Weekly Digest - July 11, 2017
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Hot enough for you?

The Splash Slide
With temperatures up into the 90's over the past week, everyone is looking for ways to cool off. 

If you choose a dip or tubing adventure on Clear Creek, please do so with caution. Even though the water level has receded a bit and usage restrictions have been lifted, the water is still moving very quickly and can be dangerous if you're careless. If you really want a good cold plunge, don't forget The Splash at Fossil Trace is full of splashy water fun for all ages! It's open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily, and residents get a discount. What's more, kids under two get in free, as do seniors over 60 who are accompanying a paying guest (makes it a great option for grandparents entertaining grandkids!)

Speaking of hot, just a note that Stage 1 fire restrictions have once again been enacted, so please be careful with open flames. Read more below about the temporary fire restrictions.

However you choose to stay cool, we hope you're enjoying your summer and making the most of the cooler summer evenings. Keep reading for what's happening in Golden, and have a great week!

Your friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
Linking Lookout Logo
Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
The westbound on ramp to US 6 from 19th Street is closed and will remain closed until July 31st. In addition to the grading needed on 19th Street and the westbound ramp, the contractor also will be connecting the water line that comes up 19th to the line that goes over the bridge and on up 19th to the west. There are also two storm drain inlets and piping that need to be installed when the ramp and 19th street grading is completed.  
Pedestrians will continue to use the new sidewalk from Parfet Estates drive to the center of the lid, then the temporary asphalt connection to the marked pedestrian area along the roadway.

There is landscape, and irrigation work beginning on the lid, and periodic work in other areas so please pay attention when you when you drive, walk or ride through the area.

There is a construction viewing area in the northwest corner that can be accessed from Parfet Estates Drive, and is an excellent location to view ongoing work. Please park legally.

Watch twitter @LinkingLookout for closure notices.

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On ramp closure from 19th to US6

2017 Street Improvements

We are currently in various stages of work on:   Butte Pkwy, Sharon Pkwy, Plateau Pkwy, Garden St, Wyoming St, Virginia St, N. Columbine St, Dunn Rd, Eagle Dr, Eagle Ct, Mesa View Way, Snowberry Ct, Ridge Rd, Cascade Dr, Cressman Ct, Cascade Ct, and West Dr.
2017 Concrete Replacement

Fasick Concrete is wrapping up work in the Heritage Dells neighborhood and has begun replacement on 19th St from Ford St to Elm St.
Ford Street Storm Sewer

Work is progressing on Ford St. from 24th to 14th Streets on the new storm sewer inlets and pipe replacement. Work is anticipated to wrap up the week of July 24. 
2017 Utility Replacement

Water main replacement will be on hold for several weeks as the contractor fulfills other obligations.
New Water Meter
Water Meter Replacement project

Replacements and upgrades continue citywide. There are approximately 86 meters left, most of which need residents to make appointments to schedule the change.

Contact Les Major at 303-384-8170 to schedule your replacement appointment or with questions regarding this project.

All final meter replacements will be done by the City.

More than 700 residents have signed up for the Aquahawk water meter customer portal.
Upcoming Events
Economic Development Commission Meeting
The Economic Development Commission will meet tonight, July 11 at 6:30 p.m., in the Public Works Building at 1445 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, EdComm will consider the following:
  • Workforce Development Intern Program proposal
  • Update on revisions to web pages for EDComm and related economic development efforts
  • Communications updates
For more information on this or other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Regular City Council Meeting
Golden City Council will meet on July 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, Council will consider the following:
  • Consent Matters - all items are considered routine and are enacted by one motion and one vote. Please see the meeting agenda for a full list of all items under consideration.
  • Newly appointed Superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools, Dr. Jason Glass, will introduce himself and share with City Council his plans for Jeffco Schools. This will also be an opportunity for City Council to ask questions and share with Dr. Glass any concerns or opportunities pertaining to the Jeffco Public Schools within the City of Golden.
  • The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) will be presented to Council, outlining key components of the City's overall financial position. 
  • In 2016, City Council began a review and update of the duties and responsibilities of the various citizen boards and commissions. The first proposed action in this regard is an update of Planning Commission's chapter in the Golden Municipal Code, and the establishment of a new citizen advisory board to be known as the Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board. City council will conduct a public hearing on the ordinance at tonight's meeting.
  • Recently, City Council requested that the Community Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB) review the numerous requests via email, phone and through the city website from Golden residents that Council offer a public statement of support for the Paris Climate Agreements. The CSAB Board has also met with several regional and national groups who have requested similar support for stronger commitments for renewable energy or federal climate policies. On June 28, 2017 CSAB reviewed several requests and compiled a recommendation for Council. Council is expected to discuss the recommendations and may provide direction. 
  • Staff will brief City Council on a proposed community engagement project related to several discussions over the past few years about whether the City should pursue additional or enhanced revenue sources for community investments recommended by Golden Vision and community and neighborhood plans. Council may provide direction whether to proceed with such a project and as to timing.
For more information, please see the upcoming meeting agenda.

