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Another Successful Event!

Golden Music Festival
If you missed the Golden Music Festival last weekend, you missed a great event! And this year's festival was the biggest to date with a total of  1,812 tickets sold (1,088 on Saturday alone). A total of $24,870 was raised from admission and $11,956 collected in beer sales. The funds raised at the Golden Music Festival underwrite the museum's educational and collection care efforts, so everyone enjoying great music at the festival was also supporting the important work of the Golden History Museums. A successful event all around!

It's summer in Golden, so you know there's more on tap to keep you busy. Read on to get the scoop on this week's happenings, and have a great week!

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Current Projects
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Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
 
Interim Closures on 19th

Striping will be done on 19th and traffic will be pushed to the south on to the temporary pavement. This switch is planned for Wednesday the 15th.

Access to Elm Street north of 19th will be closed Wednesday the 15th. Access to Elm will be from Illinois to 17th then back to Elm.  Pedestrians crossing 19th from the CSM parking on the south side has been temporarily moved to the east.

This is a tight area so please pay attention and drive slow.

Chimney Gulch trail / Hang glider landing field access

Work will continue on relocating a water line in this area in advance of construction of the project water quality pond. Please be careful when crossing the field. There is also a concern with people parking on the shoulder of US 6 when the parking area is full. Please do not park on US 6, if the parking area is full please park in town and use the Clear Creek Trail on the south side of the creek to access Chimney Gulch. 

Other work this week
  • Wall construction is continuing in all quadrants with facing being placed and top copings being installed.
  • Grading for ramps is occurring in all quadrants
Please note, these plans can change at any time depending on weather and other factors. 
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2016 Concrete Replacement Program
 
Fasick Concrete is finishing clean up and restoration on 10th St. from Ford St. to Washington Ave.

Last week they began sidewalk replacement and improvements on 24th St. from Ford St. to Illinois St.  This work consists of general replacement as well as a new wider sidewalk on the south side of 24th. 
2016 Utilities Replacement Program

Installation of new water mains on Iowa Drive and Iowa Ct. was completed last week. Asphalt patching, final cleanup and GPS mapping of the new mains and valves is underway.

Installation of new water mains on Plateau Parkway and Sharon Parkway began Tuesday, June 7, and construction is expected to take approximately four weeks.
Stormwater

Weather permitting, crews will do channel work and excavate a new pond for the bike park.
New Water Meter
Water Meter Replacement project
 
Replacements continue citywide with approximately 1400 meters replaced to date.

A "Second Notice of Meter Replacement Required!!" was received by many customers last week. This notice was only supposed to go to customers with inside set meters that had not scheduled a time for replacement (about 1200 customers).  Due to a clerical error at Keystones office this notice was sent to around 3500 customers.

Contact Les Major at 303-384-8170 or Keith Mehls at 303-384-8171 with questions regarding this project.
Upcoming Events
Economic Development Commission Meeting
 
The Economic Development Commission will meet tonight, June 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Golden Public Works Building at 1445 10th Street in Golden. You may view the agenda here.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.  
Citizens' Budget Advisory Committee Meeting
 
The Citizens' Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC) will meet on June 15, at 7:30 a.m. in the Golden City Hall Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, CBAC will discuss the following:
  • 2017 Budget process, goals, policies, issues
  • 10-year CIP Discussion
  • Employee Benefits Update - Teresa Reilly
  • Long Term Staffing Plan - Chief Bales
For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.  
Planning Commission Meeting
 
The Planning Commission will meet on June 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Golden City Hall Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, Planning Commission will consider the following:
  • Planning Commission will discuss upcoming and potential transportation related projects with the Public Works Director and Community and Economic Development Director in advance of their annual CIP budget recommendations to Council.
  • The Community Development Analyst will update Commission on progress related to researching Golden's past and present housing needs, and creating recommendations for future initiatives that could help increase housing affordability in the community.
  • The Community and Economic Development Director will provide context to the discussion planned for July 6th to respond to City Council's request for high level budget input, in addition to the other opportunities later in the process.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page. 

