Weekly Digest April 10 2018
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Time for an upgrade!

If you've tried to register online for a class at the Community Center this week, you're probably already aware that the Parks & Recreation software system is currently offline. This means no registrations for GCC or Golden History Museum programming, no park pavilion rentals and no Clear Creek RV Campground reservations can be made online. The upgrade process began yesterday and will last through April 13. 

The upgrade process ensures registration software and systems are updated and can meet the growing needs of our customers, but it does mean a week of inconvenience.  The GCC will be open this week, but computers will be down as staff handles business "old school" with pencil and paper. Please be patient with our staff as this will, inevitably, mean processes will be much slower.
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we improve future customer service through this upgrade.

In other news, this is your last chance to 1) buy a tree from the Golden tree sale and 2) vote for the 4th movie we show at this summer's Movies & Music in the Park!

Keep reading for more on what's happening in Golden, and have a great week.

Your Friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
Open! Heritage Road at Apex Gulch

Heritage road is now open! The project at Apex Gulch has been completed a few days ahead of the revised timeline.
Road closure for necessary stormwater and street improvements

This week,16th Street from Illinois to Arapahoe was closed to allow for stormwater and street improvements in the area. The road will remain closed through mid-August as crews complete all necessary improvements and repairs.
Lane/Sidewalk Closures on Ford Street

There will be a construction fence surrounding a project at 19th and Ford Streets until mid-April.  
There will be lane closures on 19th and Ford for the installation of new sidewalks. This will last until the beginning of next week.
Concrete Replacement Program

The annual Concrete Replacement program is underway by contractor Fasick. The work consists of replacing damaged, deficient and trip hazards. ADA improvements are also addressed through the course of the work. Following is a list of streets in various stages of construction and clean-up:

2018 Concrete Replacement Schedule
Waterfall on South Golden Road

The waterfall on South Golden Road is back on for the season.

Waterfall on Golden Road

CDOT Rockfall Mitigation Project on US 6/Clear Creek Canyon

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and contractor partner Apex Rockfall Mitigation will begin rockfall mitigation work on US 6/Clear Creek Canyon between Colorado Highway (CO) 93/CO 58 and CO 119 from mile marker 260 to 272 in Jefferson and Clear Creek Counties.

In order to protect the safety of crews working on the project and the traveling public, daytime full closures of US 6/Clear Creek Canyon between CO 93/CO 58 and CO 119 must be conducted as rockfall mitigation cannot be done at night.

Motorists can expect daytime full closures of eastbound and westbound US 6/Clear Creek Canyon, Monday through Thursday, through the end of April with work hours as follows:
  • Monday through Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
During this time, there will be no parking or access for recreation use. Motorists can use I-70 as an alternate route during construction hours.
Gas Mains Replacement

Xcel Energy is replacing old gas mains on North Ford Street from 1st Street to Texas Street.  Patches made by the contractor are temporary. As soon as the contractor is done, the road will be repaired.  For questions, please contact Xcel directly at 800-895-4999.  They are also repairing main leaks between 1st and 5th Streets.
Upcoming Events
Economic Development Commission Meeting
 
The Golden Economic Development Commission will meet tonight,Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th St.

At the meeting, EdComm will consider the following topics:
  • Panel discussion with local entrepreneurs
  • Economic incentive requests
  • Communications updates
For more information on this meeting, please see the agenda.

For information on this and other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Local Licensing Authority Meeting
 
The Local Licensing Authority will meet on  Wednesday, April 11, 2:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 911 10th Street.

For a full list of applications under consider, please see the meeting agenda.

For information on this and other upcoming meetings, please visit our  Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Mines E-Days
 
E-Days Fireworks
The Colorado School of Mines celebrates Engineering or E-Days with a variety of student and public activities April 12 - 14.

The public can join Mines students at the Cardboard Boat Races on Clear Creek on Saturday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. then on Saturday night, fireworks will shoot off from the IM Fields on the Mines campus and light up the night sky starting at 9:45 p.m. (heads up, dog guardians!)

See the full list of activities planned for Mines E-Days and plan ahead!
City Council Regular Business Meeting
 
Golden City Council will meet Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th St.

At the meeting, Council will consider the following items:
  • Consent Matters - All items listed under Consent Matters are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion and vote. To see all items included in the motion, please see the meeting agenda.
  • The Mayor will make the following proclamations:
    • National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 8-14, 2018
    • National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 8-14, 2018
    • National Volunteer Week, April 15-22, 2018
    • Arbor Day, April 20, 2018
    • Earth Day, April 22, 2018
  • Council will present the 2018 Sustainability Awards
  • Council will consider a request to declare opposition to Conversion Therapy for minors.
  • City Council will consider a Resolution modifying an existing environmental covenant affecting City owned land within and south of Clear Creek, west of Maple Street. The modification recognizes the abandonment of two monitoring wells previously installed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment within the property. 
For information on this and other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Downtown Development Authority Meeting
 
The Downtown Development Authority will meet Monday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th St.

