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Have you heard a rumor in the community or just curious about something going on in town? We're here to help! Post your questions and a City Staff member will provide accurate and up-to-date information and answers.

Have you heard a rumor in the community or just curious about something going on in town? We're here to help! Post your questions and a City Staff member will provide accurate and up-to-date information and answers.

Curious about something? Just ask!


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    There are signs in our neighborhood about a South Table Mountain trail access meeting. It says to go to Guiding Golden but I can't find the link. Please assist.

    annross9 asked about 1 month ago

    Thanks for your question! Your confusion is understandable as the Guiding Golden project you're looking for is at www.guidinggolden.com/rimrock-driveWe went ahead and added "South Table Mountain" to the name of the project to make it easier for folks to identify on the homepage of Guiding Golden. Thanks for bringing the point of confusion to our attention!

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    We have sagging power lines on W 4th Avenue at the intersection of W 4th Ave and Homestead Circle. They have been this way for over 2 years and are dangerous. When will they be fixed?

    GandC asked 6 months ago

    The City of Golden doesn't maintain or oversee maintenance for electric and communications lines.  You should reach out to Xcel directly, and you may want to notify Century Link and Comcast at the same time as the lines could belong to any of them. Xcel will investigate and if it is not power, they’ll likely tag them as such.

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    What is the latest news regarding the realignment of SH93? I have heard of some stalls related to other parts of the Northwest Corridor, such as a "hot (radioactive) particle" found near Indiana St. and Leyden/Candelas/Rocky Flats, and a small incursion by the proposed alignment into the "runway safety zone" of the Rocky Mountain Metro Airport, but have also heard the Muller Engineering "Golden Plan" is an independent project. Is there any progress, or simply lack of political/budgetary will? Just out of curiosity, what portion of the project costs are expected to be paid by various jurisdictions, such as the Federal, Colorado State, Jefferson County, and City of Golden governments (i.e., their citizens and businesses)? Are any of these jurisdictions currently prepared to pay their apportioned share? Is any particular jurisdiction holding up the project more than the others? Thanks for any info and updates!

    csmesnier asked 5 months ago

    First, yes the Golden Plan has nothing to do with the Northwest Parkway, now the Jefferson Parkway. That project may be dead because the city/county of Broomfield has pulled out of the project and one of the potential contractors has also pulled out saying the project is not viable financially.  

    The Muller (now Golden) Plan has been adopted by CDOT and the regional parties to the West Connect plan (see https://www.codot.gov/library/studies/westconnect-coalition-pel-study) and also by a MOU, Memorandum of Understanding between Golden and CDOT.

    To date we have completed one element of the Golden Plan, US 6 and 19th Street interchange. Funding through CDOT, Golden and Colorado School of Mines. We are currently designing the interchange at US 6 and Heritage Road funding through CDOT, Jefferson County and Golden. This has not been funded for construction, but is a top priority for the region and CDOT.

    The realignment and widening of SH 93 is not funded. We have broken this into two sections. Widening and realignment is one section, and the overpass at Iowa and the interchange at Washington Ave is the other. Neither of these have been funded or designed. The realignment and widening is a $148 million project and well beyond Golden’s ability to fund. The overpass at Iowa and the interchange at Washington need to be done together because SH 93 needs to be lowered and the distance in between is too short to do one without the other. The combined cost of those two intersection projects is $40 million. Funding for these projects are primary lobbing goals for City Council and staff.

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    We heard a rumor that the big cottonwood trees on the corner of Goldenvue and 19th St are slated to be cut down. Please don’t!! We see know good reason. Plant more trees don’t cut them. Thanks

    Lanewyatt asked 8 months ago

    According to the Forestry Division, the trees on the west side, in the right of way were just pruned three months ago with no plans for removal. The trees on the east side belong to the School of Mines. 

    The City of Golden loves trees and has been an honored recipient of the Tree City USA title for over 30 years! We plant more trees than we take out. Our protocol for removal is only if the tree proves to be a hazard to the public. 

    Please see our website for more information on Golden’s Forestry Division. https://www.cityofgolden.net/government/departments-divisions/parks-and-recreation/forestry/.

    Thank you!

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    Please note, we have recently also heard from Public Works that while nothing is certain, there may potentially be a crosswalk going in near that location and vegetation removal of an unknown extent may be required to accommodate sight distance. 

