October 20, 2018

Shelton’s “Reflections” Awards Ceremony

“Reflections” is one of Shelton Elementary’s coolest events. Students are invited to create an original work of art in visual arts, photography, literature, film production, music composition, or dance choreography. I swung by Shelton a couple of weeks ago to sit in on the PTA meeting and then to watch the Reflections awards ceremony. It was awesome . . . tons of Shelton kids participated and their impressive artwork filled the hallways. Twenty students are advancing to the Jeffco PTA’s Reflections contest, and some of those may advance to the statewide and even national Reflections event. Huge congrats to all the kids who participated, huge thanks to all the parents that helped make it happen, and good luck to all of those who are advancing to the next round. (Thanks to Jason & Michele Cummings for the photo.)


Michelle and Jason (who helped make the event happen) and Ashley (with a 1st place Award of Excellence).

Shelton Elementary’s Big Heart

On Friday I had the distinct privilege of participating in a terrific assembly at Shelton Elementary to celebrate having raised more than $25,000 to support relief efforts in Haiti. The kids themselves raised over $13,500 which was then matched by the Hunger Douglas Foundation. Huge kudos go to Shelton Elementary music teacher Stephen Nye (a recipient of the 2009 Mayor’s Award for Excellence) for coordinating the effort, and equally huge kudos go to all of the Shelton kids, parents, and teachers who made it happen. Shelton students, by the way, have raised more than $50,000 over the past five years for a range of important charities as part of their Shelton Has a Heart campaign.

Shelton Elementary's Big Heart

On Friday I had the distinct privilege of participating in a terrific assembly at Shelton Elementary to celebrate having raised more than $25,000 to support relief efforts in Haiti. The kids themselves raised over $13,500 which was then matched by the Hunger Douglas Foundation. Huge kudos go to Shelton Elementary music teacher Stephen Nye (a recipient of the 2009 Mayor’s Award for Excellence) for coordinating the effort, and equally huge kudos go to all of the Shelton kids, parents, and teachers who made it happen. Shelton students, by the way, have raised more than $50,000 over the past five years for a range of important charities as part of their Shelton Has a Heart campaign.

A Thumbs Up for the Kimball Sidewalk Improvements

A group of neighbors on Allen Street posted a thank you to Councilor Joe Behm and the rest of the Council for the Kimball-Crawford walkability project. The project widened the sidewalks, improved the pedestrian crossings, and narrowed the streets to help keep cars traveling at or below the speed limit. I know some folks dislike narrowing streets, but in this case the streets were quite a bit wider than they needed to be and the sidewalks too narrow for kids and parents to walk comfortably and safely. We focused on Kimball and Crawford because it’s such an important route for kids headed to Shelton Elementary.

UPDATE: Here’s a photo I took this morning:

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Jacob's Golden Update: North Neighborhoods Plan Nearing Completion and Other News

1. North Neighborhoods Plan Nearing Completion
2. All-Ward Town Hall Meeting: Rescheduled
3. Pedestrian Improvements on Kimball and Crawford
4. An Oral History of Golden and the Golden Vision 2030 Kickoff
5. Golden Community Garden Decision This Thursday
6. The Pothole Hotline and Pothole Contest
7. Board Openings: Parks and Recreation, Fire Pension Board, and Accessibility
8. “Complete Streets” Update
9. Register Your Phone for 911 Notifications
10. Other Upcoming Events
11. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, April 9

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1. North Neighborhoods Plan Nearing Completion

This is the latest in a series of neighborhood plans intended to give members of our community more control over the character of their own neighborhoods.  We’ve already completed one such plan in the 8th and 9th Street Neighborhood and we’ve got two more under way as well, a South Neighborhoods Plan and another for the East Street Neighborhood.  I will support any other neighborhood that wants to develop its own plan.

