Weekly Digest March 10 2020
City of Golden /  911 10th Street /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Featured this Week
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update
A message from the City of Golden:

Earlier today, Gov. Jared Polis declared a State of Emergency in Colorado in response to the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Rest assured knowing the City of Golden is closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 situation. We are actively participating in daily phone calls with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and we are in close communication with our local Jeffco Public Health Department. We encourage all residents to continue to help prevent the community spread of COVID-19 by practicing good health habits and following public health department recommendations. In Golden, we are doing our part by thoroughly cleaning public areas of our facilities, including at the Golden Community Center. We have added additional hand sanitizer stations at the Community Center as well.
Scheduled public meetings in Golden are still happening at this time, including the Heart of Golden Workshop on Wednesday, March 11. We are following CDC advice on community events but understand that there are some in our community who may not wish to attend public meetings or events. We also understand that CDC recommends those that feel ill limit attendance at public gatherings. Please know that if you choose or are unable to come to tomorrow's Heart of Golden workshop, the entire presentation and feedback opportunities will be available online at www.GuidingGolden.com
You can continue to participate in your City government even if you are not able to attend upcoming meetings and events in person. We will broadcast meetings on local cable Channel 8 (Comcast 880) and will have recordings of meetings on our website. You can participate online through the City's website ( www.cityofgolden.net/meetings), through www.GuidingGolden.com, or by emailing your City Council directly at CouncilComments@cityofGolden.net
Finally, the City is making preparations for ensuring essential services and operations continue to be provided to our community should COVID-19 become more widespread. We will continue to post information and local updates as they become available. In the meantime, for the latest statewide information, you can follow these websites:

Please see the COVID-19 Fact Sheet for more helpful information.

As of the writing of this update, the total number of cases in Colorado right now are 15 positives, plus 1 indeterminate that needs further testing. There are currently NO cases in Jeffco.

A message from Jefferson County Public Health:

The department continues to work closely with CDC and public health agencies across the state and is committed to protecting the health and safety of Coloradans.  Health officials advise Coloradans to stay informed, take simple disease prevention measures, and prepare.
  • Practice good hygiene. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water. In the absence of soap and water, use hand-sanitizer; use your elbow or sleeve to cover coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home if you're sick; keep your children home if they are sick. The illness can last for many days so  make preparations now to work from home if possible.
  • We advise Coloradans to always be prepared for an emergency- like a large snowstorm- and have a plan for your family.  Make sure to have 72 hours of key supplies on hand like medications, infant formula, diapers, pet food, etc. FEMA guidance for pre-pandemic COVID-19 preparedness is available on Ready.gov.
  • Stay informed with reliable, up-to-date information. People who have general questions about coronavirus disease 2019, can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email  COHELP@RMPDC.org, for answers in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more.
The state will provide timely updates on any additional cases that test positive at the state lab.

Heart of Golden 2020 Refining Workshop this Wednesday
Heart of Golden Visioning Phase Wrap up
It's a wrap on the first phase of the project, and we are excited to move into Stage 2: Refining!

The first Heart of Golden 2020 Refining Workshop takes place this Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 911 10th Street. If you can't make it this week, the next one is April 8 (the workshops are identical, so you need only attend one!).

During the workshop, options for the Clear Creek Corridor that were developed based on feedback given during the Visioning phase will be presented. You'll also be able to see the options following the first workshop on GuidingGolden.com and leave your feedback there.

You gave us great ideas for the Clear Creek Corridor. We encourage you to continue participating in this project all the way to the end. This is YOUR legacy project, and your engagement is key to its success.
Applicants still needed for Golden Boards & Commissions Vacancies - last chance!
We're still looking for a few good applicants for Golden Boards and Commissions vacancies! Applications are due tomorrow - don't miss this great opportunity to a part of our community's leadership.

We have vacancies on the following boards:
  • Community Sustainability Advisory Board
  • Downtown Development Authority
  • Golden Urban Renewal Authority
  • Historic Preservation Board
  • Mobility and Transportation Board
  • Planning Commission
  • Investment Advisory Committee
  • Fire Pension Board
Learn more about each of these boards and commissions, how many vacancies are available for each, and the application process on our  How to Apply for Boards and Commissions page.

Applications are due by 5 p.m., March 11.
Upcoming Events
Proposed Heritage Square Exchange Community Meetings
Jeffco Open Space (JCOS) will host two community meetings, the first of which is tonight, March 10 and again on Thursday, March 19 from 5:30 - 7 p.m., about the potential Heritage Square Land Exchange. Both meetings will take place at the Origins Hotel Red Rocks, 18485 W Colfax Ave.
In 2019, JCOS received a proposal for a land exchange with Martin Marietta Materials (MMM). The proposed HSE agreement includes the exchange of 64 acres of JCOS property to expand the current Specification/Aggregate mine located on US 40, north of I-70, for approximately 131 acres of MMM property.
The public is encouraged to join one of the upcoming community meetings to learn more about, and comment on, the proposed exchange. Each meeting will include a presentation and question/answer session.
Economic Development Commission Meeting
The Economic Development Commission (EdComm) will meet tonight , March 10 at 6:30 p.m.  in Council Chambers 911 10th St.

