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City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
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And the State of the City is...."golden!"

Jason Slowinski at the State of the City luncheon
Today, Golden's new City Manager, Jason Slowinski, gave his first State of the City luncheon address, wherein he talked about all the achievements of the past year and the current projects Golden has going on to make our beautiful city even better. 

If you missed the luncheon, a video will soon be available on our website, so look for it at www.cityofgolden.net.

There's a lot happening in Golden, and we have the scoop for you here. Keep reading to be informed, and have a wonderful week!

Your friends at the City of Golden

Current Projects
Linking Lookout Logo
Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
 
Here's what's happening on the Linking Lookout project this week:
  • Utility line relocation - The final overhead lines and power poles along US 6 will be gone this week. Work east of US 6 to underground electrical lines will continue through April.
  • Retaining wall construction to provide space for on- and off-ramps continues in all four quadrants. Kraemer will start installing pre-cast panels for walls in the NW quadrant late this week or early next week.
  • Concrete tunnel that allows the US 6 trail to go under the US 6 west-bound off ramp to 19th Street is complete.
  • Retaining walls on either side of the tunnel will begin when concrete pours are complete.
  • There will continue to be some lane closures on eastbound and westbound US 6 from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. for truck loading. After last Friday's heavier than usual volumes, Kraemer will monitor traffic impacts of Friday closures and adjust construction schedules if necessary.
  • The excavation for the 54" stormsewer started yesterday along West campus Drive. Some intermittent parking closures on the west side of the road will occur.
  • Removal of the existing retaining wall in the northeast quadrant will continue.
  • A CSM geology class will have a tour on Wednesday to learn how soil impacts design and construction methods.
  • CDOT geologists will tour the project on Thursday afternoon to see soil nail construction.
Please note, these plans can change at any time depending on weather and other factors. 
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Follow us on Twitter for real-time updates! You can also get lots of project information, including maps and long-term plans at LinkingLookout.com.
West Fork Kenney Run Drainage Improvement Project
 
Crews are continuing to work on landscaping and punch list items near the High School this week.
New Water Meter
Water Meter Replacement project moves forward in select neighborhoods
 
The City of Golden water meter replacement project began in late March. Keystone Utility Systems is the City's contractor for this project and is currently working in the Rimrock, East Street and South Ridge areas. A typical residential replacement will take approximately 20 minutes; a commercial replacement may take several hours. If your meter is in a pit outside, you do not need to do anything. If you have an inside set meter you will need to contact Keystone and schedule an appointment. You can schedule via email at  Office@keystoneutilities.com or by phone at 1-877-587-2279 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Keystone has begun sending notices to residents and commercial accounts that will need to set an appointment for the replacement. Appointments are available Monday through Saturday between approximately 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Please remove any items blocking access to the water meter before Keystone arrives to ensure a quick and trouble free replacement.  Please do not call for an appointment until you receive the notice.

Contact Les Major at 303-384-8170 or Keith Mehls at 303-384-8171 with questions regarding this project.
2016 Concrete Program
 
The annual concrete program is gearing up for the season. Fasick Concrete will work begin this week on the 21st and East neighborhoods.
2016 Utilities Replacement Program
 
This week construction is moving forward on 18th St. sewer replacement.
Noise Monitoring Sign
Beverly Heights Noise Mitigation
 
