Clifton group seeks GJ’s help with annexation

A group of Clifton residents is asking the city of Grand Junction for help to begin the process of annexation.

A one-page letter, signed by four members of a committee working toward annexation, was presented Thursday to Grand Junction Mayor Gregg Palmer. It asks the city to help answer five specific questions and establish a point person within the city for the committee to approach with requests for assistance.

“Hopefully they will dedicate staff and work with us,” said Kimberly Bullen, the county’s liaison between it and the Clifton committees. “There is still a lot of work to be done.”

The letter asks:

•  “If the (City) Council approves annexation, how would annexation occur?”

•  “Will the annexation likely be incremental or all at once? If incremental, is there a time frame that would work best for the city?”

•  “If annexation is approved, who would provide services to the area between the city of Grand Junction and Clifton?”

•  “Will service levels be the same in the Clifton area as the citizens in the city receive?”

•  “What will be the commitment from the county to continue providing services in this area?”

Mesa County government has been attempting to spin off Clifton, the most densely populated area in the county. After numerous public meetings, a committee was formed to take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of annexation and incorporation.

That committee eventually voted in favor of pursuing annexation into Grand Junction.

Any final decision — annexation, incorporation or doing nothing — is in the hands of Clifton voters.

“I think we are still shooting for a November election,” Bullen said.


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