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Residents in Golden have requested that the Golden Police Department expand on their enforcement of illegal vehicle exhaust systems, specifically vehicles that frequently drive through the downtown area, Lookout Mountain Road, Highway 58 and 93. These areas draw a large number of visitors, particularly on weekends, which include loud cars and motorcycles.
Neighbors tell us they are no longer able to enjoy the peace and serenity of their backyards or decks due to the sheer number of loud vehicles driving in the area at all hours of the day and night. Even while inside with their windows closed, houses closer to the roadways still hear the reverberation of louder engines as they drive by. On a busy Saturday, Lookout Mountain Road can have over a thousand vehicles on the road throughout the day. If even ten percent of those vehicles have illegal exhaust systems, you can imagine the noise and aggravation the neighbors have to listen to each day.
An illegal exhaust is defined by the Colorado Revised Statutes 42-4-225 as a modification to the “exhaust system of a motor vehicle in a manner, which will amplify or increase the noise emitted by the motor of such vehicle above that emitted by the muffler originally installed on the vehicle...” In short, any muffler that emits noise louder than the stock muffler is considered illegal. Golden Police look for EPA approval stamps which are frequently seen embedded on legal mufflers.
Officers will base their enforcement on a two-tier system. #1, can they hear that your exhaust system is louder than a stock muffler? If they can, then #2, can they see that your exhaust system is modified? If the answer to both questions is yes, then they will stop the vehicle and issue a citation to the driver. The fine for an illegal exhaust system starts at $200 for the first offense and increases by $100 for each subsequent offense with a maximum fine of $400.
Golden officers are asking people who visit our town to be respectful of the residents who live here. We ask that those who have modified exhaust systems on their vehicles drive in a quiet manner, with the community in mind. On Lookout Mountain, this can be easily done by driving down the east side of the mountain rather than up, where engine noise would be louder.
Drivers of vehicles with questions about their mufflers can contact Golden Police Traffic Sergeant Marcus Williams at 303-384-8116.
City Council and staff are seeking specific input and recommendations as to how the relationship of the buildings and uses along the edges of the CSM campus can meet the University’s needs while respecting and enhancing the physical and social relationship with adjacent neighbors. If this relationship is something that concerns you, the City wants to hear from you! The final outcome of the public process is to provide a Colorado School of Mines Neighborhood Report to City Council for consideration in developing an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Colorado School of Mines.
To learn more about the process so far, including feedback received and the results of the last survey conducted, please visit our Colorado School of Mines Neighborhood Report page. And please take a few minutes to take the current survey, which will be open until July 10.
Effective Monday, June 12, 2017, Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader and the Golden Police Department are limiting waterway activities on Clear Creek. These temporary restrictions apply to Clear Creek in unincorporated Jefferson County, as well as those portions of Clear Creek within the City of Golden, including Vanover Park.
Water activities prohibited by the order include all single-chambered air inflated devices such as belly boats, inner tubes and single chambered rafts, as well as “body-surfers” and swimming.
Kayaks, paddle boards (SUP), whitewater canoes and multi-chambered professionally guided rafts and river boards are exempt, but are encouraged to observe extreme caution due to the safety concerns surrounding swift moving water and floating debris. All of the above users and occupants must have the use of a Type I, Type III, or Type V Coast Guard approved paddling life jacket and a water use designed helmet.
Violators may be issued a summons for a class 2 petty offense, punishable by a fine of one hundred dollars. These restrictions will be strictly enforced in an effort to minimize the risk to those using the waterway. These temporary water restrictions will remain in effect until water levels decrease.
Based on feedback from several residents and businesses, the City of Golden is looking into the potential deployment of gigabit broadband throughout the community. The City believes that affordable high quality broadband is a critical service for quality of life in Golden, as is the case with roads, water, sewer, and electricity.
To determine whether or not the City should offer broadband services, the City is conducting both a residential and a business Survey of Broadband Services. The survey was prepared by the City of Golden Broadband Task Force. The Broadband Task Force was formed shortly after the passage of the ballot initiative exempting the City from the constraints of Senate Bill 152. The Task Force consists of citizens of Golden with a range of technical and professional backgrounds.
The Residential Survey should only be completed if you are a resident within Golden city limits (not sure? Check the Jefferson County Address Wizard). The Business Survey should only be completed if your Business location is within Golden city limits.
Your input as a citizen of and/or a business within Golden is a very important component to the City’s understanding of Broadband Services currently being provided. Your response will take only a few minutes and responses are anonymous. Thank you for your assistance!
Golden, Colorado is rich with culture, outdoor activities, scenic beauty, thriving businesses, and friendly people, but the City’s origins are largely thanks to another valuable resource – gold. A small amount of gold discovered in Clear Creek attracted the area’s earliest settlers in the mid-19th century and Golden City quickly became an important supply stop for gold miners seeking their fortunes in the adjacent mountains. Farmers soon discovered the rich soil in the valley that is now home to the Coors complex, and Golden City further swelled as coal mining and clay extraction industries settled in the area, utilizing the region’s ample natural resources. Golden City became the capital of the federally recognized Colorado Territory in 1862, and the territorial legislature met from 1862 to 1867 in the building that is now home to the Old Capitol Grill restaurant. By the end of the 1860s, Golden City had been elected the seat of Jefferson County and the capital of the provisional Jefferson Territory. Locals were outraged when neighboring Denver snagged the honor of becoming capital of the newly formed state in 1876, but the loss of name distinction did nothing to dampen Golden’s vital growth – business was booming. Today, with the official name of City of Golden, the town continues to thrive. It offers residents and visitors an abundance of recreational, cultural and culinary opportunities. Come live, work and play with us in our modern town with an old west flair!