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Manitou Springs Flood Recovery/Mitigation Information

Click here to learn more about what the City is doing in response to the flooding events experienced in 2013 and 2015. This page provides flood mitigation project updates and resources.

 


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Creek Week

The 3rd annual Creek Week starts this Saturday, September 24th and runs through Sunday, October 2nd. Join the City of Manitou Springs and the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control & Greenway District as we clean up our local watershed. Groups can register on line at http://fountaincreekweek.com and join us at Schryver Park, 202 Manitou Ave. Saturday, October 1st from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The City will provide trash bags and gloves and assign your team an area to clean. All trash will be disposed of by the City of Manitou Springs.

If you are unable to meet us on Saturday Oct. 1st. your group can clean up anytime during the event. Please contact Ryan Keene at 719-625-2585 or by email at rkeene@comsgov.com for information on cleanup sites and to advise of trash bag pick up.

Creek Week Cleanup Map

Thank you to to the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Cherokee's, D'Vine Wine, Fine Lotions, Mushroom Monday, Olive Tap, Pikes Peak Chocolate, and Red Dog Coffee for providing volunteers with 15% off coupons.


Road Closure:

Garden of the Gods Place (between El Paso Blvd and Manitou Ave.) will be closing September 26, 2016 and remain closed until late October. The closure is due to the East Manitou Avenue Overlay Project that CDOT is completing.


Voter Registration Scam 

State and county election officials have received numerous complaints this week from Colorado voters who are concerned about phone calls that appear to be an effort to obtain their personal and sensitive information. 

During the automated calls, voters are advised their registration is incorrect and needs to be updated before they can receive a ballot for the November election. But both Democrats and Republicans who have received the calls told the Colorado Secretary of State's office or their county clerk that their registrations are current. At least one person reported being asked to provide a full date of birth after selecting the option for “more information.” 

The individuals also have reported that the calls are from an organization identifying itself as “Go Vote CO” or “Go Vote Colorado.” Some voters believe the Secretary of State is somehow involved because that name is similar to the web address of the Secretary of State’s online voter registration system (www.GoVoteColorado.com).  

The Secretary of State’s office does not contact individual voters regarding voter registration issues except to respond to inquiries initiated by voters themselves.  Secretary of State Wayne Williams  reminds Colorado residents not to disclose sensitive personal information, such as month and day of birth, driver’s license or state-issued ID numbers, or Social Security numbers to any person or organization they do not know and trust, whether by telephone or otherwise. 

Anyone with information concerning the individuals or organization responsible for conducting this telephone solicitation campaign identifying itself as “Go Vote Colorado” or “Go Vote CO” is asked to contact Elections Division legal analyst Chris Amero at 303-894-2200 ext. 6389 or chris.amero@sos.state.co.us at the Secretary of State’s office.


Incline Closed
The Manitou Springs Incline is closed for repairs from August 22 - December 2, 2016. Please note that the Incline hours of operation will be from 6 am - 6 pm when it reopens in December. The incline will operate with those hours until March 31, 2017, when it goes back to summertime hours.


Street Closure Update - Fall 2016

Roads that will be affected with detours and closures are as follows:

  • US24 Business Route, Serpentine Roundabout to Rainbow Bridge (CDOT) - Reopens to all traffic on 10/14/2016
  • Washington Bypass/Sunshine Trail (City/NRCS) - Closed to all traffic but emergency vehicles from 10/15/16-12/15/16
  • Garden of the Gods Place (CDOT) - Closes for bridge repair on 9/12/16
  • Manitou Avenue Mill/Overlay US24 to City Hall - Lane and Sidewalk Closures from 9/8/16-12/15/16
  • Crystal Hills Boulevard, Mill/Overlay - Detours and closures from 9/30/16-10/15/16
  • Pawnee Road, Mill/Overlay - Detours and closures (weekend work anticipated) from 10/31/15-11/15/16

 


Hazard Mitigation Community Meeting

The quarterly Hazard Mitigation Community meeting is taking place on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 in Memorial Hall from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Hazard Mitigation & Resiliency Department will be going over the many hazard mitigation projects taking place throughout the city.


Short-term vacation rental hotline  1-435-STR-HELP (1-435-787-4357)

Have concerns regarding short-term vacation rentals?  This hotline is staffed 24/7 and has been set up specifically for short-term vacation rental compliance concerns. 


Pet Licensing

The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) has accepted an animal law enforcement contract for the City of Manitou Springs. All pet licensing will now be handled through HSPPR. Additionally, the Animal Law Enforcement (ALE) Department of the HSPPR will be taking over many of the animal related duties such as catching stray animals, conducting neglect investigations, responding to aggressive animal reports, and many other duties. Animal Law Enforcement officers are empowered with authority by the cities they serve and are recognized as Peace Officers by Colorado Revised Statues.
To contact the HSPPR please call 719-473-1741 or visit their website at www.hsppr.org.


