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Learn more about how to keep yourself safe in the event of a flood, what the City is doing to mitigate flooding, and flood recovery efforts.


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Town Hall Flood Meeting

On Thursday, April 24th, the City of Manitou Springs is hosting a town hall meeting to discuss what the City has been doing to to mitigate flooding, the City's vision for the future of flood mitigation, and how residents can prepare themselves for potential flood situations. The meeting will take place in City Hall's Memorial Hall from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. For more information on the town hall flood meeting, please click this link.

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.

Health Fair

Manitou Springs is hosting the 12th Annual Southern Colorado Health Fair on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Community Congregational Chruch. The Health Fair will run from 7:00 a.m. to noon. For more information on the 12th Annual Southern Colorado Health Fair, please follow this link.

Firewise Landscaping Presentation and Community Meeting

Colorado State University is giving a presentation on firewise landscaping techniques on April 23, and April 30, 2014. Please click here for more information on the firewise landscaping presentation.

Firewise is also hosting a Community Meeting on Sunday, June 1, 2014, from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. in City Hall's Memorial Hall. The Firewise Community meeting will focus on what homeowners can do to better prepare their properties for wildlind fire. Firewise will present national recommendations by the Firewise Program that can reduce the possibility of damage and loss. Firewise will be answering questions from the community about what they can do to better prepare for wildland fire, focusing on mitigation and early preparedness. For more information on Firewise Communities, please click here.

$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. 

Manitou Springs Selects New Planning Director 

City Administrator Jack Benson announced today that after a long search and unanimous selection by City Council, Wade Burkholder will begin work as Manitou Springs’ new Planning Director on March 17.

Burkholder has served as the Planning Manager/Zoning Administrator for Botetourt County – Fincastle Virginia since 2012.  Prior to his work for the County, he served the Town of Leesburg, Virginia as Deputy Zoning Administrator from 2004-2012

Burkholder earned a Masters of Regional and City Planning from the University of Oklahoma and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Bowling Green State University.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Planning Association and the Virginia Association of Zoning Officials.  He is also a Co-Editor of the VAPA NewsBrief Quarterly Newsletter.

“My years of experience in planning include reviewing and coordinating development applications, land use, historic preservation, zoning determinations and appeals as well as working on comprehensive plans and small area plans for targeted growth areas,” Burkholder said.  “I am truly excited about working in Manitou Springs.”

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:  rhodges@comsgov.com

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.

**Waltham Avenue Update**

Digging for the Waltham Avenue Water and Sewer Main replacement project will begin on Monday, March 10th, 2014. Digging will start in the 100 block of Waltham Avenue. Work will take place Monday through Thursday, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm, throughout the duration of the project. Parking restrictions are lifted on Fridays.



Waltham Avenue Water and Sewer Main Replacement
Trash/recycling pick-up will begin at 6:30am

Waltham Avenue Water and Sewer Main Replacement

As part of the City continued improvement to our infrastructure, the City Public Works Department will be replacing the water and sewer main on Waltham Avenue.  Weather permitting, the work is scheduled to start the first week of March and be completed by mid April.  The contractor, KR Swerdfeger, is very familiar with our City challenges as he worked on the ARRA stimulus project.  They will start the construction at Manitou Ave. and work their way up.  They are scheduled to work week days from 7am to 5pm with the requirement to allow access to the residences at the end of each work day.  Waltham will be temporarily changed to a two way street.  Parking will be allowed only on the North (odd addresses) side of the street and strictly enforced.

The City is aware of the parking difficulties on this street and in order to help with this situation will make temporary parking permits available to the residents.  These free parking permits are provided in cooperation with the Metro District which is funded by the downtown merchants.  These permits will be valid only at the Smischny Parking Lot (1134 Manitou Ave.).  They are free and can be picked up at City Hall, in the Parking Enforcement Office.  In order to obtain a permit, the Waltham resident will have to provide a proof of residence, along with a driver's license and vehicle registration.

To insure that this project goes smoothly, we are respectfully asking for your patience and cooperation.  However, if you have any enquiries/issues prior or during the construction, please feel free to contact the Water/Sewer Department Foreman at (719) 685-2561. 

Thank you for your understanding.

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.

Election Information

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 elections@elpasoco.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.