Weekly Digest - Jan. 3, 2017
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Happy New Year!

Snowy Bench
Welcome to 2017! 

It's a new year full of new opportunity and new milestones! One of those milestones will be the completion of the Linking Lookout project at US 6 and 19th Street. Beginning this month we move into Phase 3 of the project, which should last through August. You can read all about it in the newest issue of the Golden Informer (which is now available in a slick new format online)!

A new downtown parking management system will also go into effect this month. Again, read all about it in the latest Golden Informer (complete with a map!).

But many things about our lovely city never change. Like how beautiful it is when it snows! But it will get awfully cold over the next couple of days, so bundle up while you enjoy the snow, and welcome to a new year in Golden!

Your friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
Linking Lookout Logo
Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
 
Work continues on bridge deck rebar placement. Only one more deck pour is left. Because of weather that pour has been rescheduled for January 9.
 
The street lights for 19th street to Elm have been completed.
 
Contractor is completing forming for the south bridge rail wall and hopes to pour this week.
 
Excavation for the US 6 main line to the south is being done. There will be minor traffic interruptions by flaggers to allow trucks to safely enter and exit the work zone.
 
Any unscheduled lane closure on 19th or US 6 over the next few weeks will be posted to Twitter @LinkingLookout so watch for any new closure notices.
 
Watch the Linking Lookout web page for closure information and detour maps.
 
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. 

Linking Lookout Concrete Pour

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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.

Stormwater

The Washington and 17th Street storm replacement project is largely complete with concrete curb and driveway being poured last week. Asphalt will be replaced through the parking lot when weather permits, likely next week. 
44th Avenue Trail Work

Work continues on the trail from the Hwy 58 overpass to the Colorado Railroad museum. With cold temperatures and snow in the forecast, progress will slow down. Earthwork and wall excavation will continue. 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
Planning Commission Meeting
 
The Golden Planning Commission will meet January 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.

At the meeting, the Planning Commission will discuss the following:
  • A public hearing to review a request for Site Plan Approval for a proposed addition to an existing light industrial building.
  • A public hearing regarding a recommendation to City Council to update the Sustainability Menu, found in Section 18.40.350 of the Municipal Code.
  • A public hearing to review and adopt the North Clear Creek Neighborhoods Plan as part of the Comprehensive Plan, and make a recommendation to Council for approval.
For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Public Art Commission Meeting
 
The Public Art Commission (PAC) will meet January 5 at 9 a.m. in Council Chambers.

At the meeting, PAC will discuss the following:
  • Community proposal update
  • Art in Society Grant Application Update
  • Review and Refresher on Loan Policy for Public Art collection
  • Staff updates on Entryway Art Update, Elk in Golden project update, and the 2017 calendar
For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Bean Fosters
Coffee with a Councilor - South Neighborhoods
 
This is a great opportunity to talk with representatives and residents of the South Neighborhoods, as well as any issue related to the "good of Golden."

Meet on January 7 at 10 a.m. at Bean Fosters, located at 720 Golden Ridge Road.

For details, call Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves at 303-709-7529 or  scharisgraves@cityofgolden.net.
Golden Urban Renewal Authority Meeting
 
The Golden Urban Renewal Authority (GURA) will meet January 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Economic Development Commission Meeting
 
The Economic Development Commission will meet January 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Works Building.

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 - Jan. 3 - 10
 
To learn more about or register for these and other events happening at the Golden Library, visit JeffcoLibrary.org.
  • Lego Play and Build - Jan. 3 & 10, 4 p.m.
  • DIY Lab: Golden Fleece Fiber Fellowship - Jan 3, 5:30 p.m.  
  • Bonfils Blood Drive - Jan. 4, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
  • DIY Lab: Vinyl DPublic Meeting - Jan. 4, 4 p.m.
  • Free Home Loan & Credit Workshop - Jan. 4, 6:30 p.m.
  • Girls in STEM Competition - Jan. 5, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Public Meeting - Modern Montessori - Jan. 5, 11:15 a.m.
  • PAWS for Reading - Jan. 7, 1 p.m.
  • Early Risers Coffee Talk - Jan. 9, 8 a.m.
  • Golden Writing Circle - Jan. 10, 6 p.m. 
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website .
Around Town
No Trash Delays for Golden

Trash Truck
There are no trash delays for Golden this week as New Years Day fell on a Sunday this year. Alpine Waste trucks are running to their usual schedule.

