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Happy International Women's Day!

Today is International Women's Day, a celebration of the accomplishments and progress women have made.  Today, about 100 women from Jefferson County and beyond gathered at Fossil Trace Golf Club to celebrate International Women's Day and our very own Mayor Marjorie Sloan spoke at the event. Read below for an excerpt from her speech.

There's plenty happening in Golden this week, so please keep reading, 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:
  • Utility line relocation - Relocations will be complete except Xcel power lines, work on those will continue in the construction area, and then proceed down 19th Street to Elm.
  • Mulched trees are being removed from the site.
  • The city has a 12" water line that supplies water to the tank by Beverly Heights Park which 12" water line replacement will be complete this week.
  • Retaining wall construction to provide space for the US 6 eastbound off-ramp to 19th Street has begun in the north west quadrant.
  • Base for the concrete for the tunnel for the US 6 trail to go under the US 6 west bound off-ramp to 19th Street has been poured and walls will continue this week.
  • There will be some lane closures on eastbound US 6 from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. for truck loading.These closures have not caused any delays. 
Golden Police officers are serious about making sure you slow down in construction zones! Keep your eyes on the road and slow down.
Patroling Linking Lookout
Please note, these plans can change at any time depending on weather and other factors. 
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West Fork Kenney Run Drainage Improvement Project
 
Since November 2015, crews have been working on the West Fork Kenney Run Drainage Project to remove homes and businesses from the flood plain. Work includes two new box culverts in 23rd and 24th streets, and reconstructed 1000 feet of open channel. Work is finally wrapping on the project, and should be completed this month. This week the contractor paved 23rd Street.
Water Meter Replacement
 
In late March, the City of Golden will begin replacing water meters that have been in service more than 10 years, starting with the Rimrock neighborhood. Notices will go out in water bills so be on the lookout, but here's what you should know.

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 Makeover
 
If you enjoy a nice leisurely soak in the hot tub at the Golden Community Center, mark it on your calendar - the hot tub will be closed for a couple of weeks beginning the week of March 21 (we'll let you know if that changes!). When you come back in April, t he hot tub will be better than ever with new jets and new tile! (**Please note, there are no plans at this time to convert the GCC Hot Tub into a time machine, but we still think you'll like the updates!)
US 6 Clear Creek Canyon Closure
 
While this is not a City of Golden project, we wanted everyone to be aware of an upcoming road closure on US 6. As part of construction on the Peaks to Plains Trail project, Jefferson County will be closing US 6 overnight through Clear Creek Canyon for the installation of two large, steel bridges over Clear Creek. Weather permitting, the closures will occur on Tuesday, March 15 from 8 p.m. until 3 a.m., and again on Wednesday, March 16 from 8 p.m. until 3 a.m. Access to the Black Hawk casinos will be maintained via a detour route using I-70 and SH 119 to US 6. 
Upcoming Events
Economic Development Commission Meeting
 
The Economic Development Commission will meet today, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Works Building at 1445 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, the Economic Development Commission members and City staff will provide updates on various projects and programs, followed by communications updates.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our   Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Golden Library Events - March 9 - 15
  • Teen Writing Group (March 10, 4-5 p.m.) - Are you working on your first novel? Do you write fanfic? Or are you more interested in poetry? This monthly workshop offers the chance to share your writing, get feedback from like-minded peers, sharpen your skills, and discuss a variety of topics. This is for grades 6-12.
  • Make Something - Tiny Worlds Terrarium Making (March 12, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.) -Here's a project we think you'll grow to love. Create your own tiny terrarium at the Golden Library! They're perfect for your desk, gift-giving and so much more. All ages are welcome (but kids, please bring your grownup). We have the materials, so you just need to bring your imagination. This is a popular program, so register ahead of time at the Golden Library or call 303-235-5275 (JCPL). Suitable for all ages, but children must participate with an adult.
  • DIY Demos - Silhouette Cameo Cutter (March 12, 12-2 p.m.) -  The Silhouette Cameo is an electronic cutting tool that's awesome for all kinds of DIY projects. Scrapbookers and crafty folks, prepare to be amazed! Using this "cutting edge" machine, you can cut custom designs in paper, cardstock, vinyl, and other materials. We love showing our Silhouette Cameo machine off, so come see it in action. This is suitable for all ages.
  • PAWS for Reading (March 12, 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.
  • AARP Tax Help (March 13, 12:15-3:15 p.m.)We know it's a taxing time of the year. Did you know that AARP provides IRS-certified volunteers who offer free tax counseling and preparation services to millions of taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older? Come to the library to take advantage. Get help with this (often-dreaded) annual task. Suitable for all tax-paying adults!
  • Lego Play and Build (March 15, 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.
  • Golden Library Book Club (March 15, 6-7 p.m.)Join other book lovers for the Tuesday Night Book Group at the Golden Library. This month the discussion will be  A Walk in the Woods  by Bill Bryson.
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website .
Parks & Recreation Board Study Session
 
The Parks & Recreation Board will hold a study session on March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Golden Community Center to review proposals for the Parks & Recreation Master Plan update RFP.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our   Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
North Clear Creek Meeting
North Clear Creek Neighborhoods Plan Second Open House
 
The second public engagement opportunity for the North Clear Creek Neighborhoods Plan will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9 at the Golden Community Center, 1470 10th St. Residents and visitors are encouraged to attend. The goal of the plan is to establish a framework for building and site design, address concerns of the neighborhood, and establish future goals and priorities for the plan area.

