May 2020 Press Releases

Public Works Update 5/28/2020

Release Date: (28, May, 2020)

Contact: (Alex Trefry, Public Information Officer)

Phone: (719 - 306 -2884)

RE: (Fire Hydrant Replacement)

The City of Manitou Springs’ Public Works Department will be replacing a fire hydrant near 123 Pawnee Ave. on Monday, June 1st. Work is planned to begin around 8:00am Monday morning, and be completed the same day. There will be one lane of traffic closed. 

Alex Trefry 

Public Information Officer 

719-306-2884  

atrefry@comsgov.com

    
    

     

       
   

Public Works Update 5/28/2020

Release Date: (28, May, 2020)

Contact: (Alex Trefry, Public Information Officer)

Phone: (719 - 306 -2884)

RE: (Regular Sewer Maintenance)

Today, our Public Works Department will be performing regular sewer maintenance in the Via’s area (northeast side of Manitou Springs). The department will connect to a fire hydrant and be jetting the sewer mains. Due to the fire hydrant connection, some residents may have some "rusty" looking water. This can be solved by running the faucets for a short amount of time, and the discoloration will go away. Thank you for your understanding! 

Alex Trefry 

Public Information Officer 

719-306-2884  

atrefry@comsgov.com 

    
    

     

       
   

Press Release 05/27/2020

Release Date: (27, May, 2020) 

Contact: (Alex Trefry, Public Information Officer)  

Phone: (719-306-2884) 

RE: (Incline Discussion) 

Several months ago, the Manitou Springs City Council, under emergency declaration, closed the Incline for grave concerns regarding the overall health of its residents, visitors, and first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic.  On May 26th, 2020, City Staff presented several options on how to open the Incline, to City Council.  

The Council supported the option to start using a reservation system and related fee, to use the amenity. Doing so then meters the number of users to help maintain social distancing and not overwhelm the City’s infrastructure. Additionally, it would help preserve the Incline, and help it remain beautiful for years to come. Lastly, the Incline, under management, would provide an equal, and positive experience for everyone who uses it. 

The Incline is an attraction, not just a trail, and it would be irresponsible to open it with no precautions taken, as it would put our visitors, residents, and first responders in a dangerous situation. A great deal of work needs to be done before the Incline can open with these safety precautions in mind. 

The City of Manitou Springs subsidizes the free parking at Hiawatha Gardens, as well as pays over $350,000 per year for the free shuttle and the necessary emergencies services performed on the Incline. Revenue collected from the Barr parking lot helps offset these costs, but the remainder is paid for by the City. A reservation system for the Incline, paired with a usage fee, will be used to pay for the longevity and the successful operation of the Incline. 

The City of Manitou Springs wants the Incline to open as soon as possible, but the health and safety of everyone involved is our first priority. City Staff is looking forward to collaborating and working with the City of Colorado Springs, and the Forest Service to work through the details of how to open in Incline in a way that will preserve the safety of our residents, visitors, and first responders. 

Alex Trefry 

Public Information Officer 

719-306-2884  

atrefry@comsgov.com 

    
    

     

       
   

Press Release 05/21/2020

Release Date: (21, May, 2020)

Contact: (Alex Trefry, Public Information Officer)

Phone: (719-306-2884)

RE: (City Council Vacancy Appointment)

The City of Manitou Springs’ City Council made a final vote for their Ward 3 vacancy appointment on Tuesday, May 19th during their regular session. City Council voted between two candidates: David Armstrong and Steve Bremner.

The candidates answered a series of five (5) questions. Soon after, the councilors voted for their preference of candidate, resulting in four (4) votes for Steve Bremner, and two (2) votes for David Armstrong. Steve Bremner then took an oath of office, and immediately began his appointment to City Council.

The City of Manitou Springs would like to congratulate Steve Bremner for his appointment to City Council, as well as thank the other four (4) candidates: Anna Andrews-Mills, Clint Lewis, David Armstrong, and Edie Willhite, for their actions to seek public office and impact their community.

Alex Trefry

Public Information Officer

719-306-2884

atrefry@comsgov.com

    
    

     

       
   

Press Release 05/19/2020

Release Date: (19, May, 2020)

Contact: (Alex Trefry, Public Information Officer)

Phone: (719-306-2884)

RE: (Asphalt Patch)

The City of Manitou Springs’ Public Works department will be performing an asphalt patch from 7:00am (5/21) to 8:00am (5/22) on Sutherland Place, between its two intersections with Sutherland Road. For the project, Sutherland Place will be closed to thru traffic, but all residents will have access to their driveways during the closure. 

Alex Trefry

Public Information Officer

719-306-2884

atrefry@comsgov.com

    
    

     

       
   

Press Release 05/14/2020

Release Date: (14, May, 2020)

Contact: (Alex Trefry, Public Information Officer)

Phone: (719-306-2884)

RE: (COVID-19 Moment of Silence)

The City of Manitou Springs is encouraging all of its residents to participate in a moment of silence, tomorrow (5/15), to recognize all of the victims of COVID-19. The Manitou Springs Police Department, and the Manitou Springs Fire Department will be turning on their lights at 7:00pm to not only acknowledge those we have lost to this terrible virus, but to remind all Coloradans who are struggling during this time that they are not alone and that we are all in this together.


Alex Trefry

Public Information Officer

719-306-2884

atrefry@comsgov.com