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Get Ready for Phase II!

Phase II Linking Lookout video
This Monday marked the beginning of Phase II on the Linking Lookout project. This means t raffic has been diverted on US 6 through Golden onto newly constructed ramps (this happened Monday night) and construction of the bridge structure which will support the lid has begun.

The next two weeks are likely to be pretty noisy on site as the  bridge abutments are supported by 78 steel piles that must be driven down to solid bedrock, but work will be limited to between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Keep reading below for more information on the new phase, and watch the video.

In other news, Buffalo Bill Days is right around the corner! So saddle up and have a great week, pardners!

Your friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
Linking Lookout Logo
Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
 
Saturday work will occur most Saturdays for the foreseeable future.
  • Traffic has been transferred to the ramps. Traffic will be monitored to see if traffic signal timing can be tweaked to improve performance.
  • The contractor will be working on the 19th Street lanes between the two lanes that will take traffic to the south of the bridge. This is expected to be completed this week, and traffic is planned to switch on Monday the August 1.
Pile driving for the bridge will continue through Thursday this week and begin again next Monday, August 1. There is noise associated with this activity. Driving the piles will occur from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. The contractor expects to complete all the piles by August 5.

19th Street and Elm roundabout
  • Concrete for the north half curbs and center island has been poured. The north half will be paved this week, and uphill 19th street traffic will be shifted to the new pavement.
Please note, these plans can change at any time depending on weather and other factors. 
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2016 Utility Replacement

Installation of a new water main on 10th St. is now underway. Bore underneath railroad tracks begins this week.
West Fork Kenney Run Drainage Improvements

The Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) process for Kenney Run continues. All post project survey is complete, but area survey info is still being collected. Submittal to the City for review is anticipated next week. Formal submittal to FEMA is anticipated to occur the week after. Preliminary flood modeling indicated floodplain reduction from upstream of 24th to just downstream of 15th.
19th Street Traffic Calming Project

Beginning the 27th of July, traffic will be shifted north of the existing center line so that Martin Marietta can mill and pave the south. (This will be painful!) Message boards were put in place last week advising of construction.
New Water Meter
Water Meter Replacement project

Replacements continue citywide with approximately 2,600 meters replaced to date.
 
Contact Les Major at 303-384-8170 or Keith Mehls at 303-384-8171 with questions regarding this project.
Upcoming Events
Golden Bicycle Cruise

This family-friendly bicycle cruise is held on the last Tuesday of the month, May through October. Grab your lightsaber and join us tonight for a Star Wars themed ride!

Cruise participants gather around 6 p.m. in the parking lot next to the library at 10 th and Illinois, to listen to music and drink beer. The cruise leaves at 7 p.m. to ride the paths of Golden on a pre-determined route. There are stops along the way to socialize, and the cruise ends back at the parking lot, where there is beer, music and food, and family fun available until 9:30 p.m.

Once again, the New Belgium Brewing Company will be pouring their fabulous Fat Tire Amber Ale and one other summer brew. Local bands will be serving up great music, and there will be food and fun for everyone! As always, there will be prize drawings after every ride, so be sure to get your drawing tickets!
Local Licensing Authority Meeting
 
The Local Licensing Authority will meet July 27, at 2:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.
 
At the meeting, a number of renewals and applications will be considered. Please review the agenda for more information.

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 on July 27, at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.
 
For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
City Council Regular Meeting
 
The Golden City Council will meet July 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.
 
