Fire Chief Keith Buckmiller has declared the existence of a high fire danger and announces the imposition of restrictions on open fires, open burning and fireworks.
“Open fires and open burning” are defined to mean any outdoor fire, including, but not limited to, campfires, warming fires, charcoal grill fires, fires in wood-burning stoves or grates, fused explosives, and fireworks of all types.
Open fires and open burning during a period of high fire danger is prohibited. During a period of high fire danger, the smoking of tobacco and other products in cigarettes, cigars or pipes is prohibited outdoors. "Outdoors" is defined to mean any place outside an enclosed structure or vehicle. This restriction shall not apply to Manitou Avenue. The discarding of a lighted cigarette, cigar or pipe tobacco outdoors is also prohibited during a period of high fire danger.
Restrictions on open fires and open burning do not apply to gas-fueled grills used out-of-doors, or to fires within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves and fireplaces within buildings, nor to fires in wood-burning stoves and fireplaces within private residences.
MANITOU SPRINGS WELCOMES VISITORS
Due to recent events, the City is receiving multiple phone calls asking if Manitou Springs is open for business.
The good news is we are!
We have wonderful restaurants, shops, and activities waiting for you. Enjoy our fresh mountain air and beautiful scenery too!
If you want further information on business and activities in the City of Manitou Springs, please be sure to contact our Chamber of Commerce at (719) 685-5089.
Request for Proposals: El Paso Student Conntctor Sidewalk Project
The City of Manitou Springs is seeking proposals for construction of the El Paso Student Connector sidewalk project.
A PLAN AND SPECIFICATION PACKAGE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE MANITOU SPRINGS FINANCE OFFICE in CITY HALL AT 606 MANITOU AVENUE, MANITOU SPRINGS. THERE IS A $30.00 NON REFUNDABLE FEE FOR A SET OF THE PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS OR $10.00 FOR THE PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS ON A CD.
Sand and Sandbags Available To Public
Just in time for the rainy season, the City of Manitou Springs has made sand and sandbags available to the public. Formerly located on the north side of Memorial Park near the intersection of Washington Avenue and El Paso Boulevard, the sand-filled dumpster has been relocated to Lovers Lane, directly behind Mansions Park.
Along with sand, sandbags are also available at the same location. Feel free to fill as many bags as you think necessary to protect your property from flooding. Please note, however, you must B.Y.O.S. (bring your own shovel).
Iron Mountain Trail Manager Request for Proposals (RFP)
The City of Manitou Springs is seeking a project manager to supervise trail construction on 4 work days. For complete information click on the following link: Iron Mountain Trail Manager RFP
THE HEAT IS ON - Drive Safely
The 100 Deadliest Days On Colorado Roads Begins Today - Heightened DUI Enforcement Runs Through Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day weekend signifies the kick-off to summer with outdoor events, camping and barbeques. Through the Heat Is On campaign, The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local law enforcement agencies throughout the state are working together to ensure Coloradans stay safe over the holiday weekend by stepping up DUI enforcement starting Friday, May 24 through Tuesday, May 28.
“We launched the Heat Is On campaign 15 years ago in response to the summer months being the deadliest time on Colorado roads,” said Darrell Lingk, Director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT. “Our goal is to educate the public on the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, which can easily be avoided by designating a sober driver. We want Coloradans to enjoy the holiday weekend and to be safe while doing so.”
During the same enforcement period last year, there were 542 DUI arrests made statewide. To reduce the number of DUI arrests in Colorado, law enforcement will be out on the roads over the course of the weekend, making sure that Coloradans are protecting themselves and others by making safe travel decisions.
“Law enforcement will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols this weekend to prevent unnecessary deaths and injuries,” said Colonel Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “Throughout the summer, law enforcement will work hard to protect lives and arrest those who choose to put themselves and others in harm’s way.”
The Heat Is On runs the entire year with 12 specific DUI enforcement periods centered on national holidays and large, public events. More details about the DUI enforcement plans and arrest results can be found at HeatIsOnColorado.com.
April 15, 2013 Manitou Springs Town Hall Meeting on YouTube
The April 15 meeting about Flash Flooding and Emergency Preparedness is now on YouTube. An additional meeting was held at Manitou Springs City Hall on April 24, 2013. If you missed these meetings or just want a refresher in emergency preparedness during our upcoming rainy season, click on the link below for valuable information.
Kathy Russell of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Management also posted her meeting about emergency preparedness on YouTube. This is another good resource for our residents.
Level One Water Restrictions
Manitou Springs imposed Level Two Water Restrictions on the 2nd day of July 2012 due to extreme drought conditions and declining reservoir levels. These drought conditions have somewhat abated due to rain and snow events. The colder weather has also reduced the outside watering allowing the utility to meet the City’s service demands and resulting in an opportunity to start refilling the City’s reservoir. On October 16, 2012, City Council determined that the conditions previously resulting in a water shortage have been abated and that it is in the public interest to rescind restrictions on the use of water. Residents and businesses are however encouraged to voluntarily follow LEVEL ONE RESTRICTIONS as a means to conserve this limited resource. For additional information about Water Restrictions click on the following link: Water Restrictions Explained
Flash Flood Preparedness Guide
Preparation is key to mitigating the dangers of flash flooding. Click to view the flood preparedness guide and read important information that will help you prepare for the upcoming rainy season.
Meetings Scheduled for Waldo Canyon Flood & Emergency Preparedness
"Emergency Preparedness Starts with You," a public awareness campaign hosted by partnering agencies in the Pikes Peak region kicks off in April. The campaign will educate residents on how best to protect themselves and their families in the event of flash flooding and wildfires. The two meetings to be held in Manitou Springs will begin at 6:30 pm on Monday, April 15 and on Wednesday, April 24 at the Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Avenue.Meetings will also be held in Colorado Springs. Click here to view additional information regarding these meetings.
For more information on the interagency preparation being done prior to our summer rainy season, click on the link to find out how these agencies are working together to keep our citizens safe.
Construction of New West End Roundabout to Commence
The construction of the new roundabout on the west end of Manitou Avenue begins March 18, 2013 and construction will be completed by Memorial Day. During construction, Serpentine Drive will be partially closed to through traffic.
The completion of this project and Phase 5B at Park Avenue will finalize the Downtown Revitalization Project, which began in 2004. This project was funded entirely by Pikes Peak Rural Transit Authority (PPRTA) and Public Works funding.
We are pleased our Downtown Revitalization Project is near completion, and we thank the citizens of Manitou Springs and our visitors for their patience during the revitalization.
We have set up a page dedicated to providing you with updated information with regard to the Waldo Canyon Fire and now perhaps more importantly the potential for flooding that could occur in Manitou Springs as a result of that fire.