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During the Golden City Council meeting held on Thursday, October 11, 2018, City Council passed multiple resolutions expressing support or opposition to different ballot measures for the upcoming November election.
You may view the meeting agenda for a full look at everything covered at the meeting. A list of the resolutions passed are as follows:
Resolution No. 2632, in support of ballot issue 2E, permitting 16 and 17 year old city residents to vote in municipal elections.
Resolution No. 2633, in support of items 5A and 5B, providing future funding for Jefferson County Public Schools operations and capital expenditures.
Resolution No. 2635, in opposition to Proposition 109, which authorizes the state of Colorado to issue bonds to finance specific state transportation projects.
Resolution No. 2636, in support of Proposition 110, which would increase funding to support major highway and transit infrastructure improvements projects.
Resolution No. 2637, opposing "Amendment 74", an attempt to amend the Colorado Constitution pertaining to just compensation for government takings.
Resolution No. 2638, in support of Amendment 73, which would increase state income tax rates to fund PreK-12 Public Education at the state level.
Resolution No. 2639, in support of ballot item 7G, which will restore the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District's full taxing authority to increase funding for the District's work.
We are experiencing a severe drought in most areas of Colorado. The natural flow in Clear Creek is about 40% of normal for September.
People relying on Clear Creek for water are seeing conditions that are as bad as the historic drought of 2002, but the population depending on Clear Creek is much greater.
In Golden we have been able to maintain a normal level of supply due to our efficient use of water and our investment in water storage facilities. Our annual diversions from Clear Creek have not substantially increased in the last 15 years, even with our population growth, a result of lower per capita water consumption.
In 2018 however, due to extremely hot and dry weather, the demand on Clear Creek has increased dramatically. The increased demand on Clear Creek resulted in Golden beginning releases from Guanella reservoir much earlier than normal.
It is for situations like we are currently experiencing that Golden has invested in reservoir storage. Thanks to Guanella reservoir we are able to maintain a normal supply to our citizens even in this historic drought.
In normal years we release water from Guanella reservoir beginning in mid-September for a few days and quickly refill the reservoir. Typically we release less than 10% of our storage. This year however, we began relying on the reservoir in mid-August and it looks like we won’t begin to refill until the end of October. We have already released about 20% of our stored water. By the end of October, we will have released about 30% of storage, which brings us near our tier 1 drought trigger. Our drought plan calls for the following response:
- A call on the river reducing our direct flow to less than 11.12 CFS (7.2 MGD), along with
- Storage of less than 2100 AF before October 1.
- Ask for voluntary restrictions (may save up to 1 MGD)
- Release water from storage to a level of 1900 AF
We anticipate completely refilling our storage capacity over the winter and spring this year, however whenever we are relying on reservoir storage, it is prudent to conserve wherever possible. The Parks Department has severely cut back on irrigation of Parks (Over 50%) and we have suspended water sales to Coors for the rest of the season. We would like to ask our residents to also do their part in using water conservatively and prudently in these drought conditions.
The tradition continues for the 8th year in a row, as Golden’s Mayor Marjorie Sloan honors outstanding individuals and organizations for their exceptional contributions to Golden with the Mayor's Awards for Excellence. The winners will be awarded at the Mayor’s Community Celebration Tuesday, October 30, 6:30 p.m. at the Mines Campus Student Center at 1620 Maple St. Golden.
This year at the Mayor's Community Celebration, prepare to be inspired by a man who lived through the worst, and now works to encourage others to make an impact on the people and places around them. At the age of nine, John O’Leary suffered severe burns on 100 percent of his body. No one expected him to survive the first night, but he did. John endured months in a hospital bed, dozens of surgeries, the amputation of all of his fingers, and years of physical therapy. But for him it wasn’t the end, it was just the beginning of his journey. Some call John a survivor but he is much more than that. John O’Leary is a beacon of hope, and he has an important message to share with Golden. You won’t want to miss hearing this profound speaker, who can teach us all that together, we can forge an extraordinary future by finding the possibility in the present. John’s national bestselling book On Fire details his story and is the basis for his lectures.
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!