Weekly Digest Feb 26 2019
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Keeping Golden trails clean
 
Pick up the poop
While most Golden dog guardians are good about cleaning up after their pets, Golden Parks employees have noticed a recent increase in the amount of dog waste on Golden trails and paths and asked us to offer this unpleasant reminder: there is no poop fairy.

Dog waste carries E. coli, giardia and salmonella, which leach into the soil and eventually into groundwater and our waterways. Besides, it's the law to pick it up.

That unpleasant task out of the way, on to happier topics, including the annual tree sale that kicks off on March 1! More info below.

Keep reading for more on what's happening in Golden, and h ave a great week!

Your Friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
Ulysses and 10th Ave Subdivision Utility Work

Overhead to underground electric utility work is being done for the new subdivision at Ulysses and 10th Ave. One lane will be closed from March 11 to approximately April 11.
Stormwater upgrades

Crews will be replacing the chases outside Clear Creek Commons with buried pipe which should last longer than the metal and concrete chases currently in place.

Contact Rob Gibson at 303-384-8165 for more information.
Arapahoe Street Temporary Closure

Arapahoe Street, between 13th and 14th Streets (in front of Calvary Episcopal Church), is closed for construction activities. The closure will last about another month and a half. Parking spaces will also be lost during this time.

17th Street Extended Closure

The closure of 17th St. between Washington Avenue and Jackson Street for construction staging and access for CSM's new project at 1750 Jackson St has been extended to the end of March.
Water Tank Recoating Project

Recoating on the 6400 water tank is almost complete (see below). Crews will begin recoating the 6200 water tank this fall.

Watertank recoating before and after

Contact Les Major with questions: 303-384-8170.
Washington Complete Street Project

Road work continues on North Washington Avenue. The road is closed to through-traffic for the duration of this phase of work.  Significant snowfall in the past few months has delayed the project, but crews hope to make up part of that progress once drier weather comes.

There is a one-way access lane northbound for residents who live in and need to park within the closure. The road is closed from 2nd St to 6th St with a signed detour via Hwy 58 and Hwy 93. This phase is anticipated to be completed Mid-April, weather dependent.  Find more details on the project at GuidingGolden.com.

Contact John Hardy 303-384-8195 or Dan Hartman 303-384-8150 with questions.

Washington Ave Work
Upcoming Events
Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board Meeting
 
The Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board will meet Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers, 911 10th St.

Following the regular meeting, the MTAB will adjourn into study session to discuss the following items: 
  • School walking / Biking Maps
  • Traffic Calming ordinance and toolbox discussion
  • Crosswalk manual update and review
See the meeting agenda for more information.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Community Sustainability Advisory Board Meeting
 
The Community Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB) will meet Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers, 911 10th St.

During the meeting, CSAB will discuss the following items:
  • Hydroelectric Feasibility Study Presentation
  • Climate Organization Commitments
  • Chair and Vice Chair Elections
  • Proposed RTD Service changes
  • Small project review and discussions
See the full agenda for more information.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Golden Police Unity Tour Fundraiser
 
Police Unity Tour Feb 28 2019

Regular City Council Meeting
 
City Council will meet Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 911 10th St.

At the meeting, the City Council will discuss the following items:
  • Mike Silverstein, Executive Director of Regional Air Quality Council will provide an update to City Council about the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) programs, services, pressing air quality issues and future funding of RAQC.
  • Resolution No. 2659 will appoint Kathryn Kurtz as Interim Presiding Municipal Court Judge.
  • Resolution No. 2657 - City Council has received a request to conduct a public hearing for the purposes of considering an Amended and Restated Service Plan for the Dinosaur Ridge Metropolitan District located within the Gateway Village commercial development at US 40 and I-70.
  • Resolution No. 2658 - Recommends adjustments to Regional Transportation District fare structure and service cuts affecting the W Rail Line.
  • City Council will consider a request to amend Title 4 of the Golden Municipal Code, given that the provisions of Chapter 4.16, Amusement Arcades, Centers and Devices, Chapter 4.52, Pawnbrokers, Chapter 4.68, Community Antenna Television System, and Chapter 4.76, Massage Parlors, presently found within Title 4 of the Golden Municipal Code, are obsolete, outdated, or conflict with or reference Colorado Revised Statutes provisions that have been repealed.
Following the regular meeting, Council will adjourn into study session.

