February 11 2020 Weekly Digest
City of Golden /  911 10th Street /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Featured this Week
Heart of Golden 2020 Visioning Workshop this Wednesday
Guiding Golden Feedback workshops
This  Wednesday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. , the City of Golden will host the second of two visioning workshops in City Council Chambers to discuss Heart of Golden 2020: The Future of the Clear Creek Corridor. The workshop will begin with a project update and will have a feedback activity, to allow direct community comment and suggestions.

There are three key questions for the community to address at this workshop.

1) What does your dream corridor look like?

2) What uses would you like to see and where?

3) What uses are most important to you?

Join us for this opportunity to help plan the future and create a legacy in the heart of Golden.  If you were at the January workshop, you don't need to come to this one, as it is the same. But we encourage you to join us next month when we get into the Refining stage of the project! The next workshop, on March 11, will begin the process of refining the options presented. You can also share your ideas online and learn more about the project at GuidingGolden.com.
Ford Street Closure through February 29
Xcel Energy is performing maintenance on gas mains located under Ford Street, which will run through February 29.

Ford Street from 10 th Street to 7 th Street is closed for the work, but detours will be in place to guide traffic around the closure. It is not anticipated that this activity will close the adjacent Tucker Gulch Trail, which can serve as an alternate route for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Please email Joe Puhr at  jpuhr@cityofgolden.net with any questions or concerns.

Upcoming Events
Economic Development Commission Meeting
The Economic Development Commission (EdComm) will meet tonight , February 11 at 6:30 p.m.  in Council Chambers 911 10th St.

During the meeting, EdComm will consider the following items:
  • Business visit from Redeye Apps
  • Entrepreneurship and mentoring contract update
  • Heart of Golden 2020 input exercise
  • Program updates

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 .
Mines Community Meeting Feb.
City Council Regular Meeting
City Council will meet Thursday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers 911 10th St.

During the meeting, City 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.
  • Mayor Laura Weinberg will pass the proclamation that February is Heart and Soul of Golden month
  • Representatives of the Hunger Free Golden Coalition will make a presentation to Council highlighting 2019 activities, 2020 plans, and the preliminary outcomes of the January 15, 2020 Community Conversation about food insecurity in Golden. 
  • Review an Appeal Petition regarding the denial of a variance request by Planning Commission that would have allowed a garage structure to encroach up to 10 feet into the required 20-foot setback for the R1 zoned residential property located at 2018 Washington Circle. Council will review the public record from the Planning Commission hearing on January 8, 2020 and render a decision.
  • Consider changes to municipal code that would expand remedies for noncompliance with stormwater quality requirements to include Administrative citations.
  • Consider an amendment to Chapter 2.35 of the Golden Municipal Code to clarify that the scope of Chapter 2.35 does not extend to legislative hearings conducted by the City and to clarify the procedural requirements for hearings conducted pursuant to Chapter 2.35.
  • Staff will give City Council a summary of feedback received so far from the Heart of Golden 2020 project and discuss future steps of the process. 
For more information, please see the meeting agenda.

For information on this and other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page.
JSO Winter Concert: Music of William Grant Still
Jefferson Symphony Orchestra
The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra will showcase the music of William Grant Still on Sunday, February 16, 3 to 5 p.m. at the Green Center on the Colorado School of Mines campus.

Often known as "the Dean" of African-American composers, William Grant Still was also a major cultural contributor to the Harlem Renaissance. JSO performs Still's Second Symphony and includes artist Don Hilsberg as featured soloist in "Ennanga" for harp and orchestra. Alberto Ginastera, often inspired by his Argentine landscape and folk-culture, wrote "Estancia" to idealize gaucho life on grassy plains.

Learn more and purchase your tickets on the JSO Website.
Parks, Recreation and Museums Advisory Board Meeting
The Parks, Recreation and Museums Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday , February 18 at 7 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 .
Golden United Housing Task Force Meeting
The Golden United Housing Task Force will meet on  Tuesday, February 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Golden, 17707 W 16th Ave.

The topic will be "Planning for 2020." Please bring your ideas and implementation plans for activities and thoughts about ways you'd like to participate. Light refreshments will be served.

The Golden United Housing Task Force meets the third Tuesday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m.
Golden High School Chili Cook-Off & Silent Auction
GHS Demons
Help support Golden High School and enjoy some tasty chili or mac and cheese on Thursday, February 20, 6 - 8:30 p.m. at Golden High School, 701 24th St. This is the PTA's largest fundraiser of the year - the 8th Annual Golden High School Chili Cook-Off & Silent Auction.

