Weekly Digest Oct 16 2018
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
zipper merge
Do the zipper merge!

As the North Washington Complete Streets project ramps up, traffic on Hwy 93 on the north end of town has increased and everyone is feeling frustrated. Because the project is slated to last for a while and through-traffic on North Washington will remain closed for the duration, it's in everyone's best interest that we all learn how to maneuver the northbound zipper merge lane in between Hwy 58 and Iowa Drive efficiently and courteously. The idea behind a zipper merge lane is just like it sounds - cars should use both lanes to the merge point, then behave like the tines of a zipper, alternating into a single lane. So don't get mad at that car in the lane that ends, they've got the right idea! Keep in mind that using both lanes up to the merge point helps keep traffic from backing up as badly.

Keep reading for more happening in Golden, drive safely, and have a wonderful week!

Your Friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
Washington Complete Street Project

Monday , October 22,  marks the beginning of the second phase of Washington Ave. This will consist of a closure between Iowa Dr and 2nd St.     
Iowa will remain open for east and west bound traffic but 2nd St will not. There will be a detour in place for thru traffic via Hwy 58. Resident access will be 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 will be opened 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 .
CenturyLink Communications Installation

There will be an installation of communications for CenturyLink at the intersection of Arapahoe and 10th St. It will affect traffic on Arapahoe and parking on 10th St. Oct. 17-19. "No Parking" signs will be placed in front of a few of the parking spots in front of City Hall.

2018 Utilities Replacement

Diamond Contracting has completed watermain replacement on Orchard St and W 5th Ave. Asphalt patching east of Orchard has been delayed but is expected to be completed by early next week. Waterline construction in the Violet Street and W Colfax area is expected to be completed by November 1.

Contact Les Major with questions 303-384-8170 . See a map of the work area .
2018 Street Improvement Program

Work is complete on the 2018 Street Improvement Program. During the course of the program, we repaved 46 streets and one parking lot. This resulted in 152,933 square feet of new asphalt surfaces throughout the city and required 17,525 tons of asphalt.

Please contact John Hardy with questions at 303-384-8195
Extended Street Closure on 17th Street

17th St. from Washington to Jackson is closed for construction staging and access for the Colorado School of Mines project at 1750 Jackson St. The road is scheduled to reopen October 30.
Upcoming Events
Parks, Recreation and Museums Advisory Board Meeting
The Parks, Recreation and Museums Board will meet tonight, Tuesday, October 16 at 7 p.m. in the Golden Community Center at 1470 10th Street.

At the meeting, the following will be under consideration:
  • JCOS Peaks to Plains Trail Presentation by Jeffco Staff
  • Singletrack Sidewalks

Please see the meeting agenda for more information.


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, October 17 at 7:30 a.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Planning Commission Study Session
Planning Commission will meet in Study Session on Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

At the meeting, Planning Commission will discuss the following.
  • Open Space Discussion and Prioritization
  • Commercial and Multifamily Sustainability Menu updates
  • Initial Review of Potential R2 zoning changes within the North Neighborhoods Area
Please see the meeting agenda for more information.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
City Council Study Session
City Council will meet in study session on Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 1470 10th Street.

At the meeting, City Council will discuss the following:
  • Jeffco Open Space staff will present an update on design and construction plans for the next segment of the Peaks to Plains Trail at the Mouth of Clear Creek Canyon.
  • Council will discuss potential changes for how waste and recycling services are provided to homes within homeowner associations.
  • Council will review and discuss the City Manager's recommendation for the 2019-2020 Operating Budget and proposed rate/fee changes in accordance with the provisions of the Charter for the City of Golden.
  • Staff will update city council on a request for funds from the Action Center.

Please see the meeting agenda for more information on this meeting.


For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Jefferson County Commissioner Candidates Forum and Meet & Greet for Jeffco Candidates
Join us for a Jefferson County Commissioner Candidates Forum and a Meet and Greet for 2018 Jefferson County candidates, which includes Commissioner, Clerk and Recorder, Treasurer, Assessor, Sheriff, Coroner, Surveyor, and RTD races. This event, free and open to the public, will only have County candidates; no Colorado State or House candidates will be in attendance.

