Meyer Hardware, City Council, Covid Stats, and Standley Lake

September 14, 2021
Golden Eye Candy – Frank Hanou – Good Morning, Mount Galbraith – click to enlarge

Update from Meyer Hardware

Virtual Events

9-9:55AM Silver Sneakers Classic
10:15AM Toddler Time with the Library

Real World Events

6:30PM City Council Regular Business Meeting – City Hall (911 10th St. – map)

Council meetings are being held in-person again. You can attend at City Hall or watch it live on or The meeting will also be recorded for later viewing on the agenda page. You can provide public comment either in person or via email. Tonight’s meeting includes the following topics.

Consent agenda (no discussion unless requested by a Councilor)

Resolution changing the City’s investment strategy to relax our rating requirements from A+, A1 (domestic) and AA-, Aa3 (international) to A-, A3.

Resolution accepting an Easement in the Coors Tech Center to allow access for emergency vehicles.

Resolution allowing the City to apply for a grant. The grant would fund training for the City’s new Affordable Housing Policy Coordinator. The training would help the new hire find grants to cover permit fee reductions for affordable housing projects, expedited reviews for affordable housing projects, infrastructure for affordable housing projects, reduced water tap fees for affordable housing projects, and facilitating energy efficient or net zero affordable housing projects.

Awarding a $546,784 contract for work on two detention ponds.

Awarding a $111,897.60 contract for remodeling work on Fire Station 24.

National Preparedness Month
National Suicide Prevention Month
Hispanic Heritage Month
Constitution Week
National Public Lands Day
First Responders Appreciation Day

They will vote on a resolution urging voters to support Ballot Issue 2C, which would create a 6% lodging tax.

They will discuss the Rooney Road Sports Complex. We have been leasing that property from the County. The lease expires in 2026, and the County wants to use some of the property for a slash and composting facility. The soccer fields are overdue for maintenance, but the Parks Dept is hesitant to put money into the facilities when they know they’ll be losing at least some of the property. They are considering either working with few soccer fields or building a new facility north of town, on the former Ramstetter Ranch.

They will consider extending the lease for the Golden Community Garden and continuing to allow the gardeners to use a city water tap at their greenhouse on 8th Street.

They will consider a proposal by Councilors Haseman and Dale to create a separate section of the City Budget to provide services to seniors.

The will discuss a proposal from Councilors Trout and Reed to consider the creation of a proclamation statement in support of Indigenous Land Acknowledgement.

4-10PM Prime Tuesdays at the Buffalo Rose
Prime Rib – Who can resist 10 oz. of Angus beef cooked to perfection and served with gouda mashed potatoes, savory green beans, and all the accompaniments?
Dogs – On Tuesdays only, you and your Doggo and all of your friends can hang out on ANY of our three patios, including the positively perfect back patio. Come enjoy our Tuesday Specials with your Best Dog Ever.
Locals are Golden – A “periodic” visit will earn our Golden locals, students and service industry folks a 79 cent Coors Light or Coors Banquet on Tuesdays.

Weekly COVID Update

The Pfizer COVID vaccine now has FULL FDA APPROVAL. Safeway (map) is accepting walk-ins to administer these free vaccines. Walgreens (map) takes walk-ins from 9:30AM to 1PM and 2-8PM Monday – Friday. Appointments are not necessary, but they are available.

% of Jeffco residents (12+) who have received at least one shot (+0.5% since last week) – 73.2% are fully-vaccinated (+0.6% since last week) – source

Jefferson County Case Summary:
Cases in Jeffco – Sept 7th: 54,732 | Sept 13th: 55,639 (+1.227)
Deaths in Jeffco – Sept 7th: 896 | Sept 13th: 902 (+9)
Currently Hospitalized in Jeffco – Sept 13th: 51 | Sept 7th: 59 (+10)
Recovered – Sept 7th: 52,343 | Sept 13th: 53,093 (+1,043)
Known Cases in Golden – Sept 7th: 2176 | Sept 13th: 2192 (+16)

COVID Vaccine Appointments
State of Colorado: Where You Can Get Vaccinated
Jeffco Public Health Vaccine Call Center: 303-239-7000
State Vaccine Hotline: 1-877-268-2926.

Golden Testing Sites
Mines COVID Testing | Jeffco Fairgrounds COVID Testing

More Public Health References
Sign up for exposure notifications | CDC | Colorado | Jefferson County | City of Golden

Golden History Moment

110 Years Ago
The September 14, 1911 Colorado Transcript announced that the Standley dam and irrigation system was completed. The Governors of both Wyoming and Colorado were present for the celebration, as well as the Secretary of Agriculture. Why was this such a big deal, and what’s the tie-in to Golden?

Golden’s “Great American Desert” era–no trees! (no nuthin’!) – Denver Public Library’s Western History Collection X-19381 – Click to enlarge

Why it was a big deal:
When white settlers first came to Colorado, this land was considered part of The Great American Desert. The pioneers hoped to farm the land, but before they could do that, they had to discover whether the land was arable. As it turned out, it was–Colorado is a great place to grow food, as long as we can get water to the fields. For this reason, people began to dig ditches almost as soon as they arrived in this region. Those ditches changed Colorado from a semi-arid “desert” into a thriving agriculture state.

Tie-in to Golden:
The Church Ditch was started in 1865. It was dug by hand, by crews of men with shovels. The builders diverted water from Clear Creek at a point about a half mile west of 6th Avenue/Highway 6. The ditch then skirted the south shoulder of North Table Mountain and headed north and east. It eventually extended 26 miles, and its water was used to cultivate dozens of farms along the way. Standley Lake (map) was built to store water from Church Ditch and other sources. That water was originally intended for irrigation, but today it provides drinking water for Westminster, Northglenn, and Thornton.

Church Ditch running through Golden, circa 1900
From the Denver Public Library Western History Collection, X-9801
Click to enlarge

Thanks to the Golden History Museum for providing the online cache of historic Transcripts, and to the Golden Transcript for documenting our history since 1866!