Click here to learn more about what the City is doing in response to the flooding events experienced in 2013 and 2015. This page provides flood mitigation project updates and resources.
News & Announcements
High Winds Damage Assistance
The El Paso County Office of Emergency Management call center is ready to offer resources to people in need of help with NON-emergency debris removal, repairs, power outtage concerns, and other issues related to wind damage and power outtages. Many local organizations are standing by to help those who are unable to meet these needs for themselves. Call (719) 575-8888 for non-emergency concerns. Please also check on neighbors who may need help in power outtage areas or wind damaged neighborhoods, particularly elderly, disabled, or those with special circumstances.
Library Expansion Meetings
The City of Manitou Springs invites the public to review proposed expansion and remodel plans for the Manitou Springs Library. For more details on the library expansion meetings, click here.
Bear Proof Trash Cans
Bear proof trash cans are now available through Bestway Disposal. To order one or to learn more, call Bestway Disposal at 719-633-8709. For more information on the bear proof trash can, click here.
The Washington By-Pass is now open. The project was funded with 2015 NRCS EWP funds and was completed on-time and within budget. Thank you for your patience and to all those involved with this project, especially the city's hazard mitigation team!
PPRTA Special Meeting
The Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) is holding a special meeting on Monday, December 5, 2016, at the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments Building located at 15 S 17th Street, Colorado Springs. To view the PPRTA agenda, click here.
PPRTA Maintenance Projects
The City of Manitou Springs 2016 PPRTA funded maintenance projects, which were to include the milling and overlay of both Crystal Hills Boulevard (Manitou Avenue to Palisade) and Pawnee Avenue (Manitou Avenue to Deer Path), have been delayed from the original start date of 10/28/16 until early 2017, due to extenuating circumstances. City staff apologizes for this latest delay, and will endeavor to get these two projects done at the earliest opportunity.
Manitou Avenue Overlay Traffic Impacts
Manitou Avenue will be experiencing lane closures due to road work. Click here to view the CDOT construction update and learn more.
Manitou Avenue Paving Delayed
The Colorado Department of Transportation announced that the milling and paving phase of the Manitou Avenue Overlay Project has been delayed until Spring of 2017. For more information on the Manitou Avenue Overlay Project delay, click here.
Re-opening of the Incline
The Incline is re-opening on Saturday, December 3, 2016. To learn more about the grand re-opening of the Incline click here.
Paid Parking Update
Paid parking is operating from 7:00 am - 8:00 pm seven days a week, seasonal periods have been eliminated. There is no longer a 3 hour free parking option. The city offers a free parking lot located at Hiawatha Gardens (10 Old Man's Trail, M.S.) and a free year-round shuttle.
An 11 Year Staffing Analysis report was produced for City Council review at the October 11, 2016 Worksession. To review the 11 Year Staffing Analysis, click here.
Notice of Proposed 2017 Budget
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a proposed 2017 budget has been presented to the Manitou Springs City Council. The budget is available for public inspection and comment at the offices of the City Finance Director, 606 Manitou Avenue, Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Any interested elector of Manitou Springs may inspect the proposed budget and file or register any objections thereto at any time prior to the final adoption of the budget. There will be a budget work session on the proposed budget at City Hall, 606 Manitou Avenue, on October 25, 2015 at 6:00 pm. A public hearing on the proposed budget will be held at the meeting of the City Council on December 6, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of City Hall, 606 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, Colorado.
Westside Avenue Project
The Westside Avenue Project is moving closer to construction. This project will address road improvements to Manitou Avenue and Colorado Avenue between the US 24 interchange and 31st Street. For more information on the Westside Avenue Project, click here.
Voter Registration Scam
State and county election officials have received numerous complaints this week from Colorado voters who are concerned about phone calls that appear to be an effort to obtain their personal and sensitive information.
During the automated calls, voters are advised their registration is incorrect and needs to be updated before they can receive a ballot for the November election. But both Democrats and Republicans who have received the calls told the Colorado Secretary of State's office or their county clerk that their registrations are current. At least one person reported being asked to provide a full date of birth after selecting the option for “more information.”
The individuals also have reported that the calls are from an organization identifying itself as “Go Vote CO” or “Go Vote Colorado.” Some voters believe the Secretary of State is somehow involved because that name is similar to the web address of the Secretary of State’s online voter registration system (www.GoVoteColorado.com).
