City to Drain Carson Lake for Dam Upgrade; Anglers Encouraged to Fish While Limit is Lifted

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Carson Lake Dam

The City of Grand Junction will drain Carson Lake on the Grand Mesa later this summer in anticipation of a City dam upgrade project. The project, which will span three years and three phases, will upgrade the dam which was constructed in 1947.

Beginning Friday, June 8, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will lift the bag and possession limit for all fish in Carson Lake in an effort to remove as many fish as possible from the lake prior to draining. All fish must be caught legally per CPW fishing regulations. All regulations other than bag and possession limit will still apply and all anglers must have a valid Colorado fishing license with them while fishing. No belly boats or float tubes will be allowed in the lake. More information about fishing, including fishing regulations, is available on the CPW website.

Carson Lake is located in the Kannah Creek Basin and is accessed from Lands End Road. The dam is being upgraded due to the development that has taken place downstream from the reservoir. There is currently no damage to the dam nor any danger; the upgrade is a proactive measure to assure efficacy into the future.

The lake will be drained in August or September of 2018 for an engineering firm to assess the structure for any potential future failure possibilities. In 2019, the lake will re-fill with water, but the fish will not be replenished while the engineering firm develops the construction specifications. In 2020, the lake will once again be drained for construction. In the spring of 2021, the lake will be refilled. CPW anticipates stocking the lake sometime in 2021, after the project is complete and the lake is refilled. Bag and possession limits may be reinstated in spring of 2021.

While Carson Lake is a popular fishing location on the Grand Mesa, there are hundreds of alternative lakes on the Grand Mesa that offer a variety of fishing opportunities. Anglers can find other places to fish on the Grand Mesa, and other areas of Colorado by utilizing the Fishing Atlas on the CPW website.


For general information related to the dam, contact Sam Rainguet, City of Grand Junction Communications Manager, at 970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org.

For general information related to fishing, contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 970-255-6100.

City Council Preview for the Week of 6/4/18

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.
NewGroupPhoto.jpgCity Council will discuss the following items at this week’s workshop and meeting:

Monday, 6/4/18 – 5:30 p.m.    City Council Workshop   City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

1. Discussion Topics

a. Rules of Procedure for City Council Meetings
b. City Council Regular Meeting Minutes
c. Board and Commission Assignments for City Council

2. Next Workshop Topics – July 16, 2018

a. Community Center Update

3. Other Business


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

Regular Agenda

Public Hearings

4ai. Ordinance Rezoning the 26 Road LLC Property from PD (Planned Development) to R-2 (Residential, 2 du/ac), Located Between 26 Road and 26 1/2 Road, South of H 3/4 Road

4aii. Ordinance Approving an Amendment to Master Plan 2017 for St. Mary’s Hospital and Environs and Rezone a Portion of Property to PD (Planned Development) with a  Default Zone of B-1 (Neighborhood Business), Located at 510 Bookcliff Avenue

4bi. An Ordinance Amending Section 21.03.060 of the Zoning and Development Code (Title 21 of the Grand Junction Municipal Code) Regarding Cluster Development

Resolutions

5a. Resolution to Transfer Assets to the Fire and Police Pension Association of Colorado (FPPA) Defined Benefit System and File the Certification of Compliance for Partial Affiliation of the Fire Department Under the FPPA Defined Benefit System



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

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 6/3/18

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

7th Street Reconstruction Project, North Avenue to Orchard Avenue

  • Expect lane shifts, closures and delays
  • All business and resident access will remain open
  • Alternate route would be advised
  • Anticipated completion – August 2018.

2018 Asphalt Overlay Program
This week’s activities will include:

Concrete removal and replacement

  • The following streets are scheduled for concrete removal and replacement:
    • West Main Street from Chuluota Avenue to west end of pavement

Asphalt Paving

  • The following streets are scheduled for asphalt milling:
    • 3rd Avenue from 9th Street to the east end of pavement
    • Winters Avenue from 7th Street to 9th Street
    • Winters Avenue from 10th Street to 15th Street
    • 4th Avenue from 9th Street to 10th Street

Shoulder Widening

River Road from 24 Road to Persigo Wastewater Treatment Plant

  • Traffic delays can be expected
  • Rolling lane closures will be utilized
  • Business and resident access will be maintained at all times.


