Weekly Digest October 2 2018
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Grateful for the water we drink

Clear Creek in the Fall
A severe drought in Colorado means Clear Creek is at 40% its usual flow rate for September this year. Because of smart investments in water storage facilities and careful planning, Golden residents have been fortunate and not subjected to the intense restrictions that might otherwise be necessary to deal with these conditions. But that doesn't mean we as a City can get complacent and treat our water supply like it's full to the brim! The City has already taken measures to curb water use, and we ask our residents to also be thoughtful and conservative in their daily use of the precious liquid. It's only together we can ensure a sustainable future for our beautiful city!  Scroll down to the About Town section for a full story on the current drought and measures we are taking to combat it.

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

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

The contractor began work on Monday, Sept. 17.  Washington Avenue is closed from just east of the 7-11 entrance down to Iowa Dr.  There are detours in place.  The road is anticipated to re-open in mid-December.  Meantime, Washington Ave. is open to local traffic only.  Other traffic will need to use the detours on Hwy 93 and Hwy 58.
Contact Dan Hartman with questions at 303-384-8150 or  visit GuidingGolden.com .
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.
2018 Utilities Replacement

Diamond Contracting continues water main replacement on Orchard St and W 5th Ave. Patching and cleanup began yesterday, and the project should be completely done by Oct. 12.

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

Work is underway on the final streets scheduled for this year's paving program.  Work is expected to wrap up this week.

Please contact John Hardy with questions at 303-384-8195
Upcoming Events
Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board Study Session
The Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board will meet in Study Session on Tuesday, October 2 at 6 p.m. in the Public Works Building at 1445 10th Street.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Parks, Recreation and Museums Advisory Board Study Session
The Parks, Recreation and Museums Advisory Board will meet in Study Session on Tuesday, October 2 at 7 p.m. in the Golden Community Center at 1470 10th Street.

At the meeting, the board will discuss Singletracks Sidewalks

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Coffee with a Cop
In 2011, the idea of Coffee with a Cop was born in a small California town. Since then, there have been thousands of these coffee gatherings in all 50 states and even in 14 different countries. Golden Police participated in the past, but it fell off the radar in recent years. Now, Golden Police officers want to bring it back to our city.

Join the Golden Police Department for Coffee with a Cop from 7 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at Café 13, 1301 Arapahoe St. The owners of Café 13 have graciously agreed to host the event and provide free coffee and pastries to anyone who comes. There is no agenda and no speeches, just open and honest communication in a comfortable environment. We hope to see you there!
Public Art Commission Meeting
The Public Art Commission will meet on Thursday, October 4 at 9 a.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Super Cruise Vintage Car
Golden Super Cruise
Gather with other car lovers along South Golden Road this Saturday, October 6 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. to watch hot rods, classic cars, and custom rides of all kinds do what they do best - cruise! 
This is the final event of the season for Colorado's biggest annual car cruise.
Worldwide Photowalk

The 11 th Annual Worldwide Photowalk happens Saturday, October 6 in thousands of cities all over the world, including here in Golden.

The Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk, dubbed the world's largest global and social photography event, has grown immensely in size and popularity since the inaugural walk in 2007. Last year, more than 24,000 photographers of all walks of life and skill level converged to explore their corners of the world through photography and social community.

The concept of a Photowalk is simple. Photowalks are created by Walk Leaders like Golden's Bill Way in cities all over the world. Walkers meet up at a pre-designated location to spend a few hours socializing, capturing images, and sharing with like-minded people. At the end of the Photowalk, most groups convene at local restaurants or taverns to share their images and experiences over food.

For more information and to join the photowalk, contact Bill Way at  BillWayToday@gmail.com.
Golden Farmers Market
Find local produce, prepared foods, and items for the home and garden as well as educational experiences, promotional opportunities and a social gathering space most Saturdays this summer. Come out from  8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, October 6 for the final Golden Farmers Market of the season.

The Market is located in the parking lot just west of the Golden Library near the corner of 10th and Illinois Streets.

For more details, visit  GoldenChamber.org/farmers-market.
Coffee with a Councilor - South Neighborhoods
Bean Fosters
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 on Saturday, October 6 at 10:30 a.m. at Bean Fosters, located at 720 Golden Ridge Road.

