Weekly Digest March 31 2020
City of Golden /  911 10th Street /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Coronavirus Virtual Community Briefing 
and Live Q & A - Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Community Briefing April 1 2020

On Wednesday, April 1 at 6 p.m., join us for this week's virtual community briefing with Mayor Laura Weinberg and City Manager Jason Slowinski on local efforts to mitigate spread of the Coronavirus in our community. Join us for this virtual update and Q&A session on GCO.tv (click the green "Now" button to watch live), www.cityofgolden.net/Agendas, Comcast Channel 8/880 or Facebook Live.
 
Please email your questions to COVID19@cityofgolden.net by 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
 
If you participate on Facebook live, you will have an opportunity to send in your questions as the Mayor and City Manager are talking.

Temporary Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

The Golden Fire Department (GFD) is imposing temporary Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective at 4 p.m. today, March 31. The restrictions are in place to reduce the likelihood of the City's firefighting resources going toward battling wildfires and in turn, creating another opportunity for virus exposure. These restrictions are for the corporate city limits of Golden and are independent but in conjunction with fire restrictions orders in Jefferson County. These restrictions will remain in effect indefinitely. 

Please see the Public Notice and Order for more information about what is allowed or not allowed during Stage 1 Fire Restrictions.
Coronavirus updates - we're here for you

Coronavirus and you
As you continue to do your part, staying at home and social distancing when you do step outside, we will do our part and continue to keep you informed with updates and news in the community.

In addition to the weekly community briefings by Mayor Laura Weinberg and City Manager Jason Slowinski, we will continue to update  www.guidinggolden.com/covid-19 as soon as we hear of an update.

We recognize how the business and school closures are a true hardship on a lot of people in our community and are working with local non-profits and volunteers to try to help. Please visit www.helpgoldennow.org if you need assistance or want to help others by donating and/or volunteering.
Thanks for doing your part, Golden!

Fire Dept COVID-19 Video
We know it's not easy, but we appreciate you for doing your part to help "flatten the curve." We love our community!

If you use Facebook, enjoy this thank you video (right) from the Golden Fire Department for staying home and staying healthy.
Need to contact us?

Although City facilities are currently closed to the public, we are still open for business. Please use the following contact list to reach the department with whom you need to speak:

City Manager's Office: 303-384-8011
Utility Billing: 303-384-8023
Sales Tax: 303-384-8024
City Clerk: 303-384-8014
Human Resources: 303-215-8891
Parks and Recreation: 303-384-8100
Municipal Court: 303-384-8006
Police Department (NON-emergency): 303-980-7300
Code Enforcement: 303-384-8045
Police Reports/Records: 303-384-8045
Fire Department: 303-384-8094
Communications: communications@cityofgolden.net
General City Email Address:  cityofgolden@cityofgolden.net

Thank you for your understanding as we all work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 
Meals for those in need

One of the most immediate needs in times like this is food assistance. In addition to local non-profit food pantries, meal pick-up and delivery assistance is available.

BGoldN Food Fund
Meal pick-up: If you are in need of food assistance, meal pick-up is available at Bell Middle School, 1001 Ulysses St. Prepackaged take-and-go breakfasts & lunches from local restaurants are distributed at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday - Friday (no weekends). Just show up. First come, first-served in drive-up fashion in front of the school.

Meal delivery:  For those unable to leave the home and under financial stress, email  BGoldNcity@gmail.com or call 720-432-5048 with your name, phone number and address. The delivery service is ONLY for those who are UNABLE to leave their homes. Anyone who is underserved and IS ABLE to leave the house will receive their meals as noted above at Bell Middle School.

Jeffco Schools Grab and Go Meals:  Each MWF, 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., two lunches and two breakfasts per student will be provided for children 1 through 18 at the curbside location of the following schools through car trunk, car window or by walk-up. Parents or another caregiver may pick up meals for children at home.
  • Arvada K-8
  • Alameda High
  • Columbine High
  • Edgewater Elementary
  • Foothills Elementary
  • Lasley Elementary
  • Parr Elementary
  • Wayne Carle Middle
  • Welchester Elementary
  • West Jefferson Elementary
  • Wheat Ridge High
Please do not come to locations if you are sick. In case of severe weather, school locations will not operate.

BGoldN Food Fund
Our community members have truly stepped up in this time of need! Please consider donating to help support their efforts.

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BGoldN Food Assistance - Provides free pre-packaged meals from local restaurants to those who need them.  100% of your donations will cover local restaurant costs for BGoldN and purchasing food for our local food banks.

Golden Civic Foundation
COVID-19 Community Response Fund - Set up by the Golden Civic Foundation, the Community Response Fund awards grants to front-line, non-profit organizations for rapid deployment to support the most critically impacted members of the Golden Community.

During this time of crisis in our community, v olunteers of all kinds are needed, from food pantry help to administrative help to delivering food. 

The Neighborhood Rehab Project is helping organize the assistance, and matching volunteer skills to community need.  Please sign-up to volunteer  and make a difference in our community.
New CARES Act offers relief for small business

The federal government just passed the new CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act including the $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program, and rules are being prepared by the Small Business Administration. Independent contractors, sole proprietors, and 501(c)3's are included.

Follow Choosecolorado.com/covid19  for the latest information.

Support our local economy by eating at your favorite restaurant & shopping at your favorite stores!

Eat out - in!
Help support the local economy while enjoying a night out -- in!
 
Many local restaurants are remaining open but offering take-out, curbside pickup and delivery options instead of dine-in meals.

Find a list at Visitgolden.com/takeout-takeover-golden and let someone else do the cooking tonight!