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    Why is there a street light pole in the middle of the sidewalk on East St. in the vicinity of Scenic Ct.?

    rclerche asked 8 months ago

    The sidewalk improvement project was funded only for the concrete improvements and not, unfortunately, for the light relocation. At the time of the project, the streetlight was owned by Xcel Energy and relocations for Xcel owned poles tend to be quite costly. Since that time, the City has progressed in its efforts to purchase street lights from Xcel. Once that process is complete, the City will have more flexibility to relocate or remove the streetlight at a much lower price.

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    Hello, now that youth sports are moving indoors for fall/winter can you please clarify if masks are required?

    GoldenAge asked 9 months ago

    Hello,

    As per Colorado Department of Public Health guidance: 

    • Masks should be worn while playing indoor sports unless it interferes with the activity. You may remove the mask temporarily to catch your breath if needed, or if you can’t wear appropriate safety equipment while wearing the mask. Wear a mask as much as feasible.


    This would indicate that masks should be worn to the greatest extent possible. Swimming, for example, would not make sense to wear a mask while competing. Athletes of other sports, such as basketball or volleyball, should wear a mask while competing. Spectators should always wear a mask if the event is indoors, barring any medical exemptions. 

    More information can be found at these pages: https://covid19.colorado.gov/mask-guidance and https://covid19.colorado.gov/safer-at-home-in-the-vast-great-outdoors/guidance-by-sector/organized-sports


    Please let me know if you have any further questions and I will answer them to the greatest extent possible.

    Alex Mansfield

    Management Assistant, City of Golden

    303-384-8011

    amansfield@cityofgolden.net

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    Is there a drop-off location for branches broken by this week's snow?

    connewr asked 11 months ago

    Update: Due to the recent storm, City staff has moved up the dates of the tree limb drop-off and added an extra weekend. You may now drop off tree limbs on September 12 & 13 and September 19 & 20 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 1225 Catamount Dr.

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    I saw a sign on Tucker Gulch that said something about Golden changing its development and zoning laws. Does this have something to do with North Table Mountain.

    GregCapaul asked 11 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry regarding the City of Golden zoning code rewrite. We are in the process of developing an initial draft of the zoning code rewrite that may alter regulations for several of the properties within the City of Golden. If you reside in the City of Golden in proximity of North Table Mountain, those properties will be considered. 

    However, if you are referencing an individual project around North Table, I highly doubt the projects are related. If you would like to contact me directly, please feel free. I’m happy to talk about the project in detail. Please bear in mind that we are very early in the process. 

    Cory Miller, Senior City Planner - Long Range
    cmiller@cityofgolden.net



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    I wanted to follow up on the goings-on on South Table. The new trail is really nice, although it is definitely increasing bike traffic on that side of South Table--a place where there weren't bikes before. There are rumors in the neighborhood that the Lubahn Trail/18th St access might be being closed. I'm hoping that there can be a discussion about that before it happens, because closing it would more than double the load on the 19th St. trail, given that many of us who make the 18th to 19th St. loop would have to go up and then down 19th, which seems unfortunate in the time of covid. I know the Lubahn trail is a wreck right now, but that happened with covid--before March, it was not infrequent to walk up there and not see anyone, depending on the time of day. Part of the problem is that there is high demand for trails right now, so closing one seems counterproductive. Additionally, while there's a sign that says "stay on the trail" at the bottom, it's no longer clear where that trail is--I only know because I've run up there for a decade. I've asked people I've seen off trail to stay on the trail, but many honestly just didn't know where the main trail is. Could the Lubahn trail please be saved? I'm hoping we can leave it open so people in the neighborhood have a loop they can make without going out to NREL, and a little new signage would go such a long way. Thanks for considering.

    janieQ asked 11 months ago

    Hi Janie, 

    Your questions and concerns are well received. Your timing is also good. Lubahn Trail is a topic of conversation amongst the Parks, Recreation and Museums Advisory Board (PRAM) as well as with Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS). Currently PRAM is working on a public survey for neighborhood residents and trail visitors. PRAM has been charged with making a recommendation to City Council to repair, reroute or close the Trail. Currently the condition of the trail is not sustainable and creates risks to those that use it. The trail goes off of City property below the cliff area and becomes Jeffco and private property on top. Many people use Lubahn to access Castle Rock. Most do not know that Castle Rock is private property and they trespass when they summit.  

    In the near future you will be able to participate in public engagement; primarily a survey, due to COVID and the inability to conduct public, in-person, meetings. Please watch Guiding Golden for this survey information. Please also feel free to contact Stacy Turner (sturner@cityofgolden.net) directly if you have additional questions. 

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    Status of Overlook project

    Kvanvelk asked 11 months ago

    The site plan for the Overlook Project was approved by Planning Commission on August 5th. The applicant is now free to apply for building permits to construct the approved development.