At Council meeting, the following will be considered:
  • Discussion will occur on the City's overall financial condition, as well as on a fund by fund basis.
  • Council will consider the utilization of a collection agency for the Municipal Court due to changes in State legislation and for the collection of various outstanding fines, costs, and fees.
  • Following several community input opportunities, City Council on July 14th directed that staff prepare a Resolution authorizing the implementation of a parking management program for the downtown core, as well as certain changes to the two existing neighborhood permit parking areas adjacent to the CSM campus. Council will review the program details as contained in the resolution and may provide direction or take action.
  • Council will consider a request to approve the Bachman Farm Filing No.1 Subdivision at 18300 West 4th Avenue, and amend Rezoning Ordinance 2014, along with the Zone Change Agreement. The change requires the applicant to pay cash in lieu of park land dedication and dedicate an access easement, rather than make a small land donation that the City would maintain.  Council approved the Preliminary Plat for the Bachman Subdivision on February 11, 2016.
  • City Council will consider adoption of an ordinance that provides notice to Xcel Energy of the city's intent to acquire all the street lights within the city of Golden, either through negotiated purchase or through eminent domain if necessary, as provided by the city franchise agreement.
  • On June 16, 2016, City Council conducted a public hearing on the state required Annexation Study Area Report.  Council tabled the matter until July 28th and directed staff to make a few edits.  Council will re-open the public hearing and,  upon its conclusion, may take action to approve or reject the report.
  • City Council will conduct a public hearing to determine whether a community of interest exists sufficient to find that a proposed annexation of a portion of CDOT right-of way complies with State Statutes. City Council approved Resolution No. 2496 on June 16, 2016, finding the Annexation Petition to be in compliance with State Statutes.
  • Ordinance On First Reading and Setting August 11, 2016 As the Date for Second Reading and Public Hearing of Ordinance No. 2032. This is an Ordinance To Annex Certain Unincorporated Land Owned By The Colorado Department Of Transportation Located In The Northwest ¼ Of Section 33, Township 3 South, Range 70 West As Requested By The City Of Golden. Annexation and zoning of the property into Golden would help clarify the public safety jurisdiction for this portion of the highway. City Council will conduct a public hearing on the request on August 11, 2016.
  • Ordinance on First Reading and Setting August 11, 2016 as Date for Second Reading and Public Hearing - Ordinance No. 2033 - An Ordinance To Zone Certain Land Owned By The Colorado Department Of Transportation Located In The Northwest ¼ Of Section 33, Township 3 South, Range 70 West As Requested By The City Of Golden. Annexation and zoning of the property into Golden would help clarify the public safety jurisdiction for this portion of the highway. City Council will conduct a public hearing on the request on August 11, 2016.
  • City Council will consider authorizing the submittal of a grant application to the Colorado Department of Transportation for a Transportation Alternatives Program grant to construct a sidewalk along the south side of West Colfax Avenue from Violet Street to the entrance to the Interplaza retail development. If approved, the construction would likely occur in late 2017.
  • Council will decide whether to partner with CDOT on a grant application to fund design of a improved wildlife crossing of US 6 between Heritage Road and 19th Street.
For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Buffalo Bill Days

Buffalo Bill Days kicks off on Thursday, July 28 and runs through July 31. Come celebrate Golden's hometown hero!

The annual Buffalo Bill Days celebration dates back to the 1940's as a trail ride up Lookout Mountain to Buffalo Bill's grave.

Over the years the celebration has expanded with more activities and multiple days of fun - it is now the largest community festival held in Golden. The event draws many people from surrounding communities who enjoy bringing their families to a wholesome, small-town community event.

This year's activities include Cody's Wild West extravaganza, the "Best of the West" Parade, Muttin' Bustin', live music, an orphan car and a classic car show, a golf tournament, food and merchandise vendors and much more. It all begins Thursday, July 28, 2016 with a golf tournament at  Applewood Golf Course. Most of the Buffalo Bill Days events will take place in and around Parfet Park.

For more information, including a schedule of events, please visit  www.buffalobilldays.com.
Jeffco Board of Education Schedules Two Additional Meetings Regarding Bond/Mill Levy Override

When:                  Thursday, July 28 and Tuesday, August 2
Time:                    5:30 p.m. 
Where:                Jeffco Public School Ed Center, 5th Floor Board Room
                                1829 Denver West Drive, Bldg. 27
                                Golden, CO 80401 
What:                   Jefferson County Board of Education meetings for discussion on potential November bond and mill levy override

The Board of Education accepted a revised Jeffco Public Schools Facilities Master Plan on June 14, and directed staff to develop a bond and mill levy override package. On June 16, the board reviewed three bond/mill packages and agreed to consider asking voters for funding in the November election.
 
The Board has decided to hold two additional meetings to further discuss and review the issue. The proposed $535 million bond and $33 million mill levy override will be a discussion item at the 5:30 p.m., Thursday, July 28 meeting. A final decision whether or not to place the issue on the November ballot will be made at the 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 2 meeting. Public comment may be made at both meetings; please sign up by 3:30 p.m. the day of the meeting if you would like to address the board.  You may also email the board.
No Golden Farmers Market this weekend!

The Golden Farmers' Market runs every Saturday through October EXCEPT for during Buffalo Bill Days on July 30!

That means this weekend there will be NO Farmers' Market. We'll see you next week!
National Night Out

Join your neighbors and the Golden police next Tuesday, August 2 at 5 p.m. for a fun, family event that brings citizens and law enforcement together in a partnership to form a stronger and safer community. 

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and generate discussion, education, support and participation in crime prevention efforts.
Enjoy free food, entertainment, interactive displays and the always popular landing of the Flight for Life helicopter.
Historic Preservation Board Meeting 
 
The Historic Preservation Board will meet on August 1, at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.
 
For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Parks & Rec considers new park rules at upcoming public meeting

The City of Golden offers its residents and visitors one of the most comprehensive park and recreation systems in the country, contributing to the City's reputation as a preferred location for people to live, work and play. The Golden Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a public meeting on  Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the Golden Community Center to accept input and ideas on Golden Park Rules.

