Weekly Digest - December 13, 2016
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Stay safe, stay warm, stay dry

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Clear Creek is beautiful anytime of the year, but it's especially striking when the winter cold sinks in, the snow falls, and the water ices over. It can be tempting to venture out on the ice to get a better view or just for fun, but don't do it! The ice may look solid and stable, but looks can be very deceiving. While we have one of the best fire departments in the state trained in all kinds of rescue, let's let them stay warm and dry and focus on other emergencies that may arise. Stay off the creek! Easy as that.

Hopefully you're enjoying the holidays in our beautiful town. If you haven't ventured downtown after dark yet, come down for a visit and see the brilliant light displays! Also, this Saturday is the last Christmas parade of the season so don't miss Santa and his friends if you haven't made a parade yet.

Have a great week!

Your friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
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Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
Work continues on bridge deck rebar placement. The third of 5 deck pours is complete. The remaining two pours are currently scheduled for December 28 and January 5th weather depending. There will be some traffic disruption during the pours as either traffic breaks from flaggers or lane closures will be needed to safely get concrete ready mix trucks in and out of the construction site.
Work will continue on street lights for 19th street at Elm this week and next. Look for some oneway traffic with flaggers during the day between 9:30 am till 2:30 in the afternoon
The monument towers on the east and west side on the south end of the lid are scheduled for continued concrete pours this week and next. This will also be weather dependent.
Earth work for the pond, next to the glider landing field and the Chimney Gulch trails started this week. The pound outlet structure forming and concrete pour is scheduled for next week. Watch for heavy equipment in that area.
The 19th street approach slabs will be formed and rebar set and poured in the next few weeks. 
There will be some intermittent lane closures on US 6 over the next few weeks. Watch twitter @LinkingLookout for closure notices.
Watch the Linking Lookout web page for closure information and detour maps.
There is a construction viewing area in the northwest corner that can be accessed from Parfet Estates Drive, and will be an excellent location to view the girder placement. Please park legally. 

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2016 Utility Replacement

Fire hydrant replacement at Canyon View Apartments is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

The inlets on Washington between 17th and 18th Streets are now in. Today, crews are pulling the old pipe and they will begin concrete and asphalt replacement, weather permitting.
Apex Gulch Culvert Replacement Project

Marking utilities, surveying and soil borings are scheduled to occur this week.
44th Avenue Trail Work

The contractor will begin pouring some of the trail this week, and work will begin shortly in the area west of Highway 58. Soon there will be a lane shift as the contractor closes the area under the bridge and pushes traffic to the south.
19th Street Traffic Calming

Crews are now fabricating the permanent traffic signs for the islands, and once they are installed, will remove all temporary traffic control (cones, orange panels, etc.) and open the bike lane. The islands at Smith and Goldenvue are the next to be constructed, and the remainder will be cleaned out and graded in preparation for landscaping in the spring.
Beverly Heights Ad-Hoc Noise Committee

The committee has completed initial planning. Police will bring recommendations to City Council in January. One recommendation is to install neighborhood entry monuments to help remind motorists that they are in a residential neighborhood. Monuments will be funded by the neighborhood but the city will assist in the design. We expect to place them in one of the new islands.
New Water Meter
Water Meter Replacement project

Replacements continue citywide with more than 3,900 meters replaced to date. More than 600 residents have signed up for the Aquahawk water meter customer portal.
Contact Les Major at 303-384-8170 or Keith Mehls at 303-384-8171 with questions regarding this project.
Upcoming Events
Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Meeting
The Parks & Recreation Advisory Board will meet December 13 at 7 p.m. in the Golden Community Center.

At the meeting, the following will be considered:
  • Museums Collections Policy and Golden Beer Museum RFP interviews with Nathan Richie, Golden History Museums Director.
  • Parfet Park Mobility Hub Update
  • Boards and Commissions Interface Update
  • Fossil Trace Food and Beverage
  • Director's Report regarding Ulysses Skatepark, Outdoor Fitness equipment, Park Rules, and Master Plan Update to Council 
For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Christmas Music at the Museum at the Golden History Center
The Jefferson Brass Quintet, composed of former and current members of the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, will present a short program of Christmas music at the Golden History Center on December 15 starting at 6 p.m. Join with friends for a fun evening of brass holiday music in a festive setting.

This program is free, but seating is limited so get your free tickets at GoldenHistory.org in advance. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Donations are appreciated.
Olde Golden Christmas Parade
Saturdays in December, authentic and historic downtown Golden becomes a festive holiday center with traditional decorations and fun family events. This is your last chance to join in the fun!

The free Olde Golden Christmas Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. with cowboys on horses, floats, marching bands, old cars, elves on unicycles, the Grinch in his corvette, and of course, Santa Claus. The parade winds down Washington Avenue with lots of activities before and after including snappy barbershop quartets, hot cider, Victorian carolers, and antique fire trucks. Presented by the Golden Chamber of Commerce.
Coffee with a Councilor - North Neighborhoods
Chat with your District Two City Councilor from 10 to 11 a.m. on December 17 in the Front Porch room of the Golden Community Center. This is a great opportunity to make your concerns about issues in your community heard.
Downtown Development Authority Meeting
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will meet December 19 at 6:30 p.m. in 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
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events - Dec. 13 - 20
To learn more about or register for these and other events happening at the Golden Library, visit JeffcoLibrary.org.
  • Lego Play and Build - Dec. 13 & 20, 4 p.m.
  • DIY Lab: CoderDojo - Dec. 14, 4 p.m.
  • DIY Lab - Dec. 15, 4 p.m.
  • Cookie Wars - Dec. 17, 2 p.m.
  • Book Group: Red Sky at Morning - Dec. 20, 6 p.m.
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website .
Around Town
Turn a Fine into Philanthropy

Whether it's a traffic violation, parking ticket or something else, it's no fun to pay fines. However, during this holiday season, if you have to pay court costs in the City of Golden, you have the opportunity to turn it into something good. Each year Golden's Municipal Court gives defendants the option to donate court costs to charity rather than paying them to the City. The Holiday Charity Drive begins the week before Thanksgiving and runs for four weeks.

For those who opt in, the standard $30 court costs you pay will go to the  Golden Backpack Program (GBP). The GBP helps children from low income families in Golden enjoy free, balanced meals on weekends and during the summer when school is not in session. Last year voluntary donations totaled $2,160. "I think the idea is incredibly creative," said GBP President Peggy Halderman. "This gives an individual an opportunity to feel really good about a difficult situation." Additionally, Halderman said the donations help the GBP tremendously. "Food donations are great, but money allows us to better leverage the types of food we give out, and use it where we really need it."
Participation in this drive is completely voluntary and is not a factor in the judge's sentence. The judge does not solicit these donations, but defendants make the choice once they exit the courtroom to pay their fines.