February 18 2020 Weekly Digest
City of Golden /  911 10th Street /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Featured this Week
RTD Public Meeting Regarding Proposed Service Cuts
 
RTD logo
RTD will host a public meeting this Thursday, February 20 at 6 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers, 911 10th St. to discuss proposed service changes. The changes include  eliminating 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.
Applicants needed for Golden Boards & Commissions Vacancies
 
Have you ever considered serving on a Golden board or commission? The City of Golden is currently looking for a few good folks to serve!

We have vacancies on the following boards:
  • Community Sustainability Advisory Board
  • Downtown Development Authority
  • Golden Urban Renewal Authority
  • Historic Preservation Board
  • Mobility and Transportation Board
  • Planning Commission
  • Investment Advisory Committee
  • Fire Pension Board
Learn more about each of these boards and commissions, how many vacancies are available for each, and the application process on our  How to Apply for Boards and Commissions page.

Applications are due by 5 p.m., March 11.
Upcoming Events
Parks, Recreation and Museums Advisory Board Meeting
 
The Parks, Recreation and Museums Advisory Board will meet tonight , February 18 at 7 p.m.  in Council Chambers 911 10th St.

During the meeting, the board will consider the following items:
  • DeLong design update
  • Heart of Golden 2020 update
  • 2020 Work Plan
  • Strategic plan

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 United Housing Task Force Meeting
 
The Golden United Housing Task Force will meet  tonight, 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.
Citizens Budget Advisory Committee Meeting
 
The Citizens Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC) will meet Wednesday , February 19 at 7:30 a.m.  in Council Chambers 911 10th St.

During the meeting, CBAC will consider the following items:
  • 2019 year-end sales tax reports
  • Heart of Golden 2020 project update
  • City updates

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 Meeting
 
The Planning Commission will meet Wednesday , February 19 at 6:30 p.m.  in Council Chambers 911 10th St.

During the meeting, Planning Commission will consider the following items:
  • Heart of Golden 2020 engagement exercise
  • Transportation initiatives for 2020
  • GURA and DDA role in funding transportation projects

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 .
Colorado Environmental Film Festival
 
CEFF Logo
Back for its 14th year, the Colorado Environmental Film Festival (CEFF) will present a timely and inspiring program of thought-provoking films that raise awareness of a wide variety of interconnected ecological, social and economic themes, Feb. 20 - 23.

Nearly 50 films by local, international and young filmmakers will screen in two theaters. For many of the screenings, filmmakers will be present to engage with the audience in Q&A sessions. 

All events will take place at the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St.

You can find a full schedule of events and showings, film descriptions, as well as purchase tickets online at www.ceff.net .
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 $7,000 in grants to classrooms, student clubs, and organizations as well as five $1,000 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.
Downtown Development Authority Meeting
 
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will meet Monday , February 24 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 .
Mobility and Transportation Advisory Meeting
 
The Mobility and Transportation Advisory Meeting (MTAB) will meet Tuesday , February 25 at 6 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 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 19, 10 - 10:30 a.m. | Storytime
  • February 24, 6 - 7:30 p.m. | Suing for Freedom: Slavery and the Law in Early America
  • March 4, 6 - 7:30 p.m. | Pikes Peak: On Common Ground
  • March 12, 6 - 7:30 p.m. | From Beets to Bayonets: Colorado's War on Migrant Labor
  • March 21, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Golden Past-port Series: Dolls
  • March 23, 6 - 7:30 p.m. | The Dairy Route through Golden: A look at how ten-dollar milk cows gave us sugar bowls, cream caps, soda fountains and mozzarella cheese 
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: 

Friday, Feb. 21 | TRACK v. Mines Friday Night Invite | 4 p.m. | Steinhauer Fieldhouse
Friday, Feb. 21 | Women's Basketball v. Black Hills State | 6 p.m. | Lockridge Arena
Friday, Feb. 21 | Men's Basketball v. Black Hills State | 8 p.m. | Lockridge Arena
Saturday, Feb. 22 | Mines Softball v. UCCS | 12 p.m. | Mines Softball Field
Saturday, Feb. 22 | Women's Basketball v. South Dakota Mines | 5 p.m. | Lockridge Arena
Saturday, Feb. 22 | Men's Basketball v. South Dakota Mines | 7 p.m. | Lockridge Arena
Sunday, Feb. 23 | Mines Softball v. UCCS | 11 a.m. | 1 p.m. | Mines Softball Field

Please note that dates and times are subject to change, so always check Minesathletic.com before heading out to a game.
Around Town
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.
A Valentine for our community
 
Heart of Golden 2020 Valentine
In case you missed it on Valentine's Day, we sent this little love note out to our community. 

Thank you for your help as we decide what to do with the Clear Creek Corridor by engaging in the Heart of Golden 2020 project. 

The next public workshop happens on March 11 when we will begin refining the options.  Until then, visit us at GuidingGolden.com for information and to share your ideas.
2020 Census job opportunities available in our community
 
The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to work on the 2020 Census as Census Takers, Census Field Supervisors, Recruiting Assistants, Office Operations Supervisors, and Clerks.

The positions provide an opportunity to earn extra income while helping the community.

If you are interested in applying for a 2020 Census job or just want to learn more about the opportunity, visit 2020census.gov/jobs.
Project Updates
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.

West 8th Street/Trail Closure

8th Street Closure
Thank you for your patience as the City works with all the involved contractors and organizations to address the closure of the trail at 8th Street.

At this time we do not have anything confirmed, but the Church Ditch Water Authority and Confluence builders are all on board to find a solution for a temporary trail crossing. We hope to have a significant update this week. 

In addition, t he snow has slowed work on the replacement of the box culvert. We hope to provide an update soon on how the timeline may have been impacted.

-------------------------
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.
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 Mar 1: 18th St. from Jackson to Washington - A parking lane and sidewalk will be impacted by completion of site work on 18th St., and relocation of dumpsters from 17th.
  • Through Feb 29: Ford St from 10th - 5th - A traffic lane will be impacted by Xcel work. They will be doing valve replacement.
  • Through Feb 28: 9th from 514 to the end of the street (west) - A traffic lane will be impacted by Xcel work. They will be doing valve replacement.
  • Through Feb 19: Brickyard and Pine Ridge - A traffic lane, parking lane and sidewalk impacted by water and sewer service tap placement.
  • Through Feb 28: 1912 Illinois - A traffic lane is impacted by boring and conduit and fiber work.
  • Through Feb 20: 18th St from Cheyenne to Illinois - A traffic lane, parking lane and sidewalk is impacted by potholing in order to expose existing utilities.
  • Feb 21: Washington Ave bridge from 10th - 11th will be impacted by the removal of holiday lights.
  • Feb 25: Arapahoe St from 7th to 8th - A traffic lane, parking lane and sidewalk will be impacted by tree removal.
  • Through Mar 31: 1770 Elm St - Parking spots will be impacted by the placement of two dumpsters.
  • Through March 17: 8th St (around old Briarwood area) - A traffic lane, parking lane and sidewalk are impacted by the replacement of a box culvert going under 8th St.
  • Through Feb 26: 17th St from Arapahoe to Jackson - A traffic lane, parking lane and sidewalk are impacted by cable replacement.
  • March 2 - 5: Brickyard near Pine Ridge Rd - A traffic lane and sidewalk will be impacted for cell tower work.
  • Mar 7: Parking lanes in front of Buffalo Rose will be impacted by a wedding at the venue.