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

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

The training will cover:

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

Tuesday, December 11, 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, please register online at www.gjcity.org.  For more information, call the City Clerk’s office at 970-244-1509 or e-mail selestinas@gjcity.org.  Please note no food or beverages other than water are permitted in the Auditorium.  Please bring your own pen and paper for notes and the test.

City Council Preview for the Week of 12/3/18

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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 workshop and meeting:

Monday, 12/3/18 – 5:30 p.m.    City Council Workshop     City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

1. Discussion Topics

  • Growth and Development Policy/Transportation Impact Fees
  • First Responder Needs/Update on Service and Funding Options

2. Next Workshop Topics   

3. Other Business


Wednesday, 12/5/18 – 6:00 p.m.    City Council Meeting   City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Proclamations

Proclaiming December 7, 2018 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day in the City of Grand Junction

Proclaiming December 15, 2018 as Bill of Rights Day in the City of Grand Junction

Proclaiming December 18, 2018 as International Day of the Migrant in the City of Grand Junction

Regular Agenda

Public Hearing
6ai.  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

6aii. An Ordinance Describing the Functions of the Municipal Court

6bi. A Resolution Accepting a Petition for the Annexation and Ordinances Annexing and Zoning the Frog Pond Annexation Planned Development (PD) with R-5 (Residential, 5 du/ac) and CSR (Community Services and Recreation, Located at 2105 Monument Road



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

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 12/3/18

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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.

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 – early December (weather permitting).

Sewer Line Repair Project – Grand Mesa Avenue Between Hwy 50 and Canon Avenue

  • Possible street closure with detour in place
  • Alternate route advised
  • Resident access will be maintained
  • Anticipated completion – early December (weather .

North Avenue Median Renovation Project – Median work between 15th Street and 29 Road

  • There will be single-lane traffic in both directions, short delays can be expected
  • Work hours will be from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm Monday thru Friday
  • All business access will remain open
  • Anticipated Completion – late December.


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

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Ramp Improvement Project – CDOT Project

  • Crews will be working at the following 3 locations this week: Broadway (CO 340)/Rice Street, I-70 off and on ramps at 24 Road, and 13th Street at Ute Avenue
  • Watch for workers and please slow down
  • No major traffic impacts expected
  • For additional information email gjadarampproject@gmail.com or call 970-620-8686
  • Anticipated completion March 2019.


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

Colorado the Beautiful Grant Award for Lunch Loop Connector Trail

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The City of Grand Junction and Colorado West Land Trust are thrilled to announce that the recent $400,000 award from the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife brings the fundraising effort to construct the Lunch Loop Connector Trail to the finish line. This $2.5 million project will link some of the Grand Valley’s most popular amenities and neighborhoods to the world renown and community favorite Lunch Loop and Three Sisters trail system. With the construction of this 1.5-mile Trail in late 2019, outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities will enjoy a safe and almost seamless outdoor linear park that connects Las Colonias, the Audubon Trail, Connected Lakes, downtown Grand Junction, and the Lunch Loop and Three Sisters open space.

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Connector Trail Project Mock Up

“This paved connection linking the Colorado Riverfront Trail to the Lunch Loop and Three Sisters trail systems will help meet goals outlined in the City of Grand Junction’s Comprehensive Plan to enhance outdoor recreation amenities that improve the quality of life for our residents and promote local economic development,” said Grand Junction City Manager Greg Caton.

Sarah Shrader, owner of Bonsai Design, relocating to Las Colonias Business Park has advocated for this connection, “The ability to ride and commute to the Lunch Loop trails from our office at Las Colonias will be strategic in attracting young professionals to our local labor force.”

The City and the Land Trust partnered with Mesa County and the BLM to gather public input throughout 2017 from trail users and local organizations on the alignment of the Trail. Public meetings and focus groups during this process also yielded desired improvements to the Lunch Loop Trailhead. A number of these suggested changes that will improve safety and the overall visitor experience at the Trailhead will coincide with the construction of the Lunch Loop Connector Trail.

