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Town Hall Office Hours:
M-F: 8AM-4PM Sa-Su: Closed
Phone: (719) 481-2953

If you have an emergency call 911.
If you need the Palmer Lake Police Department call


Palmer Lake Municipal Elections

Election will be held on April 1, 2014. 

Town Hall - 28 Valley Crescent

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Palmer Lake Volunteer Fire Department



8.10.010 Palmer Lake Municipal Code

This notice is notification of the continuing fire ban within the city limits of Palmer Lake and the Palmer Lake Watershed. 

Open fire burning shall include not only camp fires, but all types of open fires and charcoal grills in public places. Attended home charcoal grills are permitted as well as propane and natural gas grills. Open burning of any other substances on private property is prohibited even if done in a grill or any other open or partially open vessel. 

The fire danger is very high this year and this ban is necessary to minimize a disastrous fire. We encourage all parents to make a special effort in the supervision\education of their children of the importance of this firework\fire ban order.


If you need to contact the Palmer Lake Volunteer Fire Department, please call 719-481-2902.



The Palmer Lake Volunteer Fire Department celebrated its 60th anniversary in the summer of 1998.

The department got its start in the mid-1930's. Back then, the department's equipment consisted of a hand-drawn hose cart stored at an automotive garage in the center of town. When a fire started, volunteers passing by the garage would pick up the cart on the way to the fire.

Over the next several years, the department evolved. A modified 1927 Dodge became the department's first fire truck. In 1937, the department officially began, with a new fire truck and a new station built on the corner of Middle Glenway and Valley Crescent, where the station still stands today.

In the early days of Palmer Lake, the fire department was one of the few community organizations in town. As a result, many of the town's traditional celebrations had their beginnings with the fire department. The annual chili supper and Christmas Star lighting ceremony and Yule Log Hunt were all conducted by the town's fire department when it began in the 1930's. The department still oversees those operations today. It has since added the responsibility of conducting the town's July 4 fireworks display every year.

The department is the only true volunteer department still operating in the Tri-Lakes area today. None of its 30 volunteers are paid and the department is governed by the Palmer Lake Town Council. Many of the volunteers work during the day, which prompted the town to contract with the neighboring Tri-Lakes Fire Protection District for daytime coverage during the week. Tri-Lakes Fire also provides ambulance service to Palmer Lake.



Office Hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday

 For information please call 719-481-2953

   Tara Berreth/Town Clerk

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   Bob Radosevich/Deputy Clerk

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   Toni Vega/Administrative Assistant

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The Palmer Lake Roads Department

The Roads Department has one full time employee and 1 part-time/seasasonal employee. Jason Dosch came to us from Ft. Carson.  He unfortunately was a casuality of the lay-offs.  When offered to go back he turned them down. He has done an amazing job we are lucky he likes Palmer Lake and all of the road challenges.  If you have any questions or roads concerns please feel free to contact him at 719-499-3030!

Palmer Lake has 26 miles of roads - 6.5 paved - 19.5 non-paved.

  • Roads is responsible for grading the gravel roads and ditches, drainage, repairing of asphalt roads, brush cutting and snow removal, sign installation, inspecting utility street cuts. As well as general equipment maintenance.
  • The Roads Department assists the Water and Parks Departments.


Roads Department if funded by:

Administrative General Fund and Road Capital Imporvement Fund


Water Department

 The Water Department has 2 full time employees. They maintain our water treatment facility,our 2 wells, and our Upper and Lower reservoirs. They repair water main leaks, hydrant repairs, and assist home owners when they have water issues (such as frozen pipes). They assist the Roads and Parks departments whenever possible. 


Steve Orcutt - Water Supervisor

Class A Water Operator

Class "C" Wastewater License

Class "4" Water Distribution

Class "1" Wastewater Collection

 Jeremie Dunda 

 Class B Water Operator




The Palmer Lake Reservoir Trail is open for hiking. Go up and enjoy our beautiful trails and reservoirs. Just a reminder there is no fishing, no dogs or people allowed in the first reservoir. The second reservoir is open to FISHING ONLY. Please make sure your dogs are on a leash.

The Town of Palmer Lake is on a perpetual fire ban. NO campfires or camping on Town Land. Any questions regarding camping in the National Forest – please call 800-832-1355.

