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UPDATE 1:30 PM
The water leak on the water main at 219 Crystal Hills Boulevard has been repaired. The Public Works Crew is slowly recharging the water and customers should start seeing water in the next 30 minutes.
*Please note: You may experience some air in your water lines, and to let your faucets run for a few minutes to purge the air.
UPDATE 8:30 AM 10-16-2019 Public Works Announcement: Water Leak Reported 219 Crystal Hills Blvd.
The City of Manitou Springs will be performing a water main leak repair on Wednesday 10/16 just north of the intersection of Sutherland Road and Crystal Hills Boulevard, in the Crystal Park neighborhood, at 219 Crystal Hills Boulevard.
Customers in the Crystal Park\Crystal Hills neighborhood should anticipate water outages during this work. Customers as far north as Manitou Avenue and the Via’s streets should also anticipate water outages, along with customers on El Paso Boulevard west to Rockledge Lane.
- As of 7:55 AM the water is still on and will remain on for a while, so please fill water containers, use showers, and toilets, etc. Repair work will not commence until later this morning when all utility locates are marked. * For updates on water outages and/or repairs, please check at the top of our website (manitouspringsgov.com), Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor.
Lastly, residents on Crystal Hills Boulevard may experience some traffic delays or road closures, which have yet to be determined.
Thank you for your cooperation!
Rich Fabbro Water & WW Superintendent
10-14-2019 Press Release - Teamwork, planning leads to safe protest within City of Manitou Springs
Contact: Denise Howell
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.
10-10-2019 PRESS RELEASE - NEW PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY DIRECTOR
Contact: Roy Chaney
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.
10-10-2019 PRESS RELEASE
Presentation of the City of Manitou 2020 Budget to Community
Contact: Denise Howell, Interim City Administrator
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.
10-07-2019 Public Works Announcement
Road Closure Pilot Knob & Illinois
Concrete pan is being installed across Pilot Knob at the intersection of Pilot Knob and Illinois this week. The entire intersection will be closed from 8 AM - 4 PM Monday 10-07 & Tuesday 10-08. Please see map reference.
Once the concrete is poured it will need to cure for three days Wednesday 10-09 through Friday 10-11.
10-3-2019 PRESS RELEASE - NEW CITY CLERK HIRED
Release Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2019
Contact: Denise Howell, Interim City Administrator
RE: Hiring of City Clerk
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.
10-03-2019 Press Release - Stage 1 Fire Restrictions
City of Manitou Springs is under a Stage 1 Fire Restrictions:
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.
John K. Forsett, Fire Chief, City of Manitou Springs