Rescheduled City Council Meeting
 
City Council will meet in a rescheduled meeting on June 16 at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers located at 911 10th Street.
 
At the meeting, City Council will consider the following items:
  • 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.)
  • The Mayor will present Stacy Fowler the 2016 President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Community Leadership Award
  • City Council is soliciting public comment, within the June 16th and July 14th City Council business meetings, regarding suggestions to implement a parking management system in the downtown area to increase the available supply for visitors, downtown residents, and downtown employees by encouraging all day parking by CSM patrons to move back on to campus. Council must decide whether to move forward with such a program and seeks community input. An open house to discuss the topic in an informal setting will be held on June 23rd from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Golden Community Center. City council is expected to provide direction on or shortly after the July 14th discussion.
  • The Golden City Council will conduct a public hearing to consider approval of an update to the City of Golden Annexation Study Area Report. This report is a document required by State Statute, and does not contain detailed policy or strategic evaluations of possible annexations.
  • Staff will review with council the proposed process for evaluating municipal broadband deployment throughout the City of Golden.
For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.
Golden Farmers Market

The Golden Farmers' Market opened last week and now runs every Saturday through October (except for during Buffalo Bill Days on July 30), from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Located west of the Golden library, the market includes a variety of vendors offering everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to homemade jams, soaps and locally sourced honey. There are also plenty of kids activities, food trucks and more.
Coffee with a Councilor - North Neighborhoods

Join District 2 Golden City Councilor Casey Brown for coffee and conversation on Saturday June 18 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Council chambers. This is a great opportunity to bring up issues concerning you that are happening in Golden and the north neighborhoods in particular. Open to everyone!
Downtown Development Authority Meeting
 
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will meet June 20, at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden. You may view the agenda here.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.  
Colorado Railroad Museum
Steampunk at the Station

Join us on June 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a day where science fiction meets the 19th century industrial age at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Their steam engines provide the perfect backdrop for this culture found in music, clothing, art and lifestyle.
Bike to Work Day & Bike Library Grand Opening

Leave your keys at home and don't spend a cent to fill up the gas tank. Wednesday, June 22 is Colorado Bike to Work Day and local residents are encouraged to bike or walk to work.

The City of Golden is supporting the statewide event by rewarding residents who choose to use bicycling or walking to travel to their workplace. Visit the City of Golden Bike to Work Day station at 10th & Washington in front of the Visitor's Center from 6:30 to 9 a.m. to enjoy food, refreshments and giveaways.

The grand opening of the Golden Bike Library will also take place during Bike to Work day at the Visitors Center. The launch event will take place from 7 to 10 a.m. with food and giveaways, and a ribbon cutting with Mayor Sloan at 9 a.m.
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events - June 14 - 21
  • Lego Play and Build (June 14 & 21, 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.
  • DIY Kids (June 15, 4 p.m.) - If you love to invent, create and reimagine things, DIY Kids at the Golden Library is the place for you! We'll be making and experimenting in this awesome, hands-on program! Please register up to one week in advance with the Golden Library. Suitable for ages 6 - 11. 
  • DIY Explorer: Sun Jars (June 16, 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. This program is for grades 6-12 only. Space is limited, so please register in advance at the Golden Library.
  • DIY Lab (June 16, 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.
  • DIY Health and Fitness Solutions (June 18, 2 p.m.)Looking for a good DIY program? Make your body and mind this summer's home-improvement project! Join us at the Golden Library and learn how to add healthy years to your life without breaking your bank account. Side effects may include more energy, less stress and reduced belly fat!
    Our program is presented by Well & Company's "Coach" Stacy Fowler, a certified personal trainer and fitness expert; and bestselling author and stress expert Lauren Miller. You have nothing to lose except, well, you know...
    This program is suitable for adults.
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website .
Around Town
Share Your Thoughts on Parking in Golden
 
Residents, students and visitors alike can all agree that parking in downtown Golden has become an issue. But how to fix the problem is an issue in itself. There are vastly different opinions on how to solve parking problems, based on the individual user. Understanding that the City cannot find a solution that will make everyone happy, the goal is to find the solutions that work best for most.