Crews are testing the new experimental Noise Mitigation Sign in the shops this week, and hope to have it in place in two weeks. For more information, see a demonstration of the sign conducted by the manufacture.
Upcoming Events
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Golden Library Events - April 12-19
  • Teen Writing Group (April 14, 4 p.m.) 
    Are you working on your first novel? Do you write fanfic? Or are you more interested in poetry? Whatever your writing interest, the teen writing group at the Golden Library is for you!
    This monthly workshop offers the chance to share your writing, get feedback from like-minded peers, sharpen your skills, and discuss a variety of topics. This is for grades 6-12.  
  • Peep into Your Favorite Book - People's Choice Awards (April 16, 1 p.m.)
    Golden Library is hosting its first annual literary diorama contest! Use leftover Peeps marshmallow treats to create a scene from one of your favorite books. Bring your creation to the library and fill out an entry form by April 1, then vote for your favorites in four distinct age categories (kids ages 4-10, teens ages 11-17, adults aged 18+, and family/multiple creators/group creations) anytime during April 1-14.  On April 16 we'll be hosting our Peeple's Choice Awards and handing out prizes. We can't wait to peep into your favorite book! Please call or stop by Golden Library for more information.
  • Sha'at Sipur L'yedladim: Jewish culture through stories (April 17, 2 p.m.)
    Storytelling has been part of Jewish religion and custom from earliest times, and to this day remains a defining aspect of Jewish life. The best part is that you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy these stories. With humor, warmth and wisdom, Jewish stories entertain, teach and fascinate listeners of all ages and backgrounds.  Explore Jewish culture through a fun series of stories and activities at the Golden Library, presented by Judaism in the Foothills, B'nai Chaim, Jewish Colorado and PJ Library. We'll even send you home with a free kid's book. Suitable for: Ages 2-8
  • Lego Play and Build (April 19, 4 p.m.)You're never too old (or young!) to play with LEGOs! Join the Golden Library all-ages LEGO Play and Build program. Build something based on the month's theme or use your imagination! Everyone is welcome, just drop-in. Space is limited, however, and program is limited to 45 participants. 
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website .
EdComm Meeting Tonight Canceled & Rescheduled for next week
 
The Economic Development Commission meeting originally scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled for April 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Golden Public Works Building at 1445 10th Street in Golden.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our   Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
North Clear Creek Neighborhoods Open House & Bike Library Discussion
 
The third public engagement opportunity for the North Clear Creek Neighborhoods Plan will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13 at the Golden Community Center, 1470 10th St. Residents and visitors are encouraged to attend. The goal of the plan is to establish a framework for building and site design, address concerns of the neighborhood, and establish future goals and priorities for the plan area.

The North Clear Creek Neighborhoods Plan area incorporates 8th, 9th, and 10th Street neighborhoods as well as Goosetown along Clear Creek.

The North Clear Creek Neighborhoods Plan is intended as a component of the City of Golden Comprehensive Plan and will find ways to achieve the Value Themes set forth in the Golden Vision 2030 Plan. The plan will also be complementary to the Downtown Character Plan, Clear Creek Master Plan and Clear Creek Management Plan.

For more information, visit our North Clear Creek Neighborhoods Plan page.

In addition to addressing N. Clear Creek Neighborhood's priorities, we will also discuss the new Golden Bike Library coming in June to the Golden Visitor's Center at this meeting. How would you use the library? What should the branding look like? Learn more about the bikes and the library and provide input on this great new amenity in the N. Clear Creek Neighborhood! For more information, visit the Golden Bike Library page.
City Council Meeting
 
City Council will meet in regular session on April 14 at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers located at 911 10th Street.

At the meeting, City Council will consider the following items:
  • Consent Matters (all items listed will be treated as one item and one vote. For a full list of items included, please see the  Meeting Agenda.)
  • Arbor Day and Earth Day proclamations will be made.
  • 2016 Sustainability Awards - Each year, the City recognizes individuals and community groups who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to best practices in sustainability.
  • Council will consider amending the 2016 budget as recommended as a result of various projects and events occurring in 2016 that require adjustments to the budget.
  • Council will consider a resolution opposing House Bill (HB)16-1370, which has potential significant adverse tax consequences for the City of Golden and affects the city's ability to govern locally as regards the regulation and licensing of non-cigarette or other tobacco products retailers. 
Following the meeting, Council will adjourn into Executive Session.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our   Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Coffee with a Councilor - North Neighborhoods

Join District 2 Golden City Councilor Casey Brown for coffee at Natural Grocers at 10 a.m. and discuss the things that matter to you and your community!

