Gym, better communication discussed at city listening tour

The city of Grand Junction gathered a variety of opinions on public safety construction Thursday night at Lincoln Park Barn during the third of five meetings in the city’s listening tour series.

Grand Junction City Councilman Bruce Hill told the 10 people in the audience Thursday that the city does not have a plan to replace the police, fire and 911 call center complex designed for the city in 2008, nor a plan for a ballot measure to pay for any future facilities. The goal for the meeting was to “start from scratch,” he said, and gather ideas from the public on where the city should go next with public safety.

Joan Chaffin told the four councilmembers in attendance she was not a fan of placing a gym in the public safety complex proposed in 2008. Chaffin said the city could save money on gym equipment by having officers strike a deal with Gold’s Gym and exercise away from work.

“If the equipment breaks, Gold’s Gym has to pay for it,” Chaffin said.

Whether the city moves into an existing building and wants money for remodeling or wants to build a new facility, Lois Renfrow said any future ballot requests should show fiscal responsibility on the city’s part.

“Older people vote. If we don’t like something, we’re going to vote it down,” she said.

“Yes, you need a communications center, but when you put stupid things in it, we’re going to vote it down.”

Many at the meeting said there may be a need for new public safety facilities, but they’re not sure the city is putting out enough information in enough places. Fred Eggleston said, “We need new facilities desperately,” but he’s not sure his friends and neighbors all understood the two public safety complex funding options proposed on the 2008 ballot.

“They weren’t sure what they were voting for,” he said.


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