Weekly Digest July 31 2018
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
See you at Parfet Park!

Two of our favorite summertime events are just around the corner, and both are happening in Parfet Park. We're talking about Movies & Music in the Park, which kicks off this Friday with A Wrinkle in Time, and National Night Out, which will take over the park next Tuesday with exhibits, activities and a night of fun with the Golden Police Department.

All along the way we've got plenty of other things happening in Golden, including Golden Weekends, the Farmers Market and Coffee with a Councilor. There's something for everyone in our beautiful city and we hope you're making the most of it!

Have a great week, everyone!

Your Friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
Prep Work on North Washington Street

As the North Washington Complete Street Project nears a start date, Xcel is out moving gas and electric utilities that are in the way of the project, which means some traffic delays on North Washington Street.
Extended Street Closure on 17th Street

17th Street, from Washington to Jackson Streets, is closed for construction staging and access for CSM's new project at 1750 Jackson St. The road is scheduled to reopen October 30.
2018 Utilities Replacement

Water main replacement in the a lley between Arapahoe and Cheyenne Streets, from 4th to 5th Streets  will be completed this week.

Xcel will be starting gas line relocation on 23rd St. east of Arapahoe St. for manhole installation.
CSM Road Closure

16th Street from Illinois to Arapahoe Streets will be closed by the Colorado School of Mines until mid-August for stormwater and street improvements.

2018 Street Improvement Program

Martin Marietta has completed 75% of this year's program. They will return in mid-September to complete the remainder of the street paving for this year. 
2018 Concrete Replacement Program

Fasick Concrete has completed work in advance of the street improvement program. They are currently completing sidewalk backfill and clean up. They will return in mid-August to continue replacing damaged concrete in various locations around the city. 
Upcoming Events
Bike cruise bicycle racks
Golden Bicycle Cruise
 
Comb your 'stache and pump up your tires! The Golden Bicycle Cruise is back for another fun night of music, beer, food, and the always popular costume-themed cruise rides around Golden - this time it's all about the mighty Moustache with music by Thunder and Rain!
 
This family friendly event, sponsored by the Golden Community Commons group, takes place on the last Tuesday of the month, which means tonight, July 31. Gather at 6 p.m. in the parking lot next to the library for music, food and beer. Ride starts at 7 p.m. and ends back at the library lot where the fun continues until 9:30 p.m.
Planning Commission Meeting
 
Planning Commission will meet Wednesday, August 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th St.

At the meeting, the following will be under consideration:
  • Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing to consider a PUD Amendment to the Shelton Studio Ranch PUD to allow a maximum principle structure height of 35 feet and a maximum accessory structure height of 25 feet, which would match the maximum height of adjacent neighborhoods.
  • Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing to consider a Site Plan Approval application to construct an approximately 9,000 sq.ft. light industrial building.
  • Commission will discuss recommendations to Council regarding additional updates to the Sustainability Menu (Chapter 18.40), and Urban Agriculture regulations (Chapter 18.26).
For more information on this meeting, please see the meeting agenda.

For information on other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Public Art Commission Meeting
 
Public Art Commission will meet Thursday, August 2 at 9 a.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th St.

At the meeting, the Public Art Commission (PAC) will do an Artsweek recap, hear staff updates, and set the topics for upcoming meetings.

For more information on this meeting, please see the meeting agenda.

For information on other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Golden Weekends
 
This  Friday, August 3 from 5 to 8 p.m., Golden's downtown will come alive with activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Dozens of Golden businesses stay open until at least 8 p.m. and offer specials, in-store demonstrations, samples and more.

Live music on the street corners, free carriage rides, and merchant special activities bring the festivities outdoors onto the sidewalks and in stores and restaurants throughout the summer weekend evenings.
The Downtown Golden Merchant Partners (DGMP) is hosting the events, with support from the Downtown Development Authority, in appreciation of the Golden community.

