Weekly Digest - September 26, 2017
City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
(303) 384-8000
Celebrating Excellence in Golden! (as well as this little construction project you might have heard about that we're wrapping up...)

Mayor's Awards for Excellence
The tradition continues, as Golden's Mayor Marjorie Sloan hosts a fun event to honor outstanding individuals and organizations for their exceptional contributions to Golden. This will be the 7th year for the Mayor's Community Celebration, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3 at the Green Center on the Colorado School of Mines campus.

Last year the City partnered with Mines for a truly impressive event, and the City is again partnering with the school this year in a celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation. Mayor Sloan wants to highlight the innovations that have come from Mines and our community which positively impact Golden businesses and residents, or humanity as a whole. Keep reading below for a look at this year's Mayors Awards for Excellence Winners, and to learn about this year's guest speaker.

This week also marks the celebration of a much anticipated event - the completion of the Linking Lookout project! J oin us in the park on top of the 19th Street bridge over US 6 on Sunday, October 1, at 2 p.m. to have a look at the finished product and help us celebrate a job well done. We will also unveil the artwork which will adorn the park lid (keep reading below for more on the art piece).

One other item worth mentioning. This Thursday, 6 p.m. at the Golden Community Center a public meeting is happening all about RTD's plan to cut W Line rail service frequency. Please come if you can make it! More info below.

Please keep reading for all the other exciting 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)
 
Join us in the park on top of the 19th Street bridge over US 6 on  Sunday, October 1, at 2 p.m. , have a look at the finished product and help us celebrate a job well done! We will also unveil, at that time, the artwork that will adorn the park lid.

In the meantime, however, landscape work is still taking place throughout the area, and t here will be miscellaneous landscape work and concrete repair taking place for a time after that.

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Follow us on Twitter for real-time updates! You can also get lots of project information, including maps and long-term plans at LinkingLookout.com.

2017 Street Improvements

Paving operations have been completed for the 2017 program. Crews will be cleaning up and performing minor punch list work and re-striping in the next few weeks. During the course of the summer we repaved 1,174,007 SF using almost 19,000 tons of asphalt.
2017 Utility Replacement

Diamond Contracting is working on sewer main upgrades on East Street between 1st Street and 5th Street.
11th & Illinois Pedestrian Improvements

Work is complete on the construction of a raised crosswalk at the intersection of 11th and Illinois.
Upcoming Events
Golden Bike Cruise
 
Golden Bike Cruise
Pump up your tires and get ready to eat brains, it's all about ZOMBIES! for the final Golden Bike Cruise of the year tonight, September 26, with music by Sun Time Hannah
 
The cruise starts in the parking lot next to the Golden Library. The cruise has grown over the years and the addition of beer, food and live music have made the event a definite favorite with locals.
 
Sponsored by the Golden Community Commons, the event starts at 6 p.m. with live music from local bands, local brews from New Terrain Brewery and food provided by Bob's Atomic Burgers. Bring canned goods for a chance to win prizes and giveaways. 

At 7 p.m. the bicycle cruise departs, looping through parks and neighborhoods on the bike trails.
Community Sustainability Advisory Board Meeting
 
The Community Sustainability Advisory Board will meet September 27 at 6 p.m. in the Golden Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, CSAB will consider the following items:
  • Solar Ballot Resolution
  • Portfolio Investment Review
  • Energy Advisor Discussion
For more information, please see the meeting agenda.

For information on this or other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
RTD Rail Line Service Cut Public Meeting
 
RTD is proposing to cut W Line rail service from every 15 minutes to every 30 minutes, for all stops between Federal Center Station and the end of line Golden station, except for weekday a.m. and p.m. commuting hours.
The Public Meeting to discuss these changes, recommended to begin January 2018, will take place on Thursday, September 28, 6 p.m. at the Golden Community Center, 1470 10 th Street. Please come and support our need for continued service along our rail line of every 15 minutes.

If you are unable to attend and make your voice heard at the September 28 meeting, you can also email your comments to  service.changes@rtd-denver.com, or  contact RTD board members directly.
City Council Study Session
 
Golden City Council will meet September 28 at 7 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers at 911 10th Street in Golden.

