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City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
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Golden Fire saves the day! (again...)

Hiker Rescue
At approximately 3 p.m. this Sunday, Golden Fire Department, with an assist from Fairmount Fire, rescued a hiker who fell and slid down the embankment on the opposite side of the road. A boat operation was utilized due to the depth and speed of the water, and the operation took roughly an hour, but it was a success! The patient was transported by ambulance with relatively minor injuries. Big shout out to our brave first responders! 

And that goes to our hard-working Police Dept. as well who apprehended a third suspect in last week's tragic home invasion. Scroll down for more details. Great work Golden Police!

Please keep reading to keep informed on what's happening in your 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)
 
Interim Closures on 19th

There will be spot one way closures with flagmen on 19th between 6th and Elm for removal of curb and sidewalk on the south side of 19th. These will be needed to allow flagged one-way traffic to pass the work area. One-way traffic will not occur during peak hours. Grading will begin for the roundabout on the south side of 19th.

Other work this week

* Stormwater and wastewater utility work will continue outside of the US 6 travel lanes.
* Retaining wall facing will continue in all quadrants.
* Excavation and soil nail wall construction will continue in most quadrants.

Last Weekend's Closure Update:

Three of the four crossings being built were completed during the weekend closure, but crews were unable to complete the fourth. The problem encountered during this crossing was the lack of soil stability causing the excavation to continually collapse on the outside of the protective steel box where workers were laying the pipe. This required extensive additional excavation outside of the box to move it forward. Think of trying to trench through the center of a bowl of sugar without the sides falling into the trench. The depth of the trench, about 25 feet, also required moving ahead carefully to insure worker safety.

The picture below shows the problem. In the original plan, the width of the cut was expected to be about 15 feet, but as you can see in these pictures, it has grown to about 50 feet. US 6 was opened as planned on Monday morning, and the contractor will develop a completion plan for the incomplete crossing. We will keep you posted on when the project will be completed, but we do not anticipate another full closure of US 6.

Soil stability in the 4th crossing caused the excavation to continually collapse on the protective steel box. The contractor will devise a plan to complete this crossing at a later date.


Please note, these plans can change at any time depending on weather and other factors. 
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2016 Concrete Program
 
Fasick Concrete has finished up in the East St. neighborhood and Jackson St., and is now currently working on 10th St east of Ford St in anticipation of paving operations. 

They will be repairing sprinkler lines and sod restoration in various locations for the remainder of the week. 
2016 Utilities Replacement Program
 
Water line replacement on Iowa Drive and Iowa Ct continues. The contractor is mobilizing equipment and materials to Plateau Parkway this week. Miscellaneous sanitary sewer manhole replacements will be scheduled as weather permits.
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.
Upcoming Events
Local Liquor Licensing Authority
 
The Local Liquor Licensing Authority will meet May 25, at 2:30 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, the LLA will consider a transfer of ownership application for La Casa del Sabor.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.  
Community Sustainability Advisory Board Meeting
 
The Community Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB) will meet May 25, at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

At the meeting, CSAB will consider the following:
  • Bike & Pedestrian Infrastructure discussion (Planning Commission)
  • Community Solar Garden communication strategy
  • Sustainability Video Scripts 
For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page. 
City Council Regular Meeting
 
City Council will meet in regular study session on May 26 at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers located at 911 10th Street.
 
At the meeting, City Council will discuss 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.)
  • Proclamations by the Mayor for Memorial Day, May 30 and National Gun Violence Awareness Day, June 2
  • Representatives of the Marine Memorial committee will update Council on preliminary plans for renovation and improvement of the Marine Memorial near the intersection of Highway 6 and West Colfax Avenue. Council may provide direction on the City's willingness to apply for "pass-thru" grants on behalf of the project if the opportunity arises.
  • Representatives of a local collaborative effort to benefit the Golden Community regarding food access will provide their first formal update to City Council about the partnership, its mission and goals, and potential upcoming efforts.
  • Fossil Trace Golf Club staff have been honored with several regional and national awards over the past six months.  The purpose of this agenda item is to recognize and acknowledge the staff for these various awards. 
  • Council will consider awarding emergency replacement of traffic signal at 12th and Ford Street.

A study session will follow the regular meeting for a Downtown Parking Management Plan update and a review of boards and commissions duties.

 

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 24-31
  • Lego Play and Build (May 24 & 31, 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.
  • Feed Your Brain: Nutrition for Concentration and Focus (May 24, 2 p.m.) Is your brain starved for better nutrition? Do you find it hard to concentrate or focus? Feeling irritable or moody for no discernible reason? Are you absentminded or suffer from periodic brain fog? Come learn the secrets of a better brain at any age. Presented by a Natural Grocers nutritionist.
  • Teen Advisory Board Meeting (May 25, 4 p.m.)Our teens get involved - and we love it. Join our Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and help plan teen-specific library events, services and more, so if you're in grades 7-12, want to make friends and have a say about what you want from YOUR library, stop by and fill out a TAB application. All TAB meetings are at 4 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month.
  • GoFarm Local Food Share Program (May 25, 6 p.m.)GoFarm is becoming the cornerstone of a sustainable food economy in Golden. Their Local Food Share program sources locally grown and raised fruits, vegetables and eggs. GoFarm is committed to making healthy, affordable produce accessible to the entire community, while giving a hand up to our small farmers. Come meet representatives from GoFarm; listen as they explain their mission and how the community can participate in the program.
  • DIY Explorers (May 26, 4 p.m.) - Do you like to invent, create, and reimagine things? Whether it's low-tech or high-tech, we'll do an awesome hands-on activity each month. This program is for grades 6-12 only. Space is limited, please register at the Golden Library in advance.
  • DIY Lab (May 26, 6 p.m.)Do you like to tinker, invent and reimagine things? Drop in and use our DIY space to get creative. All ages are welcome during our weekly open lab. Kids, if you're under 12, please bring your grownup to join and supervise you.
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website .
Skiing the Centennials - A Colorado Ski Mountaineering Backyard Adventure

Come out to the American Mountaineering Center on May 26 for an engaging talk by Ted and Christy Mahon about their accomplishments skiing the Centennials in Colorado.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a meet and greet with Ted and Christy in the American Mountaineering Museum, followed by the feature presentation in Foss Auditorium at 7 p.m.

