Weekly Digest - July 18, 2017
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Still blooming and beautiful!

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Stage 1 fire restrictions are still in effect in Golden, and it's worth noting, Jeffco recently adopted a Stage 2 fire ban for all lands in Jefferson County -- so please be careful with open flames. Read more below about the temporary fire restrictions in Golden. You can also read about the Jeffco fire ban on their website.

Despite the heat, Golden is blooming and beautiful! There are always a ton of events to keep you busy. This week the Mopar Street Party is happening, the monthly Bike Cruise is coming up, and don't forget, Buffalo Bill Days happens next week!

Keep reading for a rundown on what's happening in Golden, including projects and street closures that may impact your commute.

Stay cool, and have a great week!

Your friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
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Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
There will be lane closures on mainline US 6 east and west the next few weeks for landscape work in the median.

The westbound on-ramp to US 6 from 19th Street is still closed and will remain closed until July 31. In addition to the grading needed on 19th Street and the westbound ramp, the contractor also will be connecting the waterline 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.

Beginning July 31 drivers wishing to turn left from the westbound off-ramp uphill on 19th Street will need to go right to the roundabout at Elm and make a U-turn. Thes is necessary to allow space for the contractor to make grade changes needed. This left turn closure will last 4 weeks.

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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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 this week.
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

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

Replacements and upgrades continue citywide. There are approximately 85 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.
Nighttime Closure of 44th Avenue at McIntyre St.

Beginning Friday, July 21 at 8 p.m. through Sunday, July 23, 6 p.m. the intersection at 44th Ave. and McIntyre St east of Golden will be closed to traffic for nighttime milling and paving work by Jefferson County crews.

Evening traffic will not be allowed to cross the intersection from eastbound or westbound 44th Ave, however, northbound and southbound traffic on McIntyre Street can pass through the intersection. As a result, 44th Ave traffic will be detoured via Table Mtn Parkway, as well as 48th Ave and 52nd Ave / Indiana St routes.

Daytime traffic will flow as usual.

For more information, please visit the Jeffco Tranportation and Engineering page.
Upcoming Events
Citizens Budget Advisory Committee Meeting
The Citizens Budget Advisory Committee will meet July 19 at 7:30 a.m., in 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.
Planning Commission Study Session
The Planning Commission will meet July 19 at 6:30 p.m., in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, Planning Commission will discuss the following items:
  • Buffalo Rose facade change recommendations
  • CSM neighborhoods report
For more information on this or other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Regular City Council Study Session
Golden City Council will meet for a regular study session on July 20 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, Council will discuss and learn about the following items :
  • Staff will provide a briefing about the manner and degree to which communities are regulating short term rentals in residential areas, also known as vacation rentals. 
  • Council will discuss a proposed ordinance requiring that any person who has any firearm within their premises must store the firearm in a manner to ensure that minors can't obtain possession of the firearm.
  • Discussion of N. Washington Avenue Complete Street Project Financing and Scope.

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
Mopar Street Party
Presented by Mopar Parts and in cooperation with Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, the Mopar Big Block Party kicks off Mile High Nationals NHRA racing weekend in downtown Golden on July 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. Race car driver are presented for public autographs and local car clubs display their cars.

Enjoy live music, concept cars, and local car displays. Food and beer will also be available for purchase.
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.
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.
Golden Bicycle Cruise

Pump up your tires and put on your Hawaiian shirt, the Golden Bike Cruise rides out on July 25 and it's Hawaiian/Jimmy Buffet night, with music by Thunder and Rain! 

For those unfamiliar with the event, the cruise takes place on the last Tuesday of the month, from May through September, and starts in the parking lot next to the Golden Library. 

Sponsored by the Golden Community Commons, the event starts at 6 p.m. with live music from Thunder and Rain, local brews from New Terrain Brewery and food provided by Bob's Atomic Burgers. Bring canned goods for a chance to win prizes and giveaways. At 7 p.m. the bicycle cruise departs, looping through parks and neighborhoods on the bike trails.
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events -  July 18 - 25
To learn more about or register for these and other events happening at the Golden Library, visit JeffcoLibrary.org.
  • Lego Play and Build - July 18 & 25, 4 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.
  • Tween Coding Camp - July 19 - 21, 1 p.m.
  • DIY Lab (Ages 12 and up) - July 20, 5:30 p.m.
  • Green Living: Fix-It, Re-Use It, Clean-it Fair - July 22, 11 A.m.
  • Russell Pedri Photography Exhibit - July 23 - August 30
  • DIY Lab: Golden Fleece Fiber Fellowship (adults & teens) - July 23, 2:30 p.m.
  • Fundamentals with Fran! Reading, Writing and Penmanship Mastery, for Kids! - July 24, 4 p.m.
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website.
Around Town
The Splash will be closed for State Swimming Championships event

The Splash at Fossil Trace has the unique opportunity to host the 2017 Colorado State Summer Club Swimming Championships, Friday-Sunday, July 28 - 30.
Approximately 1,500 age group swimmers and 2,500 spectators are coming to The Splash and into Golden for this event. In order to accommodate the competition, the Splash will be operating on an adjusted schedule, so please plan accordingly.
Friday, July 28:
               The Lap Pool will be closed starting at 12 p.m.
               The Leisure Pool will remain OPEN until 6:15 p.m.
Saturday July 29 & Sunday, July 30:
The Splash will be CLOSED
The Splash will then resume normal operating hours on Monday, August 1 at 10 a.m. 
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. JeffCo has recently adopted a Stage 2 fire ban for the lands of 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.