February 23 Newsletter
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Be alert and watch your speed - construction zone ahead!

Traffic Accident
Yesterday morning a road construction project engineer was hit by a car in Golden. It was at the intersection of US 6 and 19th Street, where the big Linking Lookout project
 is only recently underway. Fortunately, the engineer only suffered minor injuries and she will be okay, but it could have been much worse. 

We have many months of road construction ahead on Linking Lookout, and smaller projects popping up around town all the time, so this is a good time to remind everyone to pay even closer attention to the road when in construction zones. There's a lot going on, from workers on foot to big equipment to other drivers around you. Be alert, obey the signs, watch your speed, and keep an eye out for people on the sides of the road, and crossing the road. In this case, the engineer was walking in a crosswalk and had the right of way, but the driver of the car misread the situation and hit her. The driver was issued a summons for Failure to Yield. Please, be extra careful in construction zones.

There's lots happening in Golden this week, so please keep reading, and have a safe, happy week!

Your friends at the City of Golden

Current Projects
Linking Lookout Logo
Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
 
Here's what's happening on the Linking Lookout project this week:
  • Utility line relocation - Excel Power and CDOT fiber communication lines are being placed underground. There will be no service outages.
  • Removal of trees and stumps will continue on the east side of the project.
  • The city has a 12" water line that supplies water to the tank by Beverly Heights Park which needs to be relocated. Work will start on this relocation with work on 19th Street. There will be flaggers and some slight delay for traffic on the west side of 19th St.
  • Excavation will begin in the northwest corner for the southbound off ramp. As excavation proceeds, retaining wall construction will begin. There will be no impact to traffic from this work.
Please note, these plans can change at any time depending on weather and other factors. 
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West Fork Kenney Run Drainage Improvements
 
Curb and gutter are being formed and the contractor is scheduled to pave 23rd Street by the end of this week.
Stormwater Work
Stormwater Work
 
Stormwater Crews are in the process of widening two of the channels that comedown from North Table Mesa. 

Heavy trail use had almost closed the channels. 
Upcoming Events
Boards & Commissions Open House
 
Please join us tonight for the City of Golden Boards and Commissions Open House from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Golden Community Center, 1470 10 th Street.

If you are interested in serving on a City of Golden board or commission, or if you want information about City programs and projects, you don't want to miss this opportunity.

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

 Get more info >
Local Liquor Licensing Authority Meeting
 
The Local Liquor Licensing Authority will meet on February 24 at 2:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. At the upcoming meeting, LLA will hold a public comment period for the modification of premises at Halu Sushi.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our   Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Community Sustainability Advisory Board Meeting
 
The Community Sustainability Advisory Board will meet on Feb. 24 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 .
Noise & Traffic Issues on Hwys 58 & 93 Public Meeting
 
The Police Department will hold a public meeting for residents with concerns regarding noise from trucks and speeding issues along Hwy 58 and Hwy 93. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Community Center upper level middle and north rooms. Members of the police department and pubic work will be available to answer questions and provide information on current rules, regulations, enforcement activities, and other related topics.

 Get more info >
GHS 4th Annual Chili Cookoff & Silent Auction
 
Golden High School's PTA will hold a Chili Cook Off and Silent Auction on Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. in the GHS cafeteria.

Make a great chili? Prizes will be given to the top chili in each of four categories: green, red, white and vegetarian. You don't have to compete, just bring your chili and join the fun. 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 sign up online and get in free.Tasters buy a ticket, $5 in advance or $7 at the door.

Find great deals at the Silent Auction, including gift certificates to your favorite restaurants, tickets to top sporting events, great local services such as manicures, auto and tutoring, or you ca even bid on one of our GHS parking spots located right up front and marked for the Silent Auction winner - a great gift for your student driver.

This is GHS's major fundraiser of the year. Food, fun and music provided by our GHS musicians. Golden High School will use the funds to purchase equipment and supplies that go directly into the classrooms, as well as for scholarships for senior students. Buy tickets online or sign up your chili at  goldendemonspta.org/chili/.
City Council Regular Business Meeting
 
The Golden City Council will hold a regular business meeting on February 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.
 
At the meeting City Council will consider the following items:
  • 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.)
  • The City of Golden currently has adopted the model 2012 International Series of codes with amendments as the building code for the City of Golden. City Council will consider the adoption of the model 2015 IBC, IMC,IPC, IECC, IFGC, IRC, and IEBC with amendments. This is being proposed in coordination with the proposed adoption of the 2015 International Fire Code and family International Codes with amendments.
  • The adoption of the 2015 edition of the IFC with amendments is being proposed in coordination with the proposed adoption of the correlated 2015 International Building Code and family of International Codes.
  • Council will consider approving a refunding of the 2006 Certificates of Participation in order to take advantage of lower interest rates and reduce the annual payments on the COP's over the remaining ten years of the debt.
  • The City has received a request to present an Agreement to City Council about a potential annexation application for approximately 103 acres of land located west of State Highway 93 and south of Golden Gate Canyon Road. The request is not a typical annexation request, in that it is not accompanied by a proposal to develop the property. Rather, the owners wish to annex to the city and add one or two additional homes to the four existing homes on the property, utilizing an extension of a private water system approved by the City in 2009. Concurrently, City staff proposes that the annexation if pursued, include a commitment to convey a parcel to the City for the possible relocation of State Highway 93. If City Council chooses to approve the agreement, it does not commit the City to approve an annexation of the property, but rather sets out in advance certain policy level parameters to be included in the annexation, if submitted and approved.
To view the full agenda for more information on all items to be considered, as well as information on other upcoming board meetings, please visit our   Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Upcoming Community Meetings
 
In our efforts to listen to and inform our community on a variety of topics concerning Golden, we continue to offer community meetings. Coming up are two meetings that you might find of interest.

