Weekly Digest December 4 2018
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Colorado Gives Day 2018
Give where you live...

Today is the ninth annual Colorado Gives Day! If you are unfamiliar with the annual tradition, Colorado Gives Day happens each December to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Today, you can go to ColoradoGives.org, find your favorite local charities (more than 2,400 Colorado nonprofit organizations are represented on the site) and make a donation. Each donation made on this day will be further increased by a share of a $1 million incentive fund, so it's a great opportunity to support nonprofit organizations you care about. The site allows you to find charities by location as well as by cause, and many Golder-based nonprofits are represented. Learn more and donate at ColoradoGives.org.

Meanwhile, the holiday season got off to a great start last week with the ever-popular Candlelight Walk and the first Olde Golden Christmas parade of the season. If you missed the first parade, come out to see the second one this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and enjoy all the other festivities going on downtown while you're at it. Pop over to VisitGolden.com for a run-down on holiday happenings and events.

Have a great week!

Your Friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
Old Mortuary Building Renovation

Renovation is taking place on the old mortuary building at 11th and Washington. The sidewalk will be closed during the demo and parking spots will temporarily be lost.


The sidewalk will re-open for downtown events however, so there will be pedestrian access during  the Christmas Parades on  December 8 and 15.
Concrete Replacement Program

Work began on Table Mountain Parkway last week. Work includes replacement of trip hazards, ADA accessible upgrades and replacement of deficient concrete.  Contact John Hardy at 303-384-8195 with questions.
Arapahoe Street Temporary Closure

Arapahoe Street, between 13th and 14th Streets (in front of Calvary Episcopal Church), closed for construction activities beginning December 3. The closure will last approximately 4 months. Parking spaces will also be lost during this time.

Buffalo Rose Construction

As construction continues on the Buffalo Rose, a pedestrian walkway is now in place and a few parking spaces on Washington Avenue will be impacted for about one more week.

Ulysses Street Closure

Ulysses St. is now closed from South Golden Rd. to West 12th Ave. This closure will be in place for another couple of weeks.

During the closure, crews will be installing new sidewalks, curbs and gutters, storm sewer and asphalt. For the duration of the closure, there will be a detour in place via West 12th Ave. 

Access to Ulysses Skate Park will be closed during this time, but the park will still be accessible from West 10th Ave. Contact John Hardy at 303-384-8195 with questions.
Washington Complete Street Project

Monday , October 22,  marked the beginning of the second phase of the North Washington Avenue Complete Street Project. This consists of a closure between Iowa Drive and 2nd Street. 
Iowa remains open for east and west bound traffic but 2nd Street is not. There is a detour in place for thru traffic via Hwy 58. Resident access is maintained for those who live within the closure. As a reminder, Phase 1 and 2 run concurrently with full closures to thru traffic.

The road is anticipated to reopen mid-December depending on weather.  Washington is open to local traffic only. Other traffic is detoured to Hwy 58 and Hwy 93.

Contact Dan Hartman with questions at 303-384-8150 or  visit GuidingGolden.com .
Extended Street Closure on 17th Street

17th Street, from Washington to Jackson, is closed for construction staging and access for the Colorado School of Mines project at 1750 Jackson St. The project has been extended through the end of the year.
Upcoming Events
Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board Study Session
The Mobility and Transportation Board will meet on Tuesday, December 4 at 6 p.m. in the Public Works and Planning Building at 1445 10th Street.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Planning Commission Meeting
Planning Commission will meet Wednesday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

During the meeting, Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to review an application seeking approval of a Banking Plan and Site Plan for a 48-room lodge/hotel and two 36-unit apartment buildings located on the former location of the Briarwood Inn.

For more information on this meeting, please see the agenda.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Public Art Commission Meeting
The Public Art Commission will meet Thursday, December 6 at 9 a.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

During the meeting, the Public Art Commission will consider the following:
  • Run and Fly Prototype Presentation
  • Artsweek Golden Mural Artist
  • AWEGO Update
  • PAC Committee Reports
For more information on this meeting, please see the  agenda.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Help decide the road map for Golden's Transportation Master Plan
The City of Golden Planning Division will host a community workshop to discuss details related to a City-wide Transportation Master Plan (TMP) on Thursday, December 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Golden Community Center. The TMP will provide a long-term multimodal transportation vision for the City of Golden. The plan, when adopted, will function as a reliable 5 to 7 year road map for future transportation investments throughout the City.

Participation and input from the residents of Golden is critical to the success of this project. Since September, Kimley-Horn, a reputable transportation planning firm, has been collecting and researching existing transportation conditions within the City of Golden and is ready to present those findings to the public.

The following topics will be discussed as part of Kimley-Horn's mobility study:
  • Safety for All Travelers - What is the City of Golden's safety score for pedestrians, drivers, cyclists, and individuals using transit?
  • Walking Assessment - Where do people walk the most and what are the existing barriers preventing residents from walking more?
  • Bicycling Assessment - What are the preferred routes for bicyclists? How can the City better serve our cycling community with new options and improved routes?
  • Transit Assessment - How are the travel conditions for individuals utilizing transit? How can the City better accommodate those individuals who prefer not to use a car?
  • Driving Assessment - Where is the congestion? How can the City eliminate traffic jams and improve automotive flow throughout the City?
  • Origin/Destination Assessment - Where are people traveling and how can the City offer better routes from their origin to their destination?
  • Areas of Growth Assessment - How will the City improve transportation-related issues in areas of new population and commercial growth?
  • Accessibility of Employment Areas - How easy is it for residents to get to their jobs? How can these avenues be improved?
Finally, general information will be provided regarding the plan's drafting, its estimated completion date, and other opportunities for input down the road. Food will also be provided to help fuel the process! 

