Weekly Digest - March 13, 2018
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Lucky to live in Golden!

Forget the luck of the Irish - we're the lucky ones! The weather is beautiful, early bulbs are beginning to bloom, and it's beginning to look a lot like spring.

If you're interested in the future of Golden and the types of projects we should invest in as a community to make it even better, don't miss the Golden Investment Forum Task Force Community Open House that happens tomorrow from 4:30 to 7 p.m. (details below). But even if you can't make it, you can still tell us what you think with the new survey under the Golden Investment Forums project on GuidingGolden.com. While you're there, you can also visit the Affordable Housing project where another survey is available seeking public feedback. If you haven't been to Guiding Golden before, take a moment to register, then come back and visit often - we really want to know what our residents are thinking.

Meanwhile, enjoy the sunshine, and have a happy, safe St. Patrick's Day!

Your Friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
Heritage Road at Apex Gulch work

The City of Golden continues construction to replace the culvert beneath Heritage Road at Apex Gulch.

Please download the map below for location and detours.  Construction began January 17, and should last a total of about 3 months, weather dependent. Local access to Colfax is by detour using 4th and Zeta.
You can also follow this project on the City's social engagement platform www.guidinggolden.com.
Leak Detection Project

Golden Utilities crews are doing a leak-detection project on water mains in the Mountain Ridge area. Data will be collected and evaluated by the end of the month.
Ulysses Park Tree Planting

The City of Golden will plant 20 to 30 trees at Ulysses Skate Park on Colorado's Arbor Day, April 20. The tree planting is made possible by a $6,000 grant from the Colorado Tree Coalition (CTC) for the Ulysses Park Tree Project. The City's Forestry Department, in cooperation with Bell Middle School students, plan to enhance the Skate Park which is located next door to the school. The project is part of the City of Golden's ongoing commitment to involve the community in planting trees and promoting a healthy urban forest. 
Gas Mains Replacement

Xcel Energy is replacing old gas mains on North Ford Street from 1st Street to Texas Street.  Patches made by the contractor are temporary. As soon as the contractor is done, the road will be repaired.  For questions, please contact Xcel directly at 800-895-4999.
Upcoming Events
Economic Development Commission Meeting
The Economic Development Commission will meet tonight, Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Works Building at 1445 10th St.

At the meeting the following will be under consideration:
  • Mines Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, Red Rocks Idea Institute, and Traxion
  • Communications updates
For more information on this meeting, please see the meeting agenda.

For information on this and other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Golden Investment Forum Open House
The Golden Investment Forum Task Force is hosting an open house community meeting on Wednesday, March 14 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th St.

The Task Force will present information on currently unfunded capital investment projects suggested by adopted community plans, and solicit input about priorities. For more information visit GuidingGolden.com.
Coffee with a Councilor - North Neighborhoods
CWAC in Your Kitchen
Chat with your District Two Councilor and get to know your neighbors!  Councilor Casey Brown is bringing the coffee and will meet you at the home of Mary and Dave Buller, 500 Peery Parkway on Saturday, March 17 at 10 a.m.

For details, call Councilor Casey Brown at 303-900-2003 or  cbrown@cityofgolden.net.
2018 Taste of Golden
Taste of Golden features samplings from a wide variety of Golden's fine dining restaurants, eateries, and sweet-shops, as well as from local breweries and distilleries. The event will take place at the American Mountaineering Center on Monday, March 19 at 5 p.m.

This is an opportunity to sample some of the best culinary treats that Golden has to offer.

A limited number of tickets are available and no tickets will be sold at the door, so plan ahead and purchase your tickets online soon. Sponsored by the Golden Chamber of Commerce.
Downtown Development Authority Meeting
The Downtown Development Authority will meet on  Monday, March 19 starting at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 911 10th St.

For information on this and other upcoming meetings, visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.
Community Forum on School Safety
Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Jason Glass, will moderate a panel discussion on school safety on Tuesday, March 20, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Lakewood High School, 9700 W. 8 th Ave.

School security staff, local law enforcement, and other community partners will share information with the community on how we all work together on school safety. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues.  The meeting will also be  livestreamed.

