Weekly Digest November 13 2018
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Remembering yesterday, celebrating today!

GHM LIberty Bell

Despite the big snowstorm that rolled in this weekend, 
hundreds of people packed into Golden's City Hall for a ceremony to honor veterans, celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the WWI Armistice, and see the contents of a time capsule that was buried 50 years ago. Then they walked over to the Golden History Museum, had the rare chance to ring Golden's historic bell (it was cracked after excessive ringing when the Armistice was signed 100 years ago!) and had the opportunity to leave their mark on history by writing notes to the future for the time capsule to be buried for the people of 2068.
The time capsule tradition began in 1918 when Golden residents buried the first one in honor of the end of World War I and asked that the people of 1968 open it. The next generation held a celebration on Nov. 11, 1968 at 11 a.m. They then buried another capsule for those of us in 2018, which we dutifully unveiled on Sunday.
The Golden History Museum will leave some of the contents on display for those who were not able to attend the celebration. Also on display is the new time capsule that will be filled with items that represent our world today, and scheduled to be unearthed on Nov. 11, 2068.

There's plenty happening in Golden, so keep reading for a rundown and have a great week!

Your Friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
Buffalo Rose Construction

As construction continues on the Buffalo Rose, a pedestrian walkway will be put in place and a few parking spaces on Washington Ave. will be impacted for approximately three weeks.

Ulysses Street Closure

Ulysses St. is now closed from South Golden Rd. to West 12th Ave. This closure will be in place for approximately four weeks. 

During the closure, crews will be installing new sidewalks, curb and gutter, storm sewer and asphalt. For the duration of the closure, there will be a detour in place via West 12th Ave. 

Access to Ulysses park skate park will be closed during this time, but the park will still be accessible from West 10th Ave. 
Washington Complete Street Project

Monday , October 22,  marked the beginning of the second phase of Washington Ave. This consists of a closure between Iowa Drive and 2nd Street. 
Iowa remains open for east and west bound traffic but 2nd St is not. There is a detour in place for thru traffic via Hwy 58. Resident access is maintained for those who live within the closure. As a reminder, Phase 1 and 2 run concurrently with full closures to thru traffic.

The road is anticipated to reopen mid-December depending on weather.  Washington is open to local traffic only. Other traffic is detoured to Hwy 58 and Hwy 93.

Contact Dan Hartman with questions at 303-384-8150 or  visit GuidingGolden.com .
Extended Street Closure on 17th Street

17th Street, from Washington to Jackson, is closed for construction staging and access for the Colorado School of Mines project at 1750 Jackson St. The project has been extended through the end of the year.
Upcoming Events
Fall PAYT Yard Waste Collection

For residents who participate in the Pay as You Throw (PAYT) program, the Fall Yard Waste Collection is happening this week, November 12 - 16. This is for Alpine Waste customers.

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

Guidelines do apply, so please visit our  Yard Waste Collection Days page for more information.
Economic Development Commission Meeting
The Economic Development Commission will meet tonight, Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Works/Planning Building at 1445 10th Street.

At the meeting, EdComm will consider the following items:
  • Olde Golden Christmas Chamber of Commerce funding shortfall
  • Local Awareness Campaign RFP
  • 2019 Work Plan Discussion- Golden Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ecosystem
For more information on this meeting, please see the agenda.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Parks, Recreation and Museums Advisory Board Meeting
The Parks, Recreation and Museums Advisory Board will meet tonight, Tuesday, November 13 at 7 p.m. in the Golden Community Center at 1470 10th Street.