Funds raised last year provided $7000 in grants to classrooms, student clubs, and organizations as well as five $1000 scholarships to graduating seniors.

To register a chili or purchase tickets, visit the  GHS PTA website. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door.
RTD Public Meeting Regarding Proposed Service Cuts
RTD logo
RTD will host a public meeting in Golden City Hall Council Chambers on February 20 at 6 p.m. to discuss proposed service changes, which would eliminate the 16L ("limited") bus, which provides express service between Golden and Denver, and instead increase 16 local bus service hours and pick-up times to fill in the gaps.

RTD is proposing many such service cuts across their service area in an effort to reduce the number of operators necessary to provide RTD transit services. According to RTD, "Currently RTD must excessively mandate operators to work overtime, leading to poor work-life quality and a vicious cycle of recruiting and attrition."

RTD had originally planned to end the 16L service when the W Line was made operational in 2013. The 16L was maintained longer than planned, however, because the W Line provides an imperfect substitute for the 16L bus due to the higher fare for the light rail, and because the light rail line terminates at Union Station, whereas the 16L takes passengers to the Civic Center end of downtown.

RTD is hosting public meetings all over the Denver metro area to allow RTD customers to learn more about and weigh in on the proposed service changes. The Golden public meeting will occur on February 20 at 6 p.m. in Golden City Hall Council Chambers, 911 10th St.

If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, you can also provide your input by emailing  service.changes@rtd-denver.com or faxing comments to 303-299-2227 no later than March 5.
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:
  • February 12, 6 - 7 p.m. | Unconventional Women of the West
  • February 19, 10 - 10:30 a.m. | Storytime
  • February 24, 6 - 7:30 p.m. | Suing for Freedom: Slavery and the Law in Early America
Visit GoldenHistory.org  for more information and to register for these and more upcoming programs.
Colorado School of Mines Athletics
Mines Athletics
Baseball, Track & Field, Swimming, Golf, Volleyball, Softball, Football... whatever your favorite sport is, CSM is probably playing it. Come out to support your local college team - go Orediggers!

Keep track of the schedule of upcoming games on the  Mines Athletics Calendar. There you'll see who they are playing, when they are playing, and where.

Upcoming local games: 

Saturday, Feb. 15 | Mines Softball v. #1 Augustana | 11 a.m. | Mines Softball Field
Saturday, Feb. 15 | Mines Baseball v. Regis | 1 p.m. | Darden Baseball Field
Sunday, Feb. 16 | Mines Baseball v. Regis | 1 p.m. | Darden Baseball Field
Sunday, Feb. 16 | Mines Wrestling v. Rocky Mountain Collegiate Open | 10 a.m. | Steinhauer Fieldhouse
Tuesday, Feb. 18 | Mines Baseball v. Colorado Christian University | 5 p.m. | Darden Baseball Field

Please note that dates and times are subject to change, so always check Minesathletic.com before heading out to a game.
Around Town
Nomination petitions available for open Ward 4 Council seat
In the November 2019 election, Golden voters elected then Ward 4 Councilor Laura Weinberg to serve as the new Mayor. On January 9, Weinberg resigned her Ward 4 seat to be sworn in as Mayor, leaving the Ward 4 seat open and requiring a special election be held to fill the vacancy.

If you are interested in serving as the Ward 4 representative on City Council, you must be a resident of Golden living in Ward 4 and meet the following qualifications:
  • Be an elector of the City.
  • Be a citizen of the United States for at least five years.
  • Be a resident within the City of Golden for at least one year immediately preceding the election.
Voter registration status may be checked online at  govotecolorado.com or by contacting the Jefferson County Elections Office at 303-271-8111.

Check the  map of Council Wards and Districts to determine whether you reside in Ward 4.

Each candidate must circulate and submit a nomination petition to the City Clerk's Office. The petition must be signed by at least 25 registered electors who reside within Ward 4. Candidates are encouraged to obtain more than the required 25 signatures.

Nomination petitions are available in the City Clerk's Office in City Hall, 911 10th Street. The last day to return and file nomination petitions with the City Clerk's office is February 18, 2020 by 5 p.m.

The City Clerk will validate petition signatures and declare the official candidates in the Special Election.
Nominate a Sustainability Champion
The Golden Sustainability Awards are an opportunity to recognize the businesses, community groups, individuals and students who inspire us to live more sustainably. Nominate your sustainability hero today for leading Golden toward a green future. 

The City of Golden's Community Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB) is looking for nominations for the following categories:

* Student
* Individual
* Business
* Community Group

Nominations are open through March 20 and applications are available online.

