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Tuesday
Mar222016

EXCLUSIVE: Ombudsman Finds Violations with Mesa County DHS regarding Seriani Family Jurisdictional Overreach!

The story you are about to read should shake you to your core because as the story unfolds you will see exactly how your forceful local federalized government behaves hiding behind the government immunity act! You will also see how you can quickly change the lives of a family if you so desire to call in a false anonymous complaint. The issues that follow culminated from a local resident, Barbara Mathes email to Commissioner John Justman, requesting help regarding a Mesa County employee, who is also her brother-in-law. This unanswered email led to some interesting reactions and revealing documentation of multiple violations within Mesa County government, especially the Department of Human Services (DHS). 

Since there was an insider element to the issues the Seriani family faced by DHS, VetTheGov helped the family with multiple CORA request, filed complaints with county officials and attorney's, met with multiple county officials, and an internal affairs request with the Sheriff's Office. VetTheGov has received permission from the Seriani family to share their horror story especially involving DHS's actions that are far too familiar occurrences in this valley. In the meantime, the Seriani family's daughter is still meeting with therapists over this poorly handled investigation!

VetTheGov and Stacy Seriani both phoned and emailed Ombudsman to investigate the following items: Jurisdictional overreach, criminal violation of releasing anonymous reporter information, reopened case report, field notes by case managers, and the childish text and emails of involved case managers. In Ombudsman letter response, nothing was noted regarding the reopened case file, nor the issue involving the failed redaction criminal violation.

See the below Ombudsman investigation response finding major policy violations within Mesa County DHS. Also keep in mind Ombudsman is not a true third party entity but are assembled and funded by the Colorado state government. If your around government institutions long enough the realization is they protect each others backsides first and foremost.

Here is the full version of Stacy Seriani and VetTheGov meeting with DHS management and county attorney. The audio gives extensive insight of the internal dealings of DHS involving anonymous vindictive complaints and the lengths unprofessional case managers will go to get their reports done on time so the tax payers monies keep flowing in. DHS Director Garcher mentions this never reached his desk and then later states he has zero case management experience. Who is running the show here? Where was the leadership to begin with? Here are the minimum state requirements for county personnel involved in child welfare protective services. Are these requirements enough given the circumstances of this case? Based on the emails and text, it appears business as usual and very little oversight within the walls of DHS!

One of the main issues surrounding this case was the reasoning for sending case manager staff all the way down to Paonia to pull the Seriani kids out of their classes and perform intrusive interrogations without Delta County DHS assisting or anyone else allowed to represent the terrified children. Senior case worker Sarah Evans made first attempt to contact on 11/17/2015 attempted to visit the schools in Palisade to make contact with Seriani kids but was informed they had moved to Paonia by the school secretary Kay Konicek. Several weeks go by and on 12/10/2015, Lynette Overmeyer meets with Sarah Evans to see if any further attempts were made to contact the kids. Based on the report Sarah Evans made no further attempts. On 12/11/2015 Lynette Overmeyer supposedly contacted Delta County DHS employee Anne Gallegos via email and Anne Gallegos responded that Delta County DHS could not interview the kids based on her administrator declining due to low staffing levels.

Based on CORA request by Stacy Seriani, the reasons provided by Mesa County was Delta County DHS was short on staff and unable to assist. However the letter below from the Delta County attorney's office proves no such correspondence ever existed. A text message shown below the Delta County letter was finally provided by Lynette Overmeyer ultimately involved a different family altogether as stated by Delta County. This was further validated by face to face communication between Anne Gallegos and Stacy Seriani where Anne Gallegos had no recollection of any communication from Lynette Overmeyer regarding the Seriani family whatsoever.

The interviews conducted by DHS in Paonia were one on one in which any interpretation given by the case managers could have made life even worse for the Seriani family or quite possibly put the case worker in a difficult situation if any further allegations made against them. No audio or video were used by the DHS case managers during the interrogations! Shockingly Stacy Seriani's daughter when discussing the questions she was subjected to, the first thing she stated was they asked her if anyone in her house specifically brothers touched her inappropriately. This is a far stretch from a supposed drug deal the kids were accused witnesses of between family members but we're from the government and we're here to help!

