Weekly Digest - October 10, 2017
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
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First snow of the season!

Clear fall day on Clear Creek
To look out the window today, you'd be hard-pressed guessing yesterday offered the first snow of the season! It's a beautiful, sunny fall day, and despite a few branches downed by the early, wet snow, the fall colors are still vibrant and make for a beautiful backdrop for our beautiful town.

If you were among those with trees damaged by the snow, the City has opened the old recycling center at Hwy 93 and Golden Gate Road as a place for residents to drop off broken tree limbs. The drop-off will be open Oct. 11 - 29, and no other yard waste will be accepted.

There's plenty coming up in Golden, including the Chili Cook-off and Beer Tasting this weekend. Please keep reading for all the many other things happening in Golden and h ave great week!

Your friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
Linking Lookout Logo
Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
Now that the intersection is open and the only activity on site is finishing landscaping, we are wrapping up the communications efforts. The webcam will operate through October and then come down. The hotline and twitter account will go dormant (waiting for the next big project). We'll keep the website up and active until we complete a couple of follow-up activities:  a traffic study to verify that the intersection is working as expected and a noise study to verify the noise modeling that we did prior to construction. Results of those efforts will be posted to the website when they are complete in the next month or so.

There will also be intermittent short closures as landscaping is completed, including tomorrow, Thursday and possibly Friday, when the on-ramp to westbound US 6 and the off-ramp from EB US 6 will be intermittently closed.
Service Line Warranty Coverage Information

We have been notified that American Water Resources will be sending out a mailer to Golden residents offering service line warranty coverage. In Golden, the city is responsible for maintenance and repair of water and sewer mains throughout the city. Property owners are responsible for service lines leading to, and inside, homes or businesses.

While these policies can be worthwhile, we recommend that before residents commit to the fees associated with such coverage (or purchase a rider on their homeowner's insurance policy) they understand that they may never need to replace or repair their service line. In an older neighborhood, residents may be able to gage risk by talking to neighbors to see if they've had to make repairs. Also, keep in mind that any service line coverage may have exclusions based on pre-existing conditions, caps on coverage, or limit choice of contractors to complete repairs.

Golden encourages residents to do some homework before deciding to purchase insurance or warranty coverage.
Rogue Landscaping Boulder "Relocates" Golden Water Infrastructure


Clear Creek Boulder

Some of our Golden water infrastructure narrowly escaped disaster when a truck carrying some huge landscaping boulders overturned in Clear Creek Canyon on Wednesday Oct 4. The boulders rolled down the hillside but managed to avoid both the City's water diversion structure and our permanent water quality sampling location. 


Thanks to dispatch for letting us know our sampling station had been relocated by one of the boulders. Luckily, it just nudged it a couple feet closer to the creek and didn't push it in or cause more serious damage. 

Upcoming Events
Tree Limb Disposal through October 29
dead branches
The City of Golden is opening up the old recycling center at Hwy 93 and Golden Gate Canyon Road so that residents can drop off tree limbs for disposal. 

The heavy snow from this weekend did quite a bit of damage to our trees. The recycling center will be open from Oct. 11 through 29. This is for residents only, and only to dispose of broken tree limbs. 

No other yard waste will be accepted.
Golden Overlook Potential Rezoning Neighborhood Meeting
The City of Golden has received an inquiry about a potential application from the property owner of the Golden Overlook Subdivision, seeking approval for a rezoning to allow commercial uses. The potential request would involve the approval of a PUD for the construction of indoor storage units, as well as a recreational vehicle dealership. The current zoning allows residential use, and is platted for 92 single-household lots.
Please plan to attend a Neighborhood Information Meeting at  5:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, 2017 in the Green Mountain Conference Room at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
Economic Development Commission Meeting
The Economic Development Commission will meet on October 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Works Building at 1445 10th Street, Golden, CO.

At the meeting, EdComm will discuss the following:
  • Golden Business News annual program review and 2018 proposal
  • Traxion annual program review and 2018 proposal
  • Golden Vision Investment Forums Update
For more information, see the meeting agenda.

