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Show your community pride!

So much is happening this week, where to begin?

For starters, this weekend marks a popular annual tradition in Golden - Community Pride Days! It's a chance to do some spring cleaning and get rid of items you'd normally have to pay to rid yourself of, from tree limbs to TVs. Read on below for more information!
 
In addition, coming up is a 19th Street Traffic Calming public meeting, North Ford St. Walking Audit Workshop, Yard Waste Collection Days, and more. 

Keep reading, keep informed, and have a fantastic 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:
  • All work will be dependent on weather. If scheduled rains occur, work will need to wait for the site to dry out.
  • Soil nail walls are proceeding in all quadrants. In the northwest, precast facing panels are beginning to be installed over shotcrete wall. In the northeast and southwest, nails and shotcrete walls are being completed. In the southeast, the MSE walls adjacent to the trail underpass box recently completed will begin.
  • Utility line relocation: The last of the utility undergrounding is occurring along 19th street to Elm.
  • The installation of the 54" storm sewer along West Campus Drive is continuing. 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. This wall is being salvaged by the contractor who is recycling it to other projects.
Please note, these plans can change at any time depending on weather and other factors. 
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Linking Lookout Video #3 - Soil Nails!

Soil Nails
This week we bring you the third in a series of videos we are producing about the Linking Lookout project. Soil Nails! And no, we're not talking about the nails you dropped in the dirt while fixing the gutter last week - we're talking huge nails that add support in large projects such as Linking Lookout. You never knew nails could be so interesting!
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 is wrapping up in the East St neighborhood and moving to Jackson St., which will be closed from 14th to 15th Sts to install wider sidewalks on both sides. Traffic will be detoured west on 13th St and back to 15th. 

The work is expected to begin Monday and is anticipated to take 4 days to complete. 
2016 Utilities Replacement Program
 
Construction continues on 18th St. sewer replacement. Crews will begin on the Iowa Drive and Iowa Court water line later this week.
Upcoming Events
19th Street Traffic Calming Public Meeting
 
The City of Golden is hosting a public meeting on April 27, 2016 at the Golden Community Center, 1470 10th St. regarding 19th Street traffic calming plans. The presentation will begin at 6 p.m., and will include three design alternatives that are the result of the previous public meetings on this project.

Initial plans for the proposed traffic calming on 19 th Street from Parfet Estates Drive to Goldenvue Drive were presented in a public meeting in July 2014, and based upon public input they were revised for a September 2014 meeting. Three common public input themes emerged from these meetings:
  • Neighborhood residents desire a wider sidewalk on the north side of 19th.
  • Cyclists and drivers did not like the proposed narrow, separated downhill bike lane.
  • Cyclists were concerned that the proposed uphill bike lane was too narrow and would not allow faster cyclists to pass slower ones safely.
The three alternatives that will be presented at the April 27 meeting accommodate these concerns to varying degrees, so we need your input on what you would like to see for this project.

For more information, contact City Engineer Vince Auriemma at  vauriemma@cityofgolden.net.
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events - April 26 - May 3
  • Lego Play and Build (April 26 & May 3, 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.
  • Teens After Dark: Harry Potter Night (April 29, 6 p.m.) - Grab your wand and help your House compete in the Tri-Wizard Tournament at the Golden Library to keep He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named from taking over Hogwarts! After all this time? Always.
    Register in advance at the Golden Library at least one week prior. 
    Suitable for: Grades 6-12
  • Teen Movie Time (May 3, 6 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!
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website .
Local Liquor Licensing Authority Meeting
 
The Local Liquor Licensing Authority will meet April 27, at 2:30 p.m. in the Golden Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

At the meeting, the LLA will consider multiple applications and conduct hearings for a number of businesses. To see a full list of applications and hearings to be considered, please see the meeting agenda.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.  
Community Sustainability Advisory Board Meeting
 
The Community Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB) will meet April 27, at 6:30 p.m. in Golden Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, the following will be considered:
  • Downtown Recycling
  • Energy Policy Support for City Council
  • Rooney Road Solar Garden
For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.  
Regular City Council Meeting
 
City Council will meet April 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Golden City Hall Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, the following will be considered:
  • 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.)
  • Proclamations recognizing the following:
    •  First Responders Appreciation Day, May 9, 2016
    • National Police Week, May 9 - 13
    • May is Mental Health Month
    • National Small Business Week, May 1 - 7, 2016
    • National Travel and Tourism Week, May 1 - 7, 2016
  • Appointments to Community Sustainability Advisory Board, Downtown Development Authority, Fire Pension Board, Golden Urban Renewal Authority, Historic Preservation Board, Investment Advisory Committee, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Planning Commission and Public Arts Commission (Mayor and City Council)
  • The founder of the Spark City Children's Museum in the Golden area has asked to introduce herself and her project to Council.
  • Harrison Leahy, senior at Evergreen High School, will give a presentation on his experience as an intern with the Fire Department.  Harrison is part of the Executive High School Internship program with Jefferson County Public Schools.
  • City Council will consider approving an agreement to acquire a small parcel of land and an easement at 148 Washington Avenue in order to allow utilization of adjacent previously acquired right of way if needed for the Washington Avenue complete streets project.