At this meeting, the following items will be under discussion:
  • Clear Creek usage
  • Investment Forum CIP Sheets
  • A Director's report regarding a budget update and year end projects
For more information about this meeting, please see the agenda.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Citizen Budget Advisory Committee Meeting
The Citizen Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC) will meet Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30 a.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

During the meeting, CBAC will consider the following items:
  • Sales & Use Tax 
  • Review Council budget comments with CBAC
  • CBAC final recommendations for 2019 budget
  • Discuss CBAC sub-committee organization
For more information on this meeting, please see the agenda.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
International GIS Day
Get out and get caching for this year's International GIS Day! To celebrate all things mapping and how Geographic Information Systems keep Golden's Public Works operating at peak efficiency, the GIS division is hiding ten Golden Tickets in ten geocaches around the city on November 14 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.. You can find these hiding spots with a few coordinates, or your phone, and just a little bit of mapping know how.

This event is free and open to everyone. Participants will need to register with an email to  Geocaching.com to see available caches (tickets will not be hidden in caches that require a premium subscription). Geocaching.com provides coordinates if you'd like to use your GPS, or the maps can easily be used with your phone. Keep in mind the caches will only be in Golden public parks, and tickets will stay hidden until they are found. Find a cache that doesn't have a ticket? Don't forget to log your visit on the log book in each cache!
Vitalant Blood Drive
On  Wednesday, November 14 from 10 am - 11:40 am and 1 pm - 3:30 pm, help someone in need by donating blood at a Vitalant (formerly Bonfils) blood drive at a bloodmobile parked on Illinois Street by the Golden Library. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call  the Vitalant appointment center at 303-363-2300. You can also  complete your health history questionnaire online on the day of your donation  before coming to the blood drive at vitalant.org.
Planning Commission Study Session
Planning Commission will meet in study session on Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

During the meeting, Planning Commission will review 2018 accomplishments, discuss work plan
goals for 2019, then conduct a prioritization exercise in preparation for their annual report to City Council.

For more information on this meeting, please see the agenda.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
CSM Talk - Science Reporting in the Era of Fake News
Rick Weiss, the founding director of  SciLine, will offer a free talk on November 15, 5:30 p.m. in Brown Hall W210 at the Colorado School of Mines about "Evidence in an Era of Synthetic Credibility."

The digital democratization of information is proving to be a mixed blessing. Individuals and populations once marginalized and voiceless now have instant access to influential communication channels and a chance to join the global marketplace of data and ideas. But this borderless information ecosystem has also turned out to be fertile terrain for con artists and provocateurs who are using increasingly available and sophisticated technology to obfuscate on an unprecedented scale and undermine institutions that have historically been central to social stability. The race is on to develop approaches that can accurately assess credibility in real time, and elevate evidence to its rightful place.

SciLine is a philanthropically supported, free service affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science that connects scientists and other experts to journalists covering science, health and the environment.

The talk is free, but  reserve your spot online. Refreshments will be served.
Community Sustainability Advisory Board Meeting
The Community Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB) will meet on Thursday, November 15 at 6 p.m. in the Public Works/Planning Building at 1445 10th Street.

At the meeting, CSAB will will meet to review and revise their Sustainability Goals. This meeting is informational only and no public hearing or votes will take place.

For more information on this meeting, please see the agenda.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
City Council Regular Meeting
City Council will meet on Thursday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

At the meeting, City Council will discuss the following:
  • Consent Matters - All items listed under Consent Matters are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion and vote. To see all items included in the motion, please see the meeting agenda.
  • The Mayor will issue a proclamation naming 2018 National Hunger and Homelessness Week.
  • Bethany Thomas, Chair of Hunger Free Golden, will make a presentation to Council on their accomplishments in 2018 and goals for 2019.
  • Resolution 2644 - In accordance with its Rules of Procedure, Council is to establish, by resolution, its annual schedule for regular business and study session meetings.

Following the regular business meeting, Council will adjourn into Executive Session.

For more information on this meeting, please see the agenda.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
CSM International Day
Mines celebrates the presence of more than 70 countries represented on campus. 

Come experience exotic sights, melodious sounds, tantalizing fragrances and heavenly tastes.

The event, on Saturday, November 17, starts at 4:30 p.m. at Lockridge Arena, 1651 Elm St.

