Weekly Digest March 3 2020
City of Golden /  911 10th Street /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Featured this Week
Turned in your ballot and thought you were done voting? Think again!
Super Tuesday
It's Super Tuesday in Colorado so don't forget to get your primary ballot in! Although your ballots for the Presidential primary are due by 7 p.m. tonight, March 3, Republicans and Democrats will still be holding caucuses on Saturday, March 7 to take care of important party business. In 2016, Colorado voted to move to a Presidential primary, in place of the caucus system. Some of the decisions that are made at the caucuses will include which candidates will appear on the Democratic ballot in the June primary for the Colorado Senate seat currently held by Cory Gardner, party platform positions, the election of precinct committee officers and delegates for the National Conventions.

Who can caucus? If you are registered to vote as a Democrat you can attend the Democratic caucus for your voting precinct; if you are registered as a Republican, you can attend the Republican caucus for your voting precinct. Those who are unaffiliated with a party may not caucus.

To find your precinct and your eligibility, Democrats can go to www.coloradodems.org/caucus and Republicans can go to www.cologop.org.

And because we love to have the opportunity to vote, Colorado will hold a Senate Primary election by ballot on June 30 to determine the candidates for the Senate seat currently held by Cory Gardner.
Applicants needed for Golden Boards & Commissions Vacancies
We're still looking for a few good folks to serve on Golden Boards and Commissions! You have one more week to apply - 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
Planning Commission Meeting
Planning Commission will meet Wednesday , March 4 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 .
Public Art Commission Meeting
Public Art Commission (PAC) will meet Thursday , March 5 at 9 a.m.  in Council Chambers 911 10th St.

During the meeting, PAC will consider the following items:
  • Initial discussion of next big project
  • 2020 small projects discussion
  • Staff updates on the Signal Box project, Run & Fly relocation, and Fossil Trace discussions
For more information, see the meeting agenda.

For information on this and other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
City Council Meeting - Regular / Study Session / Executive Session
City Council will meet in regular session on Thursday , March 5 at 6:30 p.m.  in Council Chambers 911 10th St. Council will first meet in executive session at 6 p.m. before convening into the regular session at 6:30 p.m. 

During the regular meeting, City Council will consider the following items:
  • City Council will receive a presentation regarding the importance of the upcoming Census 2020, and how we can help promote participation in Golden.
  • Staff will give City Council a summary of feedback received so far for Heart of Golden 2020 and discuss future steps of the process. 
  • City Council will continue the review of an Appeal Petition regarding the denial of a variance request by Planning Commission that would have allowed a garage structure to encroach up to 10 feet into the required 20-foot setback for the R1 zoned residential property located at 2018 Washington Circle. Council will review the public record from the Planning Commission hearing on January 8, 2020 and render a decision.

Following staff comments and proposals for new business, Council will adjourn into a study session.


For more information, see the meeting agenda.

For information on this and other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page .
Get your tickets! 5th Annual Jeffco International Women's Day
Celebrate women at the 5th annual Jeffco International Women's Day on Friday, March 6 at Baldoria on the Water, 146 Van Gordon Street in Lakewood. The event is sponsored by SCL Health Lutheran and the City of Golden, with additional corporate sponsorships from Genesee Mountain Foundation, IX Power Clean Water, and corporate contributor, Coach Stacy's Healthy U. Proceeds will benefit Porchlight Family Justice Center and the Jefferson County Library Foundation.

CU Regent Heidi Ganahl & founder of "Camp Bow Wow" will be the keynote speaker at this event during lunch. The winner of the "Unsung Heroine" Award will be announced as well, and Marjorie Sloan will be presented with the "Shattered Glass" Award. Come early to network and learn "The truth about personal & cyber security today from a genuine, female Denver FBI agent".

Purchase your tickets online at  Eventbrite.com.

For questions, contact Deborah Deal at the IX Power Foundation, 303-277-9520.
Coffee with Councilors
Chat with your District councilors on March 7 at 3 p.m. at Cafe 13, 1301 Arapahoe St. This is a great opportunity to chat with your District City Councilors and discuss issues in your community important to you.

For details contact District 1 Councilor JJ Trout at 720-880-5084,  jtrout@cityofgolden.net or Councilor Casey Brown at 303-900-2003,  cbrown@cityofgolden.net.
Hunger Free Golden Meeting
Community stakeholders and residents interested in contributing to food security in Golden are invited to a Hunger Free Golden meeting on Monday, March 9 from 10 - 11 a.m. in the Public Works and Planning Division building at 1445 10th Street.

Hunger Free Golden is a community collaborative with a common focus of identifying and addressing the challenges many members of our community face in providing for their food needs.
Golden Safety Academy
The Golden Safety Academy was created to help educate and empower citizens with information and resources that enhance their personal safety and crime prevention. This free academy is held once a month from 6 to 8 p.m. on the second Monday of every month.