After a lengthy process including two open houses and two walking tours of the neighborhood, the city staff and the Planning Commission now have a proposed North Neighborhoods Plan.  Some of the priorities in the proposed plan include:

  • improving pedestrian connections, trails, and open space;
  • improving the school zone pedestrian area at Mitchell Elementary;
  • strengthening the “site development standards” and adopting “infill regulations” to help ensure that new buildings and additions fit with the character of the neighborhoods; and
  • encouraging the creation of neighborhood associations.

The feedback so far has been very positive.  At our City Council meeting on Thursday night, we’ll have a public hearing and probably adopt the proposed plan or something like it.  We’d love to hear from you by email before Thursday night or at the public hearing if you support the plan or if you have any concerns or suggested improvements.

2. All-Ward Town Hall Meeting: Rescheduled

The entire Golden City Council is hosting an All-City Town Hall Meeting later this spring.  It’s a great chance to meet and chat with all of your City Council representatives.  It’s also a great opportunity to get updates and ask questions on the beltway, the city’s economic health, and any other city issues.  It was originally planned for this week but we inadvertently scheduled it on the first night of Passover.  In order to accommodate all members of our community we are going to bump it a few weeks.  We will announce and advertise the new date as soon as we finalize it.

3. Pedestrian Improvements on Kimball and Crawford

Ensuring that all of our kids can walk or bike to their neighborhood school is the highest priority of our walkability and bikeability efforts.  Both Kimball Avenue and Crawford Street are scheduled to be repaved this summer, and we are taking advantage of needing to work on these streets anyway to widen the sidewalks, slow down traffic, and in other ways make it easier and safer to walk or bike to Shelton.  The basic tradeoff: the wider the sidewalks, the narrower the street.  We hear quite a bit about cars traveling too fast near the school, and narrowing the street will slow down traffic, but also requires drivers to be more alert and can reduce the amount of on-street parking.  We’ve got a range of options – we’ve got sketches of what the streets could look like under each – and we welcome your feedback.  If you haven’t already weighed in, please send me an email (jsmith@cityofgolden.net) or come to the City Council meeting on Thursday night this week.  We will probably make a decision at this meeting.

4. An Oral History of Golden and the Golden Vision 2030 Kickoff

More than 150 people participated in the Golden Vision 2030 Kickoff in early March.  It was good fun and many folks contributed great stories and great ideas about the future of Golden.  If you weren’t able to join us, don’t fret . . . we’ve got a series of neighborhood meetings planned all spring and summer long.  Please consider joining us at one of these:

  • May 2 – North Golden (Mesa Meadows, North Ford St.)
  • May 16 – North Golden (Bible Flats, numbered streets, Canyon Point)
  • June 13 – East St.
  • June 27 – Beverly Heights/Lookout Mtn.
  • July 11 – South Golden Road/Rimrock
  • July 25 – Heritage Road West (Heritage Dells/Eagle Ridge) – this may get rescheduled
  • August 8 – Heritage Road East (Golden Ridge/Golden Terrace)
  • August 22 – Golden Hills and Golden Heights

I also hope you’ll take a minute to visit the Community Almanac web site and share your stories and photographs of Golden.

One special treat: we watched Diane Tiberi’s terrific oral history video called “Voices of Golden.”  I know she’s working on getting a higher resolution version online, but this works well and it’s a great compilation of stories about long-time and newer Golden residents.

5. Golden Community Garden Decision This Thursday

In my last newsletter I reported that a new Golden Community Garden looked promising but that we still had some logistical hurdles to overcome.  Well, in just a few weeks we’ve managed to overcome most of those and the new garden looks very much like it will be a reality.  The new garden will be west of the Golden Community Center and south of the Briarwood restaurant on part of the old City Shops land.  The garden, which should open in May, will offer 10′ x 20′ plots to individuals and families or groups.  This is really the product of a terrific group of tenacious, creative, and energetic community volunteers.  City staff also did a great job of working with the community group to sort through the obstacles, and the Denver Urban Gardens has also been really helpful.