Another very disturbing action was the Delta County school district allowing unknown out of county case workers to just walk in and remove three kids from their classrooms with no resistance from the school district employees. VetTheGov called the Mesa County D51 secretary for the superintendent and discussed the Seriani scenario and the below conversation took place and not much hope offered by D51 policies. Understand the common theme is that government owns you and your kid's and government will not stop government from violating your kid's rights. They will trust each other but never you! The comment in the conversation most disturbing is that they are with the government and they can take your kids whenever and however they want without a parent's permission!



Here are the unprofessional juvenile text messages from case managers that interrogate our local children. As you often hear, case managers are carrying overloaded cases and finding time to complete task is often difficult due to budget constraints. Yet here when asked to go out of town these tight schedules suddenly have no bearing. See childish text messages below:

In further communication with Mesa County DHS shortly after the Seriani family began asking why they interrogated their children all the way down in Paonia, well let's just say the email strings are just as disturbing as the text.  Take note of all the chiefs (over seven individuals) that are notified in the emails and then read on as the original report is reopened and changed multiple times. To date, the original report closed on 12/23/2015 has not been provided to the Seriani family, so there is no way to confirm what was added or deleted in the original report! It's no doubt a Cover Your Ass moment for all involved. See the email strings below:

Here is a telling confession in an email from DHS Executive Director Tracey Garcher to Commissioner McInnis when his actions were in question and his job was on the line just prior to this event exploding! The most telling part is that the so called leader of this $25 million dollar government organization is an admitted accountant which suggest this portion of local federalized government is driven by the almighty dollar and not at all about the kids!

The Seriani family is hoping through this horrible experience with the Mesa County Human Services Gestapo, that these events never happen to another family which has inflicted so much pain to the children involved and has brought embarrassment to this family in a small community. Rest assured the system is at your disposal if you want to wreak havoc on someone you dislike. There are zero repercussions to falsely accuse someone of child abuse or neglect and the main keyword to use when calling in a false report is anything related to "DRUGS" and this local Gestapo group will drive or fly wherever necessary to interrogate the kids involved! VetTheGov must note that the suspected accuser behind this investigation won't be held responsible by the agency since false reporting criminal charges can only be in relation to a police authority. However it did open the eyes to the inside of a government agency behaving badly.

For past related stories click this link http://vetthegov.com/stories/tag/tracey-garchar

Link to Rule 7 mentioned in the Ombudsman letter http://www.colorado.gov/apps/cdhs/rral/volumeTOC.jsf

Monday
Feb082016

President Obama's Climate Change Agenda ushered into Mesa County through FEMA Grant!

In one of the most outrageous yes votes to date by Mesa County Commissioners happened during the February 8, 2016 County Administration Hearing regarding a $2.1 Million FEMA grant. In essence the so called republican conservative Commissioners prostituted Mesa County citizens with President Obama's Climate Change Agenda, the United Nations Climate Agenda, and ICLEI's Climate adaptation and resilience agenda. The vote also proves how local elected's cater to the Washington D.C. psychopaths and criminals along with all the environmental extremist! Mesa County and the western slope kiss your energy economy goodbye! Watch Video below:

In 2002 the below report was drafted for the Colorado Water Board, local governments, and citizens of Mesa County. On page 21 you can read the Recommended Plan and on page 24 it was recommended that the Bureau of Reclamation be contacted to assist in funding of the recommended plan. The recommended plan was valued at $422,000 yet now the non-recommended and most expensive plan being adopted at $2.8 Million.



In the below 2007 report you will read in the very first paragraph that the driver in the incident May have lost control due to hydroplaning causing the drowning death. If you look closely at the pictures of the culvert the high water mark was never reached. No Federal Disaster declared as property damage estimated at $25,000 from this event. You can see here that rainfall amounts since 1962 show the 2006 largest 24-hour rainfall amount was only ranked 16 highest out of the 54 years listed. So why the urgency to sell out to the Feds?

In the Mesa County Hazard Mitigation plan which was born by Resolution last year in order to obtain this grant, it mentions on page 44 the total flood insurance claims for Mesa County since 1978 has only seen 33 claims for a total of $250,652 or $6600 annually. On page 103 of the plan you will notice the Bosley Wash is only rated at a medium in the matrix of critical projects but nothing noted as far as how many structures this project will protect as noted in the other medium level projects. Also notice the 5-2-1 Drainage Authority is the Responsible Agency but during the grant hearings and project details there was not one word from this authority!

