Helpful Tip: Avoiding Frozen Water Pipes

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Here are a few helpful suggestions to keep your water service operating this winter:

  • Close garage doors. Many frozen waterlines can be avoided by keeping the garage door closed. 
  • Open the cabinet doors below sinks to let heated air from the room into that space, especially if water pipes are in outside walls. Pipes exposed to external walls have an increase chance of freezing.
  • One of the most effective ways to prevent waterlines from freezing is to allow a reduced stream of water (just before a drippy faucet becomes a solid stream) to flow through faucets, particularly faucets on exterior walls. This is for the customer’s plumbing protection.
  • Make sure that all heated areas, zones and plumbing are working properly.
  • Install heat tape and insulation around exposed plumbing. For safety reasons, it is important to make sure your heat tape is always working properly.
  • It is really important that you properly identify and mark your main shut-off valve. The main shut-off valve isolates the water from coming into your house (in the situation of an internal waterline break). Knowing where this valve is located could save your home from costly damage due to a broken waterline.

Customers should not forcefully heat their waterlines. Using a torch can cause additional
stress on the waterline causing it to burst. It is best if they allow the lines to thaw naturally or by applying moderate heat, for example, heat tape or space heaters.

The Utilities Department encourages customers to contact the Water Services office if they are experiencing a water outage. At that time a technician can be dispatched, at no charge to the customer, to investigate whether or not the water meter or service line is frozen. If it is, then the technician can take actions to attempt to restore service. The City requests that the meter pits not be accessed by customers or plumbers as that can allow additional cold air into the pit which could then cause the meter to freeze.


Contact:  Greg LeBlanc, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager     970-244-1557 or gregoryl@gjcity.org 

Parks and Recreation Continues to See High Rates of Visitation at Canyon View Park

Amid the fall weather, Canyon View Park is seeing numerous sporting events, private DCIM100MEDIADJI_0038.JPGevents, and foot traffic, especially during the weekends.

It was estimated that roughly over 1,600 athletes and 4,200 spectators participated in events at the park this last weekend. Those events included Baseball Leagues, High School Soccer, High School Softball, High School Tennis, Youth Football and Youth Soccer, as well as activity at the playground, shelters, and the dog park.  Similar numbers are expected this weekend.

 “The constant use from sun up to sun down at the park is great to see, and highly encouraged. It can be a challenge to keep up with it all, but we have a hard-working team and a lot of community support,” said Parks Supervisor, Marc Mancuso.

Canyon View Park is a regionally known park destination and sees the largest amount of traffic of all local parks in the Grand Valley due to optimal weather this time of year and provided park amenities.

“The park is extremely well utilized throughout the entire year, but the fall presents a little higher foot traffic than other seasons,” says Mancuso. “The department is encouraged when we see a lot of people and families out in our community’s parks.”

With that said, the extremely high rate of utilization can lead to some congestion. With hundreds of thousands of visits per year, and several more weekends that will see increased foot traffic this fall, the Parks and Recreation staff are offering tips to people with plans to visit Canyon View Park:

  • Know the parking lot fills early in the day, so plan ahead and be willing to park a little farther away. Hunting for the closest spot will likely lead to frustration. Please drive 10 mph or less in the parking lot.
  • Please carpool or bike when possible.
  • In the fall, visitation is higher on the weekends than weekdays due to sporting events. Please exercise patience when arriving and leaving.
  • Use extra caution when driving around or near the playground and dog park.
  • Expect traffic delays along G Road and 24 Road. Coming in on the parks east entrance off of 24 1/2 Road is a way to reduce these delays.

With close to 40 parks and over 420 acres of park land, there is a lot of opportunity for outdoor recreation within the city limits for residents and visitors alike. Parks and Recreation staff continues to encourage the community to get out and enjoy the wonderful parks system here in the valley.


For more information, please contact:
Marc Mancuso, Parks Supervisor   970-254-3850, marcm@gjcity.org
Ken Sherbenou, Parks and Recreation Director   720-272-4564, kensh@gjcity.org

Secondary Contact: 
Callie Berkson, Marketing 
 970-254-3867, callieb@gjcity.org

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 10/7/19

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

7th Street Reconstruction – Orchard Avenue to Patterson Road Project

  • Expect lane shifts and short delays this week for final clean-up
  • All business and resident access will be provided.

Monument Road Trail Project

  • Monument Road will be closed on Wednesday, October 9 for one day only just north of S. Redlands Road. A well-marked detour route will be in place
  • Portions of the Lunch Loop trails remain closed
  • Informational signs will be posted in the parking lot and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Sewer & Water Line Replacement Project

  • Sewer line construction will occur in the following areas:
    • Sandra Avenue and Formay Avenue between 29 Road and 29 1/4 Road
    • Both streets will be closed to through traffic
    • Access for local residents will be provided
    • Anticipated completion – November
  • Water line construction will occur in the following areas:
    • 3rd Avenue from 9th Street to 10th Street
    • All business and resident access will be provided
  • Expect delays.

