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06-24-19 Public Services Announcement - Press Release

City of Manitou Springs Voluntary Water Use Restrictions – July 1 & 2, 2019

The City of Manitou Springs (COMS) will be performing maintenance on our raw water supply pipeline, during the week of July 1, 2019. During this time, COMS asks that you voluntarily limit your water usage on Monday July 1st and Tuesday July 2nd so we can make this repair.

Our water treatment plant will be offline during these 2 days, so we ask that you please limit your usage to indoor use only, as we will be reliant upon our treated water in our storage tanks during this maintenance.

COMS asks that you not water your lawn and outside plants, wash vehicles, or use any unnecessary watering outside of your home during these two days, July 1 & 2, 2019.

COMS will do its part by not watering our parks and the cemetery during this time, as well as not washing COMS vehicles or equipment.

Thank you for your voluntary conservation!

Rich Fabbro Water & Waste Water Superintendent

UPDATE 06-24-19 Public Services Announcement: Ruxton Ave. Storm Sewer & Roadway Repairs

City of Manitou Springs Ruxton Avenue Storm Sewer & Roadway Repairs – Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The City of Manitou Springs will be replacing the damaged storm drain manhole lid and repairing the damaged roadway, on Ruxton Avenue, just west of the intersection with Osage. This repair work will take place on Wednesday June 26, 2019, from 5:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

One lane will remain open, however, expect some traffic disruption during this time, as well as some moderate noise. Flaggers will be in place to keep traffic going in one direction at a time, in the eastbound lane of Ruxton Avenue.

Thank you,

Rich Fabbro, Water & Waste Water Superintendent

Chief of Police - City of Manitou Springs, Colorado

- Accepting applications & resumes

The City of Manitou Springs invites you to apply for the position of Chief of Police. Manitou Springs is a picturesque, vibrant mountain community with a historic charm. Located at the foot of Pikes Peak its history dates to the 1870s. Best known for its historic preservation, mineral springs, cool mountain air, scenic landscapes, hiking trails, year-round activities and festivals and a welcoming spirit.  Manitou Springs is a favorite tourist destination for people from around the world.

Area attractions include Garden of the Gods, the Cog Railway, Cave of the Winds, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Miramont Castle and the famous Seven Falls. Shops, art galleries, museums, and restaurants line the downtown main street and lodging ranges from historic bed and breakfasts to elegant hotels.  

The Organization

The Police Chief reports to the City Council and is a member of the City’s management team. The Police Chief heads a successful and motivated organization of 24 full time employees. Other City Departments include Administration, Planning, Public Services (to include Water and Sewer), Finance, and Fire. There is also a City Pool and Fitness Center. The Manitou Springs Police Department is a community-oriented police agency that practices community engagement and preventing crime as top priorities. The 2019 Police Department budget is $1,665,367. Working closely with City Council and other area government agencies the Police Chief is responsible for policy implementation, emergency management, and delivering excellent police service. The Police Chief is expected to be accountable, responsive to issues, and provide leadership to the Police Department. 

The Candidate

Candidates should possess demonstrated leadership and management skills, high integrity, proven success in problem-solving policing methods, a collaborator, and financial management experience. The City is interested in candidates who can establish local and regional partnerships, lead by example and the ability to work in partnership with the community and build positive working relationships with other city staff.

Minimum Requirements

Candidates should possess demonstrated management and leadership skills, excellent communication skills and the ability to promote a positive organizational culture. A bachelor’s degree in a related field is required. A master’s degree is desirable. Candidates must have a minimum of 10 years’ experience as a peace officer, including 5 years of supervisory experience. Colorado POST certification, or the ability to obtain certification is also required.

The position has a competitive salary and excellent benefit package.  The salary range is $85,584 to $119,817 (DOQ). The City is conducting this search in partnership with KRW Associate LLC. 

Apply at http://www. krw-associates.com, by completing the application and attaching a current resume, cover letter and five professional references by 5:00 PM (MDT) July ??, 2019. Manitou Springs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Questions regarding the process should be directed to Lorne Kramer,  (719) 310-8960, Chiefcos@aol.com or Dr. Jerry Williams, (303) 424-4267 gwilliamsgroup007@gmail.com.

