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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.


News & Announcements

Manitou Avenue Closure update (7/20/2017)

Please click here for an update.

Manitou Avenue Closure update (07/19/2017)

Manitou Avenue is closed from Oak Place to Mayfair Avenue (300 block - Manitou Ave) to allow for repairs to a water pipeline. Water along the 300 block has been shut off. The timetable for restoring water service is uncertain. Manitou Avenue It is anticipated to be closed the rest of this week.

Additionally, due to high traffic, the Gardens of the Gods Place bridge next to the Pool/Hwy 24 bypass is closed to traffic EXCEPT buses (Mountain Metropolitan Transit). West bound traffic may use either the Becker's Lane/El Paso Blvd or Oak Place detour. East bound traffic will be detoured onto Mayfair Ave/El Paso Blvd.

Please click here to see map for detours. There are flaggers on site to help with traffic and detours.

Park Avenue Bridge Closure Meeting

Residents and business owners in the area are invited to meet the contractor and project team members to learn more about the bridge closure and traffic management plan on Wednesday, July 19 from 6-7 pm in City Council Chambers. To view the full press release and bridge closure map, click here.

Municipal Projects Survey

The City of Manitou Springs held a public meeting on municipal projects on Tuesday, July 11. In order for citizens who attended the meeting to have more opportunity to provide preferences and feedback, and to provide for the same input for members of the public who couldn't attend the meeting, this survey was created.  Below are the survey results:

Municipal Projects Survey Data Summary
Municipal Projects Survey Data Comments

Call for Nominations

The City of Manitou Springs will be participating in the 2017 Coordinated Election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.  The positions up for election are Mayor, and the City Council Ward 1, City Council Ward 2 and City Council Ward 3 Seats.   

Candidate qualifications:

  • Registered elector of the City of Manitou Springs
  • A citizen of the United States for at least five years
  • Must be 18 years of age or older on date of election
  • A Manitou Springs resident for at least one year
  • Ward candidates must reside in the Ward from which they are seeking election 

Nominating petitions will be made available in the City Clerk’s office, 606 Manitou Avenue, at 8:00 am on August 8, 2017 and must be returned to the City Clerk no later than 5:00 pm on August 28, 2017.  For additional information, please contact City Clerk/HR Director Donna Kast at 685-2554 or dkast@comsgov.com.

July 11, 2017 City Council Meeting on Capital Projects
The City Council Work Session on July 11, 2017 will be providing information and seeking citizen input on five potential projects for the City to undertake. Click here for more information on the five municipal projects being presented.

Chipper Days

Chipper days are scheduled for July 29th and 30th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Public Works (101 Banks Place). This is open to the public for disposal of yard waste only.  We will not accept construction material, trash, painted/stained material, etc.. This is a great opportunity to dispose of trees, shrubs, and vegetation that require chipping.  It is free of charge to drop off material; pickup is not available. This event is sponsored by your local Manitou Springs Volunteer Fire Department.

Community Firewise Meeting

There will be a Community Firewise Meeting on Wednesday, June 28th from 6:00 pm to 8 pm at City Hall (606 Manitou Ave).  This is open to the public for questions related to preparing your property for wildland fire and scheduling free property assessments.

Brook Street Bridge Presentation

On June 14, 2017, a community meeting was held to generate feedback on construction alternatives for the Brook Street Bridge. Click here to view a presentation with information and feedback from the June 14 meeting.

Click here to access a survey to provide your opinion. Survey closes on June 20 at 5 pm.

Town Hall Meeting

City Council invites the public to a Town Hall Meeting for a presentation of next step options for the Brook Street Bridge.  The meeting will be held from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.  All interested persons are encouraged to attend.

Water Distribution System Master Plan

On June 13, 2017 the public is invited to attend a City Council Work Session, beginning at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 606 Manitou Avenue.  During this Work Session, engineering professionals from IMEG Corp. will be presenting a draft Water Distribution System Master Plan.  Likewise, hydrology specialists from Bohannon Huston, Inc.  will be presenting their progress on the City’s forthcoming Flood Control Master Plan (existing system analysis as meant to plan for future systems improvements).  Finally, Mark Reiner, P.E., PHD, will be presenting his pilot application, Whole Infrastructure Systems for Resilient Development (“WISRD”), a critical infrastructure analysis tool. Members of the public that are interested in these projects are encouraged to attend.

Peakview Meeting

The city's Hazard Mitigation and Resiliency Department is hosting a meeting on Tuesday, May 9 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. to discuss the upcoming work that CSU will be doing to relocate the gas line in that area in order to make room for the new water main. The meeting will be in City Hall's Memorial Hall, 606 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO 80829. For more information call Project Manager Jeff Smith at 719-685-2547.

Flood Recovery - Colorado Update

The Executive Director of the Colorado Resiliency and Recovery Office issued the following note: Recovery in Colorado: The Latest on the 2013 Floods. Click the title to view the document.

