County may reconfigure its districts for commissioners

Orchard Mesa would fall under one Mesa County commissioner district and some Pear Park and Fruitvale residents would shift into a different district under a series of commissioner district boundary changes currently under consideration.

Commissioners on Monday briefly reviewed the proposed new boundaries, which are being redrawn as a result of last year’s census. The public can comment on the changes over the next 30 days. The board is tentatively scheduled to vote on the boundary alterations May 23.

The new boundaries would place areas west of First and Seventh streets and west and south of the Gunnison River in District 1; areas north of D Road between Seventh Street and 31 Road, then north of Interstate 70 and east of 31 Road in District 2; and areas south of D Road between Seventh Street and 31 Road, then east and north of the Gunnison River in District 3.

The changes would place all of Orchard Mesa within District 3. That area of the Grand Valley is currently divided among all three commissioner districts.

In addition, residents who live in an area roughly bounded by 30 Road on the west, 31 Road on the east, D Road on the south and Patterson Road on the north will move from District 3 to District 2.

With each census, the county is required to revise the boundaries of each commissioner district to ensure the total number of people in the county is as equally divided among the districts as possible.

Any boundary changes will not affect the districts in which residents are allowed to vote. While candidates must live within their district, all voters are eligible to vote for candidates in all three districts.

Craig Meis is the commissioner in District 1, Steve Acquafresca in District 2 and Janet Rowland in District 3.


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