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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

Water Main Break

Road construction will be taking place near the Chase Bank on the 400 block of Manitou Avenue in order to repair a water main. Vehicles are encouraged to avoid this area and find alternate routes. In order to fix the break, water will be shut off impacting that area of Manitou Avenue, Oklahoma Road, Peakview, and possibly other surrounding areas.

Notice of Temporary Closure

The Westside Avenue Action Plan issued a notice of temporary closure for Manitou Avenue from Beckers Lane to Crystal Hills Boulevard on May 17 and 18. Click here to view the full notice. Click here to view the detour route. 

Manitou Avenue Paving Update

The Colorado Department of Transportation has issued an update regarding the Manitou Avenue Paving Project. Included in the update are road closures and lane restrictions. Click here to view the paving project update.

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.

Paving Projects

The PPRTA funded paving projects are scheduled to begin Thursday, May 11, 2017. This project impacts various roads throughout the City of Manitou Springs. To view the paving press release click here.

Manitou Avenue Lane Restrictions

The Colorado Department of Transportation issued an update regarding the Manitou Avenue paving project. Click here to view the update

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.

Traffic Advisory

An update has been released regarding the the Sunflower demolition and other contruction impacts. Click here for additional information on the impacts advisory.

Manitou Springs Road Work

The City of Manitou Springs will be utilizing PPRTA maintenance funds for the 2017 Street Mill and Overlay Program. To view the full press release for the 2017 Street Mill and Overlay Program, click here.

Manitou Avenue Road Work

The Colorado Department of Transportation will be performing road work along Manitou Avenue from City Hall to the Highway 24 junction starting Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

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). 

Traffic Advisory
Between Ridge Road and the US 24 overpass, the inner left lanes in both directions along West Colorado/Manitou Avenue will be temporarily closed the next three months while construction crews install new storm and water mains. For more information on the traffic advisory, click here.

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.

Washington By-Pass

The Washington By-Pass is now open. The project was funded with 2015 NRCS EWP funds and was completed on-time and within budget. Thank you for your patience and to all those involved with this project, especially the city's hazard mitigation team!

PPRTA Maintenance Projects

The City of Manitou Springs 2016 PPRTA funded maintenance projects, which were to include the milling and overlay of both Crystal Hills Boulevard (Manitou Avenue to Palisade) and Pawnee Avenue (Manitou Avenue to Deer Path), have been delayed from the original start date of 10/28/16 until early 2017, due to extenuating circumstances.  City staff apologizes for this latest delay, and will endeavor to get these two projects done at the earliest opportunity.

Manitou Avenue Overlay Traffic Impacts

Manitou Avenue will be experiencing lane closures due to road work. Click here to view the CDOT construction update and learn more.

Manitou Avenue Paving Delayed

The Colorado Department of Transportation announced that the milling and paving phase of the Manitou Avenue Overlay Project has been delayed until Spring of 2017. For more information on the Manitou Avenue Overlay Project delay, 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.

Westside Avenue Project

The Westside Avenue Project is moving closer to construction. This project will address road improvements to Manitou Avenue and Colorado Avenue between the US 24 interchange and 31st Street. For more information on the Westside Avenue Project, 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.