Weekly Digest, Nov. 8, 2016
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Today is the day - Vote!

If you haven't yet voted, stop reading this and go do it! You'll find a full list of Voter Service & Polling Centers on the JeffCo website - Golden City Hall Council Chambers at 911 10th Street is one of them. You have until 7 p.m. this evening to take care of business!

The City of Golden has one question on the ballot - City of Golden Ballot Question 21.  Learn more about Broadband Internet in Golden .

As election results start rolling in tonight, you can keep track on the JeffCo election page.

In all the excitement around the elections, don't forget this Friday is Veterans Day. So while you're voting today and watching the results of your vote and millions of other Americans' votes roll in, take a moment to thank our veterans who have fought and worked tirelessly both here and abroad to protect that sacred right.

Your friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
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Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
The contractor is working on sub-base ahead of concrete curb and gutter on the main line of US 6 from under the lid to the north, with paving to follow.
Work will begin on pouring the concrete bridge deck rebar placement with the goal of having the first of 5 deck pours around November 18. With the first pour, the monuments on the southwest and east corner will also be poured. The contractor also is targeting the placement of the remaining 24 bridge girders on November 22.
Work on the 19th Street approach slabs in preparation for moving 19th Street onto the bridge prior to the end of the year will continue.
Watch the Linking Lookout web page for closure information and detour maps.
There is a construction viewing in the northwest corner that can be accessed from Parfet Estates Drive, and will be an excellent location to view the girder placement. Please park legally. 

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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.

2016 Utility Replacement

Sanitary sewer manhole installations continue in Arapahoe Gulch. CIPP installation in sanitary sewer mains has begun in the W 3rd area.

We are cleaning rocks and debris from the box culvert for Lena Gulch at Heritage Road. 

These rocks washed in the culvert after the heavy rain in September.
Water Tank Coating Projects

Speigel Industrial is still working on coating removal at 6200 #2 tank (Defrance Dr.).
A Dry Summer/Fall Means Higher than normal water bills

People may be surprised by higher than expected water bills.

The lack of moisture for the past couple of months has led to higher water usage for Citizens for the quarter. See the U.S. Drought Monitor for more information.
Usage was up in comparison to last year with 39.43 Million Gallons more in 2016:
  • June-October 2015 shows water usage was 579.72 Million Gallons
  • June-October 2016 shows water usage was 619.15 Million Gallons

New Water Meter
Water Meter Replacement project

Replacements continue citywide with approximately 3,600 meters replaced to date. More than 500 residents have signed up for the Aquahawk water meter customer portal.
Contact Les Major at 303-384-8170 or Keith Mehls at 303-384-8171 with questions regarding this project.
Upcoming Events
Economic Development Commission Meeting
The Economic Development Commission (EDComm) will meet  November 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Works Building at 1445 10th Street.

At the meeting, EDComm will consider the following:
  • The board will continue to review EDComm's three sponsorships to determine funding decisions for 2017, including the Jefferson County Business Resource Center (JCBRC), Jefferson County Business Education Alliance, and Traxion.
  • Communications regarding GURA, Prospect/Development Project Report, Chamber of Commerce, Community Marketing Committee and general comments.
For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our  Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Citizen Budget Advisory Committee Meeting
The Citizen Budget Advisory Committee will meet  November 9 at 7:30 a.m. in Council Chambers.

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 on November 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Golden City Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.
At the meeting, the following will be considered:
  • 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 Mayor will pass two proclamations: 1) Nov 11 is recognized as Veterans Day and 2) Nov 12-20 is recognized as National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
  • A presentation will be given by State Demographer, Elizabeth Garner.
  • City council will consider committing an additional $149,000 to what is budgeted for the 44th avenue trail and award the construction contract to Concreate Works of Colorado Inc. 
  • City Council will conduct a public hearing on the Capital Improvement Plan and 2017 Operating and Capital Budget. A final public hearing is scheduled for December 1.
  • City Council will consider approval of various amendments to portions of the municipal code, as proposed in Ordinance Nos. 2039 through 2042, pertaining to health, safety and welfare.
  • City Council will consider amending Section 7.05.010 Of The Golden Municipal Code Pertaining to The Control of Animals.
  • City Council will consider amending Chapter 8.04 of the Golden Municipal Code Regarding Criminal Offenses.
  • City Council will consider amending Chapter 11.08 of the Golden Municipal Code Pertaining to The Removal of Snow and Ice from Sidewalks.
  • City Council will consider a request for a final subdivision plat to consolidate two parcels into one lot, vacate an unused utility and drainage easement, and dedicate a new utility and drainage easement, pertaining to the residential property located at 321 18th Street.
  • Staff will introduce a potential agreement to City Council between the City of Golden and members of the Brunel family whereby the City would secure an option to purchase approximately 4.73 acres of property and accept conveyance of a noise mitigation easement, for the potential future relocation of SH 93.  The property in question is located on the west side of SH 93 south of Golden Gate Canyon Road. In exchange for the option, which will run until early 2019, the City would convey a parcel of surplus flood plain land along Golden Gate Canyon Road and approve an amendment to a 2009 Water Service Agreement whereby the total number of homes to be served by the existing out of City private water connection would be increased from a maximum of four to a maximum of seven dwellings.

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


For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our  Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Holiday Art Market (HART) Opens
Holiday Art Market (HART) is the annual fundraiser for Foothills Art Center that provides the community with an opportunity to shop for local and regional handcrafted items not found in large box or retail stores.

The season market opens on November 11 at 10 a.m. at the Foothills Art Center.

