County to focus on initiatives to stand test of time

Mesa County Administrator Jon Peacock wants to know from the County Commission: “What legacy would you like to leave?”

At a planning retreat later this month, Peacock wants the officials — Janet Rowland and Craig Meis in particular, because this is their last four-year term — to answer the question.

“What are you in it for?” Peacock said. “We need to know so we can really help you.”

Meis said he wants his legacy to be one of a fiscally conservative trailblazer who has a respect for private-property rights.

To that end, the commission is working toward changing the budget process from an annual endeavour to once every two years. The process has “major inefficiencies,” he said.

Meis said he wants to address the county’s development code and application process and acquire the needed property links to complete the Riverfront Trail from Palisade to Fruita.

Rowland said she wanted to be remembered for addressing social problems from a conservative perspective, using volunteers, churches and service groups rather than creating any new government programs. She points to several organizations, which she played a pivotal role in founding, that accomplish her goal: The How are the Children Initiative; the Mesa County Meth Task Force; the Mesa County Gold Senior Initiative; and the Benevolent Community Partnership.

Rowland said she wants to make Mesa County’s child protective services the best in the state. She said she strives to live up to the Bible passage James 1:27, which she has on her office wall: “Look after orphans and widows in their distress.”

“At the end of the day, I am thinking about basically kids and families from a conservative perspective,” Rowland said.

Commissioner Steve Acquafresca said, “I have given absolutely no thought to the notion of a legacy.”

But he did say his wish while serving as a commissioner is to serve the public to the best of his ability.

“I think one’s legacy, if there is such a thing, will reflect that,” he said.


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