County offices relocating to new facility

Several Mesa County offices are moving into a newly renovated central facility, a consolidation that’s expected to offer one-stop convenience as well as save  an estimated $260,000 a year.

At the same time, the Grand Junction City Council has voted to enter into a contract to provide procurement services for Mesa County in a collaborative arrangement that takes advantage of economies of scale while reducing duplication of efforts.

A number of county offices will relocate into a central building located near the intersection of First and Main streets in downtown Grand Junction.

The Clerk and Recorder’s Office will move it’s election and motor vehicle divisions, while the Public Works Department will move its administrative, building inspection and engineering functions. The Health Department will move its food assistance program and community food bank.

The new central facility offers a total of 53,000 square feet for offices and warehouse space. The building was remodeled to offer an open floor plan that saves money on heating and cooling. The move also will enable the county to vacate and sell its building at 750 Main St. as well as save rent at other locations.

“This is a much more cost-effective option,” said Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis.

Donna Ross, regional services director for Mesa County, said, “As rents have increased over the years, this project began to make a lot of financial sense. This move will also allow us to reduce spending on energy and staffing costs through efficient building design and work flow processes.”

The Grand Junction City Council voted Jan. 16 to enter into a contact to provide procurement services for Mesa County. The county will reimburse the city $25,000 for the first six months of providing the service. City and county officials will assess the arrangement before entering into a contract for the next six months.

“It makes a lot of financial sense for the city and county to team up — not just to maximize our purchasing power, but to ensure we’re finding efficiencies and cost savings wherever possible,” Meis said.

Grand Junction Mayor Tom Kenyon said, “We’re happy to be able to work together in this way with Mesa County. When local tax dollars are used more efficiently, everyone benefits.”

Kenyon added: “This is not the only collaborative arrangement we have with the county, or any public organization for that matter. And it will not be the last. Looking for ways to streamline the work we all do is good business.”