Next Monday, March 9, at 6 p.m. learn about "Environmental Dangers & Home Safety Kit" with the Golden Police in the Fire Department Training Room, 911 10th St.

Classes are free but seating is limited, so reserve your spot in advance.

Golden Urban Renewal Authority Meeting
The Golden Urban Renewal Authority (GURA) will meet Monday , March 9 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 .
Proposed Heritage Square Exchange Community Meetings
Jeffco Open Space (JCOS) will host two community meetings, on Tuesday, March 10 and 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 will meet Tuesday , March 10 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 .
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.
Heart of Golden 2020 Refining Workshop
Heart of Golden Refining Workshops
Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. , the City of Golden will host the first of two Refining Workshops in City Council Chambers to discuss the Heart of Golden 2020: The Future of the Clear Creek Corridor. Both of these 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 do you like about each option presented?
2) What do you like least?
3) What is missing?

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 Refining Workshop will be on Wednesday, April 8. 

Learn more about the project and give us your feedback on GuidingGolden.com
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 4, 6 - 7:30 p.m. | Pikes Peak: On Common Ground
  • 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 
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: 

Tuesday, Mar. 3 | RMAC 1st Round Basketball Tournament | 5:30 p.m. | Lockridge Arena

Please note that dates and times are subject to change, so always check Minesathletic.com before heading out to a game.
Around Town
New Ordinance Strengthens Youth Tobacco Prevention Efforts in Golden
As part of the City of Golden's efforts to reduce youth access to and use of tobacco products, a new law went into effect as of Sunday, March 1. The law, Ordinance #2118, strengthens the City's existing tobacco licensing ordinance to now require that anyone in Golden who sells any form of tobacco product (including cigarettes, nicotine, and vapor products) obtain a license from the City. In addition, it is now illegal to sell any tobacco product to anyone under the age of 21, and employees must be 21 to sell, stock, or handle any tobacco product. Youth, as well as parents, guardians, and people who work with youth, should be aware that it is now against the law to purchase, attempt to purchase, or consume any tobacco, nicotine, or vapor product within Golden City limits if you are under the age of 21. Please note that this law does not apply to FDA approved nicotine replacement therapy products (patch, gum, lozenge, etc.).

A letter outlining the details about the new policy, along with updated signage, will be delivered to retailers this week by mail and/or in person.

Parents, guardians, and trusted adults are encouraged to talk to the youth in their lives about vaping and tobacco use and support them in their attempts to quit. To learn more about vaping and cessation, visit TobaccoFreeCo.org/know-the-facts. For more information about resources to support youth with quitting tobacco, please visit Tobaccofreejeffco.com/youth/for-youth.
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.
2020 Census job opportunities available in our community
US Census 2020
The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to work on the 2020 Census as Census Takers, Census Field Supervisors, Recruiting Assistants, Office Operations Supervisors, and Clerks.

The positions provide an opportunity to earn extra income while helping the community.

If you are interested in applying for a 2020 Census job or just want to learn more about the opportunity, visit 2020census.gov/jobs.
Project Updates
West 8th Street/Trail Closure

8th Street Closure
We are getting very close to final approval for the temporary pedestrian crossing to go over the Church Ditch culvert. The City and contractors are all in agreement and just need the final sign-off to get this started. There is continued hope for installation to begin this week.

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.
Partial Parking Lot Closure

A portion of the parking lot near 13th and Arapahoe Streets will be closed for a few weeks to facilitate roof repair on some of the buildings on the west side of Washington in the 1200 block.

The affected portion of the parking lot is owned by the Mesa Meadows Land Company and managed for customer parking by the City. The balance of the lot will be available for regular use.
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 Mar 5: Dumpster will impact parking at 17012 W 16th Ave
  • Through Mar 10: 17th from Arapahoe to Jackson - A traffic lane, parking lane and sidewalk will be impacted by underground cable replacement.
  • 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.
  • Mar 2 - 4:  S. Golden Rd at 16th - A traffic lane will be impacted by overhead pole and hardware installation.
  • Mar 2 - 5: Brickyard near Pine Ridge Rd - A traffic lane and sidewalk will be impacted for cell tower work.
  • Mar 3 - 6: Water St from corner of Ford - A traffic lane and sidewalk will be impacted by new water and sewer service.
  • Mar 3 - 10: Ptarmigan from Partridge to Norman - A traffic lane will be impacted by underground cable replacement.
  • Mar 4 & 6, 8 a.m. to Noon: Washington Ave from 11th to 14th - A traffic lane, parking lane and the sidewalk will be impacted by a crane swapping out roof top units at the Table Mountain Inn.
  • Mar 7, April 2 & 4: Parking lanes in front of Buffalo Rose will be impacted by weddings at the venue.