Press Release from CDOT 6-21-19

CDOT MEDIA ALERT - TRAFFIC ADVISORY - Serpentine Dr for Tuesday, June 25


Serpentine Drive roundabout drainage repairs set for June 25
Manitou Springs, CO –-Colorado Department of Transportation maintenance crews will install a drain to divert water from a spring located near the Serpentine Drive traffic roundabout in Manitou Springs. The work will require temporarily closing the traffic roundabout at Serpentine Drive from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25. 

The US 24 westbound off ramp at the entrance to Manitou Springs will be closed from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. to perform the work. Traffic entering Manitou Springs from the west should enter at Sunshine Trail. The US 24 westbound on-ramp on Manitou Avenue is not affected by this work and will remain open.

The traveling public will encounter flaggers to help direct traffic around Serpentine Drive and motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes and use extra caution while traveling near the work zone. The work is anticipated to be completed the same day, weather permitting.

REMEMBER: SLOW FOR THE CONE ZONE
The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones.
•    Do not speed in work zones. Obey the posted speed limits.
•    Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.
•    Watch for workers. Drive with caution.
•    Don't change lanes unnecessarily.
•    Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work zones.
•    Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.
•    Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.
•    Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
•    Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.
•    Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so.
•    Be patient!

WHOLE SYSTEM. WHOLE SAFETY.  
To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative. This project takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving the safety of all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission—to get everyone home safely.

ABOUT CDOT
CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated interregional express service. Governor Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.  

UPDATE 6-13-19 RE Voluntary Water Use Restrictions:

The maintenance is delayed and our request for Voluntary Water Use Restrictions will be delayed until further notice.

Press Release 6-11-19 : CITY REQUESTS Voluntary Water Use Restrictions – June 17, 18, & 19


The City of Manitou Springs (COMS) will be performing maintenance on our raw water supply pipeline, during the week of June 17, 2019. During this time, COMS asks that you voluntarily limit your water usage on June 17, 18, and 19th, so we can make this repair.

Our water treatment plant will be offline during these 3 days, so we ask that you please limit your usage to indoor use only, as we will be reliant upon our treated water in our storage tanks during this maintenance.

COMS asks that you not water your lawn and outside plants, wash vehicles, or use any unnecessary watering outside of your home during these three days, June 17 – 19, 2019.

COMS will do its part by not watering our parks and the cemetery during this time, as well as not washing COMS vehicles or equipment.

Thank you for your voluntary conservation!

Rich Fabbro, Water & Waste Water Superintendent

Press Release 6-11-19: Ruxton Avenue Repair Assessment on June 13, 2019

The City of Manitou Springs will be removing the steel plate from the roadway, near the intersection of Ruxton and Osage, this Thursday morning June 13, 2019, from 6:30 – 8:00 AM to assess the damaged storm sewer lid and take measurements for its replacement.

Expect some traffic disruption during this time, as well as some moderate noise. Flaggers will be in place to keep traffic going in one direction at a time.

Thank you,

Rich Fabbro, Water & Waste Water Superintendent

PSA 6-10-19 - Sinkhole on Ruxton Ave @ Osage Rd.

Ruxton Ave has a new sinkhole by Osage Rd. PD is directing traffic around it right now. West bound traffic on Ruxton may need to find an alternate route for the short term. A steel road plate is on the way to cover up the hole. 

Shuttles will not be running on Ruxton until the road plate is in place.

PUBLIC SERVICES ANNOUNCEMENT - Press Release 6-6-2019

PSA - PLANNED WATER OUTAGE ALERT - Monday 6-10-19:

Water service in the area of the Crystal Park Cantina will be affected on Monday, June 10th during a water valve replacement operation. Residents in the area should prepare for an outage of 6 or more hours while City staff work to fix this valve.

Residents in Crystal Hills and nearby neighborhoods may experience outage or reduced pressure during this repair.

The project will be started at 8 a.m. to allow people to prepare for work and other activities. Flaggers will be present, so please use caution when traveling in this area.

The City’s Water and Wastewater Department thanks you for your patience while we work to fix this valve.

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