Participating businesses will be marked by a gold balloon at their front doors. Golden Weekends takes place most Fridays and Saturdays this summer, but not on Super Cruise Saturdays, which happens this week.

For more information, please visit  Golden Weekends on Facebook.
Movies & Music in the Park
 
The first four Fridays of August will feature family-friendly movies and music for free in Parfet Park.

Earlier this spring, we opened a poll allowing folks to vote on one of the movies to be screened this year for Movies & Music in the Park. A total of 525 votes came in and the winner was...  A Wrinkle in Time! You asked for it, so that's what we're kicking the season off with, along with the music of  Thunder & Rain, a 5-piece acoustic Americana band consisting of acoustic guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle and upright bass.

This Friday, August 3, the band will begin performing at 7 p.m. and the featured movie will start rolling at dusk, around 8:30 p.m. The movies are shown on a giant inflatable screen under the stars, and food will be available from vendors at the park, or bring your own picnic.

Please remember this is an alcohol-free and vape-free event, and regular park rules apply. Read more about the evening on our website.
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 topics related to the "good of Golden."

Meet at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday, August 4 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 Farmers Market
 
Find local produce, prepared foods, and items for the home and garden as well as educational experiences, promotional opportunities and a social gathering space most Saturdays this summer. Come out from  8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, August 4.

The Market is located in the parking lot just west of the Golden Library near the corner of 10th and Illinois Streets.

For more details, visit  GoldenChamber.org/farmers-market.
Van-demonium at the American Mountaineering Center
 
Come out from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, August 4 to the American Mountaineering Center 710 10th Street, for VAN-DEMONIUM. This is your chance to drool over vans and draw inspiration for your own adventure rig! Adventure rigs come in many shapes and sizes - from Sprinters with all the bells and whistles to the family mini-van with a home-done conversion. This event will have vans upon vans, plus beer, live music, games, and raffles so there's something for every member of the family.


Hosted by Foothills Climbing Community, in partnership with American Mountaineering Museum. Beer from 14er Brewing Company. Vans from TouRig, Vanworks, and more.
Super Cruise Vintage Car
Golden Super Cruise
 
Gather with other car lovers along South Golden Road this Saturday, August 4 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. to watch hot rods, classic cars, and custom rides of all kinds do what they do best - cruise! 

This is Colorado's biggest annual car cruise, and it happens on the first Saturday of each month, May through October.
Historic Preservation Board Meeting
 
The Historic Preservation Board will meet on Monday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th St.

 

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
National Night Out
 
Join your neighbors and the Golden police 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.

So lock your doors, turn on your porch lights and come out on August 7, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m. to enjoy free food, entertainment, interactive displays and the always popular landing of the Flight for Life helicopter!
Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board Study Session
 
The Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board will meet in Study Session on Tuesday, August 7 at 6 p.m. in the Public Works Building at 1445 10th St.

 

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Dash at the Splash Kid's Triathlon
 
Kids, get excited, it's your chance to shine! The eighth annual Dash at the Splash Kid's Triathlon is coming up in August, and registration is open now. Kids get the opportunity to challenge themselves to swimming, biking and running on a course especially designed for kids. 

The age groups are 11-12 years, 9-10 years, and 8 and under. The age category will determine distances in each event that the child will compete.  Start practicing today by taking your child out on a bike ride, hike, or play games in one of the many parks around town. 

Splash Aquatic Park has lap lanes that are open daily, or check out the indoor aquatics facility at the Golden Community Center. The Dash at the Splash is at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11.  

For details and to register visit rec.cityofgolden.net. Use Activity# 457812.
Be a Tool Day of Service 2018
Be a Tool Day of Service
 
2018 marks the 8th year of the Neighborhood Rehab Project's annual Be A Tool Day of Service.  Neighborhood Rehab Project continues to provide a platform of opportunity for all ages, skill levels and passions to come together for the common purpose of helping a neighbor in need on the 2nd Saturday of September. It is also an opportunity for local businesses to give back to the community in tangible ways by volunteering services, supplies or their time for the day.  
 