During the meeting, EdComm will consider the following items:
  • Business visit from Marrygrams
  • Entrepreneurship and mentoring contract update
  • Startup support at Connects Workspace
  • Program updates

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 .
Mental Health in Golden Community Conversation
Join Golden Community Partners on Wednesday, March 11 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Golden Community Center, 1470 10th Street, in a conversation about the value of mental health and community access to services.

The event features former Colorado First Lady Jeannie Ritter, a long-time advocate in raising awareness for mental health and Mental Health Ambassador for Mental Health Colorado.
Hear from a panel of mental health service providers, as well as people with powerful personal stories to share. Come engage in the sharing of ideas to help our community grow better together.

Organizations, businesses and providers promoting mental health and wellness in our community will be available as well.

Dinner is served at 5 p.m. and the presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. The event is free, but please  register in advance on eventbrite.com.

For more information, contact Saoirse Charis-Graves at 720-221-8354 or  scharisgraves@benefitsinaction.org.
Downtown Development Authority Meeting
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will meet Monday , March 16 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 .
Local Licensing Authority Meeting
The Local LicensingAuthority (LLA) will meet Tuesday , March 17 at 2:30 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 .
Parks, Recreation & Museums Advisory Board Meeting
The Parks, Recreation & Museums Advisory Board will meet Tuesday , March 17 at 7 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 .
South Table Mountain Park 2020 Actions Community Meeting
Jeffco Open Space will host a community meeting on Wednesday, March 25 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Denver Marriott West, 1717 Denver West Marriott Blvd, Golden, CO 80401, regarding 2020 Actions at South Table Mountain Park.

Work is underway at South Table Mountain Park to formalize trails and expand visitor management. The goals of these 2020 Actions are to protect nesting raptors, improve visitor experience, and define trail alignments to avoid habitat fragmentation and trespassing on private property. Currently there are seven miles of named and signed designated trail and over 17 miles of undesignated trail on the 1,484 acres of Open Space managed land. These activities will double the number of designated trails, bringing the designated trail total to over 15 miles. This will help ensure the protection of wildlife, habitat, and access to this iconic park.

These improvements follow previous community engagement and park planning, data gathering, visitor survey, and the 2018 Trail Proposal Process.

The public is encouraged to join the upcoming meeting to learn more about the current action items. The community meeting will include a presentation, question/answer session, and breakout components to follow.
CareerWise Colorado Event - Innovate your Talent Pipeline
Local businesses are invited to join CareerWise Colorado, the Golden Chamber of Commerce and the City of Golden Community & Economic Development Department for an event geared for employers to learn about youth apprenticeships and how they can benefit business and create an inclusive economy that benefits everyone.

The event is free and open to everyone on Thursday, March 26, 12 p.m. at Confluence Communities, 430 Indiana Street. Please RSVP to Mandana Nakhai a mandana.nakhai@careerwisecolorado.org.
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:
  • March 12, 6 - 7:30 p.m. | From Beets to Bayonets: Colorado's War on Migrant Labor
  • March 21, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Golden Past-port Series: Dolls
  • March 23, 6 - 7:30 p.m. | The Dairy Route through Golden: A look at how ten-dollar milk cows gave us sugar bowls, cream caps, soda fountains and mozzarella cheese.
  • March 25, 10 - 10:30 a.m. | Storytime
  • April 9, 6 - 7 p.m. | Wharf Rats from New Orleans
Visit GoldenHistory.org  for more information and to register for these and more upcoming programs.
Colorado School of Mines Athletics
Mines Athletics
Baseball, Track & Field, Swimming, Golf, Volleyball, Softball, Football... whatever your favorite sport is, CSM is probably playing it. Come out to support your local college team - go Orediggers!

Keep track of the schedule of upcoming games on the Mines Athletics Calendar. There you'll see who they are playing, when they are playing, and where.

Upcoming local games: 

Friday, Mar. 13 | Mines Baseball v. Colorado Mesa | 3 p.m. | Darden Baseball Field
Saturday, Mar. 14 | Mines Baseball v. Colorado Mesa | 12 p.m. | Darden Baseball Field
Saturday, Mar. 14 | Mines Softball v. Black Hills State | 12 p.m. | Mines Softball Field
Sunday, Mar. 15 | Mines Baseball v. Colorado Mesa | 11 a.m. | Darden Baseball Field
Sunday, Mar. 15 | Mines Softball v. Black Hills State | 11 a.m. | Mines Softball Field

Please note that dates and times are subject to change, so always check Minesathletic.com before heading out to a game.
Around Town
Golden Partners with the US Census Bureau
US Census 2020
The City of Golden is excited to announce that we've partnered with the US Census Bureau to support the 2020 Census. As a partner, we'll be working to ensure that Golden is accurately represented. 

