Weekly Digest - Sept 13
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Mountain bikers and cute dogs in costume - a full weekend!

Mountain Biker on Apex Trail
This weekend features the first ever Golden Giddyup mountain bike festival, which will be held in Lions Park and on Jeffco trails.  Founded after the 2013 floods wrecked towns and trails from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, the Giddyup is the product of all of the volunteer hours spent rebuilding our parks. The main event are three separate mountain bike races, but even if you're not racing, come out to cheer the racers on and enjoy food, beer, music, and activities for the kids. It's also worth noting that Jeffco has closed multiple trails that day to accommodate the racers, so visit our website for a full list of closures if a hike was on your Sunday list of things to do.

Another great event happening this weekend on Saturday morning is Toby's Pet Parade and Fair, benefitting Foothills Animal Shelter where you'll see tons of cute dogs all dolled up in costume! 

Keep reading to learn more about these, and all the other interesting things happening in Golden, and have a great week!

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Current Projects
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Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
The contractor has reached the final grade for US 6 and soil nail walls are being built as they excavate down.
The western abutment is being formed, and will be poured the end of this week.
The steel that will be placed into the caisson holes for the center pier is being tied on the north west corner of the intersection and will be lowered in to the holes by crane. Drilling for the piers will start next week.
There will be work on site this Saturday.
The contractor is planning a closure of US 6 for the weekend of either the 22nd or 29th of October. This closure will be only between 19th and SH 58, and is needed to complete a stormwater crossing under 6th Ave. There will be more information as we get closer to the actual date.
There is a construction viewing in the northwest corner that can be accessed from Parfet Estates Drive. Please park legally. 

An Unexpected Road Closure

Crash on US 6
On Sept. 12, Monday afternoon, there was a head-on accident on US 6, near the parking area for the hang-gliding landing field when an eastbound driver crossed the yellow line into the west bound lane. The accident had nothing to do with the construction project, but it did cause extensive road closures in that area, which many people thought were related to Linking Lookout. As soon as we learned of the accident and road closures, we distributed the information via our regular LInking Lookout informational channels, but unfortunately, that was too late for many people already caught up in the traffic jam. Westbound US 6 was closed and traffic routed down 19th St. Traffic on 6 backed up through Heritage. Washington was backed up to 19th St. Ford was backed up past 19th St. Extensive road closures were necessary due to the extensive damage to the vehicles, which resulted in a lot of fluids on the ground requiring CDOT assistance in cleaning the roadway. 

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2016 Utility Replacement

The installation of new water main on 10th St continues. Manhole installs and replacements have begun in Arapahoe Gulch.
Paving Projects

On September 14 we will be closing 10th St from Vasquez St to Easley Rd. The purpose of the closure is due to the street being milled out and repaved. We anticipate the work to take up to 10 days to complete, weather dependent.

Milling operations will return on September 15 and 16 to mill out 10th Street and Sunshine at approximately 10,000 square yards.
19th Street Traffic Calming Project

Crews have begun pouring the north side curb lines and moving conflicting utilities. We anticipate having the bike lanes paved and pouring the concrete landscape islands in the next few weeks. Total project completion is anticipated in 5 weeks - weather dependent, of course.
New Water Meter
Water Meter Replacement project

Replacements continue citywide with approximately 3,000+ meters replaced to date. Over 440 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
Jeffco Innovators' Workshop: Gunslinger Custom Paint 
Golden-based Gunslinger is a Tier 1 supplier for the largest motorcycle company in the United States -Harley Davidson. This means Gunslinger is the highest level of supplier and supplies directly to the plants. Inside its three facilities totaling nearly 70,000 square feet, Gunslinger creates cutting-edge artwork on motorcycle parts that has quickly become considered the best in the industry.

Come to the Jeffco Innovators' Workshop on Tuesday, September 13 and hear the story of how Jeff Theisen and partner David Call built Gunslinger into one of Colorado's most prestigious home-grown businesses.

6:15 pm: Networking
6:30 pm: Program starts in the City Council Chambers, Golden City Hall, 911 Tenth Street
Suggested donation of $2.00 per person to cover refreshments

Economic Development Commission Meeting 
The Economic Development Commission (EdComm) will meet on September 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the 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
City Council Special Business Meeting & Study Session
The City Council will hold a special business meeting followed by the regular Study Session on September 15 at 6:30 p.m. in Golden City Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

The special business meeting will convene before the regular study session at to confer with the City Attorney and Special Legal Counsel regarding the settlement of a water case with the City Of Arvada in Executive Session. Following the conclusion of the special business meeting, the Study Session will commence.

