Weekly Digest - January 24, 2017
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Bike riding isn't just for summer anymore!

riding a bike in winter
This is Winter Bike Week, and tomorrow is Winter Bike to Work Day! Hard to imagine getting on that bike some of these colder winter days, but there are folks who do it snow or shine - it's all about being prepared. If you're one of those winter bikers, we salute you, and encourage you to register your rides with WaytoGo.

Not so bike-brave in the cold? Not to fear, this weekend brings music lovers the UllrGrass Music and Beer festival - read on for more about the 3rd annual festival taking place in both Parfet Park and the Buffalo Rose.

Below is a roundup of everything else happening this week in Golden. So whether you're on two wheels or four, or just staying inside and cozy, have a great week!

Your friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
Linking Lookout Logo
Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
The bridge is complete! The final deck pour was completed on January 18.
Excavation of the water quality and detention pond north of 19th Street continues this week. Lane closures on eastbound US 6 between Hwy 58 and 19th Street should be expected. Watch Twitter for closure notices.
Curb and gutter for 19th Street over the bridge has been completed and preliminary work on the garden roof assembly that will allow the park to be planted on the bridge continues. 
The light caissons on US 6 are being installed and will require lane closures. Watch Twitter for closure notices.

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 the girder placement. Please park legally.

Follow us on Twitter!
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.

Give us your thoughts on the North Washington complete street project!

Golden is working on a complete street project on North Washington Avenue between 10th Street and Hwy 93. The goal is to design and construct a street for all users including pedestrian, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.

If you missed the public meeting on the project held on Monday, January 23, please take time to  review the materials presented at the meeting and provide input.

We are at the early, pre-design phase of the project and are looking for input on how to best meet our goals.
2016 Utility Replacement

Project is complete and the design is underway for 2017.
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. 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 4,000 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
Winter Bike to Work Day
Winter Bike to Work Day, on January 25, 2017, is designed to celebrate those who ride year-round no matter what the conditions, and to help those who are interested get a boost and learn how they can stay warm and safe on their bike no matter what the weather is like outside. Interested in registering or finding out more about what's happening in your area? There are a variety of options, including breakfast stations, depending on where you live or work.  Learn more and sign up to ride!
Local Liquor Licensing Authority Meeting
The Local Liquor Licensing Authority will meet January 25 at 2:30 p.m. in Golden Council Chambers.

Please see the LLA Agenda for a full list of requests to be considered.

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 January 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Golden Council Chambers.

At the meeting, the board will discuss the following:
  • 2017 Chair and Vice Chair elections
  • Transit update
  • Senate Bill 17-09 concerning battery storage
  • City investment policy
  • 2017 Editorial Calendar review
For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Regular City Council Meeting
City Council will meet on January 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Golden City Council Chambers at 911 10th 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 proclamation by the Mayor recognizing International Women's Day as March 8, 2017
  • Ordinance #2046 Parks and Recreation Rules and Regulations will be presented to Council for possible adoption.
  • Council will consider amendments to the municipal code regarding the regulation of signs with the purpose of updating and reformatting the sign code to better address recent federal court rulings and render it more user friendly.
  • The Community Sustainability Advisory Board is encouraging City Council to support an effort to build a future community solar garden and to adopt a set of guiding principles desired for its approval.
Following regular business, 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
Police Unity Tour Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A
Police Unity Tour
On Friday, January 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. come out to the Colorado Mills Chick-fil-A at 14730 W. Colfax Ave. in Lakewood, and suppor the Police Unity Tour Team Colorado. This year, officers from GPD will be riding for Cpl. Nate Carriagan, who was killed last year trying to serve an eviction notice. Chick-Fil-A is a big supporter of law enforcement and is giving Team Colorado a spirit night. On Friday, between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m., a portion of ALL the sales will be donated to riders on Team Colorado. All you have to do is go and eat dinner at Chick-Fil-A.

The primary mission of the Police Unity Tour is to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty, with a secondary purpose of raising funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial and Museum.