Here is the link for the City of Grand Junction Hazard Mitigation plan with all the meeting notes and resolutions pertaining to the FEMA requirements. http://www.codepublishing.com/CO/GrandJunction/frameless/index.pl?path=../html4/GrandJunction42/GrandJunction4208.html#42.08.010

Below is the Mesa County Resolution adopted June 8th, 2015 so the fix was already in to push forward for more Federal money. The County Resolution even has Federal Regulation law written in it. Here is the FEMA guide required to meet 44 CFR 201.6. This was a yes vote all along!

Below are the Federal Mandates and notice #12 Mesa County MUST follow all FEMA regulations.

So what are the FEMA regulations? Well here they are as noted in the following guidelines from FEMA: http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1424983165449-38f5dfc69c0bd4ea8a161e8bb7b79553/HMA_Guidance_022715_508.pdf

FEMA is committed to promoting resilience as expressed in PPD-8: National Preparedness; the President’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience; the Administrator’s 2011 FEMA Climate Change Adaptation Policy Statement (Administrator Policy 2011-OPPA-01); and the 2014–2018 FEMA Strategic Plan. 

http://www.fema.gov/learn-about-presidential-policy-directive-8

http://www.fema.gov/climate-change

http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1424368115734-86cfbaeb456f7c1d57a05d3e8e08a4bd/FINAL_ResilienceClimateChange_JobAid_19FEB15_508_Complete_.pdf

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1919-25045-3330/508_climate_change_policy_statement.pdf

http://cwcb.state.co.us/environment/climate-change/Pages/main.aspx

http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1383153669955-21f970b19e8eaa67087b7da9f4af706e/stafford_act_booklet_042213_508e.pdf

http://www.unep.org/climatechange/adaptation/

http://resilient-cities.iclei.org/resilient-cities-hub-site/resilience-resource-point/resilience-library/urban-resilience-planning/

Strengthen Federalism - http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/codification/executive-order/12372.html

Environmental Justice - http://www.fema.gov/executive-order-12898-environmental-justice-low-income-minority-populations-1994#0

All of the above links fit President Obama and the UN Climate Change Agenda of Mother Nature gone Terrorist! Watch as Trillions of your hard earned money is prostituted to pay for more Fraud & Corruption to very close friends on the inside! But as Commissioner McInnis advised you couldn't build your business or be employed without the Interstates, the Hospitals, the Airports, and the Internet, because government built it for you and therefore built your business or the company you work for! Commissioner McInnis proves in his defense of Federal dollars that Mesa County is owned and operated by the Feds. Now please bow down and worship the alter of the golden calf in Washington D.C. for without Big Nanny you couldn't be a SLAVE! Please don't forget on April 15th your taxes aren't considered building anything because only government produces in the USA! All Praise, honor, and glory go to the almighty savior government who without their awesome contribution to society you would be and could be nothing.

 

Monday
Nov022015

Exclusive: Mesa County DHS Executive Director Drains Budget with Raises & Bonuses

In recent local news the Executive Director DHS Tracey Garchar was under fire for overspending his budget by almost $1.5 Million. VetTheGov through CORA request has discovered several email exchanges between Commissioner Pugliese and Director Garchar that prove beyond disturbing for We the Tax Slaves. In the emails shown below you will notice that only Commissioner Pugliese catches the fact that Director Garchar's sudden ask for more money was because he overspent his Child Welfare budget by a mere $1,492,428.00. Upon closer examination, the Director also handed out over $265,000.00 in raises for 2015 alone and an additional $19,266.52 in 2015 Bonuses. A majority of the raises and bonuses came at the beginning of the year in which no County Commissioner even had any knowledge the above took place. Now at least you know the rest of the story.

Mesa County tax slaves with this type of take care of me mentality and open checkbook writing even if the checks bounce, it appears many changes are needed in the accountability department! However chances are the County Commissioners have zero control of the budget and department heads and therefore status quo Bankruptcy and Too Big To Fail bailouts will continue. In the current Big Government designed system, Mesa County is on the hook for 20% of the funding for DHS and so when the Director decides to overspend there are no worries because another bailout will be provided and the mess continues on towards future generations. What comes next of course is the continued justification of jobs and the forever addition of more services so that paychecks, raises, bonuses, and retirement benefits are secured and less and less freedoms and liberties for the tax slaves. Above all else you will never be able to achieve above and beyond because you are a SLAVE to this broken evil system. What's so crazy are the folks defending and supporting this out of control monster often do so at their very own peril because sooner or later another government created bubble burst and government bankruptcy looms.



