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12/04/19 CoMS Public Works Department Announcement

Water Main Repair at Oklahoma Road & Elk Path


The City of Manitou Springs will be repairing a small water main at the intersection of Oklahoma Road and Elk Path on Friday, December 6, 2019. This repair work is expected to take at least half of a work day, with very minimal to no water service disruption, as the repair will be a live repair.

All efforts will be made to keep this repair as brief as possible and will send out another notification once the repair has been completed.

Customers and visitors may experience some minor traffic disruption near this intersection during this repair.


Thank you for your patience!


Rich Fabbro


Deputy Public Works Director

City of Manitou Springs, CO

719-685-2561 office



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12/05/19 CoMS Press Release

Manitou Springs Urges Climate Action from Congress and County


MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 5, 2019) – Manitou Springs City Council continued to advocate for climate action on Tuesday, Dec. 3 by passing a pair of resolutions aimed at involving El Paso County and the U.S. Congress in the fight against climate change.

Council first heard a resolution urging Congress to enact H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. The bill would enact a fee and dividend on carbon emissions. According to an analysis by Regional Modeling, Inc., the bill would reduce carbon emissions 40% over the next 12 years.

Manitou resident Jay Beeton addressed Council with the support of Citizens Climate Lobby members, who advocates for a fee and dividend model. An emotional Beeton pleaded, “If you have kids or grandkids, you should care.”

The community cares, according to Manitou Springs Mayor Ken Jaray. “We are leading the charge on climate change, but we will need the help of our partners to make a significant impact,” said Mayor Jaray, who has championed the City’s environmental advocacy.

The following resolution related to the Colorado Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Program, or C-PACE. The state-run program allows commercial property owners in participating counties to finance up to 100% of energy and water efficiency or conservation upgrades for up to 25 years using a property assessment. Counties must opt in to the program, but El Paso County is not one of the 31 Colorado counties currently participating.

“This is a tool, and our climate response and adaptation requires a big box of tools,” stated Scott Harvey, a local who has long championed C-PACE in El Paso County.

The Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau, and Office of Economic Development echoed Mr. Harvey’s sentiment in a letter of support submitted to City Council, while highlighting potential cost savings for businesses.

Manitou Springs City Council adopted legislation in September committing the community to an “ambitious response to climate change.” The two resolutions up for discussion were considered a continuation of that effort. Both passed with unanimous support.

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For more information about sustainability efforts at the City of Manitou Springs or the recently adopted resolutions, please contact Aaron Schultz, Sustainability Project Coordinator, at aschultz@comsgov.com.

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Water Main Repair at Poplar & Santa Fe


The City of Manitou Springs will be repairing a small water main at the SE corner of the intersection of Poplar and Santa Fe on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. This repair work is expected to take the whole work day, with very minimal water disruption.

The City of Manitou Springs anticipates brief water outages during this repair work, which should be limited to the following streets (Poplar, Oak, Plainview, Spur, Santa Fe, and Tyler). All efforts will be made to keep this outage very brief and during the middle of the day.

Customers and visitors may experience some minor traffic disruption near this intersection during this repair. And customers living near 231 Santa Fe will be detoured east around the job site to Plainview.

Thank you for your patience!

Rich Fabbro

Deputy Public Works Director

City of Manitou Springs, CO

719-685-2561 office

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St. Andrews Episcopal Church 

Chimney & Roof Repairs - Sidewalk Closures (Wed. 12/04 -  Sat. 12/07)


The City of Manitou Springs (COMS) will be closing the public sidewalks along the East and South sides of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, starting on Wednesday December 4, 2019 through Saturday December 7, 2019, for chimney and roof repairs to the church. 

The churches sidewalks will also be closed along the East and South sides of the church while this repair work takes place. There will also be 3 to 4 parking spaces coned off in front of the church on Manitou Avenue, for the man lift and tractor trailer.

The church can be accessed from the North entrance and West sides during this repair work.

This repair work is being done for St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church by a private contractor. For any questions about this repair work or church access, please contact the church at 719-685-9259 or standrewsmanitou@gmail.com.