For information on this and other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
CWAC in Your Kitchen
Craft Beer with a Councilor - North Neighborhoods
 
Come share craft beers with Councilor Casey Brown at the home of Ken Jacobs, 1822 Arapahoe Street, on Saturday, April 14 starting at 3 p.m.

This is a great opportunity to talk with a representative and fellow residents of the neighborhoods in north Golden, as well as any issue related to the good of Golden.
Parks, Recreation and Museums Advisory Board Meeting
 
The Parks, Recreation and Museums Advisory Board will meet Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. in the Golden Community Center at 1470 10th St.

For information on this and other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Xeriscaping in Colorado: Weather, Wildlife and Beyond!
 
Xeriscaping your home
When: Thursday, April 19, 6 - 8 p.m.
Where: Golden Community Center, Coal Creek Room - North; 1470 10th St.
Speaker: Kenton Seth of Paintbrush Gardens

It is becoming more and more widely known that Xeriscaping is a good idea, and there are some really spectacular, eye-catching xeric landscapes out there. But how does your average person achieve such beauty and perfection? And what about when life happens - pets, critters, storms, budgets, and lifestyle realities? How does it work then? Does it have to be ugly to be easy? Join Kenton J. Seth, a genuinely lazy Native Landscape designer and plant nut, to find out the hands-on, real-life answers that make saving water just the beginning of the benefits you'll reap from your Xeriscape. Learn more at ResourceCentral.org.

Inaugural Town and Gown Book Club
 
Join fellow residents, students and scholars for the inaugural lunchtime Town and Gown Book Club on Thursday, April 26 in the Boettcher Room of the Arthur Lakes Library on the Colorado School of Mines campus. The purpose of the Book Club is to read and discuss books of general interest, which access the expertise of the City of Golden, Mines faculty and students, and visiting scholars. 
 
In this inaugural meeting, Dr. Robert M. Hazen will discuss his book The Story of Earth.  Dr. Hazen is Senior Staff Scientist at the Carnegie Institution's Geophysical Laboratory, and the Clarence Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences at George Mason University.  A FREE buffet lunch will be provided, but space is limited and you must register by Thursday, April 12.  Registration for this luncheon event commits you to obtain a copy of The Story of Earth and to read it before the discussion. 
 
Because of limited parking, the City of Golden is providing a small bus from the Golden Community Center, 1470 10th St. leaving at 11:30 a.m.  You must also reserve a spot on the bus. 
For more information and to register for the Book Club and bus, email Gyasi Evans of the Mines Library at gevans@mines.edu.
 
Mines Athletics
Colorado School of Mines Athletics

Baseball, Track & Field, Swimming, Golf, Volleyball, Softball, Football... whatever your favorite sport is, CSM is probably playing it. Come out to support your local college team - go Orediggers!

Keep track of the schedule of upcoming games on the Mines Athletics Calendar. There you'll see who they are playing, when they are playing and where. 

This weekend features Track in Golden on Saturday and Sunday.

Please note that dates and times are subject to change, so always check Minesathletic.com before heading out to a game.
Jefferson County Public Library
Jefferson County Golden Library Events
 
Every week our Golden branch of the Jefferson County Public Library, located at 1019 10th Street, features events and classes for all ages, from DIY Labs to Book Clubs to creative and educational workshops. 

Visit JeffcoLibrary.org for a calendar of upcoming events. There you can also register for  programs that require pre-registration.
Around Town
Last Chance to Buy Trees!

Northern Catalpa Tree
Want to spruce up your yard? The City of Golden's annual tree sale still has a few trees available and you have until April 15 or until we run out to claim yours! Sponsored by the Golden Parks and Recreation Department, this is your opportunity to get trees that are known to adapt and thrive in our area. Trees are available at the discounted rate of $60 plus tax ($64.50).

Still available are the following great shade tree options:
  • American Hornbeam
  • Northern Catalpa
  • Kentucky CoffeeTree
  • Bur Oak
Visit the City of Golden Forestry page for more information and to download an order form.
2018 Golden Sustainability Award Winners
 
The Community Sustainability Advisory Committee is recognizing community members and businesses who strive to create a Greener Golden through their annual Sustainability Awards program. Tune in to the City Council meeting on April 12 for this year's awards ceremony.
 
Congratulations to this year's winners!:
 
Community Group Award
League of Women Voters , f or hosting an energy and climate roundtable. 
 
Individual Award
Wendy Hanophy , for her volunteer  contributions to the Community Solar Ballot Campaign. 
 
Business Award
Kong Company , f or their  installation of more than 120kW of solar in 2017.
 
Business Award
MillerCoors, MolsonCoors, Ball Corporation for their annual clean up of Clear Creek.
Vote for the 4th MMitP Movie this year!
Don't forget to vote!
 
Every summer the City of Golden hosts four fun Fridays in August encouraging the community to gather in Parfet Park, enjoy some live music and then settle in for the screening of a popular movie on a huge, inflatable screen. Always before, City staff has carefully selected the movies to be screened for Movies & Music in the Park, but this year we want to hear from you! 
 
We have narrowed the fourth movie down to four options, and now it's up to you to vote on the winner. Voting will be open through April 15th at GuidingGolden.com

We can't wait to see what you pick!