Visit  www.jeffcopublicschools.org or contact the Jeffco Public School Superintendent's office 303-982-6800 for more information.
Parks, Recreation and Museums Advisory Board Meeting
The Parks, Recreation and Museums Advisory Board will meet on  Tuesday, March 20 starting at 7 p.m. in the Golden Community Center, 1470 10th St.

For information on this and other upcoming meetings, visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events - March 14 - 20
To learn more about or register for these and other events happening at the Golden Library, visit JeffcoLibrary.org.
  • Wild Wednesdays - March 14, 4 p.m.
  • Pi Day Celebration - March 14, 6 p.m.
  • DIY Lab (tweens to adults) - March 15, 5:30 
  • Freaky Friday - March 16, 2 p.m.
  • Wee DIY: Seed Starting - March 17, 11 a.m.
  • DIY Lab: Coder Dojo - March 17, 3 p.m.
  • Mock First Lego League - March 18, 10 a.m.
  • Tabletop Game Creation - March 18, 1 p.m.

  • DIY Lab: Golden Fleece Fiber Fellowship - March 18, 2:30 p.m.

  • STEM Girls - March 19, 4 p.m.

  • Lego Play and Build - March 20, 4 p.m.

  • Book Group: News of the World - March 20, 6 p.m.

For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website.
Around Town
Public Works and Planning Offices temporary closure

The City of Golden Public Works and Planning offices located at 1445 10th Street will be closed on March 16 starting at noon due to a planned network power outage.

Please keep this temporary closure in mind if you have business with any offices located in this building. Business will resume as normal in the morning on March 17.
COG Annual Tree Sale Underway
Want to spruce up your yard? The City of Golden's annual tree sale is happening now and runs through April 15 or until we run out of trees. Already 45 trees have been sold and only 20 trees are left so don't wait too long!

Sponsored by the Golden Parks and Recreation Department, this is your opportunity to get trees that are known to adapt and thrive in our area. As of this writing, the following trees are still available for purchase:
  • Norwegian Sunset Maple
  • American Hornbeam
  • Northern Catalpa
  • Redbud
  • Kentucky Coffeetree
  • Bur Oak
Trees are $60 ($64.50 including tax).

Visit the City of Golden Forestry page for more information and to download an order form and description of the trees available.
Now Accepting Golden Sustainability Award Nominations
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 23. City Council will present the awards in celebration of Earth Day in April.
To nominate someone or a group for a Sustainability Award, fill out and submit the online nomination form.
Get Involved! Apply for a Board or Commission
Golden City Council is recruiting applicants to fill expiring appointments to the following Boards and Commissions:
  • Community Sustainability Advisory Board
  • Downtown Development Authority
  • Golden Urban Renewal Authority
  • Historic Preservation Board
  • Investment Advisory Committee
  • Parks, Recreation & Museums Advisory Board
  • Planning Commission
  • Visit Golden
If you are interested in applying, complete the online application

The deadline is 5 p.m. tomorrow, March 14. Save the date for interviews which are scheduled to be held by City Council in the evening on Thursday, April 5.

Questions? Call the City Clerk's Office at 303-384-8014, 303-384-8015 or  clerks@cityofgolden.net. You can also learn more about the openings available on our  How to Apply for Boards and Commissions page.
Golden to Offer Rebates on Residential Solar Building Permit Fees
The City of Golden is now making it more affordable than ever to install solar on residential homes by providing a rebate of fees for solar photovoltaic building permit applications. On March 8, City Council adopted a resolution to rebate the Permit Fee and the Plan Review fees paid for residential solar photovoltaic projects, back to the property owner. 
Adopting a recommendation made by the Community Sustainability Advisory Board, City Council stated the rebates will encourage renewable investment by Golden homeowners and help make progress toward the City's 20% renewable energy goals.  The fee rebate program will be available to all residential permits for a period of two years and will be provided upon project completion.
Did you know that solar prices have decreased 70% in the last ten years?  Currently, the average cost of owning a solar PV project in Golden is about $12,000 for a 4.5 kilowatt system (about 23 panels) and is typically paid off in 6-7 years.  Low interest loans are also available through the State of Colorado's  Residential Energy Loan program . For more information, visit  our Renewable Energy page.