Partners for this tremendous community project include Great Outdoors Colorado, Mesa County, City of Grand Junction, Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program /NPS, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Bacon Family Foundation, El Pomar Foundation, Goodwin Foundation, Gates Family Foundation, One Riverfront, and the Bureau of Land Management.


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

Or Libby Collins, Colorado West Land Trust Project Manager   970-263-5443 or libby@cowestlandtrust.org

City Staffs ‘Projects Team’ to Address Variety of Projects; North Avenue Medians First on the List

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With the tightening of the labor market it has become more difficult to hire the seasonal workers the City of Grand Junction relies on to complete a variety of projects needed to maintain our high level of service to the community. Because of this, the City is implementing a creative approach to address a backlog of various small to medium infrastructure and maintenance projects by augmenting available staff as needed with a ‘Projects Team’.

The Team is expected to be available to complete a wide range of projects on an as-needed basis. The intent is to have a multi-purpose crew available at all times to assist regular crews when their work is at a peak, such as during the annual chip seal road maintenance effort, Spring Clean-Up and Leaf Pick-Up, or to assist with projects that are harder to complete due to limited availability of regular crews. The philosophy is to have one group of full-time staff available year round as opposed to increasing and decreasing seasonal crews throughout the year. The Team will be funded through a combination of approaches including allocation of additional funding, leaving some full-time positions in specific divisions unfilled, and reducing the number of seasonal employees in specific divisions.

The Team, which was recently staffed with six personnel and will have six additional personnel added in 2019. The group is comprised of personnel with a wide variety of skill sets and will be supervised by former City Project Engineer, Jerod Timothy. The Crew Leader was selected earlier this year from several other internal applicants.

City Manager Greg Caton is excited about the implementation of this team and is looking forward to its potential. He states, “This is a creative and innovative approach to efficiently bring some much-needed assistance to our ongoing responsibilities while at the same time making it possible to complete projects we might not otherwise be able to do. This will also reduce some of the difficulty we have been facing in hiring seasonal employees.”

The first project for the new team is the upgrade of the medians along North Avenue between 15th Street and 29 Road. Work began on November 26 and will include raising the medians back up to grade and addition of hardscape, drip irrigation and landscaping.

Following completion of this project, it is expected the Team will move on to assist with the Safe Routes to Schools pedestrian improvements near Nisley Elementary.


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

City’s Recommended 2019 Budget Includes Over $19 Million Devoted to Strategic Directive of Diversification of Economic Base

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Proposed Las Colonias Business Park

City Council is in the process of reviewing the Recommended 2019 Budget with the final public hearing and adoption vote scheduled for December 5. The 2019 recommended spending budget was developed with an emphasis on the four Strategic Plan fundamentals of:

  • Public safety
  • Planning and infrastructure
  • Diversification of the economic base
  • Communication, outreach and engagement

These are built upon the guiding principles of partnerships and intergovernmental relationships, and fiscal responsibility.

In 2019, the City will take proactive steps to help mitigate the effects of the peaks and valleys in an historically boom and bust economy. Economic development will continue to be a focus and since economic development is driven by factors beyond the scope of our organization, the City will continue to outsource economic development activities through support of its economic development partners. Nearly 11% of the Recommended 2019 Budget of $176.9 million is devoted to the Strategic Directive of Diversification of the Economic Base. Additionally another $1.5 million will be added to promote, market, and obtain travel and tourism with the recently approved additional 3% in lodging taxes paid for by visitors to Grand Junction.

The Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP) leads new business recruitment and the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce supports the retention and expansion of existing business in the community. The Business Incubator Center, Colorado Mesa University, and Western Colorado Community College encourage new business growth and talent development.

Total recommended funding for economic development partners and non-profit entities in 2019 is $5.1 million and is funded by the General Fund (2% sales tax), the Capital Fund (0.75% sales tax), and the revenue generated by the vendors fee cap started last year.

