Weekly Digest September 4 2018
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Saying goodbye to an old friend

Parfet Park big tree removal
Last Wednesday marked a sad day in Parfet Park. We had to say goodbye to a beloved tree that, for many years, has offered shade to the people of Golden and shelter to local wildlife.  Significant decay had hollowed the base of tree, making it unstable. The City hired a third party consultant to conduct an audit of the tree, and the result of the audit was that tree posed a significant public safety risk.  While every effort to save the tree and prolong its life was made, unfortunately the public safety risk became too great given the amount of people who use Parfet Park. The big beautiful tree will certainly be missed, but be assured the Golden Forestry Division is committed preserving and growing Golden's tree canopy, and strives to plant well over 100 trees each year. 

In other news, if you're interested in the future of the Colorado School of Mines, don't miss the CSM Master Plan Open House tonight at the Ben H. Parker Student Center, 1200 16th Street. Plenty more is happening this week so keep reading for a rundown of what, when and where.

Have a great week!

Your Friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
Heritage Road Roundabout Work

Work begins today on the W. 4th roundabout. This will require closing Heritage Rd. once again. Work is expected to be complete on Friday, September 7, weather permitting.

Contact Dan Hartman with questions at 303-384-8150.
Washington Complete Street Project

The contractor will begin work on Monday, Sept 17. Work will begin on Phase 1 starting initially at Hwy 93. For more information or to ask questions about this project, please visit GuidingGolden.com.
Ford Street Crosswalk

On Monday Sept. 10, Ford St. will be closed for one week while we construct a raised crosswalk at 2nd and Ford. Local access will be maintained with a detour down to Washington.
Extended Street Closure on 17th Street

17th Street, from Washington to Jackson Streets, is closed for construction staging and access for CSM's new project at 1750 Jackson St. The road is scheduled to reopen October 30.
2018 Utilities Replacement

Diamond Contracting began watermain replacement on Orchard St and W 5th Ave on August 6. Work is expected to last about six weeks. See a map of the work area.
2018 Street Improvement Program

Martin Marietta returns this week to finish the remaining streets for this year. These streets include:

Martin Marietta Streetwork for Sept 2018
Upcoming Events
CSM Master Plan Open House
 
The Colorado School of Mines will conduct the next and final Neighborhood Open House to present the draft of the Mines Master Plan tonight, Tuesday, September 4 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Ben H. Parker Student Center, Ballroom C, 1200 16th Street. 

All are invited to attend to see how the campus will evolve over the coming years.
Mobility and Transportation Advisory Study Session
 
The Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board will meet in study session tonight, Tuesday, September 4 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 .
Maria Droste Counseling Center 6th Annual Golf Classic
 
The Maria Droste Counseling Center's 6th Annual Charity Golf Classic will take place on Wednesday, September 5 at the Fossil Trace Golf Club. The tournament includes a 4-person scramble, breakfast burrito, bucket of balls, golf cart, luncheon, and an awards reception following the tournament.

The tournament will kick off with a shotgun start at promptly 8:30 a.m. Players are invited to check in no earlier than 7 a.m.
Planning Commission Regular Meeting
 
Planning Commission will meet on Wednesday, September 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street

At the meeting, Planning Commission will consider the following items:
  • A public hearing to consider updates to Title 18 of the municipal code related to Tier 2 Bonus Criteria (18.40), Residential Growth Management flexibility for affordable housing (18.70) and Urban Agriculture (18.26).
  • A public hearing to consider a Variance Request to allow a potential food hall use within the existing structure at 1012 Ford Street.
  • A public hearing to consider a Special Use Permit request to construct a Verizon telecommunications tower on the roof of the First Baptist Church at 1805 Washington Ave. 
For more on this meeting, please see the meeting agenda.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Public Art Commission Meeting
 
The Public Art Commission (PAC) will meet on Thursday, September 6 at 9 a.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street

At the meeting, PAC consider the following items:
  • PAC Strategic Plan
  • 2019 Budget discussion
  • Staff updates on various projects
For more on this meeting, please see the   meeting agenda.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Golden Weekends
 
This  Friday and Saturday, September 7 and 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., Golden's downtown will come alive with activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Dozens of Golden businesses stay open until at least 8 p.m. and offer specials, in-store demonstrations, samples and more.

Live music on the street corners, free carriage rides, and merchant special activities bring the festivities outdoors onto the sidewalks and in stores and restaurants throughout the summer weekend evenings.
The Downtown Golden Merchant Partners (DGMP) is hosting the events, with support from the Downtown Development Authority, in appreciation of the Golden community.

Participating businesses will be marked by a gold balloon at their front doors. Golden Weekends takes place most Fridays and Saturdays this summer, except on Super Cruise Saturdays, which happens this weekend.

For more information, please visit  Golden Weekends on Facebook.
Be a Tool Day of Service 2018
Be a Tool Day of Service
 
2018 marks the 8th year of the Neighborhood Rehab Project's annual Be A Tool Day of Service.  Neighborhood Rehab Project continues to provide a platform of opportunity for all ages, skill levels and passions to come together for the common purpose of helping a neighbor in need on the 2nd Saturday of September. It is also an opportunity for local businesses to give back to the community in tangible ways by volunteering services, supplies or their time for the day.  
 