The City of Golden's  2014 Downtown Parking Study indicated a significantly higher shortage of parking west of Washington Avenue than there is east of downtown. It is believed this is due, in part, to students, faculty and staff at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), who utilize the City's long term parking spots to either avoid paying for parking on campus, or because it's simply more convenient. This puts a serious dent in the number of spots available for visitors, residents, and for people who work at downtown businesses and need places to park for their work shifts.
Truth is, CSM has substantial on-campus parking for its students and employees, and the permit prices are relatively reasonable. However, as long as the City provides free long-term parking nearby, there is no incentive for anyone to change their habits.

Throughout the summer and fall of 2015, community input was sought regarding a few options including trying to build more public parking or moving toward a managed system of free short-term visitor parking, permits for employees and residents, and paid longer term visitor parking. Overwhelmingly, people supported managing our current public spaces over building more at this time. Council has discussed the matter a number of times and tends to agree that we need to take action.

At this point, City Council needs to make a policy decision about how to proceed and wants your input. In order to facilitate a community discussion, City Council has scheduled three opportunities:
  • An open house format meeting to discuss downtown parking management ideas will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 at the Golden Community Center, 1470 10th St. City staff will have maps of the potential downtown parking zones and answer questions about logistics and process.
  • City Council will take public comment on resident and business suggestions on Thursday, June 16 and Thursday, July 14 during the regular City Council meetings, which begin at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall, 911 10th St.
  • Comments may also be sent via email to citycouncil@cityofgolden.net.
It is expected that Council will provide direction at or soon after the July 14 meeting and that any new system would be implemented in January 2017. For more information, email  planning@cityofgolden.net.
Tubing Temporarily Restricted on Clear Creek
 
Effective at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2016 the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Golden Police Department limited waterway activities on Clear Creek. These temporary restrictions apply to Clear Creek in unincorporated Jefferson County, as well as those portions of Clear Creek within the City of Golden, including Vanover Park.

Water activities prohibited by the order include all single-chambered air inflated devices such as belly boats, inner tubes and single chambered rafts, as well as "body-surfers" and swimming.

Kayaks, paddle boards (SUP), whitewater canoes and multi-chambered professionally guided rafts and river boards are exempt, but are encouraged to observe extreme caution due to the safety concerns surrounding swift moving water and floating debris. All of the above users and occupants must have the use of a Type I, Type III, or Type V Coast Guard approved paddling life jacket and a water use designed helmet.

Violators may be issued a summons for a class 2 petty offense, punishable by a fine of one hundred dollars. These restrictions will be strictly enforced in an effort to minimize the risk to those using the waterway. These temporary water restrictions will remain in effect until water levels decrease.
Home Invasion Update: Crime Stoppers Alert
 
The Golden Police Department needs your help to find 20-year-old Cody Aaron Jones (DOB 3/4/1996). He has a nationwide warrant for criminal attempt murder in the second degree, first degree burglary, assault in the first degree, criminal attempt aggravated robbery, felony menacing and false imprisonment.

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers is offering an award up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest of suspect Cody Aaron Jones. If you have information, please call 720-913-STOP (7867) or send a text to 274637, then title DMCS and enter your message. Callers can remain anonymous.

Stay Green, Save Green with a Free Irrigation Inspection!
 
Is your summer water bill cutting a hole the size of your lawn in your budget? The City of Golden and the Center for ReSource Conservation are providing free irrigation system inspections to help reduce water usage on your grass without sacrificing the beauty of your lawn. A friendly and knowledgeable water conservation specialist will measure how much water you're using, test how well your sprinkler system is working, and even fix any small problems that may exist.
 
At the end, you'll get a customized watering schedule designed to make sure your lawn is getting the most out of your sprinklers, helping to reduce waste and keep your lawn green and healthy deep into the dry summer months and beyond!
 
Inspections last about 90 minutes, but could help you save thousands of gallons of water each year. It's easy to sign up and get long-lasting and money-saving results! Simply call (303) 999-3824 or sign up at conservationcenter.org/sprinkler to schedule.

Outdoor Water Irrigation