Weekly Digest December 3 2019
City of Golden /  911 10th Street /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Featured this Week
Candlelight Walk, this Friday!
Experience the beauty of the holiday season as you walk through downtown Golden, candle in hand, singing holiday carols during this annual tradition. 

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for photos before the walk, then gather at 6 p.m. at the Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St. on Friday, December 6. The walk begins at 6:30 p.m. and continues down to the Visitors Center. There, enjoy a holiday show, the countdown to the lighting of the lights by Mayor Marjorie Sloan and one lucky helper, selected in a drawing, followed by a short fireworks display from the roof of the Golden Hotel.

Enjoy the lights that will shine all along Washington Avenue and Clear Creek, along with various activities along the creek corridor for everyone to enjoy.
Warm Socks for Cold Feet Drive a success

Warm socks drive collection
The item most needed by homeless men, women and children is new socks. Especially during this season of cold days and nights.
During the month of November, the community donated hundreds of socks during the Warm Socks for Cold Feed sock drive at collection bins located all over town. Thanks for your generosity, Golden!

The socks collected will be given to the people who need them most.
Upcoming Events
Water Strategy Sustainability Task Force Meeting 
Do you have great ideas about sustainability in Golden? Do you want to have an active role in bringing projects to fruition? Are you ready to dive in and turn the Golden community's sustainability ideas into action? If so, join us for the Water Strategy Sustainability Task Force meeting Wednesday, December 4, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the City of Golden Public Works & Planning Building, 1445 10th St..

During the meeting, participants will work with members of the Community Sustainability Advisory Board to evaluate costs and benefits, identify data and resources needed, and help advocate for the top priorities. We need local experts, industry professionals, students, retirees and anyone who is simply interested in the issues. 

All are welcome and there will be many ways to participate: lend your opinion, help us gather data, spread the word in your neighborhood or testify at an upcoming City Council meeting. 

For more information, email goldensustainability@cityofgolden.net.
Community Sustainability Advisory Board Meeting
The Community Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB) will meet immediately after the Sustainability Task Force Meeting on Wednesday , December 4 at 7 p.m.  in the Public Works & Planning Building, 1445 10th St.

During the meeting, CSAB members will consider the following items:
  • A preliminary draft of an update to the 2015 Sustainability Strategic Plan, which incorporates community input collected over the past few years, and schedule the document for further discussion in January.
  • Board members will present and discuss options to address sustainability best practices in low density (single and duplex) residential construction.
For more information, see the meeting agenda.

For information on this and other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Planning Commission Regular Meeting
Planning Commission will meet Wednesday , December 4 at 6:30 p.m.  in Council Chambers 911 10th St.

During the meeting, Planning Commission will consider the following items:
  • Commission will review a City-initiated request to vacate ROW near the intersection of W. 10th Avenue and Jefferson County Parkway on the Jefferson County government campus.
  • Commission will review a City-initiated request to vacate a portion of Quaker Street north of W. Colfax Ave.

Following the regular meeting, Planning Commission will adjourn to Study Session to consider potential new business and discuss the initial draft of West Downtown Plan and review associated public comments from Guiding Golden.


See the meeting agenda for more information.

For information on this and other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Public Art Commission Meeting
The Public Art Commission (PAC) will meet Thursday , December 5 at 9 a.m.  in Council Chambers 911 10th St.

During the meeting, PAC will consider the following items:
  • Run and Fly sculpture relocation or enhancement
  • Retreat details
  • Staff updates on Signal box project, the Citywide Mural project and Golden Touch (Miner) sculpture relocation

See the meeting agenda for more information.

For information on this and other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
City Council Rescheduled Regular Meeting
City Council will meet in regular session Thursday , December 5 at 6:30 p.m.  in Council Chambers 911 10th St.

Please note, Council will meet in Executive Session prior to the Regular Meeting, which will commence immediately after.