For questions or information on how to donate, please email adamtlanning@gmail.com.
UllrGrass Festival 2017
The third-annual UllrGrass music and beer festival will be held in Parfet Park and the Buffalo Rose on  Friday, January 27 - Sunday, January 29, 2017. 

The event includes something for nearly everyone kicking off with the UllrGrass Park Parade, followed by a festival complete with premier musical acts from Colorado to Nashville, a kids activity area, food vendors, artisan vendors, musician workshops and more. Golden is a vibrant, active, healthy community with a love of the outdoors and UllrGrass provides an opportunity to get outside and enjoy our town - even in mid-winter. Take in the views of Golden's iconic Mesas from Parfet Park while grooving to the toe-tapping rhythm of a bluegrass, jamgrass or Americana band.

For a full lineup of music and events and to purchase tickets, visit  www.ullrgrass.com.
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events - Jan. 24-31
To learn more about or register for these and other events happening at the Golden Library, visit JeffcoLibrary.org.
  • Lego Play and Build - Jan. 24 & 31, 4 p.m. 
  • Homework Help  - Jan 25 & 26, 4 p.m.  
  • Public Meeting - Long Term Care Solutions - Jan. 25, 5 p.m.
  • Library for All - Jan. 26, 11:30 a.m.
  • DIY Lab - Jan. 27, 11 a.m.
  • Warrior Cats Role-Playing Game - Jan. 28, 12:30 p.m.
  • STEM Girls - Jan. 30, 4 p.m.
  • Public Meeting - Denver West Sustainable Cities - Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m.
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website .
Around Town
Parking kiosk
Coming soon to a parking area near you!

You've heard about the upcoming downtown parking changes, and now they're right around the corner. As of February 1, 2017 the parking kiosks in the downtown garages and parking lots off of 12th Street will be active and enforced. 

As a reminder, these long-term parking areas are free for the first two hours, just like the rest of the parking downtown, but unlike the other areas, allow visitors to stay beyond that two-hour limit for an additional $2 per hour. It's also worth noting that this is only on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Weekends and holidays, parking is free.

If you plan on parking downtown as of February 1, we encourage you to visit our Parking page online to familiarize yourself with the maps and rules.
Limited Access to Fossil Trace Paths

Recently, there have been many questions regarding who is allowed to access the grounds at Fossil Trace Golf Club. The paths, greens and fairways may seem very inviting to nearby residents and others who like to use the area for recreation, however, the only recreation allowed at Fossil Trace is golf. Activities like walking, exercising pets, cycling, cross country skiing, sledding, etc. are prohibited and considered trespassing. Signage has been posted at entry points since 2003, with recent increases by the City of Golden to enforce the Municipal Code. ( Municipal Code 8.04.450)

Fossil Trace is a public course but the word "public" can be misinterpreted. In the case of Fossil Trace and most other golf courses, the "public" description refers to those who pay green fees to play the course. While the area may look very inviting to non-golfers, there are several reasons why access is limited.

Balls are frequently hit out of bounds, bouncing on cart paths and in areas with wild vegetation. The safety of those trespassing is of concern; golf balls travel fast and hit hard. It is dangerous and a big liability for non-golfers to be on the course during golfing hours.

You might ask, "what about when there's snow on the ground, inclement weather, or when it's dark and golfers aren't on the course?"  The same rules still apply, but for additional reasons beyond safety. Vandalism and damage to the golf course and its many sensitive areas have long-term effects on the course itself and the resources required to maintain the course. While fields of untouched snow on the golf course may look inviting for play, tromping on the snow actually damages the fragile grass below. Untouched snow is full of air and insulates the grass beneath it. Crushing the snow destroys that protection (see picture to above).

Keep in mind, there are designated trails around Fossil Trace Golf Club where non-golfers are encouraged to recreate. The area showcasing trace fossils adjacent to the golf course (Triceratops Trail) remains a popular destination for local residents and guests traveling to the area. We thank our citizens for your cooperation in keeping Fossil Trace one of the premier public golf courses in Colorado.
Last Chance to Recycle your Christmas Tree

Drop off your trees through Jan. 27 at the old recycle site off of 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.