December 20 Weekly Digest
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
A White Christmas in Golden?

The lights on Clear Creek path
This past weekend's snow storm brought truly frigid temperatures, but also about a foot of beautiful snow and much needed moisture! We hope you were able to stay warm, but still enjoy the winter wonderland a bit before it all melts off (which it's quickly doing today!) It looks like more might be headed our way, though, for a white Christmas. Our snow plow crews will be ready for it if it happens, as they always are.

Just a reminder, City administration offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26. The Golden Community Center will close at 4 p.m. on Dec. 24, remain closed on Christmas Day and reopen on Monday. 

Whatever shape your holidays take, we at Golden wish you happiness and joy with your loved ones.

Have a great week!

Your friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
Linking Lookout Logo
Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
The 19th Street approach slabs are formed, rebar is set and will be poured this week and next.
Work continues on bridge deck rebar placement. The remaining two pours are still scheduled for December 28 and January 5 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. Look for some one-way traffic with flaggers during the day between 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon. We will tweet out on days that there are closures.
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.
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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Snow Plowing

Crews started plowing at 6 p.m. on Friday night and stopped at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

2,900 cu yards of snow were removed from downtown and  1,132 miles were plowed.

Washington and 17th Street storm replacement - concrete pour is waiting for favorable weather.
Apex Gulch Culvert Replacement Project

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

Contractor will begin pouring some of the trail this week. 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.
New Water Meter
Water Meter Replacement project

Replacements continue citywide with more than 4,000 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
Planning Commission Study Session
The Planning Commission will meet December 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber.

At the meeting, the following will be considered:
  • Bike/Pedestrian infrastructure recommendations
  • Goals and metrics for housing affordability
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. 20-27
To learn more about or register for these and other events happening at the Golden Library, visit
  • Lego Play and Build - Dec. 20 & 27, 4 p.m.
  • Book Group: Red Sky at Morning 
    Dec. 20, 6 p.m.
  • DIY Lab: Snow Globes - Dec. 23, 11 a.m.
  • eBooks and Other (Free!) Downloadables from the Library - Dec. 27, 12 p.m. 
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website .
Around Town
Lock in GCC prices for 2017 now through Dec. 31

Beginning January 1, 2017, daily admission fees and 20 visit passes to the Golden Community Center will increase by $0.25 per visit. Annual passes will increase by 10%. Golden Community Center fees were last increased in 2013.

There's still time to lock in current prices for next year, however! All passes can lock in the current lower rate by renewing now through December 31, 2016. Golden Community Center fees were last increased in 2013. The fee increases will allow us to continue to provide you with the memorable recreation experiences you've come to expect from Golden Parks and Recreation.
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.