Shopping Hours will be 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. everyday, with extended hours on Thursdays and Weekends.
Demon Dash 5K Run/Walk
Whether you're a runner or a walker, come, be active, and join this fun community event on November 12 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Golden High School and support GHS! All money raised by Demon Dash will benefit Golden High School students by funding technology and co-curricular activities such as clubs and athletics.
Race participants are encouraged to park in the parking lots on the northeast side of Golden High School. The lots are accessible via S. Golden Road (off the roundabout) and 24th Street at Willow Creek Drive.

The start line is on 24th Street directly in front of Golden High School.
Golden Civic Foundation Gala & Auction 2016
The 41st Annual Golden Civic Foundation Gala & Auction will take place on November 12 at 5 p.m. at the Denver West Mariott. For over 45 years, the Golden Civic Foundation's Annual Auction has been the event of the year for prominent members of the Golden community who love our town. 

This event is the primary fundraiser for the Foundation's grant program. Through the contributions of many businesses and individuals in our community, in the past 45 years the Civic Foundation has provided over $5.1 million to support charitable organizations, public schools, museums and cultural centers in the greater Golden area.

We're ramping up to have this year's auction be the pinnacle event kicking off your holiday season! While honoring our past traditions, we'll also introduce some fun additions including  mobile bidding, while extending the evening to include dancing and live music!

The evening's music will include The Six Million Dollar Band. Get your dancin' shoes ready!

GURA Meeting
The Golden Urban Renewal Authority (GURA) will meet  November 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
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will meet  November 15 at 7 p.m. in the Golden Community Center at 1470 10th Street.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our  Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Fall PAYT Yard Waste Collection Week
Next week marks the  semiannual Pay As You Throw (PAYT) fall yard waste collection. Starting on November 14 and the rest of the week, have your bags of leaves and other yard waste ready to go. Yard Wastes will be collected by a separate truck on your regular trash collection day. Yard wastes should be placed at or near where your trash is collected by 7 a.m. in reusable containers of your choice or in compostable bags.

For more information on what can and cannot be collected, please visit our Yard Waste Collection page.
Golden Sustainability Night

Don't miss Golden Sustainability Night from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the American Mountaineering Center. The event will kick off with a sustainability expo in the AMC Conference Center, and will feature refreshments from area food trucks and beer from local breweries. During the expo, attendees can browse a variety of sustainability vendor booths, learn about local green resources and chat with industry experts. Featuring drawings, giveaways, and hands-on learning activities, Golden's Sustainability Night is the perfect event for families to learn about the City's green initiatives.
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events - Nov. 8 - 15
To learn more about or register for these and other events happening at the Golden Library, visit JeffcoLibrary.org.
  • Lego Play and Build - Nov. 8 & 15, 4 p.m.
  • Homework Help - Nov. 9 & 10, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • DIY Lab, Ages 11 to 18 - Nov. 10, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
  • DIY Lab, All Ages - Nov. 10, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • DIY Lab: Painting with Nature - Nov. 12, 12 tp 1 p.m.
  • PAWS for Reading - Nov. 12, 2 to 4 p.m.
  • DIY Lab: Golden Fleece Fiber Fellowship - Nov. 13, 2:30 - 4:30  p.m.
  • FamilyLab: Meals for the Busy Family - Nov. 14, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Learn to Use Facebook - Nov. 15, 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Book Group "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End" - Nov. 15, 6 p.m.
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website .
Around Town
Today is Election Day!

Polls close at 7 p.m.!

The City of Golden has one question on the ballot - City of Golden Ballot Question 21.  Learn more about Broadband Internet in Golden.

There are numerous locations for ballot drop off if you don't want to mail yours. One of those locations is the new 24 Hour Ballot Drop Box located in Golden City Hall, 911 10 th Street. You may also drop your ballot in the drop box on Election Day up to 7 p.m. Go to the  Jefferson County Election page for Election results or this website after the final count is in on Election night.

And NEW this year, on Election Day only, ALL voting services are available at the Voter Service and Polling Center in City Council Chambers, at City Hall, 911 10 th Street, which allow you to:
  • Vote in Person
  • Ballot drop off
  • Request a new or replacement ballot
  • Change voter registration information - also available online at GoVoteColorado.com
  • Register to vote - also available online at GoVoteColorado.com
  • Accessible voting equipment
Countywide Emergency Notification (CodeRED) testing Scheduled for Nov. 15

Jefferson and Broomfield Counties emergency services agencies, including law enforcement, fire and EMS, will test their emergency notification system CodeRED on Tuesday, November 15.

Starting at 9 a.m., the CodeRED emergency notification system will begin making test notifications on all landlines, as well as registered cell phones and emails. This process is expected to take several hours due to the large number of notifications.

The CodeRED system is used by emergency services agencies in Jefferson and Broomfield counties to help disseminate information regarding critical incidents. In addition to Jefferson and Broomfield counties, there will be portions of Adams and Clear Creek Counties included in the CodeRED notification.

Landlines are automatically included in CodeRED notifications, but residents and businesses are encouraged to visit the CodeRED registration web site at  your911.net to add additional contact information, including additional cell phone numbers, SMS (text) and email address preferences. Residents may also elect to receive severe weather notifications.

Registration is especially important for those addresses without a landline, as individuals must register if they want to receive emergency notifications.

Residents wanting more information about the test notification process or with questions should contact their participating emergency service agency.
Recycle your yard signs

Whichever way the election goes, as of tomorrow, those political yard signs are ready for a new life.

Residents can drop off unwanted yard signs for recycling at the Alpine Waste facility located at 7373 Washington St, Denver. Look for the large bin out front.