During the meeting, 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. To see all items included in the motion, please see the meeting agenda.
  • International Rescue Committee presentation.
  • American Public Works Association (APWA) presentation.
  • Approval of changes to Chapter 13 of the Municipal Code in order to correct an inconsistency regarding the establishment of fees.
  • Changes to rates for the water and sewer utilities to be effective January 1, 2020.
  • Changes to rates for drainage utilities to be effective January 1, 2020.
  • A second reading and public hearing of Ordinances 2122 and 2123 amending the Golden Municipal Code to permit places of worship to provide temporary shelter in the event of severe weather and emergencies to ensure the health and safety of the temporary occupants.
  • Amending the 2019 budget as recommended as a result of various projects and events occurring in 2019 that require adjustments to the budget.
  • As required by the City Charter, the City Manager has submitted his recommended budget for 2020. The proposed budget has been provided to Council, discussed at a number of council meetings, and several public hearings on the budget and CIP have been held.
  • As part of the annual budget process, Council is required to establish and approve the mill levy, which is then certified and sent to the County for inclusion in the annual property tax assessments. The proposed mill levy remains at 12.340 mills. Council is also required to establish and approve the mill levy for the Downtown Development Authority, proposed to remain the same at 5.000 mills.
See the meeting agenda for more information.

For information on this and other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Breakfast with Santa
Join the Golden Chamber of Commerce for pancakes with Santa! The event is on Saturday, December 7 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Church, 1320 Arapahoe St. It's a wonderful way to celebrate the season with your little ones. Breakfast includes pancakes, orange juice, and coffee. All kids will receive a goody bag as part of the experience.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to listen to all of those wish lists! There will be Carol singing with Alli Coffey and holiday readings by Golden Children's Librarian, Emily Vrotsos. Celebrity chefs from the Golden Volunteer Fire Department and Calvary Episcopal Church will cook up the breakfast.

Tickets must be purchased in advance at  www.goldenchamber.org. Adults are $10, kids are $5, and children under three are free. No tickets will be sold at the door. A portion of the proceeds from Breakfast with Santa will go to the Golden Fire Foundation and Lunch and Life program for the Colorado School of mines free lunch program. For questions call 303-279-3113.
GHS Holiday Bazaar
Come do some Christmas Shopping at the Annual Golden High School Holiday Bazaar held by the PTA of Golden High. With one-of-a-kind gifts from over 90 different local artists, you can make a big dent on your holiday shopping list.

This is a fund-raiser for the students at Golden High School, helping with scholarships, after prom party, grants, and more.

The Holiday Bazaar will be held at Golden High School, 701 24th St. on  Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Includes free parking and admission.

For more information, visit www.goldendemonspta.org.
Olde Golden Christmas Parade
Come to the first of three Olde Golden Christmas Parades this Saturday, December 7 at 11 a.m. Historic downtown Golden becomes a festive holiday center! Join in the holiday spirit and watch floats, clowns, festive holiday characters, and Santa Claus on the firetruck parade down Washington Avenue. 

After the parades, head to the area shops and restaurants. Each parade is different, providing the perfect reason to bring the family back to Golden again and again!

The route is down Washington Avenue from 11th to 13th Streets through historic downtown, with lots of activities before and after. The parades are presented by the Golden Chamber of Commerce. Go to  www.VisitGolden.com for more information.
Golden Concert Choir Holiday Performance
The Golden Concert Choir will perform the Carol of the Bells, Shepherds' Farewell, 3 Carols by PDQ Bach, and Huron Carol among other holiday favorites on Saturday, December 7 at 4 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 7530 W. 38th Ave.

Tickets and info are available at  goldenconcertchoir.org.
Golden Urban Renewal Authority Policy Meeting
The Golden Urban Renewal Authority (GURA) will meet Monday, December 9 at 4 p.m. in the Planning and Public Works Office Building at 1445 10th St. for a policy meeting.

During the meeting, GURA members will consider the following items:
  • Discussion about individual board members' vision for accomplishing GURA's goals in accordance with statutory parameters.
  • Discussion of whether there is or should be an overall policy/goal approach to all URA districts in the City.
  • Individual Urban Renewal Area discussions of strengths, opportunities, aspirations and results.
  • Formations of Legacy Fund Task Force with DDA.
  • Update goals for each URA to achieve overall GURA vision.
For more information, see the meeting agenda.

