Weekly Digest April 7 2020
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 7 2020

On Wednesday, April 8 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.


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.
Passover and Easter Worship during COVID-19

Passover begins tomorrow and Easter is this Sunday, April 12. Holidays such as these will be difficult this year for those who seek a spiritual and community connection as a critical component to their well-being. In an effort to help places of worship provide a safe environment for worshipers this year, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment has released some guidelines.

Please refer to these guidelines before planning your weekend. The City of Golden wishes everyone a happy and safe Easter and Passover.
Ward 4 Election Ballots Mailing this Week
 
Ballots will be mailed out to all registered voters in Ward 4 beginning this week. Ballots must be returned no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day, April 28, 2020.
 
We encourage you to mail in your ballot so that you don't have to be exposed to public places. However, there are two ballot box locations, one at Golden City Hall, 911 10th St. and Jefferson County Elections, 3500 Illinois St. The ballot box at City Hall is accessible 24-hours a day. Voters just need to enter the first set of doors at City Hall and drop their ballot in.
 
Voter registration status may be checked online at govotecolorado.com or by contacting the Jefferson County Elections Office at 303-271-8111. The Golden City Clerk's Office can be reached at 303-384-8014.
A Message for Alpine Waste Customers

The City's waste and recycling program is expected to continue without interruption for residents that receive service through the City's contracted waste hauler, Alpine Waste, also known as GFL Environmental. 

Please remember to have your carts out by 7 a.m. on the day of your service.  See the  service calendar   for alternating recycling and compost weeks.
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. 
Jeffco Schools Grab and Go Meals: New locations added

Each MWF, 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., two lunches and two breakfasts per student are provided for children 1 through 18 at the curbside location of the following schools through car trunk, car window or by walk-up. Parents or another caregiver may pick up meals for children at home.
  • Arvada High School
  • Alameda High School
  • Columbine High
  • Edgewater Elementary
  • Foothills Elementary
  • Bear Creek High School
  • Columbine High School
  • Dunstan Middle School
  • Golden High School
  • Jefferson Jr/Sr High School
  • Pomona High School
  • Wayne Carle Middle
  • West Jefferson Elementary
  • Wheat Ridge High School 
Please do not come to locations if you are sick. In case of severe weather, school locations will not operate.
Golden Community Center Information for Pass Holders
Golden Community Center
  • If you have an Annual Pass to the Golden Community Center, your pass is currently suspended and will be extended for the length of the closure.
  • If you have a Monthly Pass, your pass is currently suspended. We will not process any additional monthly payments until after we are able to reopen. In addition, a credit for the second half of March will be applied to your next monthly payment.
Refunds for classes, programs and events scheduled during this time will be issued in the form of credit to your household account. We ask for your patience with us as we will be processing a much higher volume of refunds than normal and it may take longer. Additional information for specific ongoing programs will be sent to registrants in the coming days.
Do it online!
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! We'll keep it open through April.

MMITP 2020 Poll
U.S. Census 2020 - Video Challenge!
 
While you're self-isolating, participate in the 2020 Census and video contest! Take the Get Out the Count Video Challenge, and compete for cash prizes. The deadline for video submissions is April 17. 

If you haven't yet filled out the 2020 Census for your household, please do so! You now have until mid-August to get it completed.

Get answers and more information at 2020Census.gov or GuidingGolden.com/2020-census.

Census and Social Distacing

Visit the Museum Virtually
 
Golden History Museum
The Golden History Museum may not be able to greet at the museum, but they've been 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.
On the Calendar
Ward 4 City Council Election Virtual Forum
 
Ward 4 Candidate Forum

Golden United and Leadership Golden invite you to join a virtual forum for the two Ward 4 City Council Candidates tonight, April 7, 6:30 - 8 p.m. - Bill Fisher and Stacy Fowler.

Due to some technical changes, there will NOT  be a live stream through the City of Golden broadcast. To view the forum live, please register to view via Zoom.

If you can't join in live, the forum will be available to stream after April 7 on Golden Community TV at  GCO.tv .
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. 
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.
Project Updates
Don't plant yet! Hard freeze headed our way...

The weather has been beautiful, and we hope everyone has had an opportunity to enjoy these warm days.  While it may be tempting to take advantage of time at home and warm weather to start working in our gardens, please note that snow and freezing temperatures are forecast this weekend.

Long-term Colorado residents usually use Mother's Day as a benchmark for turning on your outdoor irrigation and planting your summer garden.
Lookout Mountain Rd. Guardrail Replacement

Crews are replacing a section of guardrail on Lookout Mountain Rd. to replace a section that is deficient and out of specifications. The work is anticipated to take an addition three days to complete and will take place under a single lane closure with flaggers to maintain two-way traffic.

Very minor delays are anticipated. Please contact John Hardy at (303) 384-8195 for additional information or questions. 
Peaks to Plains Project Update from Jeffco

This week, the Golden intersection where US 6 meets Highways 93 and 58 will operate as a four-way stop with flashing traffic signals for utility installation work just south of this intersection. US 6 will also be reduced to one lane of travel in each direction, with p aving work scheduled for Friday.

Drivers should treat the flashing signal in the intersection like a four-way stop and pay attention to changing lane patterns on US 6 throughout the week.

This utility installation work is being done in conjunction with the Peaks to Plains Project in the mouth of Clear Creek Canyon. This Jefferson County Open Space project involves building a 1.75 mile-long trail at the mouth of the canyon, developing two trailhead areas with restroom and parking facilities, and restoring the historic Welch Ditch flume trail. Construction is expected to be substantially complete in spring 2021.

PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION
● Project Phone Line - (720) 893-1313
● Project email - peaks2plains@gmail.com
● Project website - jeffco.us/p2p

Water Plant Pipes updated!

The water plant is almost done replacing all the piping for the plant filters. The project will soon wrap up and the plant will be ready for summer demand.

These pictures reflect the progress over the past month.

Water Plant updated

Street Closures
  • The closure of 17th St. between Washington and Jackson for construction staging and access for CSM's project at 1750 Jackson St. has been extended until April 15.
  • The closure of 18th St sidewalk and parking lane for dumpsters for a construction project has been extended until April 15 
  • 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.