Roadway striping

  • The following streets are scheduled to be striped this week (weather dependent):
    • 1st Street from Grand Avenue to H Road
    • 7th Street from Orchard Avenue to I Road
    • Independent Avenue from 1st Street to 25 ½ Road
  • Motorists should expect lane restrictions and delays
  • Please avoid crossing wet paint.


Sewer Line Replacement Project Phase A

South 7th Street between Kimball Avenue and Winters Avenue and South 9th Street and 3rd Avenue

  • Expect alternating one-lane traffic and delays
  • Business access will be maintained
  • Anticipated completion – mid June.


Waterline Replacement Project

Compton Street south of Elm Avenue and Kennedy Avenue east of Compton Street

  • Resident access will be maintained
  • Anticipated completion – mid June. 




Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

7th Street and Orchard Avenue intersection, gas line replacement – Xcel Energy Project

  • Expect lane shifts and delays
  • Alternate route would be advised
  • Anticipated completion – June 8.

Orchard Avenue between 28 Road and 28 ½ Road, Power Line and Pole Replacement Project – Xcel Energy

  • Expect intermittent lane shifts and possible traffic delays
  • Anticipated completion – August 2018.

Hwy 340 Bike/Pedestrian Facility Project between Kansas Avenue and Grand Vista Drive – CDOT Project

  • Westbound shoulder closure with possible east and westbound one-lane alternating traffic
  • Please be aware of the speed limit reduction and obey construction road signs
  • Work hours will be Monday– Friday, 9am to 5pm
  • For additional information please visit codot.govwww.cotrip.org or call 511
  • Anticipated completion – October 2019.

Broadway and Redlands Parkway, Roundabout Construction – CDOT Project

  • All directions of traffic will use the temporary roundabout configuration
  • Traffic will be directed by use of barrels, signage and possibly flaggers
  • Expect traffic stops with minimal delays
  • There is a 9-foot width restriction 24/7 for the duration of project (no semi-trailers allowed)
  • Be aware of the 35 MPH speed limit leading up to the roundabout and 15 MPH going through the roundabout
  • For additional information please visit codot.govwww.cotrip.org or call 511
  • Anticipated completion – November.

Rim Rock Drive, east hill resurfacing – Colorado National Monument Project

  • Rim Rock Drive from Devils Kitchen Trailhead (near the east entrance) up to DS Road (Glade Park Road) will be open with restrictions and delays
  • Little Park Road will remain an alternate route to Glade Park and the Monument for those wishing to avoid construction
  • For additional information please visit http://www.nps.gov/colm  or call 970-858-3617, ext. 360
  • Anticipated completion – July 3.

I-70 Exit 49 Grand Mesa Ramp Improvement Project – CDOT Project

  • Westbound I-70 right lane closure and 14’ width restriction 24/7 between MP 49.5 & MP 48
  • Eastbound I-70: right lane closure and 14’ width restriction 24/7 between MP 48 & MP 49.5
  • Motorists will still have access to Exit 49
  • Westbound I-70 Exit 49 on ramp will have a 14’ width restriction 24/7
  • Westbound Exit 49 on ramp please yield before merging onto I-70
  • Westbound speed limit is 35 MPH
  • Eastbound speed limit is 50 MPH
  • Work hours will be 7am – 6pm, Monday – Friday
  • For additional information please visit codot.govwww.cotrip.org or call 511
  • Anticipated completion – late September.

I-70 Bridge Maintenance Project Near DeBeque  – CDOT Project

  • Both west and eastbound I-70 traffic will be moved to two-way traffic in the eastbound lanes of I-70, 24/7.
  • Speed limit will be reduced to 45 MPH through the work zone
  • For additional information please visit codot.govwww.cotrip.org or call 511
  • Anticipated completion – October.

21 ½ Road Utility Work between H Road and I Road – Private Development Project

  • 21 ½ Road will be closed to thru traffic 24/7 between H Road and I Road
  • Use 22 Road as the detour route
  • All business and resident access will be maintained.

Water Line Replacement Project (Orchard Mesa) – Ute Water Project

  • B ½ Road will be closed at approximately W. Parkview Drive starting Tuesday May 29
  • Detour routes will be in place
  • Anticipated completion – June 5.

