News & Announcements
Parking Operation Goes to Wintertime Schedule
Starting Monday, December 2nd, the downtown parking kiosks will be on “off-season” operation. This means less hours of parking enforcement, from 9am to 6pm. Visitors to the downtown, when they put their license plate number into the kiosk, will be able to choose the option of parking for the first three hours FREE on Mondays through Thursdays during the Winter. Parkers wishing to stay longer than three hours can pay at the summer rates - $1 each for the next 3 hours, $2 each for another 4-6 hours and $3 each for parking over 6 hours in addition to the initial free parking. Wintertime paid parking on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays stays at the summer rates, with the option of the first 15 minutes free. Please note Ruxton Avenue from Manitou to Osage Avenue is not under the seasonal schedule and remains at the Summertime hours and rates year-round.
If you have questions about parking this Winter, or any aspect of the City’s parking program, please go to the Parking Authority Board page on the City’s website at http://www.manitouspringsgov.com/government/city-boards/pab. The Manitou Springs Parking Office can be contacted by phone at 685-2549 or by email at email@example.com.
MSC Report on Community Dialogue held October 12, 2013
As the Manitou Springs City Council considers the question of lifting the moratorium on Recreational Marijuana Establishments (RME), it is also exploring the potential regulatory framework under which RME would operate. To that end the City Council requested that Manitou Springs Collaborative facilitate a community dialogue to gather public input toward the definition of an RME regulatory framework. The event took place on October 12, 2013. Click to read a report on this event.
Election Results (Unofficial)
Marc A. Snyder 1294 100.00%
City Council Ward 1
Kevin "Sarge" Mac Donald II 339 100.00%
City Council Ward 2
Coreen Toll 424 100.00%
City Council Ward 3
Nicole Nicoletta 285 67.22%
David Walker 139 32.78%
Ballot Issue 2A (Sales Tax Increase)
YES 1212 67.11%
NO 594 32.89%
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.
Notice of Budget-Metro District
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a proposed 2014 budget has been presented to the Board of Directors of the Manitou Springs Metropolitan District. The budget is available for public inspection and comment. A public hearing on the budget will be held at the meeting of the Board of Directors on November 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 606 Manitou Avenue. Click to view the entire Metro District Notice of Budget.
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.
Notice of Budget-Amended
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a proposed 2014 budget has been presented to the Manitou Springs City Council. The budget is available for public inspection and comment. A public hearing on the proposed budget will be held at a special meeting of the City Council on December 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the City Council Chambers of City Hall, 606 Manitou Avenue. Click for additional information about upcoming budget work sessions and the public hearing.
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.