See the meeting agenda for more information.

For information on upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Proposed Heritage Square Exchange Community Meeting
 
Jeffco Open Space (JCOS) will host two community meetings, first on Saturday, March 2 and second on Tuesday, March 5, about the potential Heritage Square Land Exchange.

Jeffco Open Space has received a proposal from Martin Marietta Materials for a land exchange. The exchange would deed the former 114-acre Heritage Square and the 5.7-acre Bachman property at US 40 (Colfax) and Heritage Road to JCOS. In return, JCOS would deed approximately 64 acres of Matthews/Winters Park north of I-70 and south of the existing mine, which is currently not open for public use, to Martin Marietta Materials for expansion of its operations. When mining is completed, the land will be deeded back to JCOS for park and open space purposes.

Saturday, March 2, 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, March 5, 5:30 p.m.

Jefferson County Human Services
900 Jefferson County Parkway
Golden, CO 80401

The public is encouraged to join one of the upcoming community meetings to learn more about, and comment on, the proposed exchange. Each meeting will include a presentation and question/answer session.

Learn more at Jeffco.us/HSE.
Coffee with a Councilor
 
Councilors Casey Brown and Saoirse Charis-Graves have combined forces for Coffee with a Councilor in 2019 to include all Golden neighborhoods. This is a great opportunity to discuss any issue related to the "good of Golden."

CWAC will meet on Saturday, March 2 at 10 a.m. at Cafe 13 located at 1301 Arapahoe St.

**Please note, the front entrance of Cafe 13 is closed due to renovations, so please enter through the Connects Workspace door on the East side of the building.

For details, call Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves at 303-709-7529 or  scharisgraves@cityofgolden.net, or Councilor Casey Brown at 303-900-2003 or  cbrown@cityofgolden.net.
Historic Preservation Board Meeting
 
The Historic Preservation Board (HPB) will meet Monday, Mar. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 911 10th St.

During the meeting, HPB will consider the following items:
  • Plans for construction of a second story addition to a detached garage to accommodate an accessory dwelling unit, located at 1013 12th Street in the 12th Street Historic District.
  • Plans for construction of an addition and a new front porch, located at 504 18th Street, in the East Street Historic District. 
Following the regular meeting, HPB will adjourn into study session.

See the meeting agenda for more information.

For information on 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:
  • March 6, 6 - 7:30 p.m. | The Failed 1976 Denver Winter Olympics
  • March 11, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | Unconventional Women of the West
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 Tree Sale opens March 1

Northern Catalpa Tree
The Golden Parks and Recreation Department will offer a diverse mix of eleven deciduous tree species to Golden residents through our annual spring tree sale starting March 1. All trees will come in seven gallon pots and are $65 plus tax.
  • Sensation Boxelder Maple
  • Norwegian Sunset Maple
  • Catalpa
  • Redbud
  • Thornless Cockspur Hawthorne
  • Kentucky Coffeetree
  • Spring Snow Crabapple
  • Chanticleer Pear
  • Bur Oak
  • English Oak
  • China Snow Tree Lilac
Quantities are limited (52 trees total) and customers may order no more than three trees. Purchases may be made at the Golden Community Center beginning March 1 and will be sold through April 15, or while supplies last. Proof of residency is required.

Purchased trees will be distributed at the Golden Cemetery, 755 Ulysses Street, on Saturday April 20, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Download descriptions of the trees being sold this year below. To order a tree, print out the order form below, fill out and drop off at the Golden Community Center, 1470 10th Street.
For more information, call either the Forestry office at 303-384-8141, or Stacy Turner at 303-384-8191.
Corrine Magid accepts new appointment leaving presiding Presiding Municipal Court Judge vacancy

Corrine Magid going away party
On Monday afternoon, City staff offered a farewell to Corrine Magid (pictured right with Police Chief, Bill Kilpatrick) who has served as the Golden Municipal Court Judge for the past five years. We wish her great success in her new appointment as a County Court Judge with Jefferson County!

