City Office and Service Schedules in Observance of Veterans Day

Veterans-day-clip-art-5City of Grand Junction offices will be closed on Friday, November 10, in observance of Veterans Day, which is November 11. City trash and recycling pickup service will be on the regular schedule with no delay. Friday 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.

Many thanks to all veterans for serving our country and protecting our freedoms.

Come Have a Cup of Coffee with the City Manager

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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 Tuesday, November 14 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.  http://bit.ly/2i6AQkR

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

City Manager Appoints Deputy Chief Mike Nordine as Interim Chief of Police – REVISED

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Grand Junction Deputy Chief Mike Nordine

Grand Junction City Manager Greg Caton has appointed Deputy Chief Mike Nordine to serve as Interim Chief of Police upon Chief John Camper’s departure next month to become Director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Deputy Chief Mike Nordine is a long-time resident of the Grand Valley, and has served the Grand Junction Police Department since 1983, after earning his degree in Criminal Justice from Mesa State College. Deputy Chief Nordine has served in numerous capacities over his tenure including Field Training Officer, School Resource Officer, SWAT Commander and Investigations Commander. He has served in his current role of Deputy Chief since 2013.

Deputy Chief Nordine is also a graduate of the Southwest Supervisory Institute, FBI National Academy, and the Senior Management Institute for Police. He served as Interim Chief of Police in Palisade for approximately six months in 2012 and 2013,  as well as on the JUCO Committee for twenty years and the STRIVE Board of Directors for eight.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead the Grand Junction Police Department,” says Nordine.  “I look forward to building upon the culture of excellence our employees have worked so hard to create.”

City Manager Greg Caton adds, “The City of Grand Junction is very fortunate to have a deep bench of command staff within the Police Department with great experience. The department has two Deputy Chiefs who both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their positions. Deputy Chief Nordine expressed interest in serving as Interim Chief and is well suited to settle into the role during this time of transition. I have the utmost confidence and trust that Deputy Chief Nordine will serve as a great Interim Police Chief.”

The appointment will become effective following Chief Camper’s departure on December 1.

Contact:  Heidi Davidson, Police Information Coordinator   970-549-5114
or Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager   970-244-1507

City Manager Appoints Deputy Chief Mike Nordine as Interim Chief of Police

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Grand Junction Deputy Chief Mike Nordine

Grand Junction City Manager Greg Caton has appointed Deputy Chief Mike Nordine to serve as Interim Chief of Police upon Chief John Camper’s departure next month to become Director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Deputy Chief Mike Nordine is a long-time resident of the Grand Valley, and has served the Grand Junction Police Department since 1983, after earning his degree in Criminal Justice from Mesa State College. Deputy Chief Nordine has served in numerous capacities over his tenure including Field Training Officer, School Resource Officer, SWAT Commander and Investigations Commander. He has served in his current role of Deputy Chief since 2013.

Deputy Chief Nordine is also a graduate of the Southwest Supervisory Institute, FBI National Academy, and the Senior Management Institute for Police. He served as Interim Chief of Police in Palisade for approximately six months in 2012 and 2013,  and has also been a member of the JUCO Committee for twenty years and the STRIVE Board of Directors for eight.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead the Grand Junction Police Department,” says Nordine.  “I look forward to building upon the culture of excellence our employees have worked so hard to create.”

City Manager Greg Caton adds, “The City of Grand Junction is very fortunate to have a deep bench of command staff within the Police Department with great experience. The department has two Deputy Chiefs who both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their positions. Deputy Chief Nordine expressed interest in serving as Interim Chief and is well suited to settle into the role during this time of transition. I have the utmost confidence and trust that Deputy Chief Nordine will serve as a great Interim Police Chief.”

The appointment will become effective following Chief Camper’s departure on December 1.