If you have any questions about the trail please feel free to contact 719-481-2953, Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm


A Note to Our Citizens

It seems that a few Palmer Lake residents are perplexed as to what is happening to our namesake body of water. Given that two-thirds of the U.S. is experiencing the worst drought in 24 years, and that this past year is the hottest on record since 1895 (CNN), it should be apparent to all that our disappearing lake is the cause of conditions beyond the control of the Palmer Lake Board of Trustees.

CNN reports in a July 13 story, "Drought stretches across America, threatens crops," that authorities have declared more than 1,000 counties in 26 states as natural disaster areas. As of Tuesday, July 10, 61% of land in the lower 48 states was experiencing drought conditions — stretching from Nevada to South Carolina. In Indiana, with water reservoirs at low levels, a mandatory water ban was issued in Indianapolis in hopes of saving an additional 25 million gallons a day.

Weather forecasters are predicting a hot, dry summer. It does not appear that drought conditions will be relieved anytime soon. Just as Palmer Lake Trustees were proactive in canceling the July 4th fireworks BEFORE the Waldo Canyon Fire, your town council again prioritized the health and safety of its citizens by enacting outdoor watering restrictions at the very outset of an apparent drought. No, it was not a popular decision, but one that was needed to help ensure that during July, August, and September, Palmer Lake residents would have water for drinking, cooking, and bathing.

Therein lies the dilemma for our residents, who live around Palmer Lake, and many of our businesses in the historic district. Some have questioned why water cannot be transferred from the reservoir to the lake. To do so would definitely jeopardize our water supply, most likely causing shortages in the days to come. Should our water supply be protected for the health and safety of all of our citizens, or should it be utilized for mostly aesthetic purposes? The vast majority of Palmer Lake residents hold with Trustees and town staff that our reservoir should be protected in order to carry us through the drought. Neighboring towns are observing the same precautions, as attested by the following quote.

"Considering the extremely dry weather patterns and the lack of precipitation along the Front Range, water purveyors continue to work diligently to supply potable water to customers as a matter of public health and safety as the highest priority. With the cooperation of our customers, water conservation measures and demand management practices have made it possible to meet the daily demands placed on our water system." Randy Gillette, Assistant District Manager, Woodmoor Water and Sanitation District No. 1.

Another neighboring community recently encountered severe water problems. With surface water and storing capabilities virtually nonexistent, they were totally dependent on their well. As the water table continues to drop, they found themselves having to go another 220' deeper into the well, in order to tap into water. The drop in the water table is another reason for Palmer Lake drying up.

Even with the protection of our reservoir, in the hopes it will carry the town through the drought, Palmer Lake residents are still consuming water at alarming rates. There is much our citizens can do to help the situation. This is serious business.   It would do us well to follow the simple guidelines below:

  • ** When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  • ** Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street. 
  • ** Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
    • ** Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time.
    • ** For cold drinks keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.
    • ** Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
    • ** Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap. 
    • ** Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk and save water every time. 
      • ** If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model.
      • ** Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, then reuse it to water houseplants. 
        • ** When buying new appliances, consider those that offer cycle and load size adjustments. They're more water and energy efficient.
        • ** Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you could save up to 150 gallons per month. 
        • ** Upgrade older toilets with water efficient models. 
          • ** Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.
          • ** When running a bath, plug the tub before turning the water on, then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.
          • ** Don't use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator for water efficiency and food safety.
          • ** Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It's simple, inexpensive, and you can save 140 gallons a week.
          • ** Reduce the amount of lawn in your yard by planting shrubs and ground covers appropriate to  
          • ** Teach your children to turn off faucets tightly after each use. 
      • The Palmer Lake Board of Trustees and staff members would like to thank each and every one of our citizens for observing these guidelines. Getting through this current drought is a team effort, with each one of us performing up to our potential. Thanks, too, for exercising understanding and patience during this difficult time, which affects us all.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to serve you.

On behalf of your Board of Trustees,

Dr. Michael Maddox Water Trustee















Palmer Lake Police Department


The Palmer Lake Police Department has one full time Police Officer who is Lieutenant Jason Vanderpool and 8 part-time officers.  Jason has done an outstanding job keeping his department within budget the last 2 years.  The town has coverage 24/7.  If you need anything during the day or night you can contact the on duty officer at 719-481-2934 to make an appointment for non-emergent incidents. 

Active in District #38 school district safety programs Designed plpd

and instituted Neighborhood Watch Program Provides and receives mutual aid with Monument Police

Department and El Paso County Sheriff's Department.

Lt Jason Vanderpool - 719-499-0941

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