Golden Parks and Recreation enthusiasts are invited to review the attached draft of a limited number of guidelines requested to protect our natural resources for the enjoyment of residents and visitors, and to ensure that those new to Golden are aware of what is required to maintain quality parks and open spaces. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you on August 2 .
Please contact Ashby Leavell in Parks and Recreation at  aleavell@cityofgolden.net, 303-384-8191 with any questions.
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events - July 26 - August 2
  • Lego Play and Build (July 26 & Aug. 2, 4 p.m.) -You're never too old (or young!) to play with LEGOs! Join the Golden Library all-ages LEGO Play and Build program. Build something based on the month's theme or use your imagination! Everyone is welcome, just drop-in. Space is limited, however, and program is limited to 45 participants.
  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting (July 27, 4 p.m.)Our teens get involved - and we love it. Join our Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and help plan teen-specific library events, services and more. If you're in grades 7-12, want to make friends and have a say about what you want from YOUR library, stop by and fill out a TAB application. All TAB meetings are at 4 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month. TAB meetings are at 4 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month.
  • Golden History Talks: Early Golden and the Quest for the Capital (July 27, 6:30 p.m.)Nathan Richie, Director of the Golden History Museum will be hosting a lecture on "Early Golden and the Quest for the Capital." About the presentation: When gold was discovered in 1859, the population of the Rockies exploded. Reliable infrastructure, security, and governance was an immediate need. But the designation of a territorial capital sparked an intense power struggle that pitted Denver against the rest of the territory who wished to check the influence of the ambitious city. Golden emerged as the best suited town to claim the mantle of leadership-which it did temporarily in 1862. What happened after was a messy, personal, and salacious battle to secure the permanent seat of power.
  • DIY Explorer (July 28, 4 p.m.) -  Do you like to invent, create, and reimagine things? Whether it's low-tech or high-tech, we'll do an awesome hands-on activity each month.  LEGO Mindstorms are programmable LEGO robots intended to help middle-schoolers and teens learn how to program. We've built two LEGO Mindstorms rovers, but they need your help to function. Work in teams to complete programming challenges. You'll teach the LEGO Mindstorms rovers to drive in circles or squares, to announce when they start or stop moving, and maybe even to follow a line.  Registration opens two weeks before the event. Limit: 15   Suitable for: Grades 6-12
  • DIY Lab (July 28, 5:30 p.m.) -  Do you like to tinker, invent and reimagine things? Drop in and use our DIY space to get creative. All ages are welcome during our weekly open lab. Kids, if you're under 12, please bring your grownup to join and supervise you.  Suitable for: All Ages
  • Reading Rodeo End-of-Summer-Reading Celebration! (July 29, 1 p.m.)Celebrate another successful Summer Reading program at the Golden Library! Enjoy crafts and games with us before the Summer Reading program rides off into the sunset. Round up your old books for the Book Trading Post where you can swap your gently used books.
  • Movie Time: Epic Marvel Film Fest part 1 (July 29, 3:30 p.m.) - Avengers Assemble! Watch the first  Iron Man and Thor movies at this epic film fest. That's over 4 hours of Marvel mayhem - do you have what it takes? We'll finish up at 8:30 p.m.
    Iron Man [PG-13]™ 125 min. at 3:30 p.m.
    Thor [PG-13]™ 114 min. at 6 p.m.
    Please note: The library closes at 5 p.m. so regular library services will be unavailable after that time.
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website .
Around Town
New Parking Permit Process
 
Starting today, the City of Golden has transitioned to a more streamlined parking permit process. Addresses within a residential permitted area  will be able to go online to the new parking permit portal to register for their parking permit.

In order to receive a parking permit, individuals will create an account and conveniently upload any required documentation as outlined on the Parking page. Please read instructions carefully!
Public Works Citizens Academy registration now open!
 
Have you ever wondered how Golden's water is treated? How we maintain and repair infrastructure? How we map and track water, sewer and street-related assets within the community? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should join the Public Works Citizens' Academy. This free 20-hour program, which is geared toward adults, kicked off on the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 1.

It will include interactive hands-on training activities, tours of City facilities and presentations by Public Works staff. This program will include one Thursday evening, three Tuesday evenings and two Saturday sessions. To conclude the program, graduates of the Academy will be awarded Certificates of Completion at an October City Council meeting.

The registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 26. The class size is limited, so please register early.

Police Citizens' Academy now accepting applications
 
The Golden Police Department is accepting applications for the 2016 Citizens Academy. 

The Academy is set to begin August 17 and is scheduled for 11 weeks of classroom and skills education.  Academy attendees will learn what police officers and police employees do in the performance of their duties and the rules and laws that guide them.
 
The Academy combines classroom presentations with hands-on activities to provide the participants with a comprehensive experience. Participants will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, and two Saturdays for firing range and driving track training. 

Throughout the course of the Academy, participants will be exposed to K9 patrol, drug enforcement, traffic accident investigations, communications, patrol duties and realities, DUI traffic enforcement, the Jefferson County Regional SWAT team, a tour of the Jefferson County Jail, crime scene investigations, firearms simulator, taser and driving track training.

The Golden Police Department began conducting an Adult Citizens Police Academy in 1995. We felt that exposing citizens to knowledge about police work would help them to better understand and relate to police involvement in the community. Our hope is that the graduates of the Citizens Academy will share this knowledge with others in the community.