June 21 Newsletter
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Bikes, bikes, and maybe a few bikes!

In addition to celebrating Bike to Work Day, tomorrow also marks the grand opening of the much awaited Golden Bike Library! Come by the Golden Visitors Center tomorrow morning between 7 and 9 a.m. to help us welcome this exciting, new service to the Golden community. Learn more about it at www.GoldenBikeLibrary.com.

Not enough bike fun for you? Next Tuesday join friends and neighbors for the monthly Golden Bicycle Cruise. Food, music, a bike ride, and fun for the whole family. Read on to get the scoop on the Bicycle Cruise, along with everything else happening this week in Golden, and don't forget your helmet!

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Current Projects
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Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
 
To make up for time lost due to weather this past Spring, Kraemer will be working Saturdays for the foreseeable future.

Interim Closures on 19th

Access to Elm Street north of 19th is still closed. Access to Elm is 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 Utilities Replacement Program

Installation of new water mains on Plateau Parkway and Sharon Parkway continues this week, and is expected to take another 3 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 1500 meters replaced to date.

Contact Les Major at 303-384-8170 or Keith Mehls at 303-384-8171 with questions regarding this project.
Miner Statue
 
The statue of the miner will be relocated back to the NE corner of 13th and Washington.
Upcoming Events
Bike Library Grand Opening & Bike to Work Day

Join the City of Golden in celebrating the Golden Bike Library Grand Opening from 7 to 9 a.m. during Bike to Work Day festivities on Wednesday, June 22 at the Golden Visitor's Center, 1010 Washington Ave. A ribbon cutting with Mayor Sloan will take place at 9 a.m.

The City of Golden, along with its local partners, is bringing a bike library to Golden. Stop by the Visitor's Center for more information, food, test rides and giveaways for Bike to Work Day participants, residents and visitors. For those in need of a bike, free two-hour rentals and daily rentals will also be available.

The new Golden Bike Library is a bike share program, where residents, visitors, local employees and students can "check-out" a bike for a limited time period for local use in Golden. What makes a bike library different than a traditional bike share program like "B-cycle" in Denver is that the "library" has children's bikes and light-weight geared bikes in multiple sizes to address Golden's hills. Users will be able to check-out bikes for local trips, employment meetings and recreation, or to link to local public transportation.

The Golden Bike Library is centrally located at the Golden Visitors Center at 1010 Washington Avenue. Users can check-out bikes Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, and a key drop box will allow bikes to be returned after hours. Rides under two hours are free, while the daily rental fee is $10 per bike. Bikes come equipped with a lock and helmet. Riders also receive a Golden Ticket and reusable water bottle with each bike rental.

Reservations are not required, but there are a limited number of bikes in any preferred size. Golden information, maps and self-guided tours are available to plan biking adventures if new to Golden. The Golden Bike Library is funded through a federal grant.

Parks & Recreation Board Meeting
 
The Parks & Recreation Board will meet tonight, June 21, at 7 p.m. in the Golden Community Center at 1470 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, the Parks & Recreation Board will discuss the following:
  • Capital Improvement Project Plan
  • Clear Creek Canyon Mouth Project
  • Park Rules Update
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 (CSAB) will meet on June 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the Golden City Hall Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, CSAB will consider the following:
  • Biennial Budget Planning for Sustainability Programs
  • Recommendation: Green Menu Amendments to Planning Commission
  • Recommendation: Colorado Property Assessed Clean Energy Program
  • CSAB vacancy and new member process 
For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.  
Downtown Parking Management Open House

City Council needs to make a policy decision about how to proceed with updating Golden's downtown parking management plan, and wants your input.

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.

Learn more about the parking issue, including background information and other opportunities to share your thoughts if you are unable to make this meeting.
Golden Farmers Market

The Golden Farmers' Market 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.
Golden Bicycle Cruise

This family friendly bicycle cruise is held on the last Tuesday of the month, through October.

Cruise participants gather on June 28 around 6 p.m. in the parking lot next to the library at 10th 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. 

