Amendment 64, Orchard Mesa Pool Discussed at Joint Meeting
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- The Mesa County Board of Commissioners met with Grand Junction officials Wednesday afternoon to discuss several important issues. County commissioners shared their plans to opt out of Amendment 64, preventing the sale of marijuana in unincorporated portions of Mesa County. The commissioners received comments from both sides of the issue, but chose to opt out and follow Mesa County's vote against the amendment. Grand Junction officials have still not made an official decision on the issue. Meanwhile, the Board also revealed that they will renew their partnership with the city of Grand Junction and District 51 to help fund Orchard Mesa Pool. For the past few years, the County has not been able to fully support the pool with the funds they promised in an agreement made back in 1982. Now, commissioners say they'll renew the funding as long as they have a larger say in the pool's finances. Grand Junction's Urban Trail Master Plan was also discussed during the meeting. Some officials of the city and county disagreed about whether preliminary plans for trails near private property should be created without the consent of the owners. The Board of Commissioners showed great concern about these trails invading personal property rights. "Trails are best developed when they're done so in a cooperative manner with private land owners, " said Steven Acquafresca, Mesa County Commissioner. "Our county board does not support advocating for trails on private property where they're not wanted." City Council members said concerns regarding Grand Junction Addressing will only move forward once the Council receives public input and a specific plan of action. Members of the meeting offered several suggestions, but most agreed the best way to solve the problem is by targeting certain areas instead of making city-wide changes.