Weekly Digest - January 23, 2018
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Braving (and shoveling) the snow

Snowy Bench
We hope you survived the big snow this weekend and were able to stay inside and off the roads! If not, we trust your drive wasn't as bad as it might have been. Golden is one of the only cities in the metro area that actually plows primary, secondary AND residential areas. Golden Public Works would like to ask your help in keeping the roads clear and reminds everyone  when you are shoveling your sidewalk as required in city ordinances, please shovel onto your grass and not into the street where it can become a problem for drivers as we are having freeze/thaw conditions.

And with that piece of housekeeping out of the way, this weekend offers the opportunity to stop shoveling and just celebrate winter with the 4th annual Ullrgrass Music and Beer Festival. Keep reading below for more information on the yearly festival, as well as everything else happening in Golden! 

Your Friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
Linking Lookout Post-Construction Reports

Linking Lookout Logo
Muller Engineering performed a traffic performance evaluation of the completed intersection at 19th St. and US 6, and compared it to the traffic performance prior to construction. That report is available for download below. It does have a lot of engineering jargon so here is a summary of the findings:
  1. Delay time for all vehicles going through the intersection has been reduced by 90%. Looking at peak hours at US6 & 19th Street, delay has been reduced by 19.6 hours in the morning and 54.97 hours in the afternoon.
  2. The conditions at Elm were also studied with a reduction of 1.47 hours in the morning and 0.91 hours in the afternoon. One important thing to note is the existing delay is much better, but the volumes of pedestrian crossing at19th Street and Elm affect delay. If volumes increase, that will add to delay. This is something that should be considered when designing any improvement on the CSM property to the south.
  3. We have a total for AM and PM delays for both intersections. The time saved during the peak times each day is an impressive 77 hours. This includes the time lost (new delays) for neighborhood residents going westbound on 19th Street that have to use the roundabout to access westbound US 6. This is why avoiding a traffic signal was so important to overall performance.
Heritage Road at Apex Gulch work is underway

The City of Golden has begun 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 should last about 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.
Traffic Volumes on C470 & the West Connect Process

c-470 Traffic Volumes
The Denver Post published an article on the West Connect process for transportation improvements along the western corridor and the specific recommendations still being considered by the CDOT sponsored Planning and Environmental Linkage study (PEL). While the article did not say there would be a recommendation of 10 lanes on US 6 and Hwy 93, it could be interpreted from the article that such a possibility exists.To be very clear, the PEL process has never looked at any plans for the Golden section except the provisions the City of Golden laid out in ourGolden Plan.The Golden Plan would limit lanes in Golden to four (two in each direction), with an option to take them to six (three in each direction), should there be 70,000 or more vehicles per day using US 6 or Hwy 93.The article also talked about 10 lanes south of I-70 on C-470 and only four lanes in Golden. This might sound like traffic would dump into Golden and create gridlock. The fear is unwarranted and here is why.  Check out the  2040 traffic volumes from the DRCOG traffic model document It shows 48,200 vehicles a day on the ramps to US 6 north of I-70 but if you cross I-70 to C 470 that number jumps to 147,000, an increase of almost 100,000 vehicles or 3-times the traffic to the north, which would not impact traffic in Golden. That is why the PEL is not considering anything in Golden except the Golden Plan, and why four lanes would be sufficient for the foreseeable future.
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.
Congrats on a Job Well Done!

WTS Awards
The City would like to congratulate all the staff that worked on the Linking Lookout project, and in particular, Anne Beierle, as the project was selected as one of the winners for the 2017 Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) Colorado Innovative Transportation Solution award. In selecting their award winners, WTS Colorado looks for specific attributes including projects featuring women in leadership roles, and projects that surmount challenges and demonstrate a unique public benefit.  

Pictured here is Nancy Lambertson, the Project Manager from Mueller Engineering and Anne Beierle at the recent awards ceremony.
Upcoming Events
Community Sustainability Advisory Board Retreat
 
The mission of the Community Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB) is to assist the City of Golden in achieving the ten-year sustainability goals. In order to facilitate achievement of these goals, the Board will lead, encourage, enable, and empower the citizens, visitors, and people who work in Golden, to live in a sustainable manner.

