This week’s meetings


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Monday – January 11th at 6:30 in City Council Chambers – meeting packet online

The Golden Urban Renewal Authority will discuss their work plan and budget for 2016.

Downtown Urban Renewal Area – Although the downtown project is complete, GURA still has a sizeable fund accumulated during its 25 year urban renewal project.  In 2016, $50,000 will be transferred to the Downtown Development Authority, and $500,000 is earmarked for “projects.”

8th Street Urban Renewal Area – This area has $79,920 earmarked for “Owner Participation Agreements” and $7K for “projects.”

Central Neighborhoods Urban Renewal Area – As a result of the changes made to the Kinney Run drainage between 23rd & 24th streets, 52 buildings have been removed from the floodplain, while 5 have been newly-added.  Staff is asking GURA to contribute $5,000 to the cost of an engineering survey that would officially update FEMA’s floodplain maps.  This area has $3K in the budget for landscaping the triangle of land south of Domino’s Pizza, Bumps & Bundles, etc.  $78,500 is earmarked for “Owner Participation Agreements.”

West Colfax Urban Renewal Area – This area has $20K set aside for “projects” during 2016.

Tuesday – January 12th at 6:30 in the Planning office at 1445 10th St. – meeting packet online

The Economic Development Commission will discuss their plans and budget for 2016.  EdComm’s mission is to encourage growth of Golden’s primary employers and entrepreneurial start-ups.   Their goals for 2016 include cultivating innovation and entrepreneurism, with particular focus on energy and advanced materials; educating and training the work force of the future through partnerships with Bell, Golden High School, Red Rocks, CSM, and JCBEA; marketing the Golden Brand; and Recruiting, Growing, and Retaining Golden Business.

Thursday – January 14 at 6:30 in City Council Chambers – meeting packet online

City Council has a study session this week.  This means that no public comment is accepted and they will not be casting votes to make decisions.

Police Chief Kilpatrick will report on a plan to consolidate all Jefferson County police and fire 911 services into a single center, located at the West Metro Fire District in Lakewood.  If all goes as planned, this will take effect in January of 2017.

Community and Economic Development Director Glueck will report on changes to the 2016 city grants program.  As planned, all grant requests would go through a single committee, which includes representatives from the CItizens Budget Advisory Committee, Downtown Development Authority, and Golden High School.  Grant categories would include Citizen Assistance ($65K), Discretionary ($15K), Schools ($50K), and Special Events ($20K).

Mr. Glueck will also describe potential changes to the City’s special events permit requirements.  The November version of this plan called for decisions to be made exclusively by City Staff.  The current revision calls for a committee that includes a representative from the DDA and/or Downtown Merchants Association.  Some allowances have been made for long-standing Golden events, and fees have been reduced for neighborhood block parties.  Some other requested changes regarding event security requirements and fees for use of parks have not been changed.  The meeting packet includes expressions of concern by Calvary Church, the Golden Lions Club, the Buffalo Bill Days Committee, and the Golden Schools Foundation.

Council will discuss potential improvements to the process of recruiting board and commission members.  Staff is suggesting that two of the boards (EdComm and Public Art) be asked to extend their terms by one year on a one-time-only basis, to even out the number of openings that council needs to fill each year.

Council will conclude with an Executive Session in which they will review the new City Manager’s performance after 90 days on the job.