Weekly Digest - February 21, 2017
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
A dry, warm winter

Fire at 6th Ave. and Tripp
Fire at 6th Ave. and Tripp
This past Friday, the Golden Fire Department imposed Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for the corporate city limits of Golden. Jefferson County also enacted Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for unincorporated  Jefferson County on the same day. Many people don't think about wildfire danger during winter, but it's a danger anytime the weather is exceptionally dry, which is certainly the case at the moment. This is just a good time to be vigilant to avoid fires that may get out of control such as the one pictured right from a while back, and hopefully more moisture is on the way!

In the meantime, this is also a good week for diversions with the Environmental Film Festival happening this weekend, and the GHS Chili Cook-off happening on Thursday. Keep reading for more information, and h ave a wonderful week!

Your friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
Linking Lookout Logo
Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
Drainage board is almost complete on the lid ahead of Styrofoam sculpting and placement of the special lightweight dirt (magic dirt). The Styrofoam is being used to create berms and cover in some areas without adding weight.The Styrofoam will be covered with the magic dirt then seeded.
If you go to the Linking Lookout web page and click on the web camera, you can view the project online   to see the park and trail taking shape on the lid.
The drainage work in the northeast quadrant continues, as they pour the new concrete channel. There has been some 6th Ave. trail use from the closure up the hill to the south and then over to West Campus Drive via a social trail. This trail is blocked during the drainage work because of equipment on the trail and the open ditch to the west. There will also be some lane closures on US 6 to allow safe access for concrete trucks.
Pre-cast panel placement continues on the walls under the bridge.
Excavation continues on the remaining US 6 mainline on the south side of the lid. Soil nail walls are being constructed as the excavation continues to deepen the cut.
Construction of the water quality pond near the hang gliding landing field continues.
Basses pedestals and conduit for lighting are being placed on the lid.

Watch the Linking Lookout web page for more information.
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 ongoing work. Please park legally.

New Phase 3 Traffic Pattern
Phase 3 Traffic Pattern

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Follow us on Twitter for real-time updates! You can also get lots of project information, including maps and long-term plans at LinkingLookout.com.

2017 Utility Replacement

The design is underway for 2017.

Weather permitting, work will begin to improve an existing detention pond between Rubey Drive and Highway 93, by Starbucks. The work will address conditions related to seasonal groundwater flows, improving water quality and extending the life of adjacent pavement. The work will also accommodate a grant funded pilot project to examine stormwater treatment technology in partnership with CSM.
44th Avenue Trail Work

Work continues on the trail from the Hwy 58 overpass to the Colorado Railroad museum. Earthwork and wall excavation and paving will occur west of Easley. Expect intermittent flag one-way street restrictions. Projected completion is planned for late February.
New Water Meter
Water Meter Replacement project

Replacements continue citywide with more than 4,300 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 Golden Parks & Recreation Advisory Board will meet on February 21 at 7 p.m. in the Golden Community Center at 1470 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board will consider the following:
  • The Lion's Club Pavilion Project
  • Parks and Rec Advisory Board 2017 Work Plan
  • Boards and Commissions Open House March 7
  • Master Plan Implementation Prioritization
  • Fossil Trace Food and Beverage
For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Local Licensing Authority
The Local Licensing Authority will meet on February 22 at 2:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

Please review the full agenda for a list of all business to be considered at this week's meeting.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Community Sustainability Advisory Board Retreat (open to the public)
The Community Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB) will hold a special meeting for an annual retreat on February 22 from 3 to 9 p.m. in the Public Works Building at 1445 10th Street in Golden.

CSAB will discuss future projects and priorities at this special meeting. Interested members of the public are invited to attend.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
GHS 5th Annual Chili Cook Off & Silent Auction
Join Golden High School for a Chili Cook Off and Silent Auction on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 6 to 8:30 pm in the GHS school cafeteria.

Make a great chili? Show us your stuff! Awards will be given to the top chili in each of four categories: green, red, white, and vegetarian. If you like chili but don't want to cook, come on down and taste as much chili as you can, then vote on your favorite.

Cooks can join for free, just  register online. Tasters can buy a ticket, $5 in  advance online or $7 at the door. Then find great deals at the Silent Auction: gift certificates to your favorite restaurants, tickets to sporting events, and more. You'll find manicures, auto and other services, and even bid on a GHS parking spot right up front and marked for the Silent Auction winner - great for a student driver.

This is GHS's major fundraiser of the year. Last year, ten scholarships and over $3000 in requests for equipment and supplies that went directly into our classrooms were raised.

