January 23, 2018

The June 7 City Council Meeting Agenda and Other Upcoming Events

June 1, First Friday Street Fair
It’s summertime in Golden … from 5 – 10pm in historic downtown Golden you’ll find inexpensive food, beer, music, kid-friendly entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, and more.

June 2, Coffee With a Councilor
You’ll find City Councilors from District 1 (South Golden), including Saoirse Charis-Graves and other members of the City Council at Read, Write and Brew starting at 9 a.m. It’s a great informal opportunity to chat with your City Council representatives about issues on the City Council agenda or whatever else is on your mind.

June 7, City Council Business Meeting
City Hall at 7 p.m. The agenda tentatively includes Economic Development Commission and Community Marketing Fund Stakeholder Committee appointments, design of the city’s new official flag, and potential changes to the rules on special permits for animals. You can view the agenda about a week before the meeting and watch the live screencast on the city’s website.

June 14, City Council Business Meeting
City Hall at 7 p.m.

June 22, Golden Schools Foundation First Annual Golf Tournament
This fundraiser for Golden Schools Foundation is up at Fossil Trace with breakfast and registration starting at 6:30am and the shotgun start at 7:30am.

Through June 29, U.S. 6 Closure
U.S. 6 through Clear Creek Canyon is closed now every Sunday night through Friday morning for a fiber optic cable installation and work on rockfall issues. The project is scheduled to run through June 29.

City Council Adopts 2011 Priorities

On Thursday night City Council formally adopted priorities for 2011.  This is generally a continuation of the priorities we established last year, but it’s worth formally identifying them to help us stay focused and help keep the community informed about what we are focused on.

We adopted five major priorities:

1) Protecting the city’s financial health and sustaining the community’s economic vitality.

2) Supporting and strengthening our neighborhoods (“The Year of the Neighborhood”), including implementing our new neighborhood grant program, completing pending neighborhood plans, and considering all of the policy recommendations in the adopted ones.

3) Maintaining our aggressive efforts to keep the beltway out of Golden and working to protect Golden from the impacts of growing regional through the Golden Plan or similar improvements.

4) Updating the Comprehensive Plan and revamping/updating the land use process to give neighborhoods a stronger voice in shaping their own future and to make the process less adversarial and combative.

5) Revisiting and updating the city’s long-term streets plan.

Other 2011 priorities include:

1) Making sure Golden is ready for light rail in 2013, including our own community bus.

2) Adopting a preliminary strategic transportation plan (in advance of preparing a thorough one in 2012).

3) Finalize our new performance evaluation system for the city and city manager, including performance metrics

4) Review and update the long-term plans for the city’s major recreational facilities.

5) Update the city’s economic development tools, structures, and strategies. This may extend into 2012.

6) Support the Quiznos Pro Challenge Professional Bicycle Race.

And some additional 2011 projects:

1) CSM Master Plan (although the timing is up to Colorado School of Mines).

2) Clear Creek Master Plan.

3) Evaluate and consider sewer/waterline insurance. DONE – Council decided to educate community members about the value of having this insurance but not to enter into a special agreement with any specific insurance providers.

4) Consider adjusting the cost of special use permits for chickens. DONE – Council reduced the special use permit fee for keeping up to six hens.

5) Evaluate and potentially update the strategy for managing amplified outdoor music.

6) Evaluate and consider updating traffic fine schedule.

7) Evaluate and consider updating leash laws.

8) Initiate long-term city financial health evaluation.

9) Evaluate and update medical marijuana regulations.

10) Update noise mitigation priorities.

11) Complete the City of Golden web site revamp.

12) Further development, testing, and training on the new Emergency Operations Plan (primarily staff).

13) Plan for major software updates (finance, planning, police, fire, courts) (primarily

14) Major public works projects: South Reservoir and office building reconstruction (primarily staff).

15) East Downtown Vision and Plan (potentially).

Golden's Water: Free and Clear of Chromium

The Denver Post reprinted a Washington Post article over the weekend about problems associated with hexavalent chromium in drinking water. Public Works Deputy Director Anne Beierle gave the following update:

In short, the story reports on research that analyzed drinking water from 35 communities that have relatively high total chromium values to see if they also have high hexavalent chromium (hexavalent chromium is the “bad” component of total chromium).  The answer, in short, was yes. I wanted you to be aware of this press coverage because the lab has already received inquiries about Golden’s chromium concentrations from residents who read about the study over the weekend.  Good news for Golden: we regularly test for total chromium and have never detected it.

If you have any questions, just give our water lab a call (303-384-8181) or shoot them an email (esdiv@cityofgolden.net).

