May 3 2016 Weekly Digest
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Hello, Spring!

Cressman Trail Daffodils
We've missed your sunny skies, but we're happy to see you back to the business of greening up and warming up Golden this week! The picture to the right features just a few of the hundreds of daffodils our Parks Department planted along Cressman Trail.

Last weekend the Community Pride Days went forward despite the less-than-spring-like conditions. D espite the wet and cold weather, plenty of folks took advantage of the unique service. In total, 851 cars went through on Saturday and 581 on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the annual Yard Waste Collections are happening this week. They will happen on your regular service day. Scroll down for more info.

And keep reading for more information on what's happening around our beautiful City!

Your friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
Linking Lookout Logo
Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
Here's what's happening on the Linking Lookout project this week:
  • Beginning Monday the 9th traffic heading westbound on US 6 to the north of 19th will be shifted to the west about 8 feet, with lanes narrowed from 12 to 11 feet.
  • The contractor will be working this Saturday, there will be no lane closures.
  • Soil nail walls are proceeding in all quadrants. In the northwest precast facing panels are beginning to be installed over shotcrete wall. In the northeast and southwest nails and shotcrete walls are being completed and in the southeast the MSE walls adjacent to the trail underpass box recently completed will begin.
  • Utility line relocation - The last of the utility undergrounding is occurring along 19th street to Elm.
  • The installation of the 54" stormsewer along West Campus Drive is complete, the line will continue to the west. There will be no more parking closures along West Campus Drive.
  • Removal of the existing retaining wall in the northeast quadrant will continue. This wall is being salvaged by the contractor who is recycling it to other projects.
  • Work along 19th Street will begin the week of the 16th. Look for lane change information next week and on the web page.
  • Week end closure of US 6 is still scheduled to begin about 10 p.m. Friday night May 20 and continue till late Sunday May 22. Specific information will be posted in next week's email, on the web page and to the Denver media starting next week.
Please note, these plans can change at any time depending on weather and other factors. 
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Linking Lookout Video #3 - Soil Nails!

Soil Nails
This is the third in a series of videos we are producing about the Linking Lookout project. Soil Nails! And no, we're not talking about the nails you dropped in the dirt while fixing the gutter last week - we're talking huge nails that add support in large projects such as Linking Lookout. You never knew nails could be so interesting!
West Fork Kenney Run Drainage Improvement Project
The project is mostly complete except for minor punch list items! Staff will now begin a FEMA map revision process, which is liable to take about a year and a half.
New Water Meter
Water Meter Replacement project moves forward in select neighborhoods
The City of Golden water meter replacement project began in late March. Keystone Utility Systems is the City's contractor for this project, with replacements happening city-wide. 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 or by phone at 1-877-587-2279 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Keystone is sending notices to residents and commercial accounts that will need to set an appointment for the replacement. 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.  Please do not call for an appointment until you receive the notice.

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. Jackson St. will be closed 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 began Monday and is anticipated to take 4 days total to complete. 

Crews will also be working on Illinois St. from 10th St. south to the Billy Drew bridge.
2016 Utilities Replacement Program
Crews are completing a water line replacement on 23rd St. from Willow Creek to Arapahoe. Iowa Dr. and Iowa Ct. water line work will begin late this week or early next week.
2016 Streets Program
With extensive weather delays, crews have had to move the street contractor's mobilization date yet again. Weather pending, they will begin milling and paving operations the week of May 9. Stay tuned!
Community Pride Days Wrap-up
This year, despite the wet and cold weather, plenty of folks took advantage of Community Pride Days. In total, 851 cars went through on Saturday and 581 on Sunday.
Upcoming Events
North Ford St. Walking Audit Workshop 
Join friends, neighbors, and other community stakeholders for a FREE workshop to learn about the upcoming N. Ford Street Walking Audit.

Here's what we'll cover:
  • Define a walk audit
  • Help you to understand the study area (Walking Audit Scope Map  )
  • Introduce tools used to conduct a walking audit
What: Walking Audit Training
When: Tuesday, May 3 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Where: Hillside Community Church - 103 N. Ford Street, Golden

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 N. 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?

The actual  North Ford Street Walking Audit will be conducted on May 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at Hillside Community Church. You do not have to attend this training in order to participate in the audit.