The Secretary of State’s office does not contact individual voters regarding voter registration issues except to respond to inquiries initiated by voters themselves. Secretary of State Wayne Williams reminds Colorado residents not to disclose sensitive personal information, such as month and day of birth, driver’s license or state-issued ID numbers, or Social Security numbers to any person or organization they do not know and trust, whether by telephone or otherwise.
Anyone with information concerning the individuals or organization responsible for conducting this telephone solicitation campaign identifying itself as “Go Vote Colorado” or “Go Vote CO” is asked to contact Elections Division legal analyst Chris Amero at 303-894-2200 ext. 6389 or firstname.lastname@example.org at the Secretary of State’s office.
Short-term vacation rental hotline 1-435-STR-HELP (1-435-787-4357)
Have concerns regarding short-term vacation rentals? This hotline is staffed 24/7 and has been set up specifically for short-term vacation rental compliance concerns.
The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) has accepted an animal law enforcement contract for the City of Manitou Springs. All pet licensing will now be handled through HSPPR. Additionally, the Animal Law Enforcement (ALE) Department of the HSPPR will be taking over many of the animal related duties such as catching stray animals, conducting neglect investigations, responding to aggressive animal reports, and many other duties. Animal Law Enforcement officers are empowered with authority by the cities they serve and are recognized as Peace Officers by Colorado Revised Statues.
To contact the HSPPR please call 719-473-1741 or visit their website at www.hsppr.org.
Emergency City Council Meeting
On Thursday, June 30th, Mayor Nicoletta called for an emergency meeting of the City Council to be held at 8:00 am today at City Hall. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and respond to a number of recent concerning incidents occurring within the Soda Spring Park Pavilion as necessary to preserve the safety and well-being of the Manitou Springs community.
The Council convened promptly and took two formal actions in providing direction to the Office of the City Administrator. The first action was an affirmative vote to ensure that the Pavilion area be closed to the public indefinitely as soon as practicable with an exemption to be made for approved events therein. It also included a stipulation that until further notice, the public restrooms in the Park should be closed at 9:00 pm rather than the currently established 11:00 pm closure time.
The second vote directed that once the area is properly closed, the Manitou Springs Police Department -- in concert with additional law enforcement assistance recently retained via the El Paso County Sheriff's Office -- is to assume a zero tolerance enforcement stance as to any unlawful entry into the Pavilion as well as any other observed illegal behavior in the downtown area.
Each vote passed on a 5-0 vote with Councilmembers Elder and Todd unable to attend. For the time being, the Pavilion will be closed utilizing temporary construction zone netting. But before the meeting concluded, some discussion ensued about the need to explore a more permanent means of allowing for to closure of the Pavilion area during periods of non official use. In addition to City Administrator Jason Wells and Police Chief Joe Ribeiro, also present were City Clerk Donna Kast and Interim Director of Public Services, Shelley Cobau. Ms. Cobau indicated to Council that her department will promptly begin researching some practical alternatives to allow for intermittent closures of the area.
Thank you for visiting Manitou Springs. Hikers, please use the FREE parking and FREE shuttle or low-cost long-term parking and leave the business district parking for our shoppers. It makes a better experience for everyone!
Drinking Water Quality Report
The 2016 Drinking Water Quality Report has just been released. Click here to view the 2016 Drinking Water Quality Report. The report is also posted on the Public Services Water Department webpage.
Metropolitan District Election 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 3, 2016 is hereby cancelled pursuant to C.R.S. § 1-5-208(1.5).
The following candidates are hereby declared elected:
Randy R. Hodges 4 year term
Lawrence J. Fox 4 year term
Michael Barsotti 4 year term
Perry Kevin LeGrande 2 year term
/s/ Donna Kast
Designated Election Official
Manitou Springs Metropolitan District
Posted: March 1, 2016
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: email@example.com
Employee of the Month Program
The Manitou Springs City Council is proud to announce the 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.
Nomination forms can be picked up in the City Clerk’s office and be submitted 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.
Call for Nominations-Metropolitan District Election
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a regular election of the Manitou Springs Metropolitan District will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. At that time three (3) Directors will be elected to serve 4-year terms and two (2) Directors will be elected to serve 2-year terms.
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that eligible electors may obtain a Self-Nomination and Acceptance Form from the Designated Election Official (DEO) Donna Kast at 606 Manitou Avenue; 719-685-2554. The deadline to submit a Self-Nomination and Acceptance Form to the DEO is close of business on Friday, February 26, 2016. Click here for additional Metro District election information.
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
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.
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.
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.