County to finish 33 Road project, with reservations

The Mesa County Commission on Monday signed off on completing an eight-year road project in Clifton, but not before two of its three members reiterated their disdain for spending more capital money on that end of the valley.

The board voted 2–1 to award a $938,000 contract to Dirtworks Construction LLC of Grand Junction to finish a series of improvements to 33 Road.

The county has been working for six years to overhaul 33 Road between D 1/2 Road and U.S. Highway 6, a project that has entailed widening the road to three lanes, with a center turn lane, and installing curb, gutter and sidewalk on both sides of the street. Workers also replaced a bridge over the Grand Valley Canal. The last phase of work covers E 1/2 Road north to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks between E 3/4 Road and U.S. 6.

The county has received $1.2 million in grant funding for the roughly $8 million project.

Commissioners Craig Meis and Janet Rowland have long claimed Clifton and nearby Fruitvale have received a disproportionate share of county resources and vowed to shut off the funding spigot once the current construction work in the area is done. They repeated those stances Monday.

“I’m just not going to vote for any more projects in the Clifton area. I can’t do it in good conscience,” said Rowland, who had asked that the award of the construction contract be moved off the commission’s consent agenda so the board could discuss it at greater length, before casting a ‘no’ vote.

Saying she doesn’t support “redistribution of wealth on any level,” Rowland said other areas of the county have been subsidizing Clifton and Fruitvale for “far, far too long.”

“I thought they would take responsibility for themselves and they chose not to,” Rowland said, referring to previous inquiries by the county as to whether Clifton and Fruitvale residents and business owners were interested in either annexing into Grand Junction or approving a sales tax to help pay for capital improvements. Both ideas were rejected.

County Engineering Director Mike Meininger discouraged commissioners from not completing the remaining one-third mile of the project, saying having a two-lane road section sandwiched between three-lane road sections would create a traffic safety problem.

Meis said although the county should have scaled back the project earlier, and that he agreed with much of what Rowland said, “we can’t have a bottleneck out there for safety reasons.”

Commissioner Steve Acquafresca, who has consistently disagreed with Meis and Rowland on the issue and opposed any new tax in Clifton and Fruitvale, said he approved of finishing the project.


Commenting is not available in this channel entry.
Page 1 of 1

Perhaps the two named incompetent fools pretending to be “County Commissioners” would enjoy a “cease and desist” order from proving their stupidity in public?

The residents/Citizens of the East end of the Valley have, and continue to, PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE of the Mesa County tax burden.

It is not the fault of the Citizens in the aforementioned areas that OUR TAX DOLLARS are credited elsewhere than our area of the Valley, but can be directly attributed to the corrupt practices of the County Commissioners over the last 30 year.

And none more egregious than two of the three currently sitting board members.

Gee JaNUT, if you really wanted us to “pay our own way” out here in the boonies, perhaps you should have sent Home Depot to our area?  Lowes?, WalMart? Hobby Lobby?

Shall I go down the entire list of “Big Box Stores’ and large retail outlets that could have located to the East end of the valley were it not for your undying determination to FORCE the annexation without representation idea on the Citizens of the East end?

You want US to “pay our own way”, then go to the city of grand junkshun that is collecting OUR TAX MONEY and make them give it back so it can be reallocated to OUR NEEDS and shove your ego someplace where it doesn’t affect the Citizens of the Grand Valley, and Mesa County residents specifically.

Page 1 of 1

Search More Jobs

734 S. Seventh St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
970-242-5050; M-F 8:00 - 5:00
Subscribe to print edition
Advertiser Tearsheet

© 2015 Grand Junction Media, Inc.
By using this site you agree to the Visitor Agreement and the Privacy Policy