VetTheGov took the time to watch the public pleadings by Tracey Garchar and his subordinates most of who received a raise or bonus along with the Hilltop CEO whose 279K in 2013 total benefits package and the Millions in services contracted by the Mesa County which comes directly from the inflow of local, state, & federal Tax monies open checkbook. How many more local organizations are on the dole is a to be continued once all CORA request are delivered. Towards the end of the video you will also see two of your county commissioners Scott McInnis & John Justman completely APPROVE of the open checkbook Executive Director by only agreeing to an extension of time to correct the issues of his spending and transparency by January 12, 2016. This action without a doubt reflects Commissioner McInnis & Justman's ulterior motives to protect the pockets of the Exclusive stakeholders in the valley, their own preparations for future political offices and retirement accounts, and of course no problems taking the $72,500.00 tax slaves monies for rubber stamping more Big Government. Mesa County with this type of leadership we are surely doomed unless of course you are inside the club receiving mutual benefits from the large trough of public funds! See the BOCC comment video below and take notice of the many who were recipients of Garchar's charity on We the Tax Slaves dime:

This is Part 1 of a series on one of many local Mesa County non-transparent government agencies hiding behind the veil of redistribution for a paycheck. For Part 2, VetTheGov is awaiting a CORA request for line-by-line P-Card and total spending for Mesa County Department of Human Services (DHS) since it appears the Executive Director doesn't need permission to exhaust the open taxpayer provided checkbook. Stay tuned as VetTheGov continues to bring you transparency from behind Big Government's smoke and mirrors game of catch me if you can!

Thursday
Oct012015

BREAKING: Mesa U.S. County Commissioners Make Deal with the Devil and give up Local Control to the Feds!

VetTheGov has been tracking Federal Grant monies being authorized by your local Mesa U.S. County Commissioners (USBOCC) since around 2010 and a trend has developed.  Our so called local government and USBOCC is really nothing more then an extension of the Federal Government redistribution "depend on them plan!"  When We the Tax Slaves vote for local County officials they immediately begin the business for the largest stakeholder, the Feds.  This was proven this week when all three Mesa County Commissioners voted to approve two Federal Grants from the Federal Government.  When your local USBOCC can't afford a position, program, or stuff, they call on the Feds for help and in this case they didn't ask if the position was necessary or if the program could be streamlined they just simply voted unanimously Yes to the federal money.  Watch the sickening Yes votes in the below video!

Mesa County Commissioners were told regarding the emergency manager grant that it helped with training and compliance to the overall state and federal plan.  What they weren't told is that the grant paid half of Andy Martsolf's salary.  The second grant accepted by the USBOCC was for Federal Tasers and on the cover letters from the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) it was addressed to Chairman Rose Pugliese and the address was the Sheriff's Office located on Rice Street.  Very interesting because as you study the county's Emergency Operating Plan (EOP) on page 9 you will notice during an emergency event the Chairman of the USBOCC is the Chief Executive Officer of the county and the only one who can beckon federal help.  The DOJ knows the Chairman of the BOCC is the only one who can take the federal money and not the local sheriff because the sheriff is now neutered when an emergency situation arises and the feds come strolling in! Be sure to Thank your USBOCC the next time you see one of them.

So how does your so called local government give up local control? Simple they accept Federal grant monies and now the Feds own the county government even if the granted amounts are small in size. However the special conditions in these grants are large as ever.  Here is the stunning list of compliances and what they mean to you as a local tax slave stakeholder:

DOJ Taser Grant-$18,141.00

1. Ensuring Access to Federally Assisted Programs http://ojp.gov/about/ocr/pdfs/vawafaqs.pdf

2. Enforcing Federal Civil Rights Laws http://www.justice.gov/crt/title-vi-civil-rights-act-1964-42-usc-2000d-et-seq

3. Providing Services to Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Individuals http://www.lep.gov/

4. Ensuring Equal Treatment of Faith-Based Organizations http://thefederalist.com/2015/04/01/how-rfra-works-explained-in-one-chart/