Contact:  Heidi Davidson, Police Information Coordinator   970-549-5114
or Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager   970-244-1507

City Council Workshop and Meeting Preview for the Week of 10/30/17

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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, 10/30/17 –  5:30 p.m.   City Council Workshop   City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

1.Discussion Topics

a.  Budget: Grand Junction Economic Development Partners (Grand Junction Economic Partnership, Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, Business Incubator Center, and Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission) Funding Request

b. Downtown Development Authority Recommended 2018 Budget

2. Next Workshop Topics

a. November 13 – Budget Reconciliation

 3. Other Business


Wednesday, 11/1/17 – 6:00 p.m.    City Council Meeting   City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Proclamations

Proclaiming November 11, 2017 as “A Salute to All Veterans 2017” in the City of Grand Junction


Consent Agenda

Request for Continuance of Public Hearing to December 6, 2017 for an Ordinance Approving an Outline Development Plan (ODP) and a Rezone to Planned Development (PD) with an R­2 (Residential ­2 du/ac) default zone district for Weeminuche Subdivision located between 26 & 26 1/2 Roads, south of H ¾ Road


Regular Agenda

Resolutions

6a.  A Resolution Rescinding Resolution No. 47­17 Renaming North Avenue to University Boulevard Between I­70 (on the east) to 1st Street (on the west)

6b.  Resolution Regarding CMU 20000 Initiatives

Public Hearings

7ai.  Resolution Accepting the Petition for Annexation and Ordinances Annexing and Zoning the Holder Annexation Located at 3040 E Road

8a.  Resolution and Ordinance Approving the Downtown Development Authority Tax Increment Debt Financing

Other Action Items

9a. Downtown Holiday Parking Request 



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

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 10/30/17

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Riverside Parkway Access Improvements at Jarvis Subdivision

Eastbound Riverside Parkway will be restricted to one lane between Hale Avenue and 5th Street between the hours of 7:30 am and 5:00 pm daily.

  •  Anticipated completion –  November 2017

 

28 ½ Road Sewer and Water Line Replacement

28 ½ Road between I-70B and North Avenue will be closed to through traffic.

  •  Access will be maintained for local residents and businesses
  • Anticipated completion – November 2017.

 

Roadway Repairs Project

6th Street between North Avenue and Tiger Way

  • Due to unforeseen circumstances 6th street will be closed for one more week
  • Anticipated completion – Friday, November 3,

 

Leaf Removal Program

  • Please slow down in areas where crews are working
  • This program is weather dependent and may be delayed due to poor conditions.

 


Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

26 Road between G Road and G ½ Road Utility Work – Ute Water Project

Water line construction is scheduled to start Monday, October 30.

  • Alternating one-lane traffic on 26 Road with delays can be expected during daylight hours.
  • Anticipated completion – December 2017.

 

Ridges Blvd. and Ridgeway Court Utility Work – Pinnacle Ridge Project

  • Expect traffic restrictions and delays
  • Access will be maintained at all times for local residents
  • Traffic control personnel will be on site to assist motorists
  • Anticipated completion – Late November 2017.


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

Executive Director of Visit Grand Junction Announces Retirement

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Visit Grand Junction Executive Director Debbie Kovalik has announced she will be retiring after 28 years at the helm of the City of Grand Junction’s tourism marketing organization.

Debbie Flynn Kovalik was hired as the first employee of the then-newly-formed Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) in February of 1990. Debbie came to the City of Grand Junction after having previously worked for the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitor Bureau as the Marketing Director. The title of the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau was recently changed to Visit Grand Junction.

The beginnings of the Grand Junction VCB included Kovalik and a half-time administrative employee in shared office space at the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. Today the organization, which is primarily funded by lodging tax collected on hotel rooms, operates with a budget of approximately $2 million and a staff of nine.

Among Debbie’s most notable accomplishments are working to start the Colorado Mountain Winefest in the Grand Valley; launching the first destination website in Colorado; and winning the Tourism Industry Association Odyssey Award for the Best Destination Marketing Campaign in the United States for “Colorado’s Wine Country”.

Kovalik has represented Grand Junction on many boards and commissions during her career, and currently serves on the Tourism Industry Association of Colorado (TIAC); the Colorado Association of Destination Marketing Organization (CADMO); and the Grand Circle Association.

Debbie states, “It has been my honor to represent and promote the city of Grand Junction for the past 28 years. I’d like to extend my thanks to the many tourism partners I have worked with over the years. Together we have put Grand Junction on the map and we can all be proud of the premier destination Grand Junction has become.”

City Manager Greg Caton adds, “Debbie has done a great job of putting Grand Junction on the field with the big players in tourism. Her name has become synonymous with tourism in the region and her knowledge of this industry will be hard to replicate. I know she will remain involved in the community because it is just her nature. We wish her a long and happy retirement.”

Debbie’s retirement will become effective in February 2018.

Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager, City Manager’s Office   970-244-1507 or Mistalynn Meyeraan, Marketing & Public Relations, Visit Grand Junction 970-393-3053