Nov 17, 2009 8:04 PM by News First 5

Rainbow Falls may soon have a new owner

A historic site near Manitou Springs could have a new owner.  The local developer who owns most of Rainbow Falls wants to donate it to El Paso County.

"We're really excited because this is a very important piece of land for the Manitou Springs area and El Paso County," said Laura Montgomery, co-founder of the Manitou Environmental Citizens Action, a group that's been working for several years to clean-up Rainbow Falls.

"We hit a wall because it's a privately held piece of land," she said.  But that wall is on its way down.  On Tuesday, El Paso County Commissioners unanimously voted to proceed with the transfer from Mansfield Development.  Problems with the site will transfer too.  The county will now work on how to clean-up the trash and graffiti.  "I know it's going to come across as very intrusive but I'm exploring the possibility of having a live camera installed up there to protect it," said Sheriff Terry Maketa. "I think it's justified since it is a historic site."

The county will officially vote on the transfer likely before the end of the year.  The transfer is fee, but legal fees will probably cost between $5,000 to $6, 000.


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