Golden’s Water: Free and Clear of Chromium

The Denver Post reprinted a Washington Post article over the weekend about problems associated with hexavalent chromium in drinking water. Public Works Deputy Director Anne Beierle gave the following update:

In short, the story reports on research that analyzed drinking water from 35 communities that have relatively high total chromium values to see if they also have high hexavalent chromium (hexavalent chromium is the “bad” component of total chromium).  The answer, in short, was yes. I wanted you to be aware of this press coverage because the lab has already received inquiries about Golden’s chromium concentrations from residents who read about the study over the weekend.  Good news for Golden: we regularly test for total chromium and have never detected it.

If you have any questions, just give our water lab a call (303-384-8181) or shoot them an email (esdiv@cityofgolden.net).

Clear Creek Trail Update

Looking west at the area of the south-side Clear Creek trail connection from 11th.

The new bridge over Clear Creek just east of U.S. 6 is installed and getting a lot of use. While we don’t have all of the trail connections in place yet, you can access Chimney Gulch from there through the tunnel/culvert underneath U.S. 6. The trail alongside U.S. 6 is moving along, and we’ve even got some good news about the new trail project on the south side of Clear Creek. It’s been quite the saga, with a long dispute between CSM and the state about cleaning up some leftover waste that was resolved – we thought – with a cleanup project last year. Then the state discovered more contaminants, and the trail project is on hold until the next cleanup phase is complete. The good news: CSM apparently has a contractor ready to go this fall to perform exploratory excavations in the areas where the monitoring wells show elevated contaminant levels. They’ll remove the material from the site and then cart it away altogether. This is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. Although I’m not sure I’d bet the farm on meeting that schedule, this is forward progress and for that I’m pleased. The State Energy Impact Assistance Fund just extended our $150,000 grant for the trail until July 31, 2011, and we are now planning to build it in the spring of next year.

Creative Ideas for the Clear Creek Corridor

Small groups explore ideas for the Clear Creek Corridor last night at the Golden Community Center. Carlos Hernandez, a transportation planner working on the project, took the photos.

Last night we had a terrific community meeting about the Clear Creek Master Plan, looking at an impressive diversity of ideas and configurations for the entire Clear Creek Corridor (between U.S. 6 and Coors and between roughly 10th and 11th).  Wenk Associates, the community’s main consultant on the project, walked everyone through some ideas they had compiled, after which everyone broke into small groups to craft their own specific proposals.  I wandered from table to table and mostly just listened to the conversations and deliberations.  I was impressed with the diversity of community participants.  The group seemed to cover most parts of town, a wide range of ages, a wide range of longevity in the community, and a wide range of interests and perspectives on the Corridor.  Councilors Sloan and Oxman were also able to join as well as a number of city staff.

One observation: despite the diversity of views in each of the small groups, all of them were able to agree on a bunch of issues (although the conclusions varied quite a bit from group to group).  I also noticed a lot of folks who would start with one reaction to an idea but change in the course of discussing it with other folks and thinking through what it might mean and how it might work.

Since this new master plan is a 15-20 year plan, it means we might include some elements that won’t happen for many years.  A few of the more creative ideas that came up:

  • Close 10th at Maple and extend Lions Park all the way down to the Creek.  Build a road connecting 8th down through the old city shops complex down to the main Community Center parking lot and to the RV park.
  • Replace the pond in front of the Community Center with other park features, potentially including a gentle side stream from Clear Creek that would be safe for kids to play in.
  • Replace the RV park with some other sort of community or public use.  For example, that area could become the main kayaking parking lot and put-in, freeing up the areas along the trail that now get clogged with kayakers, bicyclists, and walkers.
  • Relocate City Hall and the police station to the eastern part of downtown Golden (i.e., between Washington and Ford), moving them out of the floodplain.  Although the fire station is new, given that we talking a decade or two out we could also look at moving the fire station as well.  Use that space for additional parking and a community plaza (which could work well as a home to the Farmer’s Market).
  • Relocate the library out of the flood plain, perhaps into downtown.
  • Move the Golden History Center to the south side of Clear Creek just west of the Clear Creek History Park.
  • Use the small parking lot west of Clear Creek History Park for the community garden, or for a neighborhood park.
  • Relocate the ball fields along Clear Creek and replace them with an outdoor bandshell or stage, or instead install a bandshell or stage in Parfet Park.
  • Build a boardwalk on the north side of Clear Creek connecting Parfet Park with Vanover Park.

These are just some of the ideas that folks discussed.  Some were popular, some weren’t, and I’m sure that community members will think of a bunch of other interesting ideas that we can all consider.  Wenk Associates will post the summary of the meeting online within a week or so, so you can get a better sense of which ideas had the most support.

