Weekly Digest April 30 2019
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, Saturday May 4
Wildfire Preparedness Day
Golden is lucky to be surrounded by an abundance of open space, trails, hills, valleys, and wildlife.  But with that privilege is a great responsibility to protect our open space and community by being Fire Wise. Make wildfire mitigation part of your spring cleaning efforts!

This Saturday, May 4, is Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. Wildfires across the United States have taken more than 100 lives and cost more than $25 billion in property losses in just the last two years. Because of our proximity to open space, it's worth taking a moment to understand how you can be prepared. This week, visit Facebook.com/GoldenCOFire for daily tips, ideas for projects and other resources that you can use to be wildfire ready.  

Keep reading for more happening in Golden, and h ave a great, Fire Wise week!

Your Friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
Street Closures
  • Jackson Street, from 17th to 18th Streets, will have one lane closed for five days beginning on May 2. Crews are doing a concrete deck pour and will stage trucks on Jackson.

  • Overhead to underground electric utility work for the new subdivision at Ulysses and 10th Ave is expected to begin April 12 and last until approximately May 17. One lane will be closed on Ulysses from W. 10th Ave to W. 12th Ave.

  • The closure of Arapahoe Street, between 13th and 14th Streets (in front of Calvary Episcopal Church), has been extended until June 3. Parking spaces will be lost during this time.
  • 17th Street between Washington Avenue and Jackson remains closed for construction staging and access for CSM's new project at 1750 Jackson Street. The closure has been extended due to weather delays.
  • Parking in front of the Mountaineering Center on 10th St. will be limited through May 3.
Washington Complete Street Project

Concrete Works of Colorado has placed all the bike lane and parking lanes on the east side of north Washington as well as most of the curb returns to side streets. City Engineering staff and Concrete Works are preparing to move to the next and final phase of the project, which is the reconfiguration of the ramps at Hwy 58.

Diamond contracting should finish the water main replacement by the end of the week. Service tie-ins should be completed by the middle of next week.

Landscaping and lighting work will continue in all phases of the project through the end of June. 

Find more details on the project at GuidingGolden.com.

Contact John Hardy 303-384-8195 or Dan Hartman 303-384-8150 with questions.
Upcoming Events
The Wright 3-Day Summit
The Wright, a 3-day summit and award program illuminating the industry and culture of the outdoors, returns to Golden, taking place now through May 2. The summit features a three-part series of lunch hour keynote conversations and a dozen afternoon panel discussions; all free and open to the public.

There will also be Golden Night, on Wednesday, May 1, a free walkabout throughout downtown Golden celebrating art, culture, and the outdoors!

To register to attend the free events, visit The Wright website
National Pro Bono Day
Meet with an attorney about your legal issue for free on May 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the atrium of the Jefferson Combined Courts and Administration Building, at 100 Jefferson County Pkwy in Golden. 

Attorneys will be available in the following areas:
  • Divorce/Custody
  • Child Support
  • Tenant/Landlord
  • Criminal/Traffic/Juvenile
  • Eviction
  • Small Claims 
  • Cases about Money. 
No registration is required and meetings are each 15 minutes.

For more information, contact the First Judicial District Self-Help Desk at 720-772-2501 or by email at  01selfhelp@judicial.state.co.us
Planning Commission Meeting
The Golden Planning Commission will meet Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 911 10th St.

During the meeting, Planning Commission will review a request to amend the Golden Overlook PUD and create an Official Development Plan for a commercial option that would allow self-storage and personal warehouse uses on approximately 27 acres, on a site that is currently zoned for single family residential and platted for 92 lots.

For more information, 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 Thursday, May 2 at 9 a.m. in Council Chambers, 911 10th St.

During the meeting, PAC will consider the following items:

  • Emily King - Art in Your Park Brochure
  • Arts Week Open House/ Mural Update
  • Potential DDA Mural Project
  • Signal Box Project
  • PAC Committee Reports
For more information, see the  meeting agenda.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
14th Annual Ethics in Business Awards
Join the Rotary Club of Golden for the 14th Annual Ethics in Business Awards Luncheon on May 3 at 11:30 a.m. in the Foss Auditorium of the American Mountaineering Center, 710 Tenth St. The Rotary Club will honor two organizations, one for-profit and one non-profit, for their distinguished records in adherence to the highest standards of ethics in business.

A light lunch will be available and admission is free.

To reserve a seat for the event, contact Jerry Lovejoy at 720-201-6026.

More information is available at  www.goldenrotary.org/ethics.
Coffee with a Councilor
Chat with your District One and District Two City Councilors, Casey Brown and Saoirse Charis-Graves, during Coffee with a Councilor on May 4 at 3 p.m. in the Safe Room at Cafe 13, 1301 Arapahoe St. This is a great opportunity to discuss any issue related to the "good of Golden."

