part-time/intern positions (this program has begun with smaller numbers in 2018 and is recommended to increase in 2019)
  • Continue our investment in maintenance and reconstruction of existing street infrastructure; $6.2 million
  • Completion of major economic development projects in partnership with Downtown Development Authority and private industry

City Manager Greg Caton noted in relation to the Recommended Budget, “I am proud of the hard work that our staff put into developing the 2019 City Manager’s Recommended Budget and I am pleased how it aligns with City Council’s adopted Strategic Plan. Although we are so glad that the local economy is strengthening and that revenues are rebounding from the level we experienced just a couple of years ago, we are still in a position where we have, and will continue to have, unmet needs in several of our priorities. The City Manager’s Recommended Budget represents the continued delivery of City services and programs that residents have come to count on.”

The November 7 and December 5 public hearings will both be held at 6 p.m. in the Grand Junction City Hall Auditorium and public comment is encouraged.


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

City Council Preview for the Week of 11/5/18

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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 meeting videos can also be found at the same link.

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

Monday, 11/5/18 – 5:30 p.m.    City Council Workshop     City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

1. Discussion Topics

a. Budget Overview for the Downtown Development Authority, Downtown Grand Junction Business Improvement District, and Horizon Drive Business Improvement District

2. Next Workshop Topics

a. December 3: Growth and Development Policy/Transportation Fees

3. Other Business


Wednesday, 11/7/18 – 6:00 p.m.    City Council Meeting   City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Proclamations

Proclaiming November 5 – ­ 9, 2018 as “Law Enforcement Records Personnel Week” in the City of Grand Junction

Proclaiming November 11, 2018 as “A Salute to All Veterans” in the City of Grand Junction

Proclaiming November 24, 2018 as “Small Business Saturday” in the City of Grand Junction

Proclaiming November 2018 as “Grand Junction Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness Month” in the City of Grand Junction

Proclaiming November 2018 as “Hospice and Palliative Care Month” in the City of Grand Junction

Proclaiming December 4, 2018 as “Grand Valley Gives Day” in the City of Grand Junction

Presentations

November Election: Lodging Tax Ballot Question Result

Regular Agenda

Public Hearing
5ai.  An Ordinance Appropriating Certain Sums of Money to Defray the Necessary Expenses and Liabilities of the City of Grand Junction, Colorado and the Downtown Development Authority for the Year Beginning January 1, 2019 and Ending December 31, 2019, Holding a Public Hearing for November 7, 2018, and Setting a Public Hearing for December 5, 2018.


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

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 11/5/18

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

29 Road Railroad Overpass Street Repair – Thursday, November 8 Only

  • Road Repairs will take place on the Northbound lanes of 29 Road atop overpass
  • Northbound traffic will be detoured onto D ½ Road and then over to 30 Road
  • Southbound traffic will not be affected by this work.

Patterson Road Utility Crossing at Beechwood Street – Tuesday through Thursday

  • Tuesday night work, 7 pm – 6 am: Crews will be crossing the west bound lanes of Patterson Road
  • Wednesday night work, 7 pm – 6 am: Crews will be crossing the east bound lanes of Paterson Road
  • Thursday day work, 9 am – early afternoon: Crews will be paving Patterson Road
  • Motorists can expect lane shifts and possible alternating one-lane traffic
  • Alternate route are advised

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.

Leaf Removal Program 

  • City wide leaf pick-up began Monday, October 15
  • Please slow down in neighborhoods where crews are working
  • Traffic delays can be expected
  • Anticipated completion – mid-December (weather permitting).

Sewer and Water Line Replacement Project

28 ¼ Road between Orchard Avenue and Brittany Avenue

  • Expect lane shifts and delays
  • Anticipated completion – late November.


Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions – This list reflects only the projects of which we have been notified.

I-70 Median Guardrail Replacement Project between the Horizon Drive and Clifton Interchanges – CDOT Project

  • I-70 traffic at times will be reduced to one lane in each direction during work hours
  • Speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph through construction zone
  • Work hours will be Monday – Friday, 7am – 7 pm (weather dependent)
  • For additional information please email I70railreplacement@gmail.com or call 970-833-5264
  • Anticipated completion – December.     


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

Ribbon Cutting for Grand Junction Lions Club Parkette at Las Colonias Park Amphitheater

The City of Grand Junction has worked very closely with the Grand Junction Lions Club for many years on reclamation projects, property purchases, and capital improvements to the riverfront area in downtown Grand Junction. The local club donated several hundred thousand dollars toward the completion of Las Colonias Park Phase I and the Las Colonias Park Amphitheater.

Lions ParketteIn recognition of this valuable partnership, the City has worked with the Grand Junction Lions to create a very unique functional art display at the park using local artwork and native plant material.

To celebrate the completion of the space, a short ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 1 at 11:00 a.m. The Grand Junction Lions Club parkette is adjacent to the Las Colonias Amphitheater just east of the main Amphitheater gates.


For more information on this event and space:

Parks and Recreation Deputy Director, Traci Wieland 970-254-3846 or traciw@gjcity.org

Brad McCloud, Grand Junction Lions Club Marketing Chairman  970-250-7988