City of Manitou Springs Programs, Policies and Participants

The City of Manitou Springs is a home-rule municipal government in the State of Colorado that provides a range of services, with the overall purpose of ensuring the health, safety and welfare of the community in accordance with the City's Municipal Code, State Statutes and Federal Law. 

Services include: overall city governance by a city council and admistration; provision of public safety and emergency services; municipal court; human resources; liquor license administration; financial management; provision and maintenance of infrastructure such as roads, water, waste water and storm water; flood recovery projects; parks, recreation & fitness center; a cemetery; open space and trails; parking; funding to support library services; and planning services to implement the zoning code, historic district/subdivision regulations, long-range planning, procurement of grant funding, transportation planning/projects and economic development.

Programs include: recreation and exercise programming to promote a healthy life style and water safety; on-going staff training and education; community outreach; and collaboration with regional agencies to address housing, social services, transportation and other needs.

Participants of city services and programs include citizens, business owners, numerous visitors and city staff.

The City of Manitou Springs does not discriminate on the basis of disability.  Reasonable accommodation will be provided to ensure equal access to all people.  Individuals who would like to request auxiliary aids or services should contact ADA Coordinator Donna Kast at (719) 685-2554 or dkast@comsgov.com to discuss specific needs (e.g., interpreters, sign language, or readers for the sight impaired). 

NEW Housing Advisory Board

The City of Manitou Springs is accepting letters of interest to fill vacancies to a newly established Housing Advisory Board.  The purpose of this Board shall be to define, research, facilitate, and promote safe, sustainable, resilient, and habitable housing and options for affordable housing in Manitou Springs.  

All regular and alternate members shall be residents and qualified electors of Manitou Springs.  Appointments will be made by City Council and shall consist of seven (7) regular members and up to three (3) alternate members.  All members are intended to be representative of the various demographics of the City.

The initial Board appointments of reular members shall be for staggered terms of 1-year (two members), 2-years (two members) and 3-years (three members). Which appointees serve which terms shall be determined by City Council.  Thereafter, all regular and alternate members of the Board shall be appointed to serve 3-year terms.

Monthly meetings will be held at a time and date established by the Board.

Send Letter of Interest and Resume (and/or Statement of Qualifications) to: City Clerk, 606 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO 80829.  Email: dkast@comsgov.com.
Deadline to Apply: Open until filled.

Community Meeting - April 10
THE CITY OF MANITOU SPRINGS SEEKS INPUT FROM PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. The City of Manitou Springs invites the public, and specifically people with disabilities, to a community meeting to gather input to help identify policies and procedures that are inconsistent with ADA/Section 504 requirements.  Those in attendance will be asked to assist with a self-assessment questionnaire that will be used to identify deficiencies that will then be addressed through the development of a transition plan.  The meeting will be held on Monday, April 10 in the City Council Chambers, 606 Manitou Avenue, and will begin at 11:00 am.  Click to view the draft self-assessment.

The City of Manitou Springs does not discriminate on the basis of disability.  Reasonable accommodation will be provided to ensure equal access to information by all people.  Individuals who would like to request auxiliary aids or services should contact ADA Coordinator Donna Kast at (719) 685-2554 or dkast@comsgov.com to discuss specific needs (e.g., interpreters, sign language, or readers for the sight impaired). 

High Winds Damage Assistance

The El Paso County Office of Emergency Management call center is ready to offer resources to people in need of help with NON-emergency debris removal, repairs, power outtage concerns, and other issues related to wind damage and power outtages. Many local organizations are standing by to help those who are unable to meet these needs for themselves. Call (719) 575-8888 for non-emergency concerns. Please also check on neighbors who may need help in power outtage areas or wind damaged neighborhoods, particularly elderly, disabled, or those with special circumstances.

New Water and Sewer Rates - 2017

Per Municipal Code, water and sewer rates are adjusted on the 1st day of every new fiscal year. Click to view the FY2017 rates.

Library Expansion Meetings

The City of Manitou Springs invites the public to review proposed expansion and remodel plans for the Manitou Springs Library. For more details on the library expansion meetings, click here.

Bear Proof Trash Cans

Bear proof trash cans are now available through Bestway Disposal. To order one or to learn more, call Bestway Disposal at 719-633-8709. For more information on the bear proof trash can, click here.

Paid Parking Update
Paid parking is operating from 7:00 am - 8:00 pm seven days a week, seasonal periods have been eliminated. There is no longer a 3 hour free parking option. The city offers a free parking lot located at Hiawatha Gardens (10 Old Man's Trail, M.S.) and a free year-round shuttle.  

Staffing Analysis

An 11 Year Staffing Analysis report was produced for City Council review at the October 11, 2016 Worksession. To review the 11 Year Staffing Analysis, click here.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.