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East Manitou Corridor Land Use Model - Community Engagement Report
The URA Board presented a vision to garner community feedback for East Manitou Avenue redevelopment at an open house held on Thursday, February 20th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Manitou Springs City Hall. The community outreach was a real hit as over 100 people participated at the open house and 50 people participated in the survey. The information collected by the Board from this public engagement will be used to shape, guide and direct development and improvements for the East Corridor. To read about what you sent please click here.
2014 Primary Election
The 2014 primary election is being conducted by the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's office. It is an all mail-ballot election and ballots will be mailed to all active voters affiliated with a major political party beginning Monday, June 2, 2014. Voted ballots must be received by the El Paso County Clerk & Recorder's Office no later than 7:00 pm on the last day of the Primary Election, which is June 24, 2014. Drop off locations are located throughout the County. The closest ballot drop-off box for Manitou Springs voters can be found at the parking lot at City Hall at 606 Manitou Avenue. Click here for additional election information.
Free Lot and Shuttle
Starting on May 18 and running until September 13, a free parking lot and free shuttles will be available. For more information on the free lot and free shuttles, click here.
Trail Building Days for the Iron Mountain Trail and Intemann Trail Connection
Here is another opportunity for Manitou Springs’ residents and trail users in the Pikes Peak Region to become involved in the efforts to connect Manitou Springs to Red Rock Canyon. We had a great turnout at the last trail days for both the Manitou Trail Cats and the Intemann Trail Committee, but it’s going to take a significant number of volunteers to get this long-awaited trail connection completed this year.
Building the trail is a worthwile project that will put you in touch with friends and other community members. Volunteers get the benefit of spending some time enjoying our fabulous mountain backdrop, while knowing they are creating something for future generations and visitors to Manitou Springs.
The remaining summer workdays being organized by Manitou Trail Cats are:
Sunday, July 13
Sunday, July 27
For more information and to sign up for any or all of the above workdays go to www.ManitouCats.com.
The Intemann Trail Committee (ITC) is also holding trail maintenance days. Volunteers who want to work on the ITC workdays should meet at 8:30 am at Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Avenue. Bring lunch, gloves and water. Free Intemann T-shirts (while supplies last).
The remaining ITC Trail Days will be:
Saturday, July 12
Sunday, August 10
Saturday, September 6
Saturday, October 4
For more information about the ITC workdays, call 473-4143 or e-mail email@example.com
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SunShare Press Release
The City of Manitou Springs recently signed a contract to provide up to 100 percent of its city facilities' energy needs from solar panels provided through SunShare's newest solar garden. For more information on the SunShare agreement, follow this link.
$1,944,000 Grant Award for Williams Canyon/Canon Avenue Project
On March 18, the City of Manitou Springs received a letter from the Department of Local Affairs, indicating approval of a $1,944,000 grant to help fund flood mitigation efforts in the Williams Canyon/Canon Avenue neighborhood. This grant compliments grants from El Paso County (Manitou’s sponsoring agency for the National Resources Conservation Service, Emergency, Water Protection Grant Funds), Governor’s Disaster Funds, Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT); as well as money used from the City's Reserve Fund. The total project addresses three phases – Debris catchment structures, drainage channel repairs, and street sheet-flow management strategies. The project is estimated to cost $5,432,000.
City Administrator Jack Benson indicated that Phase 1 of the project was funded through many state and county emergency funding sources but Phases 2 & 3, which traverse through the Narrows neighborhood, remained largely unfunded. After reviewing the project, the Department of Local Affairs stepped up to complete this funding. Benson noted that he had to read the award email several times before he could believe it. “This has been a labor-intensive process, involving many people over a period of many months. There were days I thought it would fall apart. This award is a godsend and closes the circle of effort by everyone from the State and County, to our City staff.”
Phase 1 is funded and currently out for bid. Construction is anticipated to be awarded on April 8, 2014; with the construction start date to occur 10 days thereafter. Phases 2 & 3, which are the subject of this award, will begin design as soon as the State and City execute the required contract.
Metro District Election
Notice of Cancellation and Certified Statement of 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 6, 2014 is hereby cancelled pursuant to C.R.S. § 1-5-208(1.5).