Thank you,

Rich Fabbro  

Deputy Public Works Director

City of Manitou Springs, CO

719-685-2561 desk

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UPDATE 11-25-2019 Public Works Press Release

Intersection of Manitou Ave. & Pawnee Ave. PRV Replacement on Water Main


We will be shutting off a few more valves at the intersection of Pawnee/Manitou Avenue soon, for this planned Pressure Reducing Valve change-out on the water main. We have to close a few more valves, because one of the valves we’ve closed is not holding. 

City Hall, PD, Fire, VFW, Hotel, and Stagecoach Inn may experience water outage for a few hours this morning. The crew will let the VFW, hotel, and Stagecoach know in person.

City Hall, PD, and Fire should still be fed off of El Paso, but letting everyone know just in case.

Thank you,

Rich Fabbro

Deputy Public Works Director 

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11-21-2019 Public Works Press Release - On Monday 11-25-19 Pawnee Ave. - PRV Replacement on Water Main

The City of Manitou Springs (COMS) will be performing a pressure reducing valve replacement on a water main at Pawnee Avenue, just S of the Manitou Avenue intersection, on Monday November 25, 2019.

Manitou Springs Public Schools are not in session on this Monday, and we do not anticipate any water outages during this replacement, as the water main isolation will be limited to the Pawnee/Manitou Avenue intersection.

Beers Construction will be performing this replacement, along with the assistance of COMS utilities staff.

Southbound traffic on Pawnee Avenue will be blocked and detoured during this replacement work. This replacement will commence by 7AM and be completed by 5PM on Monday, November 25, 2019.

Thank you,

Rich Fabbro

Deputy Public Works Director

City of Manitou Springs, CO

719-685-2561 desk

rfabbro@comsgov.com

11.21.19 Public Works Press Release TCP Pawnee


11-19-19 Public Works Announcement: Snow Ordinance Media Release 

Manitou Springs citizens,

With another snow storm coming later this week, this is a reminder to please not push your snow onto City of Manitou Springs (COMS) roadways, when shoveling your walkways and sidewalks.

We also ask that those of you who use snow-blowers do not blow your snow out onto COMS roadways.

Your efforts are most appreciated, and they help our Public Works staff to more quickly clean up our COMS roadways after snow storms.

Thank you for your assistance!

Rich Fabbro  

Deputy Public Works Director

City of Manitou Springs, CO

719-685-2561 desk

rfabbro@comsgov.com

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City of Manitou Springs logo - red11/14/19- Public Works Announcement

Schryver Pedestrian Bridge Repairs from 11/14 – 11/27

The Main Schryver Pedestrian Bridge is out of service for bridge repairs. Transportation is being provided by pool staff to the alternate bridge to the East.
A Ribbon Cutting will be held at the reopening of the bridge, date and time to be determined.

Thank you,

Jeff Jones
Public Works Director  

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10-14-2019 Press Release - Teamwork, planning leads to safe protest within City of Manitou Springs

Contact: Denise Howell

Phone: (719)960-7809

Manitou Springs, CO (OCTOBER 14, 2019) 

 The City of Manitou Springs would like to thank the team involved in managing a safe protest outside Manitou Springs High School this morning.

“Freedom of speech is a bedrock value in America, and today’s protest and counter protest is an excellent example that ideas can be debated publicly on their merits,” said Manitou Springs Mayor Ken Jaray. “At the same time, the City’s priority was the safety of everyone involved in the protest and we are grateful for a safe conclusion to today’s events.”

The City, together with the school district, Manitou Springs Police Department, El Paso County Sheriff’s Department and Colorado Springs Police Department, prepared and executed a plan to ensure the opportunity for public protest, and to ensure the public safety.

“I am grateful to El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder and Colorado Springs Chief of Police Vince Niski,” said Manitou Springs Police Department Chief Brian Churchill, “When we put out the call, they answered with the extra officers we needed to manage the situation safely.”

“I’d like to thank all the City employees who have put in extra hours to make sure this protest was handled appropriately,” said Interim City Administrator Denise Howell, “I know how many hours City staff have put in, the early morning and late night meetings, and the safe conclusion to today’s events is a testament to all their hard work.”

