Weekly Digest - January 16, 2018
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Time for the Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering!

snowy downtown Golden
While most of it has probably melted off by the time you read this, we hope you enjoyed a snowy MLK Day!

This weekend in Golden is special as it brings the annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering. This fun tradition brings performers and classes and programming to Golden, all  dedicated to exploring, presenting and preserving the diverse and dynamic cultural he ritage of the American West. 

Please keep reading for more information on not only the Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering, but everything else happening in Golden, and as always, have a wonderful week!

Your Friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
Heritage Road at Apex Gulch work begins January 17

The City of Golden plans to begin construction to replace the culvert beneath Heritage Road at Apex Gulch. The concrete box culvert that carries Apex under Heritage Road is collapsing and must be replaced before it fails completely. To complete this work, road closures will be necessary.

Please download the map below for location and detours.  Construction was originally scheduled to begin on Monday, but due to snow, the revised start date is tomorrow, January 17, and should last 3 months, weather dependent.  Local access to Colfax will be by detour using 4th and Zeta.
You can also follow this project on the City's new social engagement platform www.guidinggolden.com.
Utility Replacement

The water main replacement on Johnson Road between 14th Ave and South Golden Road is now complete and will help ensure that there are minimal disruptions to the water supply in that area for years to come. 
Gas Mains Replacement

Xcel Energy is replacing old gas mains from N. Ford Street to Texas Street. For questions, please contact Xcel directly at 800-895-4999.
Clean-up of the West Raw Water Pond

As part of the regular maintenance of the Raw Water Ponds, Water Treatment Plant staff removed deposited sediment from the West Raw Water Pond - a process which occurs every 10 to 15 years. The project was completed last week, with 250 truckloads removed. The capacity of the pond is now improved and water will flow more freely to the east pond.
West Raw Water Pond

Upcoming Events
Parks, Recreation and Museums Advisory Board Study Session
The Parks, Recreation and Museums Advisory Board will meet tonight, January 16 at 7 p.m. in the Golden Community Center at 1470 10th Street, Golden, CO.

At the meeting, the following will be under consideration:
  • Overview of guidinggolden.com - Ben Goldstein
  • Single Track Sidewalks/Survey Field Trail Discussion
  • Park Rule Definition Question for City Attorney Discussion
  • Delong Property Update
  • Lions Park Special Events and Parking Discussion

For more information, see the meeting agenda.


For information on this or other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Planning Commission Meeting
Planning Commission will meet on January 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street, Golden, CO.

At the meeting, Planning Commission will consider the following:
  • A public hearing to review a request for a Special Use Permit to allow short-term rentals (less than 30 days) in the R3 zone district.
  • A public hearing to review a request for Site Plan approval for a 68,000 square foot office and warehouse structure in the Coors Technology Center.
  • A public hearing to review a request for a Special Use Permit to allow 100% residential use on a lot that is adjacent to the New Star Senior Apartments and the memory care and assisted living facility now under construction near the intersection of Highway 93 and Golden Gate Canyon Road.
For more information on this meeting, please view the meeting agenda.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
City Council Regular Study Session
City Council will meet in study session January 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street, Golden, CO.

At the meeting, City Council will learn about and discuss the following:
  • Short-term rentals regulations policy
  • Building Permit Fees For All Residential Solar Projects - Rebate
  • Transitioning to Monthly Water Bills Discussion
For more information on this meeting, please view the meeting agenda.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Coffee with a Councilor - North Neighborhoods
This is a great opportunity to talk with a representative and residents of the North Neighborhoods, as well as any issue related to the "good of Golden."

This year, District 2 Councilor Casey Brown is offering a new program called "Councilor in your kitchen" where residents are asked to host Councilor Brown and their neighbors for CWAC. If folks will volunteer the use of their home on a Saturday morning, Councilor Casey Brown will show up with coffee and be ready to chat! Anyone interested in hosting a CWAC this year can call Casey Brown at (303) 900-2003 or by email at  cbrown@cityofgolden.net.

To kick things off, the first CWAC for January will be at the home of Councilor Brown at 1310 Cody Trail at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018. All are welcome!
Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Come out to the annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering (CCG) in Golden, Colorado, January 19 - 21 for a celebration of western heritage. 