For details, call Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves at 303-709-7529 or  scharisgraves@cityofgolden.net.
Golden Safety Academy
Golden Safety Academy
The Golden Safety Academy was created to help educate and empower citizens with information and resources that enhance their personal safety and crime prevention. 
On Monday, October 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Fire Training Room at 911 10th Street, the topics will be a criminal investigations case study and elder abuse.
Reserve your spot in the class and learn more online or contact Community Resource Officer Joe Page at crimeprevention@cityofgolden.net.
Golden Urban Renewal Authority Board Meeting
The Golden Urban Renewal Authority Board will meet on Monday, October 8 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 .
Economic Development Commission Board Meeting
The Economic Development Commission Board will meet on Tuesday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Works Building at 1445 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:
  • Oct. 3, 6 - 7:30 p.m. | Origins of the Colorado Territory lecture
  • Oct. 4, 6 - 7:30 p.m. | Know the Ballot from Top to Bottom
  • Oct. 8, 6 - 7:30 p.m. | Room and Board: Premiere of PBS Colorado Experience Episode
Visit GoldenHistory.org  for more information and to register for these and more upcoming programming.
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. 5 | Men's Soccer vs Dixie State | 5 p.m. | Stermole Soccer Stadium
Friday, Oct. 5 | Women's Soccer vs Westminster | 7:30 p.m. | Stermole Soccer Stadium
Sunday, Oct. 7 | Men's Soccer vs Westminster | 11 a.m. | Stermole Soccer Stadium
Sunday, Oct. 7 | Women's Soccer vs Dixie State | 1:30 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.
You're Invited! Mayor's Community Celebration Oct. 30

The tradition continues for the 8th year in a row, as Golden's Mayor Marjorie Sloan honors outstanding individuals and organizations for their exceptional contributions to Golden with the Mayor's Awards for Excellence. The winners will be awarded at the Mayor's Community Celebration Tuesday, October 30, 6:30 p.m. at the Mines Campus Student Center at 1620 Maple St. Golden. The event is free and this year, don't forget to bring your non-perishable food contributions for the "Trick or Treat so Golden Can Eat" canned food drive. Each year students from Colorado School of Mines collect non-perishable food donations from the community on Halloween to help support families in our community in need. (See the article below for more details). This year, the Mayor's Community Celebration offers another venue to make your donation to this worthy canned food drive.

This year at the Mayor's Community Celebration, prepare to be inspired by a man who lived through the worst, and now works to encourage others to make an impact on the people and places around them. At the age of nine, John O'Leary suffered severe burns on 100 percent of his body. No one expected him to survive the first night, but he did. John endured months in a hospital bed, dozens of surgeries, the amputation of all of his fingers, and years of physical therapy. But for him it wasn't the end, it was just the beginning of his journey. Some call John a survivor but he is much more than that. John O'Leary is a beacon of hope, and he has an important message to share with Golden. You won't want to miss hearing this profound speaker, who can teach us all that together, we can forge an extraordinary future by finding the possibility in the present. John's national bestselling book On Fire details his story and is the basis for his lectures.
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 do not hesitate to 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
Current severe drought requires smart water choices from everyone
We are experiencing a severe drought in most areas of Colorado. The natural flow in Clear Creek is about 40% of normal for September.
People relying on Clear Creek for water are seeing conditions that are as bad as the historic drought of 2002, but the population depending on Clear Creek is much greater.

In Golden we have been able to maintain a normal level of supply due to our efficient use of water and our investment in water storage facilities. Our annual diversions from Clear Creek have not substantially increased in the last 15 years, even with our population growth, a result of lower per capita water consumption.

In 2018 however, due to extremely hot and dry weather, the demand on Clear Creek has increased dramatically. The increased demand on Clear Creek resulted in Golden beginning releases from Guanella reservoir much earlier than normal.

It is for situations like we are currently experiencing that Golden has invested in reservoir storage. Thanks to Guanella reservoir we are able to maintain a normal supply to our citizens even in this historic drought.

In normal years we release water from Guanella reservoir beginning in mid-September for a few days and quickly refill the reservoir. Typically we release less than 10% of our storage. This year however, we began relying on the reservoir in mid-August and it looks like we won't begin to refill until the end of October. We have already released about 20% of our stored water. By the end of October, we will have released about 30% of storage, which brings us near our tier 1 drought trigger. Our drought plan calls for the following response:

Trigger #1
  • A call on the river reducing our direct flow to less than 11.12 CFS (7.2 MGD), along with 
  • Storage of less than 2100 AF before October 1.
Response #1
  • Ask for voluntary restrictions (may save up to 1 MGD)
  • Release water from storage to a level of 1900 AF

We anticipate completely refilling our storage capacity over the winter and spring this year, however whenever we are relying on reservoir storage, it is prudent to conserve wherever possible. The Parks Department has severely cut back on irrigation of Parks (Over 50%) and we have suspended water sales to Coors for the rest of the season. We would like to ask our residents to also do their part in using water conservatively and prudently in these drought conditions.

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Sustainability Survey on Guiding Golden
In the ten years since the City of Golden launched its Sustainability Program, a lot of progress has been made towards those goals. It's time to renew our community's commitment to sustainability, and the Community Sustainability Advisory Board wants your input!

Visit GuidingGolden.com and take a few minutes to complete the Sustainability Survey. Your answers will be used to craft new goals and projects!

"Keeping it Wheel" Video Series - Horns
Keeping it Wheel Horns
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 " Horns"!