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It has NOT been a quiet year in our hometown. Here is an abbreviated review of City accomplishments in 2017 and a preview of issues facing the new council, volunteer board and commission members, all residents, and our talented staff in 2018.
Transportation and mobility solutions. The Linking Lookout Project is working so well that it highlights the need for the completion of more Golden Plan projects. The City is therefore an active participant in the regional WestConnect Coalition that is examining traffic operations and safety problems from Kipling/C470, through Golden, and up to Boulder. Additionally, Golden expanded its bike library, added pedestrian connections, increased Call-n-Ride service, worked with RTD to bolster W-Line ridership, and empaneled a new Mobility and Transportation Advisory Board.
Public Places and Spaces. Welcoming gathering places are important to our community. This year, the City purchased land for a new park in the 23rd Street neighborhood and opened the popular Ulysses Skate Park. Maintaining the appeal of our Clear Creek Corridor and other parks is also paramount, so the City adopted new Park Rules and increased Park Rangers patrol hours. Two town gateways now showcase stunning statues: the Hummingbird on South Golden Road and “Checkmate” at 6th and 19th.
Safety and Law Enforcement. The Golden Police and Fire departments saw increased service calls yet maintained their commendable responsiveness. Officers and firefighters reacted with skill and grace to some high- profile incidents, including homicide investigations, rock-climbing accidents, and small wildfires.
The Police Department achieved the accreditation gold standard (for the third time) from the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies and, in a study performed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), were characterized as especially professional and supportive. The IACP did, however, identify additional staffing needs. For the Fire Department, the 2017 news was the retirement of the 20-year-old engine dedicated to Golden luminary Tom Young and the christening of a new truck that should serve our community for another 20 years. In 2018, police, fire, and ambulance emergency calls will be consolidated in JeffComm, a regional 911 call center.
Basic Municipal Services
For generations, Golden’s priorities have been the provision of quality services, along with the upkeep of existing roads and facilities. Accordingly, Golden has invested in road, sidewalk, park, and community center maintenance, along with improvements to water-treatment and storm-water infrastructure. The City took advantage of the timely sale of a building across from City Hall to address short-term space needs, allow for some additional growth, and serve as an investment. A long-term space and facilities analysis will be completed in 2018.
Council and staff are committed to continuous enhancement of community/city engagement. We wish to reach out to all Golden stakeholders, learn what is important to them, and communicate about City actions. The current weekly newsletter is a step forward and a new online platform, www.GuidingGolden.com, is in the launch process. Another major initiative is the Golden Investment Forum Task Force, which will delve into community needs, expectations, and revenue possibilities.
Marjorie Sloan has served as Golden’s mayor since 2012.
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