April 2020 Press Releases

Press Release 04/30/2020

Release Date: (30, April, 2020)

Contact: (Alex Trefry, Public Information Officer)

Phone: (719-306-2884)

RE: (City Council Vacancy Appointment)

The City’s Public Works Department is resealing and striping the City Hall and Wichita Parking Lots, resulting in a closure of these lots until Sunday, May 3rd. Nearby on-street parking is available on Manitou Ave. and by Memorial Park. Free parking Downtown will remain in effect until Monday the 4th.

The City will put out a notice when this project is complete.

Thank you for your patience!

Alex Trefry

Public Information Officer

719-306-2884

atrefry@comsgov.com

    
    

     

       
   

Press Release 04/29/2020

Release Date: (29, April, 2020)

Contact: (Alex Trefry, Public Information Officer)

Phone: (719-306-2884)

RE: (City Council Vacancy Appointment)

The City of Manitou Springs has received five (5) applications for the City Council Ward 3 Vacancy. Listed below are the following applicants:

1. Anna Andrews-Mills
2. Clint Lewis
3. David Armstrong
4. Edie Willhite
5. Steve Bremner

A paneled interview of these applicants will take place on May 5th, 2020 during the City Council regular session. After the panelist are asked a series of questions from City Council, the Councilors will vote on who they believe to be the best candidate. After an applicant is selected, they will be sworn in and immediately appointed to Manitou Springs City Council.

Alex Trefry

Public Information Officer

719-306-2884

atrefry@comsgov.com

    
    

     

       
   

Press Release 04/29/2020

Release Date: (29, April, 2020)

Contact: (Alex Trefry, Public Information Officer)

Phone: (719-306-2884)

RE: (Incline)

The City of Manitou Springs, which is currently under Emergency Declaration, will continue to close the Incline. Information regarding the Incline was presented to Manitou Springs City Council last night, but due to the vast amount of data and research regarding the Incline, the City requested more time to formulate an approach that will preserve the health and safety of those who wish climb the Incline.

Manitou Springs City Council plans to revisit the Incline on May 26th, therefore, the Incline will remain closed until then, or until City Council votes to open it.

The City of Manitou Springs wants to maintain a high quality of life for its residents, protect its natural resources, and ensure that all individuals who hike the Incline are practicing safe measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The City is working diligently to ensure a way for these three critical priorities to work in cohesion.

“The Incline closure will remain in effect. Public health concerns are still a grave consideration, we have reviewed a number of factors, and we feel it would be irresponsible to open the trail at present. Past experience shows that the concentration of people poses a continuing risk to the public, both to Manitou Springs residents and Incline users.”

- John Graham, Mayor of Manitou Springs

Alex Trefry

Public Information Officer

719-306-2884

atrefry@comsgov.com

    
    

     

       
   

Press Release 04/29/2020

Release Date: (29, April, 2020)

Contact: (Alex Trefry, Public Information Officer)

Phone: (719-306-2884)

RE: (Biannual Cemetery Cleanup)

The City of Manitou Springs will be conducting its Biannual Cemetery Cleanup on May 16th, 2020. We urge our Citizens to visit the Cemetery and remove any tarnished flowers or objects within the Cemetery from May 1st – May 15th. In accordance with Ordinance 0574 § 4(g) 12.28.120, on May 16th, the City will be removing any unsightly containers, object, or flowers which are offensive to the appearance of the Cemetery.

The City urges its citizens who decorate our beloved Cemetery, to please maintain high standards of appearance in our Cemetery, as well as clean up anything which degrades the appearance of the Cemetery.

We urge our residents who visit the Cemetery to practice proper social distancing, hand washing, mask usage, and health standards to minimize the spread of COVID-19. The City’s priority is to maintain a safe and clean environment for its residents, visitors, and staff.

We care about you!

DO THE SIX

Help stop coronavirus

  • HANDS: Wash them often
  • ELBOW: Cough into it
  • FACE: Don’t touch it
  • FEET: Stay more than 6ft apart
  • FEEL SICK?: Stay home
  • WEAR: A mask

Alex Trefry

Public Information Officer

719-306-2884

atrefry@comsgov.com

    
    

     

       
   

Press Release 04/29/2020

Release Date: (29, April, 2020)

Contact: (Alex Trefry, Public Information Officer)

Phone: (719-306-2884)

RE: (Parking Pays it Forward)

“Manitou Springs Parking Pays It Forward” beginning May 4th:

Revenues from paid parking in May will go to local businesses for COVID-19 protective measures.

As the coronavirus event continues, paid-parking in downtown Manitou Springs will resume as of 7:00 am on May 4th. All revenues will be donated for COVID-19 protection equipment for Manitou Springs businesses. This includes the City of Manitou Springs’ on-street parking and city-owned lots. The 100-400 blocks of Ruxton and Winter will remain Residential Parking only until further notice!

Colorado has phased from the “Stay at Home” to “Safer at Home” model and businesses are changing how they operate in response to the outbreak. As health officials continue to encourage “social distancing” — keeping away from other people — to slow the spread of the virus, businesses are doing their best to offer protection to their customers. Revenues from May parking rates will be important to assist their efforts to offer this protection.

Plans are to open the kiosks for payment options but the City is recommending customers use their parking mobile APP (Park Mobile) to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by eliminating cashier and kiosk interactions. Regardless, kiosks will be cleaned at least 3 times per day to reduce the spread of the virus.

Manitou Springs parking operator, SP Plus, is still expected to have staff on site to address basic operational, safety and maintenance needs. The City is asking visitors and residents to continue to follow parking restrictions and signs on-street, in lots and respect the Residential Parking areas.

As a reminder:

We care about you!

DO THE FIVE

Help stop coronavirus

  • HANDS Wash them often
  • ELBOW Cough into it
  • FACE Don’t touch it
  • FEET Stay more than 6ft apart
  • FEEL sick? Stay home

Alex Trefry

Public Information Officer

719-306-2884

atrefry@comsgov.com

    
    

     

       
   

Press Release 04/21/2020

Release Date: (21, April, 2020)

Contact: (Alex Trefry, Public Information Officer)

Phone: (719-306-2884)

RE: (Pothole Repair)

The City’s Public Works Department will be repairing potholes tomorrow (4/22) in the 315 Beckers Ln area (pictured below). The process will result in a road closure that may last from 7am-5pm.

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Thank you,

Alex Trefry

Public Information Officer

City of Manitou Springs, CO

719-306-2884

atrefry@comsgov.com