The City (through the Sustainability Advisory Board) is contributing some funding, but I know the new garden needs quite a bit more for garden infrastructure, irrigation, soil enhancements, pathway construction, signage, and raised beds for gardeners with special needs.  I know they are very open to in-kind donations of topsoil, tools, and other equipment as well.  You can learn more or get involved by contacting the group by email (goldencommunitygarden@googlegroups.com) or by attending one of the weekly meetings (Friday mornings at 7 am at Windy Saddle and Monday evenings at 8 pm at the American Mountaineering Center).

City Council is scheduled to discuss and vote on a resolution authorizing the use of the old City Shops land at our meeting this Thursday evening.  Feel free to email me (jsmith@cityofgolden.net) any thoughts or comments you might have.

6. The Pothole Hotline and Pothole Contest

Springtime is the season of lengthening days, warm temperatures, and chirping chickadees.  It’s also the time most of our potholes show up after months of freezing and thawing.  We can usually fix potholes within 48 hours of finding them, but it helps the Streets Department a bunch for community members to report them as they show up.  We just launched the 2009 Pothole Hotline and Pothole Contest, which helps us by letting us know where all the potholes are.  You also get a shot at winning a prize – the person reporting the largest pothole each week wins.  You can report a pothole by calling (303-215-8882 x2901) or on the city’s web site.

7. Board Openings: Parks and Recreation, Fire Pension Board, and Accessibility

If you’ve been thinking about contributing to the community, joining one of the City’s advisory boards is one good option, and we’ve got openings on three of them.

One option is the new Accessibility Committee designed to provide input on the accessibility aspects of designs for City of Golden construction projects.  The Committee will also play a role in developing a new Accessibility Master Plan based on the findings of an accessibility audit to be completed later this year.  If you are interested, please contact Dan Hartman, the City’s Public Works Director (dhartman@cityofgolden.net or 303-384-8150).

The Fire Pension Board has a “community member” opening for a two-year term.  The board, comprised of two community members, the mayor, and other people associated with the Golden Fire Department and the City, is responsible for directing the management of the Fire Department’s pension fund.  It is an important role, especially in these challenging economic times.  You can get an application from the City Clerk’s office (clerks@cityofgolden.net or 303-384-8014).

Finally, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board provides guidance to the City Council on the City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan, capital improvements, the city’s parks and trails, and other issues related to our parks and recreation system.  They meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.  We will make four appointments to this board, including one alternate, all for four-year terms. You can download the application or get one from the City Clerk’s office (303-384-8014).

I’m not sure of the application deadline for the Accessibility board, but I do know that applications for the other two are due by April 9 at 5:00 p.m. (Thursday this week).

8. “Complete Streets” Update

Many of the recommendations made by last year’s community task forces on walkability and on improving bicycling had to do with how we design streets and sidewalks in Golden.  These recommendations also tied in to some of our Sustainability Initiative efforts, the Downtown Character Plan, and our neighborhood plans.  In order to tackle these recommendations in a comprehensive manner, we are crafting a new “Complete Streets” approach to designing streets from the get-go to accommodate all uses of the street and the sidewalk.  Some of the key elements include keeping the sidewalks wide and protected from the road, safe pedestrian crossings, effective bike lanes and paths, providing safe and adequate parking, providing good access for people in wheelchairs, and the like.  There seemed to be general support on City Council for the idea of having one set of criteria for new street construction, where we can be the most comprehensive, and another approach for street upgrades and renovations, where we usually have greater challenges because of complicated rights of way and other logistics.

In January, city staff provided Council and the community with an extensive briefing on the idea of “Complete Streets.”  In the next few months we’ll dive into more of the details and potentially adopt a formal policy or program later this year.  At our regular business meeting this Thursday night, the Public Works and Planning Directors will provide City Council with an update and briefing on the project.