The results of the Census determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year, and how many seats in Congress each state gets. The Census only happens once every ten years, so it's important that we get this right, and every person in our community is counted.

For the first time ever, in 2020 the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online. The process will be quick and secure. You can respond to the census in less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee. However, you'll still be able to respond by mail, if you prefer. To learn more about what to expect, visit www.2020census.gov. You can also visit Guidinggolden.com/2020-census for information specific to Golden and to ask a question.
RTD no longer eliminating the 16L
RTD hosted a public meeting on February 20 to discuss proposed service changes in the area. The biggest change in Golden would eliminate the 16L ("limited") bus, which provides express service between Golden and Denver, and instead increase 16 local bus service hours and pick-up times to fill in the gaps.

According to a Denver Post article, "RTD's latest plan would restore some bus lines slated for elimination," RTD no longer plans to eliminate the 16L.

You can read more about the proposed cuts, as well as the letter from Mayor Weinberg to the RTD Board of Directors urging them to reconsider the cuts at Cityofgolden.net.
Signal Box Art
Signal Box Art
If you've seen a few bright pops of color on downtown street corners, you're seeing Golden's newest public art pieces!

The Public Art Commission provided funding to install art wraps on seven signal boxes downtown. Take a walk or drive and see them all at the following locations: 10th and Washington, 10th and Ford, 12th and Ford, 13th and Ford, 13th and Washington,12th and Washington, and 11th and Washington.
Nominate a Sustainability Champion
The Golden Sustainability Awards are an opportunity to recognize the businesses, community groups, individuals and students who inspire us to live more sustainably. Nominate your sustainability hero today for leading Golden toward a green future. 

The City of Golden's Community Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB) is looking for nominations for the following categories:

* Student
* Individual
* Business
* Community Group

Nominations are open through March 20 and applications are available online.

City Council will present the awards in conjunction with a celebration of Earth Day on April 23.
Project Updates
West 8th Street/Trail Closure

8th Street Closure
Confluence Development, working with City of Golden staff, plans to install a temporary crossing that will reopen the trail by Friday March 13. Weather or unforeseen conditions could delay that timeline.

The Church Ditch culvert project was originally anticipated to be completed by 3/17/20. Unfortunately, the weather has not cooperated. The month of February brought a total of 39" of snowfall to Golden over six separate storms. That snowfall and cold days has delayed the construction timeline. The contractor is now hoping that construction will be complete by 4/1/20 but that date is also dependent on weather.  Any updates or new information will be posted on www.GuidingGolden.com

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 project requires a hard closure to remove the old culvert and replace it. At this time, the 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.
Wipes Clog Pipes
Reminder from Public Works - Please watch what you flush!

Just a reminder from the Public Works Department:  With the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) concerns at a high, many people are using wet wipes and even paper towels and may be tempted to flush them. 


Please, DO NOT FLUSH WET WIPES of any kind, NOR PAPER TOWELS down the toilet. Neither breaks down as sufficiently as toilet paper and could cause backups for the city's sewer system. Even wipes that claim to be "flushable" are not safe.

Tony Grampsas updates
Tony Grampsas Sports Complex Updates

Work began on the irrigation replacement at the Tony Grampsas Sports Complex this week. Trenching and line placement on the north field is in process (pictured). 

With continued good weather, work will move to the south field next week. This irrigation project, combined with other planned improvements this spring, will benefit playability and turf conditions, especially for serving local youth organizations such as Golden Junior Baseball and Golden Girls Softball Associations.
Street and Lane Closures
  • The closure of 17th St. between Washington to Jackson for construction staging and access for CSM's project at 1750 Jackson St has been extended.
  • The closure of one lane at 1750 Jackson has been extended for construction.
  • Through Mar 31: 1770 Elm St - Parking spots will be impacted by the placement of two dumpsters.
  • Through April 1: 8th St (around old Briarwood area) - A traffic lane, parking lane and sidewalk are impacted by the replacement of a box culvert going under 8th St.
  • Through April 7: Ulysses St from 10th Ave to Golden Rd - A traffic lane and bike lane will be impacted by installation of fiber optic cable.
  • Through April 28: Canyon Point Circle - A dumpster will be impacting a parking spot.
  • April 2 & 4: Parking lanes in front of Buffalo Rose will be impacted by weddings at the venue.
  • April 27: Parking lanes in front of Buffalo Rose will be impacted by a fundraiser at the venue.