Weekly Digest February 4 2020
City of Golden /  911 10th Street /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Featured this Week
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.
Ford Street Closure Starting February 10
Xcel Energy is planning to perform maintenance on gas mains located under Ford Street beginning February 10 and running through February 29.

The work requires the closure of Ford Street from 10 th Street to 7 th Street during this time period, 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
Planning Commission Meeting
The Planning Commission will meet Wednesday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers 911 10th St.

During the meeting, Planning Commission will consider the following items:
  • Review a request for site plan approval for a mixed-use project that includes five townhomes and commercial space at the corner of 21st and Ford Streets.
  • Review the Draft West Downtown Neighborhood Plan and hold a public hearing for adoption and a recommendation to City Council for approval.
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.
Public Art Commission Meeting
The Public Art Commission (PAC) will meet Thursday, February 6 at 9 a.m. in Council Chambers 911 10th St.

During the meeting, PAC will consider the following items:
  • Heart of Golden 2020 input exercise
  • Run and Fly relocation/enhancement comments on SH 93 option
  • 2020 budget/small projects discussion
  • Staff updates on various projects 
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.
Golden Restaurant Week
Celebrate Golden's dining scene and magnificent holiday light display during the annual Golden Restaurant Week, which is happening now and will run  through February 9.
Go for a stroll through downtown or stop in to one of Golden's distilleries to try a fancy cocktail or special before enjoying a meal at one of Golden's fabulous restaurants. Participating restaurants, breweries, and distilleries will be offering specials each day.

For a list of participating restaurants and more information, visit  www.visitgolden.com.
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.

Next Monday, February 10, at 6 p.m. learn about "Home Safety" with 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.

Golden Urban Renewal Authority Meeting
Golden Urban Renewal Authority (GURA) will meet Monday , February 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 .
Economic Development Commission Meeting
The Economic Development Commission (EdComm) will meet Tuesday , February 11 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 .
Heart of Golden 2020 Visioning Workshop
Guiding Golden Feedback workshops
On  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 workshops will begin with a project update and will have a feedback activity, which will 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. The next workshop, on March 11, will begin the process of refining the options presented. You can also share your ideas online and earn more about the project at GuidingGolden.com.
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!
Mines Community Meeting Feb.
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.
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 6, 6 - 7:30 p.m. | A Campers' Republic: How Camping Became a National Ritual
  • 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.
Project Updates
West 8th Street/Trail Closure

8th Street Closure
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 eight weeks, with a target date of March 17 for reopening of the trail. The project requires a hard closure to remove the old culvert and replace it. The only feasible alternate route at this time 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.
Water Treatment Plan

The water treatment and utilities staff have been working in collaboration with the Colorado School of Mines water design class and the Community Sustainability Advisory Board water task force on a variety of conservation issues this past week. 

These groups will continue to work together over the next couple of months to research water conservation efforts within the city.
Drone Pilot Recertification

Golden Public Works Department drone pilot, Melissa Crocker, was recertified after passing the Unmanned Aircraft - Recurrent Knowledge Exam. It extends her Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) pilot's license for two years.

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 7: Jackson from 17th to 18th - A traffic lane will be impacted to create access for a forklift for exterior brick.
  • Through Jan 31: 1812 Illinois St. - A traffic lane will be impacted by SEFNCO boring and conduit work.
  • 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 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 3 - 7: Ford St. (west side) from Water St. to Ed's Bridge - The sidewalk will be impacted by construction on the Golden Mill.
  • Feb 5 - 7: 1030 Johnson - A traffic lane will be impacted by fiber splicing and vault installation.
  • Feb 10 - 14: 18th St. from Jackson to Washington - A parking lane will be impacted by removal of old hand hole and subsequent replacement of it.
  • Feb 10 - 29: Ford Street from 10th to 7th will be closed for Xcel maintenance of gas mains.
  • Mar 7: Parking lanes in front of Buffalo Rose will be impacted by a wedding at the venue.