October 19, 2017

What’s Happening in Golden

August 9, City Council Business Meeting and Study Session
City Hall at 7 p.m. The agenda includes appointment to the Golden Urban Renewal Authority, a resolution in support of funding measures for Jeffco schools, amendments to the Rooney Road Sports Complex and recycling center agreements with Jefferson County, a presentation to City Council by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Golden’s Economic Future, GURA’s quarterly report to City Council, and a discussion about the creation of a Downtown Development Task Force. City Council is meeting with Colorado School of Mines representatives for dinner before the official meeting starts. You can review the complete agenda, download the packet, and watch the live screencast, all on the city’s website.

August 10, Movies & Music in the Park
The next Movies & Music in the Park event features Dwight Mark at 7pm followed by The Muppet Movie at about 8:30. If the weather holds, you’ll find Movies & Music in the Park on 17, as well (with Tommy & the Tangerines and the movie Dolphin Tale).

August 11, Golden Farmer’s Market
The Farmer’s Market runs every Saturday from 8am – 1pm through October 6. If you haven’t been down yet this year, you’ll find it’s even bigger and better than last year.

August 18-19, Golden Fine Arts Festival
Golden’s premier art fest – the Golden Fine Arts Festival – runs all weekend long on 11th Street alongside the Clear Creek History Park.

August 23, City Council Business Meeting
City Hall at 7 p.m. You can review the agenda about a week before the meeting, and you can watch the live screencast, all on the city’s website.

August 25, USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Golden is hosting the start of Stage 6 of this year’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Just like last year, Golden is hosting a bunch of great events all weekend, including the “King of the Mountain” Lookout Mountain Hill Climb, the Taste of Golden block party, the movie Breaking Away at the Lions Park ballfields, and more.

August 28, Golden Cruise
The Golden Cruise is always the last Tuesday of the month, which means the next one is August 28. The action starts at Woody’s in downtown Golden at around 5:30pm with beer, free bike tune-ups, and plenty of frivolity. The Cruise starts at around 7pm.

September 1, Coffee With a Councilor
For folks living in the southern half of Golden, this is a chance to hear and ask questions of Councilor Saoirse Charis-Graves and other members of the City Council representing your part of town.

September 1, Golden Super Cruise
The Golden Super Cruise is cruising’ this summer, with official festivities running from 5-9pm. This is Golden’s car cruiser classic (not to be confused with the Golden Cruise, our bike cruiser event). There is one more Super Cruise evening scheduled for October 6.

September 7, First Friday Street Fair
Golden’s First Friday Street Fair continues in September. You’ll find inexpensive food, beer, music, kid-friendly entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, and more in historic downtown Golden from 5 – 10pm.

Two good websites for looking up other events in town are the city’s community calendar and Golden.com.

Recycling Your Old Trash Cans

The City is working with EDS, the local trash hauler that won the citywide contract beginning this fall, to come up with a good plan for collecting and recycling old trash cans at no cost to residents.  Because the new EDS contract includes trash bins they will provide to Golden residents, many may want to get rid of their old ones.  The City will let everyone know by email, the city’s web site, and through the Informer once the details are figured out.

If you have other questions about the new trash hauling program or the new curbside recycling program, you’ll probably find most of what you need on the new trash/recycling program web page.

New Biz Signs and Recycling Bins Arrive in Downtown Golden

The SE corner of Washington and 12th.

If you’ve been in downtown Golden today you may have noticed the newest streetscape feature: the new recycling bins and business directional signs are in. It may take a little while before all the signs and all the final touches are installed, but even before they receive their final polish they look great. We are hoping they will help draw traffic to our off-Avenue merchants, help reduce the clutter of sidewalk signs, and make recycling easy for downtown visitors and residents.

Golden Adopts New Coordinated Trash Hauler/Recycling Program

At last week’s meeting the City Council adopted a new single hauler trash program for single family homes and multi-family buildings with seven or fewer units. I don’t think I can write a better overview of the issue and the decision than Councilor Sloan did, so I’ll just share what she wrote:

After years of study, listening, and deliberation, City Council unanimously approved a single-hauler trash program.  The ordinance and implementing resolutions adopted a single-hauler trash program and authorized a contract with local company EDS Waste Systems to provide trash and single-stream recycling services to most Golden single-family homes and multi-family residences of 7 or less attached units.  (For those in HOAs with existing trash contracts, participation is optional). 

The importance of the decision was underscored by the volume and nature of comments at the public hearing, in person to individual councilors, by telephone, in e-mails, and through the City’s e-comment function on cityofgolden.net.  Those in support of the ordinance (the majority) emphasized the local and global benefits of increased recycling; safety, noise, and road-maintenance advantages flowing from reduced trash-truck traffic; and the generally lower rates obtained through a negotiated group rate.  Those in opposition expressed concerns about an increased governmental role in trash hauling and changes in their current arrangements. Many on both sides gave ideas for future improvements to the plan. 