All proceeds benefit CMC Conservation's awesome Backcountry Snowsports Initiative.

Have old gear lying around? Mountain Equipment Recyclers will be at the event accepting donations of gear that's in good shape. Fifty percent from the sale of each donated item will be given back to CMC!

Planning Commission Meeting
 
The Planning Commission of the City of Golden will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 911 10th Street to review an application requesting a Special Use Permit and Site Plan Review for a 4 unit townhome project located at 807 Arapahoe Street. This property is zoned C-1, requiring a Special Use Permit to reduce the required non-residential component from 25% to 14%. The existing structure on the property will remain as office space. The 4 townhome units proposed are consisting of three floors with 2-3 bedrooms per unit. The partial third floor is stepped back from the front of the building along 8 th  Street. Two of the units will include garages on the first floor and two units will have a separate garage structure on the property.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.  
Around Town
Rain Barrels are now legal to use in Colorado
 
Colorado's longtime ban on residential rain barrels has come to an end. Now most homeowners in the state are allowed to collect precipitation for later outdoor use.

Gov. John Hickenlooper recently signed House Bill 1005, which allows a maximum of two rain barrels - with a combined capacity of 110 gallons - are allowed at each household. The measure is to take effect on Aug. 10.

Rainwater collection, also called rainwater "harvesting," is the process of capturing, storing and directing rainwater runoff and putting it to use. Water from roof gutter downspouts that is directed onto landscaped areas is not regarded as rainwater harvesting under this legislation.

The Colorado Legislature passed the bill last month after previously rejecting the measure in past sessions over concerns that household rain barrels would take water from the supply available to agriculture and other water-rights holders. But a study conducted by the Colorado Stormwater Center showed otherwise. Nearly all of the water would be absorbed in the ground by the downspout or in the ground in the garden, the CSU analysis indicated.

Colorado has been the only state with an outright ban on residential rain barrels and one of just four states that restrict rainwater harvesting. Legislation requires that rain barrels users follow certain guidelines to protect downstream water rights and minimize impacts to human health. Consult the Colorado Stormwater Center and Colorado Water Institute fact sheet for details on rainwater harvesting.
We need your input on the future of Golden Parks & Recreation
 
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.

Go to www.goldenparkssurvey.org/open to fill out the Parks and Recreation public survey. 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.

For more information, contact:
Parks and Recreation Executive Assistant/Department Liaison
Ashby Leavell
Office: 303-384-8191
Home Invasion Stabbing - Update on Female Suspect
 
Golden Police detectives arrested Julia Katharine Johnson, age 19, of Westminster for her involvement in the home invasion and stabbing that occurred on May 16th in Golden. Johnson was booked into the Jefferson County Jail for Complicity on the following offenses:  Murder in the 2nd  Degree - Criminal Attempt, 1st Degree Burglary, Assault in the 1st Degree, Aggravated Robbery - Criminal Attempt, Felony Menacing, False Imprisonment and Assault in the 3rd Degree.
Youth Citizens' Police Academy - last chance to apply!
 
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.

Last chance to apply! The application deadline is May 26. 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.
Rabies confirmed in Jefferson County - vaccinate your pet!
 
Over the past several weeks, four cases of rabies in skunks have been confirmed in Jefferson County and throughout the metro Denver area. The first case was reported at the end of April and was the first ever confirmed in Jefferson County. With this news, Foothills Animal Shelter and Jefferson County Public Health are strongly encouraging all pet owners to make sure their animals are up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations.

Rabies is caused by a virus that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals, and is almost always fatal. When rabies is present in wildlife, the risk of transmission to humans and domestic animals increases dramatically. Wild animals infected with the virus can spread it through bites and scratches.

"With the dramatic increase of confirmed cases of rabies in the metro Denver area, we want to encourage all pet owners to make sure their pets' rabies vaccines are current. It is an easy and effective way to help protect both pets and humans from this deadly disease. Sometimes dog and cat owners do not realize the importance of the vaccine. If your dog or cat interacts with a skunk in your backyard and is not vaccinated, the animal may need to be quarantined for up to 180 days," said Jennifer Strickland, Executive Director of Foothills Animal Shelter.

Pet owners should speak with their veterinarian about getting a rabies vaccine and keeping it updated. As another option, Foothills Animal Shelter offers rabies vaccinations at weekly Vaccine, License & Microchip Clinics.

Vaccine, License & Microchip Clinic details
  • What: Affordable Vaccine, License, & Microchip Clinics
  • When: Every Friday from 4 - 5:30 p.m. and various Saturdays from 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Where: Foothills Animal Shelter (580 McIntyre Street in Golden)
  • Note: No appointment necessary. If applicable, please bring your pet's past written vaccine records to help us better serve you.
  • More info and full schedule: Foothills Animal Shelter
Other tips for pet owners to prevent possible exposure to rabies
  • Avoid contact with wild animals. Make sure your dog is on leash at all times to avoid the possibility of contact with wildlife.
  • Keep your cats indoors to decrease the chance of contact with wild animals.
  • Do not intentionally feed wild animals or leave your pet's food outside.
  • If you believe your pet has been bitten or scratched by a wild animal, contact your veterinarian immediately.