Emergency City Council Meeting

On Thursday, June 30th, Mayor Nicoletta called for an emergency meeting of the City Council to be held at 8:00 am today at City Hall.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and respond to a number of recent concerning incidents occurring within the Soda Spring Park Pavilion as necessary to preserve the safety and well-being of the  Manitou Springs community.  

The Council convened promptly and took two formal actions in providing direction to the Office of the City Administrator.  The first action was an affirmative vote to ensure that the Pavilion area be closed to the public indefinitely as soon as practicable with an exemption to be made for approved events therein.  It also included a stipulation that until further notice, the public restrooms in the Park should be closed at 9:00 pm rather than the currently established 11:00 pm closure time.   

The second vote directed that once the area is properly closed, the Manitou Springs Police Department -- in concert with additional law enforcement assistance recently retained via the El Paso County Sheriff's Office -- is to assume a zero tolerance enforcement stance as to any unlawful entry into the Pavilion as well as any other observed illegal behavior in the downtown area. 

Each vote passed on a 5-0 vote with Councilmembers Elder and Todd unable to attend.  For the time being, the Pavilion will be closed utilizing temporary construction zone netting.  But before the meeting concluded, some discussion ensued about the need to explore a more permanent means of allowing for to closure of the Pavilion area during periods of non official use.  In addition to City Administrator Jason Wells and Police Chief Joe Ribeiro, also present were City Clerk Donna Kast and Interim Director of Public Services, Shelley Cobau.  Ms. Cobau indicated to Council that her department will promptly begin researching some practical alternatives to allow for intermittent closures of the area. 


Parking

Thank you for visiting Manitou Springs. Hikers, please use the FREE parking and FREE shuttle or low-cost long-term parking and leave the business district parking for our shoppers. It makes a better experience for everyone! 


Drinking Water Quality Report

The 2016 Drinking Water Quality Report has just been released. Click here to view the 2016 Drinking Water Quality Report. The report is also posted on the Public Services Water Department webpage.


 

Metropolitan District Election Results

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Manitou Springs Metropolitan District, El Paso County, Colorado, that at the close of business on the sixty-third day before the election, there were not more candidates for directors than offices to be filled, including candidates filing affidavits of intent to be write-in candidates.  Therefore, the election to be held on May 3, 2016 is hereby cancelled pursuant to C.R.S. § 1-5-208(1.5). 

The following candidates are hereby declared elected: 

Randy R. Hodges          4 year term
Lawrence J. Fox            4 year term
Michael Barsotti            4 year term     
Perry Kevin LeGrande     2 year term

/s/ Donna Kast
Designated Election Official
Manitou Springs Metropolitan District

Posted:  March 1, 2016 

Contact Person for the District:  Randy R. Hodges
Telephone Number of the District:  (719) 685-5481
Address of the District:  606 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO  80829     
District Facsimile Number:  (719) 685-5233
District Email:  rhodges@comsgov.com


Employee of the Month Program
The Manitou Springs City Council is proud to announce the Employee of the Month initiative. Beginning March 2016, community members and City staff will have the opportunity to nominate a City employee as Employee of the Month.

Nomination forms can be picked up in the City Clerk’s office and be submitted via email to Mayor Nicoletta at nnicoletta@comsgov.com. The Employee of the Month will receive $50.00 of Manitou Money and a month of free parking in any paid parking spot in Manitou Springs!

We hope this initiative helps us all get to know our City Employees better and ignites pride and excitement throughout the City.  


Call for Nominations-Metropolitan District Election

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a regular election of the Manitou Springs Metropolitan District will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.  At that time three (3) Directors will be elected to serve 4-year terms and two (2) Directors will be elected to serve 2-year terms. 
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that eligible electors may obtain a Self-Nomination and Acceptance Form from the Designated Election Official (DEO) Donna Kast at 606 Manitou Avenue; 719-685-2554. The deadline to submit a Self-Nomination and Acceptance Form to the DEO is close of business on Friday, February 26, 2016.  Click here for additional Metro District election information.


City Council Ward 3 Appointment

Robert Todd was appointed to the City Council Ward 3 seat at the February 2nd meeting of the City Council.  The seat was vacated by Nicole Nicoletta when she was sworn in as Mayor in January.  Councilman Todd has lived in Manitou Springs for 12 years.  When asked why he was interested in serving, he stated as follows:

"Manitou Springs is an incredible small city due in part to the leadership and legacy of those who served in public office over the past 145 years....I believe Manitou is in a period of significant Transition during which our elected officials will set the tone and take the actions that will directly influence how successfully Manitou will capitalize on opportunities and mitigate threats. I believe my skills, experience and values would complement those of the mayor and council members in returning Manitou to being a dynamic community characterized by increased engagement and collaboration (think: residents - businesses - officials - employees), pro-action vs re-action, and efficiency and transparency.

