Weekly Digest - August 22, 2017
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
92% Eclipse, 100% Awesome!

Yesterday, while I25 was full of eclipse seekers heading to Wyoming, Goldenites had their own fun with the unique cosmic event! While we didn't have 100% coverage of the sun, the 92% coverage provided for plenty to ooh and aww over! Mines students celebrated both on campus and by climbing up Castle Rock (pictured above) to watch the eclipse, while downtown, colanders came out to serve as the perfect (and fun!) pinhole shadow experiment.
This week there's a lot going on in Golden. This is the final week to enjoy Movies & Music in the Park and we're taking you to "a planet far, far away" with the latest installment of the Star Wars saga, Rogue One. Come early to enjoy the music of the Moses Jones Band, and food and treats from the food trucks.

On Saturday we have the weekly Farmers Market and a Community Safety Awareness Day sponsored by the Jefferson County District Attorney. Sunday features the Golden Gran Fondo,  a rules of the road bicycle race that is part of an international bicycle championship series, with a focus on the recreational aspect of cycling.

Keep reading for more happening in the City, and have a wonderful week!

Your friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
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Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
The westbound off-ramp will move to its final location this Wednesday evening. Left turns to go west on 19th Street will still need to go east and U-turn at Elm as they work on the median.
There will be intermittent closures of the eastbound off- and westbound on-ramps, Thursday and Friday.
The westbound off-ramp will be closed early Thursday morning from 5 a.m. until 7a.m. Drivers trying to come into town will need to use 58 to Washington Ave.
The remaining southernmost asphalt of the old 19th Street will be removed after the new connection of the westbound off-ramp.
Landscaping, irrigation and lighting work continues on the lid and in all ramp areas.
Working space is getting very tight, and work is happening through the project so please be careful as you cross the area, whether in a car, on a bike or walking.

There is a construction viewing area in the northwest corner that can be accessed from Parfet Estates Drive, and is an excellent location to view ongoing work. Please park legally.

Watch twitter @LinkingLookout for closure notices.

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Stormwater Project

Stormwater division is partnering with CSM students to install a water quality channel. This channel is designed to clean sediments, metals and nutrients from the runoff water discharged from the Starbucks parking lot.

CSM Stormwater Project

Noise Reduction Test

Crews have installed 4 new speed bumps on Lookout Mt Road from Beverly Heights Park to the city limits as an experiment to see if they will reduce noise. 

2017 Street Improvements

Martin Marietta had begun work on Jackson and Water Street at Parfet Park. They will then move down to the South Ridge neighborhood to begin milling and paving operations. Heritage Dells paving will be complete by the end of the month. 
Public Works Citizens' Academy

The 5th annual Public Works Citizens' Academy registration has begun! Register online today - first class is on September 6.
2017 Utility Replacement

The contractor is returning to town to do wastewater replacement on East St.
Concrete Replacement

Fasick Concrete is wrapping up operations on W. 4th and Pike Streets.
New Water Meter
Water Meter Replacement project

Replacements and upgrades continue citywide. There are approximately 65 meters left, most of which need residents to make appointments to schedule the change.

Contact Les Major at 303-384-8170 to schedule your replacement appointment or with questions regarding this project.

All final meter replacements will be done by the City.

More than 700 residents have signed up for the Aquahawk water meter customer portal.
Upcoming Events
Washington Avenue Complete Street Project Meeting
Please join us this evening at 6 p.m. for the next meeting on the Washington Avenue Complete Street project. This project includes improvements on Washington Avenue between 10 th Street north to Hwy 93. 

Based on input at previous public meetings and direction from City Council, we have completed design work and prepared a phasing plan. You can learn more about the project and view concept plans on our  City Projects page.

