April 21 2020 Weekly Digest
City of Golden /  911 10th Street /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Coronavirus Virtual Community Briefing 
and Live Q & A - Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Community Briefing April 21 2020

On Wednesday, April 22 at 6 p.m., join us for this week's virtual community briefing with Mayor Laura Weinberg and City Manager Jason Slowinski on local efforts to mitigate spread of the Coronavirus in our community. Join us for this virtual update and Q&A session on GCO.tv (click the green "Now" button to watch live), www.cityofgolden.net/Agendas, Comcast Channel 8/880 or Facebook Live.
Please email your questions to COVID19@cityofgolden.net by 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
If you participate on Facebook live, you will have an opportunity to send in your questions as the Mayor and City Manager are talking.

New Safer at Home guidelines starting April 27

The current stay-at-home orders issued by the State of Colorado expire on April 26 and will be replaced with new "Safer at Home" guidelines. Below is a outline of how things will look starting April 27 under the new guidelines.
  • People encouraged to stay at home except when absolutely necessary (older adults and vulnerable populations must stay at home except when absolutely necessary).
    • Everyone is strongly advised to wear face coverings in public
    • No gatherings over 10 people
    • Sick people may not go to work
    • Everyone should avoid unnecessary travel
  • Critical businesses open with strict precautions. 
  • Nursing homes and congregate care facilities must continue to take strict precautions and protections.
  • Retail open for curbside delivery and phased in
  • Offices should be 50% open, with strict precautions.
    • Large workplaces advised to have symptom and temperature checks
    • Telecommuting maximized
  • Elective medical services open, with strict precautions to ensure adequate PPE and ability to meet critical care needs.
  • Restaurants and bars closed - takeout/delivery only, exploring phased-in, reduced capacity opening (looking to mid-May).
  • Childcare facilities open with strict precautions.
  • Education closed (Higher Ed, K-12).
  • Personal services (salons, tattoos, dog grooming, etc.) open with strict precautions.
  • Real estate showings can begin, but no open houses.
Visit the State website for the latest information as it is available, including the new orders, which will be posted soon.

Keep Informed!

For the most updated information involving COVID-19, please visit www.guidinggolden.com/covid-19.

If you need food or housing assistance during these challenging times, or can donate your time or resources to those who are struggling, please visit www.helpgoldennow.org. Resources for businesses who need economic assistance during the required closures are also available.
COVID-19 Business Recovery Loan Program

The City of Golden COVID-19 Business Recovery Loan Program will soon be accepting applications from small businesses in Golden struggling from the COVID-19 shutdown. This is a City program seeded by funds loaned by the Golden Urban Renewal Authority (GURA) and Golden Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to provide direct business recovery assistance to small businesses throughout the Golden community.

To learn more about the program and access the online application form when it opens, visit www.helpgoldennow.org. Applications will be accepted starting this Friday, April 24 through close of business on Tuesday, May 5.
Access Restricted on Clear Creek

Waterway activities on Clear Creek are currently restricted. These temporary restrictions apply to Clear Creek in unincorporated Jefferson County, as well as those portions of Clear Creek within the City of Golden, including Vanover Park.

This temporary restriction was made in response to the Stay at Home Order that makes it difficult for recreational users of the creek to adhere to the six-foot social distancing guideline. In addition, if a rescue were necessary, it would require law enforcement and fire departments to expend resources that are already facing challenges due to COVID-19.

These restrictions include ALL USES  in Clear Creek, including all single-chambered air-inflated devices, such as belly boats, inner tubes, and single chambered rafts, "body surfers," and swimming, as well as all vessels, kayaks, whitewater canoes, and multi-chambered river boards. Individuals may still fish from the banks of the creek so long as proper social distancing practices are maintained.
Temporary Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are still in effect. The restrictions are in place to reduce the likelihood of the City's firefighting resources going toward battling wildfires and in turn, creating another opportunity for virus exposure. These restrictions are for the corporate city limits of Golden and are independent but in conjunction with fire restrictions orders in Jefferson County. These restrictions will remain in effect indefinitely. 

Please see the Public Notice and Order for more information about what is allowed or not allowed during Stage 1 Fire Restrictions.
Need to contact us?

Although City facilities are currently closed to the public, we are still open for business. Please use the following contact list to reach the department with whom you need to speak:

City Manager's Office: 303-384-8011
Utility Billing: 303-384-8023
Sales Tax: 303-384-8024
City Clerk: 303-384-8014
Human Resources: 303-215-8891
Parks and Recreation: 303-384-8100
Municipal Court: 303-384-8006
Police Department (NON-emergency): 303-980-7300
Code Enforcement: 303-384-8045
Police Reports/Records: 303-384-8045
Fire Department: 303-384-8094
Communications: communications@cityofgolden.net
General City Email Address:  cityofgolden@cityofgolden.net

Thank you for your understanding as we all work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 
Do it online!
Guiding Golden - Still looking for feedback!
Guiding Golden logo
There are several projects on Guiding Golden that we are still looking for your feedback on. So while you're sheltering at home, sign in or register at www.guidinggolden.com. Below are a handful of projects we are currently featuring.

Zoning Code Audit and Rewrite Project - Over the past several months, a consultant team has been analyzing the existing City of Golden Zoning Code for deficiencies and areas of improvement. The resulting audit document is now available for review and comment on Guiding Golden.
8th Street Redesign Project - Three 8th Street redesign options were developed based on feedback from a public meeting held by city staff in November 2019. All three options are now available for review on Guiding Golden along with a poll. Please let us know which option you prefer.
2020 Census - Do you have questions about the 2020 Census or are just interested to learn more about it? Visit our 2020 Census project on Guiding Golden for information and updates as we work to get everyone in Golden counted!
Heart of Golden 2020: Refining - While public workshops had to be canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, we are still collecting feedback on the Heart of Golden 2020 project through Guiding Golden.
2020 Movies & Music in the Park - Movie Poll
What movie would you like to see this summer during Movies and Music in the Park? Take our online poll now! Currently "Sonic the Hedgehog" is in the lead, but that could change! Make sure you vote - you don't even have to sign in. We'll keep the poll open through April.

