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Manitou Springs Flood Information

Look here to learn more about 2015 flood mitigation project updates and resources, as well as tracking storm damages - we need your input!

 


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NOTICE OF ELECTION FOR PROPOSED CHANGES AND AMENDMENTS TO THE HOME RULE CHARTER - November 3, 2015 

Pursuant to Section 13.13 of the City of Manitou Springs Charter and C.R.S. § 31-2-210, the City Council has elected to propose changes and amendments to the Home Rule Charter.   The Charter Amendment Questions will be included on the ballot on November 3, 2015 as part of the Coordinated Election with El Paso County.  The questions to be included on the ballot are as follows: 

SHALL SECTION 3.1 OF THE HOME RULE CHARTER OF CITY OF MANITOU SPRINGS BE AMENDED TO SPECIFY THAT A CANDIDATE ELECTED AT A GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION TAKES OFFICE AT THE FIRST MEETING IN JANUARY FOLLOWING THE ELECTION?               

Yes         □

No          □ 

SHALL SECTIONS 5.1 AND 9.2 OF THE HOME RULE CHARTER OF CITY OF MANITOU SPRINGS BE AMENDED SO THAT THE BASES FOR CONDUCTING AN EXECUTIVE SESSIONS ARE SIMILAR TO THE BASES CONTAINED WITHIN THE COLORADO OPEN MEETINGS LAW? 

Yes         □ 

No          □ 

SHALL SECTION 5.9 OF THE HOME RULE CHARTER OF CITY OF MANITOU SPRINGS BE AMENDED TO CLARIFY THAT AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE DOES NOT REQUIRE A SECOND READING? 

Yes         □ 

No          □ 

SHALL CHAPTER VII, PERSONNEL MERIT SYSTEM, OF THE HOME RULE CHARTER OF CITY OF MANITOU SPRINGS BE REMOVED IN ITS ENTIRETY? 

Yes         □ 

No          □ 

SHALL SECTION 10.9 OF THE HOME RULE CHARTER OF CITY OF MANITOU SPRINGS BE AMENDED SO THAT THE FREQUENCY OF THE COMPETITIVE BID PROCESS FOR AUDITORS CONFORMS TO GENERALLY ACCEPTED ACCOUNTING STANDARDS? 

Yes         □ 

No          □ 

SHALL CHAPTER XI, MUNICIPAL BORROWING, OF THE HOME RULE CHARTER OF CITY OF MANITOU SPRINGS BE REMOVED IN ITS ENTIRETY?  

Yes         □ 

No          □ 

SHALL SECTION 13.7 OF THE HOME RULE CHARTER OF CITY OF MANITOU SPRINGS BE REMOVED SO THAT THE CHARTER COMPLIES WITH THE COLORADO GOVERNMENTAL IMMUNITY ACT? 

Yes         □ 

No          □


West Colorado Avenue Overlay Project
On August 25 construction will begin on the El Paso County/PPRTA pavement overlay project along West Colorado Avenue. The project is expected to be completed by September 3rd. To see the El Paso County press release on the overlay project, please click here.


Call for Nominations-Mayor and City Council

The City of Manitou Springs will be participating in the 2015 Coordinated Election on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.  The positions up for election are Mayor, three At-Large Seats, and the Ward 1 Council Seat.  

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 at 606 Manitou Avenue on August 4, 2015 and must be returned to the City Clerk no later than August 24, 2015.  For additional information, please contact City Clerk Donna Kast at 685-2554 or dkast@comsgov.com.


Streets/Pothole Condition Assessment - 2015

The Public Services Department Streets/Pothole Condition Assessment for 2015 is now available. Click here to view the 2015 Streets/Pothole Assessment.


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


Free Summer Shuttle is Back

The free shuttle is back for the summer of 2015. For more information on the free shuttle and free parking, follow this link.


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.


New Water and Sewer Rates

Per Municipal Code 13.16, water and sewer rates are adjusted on the 1st day of every new fiscal year. Click to view the FY2015 rates.


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 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.