5. Using Arrest and Conviction Records in Making Employment Decisions http://ojp.gov/about/ocr/pdfs/UseofConviction_Advisory.pdf

6. Complying with Nondiscrimination portions of the Safe Streets Act http://ojp.gov/about/ocr/statutes.htm

7. Meet EEOP Requirements train Subreceipients and file assurances every Three years http://ojp.gov/about/ocr/faq_eeop.htm

8. Part 200 Uniform Requirements http://ojp.gov/funding/Apply/Resources/2CFR200_2013.pdf

9. Comply with DOJ Financial Guide http://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/pdfs/2015_DOJ_FinancialGuide.pdf

10. Comply with SAMS https://www.sam.gov/portal/SAM/

11. Adopt & Enforce Executive Order 13513 No Texting or Distracted Driving which could make for interesting policies with laptops in patrol vehicles https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/executive-order-federal-leadership-reducing-text-messaging-while-driving  

12. Training Must Adhere OJP Principles http://ojp.gov/funding/Implement/TrainingPrinciplesForGrantees-Subgrantees.htm

13. Collect & Provide Data according to GPRA Modernization Act http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-111hr2142enr/pdf/BILLS-111hr2142enr.pdf

14. Cooperate with BJA OCFO

15. Monitor Subrecipients compliance with Civil Rights Laws and submit MOA within 90 days to OJP http://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/SolicitationRequirements/CivilRightsRequirements.htm

16. Comply with DOJ Global Justice Information Sharing https://www.it.ojp.gov/global

17. Comply with 28 CFR Part 23 https://www.iir.com/28CFR_Program/28CFR_Resources/Executive_Order/

18. Comply with 28 CFR Part 46 http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/commonrule/

19. Comply with Confidentiality Requirements 42 USC section 3789g and 28 CFR Part 22 and submit a Privacy Certificate https://it.ojp.gov/PrivacyLiberty/authorities/regulations

20. Law Enforcement Personnel to Complete Required online training wthin 120 days or fund receipts https://www.ctfli.org/

21. Participate in BJA trainings or conferences if required https://www.bja.gov/events.aspx

22. Submit Quarterly Financial Report (SF-425) https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/grants/approved_forms/SF-425.pdf

23. Funds must not supplant State or Local Funds but must be used to Grow the Law Enforcement budget!

24. Establish a Trust Fund Account

25. Comply with NEPA-The Grantee understands that this special condition applies to its following new activities whether or not they are specifically funded with these grant funds http://www2.epa.gov/nepa

26. Submit annual JAG Success Stories https://www.bja.gov/SuccessStoryList.aspx

View the Breakdown of the Approved Emergency Management Manager Funding Grant in previous VetTheGov story here.  Below you will find the Taser Grant Cover letter sent to U.S. Commissioner Pugliese from the DOJ.  

Why do we need a USBOCC if we are going to allow the Feds to trample every bit of local control via accepting their nickels and dimes?  This Mesa County Tax Slaves is what you get for $72,500.00 per each USBOCC.  Mesa County is now at the mercy of the Feds and any future Dictator in Chief ushering in the New World Order!  Welcome to the Federal Police State Mesa County!!!

Saturday
Aug292015

Did Commissioner's Scott McInnis & John Justman Violate Open Meeting Law?

In a previous VetTheGov exclusive story regarding an undaunted $250 Million plus stormwater bailout it appears the best way forward is to change the rules when they don't fit your agenda. Commissioner Scott McInnis is very familiar with this playbook after his years in Washington D.C. and along with his protege city councilman Duncan MacArthur, the federal fix is in. Instead of a weekly schedule full of business meetings regarding jobs, the local economy, and the BLM overreach, two of our county commissioners decide to play the smoke & mirror game at the monthly GOP men's meeting on August 25, 2015 with the entire agenda being an elected or appointed GVDD board. 