My personal motivation in stepping up to make this commitment is to "pay it forward", as our prior leaders did."

Councilman Todd was appointed to fill the vacant Ward 3 seat until a successor assumes the position on January 2, 2018, following the November 2017 election.


2nd Annual Manni Awards

The 2nd Annual Manni Awards was held on January 28, 2016. Over 200 people attended and were well fed at the community potluck and awards celebration. This year 22 nominations were received from community members and organizations. A selection committee with representatives from the City of Manitou Springs (Nicole Nicoletta & Coreen Toll), Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce (Karen Cullen), Manitou Springs School District (Ed Longfield), Pikes Peak Bulletin (Ralph Routon), and the Manitou Springs Collaborative (Ken Jaray), participated in the selection process and ultimately chose the 12 winners including 3 Lifetime Achievement Awards. All of the nominees and winners were warmly acknowledged with standing ovations from the enthusiastic crowd.  The emcee had hoped to introduce a new video - Journey of a Raindrop, an animated video showing where our mineral water comes from. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties the video was not able to be shown. For those interested, here is a link to the video -  http://manitoumineralsprings.org/journey_of_a_raindrop.html. The celebration was a wonderful reminder of the strong commitment Manitou Springs residents have towards contributing their time and talents to help enhance the wellbeing of our community. 

Categories and Winners

Civic Achievement: Brad Walters 
Lifetime Public Service: Marcy Morrison
Youth Visionary Leadership:  Samantha White
Lifetime Education Achievement: Debbie Heidenrich
Public Service: Marc Snyder 
Adult Visionary Leadership: Ken Jaray
CH Rockey Artistic Endeavors: Julia Wright 
Environmental Stewardship: Coreen and Shanti Toll  
Entrepreneurship: Chris Vestal
Business Vitality: The Milar Family / The Keg
Health & Wellbeing: Del Hokanson 
Lifetime Humanitarian Award: Joanne Garrison 


Parking Survey

The Manitou Springs Parking Authority Board is trying to get a better picture of on-street parking turnover and parking availability during the summer. If you would like to give input, please follow the link (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5BB98YK) to the parking survey and submit a response.


Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority Citizen Advisory Committee

The City of Manitou Springs is seeking two Volunteer Representatives to serve on the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority Citizen Advisory Committee.  Click to view additional PPRTA CAC information.


Crystal Park Road Lane Restrictions

During the placement of culverts associated with the Wildcat Gulch Project, Crystal Park Road will be subject to lane restrictions. For more information on the Crystal Park Road lane restrictions, click here.


New Water and Sewer Rates - 2016

Per Municipal Code 13.16, water and sewer rates are adjusted on the 1st day of every new fiscal year. Click to view the FY2016 rates.


City of Manitou Springs Official Election Results

Click to view the Official Election Results


Commercial Historic Preservation Tax Credit program accepting applications.

This is a State Historic Tax Credit for Commercial Properties.  Click on the link below for more information.
http://www.advancecolorado.com/funding-incentives/financing/commercial-historic-preservation-tax-credit


Manitou Springs Featured in Travel Blog

The City of Manitou Springs is featured in a blog in Senior Citizen Travel. To view the blog, please click here.


Manitou Springs Featured in Where to Retire Magazine

Houston, TX (Dec. 10, 2014) – Manitou Springs, CO, has been selected a top retirement destination by Where to Retire, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions. Manitou Springs is one of eight cities profiled in a feature titled “8 Tax-Friendly Cities” in the January/February 2015 issue, available nationwide on Dec. 16, 2014.

Where to Retire Editor Annette Fuller said these eight cities, including Manitou Springs, appeal to retirees who want to cut taxes as much as possible in their retirement destination. “To choose our winners, we looked at the data as well as livability,” Fuller said. “While no one-size-fits-all choices exist when it comes to evaluating tax burdens, these eight cities have many things going for them. Natural beauty, cultural opportunities and favorable weather are staples of them all, and each also has an overall attractive tax picture, considering taxes on income, purchases, property and more.”

Each year, 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire. Generally, relocating retirees are healthier, better educated and more affluent than those who choose to not relocate. They bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns. Nationally, two dozen states and hundreds of towns seek to attract retirees as a source of economic development.


Quarterly Newsletter

City Newsletters are now online, click to view the latest edition.


Manitou Springs Welcomes Visitors

Best known for its scenic landscapes, cool mountain air, healing mineral springs, hiking trails, popular events and welcoming spirit, Manitou Springs thrives as a popular tourist destination.  Click to learn more about Manitou Springs.