It’s my personal belief that the long-term effects of the single-hauler program will be overwhelmingly positive for Golden residents.  But in the short run, participation in the program may require adjustments to long-entrenched expectations of having all trash whisked from the curb to a landfill. A welcome packet with details about the program will be in your mailbox soon.  For earlier information, visit www.cityofgolden.net/solidwasteandrecycling, call a knowledgeable and friendly city staff member at 303-384-8183, or call/e-mail a city councilor. 

I’ll just add to Marjorie’s comments that we made some substantial changes to the original proposal in response to those concerns. For example, the final version of the plan allows HOAs with existing contracts to choose whether they want to participate or not. Another example: people who own multi-family buildings with 7 or fewer units were concerned about having to provide individual trash and recycling bins for every unit, so we changed the final contract to allow for dumpsters and other alternatives.

Citywide Trash Hauling Under Consideration: Lower Cost & Fewer Garbage Trucks

The city has spent the last couple of years looking at a wide range of options for how we manage trash hauling in Golden. We heard from a huge number of community members on the issue, expressing a wide range of opinions. The majority of the comments have expressed support for moving to a citywide contract for several reasons, including reduced cost for the service, reduced wear and tear on our streets (each pass of a garbage truck does 1,200 car trips worth of damage), improved air quality and reduced environmental impacts (one truck driving by your home instead of 5-10), less solid waste headed to the landfill, making recycling a lot easier, and adding a composting option. Based on this feedback, the city issued a Request for Proposals and evaluated all of the submissions. City Councilors indicated a preference for the one with the lowest price, so staff has been negotiating with them on a contract. Thursday night City Council will decide whether to finalize that contract.

The contract we are considering this week would only apply to single-family homes and to multifamily homes of seven units or less. Homes that are part of HOAs with trash hauling contracts wouldn’t have to participate but they’ll have the option of doing so (and many will probably choose to do so because it’s such a good deal).

Although the majority of comments have been supportive, we’ve also heard some concerns about the proposal:

a) What will a citywide contract do to the cost of trash hauling? Because the contract covers such a large number of homes, we were able to negotiate a terrific deal. The cost for most community members would go down.

The basic deal: Single family homes and homes in multifamily building of seven units or less (not including HOAs) will receive unlimited curbside recycling. You’ll then select one of the following options:

  • Option 1: 32-Gallon supersaver $5.50/ pay-per-bag stickers ~$2.65 (when you’re out of town or don’t use much trash)
  • Option 2: 32-Gallon container – $6.75/mo
  • Option 3: 64-Gallon container – $11/mo
  • Option 4: 96-Gallon container – $16.75/mo

This cost will be included on your water bill, so you will no longer have to pay for your trash hauling service separately. It also includes semi-annual tree and brush pickups, composting pickup options, and unlimited single-stream curbside recycling (including plastics #1-7, phone books, cardboard boxes, junk mail, newspapers, metal, and glass).

b) What effect will a citywide contract have on the local trash hauling company? In addition to their reputation for high quality service, EDS – the local company – had the lowest bid. The contract we are considering this week is with EDS.

c) Will market competition put pressure on the trash hauler to provide good service and a good price? Because we will renew the contract on a regular basis, we are getting the best of both worlds. The haulers have to compete on price and service on a regular basis, and on every contract cycle everyone in Golden benefits from being able to negotiate with such a large number of homes. In addition, if the trash hauler with the contract ever fails to meet our expectations for quality or customer service we can dump them.

d) Will HOAs have to participate, given that some have been able to negotiate decent contracts on their own? In response to these comments, City Council adjusted the proposal so that HOAs could elect to participate if they wish or elect to negotiate on their own. I’m guessing that most will eventually become part of the citywide system because it’s such a good deal.

5) Do other communities handle trash hauling in this way? As Councilor Fisher reported in his newsletter earlier today, a bunch of communities across Colorado use a similar system. These include Grand Junction, Thorton, Northglenn, Commerce City, Louisville, Lafayette, Denver, Durango, and Longmont. Nationally, it turns out that it’s quite common for cities to either use contracts like ours or to actually provide trash hauling as a municipal service (which we aren’t considering).

City Council will make a final decision on this proposal at Thursday night’s meeting. If you haven’t weighed in yet, please do so. You’ll find the proposal in the City Council packet (agenda item #11), and you can comment simply by clicking the “e-comment” button right next to the agenda item or by sending an email to City Council (citycouncil@cityofgolden.net). You can also speak during the public hearing on Thursday night (a little bit after 7 p.m.).

Citywide Trash Hauling Under Consideration: Lower Cost & Fewer Garbage Trucks

The city has spent the last couple of years looking at a wide range of options for how we manage trash hauling in Golden. We heard from a huge number of community members on the issue, expressing a wide range of opinions. The majority of the comments have expressed support for moving to a citywide contract for several reasons, including reduced cost for the service, reduced wear and tear on our streets (each pass of a garbage truck does 1,200 car trips worth of damage), improved air quality and reduced environmental impacts (one truck driving by your home instead of 5-10), less solid waste headed to the landfill, making recycling a lot easier, and adding a composting option. Based on this feedback, the city issued a Request for Proposals and evaluated all of the submissions. City Councilors indicated a preference for the one with the lowest price, so staff has been negotiating with them on a contract. Thursday night City Council will decide whether to finalize that contract.