Each day of the Gathering features different shows, classes and programming, primarily at the American Mountaineering Center at 710 10th Street. 

For a full schedule and more information on performers and a link to buy tickets, visit  www.coloradocowboygathering.com . Tickets are available for individual shows for as little as $20 as well as an all-inclusive Super Ticket for $150.
Mobility &Transportation Advisory Board Meeting
The new Mobility & Transportation Advisory Board will meet on January 22 at 6 p.m. in the Public Works Building at 1445 10th Street, Golden, CO.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Downtown Development Authority Meeting
Downtown Development Authority will meet on January 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street, Golden, CO.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events - Jan. 16 - 23
To learn more about or register for these and other events happening at the Golden Library, visit JeffcoLibrary.org.
  • Lego Play and Build - Jan. 16 & 23, 4 p.m.
  • Book Group "Miss Jane" by Brad Watson - Jan. 16, 6 p.m.
  • Homework Help - Jan. 17 & 18, 4 p.m.
  • DIY Lab (tweens to adults) - Jan. 18, 5:30 p.m
  • Wee DIY (preschoolers) - Jan. 20, 11 a.m.
  • DIY Lab: CoderDojo  - Jan. 20, 3 p.m.
  • DIY Lab: Golden Fleece Fiber Fellowship - Jan. 21, 2:30 p.m.
  • The Write Age: Lighthouse Writing Workshop - Jan. 22, 9:30 a.m.
  • STEM Girls - Jan. 22, 4 p.m.
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website.
Around Town
Jeffco Public Health Survey
Jefferson County Public Health, in collaboration with Lutheran and St. Anthony Hospitals, is conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment, and is looking for public feedback. To provide important input on health topics in your community, please visit the Jeffco Community Health Assessment page. The survey is open until February 5.
Tax Season is coming - the IRS wants to remind everyone that help is available!

The IRS would like to remind taxpayers they have a variety of options to get help filing and preparing their tax return on IRS.gov, the official IRS website. Taxpayers can find answers to their tax questions and resolve tax issues online. The Let Us Help You page helps answer most tax questions, and the IRS Services Guide links to these and other IRS services.

Taxpayers can go to IRS.gov/account to securely access information about their federal tax account. They can view the amount they owe, pay online or set up an online payment agreement; access their tax records online; review the past 18 months of payment history; and view key tax
return information for the current year as filed. Visit
IRS.gov/secureaccess to review the required identity authentication process.

In addition, 70 percent of the nation's taxpayers are eligible for IRS Free File. Commercial partners of the IRS offer free brand-name software to about 100 million individuals and families with incomes of $66,000 or less.

The online fillable forms provide electronic versions of IRS paper forms to all taxpayers regardless of income that can be prepared and filed by people comfortable with completing their own returns.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) offer free tax help to people who qualify. Go to IRS.gov and enter "free tax prep" in the search box to learn more and find a nearby VITA or TCE site, or download the IRS2Go smartphone app to find a free tax prep provider. If eligible, taxpayers can also locate help from a community volunteer. Go to IRS.gov and click on the Filing tab for more information.

For more information, please see the full news release.
Free Radon Gas Test Kits Available through January
In Jefferson County, about half of homes tested have high levels of radon. Radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and there is a simple way to prevent it. In recognition of National Radon Action Month, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is providing free radon test kits to homeowners throughout the month of January to help keep families safe.

Read more about the dangers of radon and how you can pick up your free test kit on the City of Golden website.
Recycle Your Christmas Tree
Once the last present has been unwrapped and the tinsel and lights come off, your Christmas tree might look a little lonely. Why not give it a new life as mulch that nourishes Golden's gardens in 2018?

The City of Golden provides a quick and easy way for you to dispose of your Christmas trees after the ornaments and lights have come off. Drop off your trees now through Jan. 27 west of the intersection at Highway 93 & Golden Gate Canyon Road.

Please place your tree near the sign posted for tree recycling. Trees must be stripped of all ornaments, hardware, strings of lights and tinsel. This is for live trees only. The trees will be turned into mulch, which will eventually be available for free at the public pickup site on 11th Street, just west of the Clear Creek History Park.

For further details, contact the City of Golden Forestry office at 303-384-8141.