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City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
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First week of spring!

Crocus in the snow
Early blooms wearing snow caps or peeking colorfully out of a white landscape is no strange sight to anyone who has spent any time on the Front Range. And neither is a March with snow one day and 70 degree temperatures just a couple of days later! Altogether, it means spring is here, and we're happy to welcome it, snow and all.

There are some fun ways to celebrate Easter this weekend, so keep reading to learn more about the Easter Egg Hunt and the Bunny Express Train. And this Wednesday, if you're an aspiring entrepreneur, don't miss the First Annual Golden Startup Showcase, sponsored by the School of Mines.

On a final note, next week the newsletter will be sent out on Wednesday instead of Tuesday as it usually is. Don't anyone anxiously checking their inbox and being disappointed!

In the meantime, have a great week!

Your friends at the City of Golden

Current Projects
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Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
 
Here's what's happening on the Linking Lookout project this week:
  • Utility line relocation - Power lines over US 6 were dropped overnight on March 21. Comcast lines were dropped on the 18, but Excel postponed their drop due to weather. 
  • Retaining wall construction to provide space for the US 6 eastbound off ramp to 19th Street continues in the northwest quadrant.
  • Walls for the concrete tunnel that allows the US 6 trail to go under the US 6 westbound off-ramp to 19th Street and the top will be poured.
  • Retaining walls on either side of the tunnel will begin when concrete pours are complete.
  • There will continue to be some lane closures on eastbound and westbound US 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for truck loading. These closures have not caused any delays.  
  • The excavation for the 54" storm sewer will begin along West Campus Drive. Some intermittent parking closures on the west side of the road will occur.
  • Removal of the existing retaining wall in the northeast quadrant will start.
Here's what the local birds see as they fly over the work site!
Aerial view of the Linking Lookout work area

Please note, these plans can change at any time depending on weather and other factors. 
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Follow us on Twitter for real-time updates! You can also get lots of project information, including maps and long-term plans at LinkingLookout.com.
West Fork Kenney Run Drainage Improvement Project
 
Crews continue to work on fencing and landscaping this week as the project nears completion! 
Water Meter Replacement begins this week
 
The replacement of water meters that have been in service more than 10 years begins this week, starting with the Rimrock, East St. and South Ridge areas. Residents in these areas received notices that went out in water bills at the beginning of the month.

To complete this project, the contractor, Keystone Utility Systems (KUS) must have access to your water meter to replace the existing meter and rewire and install a new remote register in the meter pit or on the house. If your water meter is inside the house you will receive a separate notice requesting that you schedule an appointment to replace your meter. If your meter is outside in a meter pit, an appointment won't be necessary. This is a system-wide meter replacement project and all City of Golden water customers with older meters will have their water meter replaced. There is no expense to the customer. The entire cost of installation is covered by the City of Golden Water Department.
Hot Tub Closed for Updates
 
The hot tub in the Golden Community Center is now closed for updates, which will include new jets and new tile. The work should only take a couple of weeks to complete, and when you come back in April, t he hot tub will be better than ever!
Upcoming Events
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events - March 22 - 29  
  • Spring Break Fun: Movie Time at the Golden Library! (March 22-25, 1 - 3 p.m.)
    It's Spring Break Fun with popcorn and movies Tuesday through Friday at 1 p.m.!
    Here's what's playing:
    • Tuesday, March 22: Big Hero 6, rated PG (102 minutes)
    • Wednesday, March 23: Inside Out, rated PG (95 minutes)
    • Thursday, March 24: Frozen, rated PG (102 minutes)
    • Friday, March 25: Minions, rated PG (91 minutes)
    Space is limited to 45 patrons for each showing so come early to grab your spot!
  • Lego Play and Build (March 22 & 29, 4 - 5 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.

For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website .
Local Liquor Licensing Authority Meeting
 
The Local Liquor Licensing Authority will meet on March 23 at 2:30 p.m. in the Golden Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, the LLA will consider multiple applications and conduct hearings for a number of businesses. To see a full list of applications and hearings to be considered, please see the meeting agenda.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our   Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
First Annual Golden Startup Showcase
 
Presented by the Colorado School of Mines Entrepreneur Club, the Golden Startup Showcase is a gathering of entrepreneurs of the greater Denver area geared toward viewing and supporting Colorado School of Mines students pursuing entrepreneurship.

Wednesday, March 23 at 4 p.m.
CSM Bunker Auditorium
1922 Jones Rd. 

The goal of this event is to showcase the past, present and future of startups at Mines and around Golden in order to drive innovation and inspire action. This will be accomplished by providing an open floor for current startups and a variety of resources for entrepreneurs to analyze and utilize; including motivation from experienced entrepreneurs.

A number of startups from Colorado School of Mines and the surrounding area will be highlighted.
Bunny Express Train
 
All aboard the Bunny Express Train at the Colorado Railroad Museum!

Let the rails transport you into spring with this annual tradition at the Museum on March 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Your whole family can hop on the Bunny Express Train, featuring the 1880s vintage passenger coach, and experience what it was like to travel 100 years ago.