City Council will present the awards in conjunction with a celebration of Earth Day on April 23.
Help Golden High School Students prepare for a career
Jeffco Career Links
The Jeffco Career Links (Work-based Learning) Team has an urgent need for 15 industry volunteers to assist Golden High School English 12 teachers with their career and college preparation unit at the Demon Academy on Thursday mornings, February 13 through April 30. 

The format of the day will include:
  • 15-minute interview with individual students
  • A concurrent 15-minute session with guest speaker/presenter
  • 7 to 10 minute debrief and "ask anything" format for students to turn the tables and ask the volunteer questions
Volunteers may sign up for the entire day or for only the classes that fit their personal schedule. No previous interview experience is required and interview questions will be shared with volunteers in advance. Students are preparing resume and cover letter for this task.

Anyone interested in helping out GHS students prepare to enter the workforce should sign up online. For more information, contact Sheri Bryant at sheri.bryant@jeffco.k12.co.us or at (303) 982-6297.
Heart of Golden 2020
Heart of Golden 2020 Survey
If you haven't yet, we encourage you to participate in our short survey  regarding the Heart of Golden 2020 project. We want to better understand your priorities and we need your input.
The survey starts with a six-minute video introducing the Heart of Golden 2020 project, followed by a few questions that will take about 5 minutes to complete. We can't wait to hear what you have to say!
Project Updates
West 8th Street/Trail Closure

8th Street Closure
Update: The snow has slowed work on the replacement of the box culvert, but crews expect to begin pouring concrete this week. City staff is working on finding potential solutions for a temporary crossing, but nothing is confirmed yet.
The Church Ditch Water Authority (CDWA) currently has West 8th Street and the surrounding pedestrian/bike trail closed in order to replace a culvert beneath 8th street. Under State law, Golden may not deny CDWA the right to maintain the ditch. CDWA has the right to close down streets and trails as necessary to work on the ditch. Church Ditch begins in Golden and runs 26 miles through Jefferson County and beyond.

The closure is expected to last a total of eight weeks, with a target date of March 17 for reopening the trail. The project requires a hard closure to remove the old culvert and replace it. At this time, the alternate route is down Washington Avenue.

We realize this is a significant inconvenience for trail users and we will continue to work with the CDWA contractors to shorten that duration in any reasonable way.

This project is separate from the Basecamp development at the end of 8th Street. For complete details on all of the West 8th projects, please visit www.GuidingGolden.com.
Snow Totals

Since February 3, we have had a total of 27 inches of snow during three different storms. During the combined snow storms, snow-plow drivers have worked 198 regular hours and 175 overtime hours plowing 3637 lane miles. 165 tons of de-icer were used with an average of 91 pounds per lane mile.

During the storm from February 6 to 8, crews hauled 1034 cubic yards of snow from the downtown area. A big thanks goes out to the Utilities, Stormwater and the Parks Departments, who all stepped in to help out Streets crews.
Street and Lane Closures
  • Arapahoe St. between 13th and 14th (in front of Calvary Episcopal Church) has been extended. Due to the construction activity, parking spaces will also be lost during this time.
  • Through Feb 28: A parking lane at 1400 Maple St. will be impacted by construction traffic.
  • Through Feb 29: 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 Feb 29.
  • Through Feb 29: Ford Street from 10th to 7th will be closed for Xcel maintenance of gas mains. In addition, a traffic lane will be impacted from 9th from 514 to the end of the street (west). They will be doing valve replacement in both locations.
  • Through Feb 17: Ptarmigan St from Partridge Cir to Norman St - a traffic lane will be impacted by cable replacement.
  • Feb 21: Ford St from 16th to 15th - A traffic lane, parking lane, sidewalk and bike lane will be impacted by a bucket truck for pruning.
  • Through Mar 31: 1770 Elm St. - Parking spots will be impacted by the placement of two dumpsters.
  • Through March 17: 8th St. (around the old Briarwood area) - Traffic lane, parking lane, trail and sidewalk will be impacted by the replacement of a box culvert going under 8th St.
  • Through Feb 26: 17th St. from Arapahoe to Jackson - Traffic lane, parking lane and sidewalk impacted by underground cable replacement.
  • Feb 10 - 14: 18th St. from Jackson to Washington - A parking lane will be impacted by removal of an old hand hole and subsequent replacement of it.
  • Mar 1: Prospectors Alley (1275 Washington) will be impacted by a moving truck.
  • Mar 7: Parking lanes in front of Buffalo Rose will be impacted by a wedding at the venue.