The event is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County and the Jefferson Unitarian Church Community Action Network (JUC CAN). More information is available at  jeffersonunitarian.org and on the  JUC Facebook page.
Town & Gown Book Club
A reminder for residents, students and scholars participating in the Town and Gown Book Club, the meeting is from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 18 in the Boettcher Room in the Arthur Lakes Library on the Colorado School of Mines campus. The purpose of the Book Club is to read and discuss books of general interest, but also access the expertise of the City of Golden, Mines faculty and students, and visiting scholars.

The book for October is Matthew Walker's Why We Sleep, Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams. Here is a little preview:

"Amazing Breakthrough! Scientists have discovered a revolutionary new treatment that makes you live longer. It enhances your memory and makes you more creative. It makes you look more attractive, it keeps you slim, and lowers food cravings. It protects you from cancer and dementia. It wards off colds and the flu. It lowers your risk of heart attacks and stroke, not to mention diabetes. You'll even feel happier, less depressed, and less anxious. Are you interested?"

Mines Applied Mathematics Professor Cecilia Diniz Behn, who does mathematical modeling of sleep, will moderate the discussion. A light luncheon will be provided.
Golden Civic Foundation Auction & Gala

The Golden Civic Foundation Auction and Gala brings together Goldenites for a night of fun and to raise money for our town. This year, the event has moved to the Colorado School of Mines Lockridge Arena in order to accommodate the large number of guests. The sock-hop themed event begins at 5 p.m. and includes dinner, a cash bar, live and silent auctions, and live music by the Rockslide dance band. Get ready to rock around the clock!

The funds from the Gala and Auction support the Golden Civic Foundation's Community Grant Program. Over the past 43 years, this program raised more than $5.3 million, all of which was reinvested back into the Golden community to support charitable organizations, public schools, museums, and cultural centers in the area.

Tickets for the event are now sold out. Please contact Heather Schneider ( Heather@GoldenCivicFoundation.org) if you would like to be placed on a waiting list.

Golden Investment Forum Task Force Meeting
The Golden Investment Forum Task Force will meet on Monday, October 22 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board Meeting
The Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, October 23 at 6 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
*Please note, the Golden History Museum will be closed for maintenance on Wednesday, Oct.17.

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:
  • Oct. 18, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. | 1968 - The Year of Turmoil
  • Oct. 22, 6 - 7:30 p.m. | Be Informed - Know the Ballot from Top to Bottom
  • Oct. 27, 12 - 1:30 p.m. | Golden Cemetery Tour (the 10 a.m. tour is sold out but a few tickets are still available for the noon tour!)
Visit GoldenHistory.org  for more information and to register for these and more upcoming programs.
Mines Athletics
Colorado School of Mines Athletics
Baseball, Track & Field, Swimming, Golf, Volleyball, Softball, Football... whatever your favorite sport is, CSM is probably playing it. Come out to support your local college team - go Orediggers!

Keep track of the schedule of upcoming games on the Mines Athletics Calendar. There you'll see who they are playing, when they are playing and where.

Upcoming games: 

Friday, Oct. 19 | Men's Soccer vs Colorado Mesa | 5 p.m. | Stermole Soccer Stadium
Friday, Oct. 19 | Women's Soccer vs Black Hills State | 5 p.m. | Stermole Soccer Stadium
Saturday, Oct. 20 | Mine's Football vs Azusa Pacific | 1 p.m. | Marv Kay Stadium
Sunday, Oct. 21 | Men's Soccer vs Fort Lewis | 12 p.m. | Stermole Soccer Stadium
Sunday, Oct. 21 | Women's Soccer vs Regis | 2:30 p.m. | Stermole Soccer Stadium

Please note that dates and times are subject to change, so always check Minesathletic.com before heading out to a game.
Tour Golden's Compost Facility
Compost facility
Join the City of Golden's Sustainability Department for a tour of Alpine
Waste & Recycling's compost processing facility on Tuesday, October 30. In this behind-the-scenes tour, you will see how your food and yard waste is processed into a valuable soil amendment. Alpine operates a Class II compost processing facility at its  East Regional Landfill  campus, where it actively turns Golden's collected compostable material into nutrient rich and valuable compost for sale to the landscaping and agricultural industries.

Tour participants should plan to meet at City Hall (911 10th St, Golden) at 1 p.m. to carpool to the facility. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Expect the tour to last around an hour and a half. Space is limited so sign up today by emailing goldensustainabilty@cityofgolden.net.
You're Invited! Mayor's Community Celebration Oct. 30

Mayors Award Crowd
Join Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan for the Mayor's Community Celebration. This event is free, fun, and guaranteed to energize!
 The event begins at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30 at the Student Center on the Colorado School of Mines campus. 