Washington Avenue Complete Street Project
Monday, Feb. 29, 6-8 p.m. at Golden Community Center, 1470 10th St.
 
This is a kick-off meeting to begin the planning of a complete streets project for Washington Avenue from downtown, north to the connection with SH 93. This is an opportunity for you to let us know what issues are important in this corridor and what you would like to see happen. You will also get more information on the next steps of this project, the timeline, design and construction.


Ford Street Traffic Calming Discussion
Wednesday, March 2, 6-8 p.m. at Golden Community Center, 1470 10th St.
 
We're looking to address concerns to improve safety and livability for neighbors adjacent to Ford Street from just north of SH 58 to just south of Alaska Street. Tell us what you would like to see in regards to traffic calming and sidewalk improvements for all of those who walk, bike and drive along Ford. Any changes to this area will require careful consideration, which is why a neighborhood discussion is the best place to start.


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For more information on either upcoming meeting, contact Vince Auriemma at vauriemma@cityofgolden.net or Joe Puhr at jpuhr@cityofgolden.net.
Around Town
Annual Tree Sale Opens March 1
 
The Golden Parks and Recreation Department will be offering a diverse mix of ten deciduous tree species to Golden residents through our annual spring tree sale in 2016.

Trees available will include Hedge Maple, Bigtooth Maple, 'Hot Wings' Tatarian Maple, American Yellowwood, Chanticleer Pear, Northern Catalpa, 'Ivory Silk' Tree Lilac, Bur Oak, English Oak, Columnar English Oak.

All of the available trees, with the exception of the Hedge maple, cost $55 (plus tax), have approximately 1" diameter trunks, are 6'-9' tall and have either air-pruned container root balls or are balled-in-burlap. The hedge maple is in a slightly larger container and costs $80.

Quantities are quite limited (52 trees total) and customers may order no more than 5 trees. Purchases may be made at the Golden Community Center beginning March 1 and will be sold through April 15, or while supplies last. Proof of residency is required. Trees purchased will be distributed during the last 2 weeks of April.

Center for Resource Conservation
Free Waterwise Seminar
 
This spring, the City of Golden is partnering with the Center for ReSource Conservation (CRC) to offer Water-Wise Landscape Seminars on Xeriscape and other sustainable landscaping practices. These expert-led seminars are offered at no cost to residents, and they are open to everyone. Throughout the month of April, CRC will be hosting 13 seminars in 8 different communities across the Front Range. To check out the full line-up and register, visit ConservationCenter.org/Water-Wise-Seminars.
 
Topic: Low Water Landscaping Tips and Tricks
Date: Mon. April 4th, 2016
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Golden Community Center, Coal Creek Room - North; 1470 10th St. Golden, CO 80401
Speaker: Deryn Davidson, Horticulturist and Landscape Architect with CSU Extension
 
Low Water Tips and Tricks
From plant selection to landscape design to irrigation scheduling, we are bombarded with decisions when it comes to managing our landscape. This seminar will explore a variety of low-water tips and tricks for reducing your outdoor summer water use, and it will provide the knowledge, tools, and resources necessary to create your own water-wise landscape plan at home. Join local horticulturist, Deryn Davidson, as she shares the secret ingredients to a successful and low-maintenance landscape that requires less water while also contributing to the beauty of your surroundings. 
 
Landscape seminars are offered at no cost, and they are open to everyone. For more details about our complete seminar line-up and to register, visit ConservationCenter.org/Water-Wise-Seminars. Call or email 303-999-3820 x222 or gardeninfo@conservationcenter.org with any questions.

City of Golden Boards, Commissions and Committees are looking for a few good men and women!
 
Love Golden? Why not apply to serve on one of the City's boards, commissions or committees and help guide its growth and future?

There are vacancies currently available on multiple boards serving myriad interests. Whether your interest is ensuring Golden's sustainable future on the Community Sustainability Advisory Board, preserving Golden's colorful past on the Historic Preservation Board, or even developing Golden's economy now on the DDA or GURA, Golden needs people of many interests and passions. Review all of the boards and commissions with current vacancies, learn more about those boards and commissions, and see what fits your particular skills and interests, then apply online. You can apply for up to three different boards with one application.

To learn more about the process and see the boards and commissions with vacancies, please visit our   How to Apply for Boards and Commissions page and consider attending the Boards and Commissions Open house on Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m. at the Golden Community Center (see above for more information).
Scoop the poop
Psssst....dog owners! Can we have a quick word?
 
Here's the thing. Dog poop. It's a serious health problem. Why? Because it contains disease-carrying bacteria that can make people sick and can pollute our waters. And because there are 5.3 million people in Colorado, many of them dog owners...well, you do the math! Then do this: pick up after your pooch. Remind your neighbors to pick up after theirs. Good manners, great health policy, cleaner trails and green spaces for everyone to enjoy. 

Your dog can't help it, but you can. And yes, aside from being the neighborly thing to do, it's also the law ( see Municipal Code 7.05.080). Thank you for your help. Oh, and your dog wanted us to remind you about that belly rub and treat you promised...