City of Golden Newsletter
October 20, 2015
Fall at Fossil Trace
In This Issue
City of Golden
Golden City Hall
911 10th Street
Golden, CO 80401

Community Calendar
Upcoming Events
From City Council meetings to bike races to community choir concerts, there's always something happening in Golden.

Don't miss out! Keep track of what's happening and when on the Community Calendar.

Submit an Event!
Help us keep our Community Calendar up-to-date. If you are sponsoring a not-for-profit event that takes place in Golden and welcomes everyone, we want to know about it. Fill out our event submission form and if it fits our editorial standard, we'll add it to the calendar.

John Hardy on Heritage Road The big news this week is, without a doubt, that Heritage Road is now open! There's still a little more to do with landscaping, lighting and sidewalk backfill, but the road is now open to traffic. Pictured right is Public Works Inspector, John Hardy, giving a thumbs up on the project!

In other news, election day is drawing closer so make sure you're registered to vote and get your ballot in on time! Scroll down to read more.

Have a great week, everyone!

Your friends at the City of Golden
Just for Fun
Golden's Twin?

Did you know Golden has a clone in North Dakota? Neither did we! But yesterday it came to our attention that a little town called Rock Springs, which is featured on a little ABC show called Blood & Oil, looks awfully familiar...
Rock Springs, ND
Project Updates
US 6 & 19th Street Interchange project

The Final Office Review (FOR) meeting between CDOT and City staff took place last week, and those comments are being incorporated into the final project design. which should be complete on Nov. 6 and ready to go out to bid. Staff then hopes to have the final costs of the project available in early December to bring to City Council. 

In the meantime, utility relocations that are required for the project regardless of the final design have begun and will continue through the fall.
2015 Concrete Replacement project

The intersection of 13th and Washington is being repaired/replaced starting this week. This work will take approximately 1 week to complete and will create minor delays due to lane closures.
2015 Utility Replacement

Water main replacement continues at Peery Parkway and Peery Dr. Progress has been slow due to required rock excavation. Sewer CIPP installation in Mt. Zion Dr. and Iowa St. areas continues.

Stormwater Work

Mowing Channels
This week crews will continue mowing channels (picture right), and  will continue maintenance operations in Tucker Gulch.

At the end of October we will be shutting down the waterfall feature on the roundabout at S. Golden Road and Johnson.
West Fork Kenney Run Drainage Improvements

This week Naranjo Civil continues work relocating the sewer main on 23rd St. from Jackson to the west side of Kenney Run. Also, the tree removal contractor is working to remove trees downstream of 23rd St. 
Corporate Circle School Traffic

All traffic control items have now been removed. In a few weeks there will be a meeting between Public Works, PD and the schools to discuss whether permanent improvements will be installed.
Upcoming Events
Parks & Recreation Board Meeting

The Parks & Recreation Board will meet tonight October 20 in a regular session at 7 p.m. in the Golden Community Center. 

At the meeting tonight, the board will hold a Ulysses Park Public Art Discussion, and discuss Downtown Parking Memo.

For more information on 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 21 at 7:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers. At the meeting, the following items will be considered:
  • Sales Tax (emailed)
  • 3rd Quarter Financial Reports
  • Proposed Rate and Fee Changes
  • 2016 Revenue Projections / 2016 Operating Budget
  • 2016 CIP
  • City Updates 

For more information on this or any other upcoming board meeting, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.

Planning Commission Meeting

The Planning Commission will meet on October 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers. At the meeting, the commission will conduct a  public hearing to review a request for a Special Use Permit (SUP) to allow up to 100% residential use on a commercial (C-1) property.

Following regular session, the commission will adjourn to study session.
For more information on this or any other upcoming board meeting, please visit our  Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Golden Library Events

Things are happening at the Golden Library for the kids and teenagers this week! Here's what's on tap:
  • Game Lounge for Tweens - Oct. 21, 2-4 p.m.: It's Early Release Day for Jeffco schools! Tweens in grades 5-8 are invited to drop by the Golden Library's Teen Area to play Xbox 360, Playstation 4, board games or card games!
  • Homework Help at the Golden Library - Oct. 21 & 22, 4-6 p.m.: Sharpen your pencils and your skills! Need help with your homework? The Golden Library and Colorado School of Mines Phi Gamma Delta fraternity offer free help for students in grades 1-12 and in any subject.
  • Superhero Training Academy - Oct. 21, 3:30 p.m.: 
    It's time to decide if you're a bird, a plane or... make something up!  Enjoy heroic stories and create your own identity. Make a costume and start training for super exploits. Hang out and compare your super power with other superheroes too. Who knows, you could save the world! For ages 5-10. Register at the Golden Library.
  • Golden Library Twisted Tales: A Murder in Wonderland - Oct. 23, There's been a murder in Wonderland and YOU need to solve it. Don't be 'late' for this very thrilling date. Murder mystery written and performed by teens, for teens in grades 6-12. Costumes required, cosplay encouraged. Register at the Golden Library.  
For more information on library event, visit the Golden Library website.
City Council Regular Meeting