MMITP 2020 Poll
Visit the Museum Virtually
Golden History Museum
You may not be able to visit the Golden History Museum in person, but staff is busy preparing lots of interesting virtual programming to keep you busy at home!

Visit  Goldenhistory.org for a schedule of upcoming programming. Most of the programs will be available on Facebook and YouTube.

Other ways you can enjoy the Golden History Museum from your couch:
  • Delve into 150 years of news from Golden in our digitized historic newspaper collection 
  • Explore photos and objects in our online collection
  • Read about the amazing rediscoveries we've uncovered during our expansive Legacy Collection Inventory on our blog
  • Enjoy a walk and self-guided historic tour around Golden using our online guide or walk through the Golden History Park and use a brochure to learn about the buildings' histories.
Get fit with your computer and the GCC
workout online
The Golden Community Center doesn't want you to lose all those gains you've made from regular workouts now that we're all staying at home. 

Your favorite GCC group fitness instructors are doing LIVE WORKOUTS online and you're invited to join.

Check out the schedule of classes available, and let's get moving!

If you are a Silver Sneakers member, you can also go to the  SilverSneakers FaceBook page and see live classes or to the Silver Sneakers web page to sign in for on-demand classes.

Caring for our Seniors

Are you 60+ and want to chat with someone? Need help accessing resources? Not sure where to turn for accurate information on public health orders? The Golden Community Center Front Porch is here to help. 

Call us at 303-384-8130, leave a message with your name and phone number and one of our caring staff will return your call. We call them "Care Calls" and we look forward to talking with you! So far, we've made over 128 calls to seniors in the community and we want to talk to you too.
On the Calendar
Golden United Housing Task Force
The Golden United Housing Task Force meeting will be held virtually tonight, April 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. via Zoom.  Join the meeting online .  All are welcome and no registration is needed.
City Council Virtual Meeting
While most City-hosted meetings have been canceled through the end of the month, City Council will meet virtually on Thursday, April 23, 6:30 p.m.

Tune in to Comcast Channel 880 or  GCO.tv to watch the meeting live, or to our Agendas and Meetings page on the City of Golden website. If you have a question for City Council, email councilcomments@cityofgolden.net by 5 p.m. the day of the meeting.
Landscaping Webinar and Garden in a Box
Garden in a Box flowers
Join Kenton Seth of Paintbrush Gardens on Thursday, April 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. for a free online seminar on how to successfully transform your existing water-thirsty yard into a low water landscape. 

Learn what real life problems crop up between those "before" and "after" pictures of Xeriscape yard transformations in magazines, and get tips on how to avoid those issues for a beautiful and sustainable landscape.

For more info and to register visit  ResourceCentral.org.

The Water-Wise Landscape Seminar Series is brought to you in partnership between the City of Golden and Resource Central. These expert-led seminars educate and empower Colorado residents to save water on their landscapes through low-water landscaping and other sustainable gardening practices.
Garden in a Box

Are you ready for a beautiful, water-wise summer garden? Find a professionally designed, low-water garden to fit your landscaping needs by visiting ResourceCentral.org/Gardens.
Virtually Golden Lunch Series
Golden United presents a fun and entertaining Golden-centric series called " Virtually Golden." The series takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Have your lunch virtually with other Goldenites while learning about Golden and our local talent.  Join via Zoom and don't forget to order take-out from one of the local restaurants. 
Project Updates
Street Closures
  • The closure of 17th St. between Washington to Jackson for construction staging and access for CSM's project at 1750 Jackson St. has been extended until the end of April.
  • The closure of one lane at 1750 Jackson St. has been extended for a construction project until end of April.
  • The closure of 18th St sidewalk and parking lane for dumpsters for a construction project has been extended until end of April.
  • Through April 28: Canyon Point Circle - A dumpster will be impacting a parking spot.
  • Until further notice: Buffalo Rose will be using a parking lane for curbside pickup of food.
  • Through May 1: Parking lane at 1400 Maple St. impacted for construction traffic.
  • Through June 15: Cheyenne St. from 14th to McClure Rd. - Parking lanes on both sides of Cheyenne will be impacted by construction.
  • Through June 1: 11th St. from Miners Alley to Washington - A parking lane will be impacted by dumpster and equipment.
  • April 23: 16th St. north of Illinois St. intersection: Traffic lane and sidewalk will be impacted by evaluation of pavement performance.
  • April 23 - 24: Ford St. from Waters to 12th - Parking lane, bike lane and sidewalk will be impacted by UG cable replacement.
  • April 27: Parking lanes in front of Buffalo Rose will be impacted by a fundraiser at the venue.
  • April 27 - May 1: W. 16th Ave., Golden Hills Rd. - A parking lane will be impacted by aerial fiber optics replacement.
  • April 27 - May 15: A section of Table Mountain Parkway - A traffic lane and sidewalk will be impacted by boring along the east side of the road for replacement of a switch cabinet.
  • April 29: N. Jackson from Wyoming to Idaho - Traffic and parking lanes will be impacted by work on the gas main.
  • May 4 - 8: Pine Ridge Rd. from Hwy 93 to Brickyard Rd. - A traffic lane and parking lane will be impacted by boring and fiber pull.