For information on this and other upcoming meetings, please visit our  Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.
Golden Safety Academy
The Golden Safety Academy was created to help educate and empower citizens with information and resources that enhance their personal safety and crime prevention. This free academy is held once a month from 6 to 8 p.m. on the second Monday of every month. Don't miss this final class of the year!

Next Monday, December 9, at 6 p.m. learn how to "Stop the Bleed, Save a Life" with Centura Health and the Golden Police in the Fire Department Training Room, 911 10th St.

Classes are free but seating is limited, so reserve your spot in advance.

Colorado Gives Day
Join thousands of Coloradans to support local nonprofits on Tuesday, December 10 for Colorado Gives Day. 

This annual statewide movement celebrates and increases philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Please consider donating to one of our local Golden nonprofits.

Visit ColoradoGives.org/cogivesdday and search for nonprofits that are in Golden and/or benefit our city. You don't have to wait to donate, though. Through the website, you can also schedule a donation in advance.
Economic Development Commission Meeting
The Economic Development Commission (EDComm) will meet Tuesday , December 10 at 6:30 p.m.  in Council Chambers 911 10th St.

For information on this and other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Free Pictures with Santa at the GPD
Santa is swinging by the Golden Police Department on Wednesday, December 11 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and wants to meet you!

Come get your picture taken with Santa and meet police officers with the Golden Police Department in City Hall Council Chambers, 911 10th Street. Officers will also be collecting letters and making sure Santa receives them. 

There will be snacks, coloring, crafts and much more holiday fun!
Mines Community Meetings
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:
  • December 6, 7 - 9 p.m. | Candlelight Walk
  • December 10, 6 - 7:30 p.m. | The Maps that Made America
  • December 12, 6 - 7:30 p.m. | An Empire of the Mind: Science and American Foreign Relations since World War II
  • December 18, 10 - 10:30 a.m. | Storytime
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
Golden PD offers new way to track crime in Golden
Lexis Nexis Golden Crime Map
The Golden Police Department and LexisNexis Risk Solutions, recently partnered to provide a new way for the public to stay informed about crime in Golden, Colorado. 

The Golden Police Department now has an online Community Crime Map that maps and analyzes crime data, alerts Golden citizens about crimes in their area, and allows the Golden Police Department to quickly alert the public about crimes as they occur.

Golden citizens can view a map and grid with all of the crimes in their area, sign up for neighborhood watch reports that automatically email a breakdown of recent crime activity, and submit an anonymous tip about a crime directly to their law enforcement agency.

Community Crime Map automatically syncs with the Golden Police Department records system to keep crime information updated online and in the mobile app. Community Crime Map cleans and geocodes the crime data, then displays all of the incidents on a map, grid and analytics dashboard along with some basic information about the incidents, including the type of crime, location type, block-level address, date and time.
Rooney Road Recycling Center Survey
Rooney Road Recycling Center is conducting a survey for households in the nine municipalities they service, including Golden. Responses will help them expand the opportunities for the community to properly dispose of specific items around the homes.

The survey will run through January 5 and will take about 10 minutes to complete. Three lucky survey-takers will be randomly chosen to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card from the Rooney Road Recycling Center.

Rooney Road Recycling has been providing local household hazardous waste services to the community since 1994.
Current Projects
Utility Replacement
Seeding at the CSM survey field and some concrete repairs on Johnson Road still need to be completed on the watermain replacements in those areas.

There will also be a sewer main replacement at Prospector's Alley between 14th and 15th Streets. Residences and businesses have been notified.

Please contact Les Major, 303-384-8170, with any questions.
Street and Lane Closures
  • Oct 1 - Jan 3: Cheyenne St from 8th to 7th - sidewalk will be impacted by new construction on the lot.
  • Dec 7, 14, 15, 21: Two parking spaces along 12th St will be impacted by hayrides being offered after the Christmas Parades (and one on Sunday as well).
  • 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 
  • Sept 5 - Jan 3: A parking lane at 708 & 710 Cheyenne will be impacted due to construction.