At the meeting, Council will consider the following items:
  • 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.
  • The Mayor will appoint Lauree Valverde to fill a vacancy expiring April 2020 on the Community Sustainability Advisory Board.
  • Council will consider proposed updates and amendments to the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which was shared last year with City Council as part of the 2017-2018 budget process. It is common for adjustments to be made to the CIP, based on updated information and additional needs. This meeting is also intended to serve as an opportunity for City Council and the public to provide feedback on items funded in the plan and those that were not identified for funding.
  • Council will consider a request to approve a Final Plat that will subdivide a property at 4th and Cheyenne Streets into four lots, in order to allow the construction of two duplex structures.
  • City Council will consider establishing a citizen task force to investigate community priorities and adopted policy recommendations regarding potential future capital infrastructure and amenity investments, beyond the capacity of currently anticipated revenues. If established, the Task Force will include at large members appointed by individual Councilors as well as representatives from boards and commissions.
  • City Council will consider a request to amend the Inter-Governmental Agreement for the Jefferson County Juvenile Assessment Center.
  • City Council has received a request to support Xcel Energy's recent filing, the Colorado Energy Plan Portfolio, as an option for how Xcel would implement Phase 2 of the 2016 Electricity Resource Plan.  The Colorado Public Utilities Commission will review the filing and decide whether the Portfolio is an appropriate strategy to approve.  For more details on the filing, which proposes to retire some coal-fired power plants, but will also affect residents' ability to install rooftop solar and invest in community solar projects.

Following the regular meeting, Council will adjourn into Executive Session.
 

For more information on the items under discussion, please see the meeting agenda.

For information on this or other upcoming meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
8th Annual Coyote Classic 5K & 1 Mile Run
 
Looking for a fun run for the entire family? Don't miss the 8th annual Coyote 5K Classic and 1 mile fun run on Sunday, October 1 in Golden, CO at 8:30 am. All proceeds benefit Shelton elementary school.

The 5k course is nestled next to Apex open space and has stunning views of Golden's Table Mountains and Boulder's Flatirons. The 5k starts and finishes at Shelton Elementary in Golden, CO. 

The course is hilly and challenging but will reward you with beautiful views. The 1-mile fun run will take place on Shelton Elementary school field and nearby park and bike trail.
Linking Lookout Dedication Ceremony
 
A project years in the making, the interchange at US 6 and 19th Street, known as the Linking Lookout project, is almost complete and you are invited to a ceremony celebrating this remarkable achievement.

Although planning for the project started many years ago, construction actually began on February 8, 2016. In the year and a half since ground broke on the Linking Lookout project, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians have all weathered road and trail closures, traffic delays, detours and, let's face it, general travel frustrations. But we hope most agree that it's all been worth it now that the project is almost complete!

Join us in the park on top of the 19th Street bridge over US 6 on Sunday, October 1, at 2 p.m., have a look at the finished product and help us celebrate a job well done. We will also unveil the artwork which will adorn the park lid!

You can learn more about the Linking Lookout project, including project phases and project history at  LinkingLookout.com.
GoFarm Harvest Dinner
 
Enjoy a delicious four-course meal made with ingredients from our local farming partners and prepared in collaboration with local chefs and restaurateurs.

The event happens in Parfet Park on October 1 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $100 per seat or $800 per table.

Learn more and register at  www.gofarmcoop.org/events.
Farmers Market veggies
Golden Farmers Market
 
Come out to the Golden Farmers Market, and find local produce, prepared foods, and items for the home and garden as well as educational experiences, promotional opportunities and social gathering space every Saturday through Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
 
The Market is located in the parking lot just west of the Golden Library near the corner of 10th and Illinois Streets.

For more details, visit  www.GoldenChamber.org.
Historic Preservation Board Meeting
 
The Historic Preservation Board (HPB) will meet on October 2 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
Mayor's Community Celebration
 
Join Mayor Marjorie Sloan as she hosts an exciting celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship on Tuesday, Oct 3!

Guest Speaker Luis Benitez is an accomplished hiker who helped guide the first blind person to ever summit Mount Everest (that person was Golden resident Erik Weihenmayer). Benitez is now the director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry for the State of Colorado. His goal is to attract and retain industry by finding ways to support companies and organizations that want to be in Colorado.

Along those same lines, Mayor Sloan is partnering for the second year with the Colorado School of Mines to highlight the many businesses, industries, and people who, through their innovation and entrepreneurship, have made a difference in our society. On display at the event will be many amazing innovations from Golden companies and schools. Mayor Sloan will also honor the winners of the Mayor's Awards for Excellence.

