City of Golden Newsletter
December 8, 2015
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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.

Today is Colorado Gives Day - a great time to support your favorite local non-profit organizations! If you give today, until midnight tonight, your donation w ill be increased in value by an Incentive Fund, and the Community First Foundation has $1 million to distribute this year! Learn more on the Golden Civic Foundation website, or stop by the free expo this afternoon from 4:30 - 7 p.m. at the Table Mountain Inn. Learn more about the expo under Upcoming Events below.

This weekend we have more holiday fun with another Christmas parade and festivities following. And if you haven't stopped by Clear Creek to see the lights yet, it's a beautiful sight!

Your friends at the City of Golden
Project Updates
US 6 & 19th Street Interchange project

The City's contractor for this project, Kraemer, received pricing from subcontractors on Dec. 2. Anne Beierle and Dan Hartman met with them on the Dec. 3 to review project pricing, which will be reviewed with City Council at the Dec. 10 meeting with the goal of completing the contract on Jan 7, contingent upon authorization of FHWA funds. Current pricing is within budget for the project last shared with the public in May of 2015.
2015 Utility Replacement

Waterline work on 10th continues this week, moving from Archer to the railroad tracks.
West Fork Kenney Run Drainage Improvements

Crews are continuing construction of the boulder walls between 23rd and 24th Streets, as well as construction of the drop structure upstream of 24th. The culvert at 23rd Street will be finalized shortly.
Corporate Circle School Traffic

Concrete was replaced at the SE corner on Saturday. The traffic plan that was previously circulated will be implemented soon.
School Zone Beacon outage

A telephone pole was hit at Washington and 1st, taking out power to the school zone beacon last week. The pole was replaced yesterday morning. The s chool zone beacon, which was out temporarily, was reconnected, but will need to be reprogrammed.
18th Street ditch culvert replacement 

The engineering division will be replacing the Welch ditch culvert under 18th St. This culvert is failing and does not meet minimum width for a two-way street. After replacement, the new section will allow for sidewalk connections on both sides. 
Ulysses Skate Park update

Streets crews have completed the demolition of the old Ulysses Skate Park in preparation for the new one. Demolition of the old batting cage building remains the last removal prior to construction. For more information and regular updates on the progress of the new Skate Park, visit the project's Facebook page.
Upcoming Events
Colorado Gives Day Holiday Celebration & Expo

Join the Golden Civic Foundation and Golden Cultural Alliance for a celebration and expo highlighting Golden's nonprofits. Golden is home to over 35 nonprofit organizations and K-12 schools, and Colorado Gives Day is dedicated to raising funds to support these worthy, home-grown organizations.

Enjoy delicious food beverages, and live entertainment on December 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public at the Table Mountain Inn.

Visit the  Golden Civic Foundation website for more information.
Economic Development Commission Meeting

Economic Development Commission will meet on December 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Golden Public Works Meeting.

At the meeting, EdComm will consider the following items:
  • Ron Slinger from Red Rocks will update the commission on a few new initiatives. 
  • EdComm will discuss updates on the Golden Incubator / Accelerator.
For more information on the meeting, as well as information on other upcoming board meetings, please visit our  Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Community Sustainability Advisory Board Meeting

The Community Sustainability Advisory Board will meet December 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. 
At the meeting, CSAB will consider the following:
  • Bylaws Discussion & Adoption
  • Review Project Tracking Tools
  • Preparation for City Manager Briefing
  • 2016 CSAB Work Plan
  • 2015 International Building Code Adoption process
To view the full agenda, as well as information on other upcoming board meetings, please visit our  Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
City Council Meeting

City Council will meet on December 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street.

At the meeting, City Council will consider the following items:
  • Consent Matters (all items listed will be treated as one item and one vote. For a full list of items included, please see the Meeting Agenda.)
  • Resolution #2452 will name the city owned parcel of land at the corner of Ridge Road and Cressman Court "Barbara Foss Memorial Park."
  • The city signed an IGA with CDOT for funding, design and construction of the US 6 and 19th Street interchange. Council will be asked to approve an amendment to that IGA that clarifies ownership, maintenance and construction responsibilities now that design is complete.
  • Council will review the most recent Opinion of Probable Constructions Cost for the US 6 & 19th Street interchange and make a recommendation whether or not staff should work with Kraemer to complete the construction contract and provide a final Guaranteed Maximum Price once Federal approval for the project has been received.
  • On September 24, 2015, City Council tabled consideration of Ordinance 2016 pertaining to a limited section of the municipal sign code, and requested that Planning Commission review the specific issue as well as the code itself. The issue had been presented to Council by the City Attorney in response to a US Supreme Court ruling to the effect that municipal sign codes cannot regulate signs based upon content, which raised questions about the City's code provisions to allow a greater number of "yard signs" in periods around elections. City Council will consider the Planning Commission recommendation in a continued public hearing on the ordinance at this meeting.
  • The City has received an application requesting the vacation of Arapahoe Street between 13th and 14th Street from the Calvary Episcopal Church, as owner of the adjacent properties.  If approved, the vacation would replace a pending vacation originally approved in 1994. City Council will conduct a public hearing on the request at this meeting.
  • Council will consider Ordinance Nos. 2021 and 2022, necessary to enact the process and requirements for potential exemptions from the volume based pricing structure required of licensed solid waste haulers within Chapter 4.80 of the Municipal Code.
To view the full agenda for more information on all items to be considered, as well as information on other upcoming board meetings, please visit our  Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Golden High School Art Sale

Purchase student and teacher-made artwork from Golden High School, including photography, ceramics, jewelry, drawings and paintings.

