Manitou Springs council makes decisions Tuesday night on flood mitigation work

Published: December 18, 2013, 1:35 pm, by Matt Steiner

The Manitou Springs city council made a couple movesĀ  Tuesday night that they hope will mitigate flash flooding in the future.

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A geyser of flood water shoots out of a sewer on Canon Avenue next to the Cliff House in Manitou Springs, Colo. Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 as storms continue to dump rain over the Waldo Canyon burn scar. (Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette)

The council approved a contract with Wright Water Engineers of Denver to design mitigation projects in Williams Canyon and along Canon Avenue. The also voted 7-0 in favor of a resolution to purchase one piece of property in that area in order to build a debris retention pond, city clerk Donna Kast said.

The city will now move forward to buy the land at 609 Canon Ave. for $10,000 and build the pond as part of a project that would include a series of debris barriers along Williams Creek. The barriers would consist of a steel grate at the edge of city land and several other steel-ring nets along the waterway.

The goal of the project is to stop rocks and other large objects from reach a 7-foot-by-7-foot culvert where Narrows Road meets Canon Avenue. Flash floods poured out of the Waldo Canyon Fire scar July, August and September and threatened downtown businesses and homes. Several houses along Canon Avenue were damaged during the torrent.

Click here for an October 29 report in which Manitou Springs officials outlined potential mitigation work in Williams Canyon

Kast said the contract will pay Wright Water Engineers $418,000 for its services, but she added that the agreement is contingent upon a few changes to the pact.

“They wanted to be held harmless or have no liability whatsoever,” Kast said. “Andd of course we couldn’t accept that.”

Kast said when the contract is finished, Manitou Springs will hold the engineering firm to typical engineering standards of negligence.

The council also had its second reading Tuesday of an ordinance extending a moratorium on a recreational pot sales decision until at least Jan. 31, 2014. The council had already approved the ordinance Dec. 10 and approved in once again with a unanimous vote on Tuesday.