The most interesting piece to this is that no public announcement was made or posted on the Mesa County website or in the Commissioners calendars shown below. The monthly republicans men's meeting for August not located on the website calendar either as in previous months. Why is a hot potato topic having non-disclosed public meetings with no following of the Open Meeting LAW? Interesting to note the GVDD manager was asked to attend with the intention to discredit the GVDD board structure rather than discuss a positive way forward. Upon entering the room there were the terms Elected vs Appointed on the white board as those in attendance were being versed as to the best way forward. You see Commissioner McGinnis has got this under his direct control and you can see the manipulation and Law violations that he learned in D.C. are working well.  Yet no one in the GOP good ole boy club stepped up and pointed out the law breaking by their local officials occuring in front of their very eyes.  Surely this isn't the first time such an occurrence has happened!  See the unfilled days on the Commissioner's Calendar below. VetTheGov wonders what these elected do during these slow weeks. One thing for sure their government paychecks get cashed!



VetTheGov will breakdown of the Colorado Open Meeting law C.R.S. 24-6-402 using just a couple of paragraphs from the statute:

(1) For the purposes of this section:

(a) "Local public body" means any board, committee, commission, authority, or other advisory, policy-making, rule-making, or formally constituted body of any political subdivision of the state and any public or private entity to which a political subdivision, or an official thereof, has delegated a governmental decision-making function but does not include persons on the administrative staff of the local public body.

(b) "Meeting" means any kind of gathering, convened to discuss public business, in person, by telephone, electronically, or by other means of communication.

(c) "Political subdivision of the state" includes, but is not limited to, any county, city, city and county, town, home rule city, home rule county, home rule city and county, school district, special district, local improvement district, special improvement district, or service district.

(d) "State public body" means any board, committee, commission, or other advisory, policy-making, rule-making, decision-making, or formally constituted body of any state agency, state authority, governing board of a state institution of higher education including the regents of the university of Colorado, a nonprofit corporation incorporated pursuant to section 23-5-121 (2), C.R.S., or the general assembly, and any public or private entity to which the state, or an official thereof, has delegated a governmental decision-making function but does not include persons on the administrative staff of the state public body.

(2) (a) All meetings of two or more members of any state public body at which any public business is discussed or at which any formal action may be taken are declared to be public meetings open to the public at all times.

(b) All meetings of a quorum or three or more members of any local public body, whichever is fewer, at which any public business is discussed or at which any formal action may be taken are declared to be public meetings open to the public at all times.

(c) Any meetings at which the adoption of any proposed policy, position, resolution, rule, regulation, or formal action occurs or at which a majority or quorum of the body is in attendance, or is expected to be in attendance, shall be held only after full and timely notice to the public. In addition to any other means of full and timely notice, a local public body shall be deemed to have given full and timely notice if the notice of the meeting is posted in a designated public place within the boundaries of the local public body no less than twenty-four hours prior to the holding of the meeting. The public place or places for posting such notice shall be designated annually at the local public body's first regular meeting of each calendar year. The posting shall include specific agenda information where possible.

(d) (I) Minutes of any meeting of a state public body shall be taken and promptly recorded, and such records shall be open to public inspection. The minutes of a meeting during which an executive session authorized under subsection (3) of this section is held shall reflect the topic of the discussion at the executive session.

You are beginning to get a glimpse into the local power elites game and how they work and it doesn't include following the Law! Not a surprise to many but it's simply the truth of how government and the cronies work in the shadows. Stay tuned for surely more to come on this misadventure in the shadows.

Friday
Aug142015

EXCLUSIVE: Mesa Valley 5-2-1 Drainage Authority Dysfunction to Cost Taxpayers well over $250 Million?

VetTheGov has received quite a bit of information regarding storm water drainage in the Grand Valley that is set up to be the next big government created problem gone worse only to be fixed by big government imposed taxes. To set the background quickly and to keep the points short since otherwise this hot story would take several parts to get all relevant information out to the public. VetTheGov offers the following information to make your own decision as to who is responsible and ultimately who will pay.

The Grand Valley Drainage District (GVDD) was established in 1915 and has authority over 100 square miles that includes 128+ miles of open drains and 130+ miles of piped drainage facilities according to their About Us web page. The main purpose of the district is to allow excess and runoff water from agricultural irrigation canals to be fed back to the Colorado River thus alleviated high water tables and higher salinity being forced upward to the fertile topsoils. This system has operated well over 100 years until urban development entered the equation along with EPA's Clean Water Act (CWA) which is now in Tier II compliance. So to simplify permitting and to streamline implementation of the Tier II regulations in the valley the 5-2-1 Drainage Authority was established in 2004. VetTheGov must note that the irrigation runoff waters, typically high with Nitrogen/Phosphorus aka Fertilizer, are exempt from the CWA at this point in time.

