Weekly Digest - June 13, 2017
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Bears and Dads!

Bear in Golden
First up, this Sunday is Father's Day, and we hope all you Golden dads have a truly fantastic weekend!

Perhaps this little guy (pictured right) was looking for the perfect Father's Day gift having heard about Golden's unique shopping opportunities, or maybe he just got a little curious. Whatever reason, this black bear decided to visit Heritage Dells this weekend and sample the excellent selection of trashcans. Just a reminder to "Be Bear Aware" and  secure your trashcans or keep them inside until trash day - especially if you live close to open space. Watch this great short video for tips and reminders on how to keep both our human neighbors and our bear neighbors safe.

As a final note, if you were planning on celebrating Father's Day with a swim or tube in Clear Creek, you'll need to go to Plan B. The creek is running dangerously high right now so both the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Golden Police Department have issued restrictions on access, which means no swimming, tubing, or body surfing. Read below for more details, as well as more information on what's happening in Golden.

Have a great week!

Your friends from the City of Golden
Current Projects
Linking Lookout Logo
Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
The phase 4 traffic switch occurred last week with a parade to mark the opening! Through traffic is now under the lid, traffic signals on 19th Street have been replaced with stop signs, and delays on 19th are minimal.  
The two-week EB US 6 off-ramp closure started Monday. Traffic looking to come into Golden from the north along Hwy 93 or from out of the canyon will need to use SH 58 to Washington Ave. If you forget and end up at the closed ramp your best option is to go to Heritage Rd. and do a U turn with the traffic light. As always, watch for details on the Linking Lookout page for up to date information.
Grading for the westbound lane of 19th is being done from Elm to the Westbound on-ramp to US 6 and on the west side of the lid. The Eastbound off-ramp is also being graded to tie in to the new 19th street elevation.
Construction of the water quality pond near the hang gliding landing field continues, weather permitting. Park only in designated areas if you are accessing the landing field or Chimney Gulch Trail. Excess material from this area is being used to fill medians.
Irrigation and lighting work continues on the lid, as well as lighting under the bridge.

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.

US 6 under the new lid at Linking Lookout opened with a parade of City and construction vehicles last week! Click the picture to watch a video.
US 6 Parade under the lid

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Follow us on Twitter for real-time updates! You can also get lots of project information, including maps and long-term plans at LinkingLookout.com.
2017 Street Improvements

Martin Marietta has begun full reconstruction paving operations on Arapahoe St. from 2nd St. to the dead-end. Work should be completed by the end of the week.
2017 Concrete Replacement

Fasick is replacing concrete in various locations citywide. The largest impacts will be in the Southridge and Heritage Dells neighborhoods.
Ford Street Storm Sewer

Work will begin on Ford St. from 24th to 14th late in the week to replace deficient inlets and pipe in advance of paving operations. Work is expected to take approximately 3 weeks with alternating lane closures.
2017 Utility Replacement

Sewer main replacement on 7th is complete.  Water main replacement will be complete this week on W 4th Ave and Pike St. 
New Water Meter
Water Meter Replacement project

Replacements and upgrades continue citywide. There are approximately 114 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 on June 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Works Building at 1445 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, the following will be considered:
  • Review web pages for EDComm and related economic development efforts in Golden for improvements.
  • Communications updates

For a full list of everything under consideration, please see the meeting agenda.

For more information on this or other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Study Session CIP Review
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will meet on June 13 at 7 p.m. in the Golden Community Center at 1470 10th Street in Golden.

For more information on this or other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Citizen Budget Advisory Committee Meeting
The Citizen Budget Advisory Committee will meet on June 14 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
2nd CSM Neighborhood Community Meeting
Join us for the second community planning process and public input opportunity for the Colorado School of Mines neighborhoods from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14 at the Golden Community Center. This meeting will review outcomes of the April 12 meeting, and further define needs of the neighborhood resulting in a report for City Council.

This City-driven process is not intended to address the arrangement of various University uses within the campus boundaries. Rather, the focus will be on the relationship of the campus as a whole to the community, and the interface of campus boundaries with nearby residential, commercial, cultural and recreational uses. City Council and staff are seeking specific input and recommendations as to how the relationship of the buildings and uses along the edges of campus can meet the University's needs while respecting and enhancing the physical and social relationship with adjacent neighbors.

Can't make the meeting? There is still opportunity to voice your opinion by taking the  Colorado School of Mines Neighborhoods Survey.
Jeffco Innovator's Workshop: Pioneering Women in Petroleum Geology
June's Innovators' Workshop is a celebration of individual courage, tenacity and professionalism of women in a male-dominated industry. Author Robbie Gries will discuss her new book, ANOMALIES: Pioneering Women in Petroleum Geology: 1917-2017 followed by a Q&A, networking and refreshments.
When: June 14, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Golden Council Chambers, 911 10th St., Golden, CO
Learn more about the Workshop and register in advance. The event is free, but space is limited.

$1.00 per person suggested donation at the door to cover cost of the refreshments.
Regular City Council Meeting (rescheduled) and Executive Session
City Council will meet on June 15 at 6 p.m. in Executive Session and 6:30 in Regular Session in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.
At the regular meeting following the executive session, Council will consider the following:
  • Public Comment - Reserved for audience comments on matters other than public hearing items.  A sign-up sheet is available at the back of the council chambers. Council may also be contacted via email, citycouncil@cityofgolden.net.
  • Jefferson County Public Library Presentation on recent accomplishments and future plans.
  • Staff will provide a briefing on House Bill 17-1216, which establishes a Sales and Use Tax Simplification Task Force to study simplification options between the state and local governments.
  • 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.