* Musical kickoff from the talented Mines bands, led by Mines Music Director Robert Klimek.
* Join the Mayor in recognizing some outstanding people who have made a difference in our community.
* Following the awards, we are excited to introduce inspirational speaker John O'Leary.

There is no need for an RSVP. Simply show up to this free community event and see how Golden shines! Bring canned goods for the CSM food drive (see article below for more information on the Trick or Treat so Golden Can Eat food drive).

Mayor's Guest Speaker is On Fire
John O'Leary has an amazing tale of tragedy and triumph that he has transformed into an eloquent and emotional experience for audiences. At the age of nine, O'Leary suffered severe burns on 100 percent of his body. His story of survival is just the beginning of the lessons he has to share. 

"John's story is very powerful and strong. Through it all, his talk is filled with insight and encouragement and he will challenge listeners to find ways to do more to build a better
Golden community."
- Jason Slowinski
Golden City Manager
"His story is riveting and he tells it well. He's positive in a relatable manner. You actually go away from his talk thinking, 'I could do more' and with a positive attitude to make it happen."
- Saoirse Charis-Graves
City Councilor

"John's message of 'The Power of One' is inspirational and perfectly suited to the occasion."
- Marjorie Sloan

Free parking is available after 5 p.m. in lots D and Y, both just off of Elm Street near the Student Center. D Lot is across from the Rec Center, as you enter off of 19th onto Elm. Y is just one block further on the corner of Elm and W. Campus. Bldg 60 on the map is the Student Center. From D, there is a sidewalk that runs between the Rec Center and Student Center. From Y, there is a sidewalk that runs between the Traditional Dorms to the Student Center.
Trick or Treat So Golden Can Eat!

On Halloween night, Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m., students from the Colorado School of Mines will go "Trick or Treating," but instead of collecting candy, they collect canned goods. All of the cans will go back to the local food bank to be donated to Golden community members in need. They'll collect as many cans as they can, so please have your donations ready to go! 

If you have any questions or want to donate your food cans separately, please email cchengsiew@mymail.mines.edu.
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
What should go in the time capsule?
That's the question we need help answering! On November 11, the contents of a time capsule buried in front of City Hall in 1968 on the 50-year anniversary of the Amistice that ended WWI will be revealed and a new time capsule for the people of 2068 will replace it.

The time capsule should be a snapshot of the world in 2018. What does that mean to you? 

We would love to get some fresh ideas from our residents. Please go to GuidingGolden.com/time-capsule, sign in, and start brainstorming! We have a handful of ideas already, but we need more. The deadline has been extended! You have until November 1 to give us your ideas.

Council Expresses Support for Ballot Measures
During the Golden City Council meeting held on Thursday, October 11, 2018, City Council passed multiple resolutions expressing support or opposition to different ballot measures for the upcoming November election.

You may  view the meeting agenda for a full look at everything covered at the meeting. A list of the resolutions passed are as follows:

Resolution No. 2632, in support of ballot issue 2E, permitting 16- and 17-year-old city residents to vote in municipal elections.

Resolution No. 2633, in support of items 5A and 5B, providing future funding for Jefferson County Public Schools operations and capital expenditures.

Resolution No. 2635, in opposition to Proposition 109, which authorizes the state of Colorado to issue bonds to finance specific state transportation projects.

Resolution No. 2636, in support of Proposition 110, which would increase funding to support major highway and transit infrastructure improvements projects.

Resolution No. 2637, opposing Amendment 74, an attempt to amend the Colorado Constitution pertaining to just compensation for government takings.

Resolution No. 2638, in support of Amendment 73, which would increase state income tax rates to fund PreK-12 Public Education at the state level.

Resolution No. 2639, in support of ballot item 7G, which will restore the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District's full taxing authority to increase funding for the District's work.
"Keeping it Wheel" Video Series - Lights
Keeping it Wheel Lights
Follow us on the Golden PD Facebook page as we bring you a series of short, sweet "How To" segments all about bicyclist and vehicle safety on the road. You can also view the whole series on our City of Golden YouTube channel.
From roundabouts to right hooks, lights to lanes, these videos will highlight the law and show you tips on how to operate a car or bicycle safely and hopefully stress-free. 
Tune in here as we bring you a new video each week in the Weekly Digest. Click the image above to go to the video "Lights"!