2017 Mayor's Awards for Excellence Winners
  • The Golden Giddyup for working to strengthen our community by engaging mountain bikers and others in trail stewardship, civic discussion, and pro-active involvement in local government.
  • NFT, Inc. for furthering Golden's reputation as a hub for advanced engineering and technology, and making Golden an integral part of the broader aerospace industry in Colorado.
  • Traxion for supporting Golden companies in the early stages of development, to accelerate their growth and job creation.
  • Suzy Stutzman for her years of commitment to Golden Boards and Commissions, as well as her continued work at the Golden Bike Repair Shop, a non-profit that fixes up bikes and gives them to those in need.
  • DECTech for their efforts to make an impact on local girls, and show them the fun an importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Mayor's Community Celebration
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.
Green Center, Mines Campus
16th & Cheyenne Streets
Please join us for this free event!
Candidates Forum
 
The Leadership Golden Alumni Association (LGAA) is hosting a Candidates Forum in connection with this year's Golden election of City Councilors. The forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5 in Council Chambers at City Hall, 911 10 th St.

The forum will follow the same format used in the past with candidates making opening and closing statements and in between, responding to questions developed by the LGAA membership and the public.

For more information, contact Ed Dorsey, Past President of LGAA, who will be the Forum Moderator, at 303-829-5195 or via email at  dorsey38@comcast.net. The Candidates Forum will also be broadcast live and rebroadcast on Cable Channel 8 and available online on the City of Golden  Agendas page.
League of Women Voters Renewable Energy Panel 
 
League of Women Voters
The public is welcome to attend an Oct. 5 panel discussion on local efforts toward sustainable communities. Hosted by the League of Women Voters Jeffco, it will focus on renewable energy: what's been accomplished, what's in progress and why it's important.
 
The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Golden Community Center, 1470 10th St., Golden, 80401. After review by League members and if time permits, questions will be answered.

Representatives from Jefferson County, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Westminster, Arvada and Golden are expected to participate. The keynote speaker will be Frank Rukavina, the Sustainability Program Director at the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden. For more information, visit www.lwvjeffco.org.
Coffee with a Councilor and Candidates!
Coffee with a Councilor & Candidates
 
Two of our current City Councilors are hosting their upcoming September and October "Coffee with a Councilor" meetings as an opportunity for you to get to meet the November election Council candidates in a low-key and relaxed environment.

Three more sessions are left to meet Ward 1, Ward 2 and Ward 4 candidates, so don't miss out on this opportunity to ask the questions you want answered, and meet the people who will potentially be representing you for the next four years. If you aren't sure in which Ward you reside, see the Ward and District map .

Coffee with a Councilor & Candidates Schedule

Saturday, Oct. 7
10 a.m. Ward 2 candidates
11:30 a.m. Ward 1 candidates
Bean Fosters
720 Golden Ridge Rd.

10 a.m. Ward 4 candidates
Lions Park
1300 10th Street
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events - Sept. 26 to Oct. 3
 
To learn more about or register for these and other events happening at the Golden Library, visit JeffcoLibrary.org.
  • Lego Play and Build - Sept. 26 & Oct. 3, 4 p.m.
  • BESSIG-Chasing Coral movie - Sept. 26, 6 p.m.
  • Workshop Wednesdays "3D Paper Sculptures" (Ages 8 - 12) - Sept. 27, 4 p.m.
  • Homework Help - Sept. 27 & 28, 4 p.m.
  • Ukulele Wednesdays (Ages 13+) - Sept. 27, 6 p.m.
  • Library for All - Interactive Program for Adults with Disabilities - Sept. 28, 11:30 a.m.
  • DIY Lab (Ages 12 and up) - Sept. 28, 5:30 p.m.
  • DIY Lab: Calming Glitter Jars - Sept. 29, 11 a.m.
  • DIY Lab: Golden Fleece Fiber Fellowship - Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m.
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website.
Around Town
"Checkmate" Statue Gallops to New Home

The public is invited to a re-dedication ceremony for Golden's impressive bronze statue called "Checkmate" on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. in the park on top of the 19th Street bridge over US 6. 

The re-dedication will be part of the celebration for the  completion of the Linking Lookout project . Representatives from the City of Golden, the Public Art Commission, and Golden Rotary Club will be present.

Learn more about the statue and its rehoming on the COG website.