New Fire Hydrant at 2713 B ½ Road – Ute Water Project

  • B ½ Road will be closed to thru traffic between 27 Road and Frontage Road on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Access will be maintained for local residents
  • Anticipated completion – June 6.

New Gas Service at 12th Street and Patterson Road – Xcel Energy Project

Sunday June 3:

  • 12th Street will be restricted to one lane north bound
  • Traffic delays can be expected
  • Alternate route is advised
  • Anticipated completion – June 4.


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

Reconstruction of 7th Street from North Avenue to Orchard Avenue Begins Monday, June 4

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7th Street looking south

Beginning Monday, June 4, work on the reconstruction of 7th Street between North Avenue and Orchard Avenue will get underway. The project is anticipated to be completed by mid-August.

During the reconstruction, traffic will be reduced to two lanes, one in each direction. All business and residence access will be maintained, although may vary slightly during phases of construction. To avoid delays in your travel, an alternate route is advised.

The $1,410,769 project will be completed by MA Concrete Construction, a Grand Junction company. Xcel Energy will also be on site to replace their gas line during the project.

This much-needed project is being funded as a result of voter approval of ballot question 2B in the April 2017 election. The approval of this ballot question is making it possible for the City of Grand Junction to use the excess TABOR (Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights) funds in the Riverside Parkway savings account to augment what is currently being invested in street maintenance projects and neighborhood pavement preservation for five years. This year marks year two of the expanded funding and a variety of street projects are planned.

For additional information on all City street projects, visit www.gjcity.org and look for the City Street Improvement Projects link on the home page. You can also subscribe to our news blog at www.gjcitynews.org to receive weekly street project updates.


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

Downtown Ambassador Program Kicks Off

DT Ambassadors Final

The 2nd year of the Downtown Ambassador program began this past Tuesday on Main Street. Run by the Parks and Recreation department, volunteer ambassadors are present to provide information and a friendly face in the downtown corridor.

Ambassadors are on the street Tuesday – Saturday at 5th and Main by the big bike. “This year we decided to try a more central location to see if it was easier to provide assistance to folks, rather than walking up and down the street,” stated Lorie Gregor, the program’s director.

The Downtown Ambassador program runs through Labor Day. Helping to make downtown a better place, ambassadors act as the eyes and ears for the City to assist the Police Department, Visit Grand Junction, the Downtown Development Authority and the Parks and Recreation Department.

Last year 13 volunteers gave 661.5 hours to the program and had 5560 interactions with folks on the street. There were visitors from China, England, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, and all over the US.

If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information regarding the Downtown Ambassador program, please contact:

Lorie Gregor
lorieg@gjcity.org
970-254-3876

Free Classes for Liquor Sellers & Servers, Including Hotel/Restaurant Operators

Young bartender make cocktail prepare drinks

The City of Grand Junction is offering FREE training for liquor licensees (owners), their managers and employees.

The training will cover:

  • Server responsibility
  • ID checking and enforcement
  • Recognizing signs of intoxication
  • Guarding against over service of patrons

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Police Service Technician Meghan Woodland, Grand Junction Police Department, has a fun and informative method of educating anyone who dispenses alcohol on how they can protect themselves and their patrons.

Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. and the class begins promptly at 2:00 p.m. Late arrivals will not be able to participate. Participants who stay for the entire class and complete the post-test and score a 70% or better on the post-test will receive certificates of completion for this State-certified class.

If you would like to participate in the class, call the City Clerk’s office at 970-244-1509 or e-mail janeth@gjcity.org to register. Please note that no food or beverages other than water are permitted in the auditorium. Class attendees should bring their own pen and paper to take notes.

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 5/29/18

Road Work

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!

City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

2018 Asphalt Overlay Program

Concrete removal and replacement

  • The following streets are scheduled for concrete removal and replacement:
    • Winters Avenue from 7th Street to 9th Street
    • Winters Avenue from 10th Street to 15th Street
    • 4th Avenue from 9th Street to 10th Street
    • West Main Street from Chuluota Avenue to west end of pavement

Asphalt Milling

  • The following streets are scheduled for asphalt milling:
    • 3rd Avenue from 9th Street to the east end of pavement
    • Winters Avenue from 7th Street to 9th Street
    • Winters Avenue from 10th Street to 15th Street
    • 4th Avenue from 9th Street to 10th Street

Shoulder Widening

River Road from 24 Road to Persigo Wastewater Treatment Plant

  • Traffic delays can be expected
  • Rolling lane closures will be utilized
  • Business and resident access will be maintained at all times.