For information on this or other upcoming meetings, please visit our 
Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Tour Golden's Materials Recycling Facility
Recycling Bin
Open your eyes to the fascinating world of recycling! Join the City of Golden's Sustainability Department for a tour of a state-of-the-art Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) on Oct. 12. Tours will be offered at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Golden partners with Alpine Waste and Recycling to offer recycling and compost services to Golden residents. Participants will have the opportunity to tour Alpine's Altogether Recycling facility in Denver and discover how the recycling portion of the company operates and turns pizza and cardboard boxes as well as plastics and aluminum cans into environmentally friendly compost or recycled, sustainable products.
Space is limited and reservations are required. For details and to sign up for a tour, please email goldensustainabilty@cityofgolden.net.
City Council Regular Meeting
The Golden City Council will meet on October 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street, Golden, CO.

At the meeting, City Council will consider the following:
  • Consent Matters - All items listed under Consent Matters are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion and vote. For more information about Consent Matters items up for approval, please view the meeting agenda .
  • Citizens that participated in the Public Works Citizen Academy class will receive their graduation certificates.
  • Staff will share with City Council the Commission On Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Report on the Golden Police Department. This was the third reaccreditation and the team was here this past March. The original accreditation happened in July of 2008.
  • Golden will be recognized as the ninth agency in Colorado to achieve "Elite" status from the HEAL Cities and Towns Campaign. A partnership between LiveWell Colorado and the Colorado Municipal League (CML), the HEAL (Healthy Eating, Active Living) Cities & Towns Campaign provides training and technical assistance to help municipal officials adopt policies that improve access to physical activity and healthy food in their communities.
  • Resolution No. 2587 - A Resolution Of The City Council Of The City Of Golden In Support Of A Yes Vote For Renewable Energy Uses At The Rooney Road Sports Complex (Sustainability Coordinator).  The Community Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB) voted unanimously to recommend that City Council endorse the upcoming solar ballot question in the November city election.
  • On August 24, 2017, City Council discussed the updating and reformatting of a number of Golden Municipal Code (GMC) chapters relating to citizen boards and commissions. This action follows an effort by Council over the past several months to review, reformat, and consolidate such GMC chapters within Title 2 of the Municipal Code. City Council will conduct a public hearing at tonight's meeting to consider such changes related to the Historic Preservation Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Economic Development Commission, Community Sustainability Advisory Board, and the Community Marketing Program.
  • Council will consider a request to amend Title 18 of the Municipal Code Regarding Telecommunications Facilities. City Council will conduct a public hearing on the request at tonight's meeting. 
For more information, see the meeting agenda.

For information on this or other upcoming meetings, please visit our 
Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Coffee with a Councilor and Candidates!
Coffee with a Councilor & Candidates
Don't miss the final Coffee with a Councilor & Candidates session this Saturday on October 14, 10 a.m. at Natural Grocers. The final session, hosted by District 2 Councilor Casey Brown, will feature the Ward 3 candidate.

For a look at all candidates running this year for all wards, please see the most recent Golden Informer issue.

If you aren't sure in which Ward you reside, see the Ward and District map.  
Chili Cook-off & Beer Tasting 2017
The Golden Chamber of Commerce & Coors Distributing Company present the Knock Your Boots Off Chili Cook-Off & Beer Tasting this Saturday, October 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Parfet Park.

Proceeds of this tasty event benefit the Golden Chamber of Commerce community projects, including the Scholarship Fund for Golden High School and supporting St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Purchase an armband and join other chili and beer lovers for an afternoon of chili and beer tasting, or enter your own recipe and see how it stacks up with other local chili cooks!

Downtown Development Authority Meeting
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will meet on October 16 at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers at 911 10th Street, Golden, CO.

For 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 October 17 at 7 p.m. in the Golden Community Center at 1470 10th Street, Golden, CO.

For information on this or other upcoming meetings, please visit our  Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Candidate Forum for Jeffco School Board
Jeffco voters will elect 3 out of 5 members of the Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Please attend this  Candidate Forum on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at the  Jefferson Unitarian Church at  14350 W. 32nd Avenue to learn about the candidates and be an informed voter for this important election. 

