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Spring snowstorm, take two!

snowy daffodil
Last Tuesday, folks were out enjoying a warm, 70 degree spring day. The next day, they were out shoveling walks from the 20 inches of snow that fell on the Front Range. If this is your first March in the area, consider yourself initiated, and welcome to Colorado! This was not the fluffy snow of deep winter, but a heavy, wet spring snow that took out more than a few tree branches. If you've collected your own pile of collateral storm debris, the City has provided a place for residents to drop broken branches off at the City's facilities. Read below for more information on where and when to drop them off.

The snow also brought work on Linking Lookout to a halt. Keep tuned to www.linkinglookout.com for updates on what's happening daily and weekly on the project.

Keep reading for other updates around the City, and 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:
  • Snow on March 23 has slowed the project. The contractor is waiting for the site to dry sufficiently so that work can resume without creating problems.
  • Utility line relocation - there are a few power lines that still need to be dropped. No traffic disturbance or outages will occur.
  • Retaining wall construction to provide space for the US 6 eastbound off-ramp to 19th Street continues in the northwest quadrant as weather allows.
  • 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 if site dries sufficiently. These closures have so far caused minimal 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 continue.
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.
Stats from last week's snow storm
 
Last week on March 23 Golden, along with much of the Front Range, found itself buried under a thick layer of heavy spring snow. Here's the stats on the storm:

The City of Golden received around 20 inches of snow. The street department plowed 916 miles as they plowed one in, one out on all residential streets and widened primary and secondary streets.

Crews used 12.3 tons of de-icing material, averaging out to 27 lbs. per lane mile. Crews also removed 2523 cubic yards of snow from the downtown area
Water Meter Replacement began last week & continues
 
The replacement of water meters that have been in service more than 10 years began last week and moves forward 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.
Upcoming Events
CSAB Meeting
 
The Community Sustainability Advisory Board will meet tonight, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Golden Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden. This meeting was rescheduled from the original meeting date of March 23.

At the meeting, CSAB will have a City Manager Briefing, consider energy dashboards, and discuss 2016 Sustainability Award recommendations.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our   Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events - March 30 - April 6  
  • Toddler Dance Party (April 1, 11:15 a.m.) - Calling all grownups and toddlers: bob till you drop at the library! We'll dance up a storm while reinforcing preschool concepts and using gross motor schools. Registration with the Golden Library is required. 
  • PAWS for Reading (April 2, 2 - 4 p.m.)
    Read with a four-legged friend from the Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program at the Golden Library. Dogs are ideal reading companions because they create a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment for sharing books. Registration with the Golden Library is required and children registering for this program must be able to read on their own.
  • Lego Play and Build (April 5, 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.
  • Teen Movie Time (April 5, 6 p.m.) - Come watch a different movie each month at the Golden Library and vote on what we'll watch in the future! Grades: 6-12 are welcome.
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website .
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.
Canceled: Historic Preservation Board Meeting
 
The Historic Preservation Board Meeting that was originally scheduled to meet on April 4 has been canceled. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the HPB will take place on May 2 at 6:30 p.m. If a meeting is rescheduled, we will note it on our Community Calendar
Around Town
Tree Branch Disposal for Golden Residents
 
In response to the recent snow storm and the large amount of tree damage as a result, the City of Golden will temporarily open the vacant lot located at 1255 Catamount Drive for resident tree branch disposal. The lot will be open from Saturday, March 26 to Sunday, April 3.

If you miss this opportunity, residents can also bring tree branches to Golden's Community Pride Days, which takes place on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, also on Catamount Drive. You must have proof of residency to participate. 

Any questions, contact Paul Burkholder at 303-384-8140.

Worth Repeating
Last Opportunity to Weigh in on the Future of the Golden Library and the Jeffco Public Library System
 
There is one more opportunity for Jefferson County residents to attend a community meeting 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 passed 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."

Meeting Date and Time
  • 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 .