October 11 Weekly Digest
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9 - 13

October 9 commemorated the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. This tragic event killed 300 people and left more than 100,000 people homeless. Fire safety has come a long way since then, but it's only as good as our preparedness.
National Fire Prevention Week is a great reminder to change the batteries on your fire alarms, and go through the Fire and Life Safety checklist to make sure you're prepared. The theme this year of National Fire Prevention week is "Don't Wait-Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 years".
There's a lot happening in Golden, including the Chili Cookoff and Beer Tasting this weekend, so please keep reading to get the full scoop. Have a great week!

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Current Projects
Linking Lookout Logo
Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
 
Concrete forms for columns are being constructed and the contractor has start pouring columns. Column and Pier Cap work is now expected to be complete on Tuesday, Oct. 25 and will include Saturday work, that will not affect traffic.
 
The contractor is continuing soil amendments/native seeding for the areas beyond the ramps in all four quadrants. They will be starting in the southwest this week and proceeding counter clockwise. There will be some lane closures on US 6 associated with this activity.
 
Currently placement of the girders that will become the lid is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 26 and placement is expected to take four days.


Linking Lookout Steel Girders

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Weekend Closure of US 6 from 19th Street to SH 58

The contractor is planning a closure of US 6 for the weekend of October 22-23. This closure will be only between 19th and SH 58, but for westbound US 6 traffic we will be encouraging regional through traffic to detour at Johnson Road and not wait until 19th Street to detour. We expect congestion on 19th to be severe, and the more that only local traffic uses it, the better. The closure is needed to complete a stormwater crossing under US 6. There will be more information as we get closer to the actual date.
 
Watch this notice next week, and the Linking Lookout web page for closure information and detour maps.
 
There is a construction viewing area in the northwest corner that can be accessed from Parfet Estates Drive. Please park legally.

Detour on Oct. 22 and 23

Golden Police Reveal New "Ride"

There are major consequences for driving drunk. Last year, there were 123 DUI arrests just in City limits, and more than 80 arrests so far this year. The Golden Police Department (GPD) wants to see those numbers drop. That's why they've created incentives for driving sober. The GPD is working with local businesses to provide gift certificates to anyone "caught" being a designated driver. This initiative is called Project Sober Hero, created by Sgt. Matt Porter and Ofc. Jake Lizakowski, and is used department-wide.


In addition, GPD has partnered with Metro Taxi to make sure taxi cabs are available in and around Golden for those who do not have designated drivers. An impressive car donated by Metro Taxi will now serve as a rolling billboard to advertise the perks of getting in the back of a taxi rather than being put into the back of a police car. The back of the car looks like a taxi cab, which would cost someone who lives around Golden about $10 to take home. The front looks like a Golden Police car, and shows that it can cost upwards of $10,000 if you end up facing DUI charges.

Make the smart choice this holiday season and throughout the year. Designate a driver or call Metro Taxi for a ride at 303-333-3333.
Governor Awards Local Business for Sustainability Efforts
 
Congratulations to Woody's Wood-Fired Pizza for being recognized by the Governor and the State's Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) with a Bronze Award for their sustainability efforts. The ELP is a statewide environmental recognition and reward program which offers benefits and incentives to members that voluntarily go beyond compliance with state and federal regulations and are committed to continual environmental improvement.

Woody's Wood-Fired Pizza in Golden has been family owned and operated for 23 years, and has been a member of the ELP since 2012.
Their commitment to sustainable business practices started in 2009 when Woody's was the first Golden business to install solar panels. In 2010 the restaurant received the City of Golden Sustainable Business of the Year Award, and just this past year they went 100 percent LED among countless other efforts. The business prides themselves on "more than just great pizza" which includes a genuine commitment to the community and the environment.

The business had reduced energy use by over 43,000 kWh this year by upgrading all lighting to LED, saving over 30 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere annually. Their 48 panel solar PV array creates a "solar-powered happy hour," a fun way to engage patrons with real-time data display on their porch.
 
West Connect

The West Connect Technical Working Group completed a corridor alternatives evaluation with CDOT and Federal Highways. That information will be incorporated into the public meetings to be held in early November. 
High Water Bills this Summer

Water bills go out later this week and, based on demand at the water treatment plant, we expect them to be high as compared to 2014 and 2015. Demand in June, July and August was approximately 20% higher than the previous two years and remained high into September (see graph here). 