CSAB will meet at the Fossil Trace Golf Course Club House for their annual retreat on January 24 from 3 to 9 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.
City Council Regular Meeting
 
City Council will meet in regular session on January 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street, Golden, CO.

At 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 a request for approval of a Preliminary Plat at 850 Shelton Road to subdivide a 9-acre site into 13 lots and will conduct a public hearing on this matter.
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 .
4th Annual UllrGrass Festival
 
Named one of the top ten outdoor festivals in Colorado by Westword Magazine, UllrGrass Music & Beer Festival features a broad music line up with artists from Nashville to Colorado. 

UllrGrass takes place January 26-28 in Parfet Park during the daytime hours with night shows at New Terrain Brewery. Festival goers dress in Viking regalia to celebrate the Norse God of Winter, bluegrass music and craft beer.

For more information about the festival visit www.ullrgrass.com.

Golden Investment Forum Task Force Meeting
 
The Golden Investment Forum Task Force will meet on January 29 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street, Golden, CO.

For information on this and other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events - Jan. 23 - 30
 
To learn more about or register for these and other events happening at the Golden Library, visit JeffcoLibrary.org.
  • Lego Play and Build - Jan. 23 & 30, 4 p.m.
  • Workshop Wednesdays (school age tweens) - Jan. 24, 4 p.m.
  • College Prep: What you need to know about college admissions and the SAT - Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m.
  • Library for all: Interactive Program for Adults with Disabilities - Jan. 25, 11:30 a.m
  • E-books and Other (Free!) Downloadables from the Library - Jan. 25, 2 p.m.
  • Homework Help - Jan 25, 4 p.m.
  • DIY Lab (Tweens to Adults) - Jan. 25, 5:30 p.m.
  • Felt and Sew and LED Bracelet - Jan. 27, 1 p.m.
  • The Write Age: Lighthouse Writing Workshop - Jan. 29, 9:30 a.m.
  • Spanish for Kids - Jan. 29, 11:30 a.m.
  • Family Lab: Sustainability Ideas for the Family - Jan. 29, 4 p.m.
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website.
Around Town
Give us your feedback about Short Term Rentals at GuidingGolden.com
 
Guiding Golden logo
City Council has directed staff to work with the Planning Commission to draft an ordinance regarding Short Term Rentals. This is going to take a while and during the process, we want to hear what you think. Do you think Short Term Rentals should be allowed in residential neighborhoods?

 Learn more about this issue and give us your thoughts on the Short Term Rentals page on our new social engagement tool at www.guidinggolden.com/short-term-rentals. You'll need to register for the platform to give feedback but once you're registered, you can participate and give feedback on any project on the website.
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.
Plowing Through Winter

Golden Snowplows
Keeping the streets of Golden drivable and safe throughout the winter months is a top priority for the City of Golden Streets Department. We are one of the only cities in the metro area that actually plows primary, secondary and residential streets curb-to-curb. When winter storms hit the Golden area, our snowplows will first concentrate on primary streets such as South Golden Road, Johnson Road, Washington Avenue, Ford Street and 19 th Street. These are the areas with higher traffic volume and the main roads needed for emergency vehicles to access different parts of town.

Once all primary streets have had sufficient maintenance and deemed passable, City crews move on to secondary streets and then into residential. Please be patient. There are six routes and one plow assigned to each route. As all streets are completed within a route, plows are dispatched to assist other plows for the completion of all routes.

As a reminder, City of Golden  Municipal Code 5.01 Nuisance Abatement makes it unlawful to deposit snow from private property on to the street, other than the curb line. Although crews work very hard to clear the roads, some of the residual snow from the plow may pile up at the end of your driveway. Please help remove this snow just as you do for the rest of your driveway. The Streets Department appreciates your cooperation and patience as they work hard day and night to ensure safe roads this winter season.
Garden in a Box - Coming soon to a yard near you!
 
A beautiful landscape
New Year, New Yard? Coming this spring, Garden In A Box offers affordable, pre-planned, low-water gardens for sun, shade, and everything in between, and as a City of Golden customer you may be eligible for a $25 discount. The 2018 Garden In A Box collection is now available to view at
ResourceCentral.org/Gardens , so you can start dreaming about your spring garden. Be sure to sign up for the 2018 Garden In A Box pre-sale as well to be the first to know when gardens go on sale in March.
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.