December 6 Weekly Digest
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
The giving season...

Chistmas Dogs
While hunkered down awaiting the first real snowstorm of the season, why not pop online and make a donation to your favorite local charity? Today is Colorado Gives Day and the focus is "Give where you live." Go to to find local non-profits doing the work that you care about and offer them your support. While today, Dec. 6 is technically "Colorado Gives Day" the website is up year-round, so if today doesn't work, you can visit any other time.

Don't miss the second Christmas parade this weekend, and all the holiday fun that follows!

Stay warm, Golden, and drive safely!

Your friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
Linking Lookout Logo
Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
Work continues on bridge deck rebar placement. The second of 5 deck pours is complete. The remaining three pours are currently scheduled for December 13, 22, and 30, 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.
The monument towers on the east and west side on the south end of the lid are scheduled to be poured this Friday. 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 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 early next week.

The contractor notified us that the inlets on Washington between 17th and 18th Streets are in. They are starting to replace the pipe across Washington and should finish that part this week, weather permitting. But with the expected storm, work may have to be halted until snow melts
44th Avenue Trail Work

The 19th Street project schedule has experienced some setbacks. Crews had to wait almost 4 weeks for the inlet that was installed at Pinal to arrive on site. 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 approximately 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
Colorado Gives Day 2016
Colorado Gives Day 2016
This statewide movement celebrates and encourages philanthropy in Colorado with a local focus. Celebrating the theme "Give where you live" Colorado Gives Day makes giving locally easy by allowing people to go to one website at  where they can find local charitable organizations they care about all in one place. You can sort by cause or location to find the perfect charity that speaks to you. The actual day is today, December 6, 2016, but give early and get ahead of the curve! Or if you can't give now, the site is up all year long, so give when you can.
Planning Commission Meeting
Planning Commission will meet December 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.
  • Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing to review a request for Site Plan Approval and a Special Use Permit for a proposed 12 townhome residential project.
  • Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing to review a request for Site Plan Approval for a proposed boutique hotel project at Gateway Village.
  • Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing regarding a recommendation to City Council to add urban agriculture regulations to the Municipal Code, with the goal of removing barriers to local food production and sales, and improving access to healthy food in the community.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page

Rescheduled Community Sustainability Advisory Board Meeting
The Community Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB) will meet December 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room.

At the meeting, CSAB will consider the following:
  • Sustainability Night recap and discussion.
  • Sustainability in all actions policy discussions
  • Timeline for community solar initiative.
  • Staff and board updates.
For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
City Council Regular Meeting
City Council will meet on December 8 at 6:30 p.m. in Golden City 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.)
  • A resolution that authorizes the City of Golden and the City Manager to enter into a contract as a "sole source" with Front Range Fire Apparatus (an authorized Pierce Dealer) for the purchase of a 2017 Class A Fire Pumper as a replacement for an existing 1991 Pumper for a negotiated dollar amount not to exceed the 2017 budgeted price of $575,000.00.
  • A request for a final plat to consolidate three lots into one lot and dedicate certain utility and access easements to the City, pertaining to the Interplaza property located at 16500 W. Colfax Avenue.
  • An Amendment to a 2006 Agreement between the original developer of the Millstone Condominiums on 11th Street and the Golden Urban Renewal Authority pertaining to the use of six visitor spaces in the parking structure at 7802 12th Street, now owned by the City in partnership with the office building at 600 12th Street. The City and Millstone Condominium Association as successors in interest to the 2006 Agreement wish to replace that agreement with an agreement consistent with the new downtown parking management system.
  • An Amendment to a 2014 Cash in Lieu of Parking Agreement between the City and the Developer of the new building at 708 13th Street. In order to recognize the substantial financial contribution made by the developer in late 2015 at completion of the building, the proposed amendment provides for the provision of residential parking permits under the new downtown parking management system.
  • An Amendment to the pending contract to sell Lot 4 of the Catamount Subdivision Filing No.1 to address certain Inspection Objections raised by the purchaser. City Council will review the changes, and may take action on an Amendment to the Contract.

 Following the regular meeting, City Council will adjourn into Executive Session.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.
Olde Golden Christmas Parade
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 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.

Golden Urban Renewal Authority Meeting
The Golden Urban Renewal Authority (GURA) will meet December 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Rescheduled Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Meeting
The Parks & Recreation Advisory Board will meet December 13 at 7 p.m. in the Golden Community Center.

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. 6 - 13
To learn more about or register for these and other events happening at the Golden Library, visit
  • Lego Play and Build - Dec. 6 & 13, 4 p.m.
  • DIY Lab: Golden Fleece Fiber Fellowship - Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m.
  • Homework Help - Dec. 7 & 8, 4 p.m.
  • Colorado Gold: Star, Saga, and the South Platte - Dec. 7, 6 p.m.
  • PAWS for Reading - Dec. 10, 2 p.m.
  • DIY Lab: Golden Fleece Fiber Fellowship - Dec. 11, 2:30 p.m.
  • STEM Girls - Dec. 12, 4 p.m.
  • Discovering Your Wellness: Eating Smart for the Holidays - Dec. 13, 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.
Golden Sustainability Night - a big success!

Kids on Sustainability Night
The City of Golden Sustainability Department and the Community Sustainability Advisory Board would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in Golden's first Sustainability Night. 

With over 30 sustainability vendors and activities for the whole family, the event was highly attended and event organizers received very positive feedback. The night would not have been complete without the event's two speakers, Ken Regelson and Dr. Patty Limerick, who did an incredible job offering their perspective on current environmental issues. We hope everyone had a good time and received valuable information about Golden's local sustainability efforts and resources. 

For the most current information on Golden's Sustainability Program, visit our What's New page.