Please attend and help contribute to the planning process. You can also help out by taking a quick survey at GuidingGolden.com.
Regular City Council Meeting
City Council will meet Thursday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

During the meeting, City Council will consider the following:
  • Consent Matters - All items listed under Consent Matters are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion and vote. To see all items included in the motion, please see the meeting agenda.
  • City Council will consider amending the 2018 budget as recommended as a result of various projects and events occurring in 2018 that require adjustments to the budget.
  • Resolution No. 2645 - This is a resolution adopting a budget for fiscal year 2019. As required by the City Charter, the City Manager has submitted his recommended budget for 2019. The proposed budget has been provided to Council, discussed at a number of council meetings, and several Public Hearings on the budget and CIP have been held.
  • Resolution 2646 - A resolution setting the mill levies - As part of the annual budget process, Council is required to establish and approve the mill levy, which is then certified and sent to the County for inclusion in the annual property tax assessments. The proposed mill levy remains at 12.340 mills. Council is also required to establish and approve the mill levy for the Downtown Development Authority, proposed to remain the same at 5.000 mills.
  • Council will consider changing the frequency of issuing utility bills from quarterly to monthly. Ordinance 2094 modifies Chapter 13.08 of the GMC to allow for monthly billing, and Ordinance 2095 adjusts the rates and fees to a monthly fee schedule.
  • City Council will reach consensus on which two City Councilors and which two community representatives will assist in reviewing proposals in response to the Astor House Request for Proposals. 
City Council will adjourn into the Golden Downtown General Improvement District Meeting following the regular meeting. Council will adjourn into Executive Session following that.

For more information on this meeting, please see the agenda.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Coffee with a Councilor - South & North Neighborhoods

Bean Fosters
Councilors Casey Brown and Saoirse Charis-Graves are teaming up for a combined Coffee with a Councilor meeting this month including both north and south neighborhoods. This is a great opportunity to discuss any issue related to the "good of Golden," wherever in the City you live!

The combined CWAC will meet on Saturday, December 8 at 10 a.m. at Bean Fosters, located at 720 Golden Ridge Road.

For details, call Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves at 303-709-7529 or  scharisgraves@cityofgolden.net, or Councilor Casey Brown at 303-900-2003 or  cbrown@cityofgolden.net.
Olde Golden Christmas Parade

Don't miss the second Olde Golden Christmas Parade of the season this Saturday, December 8 at 10:30 a.m. On Saturdays in December, authentic and historic downtown Golden becomes a festive holiday center with traditional decorations and fun family events! The free Olde Golden Christmas Parades feature cowboys on horses, floats, 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. The parades are presented by the Golden Chamber of Commerce.
Golden Safety Academy
Golden Safety Academy

The Golden Safety Academy was created to help educate and empower citizens with information and resources that enhance their personal safety and crime prevention. 
On Monday, December 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Fire Training Room at 911 10th Street, the topics will be about 1) Motor Vehicle Theft / Trespass Prevention and 2) Personal Safety Recommendations.
Reserve your spot in the class and learn more online or contact Community Resource Officer Joe Page at crimeprevention@cityofgolden.net.
Golden Urban Renewal Authority Meeting
The Golden Urban Renewal Authority will meet on Monday, December 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Economic Development Commission Meeting
The Economic Development Commission will meet on Tuesday, December 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Works and Planning Building at 1445 10th Street.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Golden History Museum & Park Events & Programming
Golden History Museum
Golden History Museum & Park events and programming explore a variety of historic subjects presented by expert instructors. Learn about your community or neighborhood. Apply historic skills in a modern way. Create something with your hands. There is sure to be a program to suit your interests!

Upcoming programming:
  • Dec 10, 10 - 11:30 a.m. | Vietnam War

Visit GoldenHistory.org  for more information and to register for these and more upcoming programs.
Jefferson County Public Library
Jefferson County Golden Library Events
Every week our Golden branch of the Jefferson County Public Library, located at 1019 10th Street, features events and classes for all ages, from DIY Labs to Book Clubs to creative and educational workshops. 

Visit JeffcoLibrary.org for a calendar of upcoming events. There you can also register for  programs that require pre-registration.
Around Town
Public Works Food Drive
The Golden Public Works Department is collecting donations of non-perishable foods for the Christian Action Guild food pantry through Tuesday, December 11. Stop by the Public Works and Planning Building at 1445 10th Street with your donations, and help feed hungry families in Golden!
Looking for a few good volunteers!
The Golden Fire Department is looking for dedicated individuals to become Volunteer Firefighters, and there are now two ways to do this!
  1. Apply for the 2019 Volunteer Recruit Academy. Golden Firefighters are certified through the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control and our training program is based on the National Fire Protection Association Standards. You can learn more about the Golden Fire Department Recruit Academy on our Training page. The application process is open now through December 15. Call 303-215-8888 for more information.
  2. Already an experienced firefighter? The Golden Fire Department is also looking for Lateral Volunteer Firefighters with at least two years' experience and current certifications. Call 303-215-8888 for more information.
Don't miss this opportunity to serve your community, gain invaluable training, and be a part of a dedicated and skilled team.