The Golden City Council will meet on October 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. At the upcoming meeting, City Council will discuss the following:
  • An Ordinance authorizing the issuance and sale of City of Golden, Colorado Water And Waste Water Enterprise Water Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2015
  • Staff will provide Council with a financial update through the 3rd Quarter 2015
  • City Council will conduct a public hearing on the 2016 Operating and Capital Budget. A final public hearing is scheduled for December 3
  • Staff will have a policy discussion with council regarding what has become known as the Golden Super Cruise 
For more information on this or any other upcoming city meetings, please visit our  Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Civil War History in Colorado

Golden History Museums
Hear the thrilling tales about Coloradans in the Civil War. Historian and storyteller Ed Weising will explain the impact the Civil War had on the state, including the sides that Colorado chose, the battles in the area, volunteers from Golden who joined the fight, and the resignation of our first two territorial governors.

The event will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Golden History Center. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for everyone else.  Register online.
Learn more by visiting or by calling 303-278-3557.
Free Marketing Workshop from the DDA & JCBRC

The DDA and Jefferson County Business Resource Center are partnering to bring a FREE marketing workshop to help Golden businesses make the most of the holiday shopping season. Discover many low and no cost options to make the most of the holiday shopping season. 

Thursday, Oct. 29, 7:30 - 9 a.m. at the Barrels & Bottles Brewery, 600 12th Street, #160, Golden. Discover many low and no cost options to make the most of the holiday shopping season. Coffee and a light breakfast will be served.

The workshop is free, but advanced registration is appreciated by emailing or by calling 303-384-8080. Seating is limited and is based on a first come first served basis.
Around Town
Heritage Road is now open!

After nearly 6 months of construction, 3 phases and almost a month of weather delays early in the project, Heritage Road is open!

The Heritage Rd Corridor Project is the largest complete streets corridor project completed by the City in the last two years. The scope included:
  • 3,558 tons of new asphalt
  • 15,000 cubic yards of earth work
  • 7,176 feet of new curb and gutter
  • 24,497 square feet of new sidewalk
  • 14 new storm water inlets
  • 1,811 feet of new storm pipe
  • 5 new manholes
  • 2,010 feet of underground communication conduit
  • 676 feet of new waterline
  • 3 new roundabouts
  • 3,479 feet of raised off street concrete bike lanes
While the road is open, over the next several weeks crews will be working to finish landscape restoration, street lighting and sidewalk backfill. We would like to thank everyone for their patience this summer while we worked to make these improvements.
Fall PAYT Yard Waste Collection Week of November 2nd

PAYT yard waste collections are changing! Say goodbye to the rotating schedule of Saturday collections. Starting this November, the semiannual yard waste collection will occur on your normal service day. The semiannual fall Collection is scheduled for the week of November 2nd.  

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

For more information and a more detailed list of what is and is not accepted, please visit our Yard Waste Collection Day page.
Register to vote if you haven't already! Ballot Drop-Off box available in City Hall

The City of Golden will hold general elections on November 3 this year, and Golden voters will elect the positions of Mayor and Councilors for District One and District Two. 

If you haven't already registered to vote, there's still time! You can register to vote through the mail, a voter registration agency, local driver's license examination facility or online through Monday, Oct. 26. You may also register by appearing in person at the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder's office at any time that registration is permitted at the office, including on Election Day.

When you're ready to drop off your ballot, there's one available in City Hall at 911 10th Street. You can find a list of other convenient ballot drop-off locations on the Jefferson County website

Of course, in order to make an informed decision you need to know who you're voting for! Review the candidates running on our Elections page. There's you'll also find a video of the recent candidates' forum where you can hear each candidate's position on a number of important issues.
Golden moves from "Active" to "Fit" status in Colorado wellness campaign

Golden has achieved another milestone in the  LiveWell Colorado HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign. By adopting new policies in three of the Campaign's focus areas aimed at improving access to healthy eating and active living (HEAL), Golden has increased its status in the Campaign from "Active" to "Fit".

The Campaign recognizes four levels of participation for HEAL Cities & Towns: Eager, Active, Fit, and Elite. As municipalities implement additional HEAL policies, they reach higher stages of recognition within the Campaign. The City of Golden started the campaign at the "Active" level, which is designated for those cities or towns that have at least one healthy eating and active living policy on their books before joining the Campaign. Now, by adopting one new policy in each of the Campaign's policy areas-Active Community, Healthy Food Access and Healthy Workplace-Golden has moved up to the "Fit" level.

Since joining the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign in April of 2014, the City has made investments in trails, sidewalks, playgrounds, and an intersection rebuild to better accommodate bikes and pedestrians, all of which increase access to active living for residents. This means Golden now has a new policy or investment in each of the three policy categories and have moved from "Active" to "Fit.
Worth Repeating!
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Interested in local government? Wondering what your City Council members are talking about and interested in? Check out the Council Hotline and keep track of the questions Council members ask City staff regarding issues facing Golden as well as articles they may post that are pertinent to what our City is dealing with now. Sign up for the Council Hotline email list, or just go online to check out the Hotline whenever the mood strikes you.