Weekly Digest January 28 2020
City of Golden /  911 10th Street /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
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Heart of Golden 2020 Visioning Workshop & Survey
Heart of Golden 2020

This Wednesday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m., the City of Golden will host the first 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 unique opportunity to help plan the future and create a legacy in the heart of Golden. If you can't make this workshop, the second Visioning Workshop will be on Wednesday, February 12. You can also share your ideas online and earn more about the project at GuidingGolden.com.


Whether you attend the meeting or not, we encourage you to participate in  a short survey regarding the Heart of Golden 2020 project. We want to better understand your priorities and we 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!
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. City staff looked for feasible alternate routes and even building a temporary bridge but concluded that construction of a temporary bridge would take about the same time as the project. As such, the only 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.
Upcoming Events
Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board Meeting
The Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board will meet tonight , January 28 at 6 p.m.  in Council Chambers 911 10th St.

Following the regular meeting, including public comment, MTAB will adjourn to study session to learn about and discuss the following items:
  • Review the existing Municipal Code on traffic calming and discuss potential changes.
  • Review the draft 2020 MTAB draft work plan and discuss needed changes.

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 .
Free screening of "Dark Waters"
The Colorado School of Mines will host a free screening of the major motion picture, "Dark Waters" tonight, January 28 at 7 p.m. in the Bunker Auditorium on the Colorado School of Mines campus. The public is welcome and tickets are not required. A discussion of the film will take place the following evening. See below for details.
Mines presents: Future of Forever Chemicals in Colorado - Keynote & panel with Rob Bilott
Rob Bilott, the environmental attorney who inspired the movie "Dark Waters" and author of the book "Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer's Twenty-Year Battle against DuPont," will speak at the Colorado School of Mines, Bunker Auditorium on Wednesday, January 29 at 7 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. The event is free, but tickets are required and  available online.

A panel discussion and Q&A will follow immediately after with Chris Higgins, professor of civil and environmental engineering; Tracie White, Mines alumna and state remediation program manager; and other state and national PFAS experts. A poster session featuring Mines researchers and industry partners will kick off the evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Golden Restaurant Week
Celebrate Golden's dining scene and magnificent holiday light display during the annual Golden Restaurant Week, which kicks off on Friday, January 31 and runs 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.
Town & Gown Book Club - Last Chance to Register!
Join in on the first Town & Gown Book Club of 2020 on Tuesday, February 11 at noon. Golden City Councilor Jim Dale will lead a lunch discussion of the short, humorous, book Factfulness: 10 Reasons We're Wrong about the World - and Why Things are Getting Better

The meeting will take place in the Boettcher Room of Lakes Library, 1400 Illinois St. It's free (including lunch!) if you register by February 1 with gevans@mines.edu and commit to read the book. 

In Factfulness: 10 Reasons We're Wrong about the World - and Why Things are Getting Better (2018), Swedish MD Hans Rosling tells us why the world is getting better. Dr. Rosling only talks anecdotally about his Public Health career tending to the poorest children in sub-Saharan Africa. He talks with humor about his post career, and his data about the state of the world after he returned to Sweden.
Historic Preservation Board Meeting
The Historic Preservation Board will meet Monday , February 3 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 .
Mines Community Meeting Feb.
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.
Around Town
Nomination petitions now 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.
Project Updates
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.
  • Jan 27 - 30: Ptarmigan St. from Partridge Circle to Norman St. - A traffic lane will be impacted by UG cable replacement.
  • Jan 27 - Feb 26: 17th St. from Arapahoe to Jackson - Traffic lane, parking lane and sidewalk impacted by underground cable replacement.
  • Jan 27 - 31: Ford from Waters St. to 12th - A traffic lane, bike lane and sidewalk will be impacted by underground cable replacement.
  • Jan 27 - 31: alley between 12th and 13th from Illinois to Cheyenne - Alley will be impacted by electrical upgrade.
  • Jan 27 - 31: 19th St. and Ford - Traffic lane, bike lane and sidewalk will be impacted by CenturyLink work.
  • Jan 29: Washington Ave. - Three parking spots on Washington and three spots on 12th will be impacted by emergency vehicle parking.
  • Jan 30 -31: South Clear Creek trail from Clear Creek to CSM Softball Field (Chimney Gulch Trailhead intersection) will be impacted by tree removal.
  • 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 4: Ford St. from 16th-15th - A traffic lane, sidewalk and bike lane will be impacted by the staging of a bucket truck in order to prune.
  • Feb 4: 1119 Washington Ave. - Parking lanes will be impacted by coach buses related to a corporate event at Buffalo Rose.