The Easter Bunny and Spike the Railyard Hound will be handing out candy, and the Depot General Store will have the perfect gift ideas for this year's Easter baskets.


Easter Egg Hunt
 
Bring the little ones to Parfet Park on Saturday, March 26 at 10 a.m. for an Easter egg hunt hosted by the Kiwanis Club & Golden Chamber of Commerce.

Eggs will be hidden all over the park and the hunt is free an open to all children ages 9 and under. Don't be late! The hunt kicks off at 10 a.m. sharp and with so many eager little hunters, those eggs won't stay hidden long.
Center for Resource Conservation
Free Waterwise Seminar
 
This spring, the City of Golden is partnering with the Center for ReSource Conservation (CRC) to offer Water-Wise Landscape Seminars on Xeriscape and other sustainable landscaping practices. These expert-led seminars are offered at no cost to residents, and they are open to everyone. Throughout the month of April, CRC will be hosting 13 seminars in 8 different communities across the Front Range. To check out the full line-up and register, visit ConservationCenter.org/Water-Wise-Seminars.
 
Topic: Low Water Landscaping Tips and Tricks
Date: Mon. April 4, 2016
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: Golden Community Center, Coal Creek Room - North; 1470 10th St. Golden, CO 80401
Speaker: Deryn Davidson, Horticulturist and Landscape Architect with CSU Extension
 
Low Water Tips and Tricks
From plant selection to landscape design to irrigation scheduling, we are bombarded with decisions when it comes to managing our landscape. This seminar will explore a variety of low-water tips and tricks for reducing your outdoor summer water use, and it will provide the knowledge, tools, and resources necessary to create your own water-wise landscape plan at home. Join local horticulturist, Deryn Davidson, as she shares the secret ingredients to a successful and low-maintenance landscape that requires less water while also contributing to the beauty of your surroundings. 
 
Landscape seminars are offered at no cost, and they are open to everyone. For more details about our complete seminar line-up and to register, visit ConservationCenter.org/Water-Wise-Seminars. Call or email 303-999-3820 x222 or gardeninfo@conservationcenter.org with any questions.
Around Town
Fossils Found at Linking Lookout Constructions Site
 
Fossils were recently found while crews were excavating the area near US 6 and 19th Street for the Linking Lookout project.

CDOT staff paleontologist F. Nicole Peavey was on site to identify the small fossils. The animal was a Baculitidae Gill, which is a long extinct marine mollusc (think ancient ancestor of the squid). The construction crews contracted for the project, Kraemer and Yeh, were told to look out for fossils since the area, which is adjacent to Fossil Trace Golf Club, is well known to have them.

While certainly interesting, Peavey said the find was not significant enough to stop the project. Even so, our crews will continue to watch out for any more prehistoric finds unearthed during construction.
Worth Repeating
Jeffco Open Space Accepting Applications for Youth Employment
 
Summer job applications by Jefferson County youth ages 14 to 18 will be accepted from March 1 to March 31 by Jeffco Open Space for the 2016 Trails Stewardship Team (TST).

The Trail Stewardship Team was created in 1975 to provide young people with summer employment opportunities to build trails and maintain Open Space Parks while developing a positive stewardship ethic for natural resources and protected areas. The work is challenging, rewarding and physically demanding.

Applications are available online during the month of March. The application process mirrors typical workplace recruitments, providing a real-work experience from start to finish.

Selection to the TST will follow an in-person interview. No longer will a random drawing or lottery be used for selection.

The Future of the Golden Library and the Jeffco Public Library System
 
Jefferson County residents are invited to attend community meetings sponsored by Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL). Library executives will share recent accomplishments, preview coming attractions and invite community feedback.

"In Nov. 2015, Jefferson County residents paGolden Libraryssed a ballot initiative to increase the Library's mill levy for the first time in 29 years," said Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL. "As a result, we are now able to begin to restore services, better meet residents' needs and put JCPL back on a path to excellence. These are exciting times for JCPL, and we look forward to sharing our future plans with the community."

Meetings Dates and Times
  • Saturday, March 12, 1-2 p.m. - Evergreen Library, 5000 Hwy 73, Evergreen
  • Saturday, March 19, 1-2 p.m. - Arvada Library, 7525 West 57th Ave., Arvada
  • Monday, March 21, 5:30-6:30 p.m. - Columbine Library, 7706 West Bowles Ave., Littleton
  • Thursday, March 31, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Lakewood Library, 10200 W. 20th, Lakewood
All interested parties are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
Garden in a Box kits now on sale!
 
The City of Golden and the Center for ReSource Conservation offer an easy, fun and affordable way to create beautiful, water-conserving gardens through the purchase of a Garden In A Box kit.

Garden In A Box kits are now on sale!

Garden In A Box, a selection of professionally designed, perennial gardens that use Xeric (low water) plants, offers residents a simple approach to an eye-catching yard. These affordable, do-it-yourself garden kits come with starter plants, a Plant and Care Guide, and plant-by-number maps. 

Gardens are offered by the City of Golden in partnership with the Center for ReSource Conservation. $25 discounts are available while supplies last to Golden residents. To view the full garden collection visit  Conservationcenter.org/gardens .