Roadway striping

  • The following streets are scheduled to be striped (weather dependent):
    • Gunnison Avenue from 1st Street to 24th Street
    • Grand Avenue from 1st Street to 28 Road
    • 1st Street from Grand Avenue to H Road
  • Motorists should expect lane restrictions and delays
  • Please avoid crossing wet paint.


Sewer Line Replacement Project Phase A

South 7th Street between Kimball Avenue and Winters Avenue and South 9th Street and 3rd Avenue

  • Expect alternating one-lane traffic and delays
  • Business access will be maintained
  • Anticipated completion – mid June.


Waterline Replacement Project

Compton Street south of Elm Avenue and Kennedy Avenue east of Compton Street

  • Resident access will be maintained
  • Anticipated completion – mid June. 




Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Hwy 340 Bike/Pedestrian Facility Project between Kansas Avenue and Grand Vista Drive – CDOT Project

  • Westbound shoulder closure with possible east and westbound one-lane alternating traffic
  • Please be aware of the speed limit reduction and obey construction road signs
  • Work hours will be Tuesday – Friday, 9am to 5pm
  • For additional information please visit codot.govwww.cotrip.org or call 511
  • Anticipated completion – October 2019.

Broadway and Redlands Parkway, Roundabout Construction – CDOT Project

  • All directions of traffic will use the temporary roundabout configuration
  • Traffic will be directed by use of barrels, signage and possibly flaggers
  • Expect traffic stops with minimal delays
  • There is a 9-foot width restriction 24/7 for the duration of project (no semi-trailers allowed)
  • Be aware of the 35 MPH speed limit leading up to the roundabout and 15 MPH going through the roundabout
  • For additional information please visit codot.govwww.cotrip.org or call 511
  • Anticipated completion – November.

Rim Rock Drive, east hill resurfacing – Colorado National Monument Project

  • Rim Rock Drive from Devils Kitchen Trailhead (near the east entrance) up to DS Road (Glade Park Road) will be open with restrictions and delays
  • Little Park Road will remain an alternate route to Glade Park and the Monument for those wishing to avoid construction
  • For additional information please visit http://www.nps.gov/colm  or call 970-858-3617, ext. 360
  • Anticipated completion – July 3.

I-70 Exit 49 Grand Mesa Ramp Improvement Project – CDOT Project

  • Westbound I-70 right lane closure and 14’ width restriction 24/7 between MP 49.5 & MP 48
  • Eastbound I-70: right lane closure and 14’ width restriction 24/7 between MP 48 & MP 49.5
  • Motorists will still have access to Exit 49
  • Westbound I-70 Exit 49 on ramp will have a 14’ width restriction 24/7
  • Westbound Exit 49 on ramp please yield before merging onto I-70
  • Westbound speed limit is 35 MPH
  • Eastbound speed limit is 50 MPH
  • Work hours will be 7am – 6pm, Tuesday – Friday
  • For additional information please visit codot.govwww.cotrip.org or call 511
  • Anticipated completion – late September.

I-70 Bridge Maintenance Project Near DeBeque  – CDOT Project

  • Both west and eastbound I-70 traffic will be moved to two-way traffic in the eastbound lanes of I-70, 24/7.
  • Speed limit will be reduced to 45 MPH through the work zone
  • For additional information please visit codot.govwww.cotrip.org or call 511
  • Anticipated completion – October.

21 ½ Road Utility Work between H Road and I Road – Private Development Project

  • 21 ½ Road will be closed to thru traffic 24/7 between H Road and I Road
  • Use 22 Road as the detour route
  • All business and resident access will be maintained.

Water Line Replacement Project (Orchard Mesa) – Ute Water Project

  • B ½ Road will be closed at approximately W. Parkview Drive starting Tuesday May 29
  • Detour routes will be in place
  • Anticipated completion – June 4.


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