At the Study Session, the following will be presented for information only.
  • City staff will provide a review of the items that will be listed on the November 2016 ballot. City Council will also provide direction to staff on broader legislative priorities to be shared with the Colorado Municipal League. This item will include a brief presentation by staff and Jefferson Country Schools Superintendent Dan McMinimee regarding their two ballot items. 
  • The community sustainability advisory board will provide an update about the latest sustainability efforts, including an initiative for a new community solar garden. 
  • City staff will introduce the proposed 2017 capital investment recommendations as well as the 10 year projected capital plan. This introduction will start the public review and input process leading up to a proposed adoption of the budget in early December. Over the next several weeks, Council will evaluate the recommendations and provide direction.
For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our  Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Downtown Development Authority Meeting
The Downtown Development Authority will meet September 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Golden Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

At the DDA meeting, the following will be considered:
  • Grant requests
  • 2016 grants tracker and historic grants tracker
  • Foothills Art Center presentation
  • Update on 8th and Arapahoe Townhomes and Arapahoe Gulch Storm pipe
  • Calvary Church Parking Project Update
  • 2017 - 2018 Budget introduction
  • Staff Reports
For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our  Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Golden Farmers' Market

The Golden Farmers' Market runs every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 1.

Located west of the Golden library, the market includes a variety of vendors offering everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to homemade jams, soaps and locally sourced honey. 

There are also plenty of kids activities, food trucks and more.
Toby's Pet Fair Parade

Dress up your dog in their best costume and join us at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 17, 9 a.m. - noon, for a celebration to benefit Foothills Animal Shelter. From a pet costume parade and contests, to flyball and agility demos, to family-friendly games and activities, you're sure to find something for everyone, all while helping us raise critical funds to support the homeless pets at Foothills Animal Shelter!

Coffee with a Councilor - North Neighborhoods

Join District 2 Golden City Councilor Casey Brown for coffee and conversation on Saturday July 17 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Council Chambers. Come early to stop by the Farmer's Market first, then stop by City Hall! 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!
Golden Giddyup Mountain Bike Festival

The Golden Giddyup mountain bike festival is a community sponsored bike event and trail stewardship program to be held in Golden, Colorado on September 18, 2016 on Jeffco Open Space parks.

Founded after the 2013 floods wrecked towns and trails from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, the Giddyup is the product of all of the volunteer hours spent rebuilding our parks. Our partners are the trail stewards at Jeffco Open Space and the Jeffco Outdoors Foundation, all of whom want to make sure that the hard work and community spirit lives on long after the waters have receded.
The Golden Giddyup includes three different courses, all on Jeffco trails.

The race kicks off in waves from Lions Park at 7:30 a.m. and finishes throughout the afternoon. There will be food, music and kids' activities, with an awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m.
There are no street closures associated with the event, however you will see riders on Clear Creek trail and the trails around town. 

Additionally, please be aware there are a number of trail closures on September 18 from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there will be NO public access to closed areas - strictly enforced, $50 fine. Please visit our website for a full list of trail closures on Sunday.
Heritage Rd Roundabout Landscape Modification Public Meeting
City staff has organized a meeting to solicit citizen input regarding landscape modifications to the roundabout at Heritage Rd and Eagleridge Dr.

This meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the Southwest corner of the roundabout. City staff from Public Works, Parks and Recreation, and the City's contractual Landscape Architect will attend.
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events - Sept. 13 - 20
  • Lego Play and Build (Sept. 13 & 20, 4 p.m.) -You're never too old (or young!) to play with LEGOs! Join the Golden Library all-ages LEGO Play and Build program. Build something based on the month's theme or use your imagination! Everyone is welcome, just drop-in. Space is limited, however, and program is limited to 45 participants.
  • Discovering Your Wellness: Relieving Stress (Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m.)We will discuss stress - something all of us deal with! We will talk about your various sources of stress at work and at home and share ways to not only deal with stress but relieve it in your life. You will leave with tips to relax more and be more confident in your ability to do so! Open to the public.
  • Homework Help (Sept. 14 & 15, 4 p.m.) - Sharpen your pencils and your skills! We know you love your parents, but let's get real--sometimes it's easier to get homework help from someone else. Look to the library! The Golden Library and Colorado School of Mines Phi Gamma Delta fraternity are here to help. We invite students in grades 1-12 to stop in and get help in any subject. Drop-ins welcome. 4 - 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays   |   Sept. 7-Dec. 8 (*Except 11/24) Suitable for: Grades 1 - 12
  • Rain Barrel Bill Talk with State representative Jessie Danielson (Sept. 14, 6 p.m.)
    A discussion with State Representative Jessie Danielson: Learn about the new Rain Barrel Bill that was passed and allows homeowners to collect rainwater in one or two 55 gallon barrels for outside uses.
    Suitable for: Adults
    Stephanie Douglas
    (303) 235.5275
  • Toddler Dance Party (Sept. 15, 11 a.m.)Calling all grownups and toddlers: Bop till you drop at the library! We'll dance up a storm. It's fun for everyone and shhhh.....what the kiddos don't know is that this reinforces preschool concepts while practicing gross motor skills. We like to move it move it...
  • iPad Basics (Sept. 15, 1:30 p.m.)Explore your iPad with us: physical features, the multi-touch screen, the home screen and multi-tasking, how to change the appearance of the home and lock screens. We'll also take a look at some of the most frequently used iPad apps, such as the camera, notes, Safari, mail and reminders. Bring your own iPad or use one of ours.
    Prerequisites: None.
    Computer classes are free but require registration with Golden Library. Please visit your local library or call (303) 235-5275 to register for classes. Classes with fewer than four people registered 24 hours prior to class time may be canceled.
  • DIY Lab (Sept. 15, 4 p.m.) - Do you like to invent, create, and reimagine things? Whether it's low-tech or high-tech, do an awesome hands-on activity each month. Space is limited, please register in advance.
    Suitable for: 11-14
  • DIY Lab (Sept. 15, 5:30 p.m.)Do you like to tinker, invent and reimagine things? Drop in and use our DIY space to get creative. All ages are welcome during our weekly open lab. Kids, if you're under 12, please bring your grownup to join and supervise you.
    Suitable for: All Ages 
  • DIY: Putting your Garden to Bed (Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m.)A Jefferson County Master Gardner will teach a class on how to "Put Your Garden To Bed" properly. The summer season may be winding down but there are still a few things left to be done in your garden. Learn the importance of good garden hygiene and which plants need to be to divided and replanted now. Pick up numerous tips for activities you can do now that will result in a greener lawn and a healthier and more beautiful garden next year.
    Suitable for: Adults
    Stephanie Douglas
  • Movie Time Plus: Book vs. Screen (Sept. 18, 1 p.m.)Read the book. We'll watch the movie, then duke it out about which details were better in the book and which were superior in the movie! Our September selection is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [PG]™ 109 min.We meet 1 -3:30 p.m. the third Sunday of the month. Light snacks are provided. This is a three-part series, so reserve your book today or contact leah.capezio@jeffcolibrary.org.
    Coming up: Oct. 16: The Shining
    Suitable for: Adults
  • Family Lab: Back to School at the Library (Sept. 19, 4 p.m.) - Families are busy and we're here to help. Check out our events and mark your calendar throughout the year to attend our FamilyLab drop-in sessions. You can participate and learn about DIY holiday projects, school work assistance, meals and nutrition tips, choosing childcare, summer camps and much more. Snacks are provided, too!
    September: Back to School - Time to get educated. Discover how the library's staff, services and online resources are available to support students and parents throughout the school year. Check out valuable offerings such as Homework Help with volunteers from Colorado School of Mines Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, reading resources (Novelist and YN5B), and researching online databases.
    Suitable for: Families
  • Public Meeting - Turning 65? Questions about Medicare? (Sept. 20, 2 p.m.)Turning 65 and have questions about how Medicare works? What your options are? Medicare can be confusing. We will be available to answer your questions and give you guidance that will fit your needs.
  • Book Group (Sept. 20, 6 p.m.)Join our once-a-month Tuesday night Book Group when we get together to discuss interesting reads!. This month's book is Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder. Note: We will be choosing book titles for January - June 2017 at this meeting.
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website .
Worth Repeating
Access Your Water Usage Information with AquaHawk Alerting

AquaHawk Alerting is a FREE service for City of Golden customers that will assist them in efficiently managing their water usage and lowering their monthly bills. This new software system is available as part of the recent city-wide meter upgrade. As soon as your new meter is installed and registered within the system, this service will be available. If you have had a new meter installed within the last few months, register today - it's easy!
  • View consumption over a period of time - see your water consumption down to the hour.
  • Recognize possible leaks more quickly.
  • Take control of your water use. With AquaHawk you don't have to wait for your bill to see how much water you use for everyday activities. You'll see how you're doing, not how you did.
  • Set your own personal thresholds and receive text or email alerts. 

Learn more on our Water Usage Monitoring page. From there you can register for a free account. All you need is your name, email address and your water account number in this format: 00-000000-000

New Parking Permit Process
The City of Golden has transitioned to a more streamlined parking permit process. Addresses within a residential permitted area  will be able to go online to the new parking permit portal to register for their parking permit.

In order to receive a parking permit, individuals will create an account and conveniently upload any required documentation as outlined on the Parking page. Please read instructions carefully!