For more information on this or other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Golden Summer Jam 2014
Sponsored by the Golden Civic Foundation, Golden Summer Jam on Friday, July 14 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., is a fun evening for the whole family featuring performances from several all-ages bands with ties to Golden, including the Skeleton Dolls, Thunder & Rain, and Weatherbee and the Gnarbillys. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

This new summertime event was created with the idea of connecting Golden families and residents, and promoting community involvement while celebrating Golden's small town, friendly atmosphere.

Tickets to the Golden Summer Jam are $15 for adults and free for children under 18 (admission for up to two children is free per family). Please note that there are a limited number of tickets that can be purchased but tickets are still available - purchase online now. Each adult ticket comes with a free Colorado Native Pilsner beer thanks to AC Golden's generous sponsorship.

Farmers Market veggies
Golden Farmers Market
Come out to the first Farmers Market of the season! Find local produce, prepared foods, and items for the home and garden as well as educational experiences, promotional opportunities and social gathering space every Saturday, June 3 through Oct. 7 (excluding Saturday, July 29 for Buffalo Bill Days) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The Market is located in the parking lot just west of the Golden Library near the corner of 10th and Illinois Streets.

For more details, visit  www.GoldenChamber.org.
Coffee with a Councilor - North Neighborhoods
This is a great opportunity to talk with representatives and residents of the North Neighborhoods, as well as any issue related to the "good of Golden."

Meet at 10 a.m. on July 15 at Cafe 13, located at 1301 Arapahoe St.

For details, call Councilor Casey Brown at 303-900-2003 or cbrown@cityofgolden.net.

Downtown Development Authority Meeting
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will meet on July 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Golden Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

For more information on this or other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
"Let's Talk Solar" Open House and Volunteer Recruitment Meeting
Golden's Community Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB) is taking steps to bring a community solar garden to Golden. The first step in the process is for citizens to vote whether to add renewable energy as an allowable land use at the Rooney Road Sports Complex. While no specific solar garden project is under consideration at this time, if voters approve the use of renewable energy at the site, next steps will be to amend the current lease with Jefferson County and look for a favorable project. Learn more about the  Community Solar Ballot Initiative.

Join CSAB members for a "Let's Talk Solar" open house and volunteer recruitment meeting on July 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Golden Community Center. Stop by to learn more about all things solar and the Community Solar Ballot initiative and ways to get involved. Refreshments will be provided. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to fill out the  online volunteer recruitment form  or email  goldensustainability@cityofgolden.net.
Community Housing Open House

Do you have . . .
Questions about what "affordable housing" means or why it's important to our community?
Thoughts you'd like to share about your experience with renting or buying in Golden?
Ideas for how the City might assist its workforce, young families, seniors and other residents to remain in the community?

Then please join us for a community open house on Tuesday, July 25 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Golden Community Center, to discuss and provide input on housing policy and program options currently under consideration. And enjoy some pizza!

This will be an opportunity to review community trends related to housing attainability, refine and prioritize housing related policies for future inclusion in Golden's Comprehensive Plan and consider some program options to help meet the housing needs of low, moderate and middle income Golden households.

For additional details, call Cindy Pieropan, Planning Department, 303-215-8884 or cpieropan@cityofgolden.net.

If you are unable to make the meeting, please come to the Planning Department at 1445 10th St, across from the Community Center, at any of the following times to visit with staff, ask your questions and share your thoughts:

Friday, July 21 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, July 26 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Friday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to noon
Tuesday, August 1 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Thursday, August 10 from 9 to 11 a.m.
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events -  July 11 - 18
To learn more about or register for these and other events happening at the Golden Library, visit JeffcoLibrary.org.
  • Lego Play and Build - July 11 & 18, 4 p.m.
  • DIY Lab: Golden Fleece Fiber Fellowship - July 11, 5:30 p.m. 
  • Golden Writing Circle - July 11, 6 p.m.
  • Build a Blanket for Project Linus - July 12, 3 p.m.
  • DIY Lab: Altoids Tin Flashlight - July 12, 6 p.m.
  • DIY Lab (Ages 12 and up) - July 13, 5:30 p.m.
  • Healthy Cooking on a Budget - July 15, 1:30 p.m.
  • Teens After Hours: Minecrafters Meetup - July 15, 5 p.m.
  • Tween Coding Camp - July 17 - 21, 1 p.m.
  • Fundamentals with Fran! Reading, Writing and Penmanship Mastery, for Kids! - July 17, 4 p.m.
  • Public Meeting: Great Education Colorado - July 17, 5:30 p.m.
  • Book Group: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates - July 18, 6 p.m.
  • Privacy and Civil Liberties in the Digital Age - July 18, 6:30 p.m.

For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website.

Around Town
Golden Temporary Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Due to dry weather, the Golden Fire Department (GFD) is once more imposing temporary Stage 1 fire restrictions effective as of Monday, July 10 at 5 p.m. These restrictions are for the corporate city limits of Golden and are independent but in conjunction with fire restrictions now in place in Jefferson County.