Visit the  Jeffco Election page for voting and voter registration information. Ballots will be mailed to registered voters the week of October 16.

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County and the Jefferson Unitarian Church Together Colorado Committee.
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events - Oct. 10 - 17
To learn more about or register for these and other events happening at the Golden Library, visit JeffcoLibrary.org.
  • Lego Play and Build - Oct.10 & 17, 4 p.m.
  • Golden Writing Circle - Oct. 10, 6 p.m.
  • Wild Wednesday - Oct. 11, 4 p.m.
  • Homework Help - Oct. 11 & 12, 4 p.m.
  • DIY Lab (Ages 12 and up) - Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m.
  • DIY Lab - Slime Science (Kids under 6)  - Oct. 14, 11 a.m.
  • PAWS for Reading - Oct. 14, 1 p.m.
  • DIY Lab: Golden Fleece Fiber Fellowship - Oct. 15, 2:30 p.m.
  • STEM Girls - Oct. 16, 4 p.m.
  • Book Group: Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen - Oct. 17, 6 p.m.
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website.
Around Town
GCC Pools to close Oct. 21 to mid-December for mechanical room renovations

As of October 21, 2017, the Golden Community Center Aquatics Area (that's both swimming pools and the hot tub) will be closed for a major renovation of the mechanical room. The closure is expected to last through mid-December.

"What will happen during this major mechanical renovation?"
  • NEW pool filtration units
  • NEW pool sanitation units
  • NEW pool plumbing
  • NEW pool chemical controllers & feeders
"What do I do if I ONLY use the aquatics area?"

You can choose to keep your fitness up by using our indoor track area, cardiovascular machines, or free weight area.

If you feel that you won't use these areas, your membership can either be put on hold during that time (for full-pay members, also extending your expiration date by the number of weeks the aquatics area ends up being closed) or for monthly-pay members, you may select to have your payments suspended for that period of time.

Please continue to check with the Community Center guest services staff for updates.
Jolt, chosen artist for the "Goldco Retaining Wall" mural, on Exhibit at Foothill's Art Center

The Public Art Commission (PAC) in collaboration with Foothills Art Center and Golden High School is working to install a grant funded, community sponsored, mural project on a concrete retaining wall located on the east side of Washington Avenue between 2nd and 5th Streets, commonly known as the Goldco retaining wall.
Denver muralist, Jolt (Jeremy Silas Ulibarri), is working with Golden High School students involved with the Sources of Strength program to design and create a mural that epitomizes the themes of Help, Hope, and Strength. Sources of Strength is one of the first suicide prevention programs that uses Peer Leaders to enhance protective factors associated with reducing suicide. The mural will be funded through a grant received by Foothills Art Center, called the Art in Society Grant. The grant is funded by the Hemera Foundation, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, and Colorado Creative Industries and administered by RedLine.
Learn more about the artist by visiting his exhibit, Street Fonts & Funk, at Foothills Art Center through Oct. 15. For more information visit www.foothillsartcenter.org.
Colorado School of Mines Tiny House on display during Solar Decathlon

Colorado School of Mines Tiny House
The Public Art Commission (PAC) in collaboration with Foothills Art Center and Golden High School is working to install a grant funded, community sponsored, mural project on a concrete retaining wall located on the east side of Washington Avenue between 2nd and 5th Streets, commonly known as the Goldco retaining wall.The Colorado School of Mines Tiny Home will be on display at the Sustainability Expo part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon, which takes place takes place Oct. 5 to 15 in Denver at the 61st & Peña Station. The Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition that challenges student teams to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses.

The Mines Tiny House is a 220-square-foot dwelling that utilizes some of the latest energy efficient and sustainable technology. The house is considered to be "net-zero," using about the same amount of energy that it makes. Built on a six-wheel trailer, it can be moved from place to place.

The Mines Tiny House will not compete in the Solar Decathlon this year. Instead, students are using this year's sustainability expo as an opportunity to showcase the technology available to homeowners and to prepare the Mine's team to participate in the Solar Decathlon in 2020.