9. Register Your Phone for 911 Notifications

The City of Golden has an effective reverse 911 notification system, meaning the Emergency Dispatch Center can send a call to individual home phones with critical information about an impending or ongoing emergency.  Jefferson County has now expanded that system to include cell phones for those folks who want to sign up.  The service is free and your information will not be sold to solicitors.  Signing up takes just a few minutes on their web site.

10. Other Upcoming Events

  • Golden Family Easter, April 11.  The event kicks off at 10:00 a.m. with a canned food drive for the Christian Action Guild, a free Easter Egg hunt in Parfet Park (10th & Washington), and other family-friendly events.
  • Opening Night at Miners Alley Playhouse: “Move Over Ms. Markham,” April 17.  The play runs Friday and Saturday nights through May 31, all at 7:30 p.m.
  • Town Hall Meeting with State Senator Moe Keller and State Representative Gwyn Green, Golden City Hall, Saturday April 18.  This is a great chance to hear what’s going on the state legislature and to ask your state representative and state senator questions.  It runs from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • First Friday, Historic Downtown Golden, May 1.  Many of the downtown shops, stores, and restaurants stay open late, often with treats and specials.  You’ll also find entertainment and free horse drawn carriage rides (weather permitting).
  • Community Pride Days, May 1-2.  This annual City of Golden event is your chance to get rid of unwanted items and debris for free.  You can drop off construction materials, scrap metal, electronics and computers, tires, and other rubbish at the City Shops facility on the north end of town (1300 Catamount Drive).  The April Informer has all the details as well as coupons for a free appliance pickup and a free hazardous chemicals drop-off.
  • Golden Vision 2030 Neighborhood Meeting, May 2 – North Golden (Mesa Meadows, North Ford St.).

11. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, April 9

Our next city council meeting is a regular business meeting on April 9.  You can download that and review minutes and videos of previous City Council meetings on the city’s web site.  The agenda includes the following issues:

  • First reading on an update to our Ethics Code to remove the “official capacity” potential loophole pertaining to gifts to City officials.
  • First reading of a potential update to the city’s campaign finance rules to clarify the distinction between political committees and issue committees, impose a limit on contributions to political committees, and eliminate a loophole that could allow a candidate to avoid campaign contribution limits.
  • Consideration of a resolution authorizing a new Golden Community Garden on part of the old city shops property.
  • Consideration of a proposal to create a separate pool under the City’s 1% growth system for affordable housing projects.
  • Consideration of the North Neighborhoods Plan, including incorporating the plan into the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
  • Discussion and a possible decision about pedestrian and bicycle improvements on Kimball and Crawford Streets west of Heritage Road.
  • An update on the City’s new Complete Streets Program to better integrate pedestrian and bicycle planning into street improvements.
  • Consideration of a request by Jimmy John’s, the new sandwich restaurant on Washington Avenue downtown, for outdoor seating on the sidewalk.
  • An executive session about an ongoing sales tax dispute with Aramark Educational Services.

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Jacob Smith, Mayor
jsmith@cityofgolden.net
(303) 216-168
www.SmithforGolden.org

Jacob’s Golden Update: North Neighborhoods Plan Nearing Completion and Other News

1. North Neighborhoods Plan Nearing Completion
2. All-Ward Town Hall Meeting: Rescheduled
3. Pedestrian Improvements on Kimball and Crawford
4. An Oral History of Golden and the Golden Vision 2030 Kickoff
5. Golden Community Garden Decision This Thursday
6. The Pothole Hotline and Pothole Contest
7. Board Openings: Parks and Recreation, Fire Pension Board, and Accessibility
8. “Complete Streets” Update
9. Register Your Phone for 911 Notifications
10. Other Upcoming Events
11. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, April 9

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1. North Neighborhoods Plan Nearing Completion

This is the latest in a series of neighborhood plans intended to give members of our community more control over the character of their own neighborhoods.  We’ve already completed one such plan in the 8th and 9th Street Neighborhood and we’ve got two more under way as well, a South Neighborhoods Plan and another for the East Street Neighborhood.  I will support any other neighborhood that wants to develop its own plan.