The design team would like your input on specific aesthetic treatments and landscaping.
The meeting will include a formal presentation and will be held at:

Golden Community Center
Tuesday, August 22
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Presentation at 6:30 p.m.
Community Sustainability Advisory Board Meeting
The Community Sustainability Advisory Board will meet August 23 at 6 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, the board will consider the following:
  • Solar Ballot resolution
  • Capital Improvement Plan process
  • Energy Advisor program discussion
For information on this or other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Regular City Council Meeting
Golden City Council will meet August 24 at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, the Council will consider the following items:
  • Consent Matters - All items listed under Consent Matters are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion and vote. For more information about Consent Matters items up for approval, please view the  meeting agenda.
  • Confirmation of a mayoral appointment to fill a vacancy on Planning Commission from the pool of applicants considered earlier this year.
  • An agreement to convey a small City owned remnant parcel on Lookout Mountain to an adjacent owner. Council will conduct a public hearing on the request at the meeting.
  • City Council has been advised of the upcoming consideration by the Regional Transportation District (RTD) board of service changes including significant changes to the W Rail Line affecting Golden and surrounding areas. Such changes may take effect in January 2018. City Council will consider a Resolution stating Council's request that the changes to the W Line service either be delayed or modified.
  • Staff will present proposed updates and amendments to the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which was shared last year with City Council as part of the 2017-2018 budget process.
  • Staff will brief Council on a community based proposal to install a mural sponsored by a partnership of the Foothills Art Center and Golden High School on a lengthy concrete retaining wall on the east side of Washington Avenue between 2nd and 5th Streets.
  • Staff will present a draft report documenting a recent community engagement process related to land use, transportation, and operational aspects of the portions of the community adjacent and in the Colorado School of Mines campus.  Council had requested the process to aid in on-going discussions about an Intergovernmental Agreement  between Mines and the City.
  • Following the adoption of Ordinance 2058 establishing the Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board and updating the duties of Planning Commission, staff has prepared draft municipal code language for four additional boards.
For information on this or other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
May the Force be with you at Movies & Music in the Park!
Rogue One Movie
This Friday, use the force (or a car if that's more convenient!) and come out to Parfet Park for a Star Wars themed Movies & Music in the Park.

The Moses Jones Band will heat up the stage first starting at 7 p.m. with a set that could make even a Sith Lord sit up grinning and dance, including favorites from Star Wars movies. Then once it gets dark enough,  Rogue One will hit the screen.

Bring a picnic or take advantage of one of the food trucks at the event. And please remember, this is an alcohol- and tobacco-free event. Dogs are welcome, but please keep your movie-loving canines on a leash, and pick up after them. And if you're bringing a lawn chair, please be mindful of the people behind you, and keep high-back chairs to the side. 

Movies & Music in the Park runs every Friday night in August at Parfet Park located at 10th Street and Washington Avenue in downtown Golden.
Community Safety Awareness Day Safety Fair
Come out to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on August 26 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a day dedicated to safety.

The Community Safety Awareness Day Safety Fair will feature 80+ booths featuring demonstrations, giveaways and important information.

Free On-Site:
  • Document Shredding
  • Prescription round-up
  • CHEEZO online and cell phone safety for kids
  • Bicycle rodeo for kids - free helmets
  • Safety services and activities for children, seniors and adults
  • Free parking lot shuttle
Farmers Market veggies
Golden Farmers Market
Come out to the Golden Farmers Market, and find local produce, prepared foods, and items for the home and garden as well as educational experiences, promotional opportunities and social gathering space every Saturday through Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
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  www.GoldenChamber.org.
Golden Gran Fondo
The Golden Gran Fondo is a rules of the road bicycle race that is part of an international bicycle championship series, with a focus on the recreational aspect of cycling. There are different race routes, with a 18, 53 and an 81 mile loop available for riders.

The Golden Gran Fondo takes racers on a historic circuit through the Rocky Mountains.  Beginning in downtown Golden, the start of the event traces the route of the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The course then continues it's tracing of historical bicycle racing with a long climb towards the continental divide and some of the same roads used in the Coors Classic and featured in the movie American Flyers.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Parfet Park on August 27, with a race start under the arch on Washington Avenue.

For more information and to register for the race, visit the  Golden Gran Fondo website.
Golden Bike Cruise
Pump up your tires and find your favorite sports jersey, the Golden Bike Cruise is happening next Tuesday, August 29 with a Collegiate/College Sports theme, and featuring music by Chris Thompson.

The cruise takes place on the last Tuesday of the month, from May through September, and starts in the parking lot next to the Golden Library. The cruise has grown over the years and the addition of beer, food and live music have made the event a definite favorite with locals.

