City may seek another site for Greyhound stop

Grand Junction City Council members want the community to know a proposed plan for a joint local bus stop and Greyhound bus terminal on 24 1/2 Road has not yet left the station.

After a surge of community push-back in the past two weeks after the plan largely became public, the seven-member board is proposing to place only the Grand Valley Transit station at the 24 1/2 Road site and to find an alternative location for Greyhound.

Council members drafted those thoughts in a letter to the Grand Valley Transportation Committee, the four-member board that headed the idea of a joint transfer station. City Council member Laura Luke serves on that board since she was appointed to City Council in May, but she has said she hadn’t heard of the bus station plans until recently.

“I think I heard one person said, ‘Yeah, put it there,’ ” City Council member Jim Doody said, citing many others who are against Greyhound moving to that area. “I’m all in favor of finding a new location.”

Grand Valley Transit and Greyhound had been in talks about building and operating a joint transfer station north of Mesa Mall. Last spring, the Mesa County Commission approved purchasing the 3.7-acre site at 612 24 1/2 Road for $950,000.

Other options for a joint station under investigation include areas in Grand Junction’s core or closer to Interstate 70, council members said.

Council members agreed to draft the letter after their workshop meeting Wednesday.

In other news:

■ Council members unanimously approved spending $575,000 on its portion of a new 911 phone system and infrastructure to be installed in the new public safety center. Grand Junction’s Regional Communication Center is using the emergency system in coordination with other communication centers on the Western Slope. Services will be provided by CenturyLink. Council members Sam Susuras and Teresa Coons were absent from Wednesday’s meeting.

■ Council members unanimously approved renewing a contract with Chadwick, Steinkirchner, Davis and Company for $29,700 for the 2011 audit. The company’s services were used last year, and City Council reserves the right to rehire the auditing company for the next two years.

■ Council members unanimously approved to piggyback on a request-for-proposal process conducted by Mesa County that showed banking services by Alpine Bank to be the best value for the city government. The city of Grand Junction already has been banking with Alpine Bank.

■ City Council unanimously approved renewing a farming lease on city property for Frank M. Fisher. Fisher will be allowed to lease a 30-acre parcel called the Saccomanno Park Property at the southwest corner of 26 1/2 Road and H Road through Jan. 31, 2013. Rent is $1,000 a year.

■ City Council members approved rezoning 22 School District 51 properties from community recreation to a range of denser zones. Council member Bennett Boeschenstein voted against the measure because he wanted the areas to maintain their community zoning status if the school district sold off its properties. School district officials have said they have no intention of selling any of the schools or properties that were rezoned.


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