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News & Announcements
Flood Recovery Meeting
The City of Manitou Springs Flood Recovery Team will be holding a meeting to inform the public of upcoming flood recovery projects, and to invite public input on these projects. The meeting will take place in Memorial Hall, at 606 Manitou Avenue, from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23rd.
City Council Ward 3 Appointment
Robert Todd was appointed to the City Council Ward 3 seat at the February 2nd meeting of the City Council. The seat was vacated by Nicole Nicoletta when she was sworn in as Mayor in January. Councilman Todd has lived in Manitou Springs for 12 years. When asked why he was interested in serving, he stated as follows:
"Manitou Springs is an incredible small city due in part to the leadership and legacy of those who served in public office over the past 145 years....I believe Manitou is in a period of significant Transition during which our elected officials will set the tone and take the actions that will directly influence how successfully Manitou will capitalize on opportunities and mitigate threats. I believe my skills, experience and values would complement those of the mayor and council members in returning Manitou to being a dynamic community characterized by increased engagement and collaboration (think: residents - businesses - officials - employees), pro-action vs re-action, and efficiency and transparency.
My personal motivation in stepping up to make this commitment is to "pay it forward", as our prior leaders did."
Councilman Todd was appointed to fill the vacant Ward 3 seat until a successor assumes the position on January 2, 2018, following the November 2017 election.
2nd Annual Manni Awards
The 2nd Annual Manni Awards was held on January 28, 2016. Over 200 people attended and were well fed at the community potluck and awards celebration. This year 22 nominations were received from community members and organizations. A selection committee with representatives from the City of Manitou Springs (Nicole Nicoletta & Coreen Toll), Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce (Karen Cullen), Manitou Springs School District (Ed Longfield), Pikes Peak Bulletin (Ralph Routon), and the Manitou Springs Collaborative (Ken Jaray), participated in the selection process and ultimately chose the 12 winners including 3 Lifetime Achievement Awards. All of the nominees and winners were warmly acknowledged with standing ovations from the enthusiastic crowd. The emcee had hoped to introduce a new video - Journey of a Raindrop, an animated video showing where our mineral water comes from. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties the video was not able to be shown. For those interested, here is a link to the video - http://manitoumineralsprings.org/journey_of_a_raindrop.html. The celebration was a wonderful reminder of the strong commitment Manitou Springs residents have towards contributing their time and talents to help enhance the wellbeing of our community.
Categories and Winners
Civic Achievement: Brad Walters
Lifetime Public Service: Marcy Morrison
Youth Visionary Leadership: Samantha White
Lifetime Education Achievement: Debbie Heidenrich
Public Service: Marc Snyder
Adult Visionary Leadership: Ken Jaray
CH Rockey Artistic Endeavors: Julia Wright
Environmental Stewardship: Coreen and Shanti Toll
Entrepreneurship: Chris Vestal
Business Vitality: The Milar Family / The Keg
Health & Wellbeing: Del Hokanson
Lifetime Humanitarian Award: Joanne Garrison
Employee of the Month Program
The Manitou Springs City Council is proud to announce our 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.
Nominations can be submitted in the lobby of City Hall or via email to Mayor Nicoletta at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
The Manitou Springs Parking Authority Board is trying to get a better picture of on-street parking turnover and parking availability during the summer. If you would like to give input, please follow the link (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5BB98YK) to the parking survey and submit a response.
Manitou Springs 2nd Annual Manni Awards
The Manitou Springs Collaborative, in partnership with the City of Manitou Springs, School District 14, the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, and the Pikes Peak Bulletin is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2nd Annual Manni Awards. To view the Manni Award nominees, click here.
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.
Crystal Park Road Lane Restrictions
During the placement of culverts associated with the Wildcat Gulch Project, Crystal Park Road will be subject to lane restrictions. For more information on the Crystal Park Road lane restrictions, click here.
New Water and Sewer Rates - 2016
Per Municipal Code 13.16, water and sewer rates are adjusted on the 1st day of every new fiscal year. Click to view the FY2016 rates.
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.
City Newsletters are now online, click to view the latest edition.
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.