Weekly Digest January 8 2019
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Giving your old tree a new life

Now that the last bit of tinsel has been pulled from those Christmas trees, they may be looking a little sad. Instead of abandoning your tree to the landfill, give it a new life in someone's garden this spring as mulch!

Drop off your trees now through January 27 at the former Golden Recycle site, just west of Hwy 93 on the north side of Golden Gate Canyon Road.

Trees must be stripped of all ornaments, hardware, lights and tinsel as those items, while pretty, definitely don't make very good mulch.  Trees will be mulched, and the mulch will eventually be available for free at the public pick-up site on 11th Street, just west of Clear Creek History Park.

Enjoy this short but interesting video for a glimpse at what happens to Christmas trees after the last decoration has come off.

Then keep reading for more on what's happening in Golden.

Have a great week!

Your Friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
Arapahoe Street Temporary Closure

Arapahoe Street, between 13th and 14th Streets (in front of Calvary Episcopal Church), is closed for construction activities. The closure will last about another three months. Parking spaces will also be lost during this time.

17th Street Extended Closure

The closure of 17th St. between Washington Avenue and Jackson Street for construction staging and access for CSM's new project at 1750 Jackson St has been extended through the end of January.

Washington Complete Street Project

Washington Avenue Project
Road work began on Jan. 7 North Washington once again. The road is closed to through-traffic for the duration of this phase of work.

There will be a one-way access lane north-bound for residents who live in and need to park within the closure. The road will be closed from 2nd St to 6th St with a signed detour via Hwy 58 and Hwy 93. This phase is anticipated to be completed Mid-April, weather dependent.  Find more details on the project at GuidingGolden.com.

Contact John Hardy (303-384-8195) or Dan Hartman (303-384-8150) with questions.
Upcoming Events
Economic Development Commission Meeting
The Economic Development Commission will meet tonight, Tuesday, January 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Works and Planning Building at 1445 10th Street.

During the meeting, EdComm will consider the following items:
  • Local Business Awareness Program Contract Update
  • 2019 Work Plan and Website Update
See the meeting agenda for more information.

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

During 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.
  • The Mayor will present a proclamation for National Radon Action Month
  • The VFW Post Level Public Servant Award for the 2018-19 Administrative Year will be presented to Corporal Zachary Lyons of the Golden Police Department and Fire Inspector Jonathan Priestly of the Golden Fire Department.
  • The Colorado Chapter of the American Public Works Association will have a member of its Board of Directors at the meeting to present awards to the City for Project of the Year - Structures, Linking Lookout; Project of the Year - Environment, Kenney Run Channel Improvement; and Professional Manager of the Year - Water Resources, Will Stambaugh.
  • The City has initiated a request to approve a vacation of a small portion of right of way on the south side of South Golden Road just west of Ulysses Street, but retain a utility easement, in relation to a sidewalk extension project along Ulysses Street. City Council will conduct a public hearing on the request.
  • City Council will consider a request to amend Chapter 18.40 of the Golden Municipal Code to increase the standards related to the Sustainability Menu in the land use code for commercial and multifamily development. City Council will conduct a public hearing on the request.
  • City Council will consider a formal resolution establishing the number of allocations available in 2019 for new dwelling units in accordance with Section 18.70.060 of the Golden Municipal Code. 
Following the regular meeting, Council will adjourn into Executive Session.

For more information, please see the  meeting agenda.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Coffee with a Councilor
Your District Councilors, Casey Brown and Saoirse Charis-Graves, have combined forces for Coffee with a Councilor in 2019 to include all Golden neighborhoods and neighbors. This is a great opportunity to discuss any issue related to the "good of Golden."

CWAC will meet on Saturday, January 12 at 3 p.m. at Cafe 13 located at 1301 Arapahoe St.

For details, call Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves at 303-709-7529  or  scharisgraves@cityofgolden.net , or Councilor Casey Brown at 303-900-2003 or  cbrown@cityofgolden.net .

Golden Safety Academy
Golden Safety Academy
The Golden Safety Academy was created to help educate and empower citizens with information and resources that enhance their personal safety and crime prevention. This free academy is held once a month on the second Monday of every month in the Golden Fire Department building, 911 10th St. 