When: April 16, 10 a.m. 
Where: Natural Grocers, 2401 Ford Street
Helluva Service Event

The Helluva Service Event is a Colorado School of Mines student-conceived, student-driven day of service for the City of Golden. At the Helluva Service Event, students from organizations across campus will come together to complete various service events throughout the Golden community with organizations ranging from open space and public parks to local businesses and community members. Do you need a yard raked, fence painted, goods stacked, anything? They'll take care of it on April 17 starting at 8:30 a.m.

Visit the Helluva Service event website to learn more!
DDA Meeting
 
The Downtown Development Authority will meet April 18 at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our   Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Around Town
Economic Development Commission supports Discovering Technology program for girls
 
The City of Golden's Economic Development Commission recently received a very special recognition from girls participating in Colorado School of Mines' Discovering Technology program. Discovering Technology is an after-school program designed for girls grades 3 to 6, to keep them excited about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). This program meets 4 times over the course of the semester, and introduces girls to a variety of STEM topics through creative and interactive activities. 

Studies show that girls' interest in science/engineering subjects starts to decline the closer they get to middle school. With this in mind, Colorado School of Mines Professor Dr. Tracy Camp and her female Computer Science students created the Discovery Technology program in Fall 2012. With approximately 300 girls participating each semester, the program has proven popular with local elementary students, and has grown to include middle and high school aged girls.
The Economic Development Commission is a proud sponsor of the program. By providing need-based scholarships, the commission has made it possible for numerous participants to experience the world of STEM.
Annexation Request west of State Highway 93 at Golden Gate Canyon Rd FAQs
 
City Council has received a number of emails and inquiries over the past few weeks about a potential request to annex a parcel into the City near Golden Gate Canyon Road and State Highway 93. Although no application has been filed, the community has many questions, so we have prepared a status update, structured as a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to help explain where we stand with the request at this moment.

Please download the Annexation Request FAQs document below, as well as the map that accompanies it.
If you have further questions about the summary itself, please contact planning@cityofgolden.net. City Council always welcomes comments or suggestions at citycouncil@cityofgolden.net.
Community Call-n-Ride Bus Route Changing April 25
 
By May, the 6th Avenue and 19th Street interchange construction project, known as "Linking Lookout," should be fully underway.  In order to prepare for this traffic interruption, City and RTD staff have developed a plan to temporarily reroute the green circulator bus to minimize the impact on transit passengers.

Beginning on April 25, the circulator bus will be rerouted for approximately 18 months to avoid this intersection and any associated delays due to construction work. This temporary route has now been finalized, as shown on the map to the right. To view a larger version of the map, please visit the City of Golden website.

Please contact the Golden Planning Division at  planningcommission@cityofgolden.net or 303-384-8097 for more information.
Worth Repeating
Golden Library now has expanded hours
 
Golden Library, along with JCPL's other larger libraries (Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Evergreen, Lakewood and Standley Lake) now has expanded hours of operation from 51 hours a week to 65 hours a week. The smaller libraries (Conifer, Edgewater and Wheat Ridge) have expanded their hours from 40.5 to 48 hours per week.

Last November, Jefferson County voters approved a mill levy increase for the Library - its first in 29 years. As a result, Library staff members are busy working to restore library services in Jefferson County. Among the improvements are expanded service hours. Over time, you'll also see the Library system investing more in books and materials, updating technology and repairing facilities. Future plans include expanding and enhancing services as time and resources allow.

Golden Library's New Schedule
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Garden in a Box kits now on sale!
 
The City of Golden and the Center for ReSource Conservation offer an easy, fun and affordable way to create beautiful, water-conserving gardens through the purchase of a Garden In A Box kit.

Garden In A Box kits are now on sale!

Garden In A Box, a selection of professionally designed, perennial gardens that use Xeric (low water) plants, offers residents a simple approach to an eye-catching yard. These affordable, do-it-yourself garden kits come with starter plants, a Plant and Care Guide, and plant-by-number maps. 

Gardens are offered by the City of Golden in partnership with the Center for ReSource Conservation. $25 discounts are available while supplies last to Golden residents. To view the full garden collection visit  Conservationcenter.org/gardens .