Learn more on the CSM website.
Downtown Development Authority Meeting
The Downtown Development Authority will meet Monday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Golden History Museum & Park Events & Programming
Golden History Museum
Golden History Museum & Park events and programming explore a variety of historic subjects presented by expert instructors. Learn about your community or neighborhood. Apply historic skills in a modern way. Create something with your hands. There is sure to be a program to suit your interests!

Upcoming programming:
  • Nov 17, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Homesteaders' Day

  • Nov 30, 7 - 9 p.m. | Candlelight Walk

  • Dec 10, 10 - 11:30 a.m. | Vietnam War

Visit GoldenHistory.org  for more information and to register for these and more upcoming programs.
Jefferson County Public Library
Jefferson County Golden Library Events
Every week our Golden branch of the Jefferson County Public Library, located at 1019 10th Street, features events and classes for all ages, from DIY Labs to Book Clubs to creative and educational workshops. 

Visit JeffcoLibrary.org for a calendar of upcoming events. There you can also register for  programs that require pre-registration.
Around Town
America Recycles Day
America Recycles Day
November 15 is America Recycles Day! America Recycles Day is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. 

Fun fact: Last month Golden recycled 168,700 lbs of materials, saving 1,642 trees and keeping 20 truck loads of trash out of the landfill. 

Learn how to get involved with America Recycles Day and take the #BeRecycled pledge by visiting americarecyclesday.org. Learn more about Golden's solid waste & recycling programs and City sponsored events on our Solid Waste & Recycling page.
Emerald Ash Borer presents increasing threat to Golden trees
A destructive insect pest that has killed many thousands of ash (Fraxinus) trees in the mid-section of the United States was discovered in Boulder in 2013. Since the initial infestation was found, Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has spread further throughout Boulder County. The extent and spread of the beetle continues to be monitored closely by Boulder County, Colorado State Department of Agriculture, Colorado State Forest Service, CSU extension and surrounding front range communities. Although there are quarantines and restrictions in place for movement of ash wood out of Boulder County, it's generally accepted that EAB will eventually make its way outside of Boulder County into all communities surrounding Boulder, Denver, and Golden.

It has become apparent that the Emerald Ash Borer now presents an increasing threat to Golden's population of approximately 15,000 ash trees.

Although the insect has not been found in Golden as of yet, the history of this insect's movement into 22 other states has shown that, without treatment, entire populations of ash trees are almost inevitably killed, and it is important for residents to understand the treatment options available. Chemical treatments have been proven effective and, because they are relatively inexpensive to apply, property owners with ash trees that they do not want to lose should be aware that now is not too early to consider applying a preventative treatment.

Anyone interested in protecting their ash tree, most commonly Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) or White Ash (Fraxinus americana) should consult with a certified arborist. There are several treatment methods available. The most effective chemical treatment involves a trunk injection which must be re-applied every 2-3 years and requires a certified applicator. Other treatment options are also available. For further information regarding the best chemical treatments, visit  Colorado.gov.

If your ash tree is in poor health, and you do not intend to commit to a treatment regimen, it is recommended that you consider removal and replacement. You can also plant now, with the intent to remove your ash tree in the future when EAB makes its way into our community.
Ash trees were widely planted on the front range in Colorado in the past because it thrived here, but is no longer recommended as a planting choice anywhere in Colorado. City of Golden Forestry staff have selected around 300 ash trees for treatment. They are in good planting locations, considered to be highly valuable to the community, in good condition, and good candidates for future treatments. Ash trees in park areas and streetscapes that are in poor health will be marked for removal and replacement while focusing on tree population diversity to avoid any similar species specific pests in the future.

The City of Golden intends to continue to conduct branch sampling and an on-going search for evidence of  EAB in our community into the foreseeable future. If you are uncertain whether a tree you value on your property is an ash or not, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please contact the City's Forestry office at 303-384-8141 or  wiannopollo@cityofgolden.net.