In this month's session, on Monday, January 14 from 6 to 8 p.m., learn about Crime Prevention, Trends in Crime, Crime in Golden, and Suspicious Behavior. The class is free, but seating is limited so please register in advance.
Golden Urban Renewal Authority Meeting
The Golden Urban Renewal Authority (GURA) will meet on Monday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Local Licensing Authority Meeting
The Golden Urban Renewal Authority (GURA) will meet on Tuesday, January 15 at 2:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Parks, Recreation & Museums Advisory Board Meeting
The Parks, Recreation & Museums Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, January 15 at 7 p.m. in the Golden Community Center at 1470 10th Street.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Golden History Museum & Park Events & Programming
Golden History Museum
Golden History Museum & Park events and programming explore a variety of historic subjects presented by expert instructors. Learn about your community or neighborhood. Apply historic skills in a modern way. Create something with your hands. There is sure to be a program to suit your interests!

Upcoming programming:
  • Jan 16, 6 - 7:30 p.m. | The Story of Reuben Benton Hayward's Murder, part 1
  • Feb 4, 5:30 - 7 p.m. | Rowdy Colorado
  • Feb 20, 6 - 7:30 p.m. | The Story of Reuben Benton Hayward's Murder, part 2
Visit GoldenHistory.org  for more information and to register for these and more upcoming programs.
Jefferson County Public Library
Jefferson County Golden Library Events
Every week our Golden branch of the Jefferson County Public Library, located at 1019 10th Street, features events and classes for all ages, from DIY Labs to Book Clubs to creative and educational workshops. 

Visit JeffcoLibrary.org for a calendar of upcoming events. There you can also register for  programs that require pre-registration.
Around Town
Apply for upcoming Golden Boards and Commissions vacancies
March 13 is the deadline for you to apply for a position on Golden's various Boards and Commissions. This is a great way to not only serve your community, but also have a say in how decisions are made.

Golden City Council is recruiting applicants to fill expiring appointments to the  Downtown Development AuthorityFire Pension BoardParks, Recreation & Museums Advisory BoardEconomic Development CommissionPublic Art Commission and one appointment to Visit Golden, representing a merchant business or attraction, or with demonstrated marketing expertise.

To find out more about the board and commission application process, visit our  How to Apply for Boards & Commissions page.

If you are interested in applying, you will need to complete the application form. You may be considered for up to three different boards on one application - be sure to rank your preference on the application before submitting.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13. Be sure to save the date for interviews, scheduled for the City Council meeting on Thursday, April 4. If you have questions, contact the City Clerk's Office at 303-384-8014, 303-384-8015 or  clerks@cityofgolden.net.
The City switches to monthly water billing
As of January 2019, the City of Golden is transitioning customers who are currently billed on a quarterly basis, to monthly billing.

Customers will receive 12 smaller bills instead of four larger bills. Monthly billing should make it easier for customers, especially those on fixed incomes, to include the cost of water service in their monthly household budgets.

Learn more about the upcoming switch at  cityofgolden.net/monthlybilling.
Golden Sustainability Award nominations now open
Do you know someone, or possibly a business, in our community that strives to create a greener Golden? Now is your chance to recognize these individuals by nominating them for a Golden Sustainability Award. The City of Golden's Community Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB) is looking for nominations for the following categories:

* Student
* Individual
* Business
* Community Group

Nominations are open through March 22. City Council will present the awards in celebration of Earth Day in April.

Learn more about the  Golden Sustainability Awards. To nominate someone or a group for a Sustainability Award, fill out and submit the  online nomination form.
CU Basketball Community Night
Golden Community Night for CU Men's Basketball
Come out and support the Colorado Buffaloes Men's basketball team on January 12, 8 p.m. at the CU Event Center as they take on the Washington Huskies and enjoy discounted tickets just for being a resident of the City of Golden! Tickets are available in all sections starting at $15.

Bring the family, your friends, co-workers, clients, or anyone else. Purchase your tickets online, or for questions please call Grayson Heath at 303-735-7973 or email at Grayson.Heath@colorado.edu.