September 17, 2019

The City of Golden's Water Plant: Making Sure Golden Has Clean Water

Earlier this year, the city’s Public Works Director Dan Hartman and I took a walking tour of Golden’s water plant, starting at Clear Creek and working our way through the entire plant. If you are interested in learning more about how we get, purify, and test our water, check out this video. It won’t win any Oscars, and I’ve already received a bunch of great suggestions about shooting video for the next one, but it gets the job done.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/12124812]

The City of Golden’s Water Plant: Making Sure Golden Has Clean Water

Earlier this year, the city’s Public Works Director Dan Hartman and I took a walking tour of Golden’s water plant, starting at Clear Creek and working our way through the entire plant. If you are interested in learning more about how we get, purify, and test our water, check out this video. It won’t win any Oscars, and I’ve already received a bunch of great suggestions about shooting video for the next one, but it gets the job done.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/12124812]

2010 Budget Summary

The Citizens Budget Advisory Board and the city’s Finance Director do a great job putting together a summary of the city’s annual budget. It was in the May issue of the Golden Informer, but just in case you missed it or want a recap, here are some of the highlights:

  • Golden is a “full service” city, meaning that the city itself provides most of the services residents and businesses use. This includes police, fire, water, wastewater, storm drainage, and flood control. In many cities, those services are provided by separate districts.
  • The city’s total 2010 budget is about $47 million.
  • Of the city’s total projected revenues in 2010, sales and use tax make up 31%, property taxes are 11%, charges for services is 30%, and utilities charges amounts to 18%.
  • Our total projected sales and use tax revenue in 2010 is about $14.6 million, one-third of which has to be used for capital improvements. This is the reason that the city is always able to invest at least something in improving streets, sidewalks, and other capital projects even when revenues drop.
  • Only 14% of your property tax bill goes to the city. Most of the rest funds the Jefferson County School District and Jefferson County.
  • Because we have a largely volunteer fire department, our fire department budget is much smaller than it would be otherwise. We have four fire stations across town staffed by 11 paid staff and more than 80 volunteers.
  • Our police department has 42 sworn officers and 18 full-time staff. They responded to 64,689 calls in 2009.
  • Golden’s water system includes 108 miles of water mains, 834 hydrants, eight pump stations, nine treated water storage tanks, three raw water reservoirs, and one interbasin tunnel. The system provides nearly three million gallons of water to residents each day. Our wastewater system has 78 miles of sewage lines.
  • Our Parks and Recreation Department offers 253 acres of parkland, 20 miles of trails, 377 acres of open space, two indoor swimming pools, a water park, five tennis courts, two skate parks, an RV park, a highly rated public golf course, and a world-class kayaking course.
  • The city maintains a Moody’s rating of A-1 for our water bonds, a Standard & Poors rating of A for our sales and use tax bonds, and an AA- rating for our drainage utility bonds.

Jacob's Golden Update: Golden and the Beltway Issue Featured in PBS Documentary on Sprawl

Jacob’s Golden Update: May 25, 2009

1. Golden and the Beltway Issue Featured in PBS Documentary on Sprawl
2. Ramping Up Summer Noise Enforcement
3. New Bike Lanes in Golden (and a new bicycling page on the city’s web site)
4. Report on the All-Ward Town Hall Meeting
5. City Will Postpone Water Tank Project
6. City to Establish Holiday Displays Policy
7. Golden Vision 2030 Survey (get a chance to win Golden Bucks!)
8. Other Upcoming Events
9. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, May 28

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Jacob’s Golden Update: Golden and the Beltway Issue Featured in PBS Documentary on Sprawl

Jacob’s Golden Update: May 25, 2009

1. Golden and the Beltway Issue Featured in PBS Documentary on Sprawl
2. Ramping Up Summer Noise Enforcement
3. New Bike Lanes in Golden (and a new bicycling page on the city’s web site)
4. Report on the All-Ward Town Hall Meeting
5. City Will Postpone Water Tank Project
6. City to Establish Holiday Displays Policy
7. Golden Vision 2030 Survey (get a chance to win Golden Bucks!)
8. Other Upcoming Events
9. Next City Council Meeting: Thursday, May 28

[Read more…]

View the Elevation of Guanella Reservoir

With the completion of the Guanella Reservoir, by our best growth and water use projections, Golden now has a secure 100-year water supply.  The reservoir is located on the West fork of Clear Creek near Empire (just this side of Berthoud Pass).  One of the reservoir’s unusual feature’s is its use of alluvial storage, meaning that some of our water in the reservoir is actually stored underground.  You can see the elevation of the water in the alluvium (user name is Golden and password is water) and the elevation of the reservoir itself (8620 is full).

Avalanche Damages Golden’s Vidler Pipeline

In the Department of Strange News, an avalanche took out part of the Vidler Pipeline, on which we spent a bunch of money last year repairing and upgrading. We use the pipeline and tunnel to carry water from Peru Creek in Summit County to Clear Creek where the City of Golden can then use it. We didn't expect this because the tunnel is typically buried under the snow and thus protected from avalanches. No such luck this time. The really strange thing is that the slide didn’t actually damage the pipeline at all, it just broke it apart and scattered the pieces, so the repair will mostly consist of putting everything back together. The photos (one from last fall and two new ones) are pretty wild.

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