Please be sure to put your trash out on your normal day this week and next. 

If you missed it this week, you can just wait for your regular trash service next week or if you have more trash than will fit in your cart, call Alpine Waste at 303-277-8727 for options. Fees may apply.

Shovel your walks and we've got the streets

It's not snowing at the moment, but we all know that winter in Golden means snow eventually. And when it falls in Golden, the City of Golden's Public Works Streets Division will work hard to ensure that residents and commuters can safely navigate the city's 242 lane miles they're in charge of plowing. While our plows are hard at work, though, we need you to shovel your sidewalk.

City Municipal Code 11.08.140 requires any owner or occupant of residential properties to remove any accumulation of snow more than one inch no later than 24-hours after the snowfall stops. Snow and ice of an inch or more must be removed from sidewalks abutting commercial properties within 12 hours after snow stops. Citizens are asked not to shovel the snow into the streets, but instead into your yard or other landscaping. To report a sidewalk that has not been cleared a day or more after a snowstorm, call the Golden Police Department at 303-384-8045.

The City works to maintain all streets, but prioritizes the order in which they are plowed. City policy is to begin plowing once two to three inches of snow has accumulated, and to plow before the application of de-icing materials begins. Golden's seven snowplows are equipped with computer-controlled sanders that calibrate sand spreading. The city applies "Ice Slicer" and also a mixture of salt and sand to priority areas, such as bridges, inclines, curves, school and fire stations before other areas.

When snowplows come through, they leave what is called a "wind row" (hill or pile) of snow in the path along the curb, including in front of driveways. While snowplow operators do their best not to "plow you in," it's inevitable that it will happen sometimes. It is recommended that if possible, citizens wait to shovel their driveways and sidewalks until after the plow has come through. By waiting, you will not have to re-shovel to get out of your driveway.
Recyle your Tree and your Lights

Recycle your Holiday Lights
Old, broken and unused strings of lights do not belong in the trash, so be sure to recycle your holiday lights this year. The City of Lakewood is offering free Holiday Lights Recycling now through Sunday, Jan. 15. Collection totes will be located at the Quail Street Recycling Center 1068 Quail St. from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. All types of holiday string lights are accepted and sorting is not necessary. This responsible electronics recycling service is provided by MeTech Recycling. For more information, visit  Lakewood.org/Recycling or call 303-987-7190. Christmas lights are also accepted at the Rooney Road Recycling Facility at 151 South Rooney Rd., Jefferson Co. through their electronic recycling program. Visit  Rooneyroadrecycling.org for details.

Recycle your Christmas Tree
Not sure what to do with your tree now that the presents are gone and the lights have come down? Why not give it a new life as mulch that nourishes Golden's gardens this spring? 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 from Dec. 26 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.

Watch out for wildlife on US 6

It's that time of year again, when the elk and deer so abundant on the Front Range are most active crossing US 6. September to January is the high season for these animals to cross the road. They like crossing over to Fossil Trace Golf Course for a good graze where the grass is high in nitrogen content, then head back to their home on the other side of US 6. More than 75 percent of vehicle/wildlife collisions occur between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. but they can cross at any time of the day so it's important to keep an eye out.

In 2010, CDOT installed an at-grade wildlife crossing on US 6 between Heritage Road and 19th Street. In 2011, vehicle/wildlife collisions significantly decreased, but in recent years, the number of collisions have been increasing. This may be due to motorists becoming "immune" to the flashing lights, which can also be triggered by other movements such as vegetation blowing in the wind. Sometimes, even when triggered by wildlife motorists can't see the animals, which can also lead to motorists thinking the lights are an unreliable indicator.

The measures currently available at the wildlife crossing include one-way ramps and 8-foot-high fences along both sides of US 6 for about 2.5 miles between 19th Street and Heritage Road, as well as infrared sensors that detect when an animal has entered the right-of-way, activating flashing lights on yellow warning signs, and subtle lighting has been installed to make it easier to see wildlife. To augment these measures, rumble strips will be installed on the wildlife crossing approach as a reminder to slow down, and vegetation will be mowed and maintained at the crossing to prevent false positive readings from the infrared detector.

To avoid collisions, the best thing you can do is be aware. If you see the lights flashing, slow down and watch for animals attempting to cross. Just because you don't immediately see anything, doesn't mean an animal isn't there ready to bound out at any moment. Be especially wary at dawn, dusk and nighttime hours when visibility is lower and collisions most likely to happen.