November 5 2019 Weekly Digest
City of Golden /  911 10th Street /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Featured this Week
Today is Election Day!
This election is mail ballot, conducted by Jefferson County, but don't worry if you didn't get yours in the mail (and please don't mail it now!) - you have until 7 p.m. this evening to drop it off.

There are numerous locations for ballot drop off in Jefferson County. One of those locations is the 24-Hour Ballot Drop Box located at Golden City Hall, 911 10th Street. For other locations, visit

Go to for election results after the final count is in tonight.
Congratulations to this year's Mayor's Awards for Excellence winners!

The Mayor's 2019 Community Celebration took place last week on October 30 with live music, a keynote address from Martín Carcasson, Ph.D. and presentation of this year's Mayor's Awards for Excellence winners. If you missed it, view the video!

A big congratulations to this year's winners!

2019 Mayor's Awards for Excellence Winners

2019 Mayors Award Video
Fighting Hunger at Mines - A unique campus group that is dedicated to improving the physical and mental health of students at Mines and the Golden community. This group was the winner of the GoldMine Award this year.

Golden United - A non-partisan, resident-driven effort to engage
Golden area community members across all walks of life to find common ground and act with respect and dignity in strengthening
the community.

Chad Wachs - Launched AU Wireless in 2015 with a handful of neighbors to see if he could create a low-cost community broadband system. Their proof-of-concept has since grown into a full-fledged co-op with more than 300 members using the service all over town.

Golden Lions Club - Serving the Golden community since 1942, they stand behind the International Lions Club motto of "We Serve". The Lions Club offers their services to anyone that needs help with a project and have over 8,000 hours of volunteer service in 2019 alone.

Bran don Bortles & Noah Heaney - Both Golden residents, Bortles and Heaney own competing restaurants: Brandon owns Abejas, and Noah co-owns Miners Saloon. Instead of focusing on competing for customers, Brandon and Noah decided to work together to bring more diverse dining options to downtown Golden.
Upcoming Events
Transportation Master Plan Stakeholders Study Session
Members of City Council, Planning Commission and the Mobility Transportation Advisory Board will hold a joint study session on Wednesday, November 6 at 6:30 p.m.  in Council Chambers at 911 10th St.,  to discuss the Draft Transportation Master Plan and provide comments prior to releasing the document on Guiding Golden for public review and comment.

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 .
Public Art Commission Meeting
The Public Art Commission (PAC) will meet on Thursday, November 7 at 9 a.m.  in Council Chambers 911 10th St. 

During the meeting, PAC members will consider the following items:
  • Signal Box project artist selection
  • Miner statue relocation
  • Run and Fly relocation/enhancement 
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 Regular Meeting
City Council will meet on Thursday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th St. 

At the meeting, City Council will conduct the following business:
  • Consent Matters - All items listed under Consent Matters are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion and vote. To see all items included in the motion, please see the meeting agenda.
  • Council will consider raising the age of sale for vape and tobacco products to 21, in response to concerns about the teen vaping epidemic and related health impacts of such products. 
  • Council will consider approval of the acceptance of a recreational easement and maintenance agreement which would provide for the future potential trail connection along the north bank of Clear Creek from Parfet Park to Ford Street.
  • Council will make an appointment to the Economic Development Commission to fill a vacancy of a term that expires April 2021.

Following the regular meeting, Council will adjourn into Study Session to discuss the following items:

  • Council will review the feasibility study for the building located at 311 10th Street and provide direction for its consideration in the Civic Center campus planning process.
  • Council and staff will discuss next steps in the public outreach process for the Civic Center/Clear Creek Corridor project.

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.
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, November 11, at 6 p.m. learn about "Youth Education & Safety in Schools Y.E.S.S. - Parent Academy - Digital Citizenship" 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.

Please visit our Golden Safety Academy page for more information on this informative educational series, including topics to be covered at each class.

Golden Urban Renewal Authority Meeting
The Golden Urban Renewal Authority (GURA) will meet on Monday, November 11 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 .
Economic Development Commission Meeting
The Economic Development Commission will meet on Tuesday, November 12 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 .
The Happiness Advantage
The Happiness Advantage lecture
Are you waiting for success in order to be happy? In the book The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor, you will discover the theory that success does not bring happiness; instead, happiness causes success. 

This is the book featured in the Town and Gown Book Club event at noon on November 12. Registration for the book club event has closed, but a t 4 p.m. on November 12, the author's wife, Michelle Gielan, who published Broadcasting Happiness , will give a public lecture about The Happiness Advantage in Bunker Auditorium inside the CSM Green Center. This is a free event.

For additional questions please contact Gyasi Evans,
8th Street Redesign Public Meeting
On Tuesday, November 19, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Golden Community Center, 1470 10th St., the City will hold a meeting to discuss the redesign of 8th Street. 

City staff will conduct an initial meeting to discuss the preferred goals and outcomes of a redesign of the 8th St. Streetscape. This meeting will specifically target goals and outcomes as opposed to specific design details. Once gathered, City staff will utilize the prioritized goals to draft an initial approach to street design.
Mines Community Meetings
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:
  • November 6, 6 - 7:30 p.m. | More than a Headstone: The Lives and Legacies of Veterans buried by Fort Morgan National Cemetery
  • November 16, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Golden Past-port Series: Funicular
  • November 21, 6 - 7:30 p.m. | A Ragged Rabble of Opportunists
Visit  for more information and to register for these and more upcoming programs.
Jefferson County Public Library
Jefferson County Golden Library Events
Every week our Golden branch of the Jefferson County Public Library, located at 1019 10th Street, features events and classes for all ages, from DIY Labs to Book Clubs to creative and educational workshops. 