The Bicycle Cruise theme this month is Star Wars, so strap on your lightsaber and bike pump, and m ay the Force be with you!
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events - June 21 - 28
  • Lego Play and Build (June 21 & 28, 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.
  • Book Group (June 21, 6 p.m.) - Join us for our Tuesday Night Book Group. We will discuss Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani.
  • Public Meeting - Turning 65? Questions about Medicare? (June 22, 3:30 p.m.) - Turning 65? Do you have questions about Medicare and how everything works? We can educate you on how Original Medicare works and what your options are.
  • Wee DIY (June 24, 11 a.m.)Little ones will love this hands-on approach to learning. Join us as we explore, create and construct new things, all while growing our imagination.
    Suitable for: Ages under 6
  • LibLab Create! Recycled Art (June 27, 4 p.m.)Come make beautiful art out of paper towel tubes and water bottles. Experiment with art in the Library Laboratory! We will be using low temp glue guns in this class. Parental assistance is required if your child is under nine years old. Please register with the library one week in advance. Walk-ins welcomed as space allows.
    Suitable for: Grades 2-6
  • DIY Demos: LEGO Mindstorms (June 28, 1 p.m.) - Ready to have your mind blown? Come see the amazing LEGO┬« Mindstorms in action at the Golden Library. These programmable robotics kits are designed to be an introduction to robotics basics. Let your LEGO robot imagination go wild!
  • Protect Your Skin from the Inside Out: Why Sunscreen is Not Enough (June 28, 2 p.m.)We live in Colorado, known for 300 days of sunshine per year. The sun that makes us happy and gives us Vitamin D also gives us sun spots, wrinkles and damaged skin. You don't have to avoid the sun to have healthy skin! All it takes is good food, some nutrition savvy, and it's fun in the sun! Presented by a Natural Grocers nutritionist.
    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, July 14 during the regular City Council meeting, which begins 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.
Golden Library to Close for Repairs June 23 & 24
 
Jefferson County Public Library announced today that the Golden Library will be closed on Thursday, June 23 and offer modified services on Friday, June 24, to accommodate critical plumbing repairs.

"These repairs will require us to break through the cement floor in the main entrance area," said Carroll Mannino, Golden Library manager. "We'll need to close on Thursday, June 23, to accommodate construction and ask patrons to use an alternative entrance on Friday, June 24, to allow the new cement to cure."

On Friday, June 24, patrons will be asked to use the emergency access door in the library's quiet area, east of the main entrance, to pick up holds and access Library services.

"We're doing everything we can to minimize disruption to our patrons," Mannino added. "We'll extend due dates on materials during the construction period to avoid late fines and fees, and patrons who wish to have their holds transferred to an alternate location may do so by calling 303-235-5275."

For patrons who wish to use alternative locations during the construction, nearby libraries include:
  • Arvada Library, 7525 W. 57th Ave., Arvada
  • Belmar Library, 555 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood City Commons, Lakewood
  • Lakewood Library, 20th and Miller, Lakewood
  • Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling St., Arvada
"We apologize to our patrons for the inconvenience," Mannino noted. "We hope to complete the repairs and return to normal services as quickly as possible."
Citizen Feedback Requested on Budget
 
Tell us where you think City money should be spent! You have until June 30 to give us your comments online.
In July of every year, the City of Golden reviews the past two years of financials as well as the first six months of the current year. We want to see where money was spent so that we can make sure we're spending it wisely. Then we look toward the rest of this year and the next two years to see where money needs to be spent, as well as identify upcoming projects that will have a significant impact on the budget.

All of the various departments within the City contribute their ideas, projections and requests to the City's Finance Department, who then breaks it all down for the City Council to eventually approve. Of course, a good portion of the budget will always need to be used to make sure our existing infrastructure is maintained. That means things like water, street repair, snow plowing and park maintenance. But we want to look beyond that to see how we can make Golden the best place it can possibly be for our residents.

As much as we try to think of everything we might want or need, we know there are more ideas out there. As a way to get citizens more involved in our government processes, the City Council would like citizen input on where you think the City should invest in the community. No idea is too big or too small. If we had money for some fun projects, what would you like to see?

Your input will be taken into consideration as the budget process continues. Your ideas will go before the Citizens' Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC) and then eventually to City Council. We cannot guarantee every idea will be able to be implemented, but we can guarantee they will be heard. We look forward to your ideas!
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.