Riverside Park Improvement Project

  • Riverside Park Drive is now permanently closed between W. Colorado and Hale Avenue
  • A well-marked vehicle and bicycle detour will be in place
  • Anticipated completion – November.

Raw Waterline Project from City Water Plant to Las Colonias Business Park

  • Pipe laying continues along 26 1/4 Road, south of Hwy. 50 (roadway adjacent to cemetery)
  • Work hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Anticipated completion for this phase of construction – October.

2019 Asphalt Overlay Program

  • Asphalt overlays will occur in the following areas:
    • 15th Street between Winters Avenue and D Road (Concrete Replacement)
  • No on-street parking along west side of Winters Avenue
  • Little to no delays are expected
  • Anticipated completion – October.

Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Orchard Avenue Reconstruction from Normandy Drive to 29 Road – Mesa County Project

  • Orchard Avenue will be closed to through traffic 24/7
  • Detour route will be in place
  • Access will be maintained for local residents at all times
  • Anticipated completion – November.

30 Road from I-70 Business Loop to Patterson Road (F Road) Waterline Replacement Project – Ute Water Project

  • 30 Road will have intermittent single lane traffic in each direction between Patterson Road and I-70B
  • Orchard Avenue will be closed west of 30 Road this week – please use 29 1/2 Road
  • Access will be provided for local residents and businesses
  • Delays can be expected
  • Anticipated completion – December.

Gas Line Construction from 1100 Independent Avenue to 2331 River Road – Public Service Company of Colorado Project

  • This gas line project will be wrapping up in the next two weeks
  • Traffic delays will be minimal
  • Anticipated completion – October.

   22 Road between J Road and K Road, Waterline Replacement Project – Ute Water

  • 22 Road will be closed to through traffic, opening back up for the evenings and weekends
  • Work hours will be 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Mon. – Fri.
  • Access will be provided for local residents at all times
  • A well-marked detour will be in place
  • Anticipated completion – November.

Grand Junction Open Streets Event

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The Grand Junction Urban Trails Committee will host the third annual Grand Junction Community Streets Event on Saturday, October 19th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 10th Street will be closed to non-local vehicular traffic from the Alley between North Avenue and Belford to Grand Avenue.

Activities will be offered along the 10th Street route and at Washington Park. A bike rodeo, food trucks, music, entertainment, lawn games, and informational booths will be arrayed along the street, free and open to the public.

No motorized traffic will be allowed on the street during the event, though Grand and Gunnison Avenues will be open to cross-traffic along where they intersect with 10th Street.

There are more than 70 Community Streets events each year in the United States which trace their origins to the first event in Seattle in 1965. Community Open Streets events temporarily close a street to motorized traffic, allowing the street to be used for other activities such as walking, jogging, bicycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, or dancing.

Community Streets are part of broad efforts to promote and extend the many health and other benefits associated with active transportation by providing a space for residents to be physically active and to have fun safely. The event encourages participants to learn how to incorporate biking walking, and other active transportation choices into their everyday lives.

The Grand Junction event also highlights the important active transportation connection between the Colorado Mesa University campus and Downtown.


Contact: Greg LeBlanc, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager 970-244-1557 or gregoryl@gjcity.org 

Grand Junction City Council Preview for the Week of 9/30/2019

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For more detailed information on any of these items, read the full agendas and/or staff reports here: http://www.gjcity.org/city-government/agendas-and-minutes/  City Council meeting videos can also be found at the same link.

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

Monday, 9/30/19 – 4:00 p.m.    City Council Workshop City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Discussion Topics

Presentation of City Manager’s 2020 Recommended Budget to Council


Wednesday, 10/2/19 – 6:00 p.m.    City Council Meeting City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Proclamations

Proclaiming October 6 ­ 12, 2019 as Fire Prevention Week in the City of Grand Junction

Proclaiming October 2019 as Arts and Humanities Month in the City of Grand Junction

Certificates of Appointment

To the Ridges Architectural Control Committee

To One Riverfront

Presentations

Letter of Appreciation Presented by Grand Junction Police Department

2018 Auditor’s Report to City Council – Ty Holman, Haynie & Company

Regular Agenda

Resolutions

4a. A Resolution Supporting District 51 Board of Education Ballot Issue 4A

Public Hearings 

5ai. An Ordinance to Vacate a Portion of the East­-West Alley Right-­of-Way on the South Side of the Property Located at 845 Orchard Avenue


Contact: Greg LeBlanc, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager 970-244-1557 or gregoryl@gjcity.org

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 9/30/19

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

7th Street Reconstruction – Orchard Avenue to Patterson Road Project

  • Expect lane shifts, closures and delays
  • All business and resident access will be provided
  • Starting Wednesday, side streets and driveways along the west side of 7th Street will be closed through Saturday
  • Paving will begin late-week and continue through Saturday
  • All businesses remain open during construction – don’t forget to support your local businesses!
  • Anticipated completion – early October.