For details, call Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves at 303-709-7529 or  scharisgraves@cityofgolden.net, or Councilor Casey Brown at 303-900-2003 or  cbrown@cityofgolden.net.
Jefferson Symphony Orchestra - Cinco de Mayo spring closing concert
Jefferson Symphony Orchestra
Help the JSO close out the season with a Cinco de Mayo concert featuring vocalist Cristine Barbosa and Ritmo Jazz Latino performing a celebration of Latin culture, rhythms and styles. The concert will include a selection of popular sambas, boleros, bossa novas and more.

When: May 5, 2019 at 5 p.m.
Where: Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church, 7530 W. 38th Ave. in Wheat Ridge.

Order tickets online at www.jeffsymphony.org.
Historic Preservation Board Meeting & Study Session
The Historic Preservation Board will meet Monday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 911 10th St.

During the meeting, the board will review plans for construction of multiple additions located at 1100 13th Street in the 12th Street Historic District.

Following regular business, the board will adjourn into Study Session.

For more information on this meeting, please see the meeting agenda.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Golden History Museum & Park Events & Programming
Golden History Museum
Golden History Museum & Park events and programming explore a variety of historic subjects presented by expert instructors. Learn about your community or neighborhood. Apply historic skills in a modern way. Create something with your hands. There is sure to be a program to suit your interests!

Upcoming programming:
  • May 6, 6 - 7:30 p.m. | Coloradans Choose Their Capital, 1861-1881
  • May 24, 10 - 10:30 a.m. | Story Time with the Hens
  • May 25, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Homesteaders' Day
  • May 29, 6 - 7:30 p.m. | A Different Kind of Pilgrim to Early New England 
Visit GoldenHistory.org  for more information and to register for these and more upcoming programs.
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
GHS and Bell Middle School team up to help Make-a-Wish come true!

Make-A-Wish Fundraiser 2019
Last year, Golden High School raised almost $23,000 (the goal was $5000!) for the Make-A-Wish foundation to send Wade, a 4-year-old with brain cancer, to Disney World. After such success, Golden High School was paired in advance with a Wish Kid, Greyson, who was diagnosed with bone marrow disease a few years ago and really wants to go to Hawaii. And this year, GHS is partnering with Bell Middle School to help make Greyson's dream come true.

On Monday, Greyson, his parents and grandparents joined students from the GHS Wish Club for breakfast, followed by a student assembly where all GHS students and Bell Middle School student representatives were able to meet Greyson and his family.

This week is the second annual Golden Community Wish Week, and fundraising events will be held all week. To learn more about Greyson and the fundraising efforts this week, or just to make a donation, visit the 
Mow Down Pollution: 2019 Lawn Mower Exchange

Mow Down Pollution
In May, The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) will host their annual Mow Down Pollution event. RAQC invites you to pre-register for a new cordless electric lawn mower and choose whether you will bring an old gas-powered mower to recycle. New mowers will be pre-ordered and ready for you to pay for and pick up during a designated time window on the day of the event (May 4 at  Dicks Sporting Goods Park or May 11 in Downtown Westminister) - at the same time you may also drop off your drained, gas-powered mower. 

RAQC will also be showcasing Oregon Equipment electric garden tools, including trimmers and blowers, which will be available at a discounted price. Pre-registration is required.  

For more information and to register, visit www.mowdownpollution.org/
Purge the Spurge

The City of Golden is asking residents to help eradicate Myrtle Spurge (Euphorbia myrsinites). The Colorado Department of Agriculture has classified Myrtle Spurge as a noxious weed list A species, and is designated for eradication in the state.

How to identify Myrtle Spurge
  • A low growing perennial with trailing fleshy stems.
  • Leaves are fleshy, blue-green and alternate.
  • Flowers are inconspicuous with yellow-green, petal-like bracts that appear from March to May.
  • Reproduction is by seed, and is capable of projecting seeds up to 15 feet.
  • Plants contain a TOXIC, milky latex sap that causes severe skin irritations.
  • It was popular in xeriscapes and rock gardens.
  • Prefers direct sunlight but is shade tolerant.
Environmental impact
Myrtle Spurge negatively impacts the local ecology by escaping gardens and out-competes native foliage. It reduces forage for wildlife because the entire plant is considered poisonous due to the toxic, milky latex sap.

How to remove Myrtle Spurge
Residents should immediately remove all Myrtle Spurge from their landscapes. The plant is most easily removed during spring time. Please remove myrtle spurge using the following methods:
  • Mechanical - Hand pull the plant when soil is moist. Wear protective gloves to protect yourself from the TOXIC, milky latex sap. DO NOT HANDLE myrtle spurge with bare hands. Be certain to pull all the roots and dispose of the plant completely. Place in a plastic bag and place in the trash. Do not compost.
  • Chemical - Broadleaf herbicides, found at garden supply stores that contain 2,4-d, will kill the weed. Caution must be used while using any herbicide. Follow all directions provided with any product.
For questions or to report sightings of myrtle spurge contact the City of Golden Parks department at (303) 384-8142.
Work for the City of Golden

The City of Golden has many employment opportunities available right now, including lots of options for anyone looking for summer seasonal work.

Have a look at all the positions currently available at www.governmentjobs.com/careers/goldenco.