With her departure, the City of Golden is now soliciting applications for a new Presiding Municipal Court Judge

The Municipal Court Judge serves at the pleasure of the City Council to provide judicial services consistent with the Code of Judicial Conduct and the charter and ordinances of the City of Golden.

The Municipal Court Judge must be available for weekly court and trials. The current schedule encompasses approximately 20-22 hours each month.

For a more complete list of desired qualifications and the duties the Presiding Municipal Court Judge is expected to perform, please download the following documents:
When you are ready to apply, please visit our  online application.
Understanding your taxes this year

tax time
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), enacted in late 2017, produced the most sweeping tax law change in more than 30 years, affecting nearly every taxpayer - and the 2018 federal return they'll file in 2019.

For taxpayers preparing to file their 2018 tax return or getting ready to meet with their tax professional, understanding the changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act can help them "Be Tax Ready."

IRS produced the following documents to help tax payers understand the changes in tax law impacting their returns this year.
Council adopts sustainability goals

Sustainability Goals
After an extensive community input process, on Feb. 14, 2019, City Council unanimously passed a resolution to formally revise Golden's existing sustainability goals and set new targets related to energy, water and waste. The Community Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB) worked diligently to renew the City's commitment to sustainability by creating new sustainability goals.


"It's a special time for our sustainability efforts in Golden," said Mayor Marjorie Sloan. "Golden was an early adopter of sustainability goals, and it has been exciting to see how sophisticated we have become in terms of what can be accomplished and the time it will take to achieve of our goals."

Golden intends to meet the following Sustainability Goals:

Energy
  • Renewables: To achieve 100% renewable energy for electricity by 2030 and 100% renewable for heating by 2050. To align Greenhouse Gas Emission reductions with the Paris Accord by 2050.
  • Efficiency: To reduce consumption of electricity by 15% by 2030 and reduce consumption of natural gas by 15% by 2030.
  • Transportation: To achieve 20% fossil fuel-free transportation sector by 2030 and 100% fossil fuel-free transportation sector by 2050. 

Waste

  • To reduce total landfill contribution by 40% by 2030.
  • Recycle 80% of recyclables by 2030. 
  • Compost 80% of compostables by 2030.
  • Reduce total trash by 20% by 2030.
  • Strive for zero waste in municipal operations by 2030. 

Water

  • Responsible Use: To reduce per capita total water use in Golden by at least 15% by 2030. 
  • Drought Planning: To develop a resiliency plan by 2020 to prepare for a time where Golden's and Colorado's climate may be substantially warmer and drier than it is today.
  • Resource Recovery: To develop and implement a plan by 2020 where Golden's surplus water is used effectively not only to manage the cost of water and sewer services, but to enhance the environment in Golden and elsewhere in our watershed. Additionally, to recover resources from the City's wastewater by 2030.

"It is a lot of hard work to set and revise goals. We often set goals and they are left unrevised until we achieve them or until time expires," said Laura Weinberg, City Councilor Ward 4. "I think it is really exciting to look at what we have already accomplished and keep moving that goal line forward to set even more ambitious goals for the City."


"As Council acknowledged, these goals aren't just a pipe dream," said Ken Jacobs, CSAB Chair. "We fully expect them to be realized. It will take the combined efforts of all segments of the Golden community, from the School of Mines to mom and pop retailers, from Jeffco government and schools to big businesses like CoorsTek. It will take all of us working together to succeed in becoming a truly sustainable community. Luckily, from all of the input we've received, it seems as if the community is more than up to the task."

The next step is to evaluate community ideas and potential projects. CSAB will quantify the costs and benefits of various proposals and create a strategic plan. For more information about the City's Sustainability Goals, visit cityofgolden.net/sustainability.