The sale runs from 2:25 to 6:30 p.m. on December 10 in the cafeteria at Golden High School, 701 24th St.
Olde Golden Holiday Parade

Watch Santa zoom around in his sidecar motorcycle, heckle the Grinch as he drives by in his corvette, or cheer on elves as they race on unicycles during the weekly parade that travels down Washington Avenue.

The Olde Golden Christmas Parades begin at 11 a.m. along Washington Avenue in downtown Golden on December 5, 12, and 19. Stick around afterward for the festivities and fun of the Olde Golden Christmas Celebration!
Shelton Kindergarten Open House

Shelton Elementary is hosting a Kindergarten Open House on December 14 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 420 Crawford St. in Golden.

Anyone is invited to come meet the teachers and tour the school.
CSM Winter Camp: Who's There?

Wildlife is out there, even if we don't see them. Become a wildlife detective at this CSM Winter Camp which takes place during the Jeffco school break, and discover the many secrets to hidden wildlife.

During Fabulous Functions of Feet you'll try climbing with suction cup feet and walk with hooves. The next day you'll go from feet to the tracks they leave behind. Go searching for tracks, watch critters make tracks of their own, and make tracks to take home. If you don't know what scat will! Can you tell who's on your phone by the sound of their voice? Can you tell who's behind a door by the way they smell? Try it in camp!!

Around Town
GCC Swim Registration Coming Up!

The date to register for swim lessons at the Golden Community Center this spring is coming up for both residents and non-residents.
  • Monday, December 14 - Golden residents may register
  • Tuesday, December 15 - Unincorporated Jefferson County / Non-Residents may register
If you're not sure if you are a City resident or not (not all Golden mailing addresses are within city limits) visit the  Jeffco Address Wizard.

To register online, visit the   Golden Recreation website and click on Aquatics Programs. You may also drop by the Golden Community Center to register in person.

The first class is Monday, January 11, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the City of Golden Training Room at the Golden Fire Department at 911 10 th Street, Golden.

For additional information, call the Golden Police Department at 303-384-8045.
Golden Safety Academy

Have you ever wondered if your home is secure enough? Are you interested in learning techniques for protecting your family, property, and self? Would learning skills and techniques in crime prevention make you feel safer in your home and community? If you answered yes, then the new Golden Police Department Safety Academy is a great place to start.

The Golden Police Department is currently accepting applications for the new free Safety Academy. To register, please visit the  Golden Safety Academy page.

The mission of the Golden Safety Academy is to partner with the community of Golden by educating and empowering citizens about personal safety and crime prevention.
The academy will be composed of 12 classes. The classes will be held once a month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the second Monday of every month.

Class topics will include crime prevention through environmental landscape design, security lighting, preventing bicycle theft, identity theft, personal safety, fraud, and much, much more.

Seating is limited and a maximum of two individuals from each household will be allowed. Applicants must be Golden residents. Students aged 16 or older may participate with an accompanying adult.

The first class is Monday, January 11, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the City of Golden Training Room at the Golden Fire Department at 911 10 th Street, Golden.

For additional information, call the Golden Police Department at 303-384-8045.
Worth Repeating!
Moratorium on new events extended into 2016

Residents may recall that a moratorium on new events was put in place by the city manager for the 2015 calendar year. This placed restrictions on approving any special event that would have required a permit, and which had not previously occurred in 2013 or 2014. This was due to an increase in event requests that had the potential to create 'event fatigue' in those who were significantly and repeatedly impacted by street closures and other factors associated with events. In anticipation of lifting the moratorium, a complete evaluation of our special events was conducted over the summer.

Data collected from the summer event season and from the Citizen Event Survey made it clear that special events are important to the fabric of our community. Any changes made to the process of approving special events would have to take into account the voices of all stakeholders. After conversations with residents, participants, event organizers, businesses and the faith community, a memo of initial findings and recommendations was presented to City Council during a study session on September 17. Recommendations  for a new fee structure, limited closures of main thoroughfares and the formation of an Events Review Committee were some of the major outcomes. In addition, upcoming construction at the intersection of 19 th Street and 6 th Avenue will have a major influence on whether long-term street closures of Washington Avenue will even be possible. The complete memo can be found on our  Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts, Schedule page under the agenda for the September 17, 2015 City Council study session.

Due to the scope of the evaluation it was clear that more time was needed to revise the permit and the process for approving event requests. The extension of the moratorium to March 31 keeps in place the same restrictions: events that did not occur in 2013 or 2104 cannot apply for a permit for an event to take place BEFORE March 31, 2016. Applications for new events can be submitted if the event is planned for April 1, 2016 or later. Repeat events can submit their application for a Special Events Permit with a minimum of 60 days advance notice. However, if you are an event organizer, please be aware that there will be changes to the requirements and the fees associated with an application. Contact the Special Events Coordinator if you are planning an event for 2016.

Visit our  Special Events page for more Special Event Planning information.