The North Clear Creek Neighborhoods Plan area incorporates 8th, 9th, and 10th Street neighborhoods as well as Goosetown along Clear Creek.

The North Clear Creek Neighborhoods Plan is intended as a component of the City of Golden Comprehensive Plan and will find ways to achieve the Value Themes set forth in the Golden Vision 2030 Plan. The plan will also be complementary to the Downtown Character Plan, Clear Creek Master Plan and Clear Creek Management Plan.

At the meeting, you will see the results of the online  survey that opened at the beginning of the process. This meeting is second in a series of three public meetings. For meeting dates, plan area and more information, visit our  North Clear Creek Neighborhoods Plan page.
City Council Regular Business Meeting & Executive Session
 
The Golden City Council will hold a regular business meeting on March 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers 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.)
  • Council will hear from special counsel for the City about broadband opportunities within the city, steps that would need to occur, as well as pros and cons of implementation.
Council will adjourn into Executive Session following the regular business meeting.

To view the full agenda for more information on all items to be considered, as well as information on other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.
GURA Meeting
 
The Golden Urban Renewal Authority will meet on March 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our   Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Around Town
Happy International Women's Day!
 
Today, about 100 women from Jefferson County and beyond gathered at Fossil Trace Golf Club to celebrate International Women's Day, a day that is recognized all over the world to reflect on the accomplishments of women and how far we've come. Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan spoke before the crowd and reflected on the history of women in Golden. It's hard to believe that it really was only a short time ago when women weren't allowed in the workforce or in a political seat. Here are some excerpts from Mayor Sloan's speech today, to give us all a little perspective and realize there is a long history of women whose shoulders we stand on for what we have today.

Mayor Marjorie Sloan:
"Here in Golden, during the entire decade of the 1960s a total of only ten women graduated from the Colorado School of Mines. Why? Admissions were limited to one woman per class. The first female officer in the Golden Police Department- was not sworn in until 1979. Golden's first female mayor, Ruth Maurer, was chosen by city councilors to serve as mayor in 1982.

International Womens DayBut by the late 20th century - and now into the second decade of the 21st, women are in a very different position. They make up a majority of college and law school graduates. No one is shocked when a woman enters an operating room or a lecture hall. Women in the U.S. military fight alongside men. They work as firefighters, police detectives, plumbers, and heavy equipment operators.

Women are prominent business and community leaders and they are a powerful force at the Colorado School of Mines. A Golden police detective, Stacy Galbraith, has recently received national acclaim for her smart, thorough, and caring police work. (Listen to the full story about Det. Galbraith on This American Life.)

Women are in the majority in the present Golden city council. I was elected mayor - the second female mayor - with more popular votes than any past candidate has received.

Because I have been a witness to this history - and have personally benefited from it, I'd like to take this chance to make a few observations. Seen through the lens of the 21st century, it's apparent that the growing number of women in business, the academy, and government is altering the way those institutions work. It is dramatically improving procedures and outcomes.

That's because research shows that women bring particular perspectives and skills to the table. These include a facility with communication and a propensity to listen, distribute power, compromise, form alliances, and find practical solutions.

We, as women, really do hold up half of the sky - and we work hard and successfully at it."

Learn more about the history of women in Golden!

On March 13, the Golden History Museum is presenting A Woman's Life on the Colorado Prairie at Clear Creek History Park. Their daily experiences will be described in colorful detail and participants will be invited to indulge in some 19th century refreshments. Visit the Golden History Museums website for more information.
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.

Last chance to apply for Boards, Commissions and Committees!
 
Love Golden? Why not apply to serve on one of the City's boards, commissions or committees and help guide its growth and future? Applications are accepted through March 11.

There are vacancies currently available on multiple boards serving myriad interests. Whether your interest is ensuring Golden's sustainable future on the Community Sustainability Advisory Board, preserving Golden's colorful past on the Historic Preservation Board, or even developing Golden's economy now on the DDA or GURA, Golden needs people of many interests and passions. Review all of the boards and commissions with current vacancies, learn more about those boards and commissions, and see what fits your particular skills and interests, then apply online. You can apply for up to three different boards with one application.

To learn more about the process and see the boards and commissions with vacancies, please visit our   How to Apply for Boards and Commissions page.
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 .
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.