The City would also like to thank area residents for their patience with parking and traffic restrictions. The event near Manitou Springs High School has concluded. Traffic and parking restrictions in the area have been lifted. Please drive carefully and watch for pedestrians.

City of Manitou Springs logo - red10-10-2019 PRESS RELEASE - NEW PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Contact: Roy Chaney

Phone: 719-499-1642

MEDIA RELEASE

The City of Manitou Springs is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeff Jones to the position of Public Works Director and Rich Fabbro to the Deputy Public Works Director. Rich will still oversee the duties of the Water Superintendent position.

Both Jeff and Rich have strong backgrounds in public works, possessing a wealth of knowledge and the critical leadership skills needed to lead this very important department.  Combined, they bring 50 years of Public Works experience to the City of Manitou Springs.

Jeff and Rich have made valuable contributions to the city during their tenure with the organization and we are privileged to have them on our staff.

Jeff Jones         Jeff Jones

Rich Fabbro        Rich Fabbro

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Presentation of the City of Manitou 2020 Budget to Community

Contact: Denise Howell, Interim City Administrator

Phone: 719-685-2626

RE: Presentation of the City of Manitou 2020 Budget to Community

City staff presented draft of the City’s proposed budget for the fiscal year 2020 to City Council on Saturday, October 8, 2019 during a special session and wants to share this presentation to the public.

The City will be hosting Community meetings presenting the Proposed 2020 Budget to the public. The proposed budget presentation includes Accomplishments in 2019, Goals/Projects for 2020, and possible funding for the proposed projects.

The Community meetings will be held in Memorial Hall of City Hall, at 606 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO 80829 on:

Thursday, October 24th from 5:30 pm – 7 pm 

Tuesday, October 29th from 5:30 pm – 7 pm.


10-3-2019 PRESS RELEASE - NEW CITY CLERK HIRED

Release Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2019

Contact: Denise Howell, Interim City Administrator          

Phone: 719-685-2626

RE: Hiring of City Clerk

MEDIA RELEASE

Manitou Springs hired Judy Morgan as the new City Clerk for the City of Manitou Springs.  Judy has 15 years of city administration experience, holds numerous qualifications, and is well versed in all official federal, state, and local regulations. We are excited to have her wealth of knowledge on the team and look forward to her joining city staff here in Manitou Springs.

Judy will join city staff November 1st, allowing her time to relocate from Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona.  Acting City Clerk Judy Egbert has agreed to stay on-board until the new City Clerk takes over the position.  Judy Egbert stepped in the City Clerk role upon the previous City Clerk (Donna Kast) vacating the position in July of this year.

Judy Morgan


10-03-2019 Press Release - Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

City of Manitou Springs is under a Stage 1 Fire Restrictions:

03-October-2019

Mr. Mayor and Members of City Council,

Because of the current and expected dry weather patterns predicted by the National Weather Service, and to remain consistent with actions occurring with our regional partners, that include El Paso County and United States Forest Service (Pike National Forest), I am ordering Stage 1 Fire Restrictions for the City of Manitou Springs, effective immediately.  The current order for Stage 1 Fire Restrictions includes the following:

  • Open Burning Ban, defined as the prohibited use of any outside fire, including campfires and warming fires.
  • This current ban excludes fires in permanently constructed fire rings within the city’s RV and Camping Parks; and charcoal grills, and wood burning fireplaces, (chiminia) or fire pits with proper fitting screen covers and with a minimum of 15’ separation from structures or other combustible material at private residences.  None of these exclusions permit a total fuel area greater than 3 feet in diameter, and all must have a flame height of less than 2 feet.
  • Outdoor Smoking Ban, defined as the prohibited use of any tobacco product or similar material in cigarettes, cigars, or pipes outdoors.  This excludes smoking in enclosed buildings or structures, and along Manitou Avenue.  Discarding of a lighted cigarette, cigar or pipe tobacco products is strictly prohibited. 

These restrictions do not apply to gas-fueled grills used out-of-doors, or to fires within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves.  Additionally, compliant fireplaces and wood-burning stoves within private residences are not included.

As always, restrictions will be adjusted accordingly as fire danger and predicted weather conditions change.

Respectfully Submitted,

John K. Forsett, Fire Chief, City of Manitou Springs