Sponsored by the Golden Community Commons, the event starts at 6 p.m. with live music from local bands, local brews from New Terrain Brewery and food provided by Bob's Atomic Burgers. Bring canned goods for a chance to win prizes and giveaways. 

At 7 p.m. the bicycle cruise departs, looping through parks and neighborhoods on the bike trails.
Safety & Preparedness Day
8th Annual Safety & Preparedness Day
Join the Golden Fire Department at Golden Fire Station 1 on September 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a free safety event that's fun and educational for the whole family!

Here's what you can see and do!:
  • Car seat check station
  • Live fire demonstrations and hands-on learning
  • Fire, burn safety, and preparedness stations
  • Tour a fire truck, ambulance, and state patrol crash car
  • Face painting
  • Free activity books, safety materials, giveaways and refreshments
  • Drawings for prizes at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events -  August 22 - 29
To learn more about or register for these and other events happening at the Golden Library, visit JeffcoLibrary.org.
  • Lego Play and Build - August 22 & 29, 4 p.m.
  • DIY Lab (Ages 12 and up) - August 24, 5:30 p.m.
  • DIY Lab: Kaleidoscopes (Ages under 6) - August 25, 11 a.m.
  • DIY Lab: Adult Makers Guild - August 27, 12:30 p.m.
  • Family Lab: Building Meals for Super Hero Health - August 28, 4 p.m.
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website.
Around Town
Citizens Police Academy Starts Tomorrow! Space still available...

The goal of the Citizens Police Academy is to provide citizens with information through education and to increase rapport between the police department and the citizens of Golden.

This is an 18-week program, presented by sworn and civilian personnel who work in the particular areas being covered. 

The Academy combines classroom presentations with hands-on activities to provide the participants with a comprehensive experience.
The Academy is held once a year. Participants will meet one evening a week for classroom presentations, and two weekend days for demonstrations and education in driving and firearms.

The first session starts tomorrow, August 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. and applications must be completed to attend!
Contact one of the officers below to make arrangements to attend this year's academy!
Derek Hall | dhall@cityofgolden.net | 303-384-8874
Frank Barr | fbarr@cityofgolden.net | 303-384-8075
Sign Up for the City's Green Waste Program to win great prizes

Garden in a Box Gift Certificate
Anyone that lives within the City limits is encouraged to sign up for the green waste pickup service through Alpine Waste & Recycling. Starting now, new and existing subscribers will be entered into a drawing each month to win fantastic prizes including, a $100 Garden in a Box gift certificate, rain barrels, landscape trees, stylish compost bins, water bill credits and much more.

How Can I Sign Up?
Contact Alpine at 303-277-TRASH (8727) or email golden@alpinewaste.com to start service. Alpine Waste customer service representatives will indicate when your cart and kitchen container will be delivered.

Monthly fees are $9.45. This rate includes a discount each month for Golden residents, provided by the Community Sustainability Advisory Board. You may cancel anytime.

Upon signing up, you will receive a 96-gallon cart and a roll of biodegradable kitchen waste bags to start your collection.

Place compostable kitchen waste and yard waste in your container (food scraps, paper products, leaves, small branches).

All compostable items can be commingled in the same cart. No need to separate.

Green Waste service is YEAR ROUND and bi-weekly (every other week).

Should Golden offer Broadband? Last chance to take the survey!

Based on feedback from several residents and businesses, the City of Golden is looking into the potential deployment of gigabit broadband throughout the community. The City believes that affordable high quality broadband is a critical service for quality of life in Golden, as is the case with roads, water, sewer, and electricity.
To determine whether or not the City should offer broadband services, the City is conducting  both a residential and a business Survey of Broadband Services. The survey was prepared by the City of Golden Broadband Task Force. The Broadband Task Force was formed shortly after the passage of the ballot initiative exempting the City from the constraints of Senate Bill 152. The Task Force consists of citizens of Golden with a range of technical and professional backgrounds.
The Residential Survey should only be completed if you are a resident within Golden city limits (not sure? Check the Jefferson County Address Wizard). The Business Survey should only be completed if your Business location is within Golden city limits.
Your input as a citizen of and/or a business within Golden is a very important component to the City's understanding of Broadband Services currently being provided. Your response will take only a few minutes and responses are anonymous. The survey will close on August 31.