Since 2004 the entity has not been very effective implementing the requirements of the CWA and therefore caused the current war between GVDD, Mesa County, and all the municipalities included in the 5-2-1 pact. Studies were conducted by the 5-2-1 up until 2009 when then Commissioner Meis stated the county had no more money to fund the studies. The war continues to involve stormwater drainage from all county and municipalities storm runoff of "regulated water" according the CWA into GVDD's piping that currently has over 28 points back into the Colorado River not included natural washes. GVDD has written a multitude of letters to all who will listen and held multiple meetings to gain the attention needed for the existing problems of capacity. GVDD has made it clear to all entities that they will no longer allow storm runoff from the county or the three other municipalities in the valley unless they pay to do so. See letter below from GVDD to Board of County Commissioners dated November 7, 2014 which gives a very telling scenario!



None of the local governments responded to the letters sent by GVDD, so GVDD decided they had the legislative authority to impose storm fees on their own and adopted resolutions 2014-110, 2014-111, and 2014-112 on April 22, 2014 to begin this collection process based on the all the storm water studies conducted in previous years and to help pay for studies never finished since 2009 Commissioner Meis decision along with the several critical upgrades already discovered. GVDD anticipates an additional $2.6 Million in annual collections in which a majority will be saved for future projects and anticipated huge revenue bonds for a federally mandated Municipal Separate Storm Water Systems called an MS4 to be added county wide with current estimates well over $250 Million. This topic will make for interesting debate and likely litigation/mediation since Commissioner Pugliese recently mentioned Mesa County has another $3 Million to trim off of next years budget.

VetTheGov went to the Mesa County site to look for it's Storm Water Management Manual (SWMM) and it linked directly to the City of GJ site for it's municipal codes and so it appears Mesa County has adopted the city's SWMM.  In the city code the following appears in Chapter 28:

28.12.100 Post-construction BMPs.

Mesa County, the City of Grand Junction, the Grand Junction Drainage District, and the Town of Palisade, who are members of the Drainage Authority, have obtained permits to discharge stormwater under the Colorado Discharge Permit System (permit numbers COR-090031, COR-090077, COR-090006, and COR-090005, respectively). The terms and conditions of the permits set forth minimum requirements for stormwater management programs including construction site stormwater runoff control and post-construction stormwater management for new development and redevelopment to reduce pollutants in all stormwater runoff to the MS4

This is a telling code as well:

28.52.010 Introduction.

A large number of agricultural irrigation facilities exist in Mesa County, and many have historically intercepted runoff from rural and agricultural areas with little consequence. However, the development (urbanization) of these areas results in storm runoff of much higher peak flows and larger total volumes. In addition, water quality of the runoff is often adversely impacted by this urbanization. As a result, the traditional practice of utilizing irrigation ditches, drains, and reservoirs for stormwater control must be reexamined on a case-by-case basis.

A question to consider asking the city and county is for actual documentation of the MS4's mentioned in the city code as the definition states the MS4's are owned and operated by the city or county. It is clear with this issue at hand neither the city or county own or operate an MS4 system.

Now imagine, if you will, you are an elected official running for re-election and this hits your radar screen. Well you have the safe non-election year officials step up and play the smoke & mirrors game and then blast it off the radar screens until folks get their new tax bills from GVDD and the real rage begins. By then the elected are hoping their paychecks are solidified in re-election bids and the smoke & mirror capers complete the deflection of bad news for the local tax slaves up until this moment. Hence we move on to the smoke & mirror capers, county commissioner Scott McInnis and city councilman Duncan McArthur.

In response to the GVDD's multiple attempts to get the City of GJ and Mesa County's attention, the below letters were drafted by Scott McInnis and Duncan McArthur using their grandiose titles but not on city or county letterhead. Interesting to note these letters were emailed using the Mesa County administrative assistant Stephanie Reecy. The letters by McInnis and McArthur suggest that our state elected offer new state legislation to fix years of kicking the can down the road and let the next generation deal with the past and current poor management decisions of an out of control clueless government. Sound familiar? See the letters below and a follow-up clarification email to the entire council by McArthur explaining why he took the lead speaking on behalf of the city council. There is no doubt McArthur and McInnis have put the city council and county commissioner board and the local tax slaves in a very interesting position and will be fun to follow the street sweepers on this one. 