All open burning, including bonfires; open flame torches and welding in wildfire risk areas and model rockets are prohibited. Also banned is the use of recreational fires within 30 feet of undeveloped areas including green belts and open space lands. Smoking within six feet of any outdoor area not cleared of combustible vegetation is also prohibited.

Exceptions to these temporary restrictions include: supervised public fireworks displays by a state licensed operator (subject to specific GFD operational permit requirements); outdoor cooking fires contained within commercial gas fueled grills, enclosed wood or wood pellet grills or smokers; enclosed outdoor fireplaces or chimineas; powered  yard equipment for landscape purposes; any federal, state or local law enforcement officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

The fire restrictions will remain in effect indefinitely. Fire Chief John Bales will continue to monitor the risks and reassess as the weather changes.

Low Rate Loans for Hail Damage Victims

Residents and businesses in Golden and Jefferson County... if you were impacted by the hailstorm on May 8, 2017, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The loans are as low as 2% and cap at only 3.215%.

If your property was severely damaged and you didn't have insurance... or insurance didn't cover all of the damage, these loans could help you. In addition, businesses impacted financially from the hailstorm could get assistance to help until your business is back up and running.

The SBA now has a Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) in the Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building, 100 Jefferson Parkway, Golden. It is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to assist impacted individuals with their applications for Physical Disaster Loans or Economic Injury Loans.

You can also find all of the information online. For people in Jefferson County, visit  Colorado.gov.
Deadlines for filling out applications
Physical Damage - Aug. 29, 2017
Economic Injury - March 30, 2018

For any questions or more information, contact Kevin Wynne with SBA at  kevin.wynne@sba.gov.
Fight the Bite to prevent West Nile Virus

As you hit the pool, park or patio this summer, remember, it's more than just summertime, it's mosquito season. That means an increased risk for exposure to West Nile virus.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) announced on June 30 the first human case of West Nile in the state so far this year. In previous years, officials identified infected mosquitoes and humans in Jefferson County, so residents should assume the virus is present and take precautions.
Jefferson County Public Health encourages everyone to help Fight the Bite this mosquito season. Protect yourself, your family and your community from mosquito bites and  West Nile virus by sticking with the four Ds: Drain, Dusk/Dawn, Dress and DEET.
  • DRAIN: Even the smallest containers like aluminum cans and planter saucers can hold enough water for mosquitoes to lay eggs. Thoroughly inspect all areas around your home and work for standing water and drain or empty all standing water.
  • DUSK/DAWN: Mosquitoes are most active during the evening and early morning (dusk and dawn), so use repellent and protective clothing or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.
  • DRESS: Dress in long sleeves and pants during dusk and dawn or in areas where mosquitoes are active. Wearing light-colored clothing may also help prevent being bitten.
  • DEET, Picariden or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus: Wear insect repellant containing either DEET, Picariden or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
    • Follow label instructions.
    • Apply repellents to exposed skin and/or clothing.
    • Never use repellants over cuts, wounds or irritated skin.
    • If using DEET, choose the concentration that best fits the amount of time spent outside. For example, 25 percent DEET lasts up to 5 hours and 5 percent lasts 45-90 minutes. Use a concentration of 30 percent or less for children.
    • DEET should not be used on children less than 6 months of age. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children less than 3 years of age.
According to CDPHE, in 2016, Colorado saw 149 human cases of West Nile virus, including eight deaths.

To learn more about West Nile Virus, go to the  JCPH website or the   Colorado Fight the Bite website.
Volunteers Needed to Serve on Jefferson County Boards and Commissions

The Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) are currently accepting applications to serve on numerous county volunteer boards and commissions. Applications will be accepted through August 1, 2017, for appointments made in late September, 2017.

Public involvement is fundamental to good government. Service through Jefferson County's volunteer boards and commissions is an effective way for citizens to provide valuable input and make a positive impact in our community on issues ranging from pending land use cases to the allocation of open space grant funds.

Jefferson County residents interested in serving on a board or commission must fill out an online application located on the county's website. Certain boards require specific criteria for selection, applicants are strongly encouraged to review each board of interest's web page for more information. This year, the BCC will consider applicants for the following:

* Airport Advisory Board
* Audit Committee
* Housing Authority
* Board of Health
* Library Board of Trustees
* Board of Review
* Liquor Licensing Authority Board
* Citizen Review Panel
* Jefferson Center for Mental Health Board
* Community Development Advisory Board
* Open Space Advisory Committee
* Community Services Advisory Board
* Planning Commission
* County Cultural Council
* Sustainability Commission
* CSU-Extension Advisory Committee
* Tri-County Workforce Development Board
* Developmental Disabilities Resource Center Board
* Foothills Regional Emergency Trauma Advisory Council
* Fairgrounds Advisory Committee

For questions about the application process or any of the boards or commissions, please email volunteerboards@jeffco.us or call the BCC office staff at 303-271-8525.