Looking at weather data this is not surprising given how little precipitation we've received since May.
2016 Utility Replacement

Sanitary sewer manhole installations continue in Arapahoe Gulch from 5th Street to 2nd Street. Sewer main lining contractor is ordering material for project in West 3rd area and has started video and cleaning work in that neighborhood.
 
Tank Coating Project - Speigel Industrial will begin erecting containment structure at 6200 #2 tank (Defrance Dr.) early next week.
Street Improvements
 
We will wrap up the 2016 program this week by completing the top lift on 10th Street from Vasquez to the railroad tracks.

19th Street Traffic Calming Project
 
Fasick Concrete will return on Tuesday Oct. 11 to begin building the landscape islands. The work is anticipated to take two weeks with alternating closures.


Pond Clean Up
 
If we can line up the equipment - and the weather permitting - we will be cleaning the pond alongside Kinney Run trail. Sediment buildup has almost filled the pond, as seen in this photo.
Water Treatment Plant Tour
 
On Oct. 6 the plant operators gave a tour to 40 students who are taking the Introduction to Civil Infrastructure class at CSM. Utilities Superintendent Les Major also gave them a short presentation on the distribution system.

On Oct. 12, the Warren Tech STEM science class will get a similar tour.
New Water Meter
Water Meter Replacement project

Replacements continue citywide with approximately 3,300 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
Candidate Forum for the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners
 
Have you ever wondered what county commissioners do and why they are important to Jefferson County?

Attend a candidate forum on October 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Unitarian Church to learn about their role in addressing the issues of homelessness, affordable housing and mental health services in Jefferson County. Hear from the candidates themselves about their positions on these important issues.

Be informed before you vote!
Economic Development Committee Meeting
 
The Economic Development Commmittee will meet on October 11 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
Citizens Budget Advisory Committee Meeting
 
The Citizens Budget Advisory Committee will meet on October 12 at 7:30 a.m. in 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
DDA Outreach Event
 
Golden DDA
The Golden Downtown Development Authority (DDA) staff and board would like to catch up with you at an interactive community input meeting on October 12, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Foothills Art Center. Bring the whole family to play games, enter to win prizes, and experience Foothills Art Center. By simply providing your valued opinion you will be eligible to win gift cards to downtown area merchants.
 
If you cannot attend the meeting and want to share your thoughts, drop us a line by calling (303) 384.8080 or email us at  DDA@cityofgolden.net.
City Council Meeting
 
The Golden City Council will meet on October 13 at 6:30 p.m. in 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
Coffee with a Councilor - North Neighborhoods
 
Join District 2 Golden City Councilor Casey Brown for coffee and conversation on Saturday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Golden Community Center, 2nd Floor in the Front Porch area.

This is a great opportunity to bring up issues concerning you that are happening in Golden, and the north neighborhoods in particular. Open to everyone!
Chili Cook-Off & Beer Tasting
 
The Golden Chamber of Commerce & Coors Distributing Company present the Knock Your Boots Off Chili Cook-Off & Beer Tasting on October 15, 1 - 4 p.m. in Downtown Golden. Proceeds of this tasty event benefit the Golden Chamber of Commerce community projects, and St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Purchase an armband and join other chili and beer lovers for an afternoon of chili and beer tasting, or enter your own recipe and see how it stacks up with other local chili cooks!
Downtown Development Authority
 
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will meet on October 17 at 6:30 p.m. in 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 and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting
 
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will meet on October 18 at 7 p.m. in 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
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events - Oct. 11-18

To learn more about or register for these and other events happening at the Golden Library, visit JeffcoLibrary.org.
  • Lego Play and Build - Oct. 11 & 18, 4 p.m.
  • Socially Responsible Investing - Oct. 11, 6 p.m.
  • Homework Help - Oct. 12 & 13, 4 p.m.
  • Public Event: Information on Colorado Care also known as Amendment 69 - Oct. 12, 6 p.m.
  • DIY Lab: Paper weaving - Oct. 13, 4 p.m.
  • DIY Lab: Slingshot Rockets & Mini Siege Weapons - Oct. 13, 5:30 a.m.
  • Public Event: Mt Lookout Chapter DAR Prospective Member Workshop - Oct. 15, 1 p.m.
  • Movie Time Plus: Book vs. Screen - The Shining - Oct. 16, 1 p.m.
  • FamilyLab: Getting Ready for Halloween - Oct. 17, 4  p.m.
  • Book Group: The Orphan Master's Son - Oct. 18, 7 p.m.
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website .