After a lengthy process including two open houses and two walking tours of the neighborhood, the city staff and the Planning Commission now have a proposed North Neighborhoods Plan.  Some of the priorities in the proposed plan include:

  • improving pedestrian connections, trails, and open space;
  • improving the school zone pedestrian area at Mitchell Elementary;
  • strengthening the “site development standards” and adopting “infill regulations” to help ensure that new buildings and additions fit with the character of the neighborhoods; and
  • encouraging the creation of neighborhood associations.

The feedback so far has been very positive.  At our City Council meeting on Thursday night, we’ll have a public hearing and probably adopt the proposed plan or something like it.  We’d love to hear from you by email before Thursday night or at the public hearing if you support the plan or if you have any concerns or suggested improvements.

2. All-Ward Town Hall Meeting: Rescheduled

The entire Golden City Council is hosting an All-City Town Hall Meeting later this spring.  It’s a great chance to meet and chat with all of your City Council representatives.  It’s also a great opportunity to get updates and ask questions on the beltway, the city’s economic health, and any other city issues.  It was originally planned for this week but we inadvertently scheduled it on the first night of Passover.  In order to accommodate all members of our community we are going to bump it a few weeks.  We will announce and advertise the new date as soon as we finalize it.

3. Pedestrian Improvements on Kimball and Crawford

Ensuring that all of our kids can walk or bike to their neighborhood school is the highest priority of our walkability and bikeability efforts.  Both Kimball Avenue and Crawford Street are scheduled to be repaved this summer, and we are taking advantage of needing to work on these streets anyway to widen the sidewalks, slow down traffic, and in other ways make it easier and safer to walk or bike to Shelton.  The basic tradeoff: the wider the sidewalks, the narrower the street.  We hear quite a bit about cars traveling too fast near the school, and narrowing the street will slow down traffic, but also requires drivers to be more alert and can reduce the amount of on-street parking.  We’ve got a range of options – we’ve got sketches of what the streets could look like under each – and we welcome your feedback.  If you haven’t already weighed in, please send me an email (jsmith@cityofgolden.net) or come to the City Council meeting on Thursday night this week.  We will probably make a decision at this meeting.

4. An Oral History of Golden and the Golden Vision 2030 Kickoff

More than 150 people participated in the Golden Vision 2030 Kickoff in early March.  It was good fun and many folks contributed great stories and great ideas about the future of Golden.  If you weren’t able to join us, don’t fret . . . we’ve got a series of neighborhood meetings planned all spring and summer long.  Please consider joining us at one of these:

  • May 2 – North Golden (Mesa Meadows, North Ford St.)
  • May 16 – North Golden (Bible Flats, numbered streets, Canyon Point)
  • June 13 – East St.
  • June 27 – Beverly Heights/Lookout Mtn.
  • July 11 – South Golden Road/Rimrock
  • July 25 – Heritage Road West (Heritage Dells/Eagle Ridge) – this may get rescheduled
  • August 8 – Heritage Road East (Golden Ridge/Golden Terrace)
  • August 22 – Golden Hills and Golden Heights

I also hope you’ll take a minute to visit the Community Almanac web site and share your stories and photographs of Golden.

One special treat: we watched Diane Tiberi’s terrific oral history video called “Voices of Golden.”  I know she’s working on getting a higher resolution version online, but this works well and it’s a great compilation of stories about long-time and newer Golden residents.

5. Golden Community Garden Decision This Thursday

In my last newsletter I reported that a new Golden Community Garden looked promising but that we still had some logistical hurdles to overcome.  Well, in just a few weeks we’ve managed to overcome most of those and the new garden looks very much like it will be a reality.  The new garden will be west of the Golden Community Center and south of the Briarwood restaurant on part of the old City Shops land.  The garden, which should open in May, will offer 10′ x 20′ plots to individuals and families or groups.  This is really the product of a terrific group of tenacious, creative, and energetic community volunteers.  City staff also did a great job of working with the community group to sort through the obstacles, and the Denver Urban Gardens has also been really helpful.

