Join Us to Learn More About Community Needs and a Possible Solution

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Make plans to stop by Fire Station #3 this Thursday evening to learn about our community’s first responder and transportation needs along with a proposed solution.

City Manager Greg Caton, Police Chief Doug Shoemaker, Fire Chief Ken Watkins, and Public Works Director Trent Prall will be on hand to answer questions.

Thursday, January 10
Fire Station #3
582 25 1/2 Road
Doors open at 5:00 p.m., event begins at 5:30.


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

City Public Works Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 1/7/19

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Horizon Drive Crosswalks Project, from G Road to I-70

  • Expect lane closures between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm
  • All business access will be provided
  • Anticipated completion – early February.

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.

Orchard Avenue between Melody Lane and 29 Road, Irrigation Work (Safe Routes to Schools Project for Nisley Elementary)

  • South shoulder work will result in intermittent, alternating one-lane traffic
  • Expect delays
  • Please slow down through construction zone
  • Traffic control personnel will be on site to assist pedestrian traffic
  • Anticipated completion – early February.

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

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 12/31/18

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Horizon Drive Crosswalks Project, from G Road to I-70

  • Expect lane closures between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm
  • All business access will be provided
  • Anticipated completion – late January.

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.

Orchard Avenue between Melody Lane and 29 Road, Irrigation Work (Safe Routes to Schools Project for Nisley Elementary)

  • South shoulder work will result in intermittent, alternating one-lane traffic
  • Expect delays
  • Please slow down through construction zone
  • Traffic control personnel will be on site to assist pedestrian traffic
  • Anticipated completion – early January.

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

City of Grand Junction Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 12/24/18

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Horizon Drive Crosswalks Project, from G Road to I-70

  • Expect lane closures between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm
  • All business access will be provided
  • Anticipated completion – late January.

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.

Orchard Avenue between Melody Lane and 29 Road, Irrigation Work (Safe Routes to Schools Project for Nisley Elementary)

  • South shoulder work will result in intermittent, alternating one-lane traffic
  • Expect delays
  • Please slow down through construction zone
  • Traffic control personnel will be on site to assist pedestrian traffic
  • Anticipated completion – early January.

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

City Office and Service Schedules for the Holidays

christmassnowmanCity of Grand Junction administrative offices will be closed on Tuesday, December 25, in observance of Christmas Day and Tuesday, January 1, in observance of New Year’s Day. There will be no City trash collection on December 25 or January 1 and trash collection will begin at 6 a.m. on December 24 in anticipation of early landfill closure that day. The trash collection schedule will be delayed by a day for the remainder of both weeks. For the GJCRI curbside recycling collection schedule, please call them at 970-242-1036.

Wishing you safe and happy holidays from the City of Grand Junction!


Councilmember McArthur Re-Appointed to National League of Cities Committee

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Grand Junction City Councilmember Duncan McArthur has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2019 Energy, Environment and Natural Resources (EENR) federal advocacy committee. This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC’s federal policy positions on issues involving air quality, water quality, energy policy, national wetlands policy, noise control and solid and hazardous waste management. The appointment was announced by NLC President Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor of Gary, Indiana.

Upon his appointment, Duncan commented, “I am pleased to be appointed to this important committee for the NLC for the fourth year in a row and to be the lone appointee from the western slope of Colorado. EENR has concentrated on bringing attention to castastrophic weather such as hurricanes, rising seas and flooding. My goal is to gain equal emphasis on issues important to Grand Junction, the State of Colorado and the western United States such as water conservation and forest management.”

As a committee member, Councilmember McArthur will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocate on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the administration and at home.

“Our federal advocacy committees help ensure that policymakers in Washington know what’s happening on the ground in our communities – and what is needed from our federal partners,” said Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor of Gary, Indiana, and president of the National League of Cities (NLC). “I am proud to have Councilmember Duncan McArthur join NLC’s Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee on behalf of his residents. Together with a team of local leaders from around the country, we will work to solve the most pressing challenges facing our communities.”

The leadership of this year’s committee will consist of Chair Hattie Portis-Jones, Councilmember, Fairburn, GA; Vice Chair TJ Cawley, Mayor, Morrisville, NC; and Vice Chair Gerry Horak, Mayor Pro Tem, Fort Collins, CO.

For more information on NLC’s federal advocacy committees, visit: www.nlc.org/advocacy/committees.


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


The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans. www.nlc.org

Three City Council Seats Opening in Spring; Nomination Petitions Available Beginning 12/28

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If you have ever considered running for City Council, now may be your chance. Beginning December 28, nomination petitions will be available online or in the City Clerk’s Office at 250 North 5th Street. In order to qualify as a candidate, you must collect the signatures of at least 50 valid registered Grand Junction voters and return the nomination petition to the City Clerk’s office by 5:00 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2019. Collection of signatures must not commence prior to January 1, 2019.

Three seats on the City Council will be opening this spring: District B, District C and one At Large seat. All seats are four-year terms. The District B seat is currently held by Councilmember/Mayor Barbara Traylor Smith who is term limited, the District C seat is currently held by Councilmember/Mayor Pro Tem Bennett Boeschenstein who is term limited, and the At Large seat is currently held by Councilmember Chris Kennedy. A map outlining all Council Districts can be found here.

In order to qualify to run for a City Council seat you must be at least 18 years of age, be a registered Grand Junction voter and have lived in the city limits for twelve consecutive months immediately preceding the date of the election. At Large candidates may live anywhere within the city limits; District B and C candidates must have lived within the boundaries of those districts for the preceding twelve months. City Council elections are non-partisan so you do not have to be affiliated with a political party to run.

The election will take place on April 2 and will be conducted by mail-in ballot only. Only registered voters living in the city limits are eligible to vote in the City Council race. To determine if you are registered to vote, visit the Mesa County Clerk’s website.

For more information, visit www.gjcity.org and look for the Election link on the home page or call the City Clerk’s Office at 970-244-1511.



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