Monument Road Trail Project

  • Monument Road Shoulder work south of S. Redlands Road
  • Intermittent lane closures and traffic delays can be expected
  • A portion of the Lunch Loop trails are closed
  • Informational signs will be posted in the parking lot and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Sewer & Water Line Replacement Project

  • Sewer line construction will occur in the following areas:
    • D Road between 9th Street and 12th Street
    • Anticipated completion – October
  • Water line construction will occur in the following areas:
    • 3rd Avenue from 9th Street to 10th Street
    • 10th Street from 3rd Avenue to D Road
  • All business and resident access will be provided
  • Expect delays.

Riverside Park Improvement Project

  • Riverside Park Drive is now permanently closed between W. Colorado and Hale Avenue
  • A well-marked vehicle and bicycle detour will be in place
  • Anticipated completion – November.

Raw Waterline Project from City Water Plant to Las Colonias Business Park

  • Pipe laying continues along 26 1/4 Road, south of Hwy. 50 (roadway adjacent to cemetery)
  • Work hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Alternating one lane traffic with up to 15-minute delays can be expected
  • Anticipated completion for this phase of construction – early October.

Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Orchard Avenue Reconstruction from Normandy Drive to 29 Road – Mesa County Project

  • Orchard Avenue will be closed to through traffic 24/7
  • Detour route will be in place
  • Access will be maintained for local residents at all times
  • Anticipated completion – November.

30 Road from I-70 Business Loop to Patterson Road (F Road) Waterline Replacement Project – Ute Water Project

  • 30 Road will have intermittent single lane traffic in each direction between Patterson Road and I-70B
  • Access will be provided for local residents and businesses
  • Delays can be expected
  • Anticipated completion – December.

Gas Line Construction from 1100 Independent Avenue to 2331 River Road – Public Service Company of Colorado Project

  • Gas Line Construction will continue along the westbound lane of Riverside Parkway from the 25 Road overpass to approx. one half mile west of the 24 Road overpass
  • Expect alternating one lane traffic with moderate delays 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Saturday
  • All business access will remain open
  • Anticipated completion – October.

   22 Road between J Road and K Road, Waterline Replacement Project – Ute Water

  • 22 Road will be closed to through traffic, opening back up for the evenings and weekends
  • Work hours will be 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Mon. – Fri.
  • Access will be provided for local residents at all times
  • A well-marked detour will be in place
  • Anticipated completion – November.

Private Art Studios Open Doors to the Public Second Year in a Row

It happens only once a year! The City of Grand Junction Commission on Arts andOpen Studios Culture, Palisade Art Vision, and Western Colorado Center for the Arts is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Grand Valley Open Studios Tour, October 11-13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Twenty-five Grand Valley artists are opening the doors of their private art studios for public viewing for three special days this autumn. From the large purpose-built studio, to the small adaptive work space, each artist studio is a unique world where they spend hours, months, and years working to create art that only takes seconds to view.

This idea became a reality last year with 20 artists and one weekend. After an extremely successful and engaging first year, the event committee expanded the tour to three days and 25 artists. Not only was it a beneficial experience for the public, but the event proved to be a unique opportunity for local artists to meet each other and learn about what the tour had to offer. Prior to the public tour, artists visited each other’s studios for a meet and greet, enabling them to familiarize with other local artists on the tour and the type of artwork that would be represented.

“We are extraordinarily fortunate in the Grand Valley to have such an active and vibrant arts community,” said Lee Borden, Executive Director for The Art Center. “The Open Studios tour is a rare chance, maybe a once in a lifetime chance, to be invited into the private studio of some of our favorite artists. For many artists, the studio, the space where she or he creates their art, is almost sacrosanct. For an artist to invite us into their studio is an opportunity too exciting to miss!”

The public is encouraged to come discover the hidden nooks and amazing views of the Grand Valley through the lens of this year’s twenty-five artists that live, work, and play in Western Colorado.

“The Art Commission is focused on helping to establish the Grand Valley as an arts destination,” states Lorie Gregor, staff liaison to the Art Commission. “The Grand Valley Open Studios Tour is precisely the type of event that creates a unique art buying destination weekend. We invite the public to come expand their knowledge and appreciation of our valley’s amazingly talented and generous art community.”

A sneak peak of these artists’ work will be held at the CARnival of Art, Saturday, September 28 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Grand Junction Subaru and Volkswagen dealership. This pop-up gallery is a chance for the public to meet our local artists and purchase a piece prior to the Open Studios Tour.

For more information on this event, visit www.gjartcenter.org/wp/openstudiostour


Contact: Lorie Gregor, Staff Liaison to the Art Commission
970-254-3876    lorieg@gjcity.org