Date: Fri, Aug 14, 2015 at 2:01 PM -0700
Subject: Fwd: GVDD's Letter
To: "Barbara Traylor Smith" , "Belinda White" , "Bennett Boeschenstein" , "Chris Kennedy" , "Duncan McArthur" , "John Shaver" , "Martin Chazen" , "Phyllis Norris" , "Rick Taggart" , "Sam Rainguet" , "Tim Moore" , "Shaunalee Kronkright"

Good Afternoon,

I believe that you have all received a letter from GVDD discussing their fee. In that letter, they mentioned me personally and attributed an erroneous comment that I supposedly made so this email is to correct that statement.

I did make a presentation to WCCA's Board about Commissioner McInnis and I seeking support to have the legislators consider changing GVDD's current form of governance to one that is more representative. In that presentation, I made no criticism of the GVDD Board's competency. My comments has always been that we have an agency that is seeking to collect and spend over $60 million over the next 20 years with effectively no oversight. I also mentioned that, under the current form of governance, GVDD mis-managed its mill levy over the years costing the District millions but that is a matter of record and has even been acknowledged by former District representatives. Both Commissioner McInnis and I have repeatedly stated that we are not saying anyone has done anything wrong. But an organization with over $100 million in assets seeking to collect and spend over $60 million without any effective oversight is a recipe for problems.

With all that being said, you will received a letter this afternoon, if you have not already received it, recommending that the issue of governance be referred to DOLA to study the issue and make their recommendation to the legislators on how the District would best be governed. This takes the political jabs and egos out of the question because that is not what this is all about. It is about how best to serve the citizens of this valley.

Thanks you.

Duncan McArthur

McArthur's email proves he has only his best interest in mind as he wants to push these hard decisions over to DOLA and the state elected to get this hot topic away from local media and tax payer attention and appoint their own hand picked board to continue the kicking of the can down the road. This is the City's sudden Resolution to be adopted here and not sure if ever approved or voted upon. Without the ability to develop land any further due to storm runoff drainage MS4 issue it begins to put strain on builders and real estate agents and of course higher tax bases with the possibilities for the city to ignore their very own codes. 

Scott McInnis attended a meeting with GVDD on January 24, 2015 and asked GVDD for two months to get his technical information together and to get the buy in from Commissioner's Justman and Pugliese. Scott McInnis then instructs county employee Julie Constan to begin a white paper crusade to convince the other commissioners. However five months later the 5-2-1 is being resurrected to its original dysfunctional state but with the added two politically appointed members. Leave no doubt the progressive big government types already sitting on the 5-2-1 board will leave a legacy for the many future tax slaves that will pay dearly for this Juntion Dysfunction!

The concept offered by McInnis and McArthur, who sit on the current appointed 5-2-1 board, is to continue the 5-2-1 dysfunction by adding two more to the board making five that will be all be appointed via the good ole boy political network that always take care of friends in the mesa county elite ranks. Since Scott McInnis now has $500K to contribute to the valley via his 10-year Western Way PAC funding, he could play savior for the 5-2-1's poor planning since its inception. So far from the recent PAC pay outs it appears local bank fees, investment gain taxes, CMU, cell phone calls, and recently Patrick Davis of "Colorado Liberty Alliance" for $15,000.00 are the token winners so far. Side Note VetTheGov found this interesting article about the Colorado Liberty Alliance as a hit tool used to take out TEA party candidates within the republican party and specifically Marsha Looper who was running against Amy Stephens aka"Amycare" who gave us our current bankrupt and high cost federal healthcare exchange in Colorado. 

VetTheGov will keep all you tax slaves up to date in the upcoming weeks as this surely will play out as one of the biggest political power plays to date in Mesa County. The below picture taken by VetTheGov shows a drain on a Mesa County residential road that has not been cleaned or swept all year which proves at least the 5-2-1 is another government failure! VetTheGov dedicates the drain and names it on behalf of all tax slaves in the valley the McInnis-McArthur Drainage District Trophy Drain since without a doubt these two officials will save us all from the impending implosion. No worries because all these characters are protected by the Government Immunity Act. This will all end with a call for help to Washington D.C. that will keep the Grand Valley under Federal Rule and prove the bigger question of why the local tax slaves need any local officials at all! Stay tuned more to come!