Shop local!
Small businesses need your help more than ever right now. Go to  www.visitgolden.com/things-to-do/shopping/support-local for a list of businesses and ideas of how you can continue to support local retail, services, and cultural organizations without going inside.
Golden Community Center Information for Pass Holders
Golden Community Center
  • If you have an Annual Pass to the Golden Community Center, your pass is currently suspended and will be extended for the length of the closure.
  • If you have a Monthly Pass, your pass is currently suspended. We will not process any additional monthly payments until after we are able to reopen. In addition, a credit for the second half of March will be applied to your next monthly payment.
Refunds for classes, programs and events scheduled during this time will be issued in the form of credit to your household account. We ask for your patience with us as we will be processing a much higher volume of refunds than normal and it may take longer. Additional information for specific ongoing programs will be sent to registrants in the coming days.
Do it online!
U.S. Census 2020 - Be Counted
 
Census 2020 officially kicks off tomorrow! There are many ways to participate, including online. 

Have questions? "Should I count college students at home due to school closures?" "Do I need to worry about Census workers showing up at my door?"

Get answers and more information at 2020Census.gov or GuidingGolden.com/2020-census.

Census and Social Distacing

Visit the Museum Virtually
 
Golden History Museum
The Golden History Museum may not be able to greet at the museum, but they've been busy preparing lots of interesting virtual programming to keep you busy at home.

Visit  Goldenhistory.org for a schedule of upcoming programming. Most of the programs will be available on Facebook and YouTube.

Other ways you can enjoy the Golden History Museum from your couch:
  • Delve into 150 years of news from Golden in our digitized historic newspaper collection 
  • Explore photos and objects in our online collection
  • Read about the amazing rediscoveries we've uncovered during our expansive Legacy Collection Inventory on our blog
  • Enjoy a walk and self-guided historic tour around Golden using our online guide or walk through the Golden History Park and use a brochure to learn about the buildings' histories.
Get fit with your computer and the GCC
 
workout online
The Golden Community Center doesn't want you to lose all those gains you've made from regular workouts now that we're all staying at home. 

Your favorite GCC group fitness instructors are doing LIVE WORKOUTS online and you're invited to join.

Check out the schedule of classes available, and let's get moving!

If you are a Silver Sneakers member, you can also go to the  SilverSneakers FaceBook page and see live classes or to the Silver Sneakers web page to sign in for on-demand classes.
Heart of Golden 2020: The Refining phase is still moving forward!
 
While the second scheduled Refining Feedback Workshop had to be canceled due to efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, the project is still moving forward and we need your feedback!

During the first Refining Workshop on March 11, three design options were presented. The designs are meant to help visualize what different options would look like. All three options are available for your review online at www.guidinggolden.com/heart-of-golden-refining. We want to hear your feedback on what key features you like and would put in your ultimate design of the corridor.

While you're looking at the design options, please take the surveys as well to help us understand how you prioritize the key features. 
On the Calendar
Panel Discussion: Financial Resources for Jeffco Businesses
 
Join Jefferson County Business and Workforce Center on Friday, April 3 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for a virtual panel to discuss the resources available during the COVID-19 outbreak.
If you have questions, please call 303-271-4800 or email BusinessServices@jeffco.us

Panelists Include:
* Angela Atkinson - Director, Front Range SBDC
* Steven White - Lead Lender Relations Specialist, SBA
* Robyn Burnett - UI Re-Employment Program, CDLE
* Lou Riverso - Business Adviser, Jeffco BRC
* Jason Jacksack - Business Advisor, Business Acceleration Services Colorado Enterprise fund
Virtually Golden Lunch Series
 
Golden United presents a fun and entertaining Golden-centric series called " Virtually Golden." The series takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Have your lunch virtually with other Goldenites while learning about Golden and our local talent.  Join via Zoom and don't forget to order take-out from one of the local restaurants. 
City Council Virtual Meeting
 
While most City-hosted meetings have been canceled through the end of the month, City Council will meet virtually on Thursday, April 23, 6:30 p.m.

Tune in to Comcast Channel 880 or  GCO.tv to watch the meeting live, or to our Agendas and Meetings page on the City of Golden website. If you have a question for City Council, email councilcomments@cityofgolden.net by 5 p.m. the day of the meeting.
Project Updates
Water Plant Pipes updated!

The water plant is almost done replacing all the piping for the plant filters. In the next couple weeks, the project will wrap up and the plant will be ready for summer demand.
These pictures reflect the progress over the past month.

Water Plant updated

Street 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 until April 15.
  • The closure of one lane at 1750 Jackson St. has been extended for a construction project until April 15.
  • The closure of the 18th St. sidewalk and parking lane for dumpsters for a construction project has been extended until April 15.
  • Through April 1: 8th St. (around old Briarwood area) - traffic lane, parking lane and sidewalk will be impacted by the replacement of box culvert going under 8th St.
  • Through April 7: Ulysses St from 10th Ave to South Golden Rd. - traffic lane and bike lane will be impacted by installation of fiber.
  • Through April 28: Canyon Point Circle - A dumpster will be impacting a parking spot.
  • Mar 20 - TBD: Buffalo Rose will be using a parking lane for curbside pickup of food.
  • April 3 - May 1: Parking lane at 1400 Maple St. is impacted for construction traffic.
  • April 6: 13th St. from Jackson to Washington - A traffic lane will be impacted by the installation of an anode in the gas main in the asphalt.
  • April 6: W. 2nd Pl from Orchard to Orion - A traffic lane will be impacted by the installation of an anode in the gas main in the asphalt.