The contract we are considering this week would only apply to single-family homes and to multifamily homes of seven units or less. Homes that are part of HOAs with trash hauling contracts wouldn’t have to participate but they’ll have the option of doing so (and many will probably choose to do so because it’s such a good deal).

Although the majority of comments have been supportive, we’ve also heard some concerns about the proposal:

a) What will a citywide contract do to the cost of trash hauling? Because the contract covers such a large number of homes, we were able to negotiate a terrific deal. The cost for most community members would go down.

The basic deal: Single family homes and homes in multifamily building of seven units or less (not including HOAs) will receive unlimited curbside recycling. You’ll then select one of the following options:

  • Option 1: 32-Gallon supersaver $5.50/ pay-per-bag stickers ~$2.65 (when you’re out of town or don’t use much trash)
  • Option 2: 32-Gallon container – $6.75/mo
  • Option 3: 64-Gallon container – $11/mo
  • Option 4: 96-Gallon container – $16.75/mo

This cost will be included on your water bill, so you will no longer have to pay for your trash hauling service separately. It also includes semi-annual tree and brush pickups, composting pickup options, and unlimited single-stream curbside recycling (including plastics #1-7, phone books, cardboard boxes, junk mail, newspapers, metal, and glass).

b) What effect will a citywide contract have on the local trash hauling company? In addition to their reputation for high quality service, EDS – the local company – had the lowest bid. The contract we are considering this week is with EDS.

c) Will market competition put pressure on the trash hauler to provide good service and a good price? Because we will renew the contract on a regular basis, we are getting the best of both worlds. The haulers have to compete on price and service on a regular basis, and on every contract cycle everyone in Golden benefits from being able to negotiate with such a large number of homes. In addition, if the trash hauler with the contract ever fails to meet our expectations for quality or customer service we can dump them.

d) Will HOAs have to participate, given that some have been able to negotiate decent contracts on their own? In response to these comments, City Council adjusted the proposal so that HOAs could elect to participate if they wish or elect to negotiate on their own. I’m guessing that most will eventually become part of the citywide system because it’s such a good deal.

5) Do other communities handle trash hauling in this way? As Councilor Fisher reported in his newsletter earlier today, a bunch of communities across Colorado use a similar system. These include Grand Junction, Thorton, Northglenn, Commerce City, Louisville, Lafayette, Denver, Durango, and Longmont. Nationally, it turns out that it’s quite common for cities to either use contracts like ours or to actually provide trash hauling as a municipal service (which we aren’t considering).

City Council will make a final decision on this proposal at Thursday night’s meeting. If you haven’t weighed in yet, please do so. You’ll find the proposal in the City Council packet (agenda item #11), and you can comment simply by clicking the “e-comment” button right next to the agenda item or by sending an email to City Council (citycouncil@cityofgolden.net). You can also speak during the public hearing on Thursday night (a little bit after 7 p.m.).

Jacob’s Golden Update: Jackson Street Corridor Improvements and Other News

Jacob’s Golden Update: February 23, 2010

1. Jackson Street Corridor Pedestrian and Bike Improvements
2. Bachman Open Space Purchase Moves Forward
3. Improving Protections for Mobile Home Park Residents
4. Beltway Briefing
5. CSM Projects Gain City Council Approval
6. TIGER Grants Announced
7. Golden’s New Community Bus: Open House on March 2
8. Jacob’s Golden Blog Roundup
9. Other Upcoming Events
10. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, February 25
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Jacob's Golden Update: City Council Adopts Permit Parking and Other News

Jacob’s Golden Update: January 29, 2010

1. DRCOG Approves “Jefferson Parkway” Toll Highway Proposal
2. City Council Adopts Permit Parking Near CSM
3. Moving Forward With Other CSM Agreements
4. Community Bus Neighborhood Meetings
5. Planning Commission Openings: Deadline February 18
6. Talking Trash: Trash Hauling and Recycling
7. Golden Public Works Earns Top Honors
8. Smith for Golden Blog Roundup
9. Other Upcoming Events
10. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, February 4

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Jacob’s Golden Update: City Council Adopts Permit Parking and Other News

Jacob’s Golden Update: January 29, 2010

1. DRCOG Approves “Jefferson Parkway” Toll Highway Proposal
2. City Council Adopts Permit Parking Near CSM
3. Moving Forward With Other CSM Agreements
4. Community Bus Neighborhood Meetings
5. Planning Commission Openings: Deadline February 18
6. Talking Trash: Trash Hauling and Recycling
7. Golden Public Works Earns Top Honors
8. Smith for Golden Blog Roundup
9. Other Upcoming Events
10. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, February 4

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Jacob's Golden Update 12/2/08: Facing the Economic Challenges of 2009 and Other News

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1. Facing the Economic Challenges of 2009
2. Moving Forward With Golden Vision 2030
3. Council Considers Green Building Standard for Municipal Construction
4. Sales Tax Refund Program Resumes in January
5. Free Tree Recycling
6. Scouting in Golden
7. Subscribe to Ward 4′s Other Newsletter
8. Other Upcoming Events
9. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, December 4

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