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.
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events - May 3-10
  • Lego Play and Build (May 3 & 10, 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 Movie Time (May 3, 6 p.m.) It's an Early Release Day for Jeffco schools, so after school lets out, youths in grades 5-8 are invited to drop by the Golden Library's Teen Area to play Xbox 360, Playstation 4, board games or card games!
  • PAWS for Reading (May 7, 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 .
National Travel and Tourism Week events in Golden
It's National Travel and Tourism Week, and the Golden Visitor Center wants you to know about the cool things happening this week to celebrate and highlight what an amazing place Golden is to visit!
  • Golden Visitor Center Volunteer Fair - May 4, 4 - 7 p.m.
    Learn about volunteer opportunities at Golden's local museums and cultural attractions. The event will be free and open to the public and will include food, drinks and door prizes.
  • Be a Tourist in Your Own City! - May 6, all day
    Golden's museums and cultural attractions will offer free admission for Golden residents within the zip codes of 80401, 80402 and 80403 for the day on May 6 during National Travel & Tourism Week. Some will even offer special programming and/or display items from their collections that are not normally displayed to the public. Jefferson County schools are closed for a teacher in-service day, thus providing a great opportunity for Golden residents and families to visit Golden's local museums and cultural attractions!
       Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum
        Golden History Center
        Buffalo Bill Grave & Museum
        Colorado Railroad Museum
        Lookout Mountain Nature Center
  • Guided Hikes - May 7, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    National Travel & Tourism Week will end with guided hikes and group walks leaving from the Visitors Center on May 7 at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Hikers (or walkers) can pick up trail maps, reusable water bottles, sunscreen and more. It's an opportunity to educate residents and visitors about Golden's extensive trail system. Pre-registration is required on Visit Golden's Facebook page.
Planning Commission Meeting
The Planning Commission will meet May 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Golden Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing to review an update to the sign code, with the intent to make it more user friendly, and make a recommendation to Council. There will also be a Bike Library Update.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.  
Public Art Commission Meeting
The Public Art Commission (PAC) will meet May 5, at 9 a.m. at the Golden Community Center at 1470 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, the new commissioners will be introduced, and a discussion of the potential deaccession of several public art pieces will follow. A public hearing of the deaccession will also take place. A presentation about the History of the Golden Public Art Collection is also on the agenda. 

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.  
Ladies Only Sample Tour
Enjoy an evening of samples and shopping in Historic Downtown Golden on May 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. 

Your ticket includes a packet, which contains an area map, coupon book and event bracelet.

Over 30 businesses will be handing out fun and unique samples. Bring your mother, daughter or girlfriends and have a fabulous girls' night out!

Bean Fosters
Coffee with a Councilor - South Neighborhoods
This is a great opportunity to talk with representatives and residents of the South Neighborhoods, as well as any issue related to the "good of Golden."

Meet at 10 a.m. on May 7 at Bean Fosters, located at 720 Golden Ridge Road.
Golden Super Cruise
Love old cars? The Golden Super Cruise, happening this Saturday, May 7, will scratch that nostalgic itch, parading all variety of vintage cars down South Golden road from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

The Golden Super Cruise happens on the first Saturday of the month, May through October.
Golden Urban Renewal Authority Meeting
In lieu of their regular meeting place and time, the GURA will meet this month at Wrigley's Chicago Bar & Grill at 18200 W. Colfax in Golden on May 9 at 6 p.m. to discuss potential infrastructure projects in the Colfax Urban Renewal Area. A walking tour of Colfax will follow the meeting.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.  
Economic Development Commission Meeting
The Economic Development Commission will meet May 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Golden Public Works building at 1445 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
Yard Waste Collection Days this week
Attention, residents who participate in the Pay as You Throw (PAYT) program! The semi-annual spring yard waste collection is happening this week on your normal service day!

Yard wastes should be placed at or near where your trash is collected by 7 a.m. on your designated day. Material may be placed in reusable containers of your choice or in compostable bags available for purchase at Meyers Hardware, The Home Depot and other home improvement stores. Yard waste for this collection includes grass clippings, pine needles, leaves, weeds, branches, sawdust, ground or chipped wood.

For more information on what is and is not accepted for collection, please visit our Yard Waste Collection Days web page.
19th Street Traffic Calming Meeting Feedback Opportunity
If you missed the meeting last week about 19th Street Traffic Calming options, don't fret - we still want to know what you think!

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.