The City (through the Sustainability Advisory Board) is contributing some funding, but I know the new garden needs quite a bit more for garden infrastructure, irrigation, soil enhancements, pathway construction, signage, and raised beds for gardeners with special needs.  I know they are very open to in-kind donations of topsoil, tools, and other equipment as well.  You can learn more or get involved by contacting the group by email (goldencommunitygarden@googlegroups.com) or by attending one of the weekly meetings (Friday mornings at 7 am at Windy Saddle and Monday evenings at 8 pm at the American Mountaineering Center).

City Council is scheduled to discuss and vote on a resolution authorizing the use of the old City Shops land at our meeting this Thursday evening.  Feel free to email me (jsmith@cityofgolden.net) any thoughts or comments you might have.

6. The Pothole Hotline and Pothole Contest

Springtime is the season of lengthening days, warm temperatures, and chirping chickadees.  It’s also the time most of our potholes show up after months of freezing and thawing.  We can usually fix potholes within 48 hours of finding them, but it helps the Streets Department a bunch for community members to report them as they show up.  We just launched the 2009 Pothole Hotline and Pothole Contest, which helps us by letting us know where all the potholes are.  You also get a shot at winning a prize – the person reporting the largest pothole each week wins.  You can report a pothole by calling (303-215-8882 x2901) or on the city’s web site.

7. Board Openings: Parks and Recreation, Fire Pension Board, and Accessibility

If you’ve been thinking about contributing to the community, joining one of the City’s advisory boards is one good option, and we’ve got openings on three of them.

One option is the new Accessibility Committee designed to provide input on the accessibility aspects of designs for City of Golden construction projects.  The Committee will also play a role in developing a new Accessibility Master Plan based on the findings of an accessibility audit to be completed later this year.  If you are interested, please contact Dan Hartman, the City’s Public Works Director (dhartman@cityofgolden.net or 303-384-8150).

The Fire Pension Board has a “community member” opening for a two-year term.  The board, comprised of two community members, the mayor, and other people associated with the Golden Fire Department and the City, is responsible for directing the management of the Fire Department’s pension fund.  It is an important role, especially in these challenging economic times.  You can get an application from the City Clerk’s office (clerks@cityofgolden.net or 303-384-8014).

Finally, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board provides guidance to the City Council on the City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan, capital improvements, the city’s parks and trails, and other issues related to our parks and recreation system.  They meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.  We will make four appointments to this board, including one alternate, all for four-year terms. You can download the application or get one from the City Clerk’s office (303-384-8014).

I’m not sure of the application deadline for the Accessibility board, but I do know that applications for the other two are due by April 9 at 5:00 p.m. (Thursday this week).

8. “Complete Streets” Update

Many of the recommendations made by last year’s community task forces on walkability and on improving bicycling had to do with how we design streets and sidewalks in Golden.  These recommendations also tied in to some of our Sustainability Initiative efforts, the Downtown Character Plan, and our neighborhood plans.  In order to tackle these recommendations in a comprehensive manner, we are crafting a new “Complete Streets” approach to designing streets from the get-go to accommodate all uses of the street and the sidewalk.  Some of the key elements include keeping the sidewalks wide and protected from the road, safe pedestrian crossings, effective bike lanes and paths, providing safe and adequate parking, providing good access for people in wheelchairs, and the like.  There seemed to be general support on City Council for the idea of having one set of criteria for new street construction, where we can be the most comprehensive, and another approach for street upgrades and renovations, where we usually have greater challenges because of complicated rights of way and other logistics.

