January 29, 2020

Radio Golden Episode #2: Mike Murphy, Sprawl, Rude Trail Users, and More

Radio Golden Episode #2, featuring an interview with Mike Murphy, discussion about sprawl north of Golden and the library’s potential expansion, a rant about rude trail users, and more is available on the Radio Golden website. You can listen to or download Episode #2 and the Episode #2 Extended Interview, or you can just subscribe to the Radio Golden podcast through iTunes.

E-Days and Other Upcoming Events

The ore cart pull ... all the way from Golden to the State Capitol.

March 29-31, Colorado School of Mines E-Days
You’ll find details about the ore cart pull and all of the other E-Day events on CSM’s website, but the fireworks show has been cancelled because of the fire ban and may get rescheduled for later in the year.

April 5, City Council Study Session
City Hall at 7 p.m. The agenda tentatively includes interviews for openings on the GURA board, a discussion about works plans for the Historic Preservation Board and the Economic Development Commission, and a discussion of the tobacco sales ordinance.

April 12, Ethics in Business Luncheon
It’s at the Denver Marriott West from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. You’ll find more info about the event on the Rotary Club of Golden website.

April 12, City Council Business Meeting
City Hall at 7 p.m. The agenda tentatively includes awarding the utilities replacement bid, several proclamations and an award for the city’s Public Works Department, an ordinance on sidewalk seating, landscaping requirements for commercial and multifamily properties, and awarding this round of i-Neighborhood Matching Grants.

April 14, Coffee With a Councilor
You’ll find City Councilors from District 1 (South Golden), including Saoirse Charis-Graves and maybe others as well at Read, Write and Brew starting at 9 a.m. It’s a great informal opportunity to chat with your City Council representatives about the pedestrian bridge over U.S. 6, the South Neighborhoods Plan, or whatever else is on your mind.

April 18, One Book One Golden Event
One Book One Golden: An event with Craig Barnes, the author of “Growing Up True.” 7 p.m. at Foss Auditorium (American Mountaineering Center).

Golden Companies Win Awards, and a FasTracks Train Test on the West Corridor

RTD photo.

Mayor Sloan wrote about a few things of interest in her newsletter on Friday:

  • Kudos to ERA and PharmaJet, two Golden-based companies that were recognized with Industry Awards by the Jefferson County Economic Development Commission.
  • The Golden Public Library’s One Book, One Golden program featuring the Craig Barnes book “Growing Up True: Lessons of a Western Boyhood.”
  • A shout-out to city staff by 3GL.
  • The first test run of a light rail train car on the West Corridor.

Check out Marjorie’s website for the full update (and photos of the light rail car!).

City Council’s Retreat: Setting the Agenda for 2012-2013

The first priority on City Council's list for 2012-2013 is supporting Golden's schools and libraries.

The Golden City Council held its biannual retreat earlier in February, focusing on their work plan for the next two years. They identified nine general areas they want to focus on: (1) supporting Golden’s schools and libraries; (2) improving public space; (3) promoting a healthy community; (4) moving the ball forward on key transportation issues; (5) strengthening Golden’s neighborhoods; (6) fostering a strong relationship with Colorado School of Mines; (7) supporting a strong economy; (8) improving on the city’s capital improvement plan; and (9) meeting the city’s sustainability goals. It’s a great list but also a pretty expansive one, and I’m looking forward to learning more about how Council is planning to prioritize among those goals.

Jeffco Library Community Survey Results

The Jefferson County Library has some challenges ahead: the Jefferson County Commissioners don’t typically fund the library at the full amount permitted under the library’s mill levy (which is controlled by the county), and it looks like they are going to take a bigger hit in 2011. As part of an effort to figure out how best to manage their budget restrictions, the Jeffco Library prepared a “State of the Library” update and they recently conducted a community survey.

The key conclusion of the survey: “A majority of Jefferson County residents who replied to the Library’s recent mail-in community survey feel that JCPL is doing an excellent or good job of meeting the needs of Jefferson County communities. Additionally, a majority of respondents strongly agreed that funding the Library is a good use of tax money and would rather see an increase in taxes to support libraries than see reductions in Library services.” Also, “[s]atisfaction with Library services and Library usage both ranked quite high among those completing the survey.”

Some of the other results:

  • Nearly 90 percent felt that JCPL does an excellent or good job in meeting the needs of local communities.
  • Over 80 percent said they currently have a Jefferson County Public Library card.
  • More than 80 percent also reported they had visited a Jefferson County Public Library location at least once in the previous 12 months.
  • Almost 85 percent strongly agreed that funding the library is a good use of tax money, and 97 percent of respondents at least somewhat agreed.
  • Over half of survey respondents strongly agreed that they would rather see an increase in taxes to support libraries rather than see reductions in library services, and 84 percent at least somewhat agreed.
  • Expansion of Library programs and services garnered robust support.
  • When asked to what extent they would support or oppose expansion of a variety of Library programs and services, two-thirds or more of respondents supported each of the options listed.
  • The most popular options for expansion, strongly supported by more than 40 percent of respondents and supported by over 90 percent, included:
    • resources for self-directed learning,
    • popular titles/current topics,
    • technology access and training,
    • early literacy/reading skills, and
    • support for educational achievement.
  • Those completing the survey were also in favor of technology improvements at the Library. The most popular options were more wireless Internet access, more online databases/resources, more computers/computer stations, more places to plug in laptop computers, and more computer classes/training.
  • The survey asked respondents what types of program or service reductions they would support if JCPL needed to cut services to meet lowered budgets. Of six options presented, the one with the most support was to reduce library hours of operation, supported by nearly two-thirds of respondents.
  • Two options were supported by about as many respondents as opposed them; these were reducing or eliminating outreach programs to special populations and reducing or eliminating classes and programs.
  • A third or less of respondents supported the idea of reducing or eliminating technology access and training, or reducing the collections, while two-thirds of respondents or more opposed these options.
  • The option with the least support was to permanently close one or more libraries; this alternative was supported by only 14 percent of respondents and opposed by 86 percent.

According to the Jeffco Library, the mail-in survey was sent to more than 3,800 randomly selected households in Jefferson County. They had 924 responses (24%) with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.  You can download the entire report if you want to read more.

A Short Online Survey on Golden's Public Library

The Jefferson County Public Library has a short survey online right now about how you use the library and how you’d like to use it. If you’ve got a few minutes, you might fill it out and help them improve our local library branch.

A Short Online Survey on Golden’s Public Library

The Jefferson County Public Library has a short survey online right now about how you use the library and how you’d like to use it. If you’ve got a few minutes, you might fill it out and help them improve our local library branch.