Weekly Digest - October 17, 2017
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
A new opportunity to help guide the future of our City

A new citizen's board was recently formed to focus on transportation and transit issues in the City, and is looking for a few good people. 

The Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board will provide a venue to evaluate the relationship between mobility of all types and the many issues it impacts in Golden. The board's recommendations will contribute to community and neighborhood plans prepared by  Planning Commission , and to policy and strategic decisions of  City Council . If this is something that interests you, why not apply for the new board? The deadline is October 31. Scroll down to read more about the opportunity and for a link to apply. 

It's also worth reminding everyone that as of October 21, the swimming pools, hot tub and sauna at the Community Center will be closed until mid-December for a major mechanical room renovation. More info below!

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.

Water Treatment Plant and Environment Services

The Superintendent of the Water Treatment Plant - Brynn Goe - visited Bell middle School on Tuesday to talk with the 6th grade lego robotics team. The students need to come up with a local water issue and figure out how robotics can be used to help solve the issue.

On Wednesday, the water plant staff gave a tour of the facility to CSM Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Engineering class. Seeing our facility first hand will help them throughout this semester.


The City submitted a TIGER grant application for funding to complete an interchange at US 6 and Heritage Rd. that would be similar to the one just completed at US6 and 19th Street
Upcoming Events
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.
Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Meeting
The Parks & Recreation Advisory Board will meet on October 17 at 7 p.m. in the Golden Community Center at 911 10th Street, Golden, CO.

At the meeting, the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board will discuss the following:
  • 9th Street Neighbors / Lions Park Crime Prevention
  • Golden Investment Forum Taskforce Appointment
  • Sponsorships - Adopt a Trail
  • South Table Mountain Trail - City / Jeffco
  • Single Track Sidewalk Pilot Proposal Update
  • Special Interest Request Process Follow Up
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
Citizens' Budget Advisory Committee Meeting
The Citizens' Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC) will meet on October 18 at 7:30 a.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street, Golden, CO.

At the meeting, CBAC will discuss the following:
  • Sales Tax
  • 3rd Quarter Financial Reports
  • Proposed rate and fee changes
  • 2018 Operating Budget
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
Planning Commission Study Session
The Planning Commission will meet in study session on October 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street, Golden, CO.

At the meeting, Planning Commission will discuss the following:
  • Short-term Rentals
  • Possible referral items for other boards in the City
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
City Council Regular Study Session
The Golden City Council will meet on October 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at 911 10th Street, Golden, CO.

At the meeting, City Council will discuss the following:
  • Council will review and discuss the City Manager's recommendation for the 2018 Operating Budget in accordance with the provisions of the Charter for the City of Golden. This Budget continues to address Council priorities, community needs, and adequately supplies the various departments with the resources necessary to provide the level of service required to meet those priorities and needs, while maintaining sufficient reserves and a sustainable financial position going forward.
  • Staff will inform Council on a citizen driven request that has come to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board regarding the potential addition of "Single Track Sidewalks" to the City's trail system.  Staff seeks Council direction on the process to be used to further evaluate and vet the proposal.
  • City Council will discuss a process by which Council will make selections for serving on outside Boards and Commissions.
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
JSO Opening Concert
Jefferson Symphony Orchestra
The Jefferson Symphony opens its season with Beethoven's triumphant Symphony No. 5. In addition, enjoy Tragic Overture by Brahms and Enigma Variations by Elgar.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. on October 22 at the Green Center on the CSM Campus, 1500 Illinois St. 

For info and tickets call 303-278-4237 or visit  www.jeffsymphony.org.

Heritage Road Public Meeting
Golden contracted with the engineering firm Bohannan Huston to conduct an independent, third party review of the roundabouts on Heritage and the traffic calming on Eagle Ridge Drive.  They have completed their review and the preliminary report is available for download below.

Engineers from Bohannan Huston will be at a public meeting to discuss their review and the results on Monday  October 23 at 6 p.m. at Shelton Elementary. This meeting will have a presentation and opportunity for questions. It will not be open house format.
Ask an Attorney Event
Meet with an attorney about your legal issue for free at this pro bono event on  October 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the atrium of the Jefferson County Courthouse.