2019 Recommended Budget – Diversification of the Economic Base Highlights

  • $6.9 million in improvements to Two Rivers Convention Center
  • $5.2 million in support for recreation amenities and programs that benefit quality of life for employees and families which helps recruit and retain businesses
  • $3 million to support and operate the Visit Grand Junction destination marketing department, including new revenues that will be generated from the voter-approved 3% increase in lodging tax
  • $954,921 to the Downtown Development Authority in partnership on the Las Colonias Business and Recreation Park and Two Rivers Convention Center projects
  • $515,000 for Grand Valley Transit including a new shuttle route from Horizon Drive and Colorado Mesa University to Downtown
  • $500,000 for Colorado Mesa University for the classroom building (year seven of a 15-year commitment)
  • $440,450 in tax increment funding to support Downtown Development Authority redevelopment efforts
  • $400,000 for college scholarships for local high school students
  • $391,912 to the Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission from the voter-approved increase in lodging tax
  • $369,700 for economic development partnership with the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce, Business Incubator Center, and Grand Junction Economic Partnership
  • $100,000 toward the Foreign-Trade Zone implementation

Las Colonias and the Riverfront area will continue to develop in 2019 starting with the completion of Phase II of the Las Colonias Business Park in the spring. The completion of Phase II will finish several infrastructure elements of the business park as well as some recreational amenities. These amenities include the boat ramp, festival area, dog park, restroom, shelters and butterfly lake. The river recreation area will be completed later in the summer of 2019 through a partnership with Colorado Mesa University and Bonsai Design. Joining Bonsai Design in Las Colonias is RockyMounts, a Boulder-based industry leader in bike, ski and cargo racks, and bike security. RockyMounts will relocate to Las Colonias Business Park in the fall of 2019, strengthening the blend of outdoor recreation business and recreational amenities.

Visit Grand Junction, the City’s destination marketing department, will begin transitioning to a data-driven department which will provide actionable insights to grow awareness of Grand Junction and the surrounding area. The department will start using new, innovative technologies in 2019 to provide data-based analysis to guide the department’s marketing initiatives.

Although a destination marketing organization’s primary mission is to attract new visitation to the area by deploying strategic marketing initiatives outside of the community, continued partnership on relevant initiatives with partners such as GJEP, the Grand Junction Regional Airport and Colorado Mesa University, will provide additional business opportunities for the community, ensuring that all partners are working together to achieve mutual success in terms of developing our local economy.

City Manager Greg Caton notes, “Strategic, coordinated economic development efforts are critical to help move our community forward, but perhaps even more critical to keep it from losing ground, which has unfortunately been the situation in the past. By City Council making Economic Diversification a priority in the Strategic Plan, they have acknowledged the importance and this budget puts significant funding towards that effort. Each dollar we can devote to economic development, in a myriad of forms, helps strengthen the community and better positions us to continue to improve our economic vitality. This is good strategic budgeting.”


The second public hearing on the 2019 Recommended Budget 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.
 
The public hearing will 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 

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 11/26/18

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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.

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 – early December.

Sewer Line Repair Project – Grand Mesa Avenue Between Hwy 50 and Canon Avenue

  • Possible street closure with detour in place
  • Alternate route advised
  • Resident access will be maintained
  • Anticipated completion – early December.

North Avenue Median Renovation Project – Median work between 15th Street and 29 Road

  • There will be single-lane traffic in both directions, short delays can be expected
  • Work hours will be from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm Monday thru Friday
  • All business access will remain open
  • Anticipated Completion – late December.


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 – 7pm (weather dependent)
  • For additional information please email I70railreplacement@gmail.com or call 970-833-5264
  • Anticipated completion – December.     

27 ¼ Road Realignment Project, north of H Road – Grand Junction Regional Airport Project    

  • Motorists heading out to the desert may encounter delays
  • Please be patient and slow down through the construction zone.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Ramp Improvement Project – CDOT Project

  • Crews will be working at the following 3 locations this week: Broadway (CO 340)/Rice Street, I-70 off and on ramps at 24 Road, and 13th Street at Ute Avenue
  • Watch for workers and please slow down
  • No major traffic impacts expected
  • For additional information email gjadarampproject@gmail.com or call 970-620-8686
  • Anticipated completion March 2019.


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