Visit for a calendar of upcoming events. There you can also register for  programs that require pre-registration.
Around Town
Golden brewery unaffected by Coors headquarters move
Molson Coors recently announced it will close its Denver offices and move its North American headquarters to Chicago

Despite the big changes ahead, Molson Coors has confirmed that hourly employees at the Golden brewery, the AC Golden team, the can and bottle plant operations, the Coors Distribution Company and the staff at the Blue Moon tap room in the River North Art District will not be affected by the restructuring plans.

Bob Hunt, Director of Regional Government Affairs for Molson Coors pointed out that Golden is the cornerstone of the history and heritage of Coors. "It's where we have brewed our great beers for nearly 150 years, and it's where we will brew them for hundreds of years to come," he said.

Hunt said the company is planning to invest several hundred million dollars to modernize the Golden brewery, and will continue donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to civic organizations each year to improve Colorado's future.

"The personnel and office decisions we announced were incredibly difficult," said Hunt. "Yet we believe they will help us ensure a bright future for our company and the iconic beverages we brew in Golden, Colorado. Colorado will still be home to the largest number of employees in any state."
Guiding Golden Logo
Give your input on the West Neighborhood Downtown Plan
An initial draft of the The West Downtown Neighborhood Plan has been completed. Over the next few weeks, the Planning Division will be accepting comments regarding the draft on and will work to incorporate them before the final draft is reviewed by Planning Commission and City Council.
Golden Public Works Department takes APWA Award
APWA Awards
A big shout-out and congratulations to our Golden Public Works department for taking home a win for one of their 2019 projects.

The City of Golden was awarded a Public Works Project Award in the 2019 "Transportation for Small Community" category by the Colorado Chapter of the American Public Works Association for the North Washington Complete Streets Project. Great job, folks!
Take the Sustainability Initiatives Survey on Guiding Golden
Last year, the Golden community weighed in on updating the 10-year-old Sustainability Goals. With your help, Golden adopted new goals this past February. Now we need your help again to prioritize the great ideas for projects and policies that came from the community.
Head over to Guiding Golden and take our survey Your input will be used to prioritize and inform recommendations of new programs by the Community Sustainability Advisory Board and will also be used to update the City of Golden Sustainability Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan is a road map to meeting Golden's ambitious sustainability goals, including new policies and plans for the next five years. 
Current Projects
Golden Engineering Division works with CSM on asphalt overlay project
CSM Asphalt project
The Engineering Division is assisting a CSM Freshman Design Group in the testing of an idea to use recycled asphalt (millings) in asphalt overlay applications. 
The millings were screened and incorporated into an asphalt sealant product in an attempt to improve durability and friction factor for skid resistance. 

The test section was installed in the Ulysses Ball Field parking lot and will be monitored for the remainder of the project.
Storm Info

We've already had four storms this year! Here are the stats so far:
Reg. Hrs.
O.T. Hrs.
Tons of Material
Lbs. Ln. Mile
Full Deploy
$ 46,292.41
$ 11,573.10

2019 Street Improvement Program

Paving operations are complete for the year. Here are the highlights:
  • 28 road segments repaved
  • 2 parking lots
  • 1,358,541 square feet of asphalt replaced
  • 18,930 tons of new hot mix asphalt
  • 234 valve boxes and manholes adjusted
Please contact John Hardy (303) 384-8195 if you have any questions.
2019 Concrete Replacement Program

On Wednesday November 6, Fasick Concrete will begin work on the intersection of 17th and Washington. Work will consist of modifying all four corners of the intersection to improve the pedestrian crossing. Weather dependent, the work is anticipated to take two weeks. There will be no detour in place for the duration. Work will take place under single lane closures with flaggers.

Please contact John Hardy (303) 384-8195 if you have any questions.
2019 Utility Replacement

Sewer main construction at 9th and Maple to 8th Street is completed, and concrete and asphalt repairs are scheduled, weather permitting.

Seeding at the CSM survey field and some concrete repairs on Johnson Road still need to be completed on the watermain replacements in those areas.

Please contact Les Major at 303-384-8170 with any questions.
Brick work on Washington

Brick work will begin this week at the corner of Washington and 13th where the Miner's statue once stood. The area should take approximately one week to fix.

Street Closures
  • Sept 25 - Nov 21: 14th St. from Cheyenne to the alley between Cheyenne and Illinois - construction will impact a parking lane and sidewalk.
  • Oct 1 - Jan 3: Cheyenne St. from 8th to 7th - sidewalk will be impacted by new construction on the lot.
  • 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
  • The closure of 17th St. between Washington and Jackson for construction staging and access for CSM's project at 1750 Jackson St. has been extended through the end of October.
  • Sept 5 - Jan 3: A parking lane at 708 and 710 Cheyenne will be impacted due to construction.
  • October 2 - November 30: The parking lane on Table Drive behind 2127 Vernon Drive will be impacted for construction of residence at 2127 Vernon Drive.