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Growing a Greener Golden

Garden in a Box
This Saturday don't miss the 7th Annual Greener Golden event from 9 a.m. to noon at the Golden Public Works Building. Those of you who purchased a Garden in a Box (such as the ones pictured right!) will be able to pick those up, but even if you didn't buy one, you can consult master gardeners and master composters, and get all sorts of questions answered about your garden and the City's different efforts to support a greener Golden. You can also pick up free compost - BYOC (Bring Your Own Container)!

There's plenty more happening in Golden this week, so please keep reading, keep informed, and have a beautiful week!

Your friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
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Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
 
The project's biggest traffic interruption will take place beginning around 10 p.m. on Friday, May 20, when US 6 will be closed. The closure will last until, at the very latest, early Monday morning, May 23. 19th Street will remain open.

Please be assured that all of our emergency crews are aware of the closure and detours are in place. Police and Fire will still have access to all neighborhoods.

More information will be made available as the closure date nears. 

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.

New Water Meter
Water Meter Replacement project - all notices now sent out
 
The City of Golden water meter replacement project began in late March, with Keystone Utility Systems as the City's contractor for the project. About 40 to 60 replacements are happening per day now, city-wide. Notices of replacements are going out in utility bills, and as of the last billing cycle, all notices should now be out. If your notice indicates you should call for an appointment, please contact Keystone with the contact information below. Appointments  are available Monday through Saturday between approximately 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Please remove any items blocking access to the water meter before Keystone arrives to ensure a quick and trouble-free replacement.

A typical residential replacement will take approximately 20 minutes; a commercial replacement may take several hours. If your meter is in a pit outside, you do not need to do anything. If you have an inside set meter you will need to contact Keystone and schedule an appointment. You can schedule via email at  Office@keystoneutilities.com or by phone at 1-877-587-2279 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Contact Les Major at 303-384-8170 or Keith Mehls at 303-384-8171 with questions regarding this project.
2016 Concrete Program
 
Fasick Concrete is wrapping up in the East St. neighborhood and moving to Jackson St. Crews will be closing Jackson from 14th to 15th Sts. to install wider sidewalks on both sides. Traffic will be detoured west on 13th St and back to 15th. The work is expected to begin Monday and anticipated to take 4 days to complete.

Crews will also be working on Illinois St. from 10th St. south to the Billy Drew bridge.
2016 Utilities Replacement Program
 
The water line replacement on 23rd St. from Willow Creek to Arapahoe is now complete. Iowa Dr. and Iowa Ct. water line work will begin late this week or early next week.
2016 Streets Program
 
Martin Marietta Materials Mobilized on Monday and has begun by paving the Visitor's Center parking lot and Illinois south of 10th this week. They will next move to Jackson between 14th and 15th.
Street Sweeping
 
Crews will be setting "No Parking" signs along the 12th St. Historical District to complete street sweeping. Notices will also be handed out in these areas and possibly other areas.
Noise Monitoring Sign
19th St. Noise Mitigation Sign
 
The experimental sign that provides feedback to drivers about the noise they are creating as they drive up Lookout Mountain has been installed. Staff will be adjusting and refining the levels and sign operation over the next few weeks.
Upcoming Events
Golden Bike Library 2nd Public Engagement Opportunity
 
The second public engagement opportunity for the Golden Bike Library will be held at the Golden Community Center, 1470 10th Street, tonight on Tuesday, May 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Residents and visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about bike library operations including two-hour free rides, and provide feedback to staff.

The Golden Bike Library is funded through a Colorado Department of Transportation Grant. The bike library will open on Bike to Work Day, June 22, with a launch event, food and giveaways. The Library offers bike options for adults and children including geared bikes to conquer 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. 

For more information, visit  www.goldenbikelibrary.com.

Economic Development Commission Meeting
 
The Economic Development Commission will meet tonight, May 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Works Building at 1445 10th Street.

At the meeting, EdComm members will consider work plan and project updates on various projects and programs. In addition, several Communications updates will be given.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.  
North Ford St. Walking Audit
 
Our ability to comfortably walk throughout Golden is important to our quality of life including our health, environmental quality and local economy. Focusing on a section of North Ford Street, this group exercise will empower you to evaluate what it's like to walk in the area, whether for work, school, errands or exercise. Is it pleasant and inviting, or unsafe and difficult?

When: May 11, 10 a.m. - noon
Where: Hillside Community Church, 103 N. Ford Street, Golden

Our experience and impressions will inform an Active Living Framework Plan to guide the work of the Jefferson County Active Living Coalition over the next two years.

Don't forget to bring comfortable walking shoes, and please wear weather appropriate clothing.
Special Meeting with Jeffco County Commissioners
 
The nonpartisan Jeffco League of Women Voters is sponsoring a meeting with Jefferson County Commissioners on Wednesday, May 11, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Jefferson County Administration Building, 100 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden.

League members and the public will have an opportunity to question, meet and visit with Commissioners Libby Szabo, District One; Casey Tighe, District Two; and Don Rosier, District Three.