For more information on this or other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page

Downtown Development Authority Meeting
The Downtown Development Authority will meet on June 19 at 6:30 p.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
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will meet on June 20 at 7 p.m. in the Golden Community Center at 1470 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, the Board will conduct the following:
  • Calvary Church Discussion
  • Single Track Sidewalks Pilot Project Proposal discussion
  • Ulysses Memorial Art Donation Discussion
  • CIP Discussion
  • Special Interest Request Process Discussion
  • Lion's Club Vanover Park Pavilion Project Discussion
  • By-Laws Discussion 

For more information on this or other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page

Coffee with a Councilor - North Neighorhoods
This is a great opportunity to talk with a representative and residents of the North Neighborhoods, as well as any issue related to the "good of Golden."

Meet at 10 a.m. on June 17 at Cafe 13 located at 1301 Arapahoe Street. 

For more information, contact Councilor Casey Brown at  cbrown@cityofgolden.net.
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.
Dig For Artifacts Right in our Own Back Yard

FREE opportunities for you to experience history during an exciting hands-on archeology dig in Golden!  Sign up for a one-hour tour of the site known as Magic Mountain, learn about what artifacts archeologists are searching for, and get your hands dirty using archaeology tools and techniques. This is a project organized by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
Magic Mountain is one of the most important archaeological sites on Colorado's Front Range. The earliest artifacts date back to 5000 BCE, when the site would have served as camping grounds for mobile hunter-gatherer groups.
Tour Date Options:
Monday, June 19 through Saturday, June 24
Time Slots
Tours begin on the hour between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Email Sarah.Fischer@dmns.org or coordinate dates and times for your visit. For more information, visit dmns.org/magicmountain.
Golden Summer Jam

Sponsored by the Golden Civic Foundation, Golden Summer Jam is 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, happening July 14, 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 so be sure to  register early

Each adult ticket comes with a free Colorado Native Pilsner beer thanks to AC Golden's generous sponsorship.

Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events - June 13 - 20
To learn more about or register for these and other events happening at the Golden Library, visit JeffcoLibrary.org.
  • Lego Play and Build - June 13 & 20, 4 p.m.
  • Golden Writing Circle - June 13, 6 p.m. 
  • Build a Video Game - June 14, 1 p.m.
  • Safari Sally - June 15, 12 p.m.
  • DIY Lab (ages 12 and up) - June 15, 5:30 p.m.
  • Where will YOU be for the Total Solar Eclipse? - June 15, 6 p.m.
  • DIY Lab: Stop Motion Animation (ages 12 to 18) - June 17, 1 p.m.
  • WWI and America: A Scholarly Book Discussion with Lt. Colonel Max Frazier - June 18, 12 p.m.
  • LibLab: Build With Food (ages 4 to 8) - June 19, 3 p.m.
  • Fundamentals with Fran! Reading, Writing and Penmanship Mastery, for Kids! - June 19, 4 p.m.
  • Magic: It's All About Cooperation - June 20, 1 p.m.
  • Book Group: Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas - June 20, 6 p.m. 
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website .
Around Town
Access restricted on Clear Creek due to safety concerns

As of this past Monday, June 12, 2017, Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader and the Golden Police Department are limiting waterway activities on Clear Creek. These temporary restrictions apply to Clear Creek in unincorporated Jefferson County, as well as those portions of Clear Creek within the City of Golden, including Vanover Park.

Water activities prohibited by the order include all single-chambered air inflated devices such as belly boats, inner tubes and single chambered rafts, as well as "body-surfers" and swimming.

Kayaks, paddle boards (SUP), whitewater canoes and multi-chambered professionally guided rafts and river boards are exempt, but are encouraged to observe extreme caution due to the safety concerns surrounding swift moving water and floating debris. All of the above users and occupants must have the use of a Type I, Type III, or Type V Coast Guard approved paddling life jacket and a water use designed helmet.

Violators may be issued a summons for a class 2 petty offense, punishable by a fine of one hundred dollars. These restrictions will be strictly enforced in an effort to minimize the risk to those using the waterway. These temporary water restrictions will remain in effect until water levels decrease.
Should Golden offer broadband? Take our survey!

Based on feedback from several residents and businesses, the City of Golden is looking into the potential deployment of gigabit broadband throughout the community. The City believes that affordable high quality broadband is a critical service for quality of life in Golden, as is the case with roads, water, sewer, and electricity.
To determine whether or not the City should offer broadband services, the City is conducting  both a residential and a business Survey of Broadband Services. The survey was prepared by the City of Golden Broadband Task Force. The Broadband Task Force was formed shortly after the passage of the ballot initiative exempting the City from the constraints of Senate Bill 152. The Task Force consists of citizens of Golden with a range of technical and professional backgrounds.
The Residential Survey should only be completed if you are a resident within Golden city limits (not sure? Check the Jefferson County Address Wizard). The Business Survey should only be completed if your Business location is within Golden city limits.
Your input as a citizen of and/or a business within Golden is a very important component to the City's understanding of Broadband Services currently being provided. Your response will take only a few minutes and responses are anonymous.
Stay Green, Save Blue with a Free Sprinkler Inspection!
Are you struggling to wrap your head around that hefty summer water bill? The City of Golden and the Center for ReSource Conservation can help with a free irrigation inspection. We'll run a few tests to check your sprinklers' efficiency and diagnose any problems your system might have. At the end you'll receive a customized watering schedule designed to reduce water usage and keep your lawn healthy and beautiful all summer long!

Inspections last about 90 minutes, but could help you save thousands of gallons of water each year. It's easy to sign up and get long-lasting and money-saving results! Simply call (303) 999-3824 or sign up at conservationcenter.org/sprinkler to schedule.