The following candidate is hereby declared elected:
Michael Barsotti 2 year term
/s/ Donna Kast
Designated Election Official
Manitou Springs Metropolitan District
Posted: March 6, 2014
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Manitou Springs Implements Summer Parking Hours
According to the city’s annual parking calendar, paid parking is set to return beginning Monday, March 10 between 7am and 8pm, seven days a week. Follow this link to read the full press release on Manitou Springs summer parking hours.
Flood Mitigation Work begins on Ute Pass
On February 12, 2014, a project commenced that was designed to improve water flow under U.S. 24. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is preparing to install an extra-large concrete box culvert, designed to carry excessive amounts of water. Measuring 24 feet wide and 10 feet high, the culvert will be ten times larger than the 72 inch metal pipe currently under the highway.
Beginning Saturday, Feb. 15, eastbound U.S. 24 will be closed and all traffic shifted to the westbound lanes – one lane in each direction. The highway will remain in this configuration for about two weeks, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When the eastbound side is complete, all traffic then will be moved to the eastbound lanes for another couple weeks, allowing construction to proceed on the westbound segment.
The speed limit will be reduced to 35 mph and vehicles wider than 12 feet will not be allowed to travel through the work zone.
PLEASE NOTE: Drivers should expect possible slowdowns or delays through the area during the morning and evening rush hours.
The project is scheduled for completion by April 30, 2014.
The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder has provided the following information regarding upcoming elections:
- May 23 - Last day for voters who are affiliated with a political party to change or withdraw their affiliation if they wish to vote in a different party's primary election.
- June 24 - Primary Election
- November 4 - General Election
As an El Paso County voter you will automatically receive a mail ballot in the upcoming elections only if you are in an "Active" status. Unfortunately you cannot change your voter record by email and any change or re-activation must be through one of the processes listed in this email. If you need to update your information please go to www.GoVoteColorado.com with your valid Colorado driver's license or identification number. If you do not have a Colorado driver's license or identification number, or would rather complete a paper form, you will find our forms at www.GoVoteColorado.com.
You are also welcome to stop by the following County in offices in Colorado Springs:
Main - 1675 West Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 2202
Downtown - Citizens Service Center, Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade
North - Corner of Union and Research, 8830 North Union Boulevard
Southeast - Corner of Powers Boulevard and Airport Road, 5650 Industrial Place
If you have any questions do not hesitate to call (719) 575-VOTE (8683) or email us at email@example.com.
New Water and Sewer Rates Effective January 1
Per Municipal Code 13.16, water and sewer rates are adjusted on the 1st day of every new fiscal year. Click to view the FY2014 rates.
Pikes Peak Regional Building Wins Honor for Solar Friendly Policies
The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department has earned Silver Level certification through the Solar Friendly Communities program for adopting best practices in solar permitting and inspections. The department will be recognized at the October 23 Building Commission meeting. A road sign and plaque will be presented to officials in a ceremony during the public comment of the meeting, which begins at 3 p.m. at PPRBD headquarters in Colorado Springs. All are welcome to attend this public meeting.
Solar Friendly Communities work to encourage best practices in solar permitting, inspection and finance as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot initiative to drive down the costs of solar energy. The program uses an easy-to-follow roadmap of 12 Best Practices (explained in detail atwww.solarcommunities.org) and rewards communities for endorsing these practices through points for various steps.
House on Iron Mountain Demolished
The acquisition of the Iron Mountain Open Space was completed earlier this year with grant assistance from Great Outdoors Colorado. On October 2, the house located on the property at 1350 Oak Ridge Road was demolished.
Determined to preserve the City's beautiful and unique natural features, the citizens of Manitou Springs approved a ballot issue in 1995 authorizing the raising of property and sales tax in order to acquire land for open space. The goal of the Manitou Springs Open Space Program is to support the ethic of preserving land as a living resource for present and future generations.
To date, and with the completion of the Iron Mountain acquisition, Manitou Springs has preserved approximately 300 acres of open space in and around the community.
Manitou Springs Expands Mini-Grant Program
In May of this year, the City of Manitou Springs announced the creation of a mini-grant program, administered by the Historic Preservation Commission. The program allows homeowners in the Historic District to apply for assistance with costs of exterior maintenance. In response to the August 9 flood, the Historic Preservation Commission expanded the types of properties and work that will be eligible for this assistance. Click to view additional information regarding the HPC mini-grant program.
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.