In January, city staff provided Council and the community with an extensive briefing on the idea of “Complete Streets.”  In the next few months we’ll dive into more of the details and potentially adopt a formal policy or program later this year.  At our regular business meeting this Thursday night, the Public Works and Planning Directors will provide City Council with an update and briefing on the project.

9. Register Your Phone for 911 Notifications

The City of Golden has an effective reverse 911 notification system, meaning the Emergency Dispatch Center can send a call to individual home phones with critical information about an impending or ongoing emergency.  Jefferson County has now expanded that system to include cell phones for those folks who want to sign up.  The service is free and your information will not be sold to solicitors.  Signing up takes just a few minutes on their web site.

10. Other Upcoming Events

  • Golden Family Easter, April 11.  The event kicks off at 10:00 a.m. with a canned food drive for the Christian Action Guild, a free Easter Egg hunt in Parfet Park (10th & Washington), and other family-friendly events.
  • Opening Night at Miners Alley Playhouse: “Move Over Ms. Markham,” April 17.  The play runs Friday and Saturday nights through May 31, all at 7:30 p.m.
  • Town Hall Meeting with State Senator Moe Keller and State Representative Gwyn Green, Golden City Hall, Saturday April 18.  This is a great chance to hear what’s going on the state legislature and to ask your state representative and state senator questions.  It runs from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • First Friday, Historic Downtown Golden, May 1.  Many of the downtown shops, stores, and restaurants stay open late, often with treats and specials.  You’ll also find entertainment and free horse drawn carriage rides (weather permitting).
  • Community Pride Days, May 1-2.  This annual City of Golden event is your chance to get rid of unwanted items and debris for free.  You can drop off construction materials, scrap metal, electronics and computers, tires, and other rubbish at the City Shops facility on the north end of town (1300 Catamount Drive).  The April Informer has all the details as well as coupons for a free appliance pickup and a free hazardous chemicals drop-off.
  • Golden Vision 2030 Neighborhood Meeting, May 2 – North Golden (Mesa Meadows, North Ford St.).

11. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, April 9

Our next city council meeting is a regular business meeting on April 9.  You can download that and review minutes and videos of previous City Council meetings on the city’s web site.  The agenda includes the following issues:

  • First reading on an update to our Ethics Code to remove the “official capacity” potential loophole pertaining to gifts to City officials.
  • First reading of a potential update to the city’s campaign finance rules to clarify the distinction between political committees and issue committees, impose a limit on contributions to political committees, and eliminate a loophole that could allow a candidate to avoid campaign contribution limits.
  • Consideration of a resolution authorizing a new Golden Community Garden on part of the old city shops property.
  • Consideration of a proposal to create a separate pool under the City’s 1% growth system for affordable housing projects.
  • Consideration of the North Neighborhoods Plan, including incorporating the plan into the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
  • Discussion and a possible decision about pedestrian and bicycle improvements on Kimball and Crawford Streets west of Heritage Road.
  • An update on the City’s new Complete Streets Program to better integrate pedestrian and bicycle planning into street improvements.
  • Consideration of a request by Jimmy John’s, the new sandwich restaurant on Washington Avenue downtown, for outdoor seating on the sidewalk.
  • An executive session about an ongoing sales tax dispute with Aramark Educational Services.

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Jacob Smith, Mayor
jsmith@cityofgolden.net
(303) 216-168
www.SmithforGolden.org

Arbor Day

A couple of weeks ago I had the good fortune to join some of the second graders at Shelton Elementary as they and City Forestor Dave High planted a new spruce tree in Heritage Dells Park in honor of Arbor Day. Although it represented a net loss of trees from Ward 4 (since Dave moved it from its home by the Community Center), we plant tons of trees every year in Golden and it was fun to be part of the event. (And of course I'll make sure Ward 4 gets its fair share of new trees!) Dave did a terrific job with the kids, keeping them engaged while answering their diverse questions, and, frankly, the machine they used to actually plant the tree was pretty cool as well.

Arbor Day tree planting near Shelton Elementary