The following the regular business meeting, Council will adjourn into Study Session.

 

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.  
Historic Preservation Board Meeting
 
The Historic Preservation Board Meeting will meet May 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Golden City Hall Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, HPB will consider the following:
  • Review plans for construction of a 320 square foot addition to a commercial structure over 50 years old, located at 611 14th Street.
  • Review plans for construction of a detached garage with an attached living quarters at 2015 East Street, located in the East Street Historic District.
For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.  
Golden Community Pride Days
 
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.
North Ford St. Walking Audit Workshop 
 
Join friends, neighbors, and other community stakeholders for a FREE workshop to learn about the upcoming N. Ford Street Walking Audit.

Here's what we'll cover:
  • Define a walk audit
  • Help you to understand the study area (Walking Audit Scope Map  )
  • Introduce tools used to conduct a walking audit
What: Walking Audit Training
When: Tuesday, May 3 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Where: Hillside Community Church - 103 N. Ford Street, Golden

Our ability to comfortably walk throughout Golden is important to our quality of life including our health, environmental quality and local economy. Focusing on a section of N. Ford Street, this group exercise will empower you to evaluate what it's like to walk in the area, whether for work, school, errands or exercise. Is it pleasant and inviting, or unsafe and difficult?

The actual  North Ford Street Walking Audit will be conducted on May 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at Hillside Community Church. You do not have to attend this training in order to participate in the audit.

Our experience and impressions will inform an Active Living Framework Plan to guide the work of the Jefferson County Active Living Coaliti��on over the next two years.
National Travel and Tourism Week in Golden kicks off with an open house
 
Next week is National Travel and Tourism Week and the events in Golden will kick off with an open house at the Visitor Center on May 3 at 11:30 a.m. 

The public is invited to attend a community celebration of the new and improved Golden Visitor Center. Explore the region's premier Visitor Center as you snap photos with Golden mascots, view one of the new Coors Brewery Tour buses and more! Enjoy a boxed lunch at this special event celebrating all the new changes and upgrades. 
Around Town
Yard Waste Collection Days next week
 
Attention, residents who participate in the Pay as You Throw (PAYT) program! The semi-annual spring yard waste collection is right around the corner. 

Pick up is scheduled for the week of May 2 on your normal service day. Yard wastes should be placed at or near where your trash is collected by 7 a.m. on your designated day. Material may be placed in reusable containers of your choice or in compostable bags available for purchase at Meyers Hardware, The Home Depot and other home improvement stores. Yard waste for this collection includes grass clippings, pine needles, leaves, weeds, branches, sawdust, ground or chipped wood.

For more information on what is and is not accepted for collection, please visit our Yard Waste Collection Days web page.
Golden Cliffs Parking closed Thursday and Friday
 
The Peery lot at North Table Mountain Park will be closed for some desperately needed grading work Thursday and Friday of this week, April 28-29. Visitors on those two days will be directed to the upper parking lot, which belongs to the City of Golden.
Youth Citizens' Police Academy accepting applications now!
 
Do you know a young adult who is considering a career in law enforcement, or would be interested to learn how and why police do what they do? For one week in June, young adults between the ages of 13 and 17 will have the opportunity to experience what Golden Police officers and Police employees do in an action-filled hands-on environment.

The Youth Citizens' Academy is packed full of fun including searching a building for suspects, touring a jail, learning about SWAT operations, investigating a traffic accident and collecting evidence from a mock crime scene. This is a very entertaining way to learn about your local law enforcers and the laws that guide them.

Hurry, online applications close at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 16. To apply, you must be between the ages of 13 and 17 (13 year olds must have completed 7 th grade). The academy is one week long; June 13 to 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p. m. You must be able to attend all five days. It is preferred applicants are enrolled in schools within the city limits of Golden.

To apply, visit our  Volunteer page.
Tree Branch Disposal for Golden Residents
 
In response to the recent snowstorm and the resultant tree damage, the vacant lot located at 1255 Catamount Drive is temporarily open for resident tree branch disposal.  The lot will be open through the end of Community Pride Days on 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 Has Changed
 
The 6th Avenue and 19th Street interchange construction project, known as "Linking Lookout," is just getting started. In order to prepare for the traffic interruptions to come, City and RTD staff have developed a plan to temporarily reroute the green circulator bus to minimize the impact on transit passengers. The route change took effect 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.