Focusing on safe, dry and warm issues for elderly, disabled, veteran or financially burdened homeowners, project examples include decks, stairs, doors, windows and roof repair.
 
The date for this year's Be A Tool Day of Service is September 8, 2018.

For more information or to register for the Neighborhood Rehab Project's Be A Tool Day of Service this year go to www.beatool.org.
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, September 8.

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.
Toby Grand Marshal Pet Parade
Toby's Pet Parade & Fair
 
Foothills Animal Shelter (FAS) hosts the third annual Toby's Pet Parade & Fair on Saturday, September 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The parade will go along Washington Avenue and end in Parfet Park, corner of 10 th Street & Washington Avenue. Hundreds of animal lovers and their dogs in costumes will walk in the parade and compete for prizes in categories like "Doggie Diva," "Best Group," and "Most Original."

After the parade, enjoy a fair with a beer garden, food trucks, live music, dog flyball demonstrations, family friendly games, vendor booths and much more. For more information and to register, visit  www.tobyspetparade.org.

All proceeds will go to care for the more than 9,200 animals who enter FAS each year, providing essential medical, behavioral and life-saving care to homeless pets.
Golden Fire Safety & Preparedness Day
 
Come out from  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 8 for a FREE fun-filled safety event for the entire family. The Golden Fire Department, along with the University of Colorado Hospital Burn Center, American Medical Response, Bonfils Blood Center, Golden Police, Jeffcom Dispatch, Pleasant View Fire Department, and Colorado State Patrol, will host the annual Safety and Preparedness Day.

This event will be held at Golden Fire Station #1, 911 10 th St. and include up-close and personal fire truck, ambulance, and police car tours, live fire demonstrations, game-based fire and burn education for all ages, and free car seat checks. There will also be drawings for door prizes, and all you can eat popcorn along with an assortment of refreshments.

This event is open to EVERYONE so invite as many people as you can and come down to enjoy the fun. Meet firefighters, paramedics, police officers, dispatchers, nurses, and Bonfils staff to ask questions and talk shop! This will be a low key family and community oriented event. Hope to see you there!
Golden Volunteer Firefighter Open House

Imagine helping your neighbors and fellow residents on what could be the worst day of their lives. The Golden Fire Department (GFD) is in search of men and women who live in Golden who want to become part of the City's amazing team of volunteer firefighters.

By joining the GFD, you learn much more than how to put out fires. You will learn medical rescue techniques, high angle rescue, swift water and ice rescue, how to save people from car crashes, and much more. You will be helping your neighbors, friends and fellow residents in one of the most long-standing and honorable ways possible for Golden volunteers.

Do you want to learn more about what it takes and if you would be the right fit for the GFD? Join us for one of two open houses to meet the staff and volunteers and get all of your questions answered. The first open house happens this Sunday, September 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fire Station 24, 151 Heritage Rd. 

Come enjoy free food and refreshments and let us get to know you! If you cannot make it to this open house, another one will be held on Sunday, September 30 at Fire Station 21, 911 10th Street. For more information, please contact Capt. Jeanette Kehoe at 303-215-8888.

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. This free academy is on Monday, September 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Golden Fire Department at 911 10th Street.

The topics covered this month are Traffic / Defensive Driving and Bicycle Safety.

To learn more and reserve your spot, please visit our Golden Safety Academy page.
Golden Urban Renewal Advisory Board Meeting
 
The Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board will meet Monday, September 10 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 Board Meeting
 
The Economic Development Board will meet Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Works and Planning Building at 1445 10th Street

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
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
CSM Groundbreaking on New Student Housing Development Project

CSM Groundbreaking
Colorado School of Mines broke ground today, September 4, on a $44 million, 249-bed student housing development at 1750 Jackson St. According to a press release sent out by CSM, the new Jackson Street residence hall, set to open in 2020, will be home to 107 studio, two- and three-bedroom apartment-style units, as well as a fitness center, bike maintenance area, laundry facilities, covered parking, study and social lounges, two outdoor courtyards and 4,000 square feet of commercial space. The release further explained that the project is being made possible through a public-private partnership between Mines and Confluence Companies. Confluence will develop the building and then lease it to Mines for 30 years before turning over sole ownership to the university. Architects are targeting LEED Platinum status - the first building in Golden to do so - with rooftop solar panels to offset up to 15 percent of the building's electrical use and an energy-efficient heating and cooling system that will reduce energy consumption by 40 percent.
Mayor's Awards for Excellence Nominations Now Open

Mayor's Awards for Excellence
The tradition continues for the 8 th  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.

Now is the time to nominate a person or group whom, through their extraordinary efforts, exhibit commitment and dedication to the City of Golden and/or Colorado School of Mines.

Nominations are accepted for two different awards. The Individual or Business/Organization award highlights exceptional contributions to the Golden community at large. The Gold Mine award highlights contributions made to the betterment of the Colorado School of Mines within the Golden Community.

Visit our Mayor's Awards for Excellence page for more information on the awards and the Mayor's Community Celebration, and for more ways to submit your nomination.
"Keeping it Wheel" Video Series - Headphones: One Ear Out
 
Keeping it Wheel - Headphones Out
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 "Headphones: One Ear Out"!