The League requested the meeting in an effort to establish a working relationship with commissioners. There is no charge to attend and reservations are not required. The LWV's mission is to promote informed and active participation in government and to influence public policy through education and advocacy after consideration by its members.
City Council Meeting
 
City Council will meet in regular session on May 12 at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers located 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.)
  • The Golden City Council will review an appeal pertaining to a decision made by Planning Commission to deny a request to subdivide one lot into two, located at 1801 Belvedere Drive.
  • Staff will provide Council with a financial update through the 1st Quarter 2016. Discussion will occur on the City's overall financial condition, as well as on a fund by fund basis.
  • CSAB representatives will brief Council on current activities, including comments regarding an upcoming City Council meeting with Xcel Energy representatives, a potential Request for Proposals to investigate the feasibility of a program to provide more effective recycling to businesses in the downtown core, and a proposal to actively pursue the ability to place a community solar garden or other public solar array on an unused portion of the Rooney Road Sports Complex. Council may provide comments or direction on the issues.
  • Public input on the issue of 19th Street traffic calming will be discussed and Council will offer direction on the project, which is budgeted this year and scheduled to be constructed this summer.
  • The Golden City Council will review the South Golden Road Neighborhoods Plan, tabled from a hearing at the March 17th City Council meeting, and consider approving and incorporating the plan as part of The Golden Comprehensive Plan.
  • Staff will provide a further briefing to council regarding discussions over the past two years related to more actively managing parking in the downtown area. Council will consider a process and schedule for a formal decision.
  • Following Council's April 28th discussion of a potential traffic calming and/or complete streets project for Ford Street north of 7th Street, staff will update Council on several potential pedestrian projects under investigation, and seek authorization to proceed with a sidewalk project as part of the 24th Street repaving planned for this summer, between the high school and Illinois Street. 
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 - May 10-17
  • Lego Play and Build (May 10 & 17, 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.
  • Teen Writing Group (May 12, 4 p.m.) - Are you working on your first novel? Do you write fanfic? Or are you more interested in poetry? Whatever your writing interest, the teen writing group at the Golden Library is for you! 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.
  • PAWS for Reading (May 14, 2 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 is required and children registering for this program must be able to read on their own.
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website .
A Greener Golden this Saturday!
 
Please join the City of Golden for our 7th Annual Greener Golden celebration to kick-off the growing season!

When: Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: The City of Golden Public Works Administrative building and the Golden Community Garden. Parking is available at 1445 10th St.
  • Pick up your pre-ordered Garden In A Box.Water-wise products will also be available for sale
  • Tour the Golden Community Garden and learn about opportunities to participate.
  • Have your questions answered by CSU Extension Master Gardeners and Master Composter experts.
  • Learn about the City's Environmental Services programs, including water conservation and free sprinkler inspections.
  • Find out how to deal with your green waste and how best to divert these materials from the landfill.
  • Pick up free compost to amend your garden soil. Bring your own container to fill - buckets, trash cans, old potting mix bags, etc.
Downtown Development Authority Meeting
 
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will meet May 16, at 6:30 p.m. Golden Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.  
Parks & Recreation Board Meeting
 
The Parks & Recreation Board will meet May 17, at 7 p.m. at the Golden Community Center at 1470 10th Street in Golden.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.  
Around Town
Parks & Recreation Master Plan Survey
 
The City of Golden Parks and Recreation Department has commissioned a Parks and Recreation Master Plan Survey as part of an effort to update the 2008 Master Plan. Community input is an important part of this process and helps the Parks and Recreation Department to best tailor the plan to reflect Golden residents' desires and needs.

A random sampling of Golden residents was invited to take a survey via postcard last week. These responses will provide statistically valid results. Residents who have received a postcard are encouraged to follow the web link on the card to fill out the Parks and Recreation survey. Completed surveys will be entered into a drawing to win one of two prizes: one 20 visit pass for the Golden Community Center and one 10 visit pass for the Splash Water Park!

The results of the survey will provide critical information in determining community values, satisfaction levels, needs and priorities, and demographics for Golden Parks and Recreation's long-term planning efforts. Questions asked include what types of programs, facilities, and services residents want in their parks system and where priorities should be placed.

This project is led by GreenPlay, LLC with survey and data work done by RRC Associates. A total of 3,000 households in the City of Golden will be mailed a survey, and responses from these residents will comprise the statistically-valid sample.

Residents who were not selected for the random sample will have the opportunity to participate in a larger Golden Parks and Recreation public survey in several weeks. The website for this open link survey will be shared in coming weeks here and on the City of Golden website.
19th Street Traffic Calming Meeting Feedback Opportunity
 
If you missed the meeting about 19th Street Traffic Calming options, don't fret - we still want to know what you think and you have until Thursday, May 12 to tell us. That night, the feedback gathered from the public will be shared with City Council as they consider a path forward.

The three common public input themes to emerge from earlier meetings included the following:
  • Neighborhood residents desire a wider sidewalk on the north side of 19th.
  • Cyclists and drivers did not like the proposed narrow, separated downhill bike lane.
  • Cyclists were concerned that the proposed uphill bike lane was too narrow and would not allow faster cyclists to pass slower ones safely.
The three alternatives that were presented at this most recent meeting accommodate these concerns to varying degrees, so we need your input on what you would like to see for this project. 

To rank the three design options, please click here to access the online survey.
Youth Citizens' Police Academy accepting applications now!
 
Do you know a young adult who is considering a career in law enforcement, or would be interested to learn how and why police do what they do? For one week in June, young adults between the ages of 13 and 17 will have the opportunity to experience what Golden Police officers and Police employees do in an action-filled hands-on environment.

The Youth Citizens' Academy is packed full of fun including searching a building for suspects, touring a jail, learning about SWAT operations, investigating a traffic accident and collecting evidence from a mock crime scene. This is a very entertaining way to learn about your local law enforcers and the laws that guide them.

Hurry, online applications close at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 16. To apply, you must be between the ages of 13 and 17 (13 year olds must have completed 7 th grade). The academy is one week long; June 13 to 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p. m. You must be able to attend all five days. It is preferred applicants are enrolled in schools within the city limits of Golden.

To apply, visit our  Volunteer page.