If you have any opinions at all about what should happen along the Clear Creek Corridor – ‘changing everything’  or ‘keeping it exactly as it is’ or somewhere in between – please weigh in. You’ll find all sorts of background information on the project at the Clear Creek Corridor web page. You can leave comments on that web page or plan on attending the next community meeting later in the summer.

What's Your Vision for the Clear Creek Corridor?

Golden has always been defined, in part, by Clear Creek, and it goes without saying that the Clear Creek Corridor is part of the heart of Golden. We’ve done a lot of work on the corridor in recent years, including the new bridge just east of 6th Avenue, the new trail (to be completed hopefully later this year) on the south side of the creek connecting to a new trail along 6th Avenue, the Golden Community Garden, and improvements to the whitewater course. There are plenty of other ideas swirling about, and we are about to launch a new master plan process to sort through all the ideas and adopt a plan for the next ten to fifteen years.

The basic question is pretty simple: what do we want the Clear Creek Corridor to be like over the next ten to fifteen years? Some of the specific questions might include:

  • Are there recreational amenities that we’d like to expand, or new ones that we’d like to add?
  • What are the best ways to reduce the amount of conflict between users (e.g., between different kinds of trail users)?
  • Should the current location of the Golden Community Garden become its permanent home?
  • Do we want to keep City Hall and the Golden History Center in their current locations or do we want to consider creating a new municipal center in East Downtown? Relocating them would open up some public land along the creek that might be really valuable for other community uses, and it would move City Hall out of the floodplain, but there are good reasons to keep them where they are.

We are starting with a series of community meetings at which everyone is welcome to share your ideas and thoughts.

Monday April 26, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Golden Community Center. Topic: neighborhoods
Thursday, April 29, 3 – 8:30 p.m. at the Golden Community Center. Topics: events, history, education, and the natural environment
Saturday, May 1, 9 – 10 a.m. at City Hall. Topics: “The Creek Meeting”
Saturday, May 1, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at City Hall. Topics: trails, circulation
Saturday, May 1, 1 – 3 p.m. at City Hall. Topics: “active recreation”

If you can’t attend any of these meetings, or if you just want to learn more, visit the Clear Creek Master Plan web site.

What’s Your Vision for the Clear Creek Corridor?

Golden has always been defined, in part, by Clear Creek, and it goes without saying that the Clear Creek Corridor is part of the heart of Golden. We’ve done a lot of work on the corridor in recent years, including the new bridge just east of 6th Avenue, the new trail (to be completed hopefully later this year) on the south side of the creek connecting to a new trail along 6th Avenue, the Golden Community Garden, and improvements to the whitewater course. There are plenty of other ideas swirling about, and we are about to launch a new master plan process to sort through all the ideas and adopt a plan for the next ten to fifteen years.

The basic question is pretty simple: what do we want the Clear Creek Corridor to be like over the next ten to fifteen years? Some of the specific questions might include:

  • Are there recreational amenities that we’d like to expand, or new ones that we’d like to add?
  • What are the best ways to reduce the amount of conflict between users (e.g., between different kinds of trail users)?
  • Should the current location of the Golden Community Garden become its permanent home?
  • Do we want to keep City Hall and the Golden History Center in their current locations or do we want to consider creating a new municipal center in East Downtown? Relocating them would open up some public land along the creek that might be really valuable for other community uses, and it would move City Hall out of the floodplain, but there are good reasons to keep them where they are.

We are starting with a series of community meetings at which everyone is welcome to share your ideas and thoughts.

Monday April 26, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Golden Community Center. Topic: neighborhoods
Thursday, April 29, 3 – 8:30 p.m. at the Golden Community Center. Topics: events, history, education, and the natural environment
Saturday, May 1, 9 – 10 a.m. at City Hall. Topics: “The Creek Meeting”
Saturday, May 1, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at City Hall. Topics: trails, circulation
Saturday, May 1, 1 – 3 p.m. at City Hall. Topics: “active recreation”

If you can’t attend any of these meetings, or if you just want to learn more, visit the Clear Creek Master Plan web site.

Kayak Course Improvements

If you’ve wandered around the whitewater course on Clear Creek lately you might notice some activity. The project involves some improvements to the Bleacher Hole and creating a better beginner area east of the hole. Low flow periods like this are a great time to do the work, since once flows start to rise with spring runoff we won’t be able to get in there again for a while.

Golden's Newest Bridge

The new bridge is lowered into place. City of Golden photo.


Our new Clear Creek bridge, just east of U.S. 6, will provide a connection from the Clear Creek Trail to the 6th Avenue Trail. Once all the CSMRI cleanup work is finished (we thought it was finished but it turns out they have some additional issues to resolve) we’ll also connect the trail along the south side of Clear Creek to this bridge.