Focusing on safe, dry and warm issues for elderly, disabled, veteran or financially burdened homeowners, project examples include decks, stairs, doors, windows and roof repair.
 
The date for this year's Be A Tool Day of Service is September 8, 2018 but registration is now open!
 
For more information or to register for the Neighborhood Rehab Project's Be A Tool Day of Service this year go to www.beatool.org.
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
"Keeping it Wheel" Video Series - Watch for Hazards...
 
Keeping it Wheel video series Bike Hazards
Follow us on the Golden PD Facebook page as we bring you a series of short, sweet "How To" segments all about bicyclist and vehicle safety on the road.
 
From roundabouts to right hooks, lights to lanes, these videos will highlight the law and show you tips on how to operate a car or bicycle safely and hopefully stress-free. 
 
You can see them all on the Golden PD Facebook page, or tune in here as we bring you a new one each week in the Weekly Digest. Click the image above to go to the video "Watch for hazards...and watch for those watching for hazards"!
First Case of Tularemia in Colorado this Year
 
A rabbit found in the Golden/Lakewood area (near South Table Mountain Park) has died from tularemia, an uncommon, but serious, infectious disease. This is the first positive case of tularemia in an animal in Colorado in 2018, and the first positive case of tularemia in an animal in Jefferson County since 2015.

Tularemia is often spread through the bite of infected ticks and deer flies or through handling infected sick or dead animals, like rabbits or other rodents. Though less common, the disease can also be spread by eating the meat of infected rabbits or by inhaling airborne bacteria or drinking food or water contaminated with urine from an infected animal.

Though tularemia is rare in Colorado, there are about 200 human cases of the disease in the U.S. each year. Treatment with antibiotics is effective during early stages of the diseases, but if diagnosis and appropriate treatment are delayed, life-threatening complications may follow. Medical care should be obtained as soon as symptoms appear.

Symptoms include fever, non-healing skin ulcer at the site of infection and swollen and painful lymph glands. If the infection is caused by ingesting contaminated food or water, the symptoms include a sore throat, mouth sores, abdominal pain and diarrhea. If the bacteria is inhaled, pneumonia can develop with symptoms including fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, dry cough and progressive weakness.

However, if proper preventive steps are followed, the risk of contracting tularemia is low. Jefferson County Public Health recommends these important steps to prevent exposure:
  • Don't feed or entice any rodent or rabbit species into your yard, back porch or patio.
  • Eliminate places rabbits and other rodents could live or hide, such as piles of lumber, broken cement, trash and weeds around your home.
  • Make sure that houses and outbuildings are as rodent-proof as possible. Keep foundations in good repair and eliminate overhanging trees from roof and windows.
  • Avoid contact with all sick and dead rabbits and rodents. Look for the presence of blow flies or a "dead animal smell" as evidence of animal die-offs. Report areas where this happens to local or state health departments or to the appropriate campground office.
  • While hiking, prevent insect bites by using insect repellent containing DEET on your skin, and treat pants, socks, shoe tops, arms and legs with insect repellants containing permethrin.
  • Conduct "tick checks" every 2-3 hours if you are spending a lot of time in tick-prone outdoor areas. All ticks attached to the body should be removed immediately. Using a pair of tweezers, slowly pull the tick straight out, without twisting, then wash hands thoroughly after removal.
  • If you hunt or trap rabbits, protect your hands with rubber, plastic or latex gloves while skinning or handling them. Wash your hands using soap and warm water after handling animal carcasses.
  • Be sure to cook wild rabbit and rodent meat thoroughly before eating.
  • Note any change in the behavior of your pets (especially rodents, rabbits and hares) or livestock, and consult a veterinarian if they develop unusual symptoms. Do not handle pets that are acting unusual without gloves and face protection, as they may be sick.
  • Consult a physician if a sudden unexplained illness occurs 3 to 5 days after outdoor activity.