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A duck unstuck! (and his heroic, sooty firefighter)

A lucky duck
Golden first responders are always on the alert to help any local resident who is in need - even the ones with wings! Saturday night, Golden Firefighters braved the "fowl" weather to rescue a duck stuck in a local resident's chimney. The Golden homeowner  called Golden Dispatch and Engine 21 ( a.k.a "Duck Command") quickly responded to help rescue the trapped bird.  Lt. Steinhoff was able to free the duck from around the flue without injuring the animal. Watch the news story of the lucky duck's rescue and visit the Golden Fire-Rescue Facebook page to see more pictures of the daring rescue!
As usual, there's plenty 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
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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.

A New Life for Linking Lookout Retaining Wall Blocks 
Part of this week's Linking Lookout update includes the removal of the existing retaining wall on the northeast quadrant of the project. As residents drive through the project some may ask, what happens to the old materials after removal? In the case of the existing retaining wall, people want to know what will happen to the block? According to the project's general contractor Kraemer North America, it is being carefully removed and salvaged in order to be reused by 
Kraemer subcontractors Kelley Trucking, HTM and Slaton Bros. 
In many instances, this question is addressed before the contractor bids the project. When Kraemer and their subcontractors offered their bid, one factor that was taken into account was whether or not the building materials could be salvaged and reused. Not only does reusing these materials save on future project costs, it keeps building materials out of landfills and reduces waste. The City of Golden is thrilled that these materials will be put to good use. 
West Fork Kenney Run Drainage Improvement Project
Crews are  waiting for good weather to finish landscaping and fencing.
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
Fasick Concrete will lose a few days due to weather but will continue on East St. from 18th to 24th when able.
2016 Utilities Replacement Program
Construction continues on 18th St. sewer replacement.
Upcoming Events
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events - April 19-26
  • Lego Play and Build (April 19, 26 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.
  • Golden Library Book Club (April 19, 6 p.m.) - Join fellow book lovers for Tuesday Night Book Group at the Golden Library. The discussion will be about the book Redeployment by Phil Klay.
  • Game Lounge for Grades 5 - 8 (April 20, 2 p.m.)
    It's an Early Release Day for Jeffco schools, so after school lets out, youths in grades 5-8 are invited to drop by the Golden Library's Teen Area to play Xbox 360, Playstation 4, board games or card games!
  • Cupcake Wars! (April 23, 3 p.m.)This is WAR. With frosting. Choose your weapons and battle for honor and glory! It's time for Cupcake Wars at the Golden Library.
    Come fully prepared to impress the judges. You'll have a limited amount of time along with a challenging list of ingredients to make your creation. Think you've got what it takes? On your mark, get set, DECORATE!
    Grades: 6-12  
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website .
Rescheduled EdComm Meeting
The Economic Development Commission will meet tonight, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Golden Public Works Building at 1445 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, the following will be considered:
  • Traxion Accelerator
  • CSM Golden Start-up Event (Rescheduled to April 27th)
  • EDComm/ Traxion/ Mines April 20 networking event
  • Bell iSTEM Report
  • Economic Development Awards
  • NREL Tech Transfer Event 
For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.  
Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Meeting
The Parks & Recreation Advisory Board will meet tonight, April 19, at 7 p.m. in the Golden Community Center at 1470 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, the following will be considered:
  • Master Plan Update with a draft Citizen Survey review
  • Park Rules Follow Up Review
  • Director's Report:
    • Ulysses Skatepark Update
    • Staffing update.
For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.  
Citizens Budget Advisory Committee Meeting
The Citizens Budget Advisory Committee will meet April 20 at 7:30 a.m. in the Golden City Hall Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, the following will be considered:
  • 2015 Year-end update
  • 1st Quarter Financial Report
  • Discussion of City Council priorities and their impact on Budget
  • Resolution #2165, Debt Mgmt & Long Range Budgetary Policies
  • Astor House Update - Rod Tarullo
  • City Updates 
For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.  
Planning Commission Meeting
The Planning Commission will meet April 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Golden City Hall Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, Planning Commission will continue its conversation regarding housing affordability in the community by meeting with the City's new Community Development Analyst and provide direction on goals and next steps.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.  
3rd Annual Taste of Golden
Join the Golden Chamber Ambassadors for the 3rd Annual Taste of Golden at the American Mountaineering Center on April 25 at 5 p.m.! 

Sample a variety of food and drinks from local restaurants, breweries and distilleries. This event has sold out the past 2 years, so get your tickets early. Open to all ages, however anyone consuming alcohol must present a valid ID at the door.

Visit the Golden Chamber of Commerce website for more information and to purchase tickets.

**Your confirmation will also serve as your ticket. The individual who purchased the ticket must be present with an ID**
Golden Community Pride Days are coming!
It's time to do some heavy duty spring cleaning, so you can take advantage of this year's Golden Community Pride Days on April 30 and May 1!

This is the annual service provided by the City as a courtesy to residents to help keep their homes, both inside and out, looking beautiful.

Community Pride Days are for residents living within the city limits only. Proof of residency (a current driver's license or most recent Golden water bill) is required in order to participate in this event. 

Remember that many Golden mailing addresses are not within the city limits. If you're unsure, please visit the Address Wizard. For more information on what is and what is not accepted, please visit our Community Calendar.
Around Town
Tree Branch Disposal for Golden Residents
In response to the weekend snowstorm and the resultant tree damage, the vacant lot located at 1255 Catamount Drive will temporarily be open for resident tree branch disposal.  The lot will be open until Sunday, May 1 at 3:30 p.m.

Please note, this service is for limbs and tree material, not any pretreated lumber, fences, or any other wood or trash that is not of natural materials. Patrons must have proof of residency to participate and there is free mulch at the lot for Golden residents to load themselves. Parks staff will be available on April 30 and May 1 during Golden Community Pride Days to assist in loading mulch.
Deadline approaching for Citizen Assistance Fund grants
The City of Golden is accepting grant applications for its Citizen Assistance Fund. Grants will be awarded to established non-profit organizations that  can demonstrate that they provide a needed service to the residents of Golden. Organizations outside of the City of Golden can apply, but if those organizations are awarded a grant those groups must invest the grant money towards the betterment of residents within Golden.
Applications are due no later than Friday, April 29, 2016 by 5 p.m.
Learn more and download the application on our Grant Opportunities page.
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
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.
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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