The public is invited to come in on a first come, first served basis to speak with an attorney for free for 15 minutes. Attorneys will be available from Family Law, Civil Law and Criminal Law. Additionally, there will be tables from Metro Volunteer Lawyers and Jefferson County Child Support Enforcement.
Trick or Treat so Golden Can Eat
Canned Food Drive

Halloween isn't just about spooks and candy! The Colorado School of Mines Undergraduate Student Government may be coming to your door this Halloween, but instead of looking for treats, they'll take some canned goods instead.

Volunteers will be placing flyers around Golden neighborhoods this weekend to spread the news about the canned food drive, then walking around to collect donations on Halloween.

All of the cans will go back to the Christian Action Guild to be donated to Golden community members in need.
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events - Oct. 17 - 24
To learn more about or register for these and other events happening at the Golden Library, visit JeffcoLibrary.org.
  • Lego Play and Build - Oct.17 & 24, 4 p.m.
  • Book Group: Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen - Oct. 17, 6 p.m.
  • Homework Help - Oct. 18 & 19, 4 p.m.
  • Author Visit: American Eclipse by David Baron - Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m.
  • DIY Lab (Ages 12 and up) - Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m.
  • Teens After Dark-Tabletop Game Creation  - Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m.
  • Star Wars Reads Day - Oct. 21, 11 a.m.
  • iPad Basics - Oct. 24, 1:30 p.m.
  • The Story of Beer - Oct. 24, 6:30 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.
Tree Limb Disposal through October 29
Downed tree limbs
The City of Golden has opened 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 early October did quite a bit of damage to our trees. The recycling center will be open through 29. This is for residents only, and only to dispose of broken tree limbs. 

No other yard waste will be accepted.
Residents invited to apply for new transportation board
After careful review and consideration for much of this year, City Council created a new citizen board to provide recommendations to staff and City Council regarding issues related to mobility and transportation. The new  Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board (MTAB) was created by  Ordinance 2058, adopted on July 13, 2017.

The Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board will be an advisory board focused on transportation and transit issues within the city. The board will provide a venue to evaluate the relationship between mobility of all types and the economy, sustainability, safety, land use, neighborhood integrity, and emergency response times; and study the importance of transportation access to health care, employment, education, housing, business, and recreational facilities. The board's recommendations will contribute to community and neighborhood plans prepared by  Planning Commission, and to policy and strategic decisions of  City Council.

The board will be comprised of seven members, each of whom shall be a resident of the city. City Council specifically intends that the Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board membership consist of a diverse and committed group of individuals with a variety of complementary skills, critical thinking abilities, and expertise as necessary to fulfill their duties.

Interested residents are encouraged to apply for this exciting new volunteer opportunity.  Apply online! The deadline for filing is October 31, 2017. Save November 30, in the evening for interviews with City Council.

For more information about the Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board, contact City Engineer, Joe Puhr at  jpuhr@cityofgolden.net.
Golden Jumps to Elite Status for Health

The City of Golden has a great reputation as a prime location to live, work and play. The City works hard to provide every opportunity for healthy living, and now our venture is award winning! We are honored to receive the award of "Elite Status" from LiveWell Colorado's HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign." HEAL, short for Healthy Eating, Active Living, recognizes Golden for its citywide commitment to creating an environment that fosters health, safety, wellness and physical activity for all residents and visitors.

A few examples of our efforts include changes to the City's Planning code, which requires all farmer's markets in town to accept SNAP benefits (Colorado's Food Assistance program). We have decreased water tap fees, making it more affordable for places to install water bottle filling stations and fountains. Vending machines located in the Golden Community Center and City Hall follow the USDA guidelines for healthy snacks and make access to them quick and easy.

Active lifestyles are encouraged in a wide variety of venues including (but not limited to) the new Ulysses Skate Park, bike skills park, well-maintained trails, an advanced kayak course on Clear Creek, the Splash Water Park, and an impressive golf course, Fossil Trace.

Transportation is easier than ever, with expanded Green Bus hours and connections to the Light Rail station; an expanded Bike Library which allows people of all ages to check out bikes at various locations throughout town; two Zip Cars available as part of a car-sharing service; and improved bridges that allow for better and safer traffic flow over busy streets for cyclists and pedestrians.  For our youngest residents, we have the annual 'safe routes' walk and bike to school days.

These are just a few examples of the City's efforts toward our Golden Vision 2030 goals. Golden is proud of our commitment to health and wellness, and excited to be one of a select few cities in Colorado to achieve Elite Status.