Register to bring your chili or buy tickets online and learn more on the  Golden High School PTA website.
Colorado Environmental Film Festival 2017

Featuring films that combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and compelling storytelling, the 10th annual  Colorado Environmental Film Festival is now the largest film festival of its kind between the coasts. This is a unique opportunity to see thought-provoking films and dialogue that raises awareness of a wide range of interconnected ecological, social and economic themes.

Fifty-one films will be shown this year, including ten films from international filmmakers, with awards given in the following categories: Best Feature film, Best Short Film, Spirit of Activism, Best Youth Film and Best of the Fest.

Each year, CEFF draws top filmmakers, students, leading activists, social innovators and well-known adventurers to the American Mountaineering Center in historic downtown Golden, Colorado.
The festival opens this year on Thursday, February 23 at 7:15 p.m. for free Community Night and an opening night film screening. Throughout the day on Friday and Saturday you can enjoy a variety of films. 

Please visit the  CEFF website for a complete schedule.

Regular City Council Meeting
The Golden City Council will meet on February 23 at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers at 91110th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, the following will be discussed:
  • 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 Housing Policy Update regarding housing affordability in Golden.
  • Enhanced Transit Options
  • Policy Review of Cash in Lieu of Parking Codes
  • The City has received a purchase offer to acquire the last surplus lot in the Catamount Subdivision, acquired when the City developed the City shops about 10 years ago. City Council will conduct a public hearing on an ordinance to authorize the sale at this meeting.
  • Appointment of Regular Member and Alternate to Rocky Flats Stewardship Council.
For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Rescheduled Downtown Development Authority
The Downtown Development Authority will meet on February 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

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 - Feb. 21 - 28
To learn more about or register for these and other events happening at the Golden Library, visit JeffcoLibrary.org.
  • Lego Play and Build - Feb. 21 & 28, 4 p.m. 
  • Book Group "Nora Webster" - Feb. 21, 6 p.m.
  • Homework Help  - Feb 22, 4 p.m.  
  • Girls in STEM Competition  - Feb. 22, 5:30 p.m.
  • Library for All - Feb. 23, 11:30 a.m.
  • iPad Basics - Feb. 23, 1:30 p.m.
  • DIY Lab - All Ages - Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.
  • DIY Lab - Candy Catapults! - Feb. 24, 11 a.m.
  • Warrior Cats Role-Playing Game - Feb. 25, 12:30 p.m.
  • DIY Lab - Sharpie Dishware - Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m.
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website .
Boards & Commissions Open House 2017
Anyone interested in serving on a City of Golden board or commission, or simply interested in getting more information about City programs and projects, shouldn't miss this opportunity on March 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Golden Community Center.

Learn about the various boards and commissions, the vacancies currently available, and the requirements to join. City staff and representatives from each board will be present to answer questions.

Around Town
Looking for a few good people - Boards & Commissions with vacancies need you!

Ever considered serving on one of Golden's boards or commissions? These are the citizens who help determine the path forward for important issues such as public art, management of Golden's many parks, the City's economic development and more.  There are currently vacancies on several different boards and commissions, and we need you to apply.

If you're interested but not sure, come to the Boards & Commissions Open House on March 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Golden Community Center to learn more and see if it's for you.

Visit our website for information on which boards and commissions currently have vacancies, and for a  link to our online application. Thanks for your service!
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Golden Temporary Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Fire Ban in Golden
Due to dry weather, the Golden Fire Department (GFD) is imposing temporary Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective Friday, February 17, 2017 at 6 p.m. These restrictions are for the corporate city limits of Golden and are independent but in conjunction with fire restrictions now in place in Jefferson County.

All open burning, including bonfires; open flame torches and welding in wildfire risk areas and model rockets are prohibited. Also banned is the use of recreational fires within 30 feet of undeveloped areas including green belts and open space lands. Smoking within six feet of any outdoor area not cleared of combustible vegetation is also prohibited.

Exceptions to these temporary restrictions include: supervised public fireworks displays by a state licensed operator (subject to specific GFD operational permit requirements); outdoor cooking fires contained within commercial gas fueled grills, enclosed wood or wood pellet grills or smokers; enclosed outdoor fireplaces or chimineas; powered yard equipment for landscape purposes; any federal, state or local law enforcement officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

The fire restrictions will remain in effect indefinitely. Fire Chief John Bales will continue to monitor the risks and reassess as the weather changes.