Odds and ends from the Aug. 6 commission meeting: storm damage, library fun run, dumpster explosion, Maclean update

Here’s a few odds and ends from the Aug. 6 City Commission meeting.

Storm Damage

The city is still cleaning up after the July 14 storm that included high winds, rain and hail.

City Manager Greg Doyon told commissioners that the storm resulted in seven downed boulevard trees; 250 downed limbs and 47 hangers, limbs that hadn’t completely broken off.

The cost of cleanup so far was up to $25,000 for the city, Doyon said.

Library Fine Run

The Great Falls Public Library hosted its first Fine Free Fun Run on Aug. 3.

Library hosting August fun run to reduce fines

For each lap around Gibson Park, a library fine will be reduce by $2.

Doyon said that 120 people participated and raised $3,200 to pay off fines for library patrons.

The Friends of the Great Falls Public Library pledged $3,000 toward the payment of fines and participants had the option of running or walking to reduce their own fines, the fines of friends or family, or to pledge their laps to pay down fines of the youngest library cardholders.

Dumpster Explosion

Earlier this week, a resident put used propane tanks in a dumpster, causing an explosion in which two city sanitation works sustained minor injuries.

Doyon said the propane tanks weren’t completely empty and should not be tossed in dumpster.

He encouraged members of the public to contact professionals to empty and dispose of the tanks properly.

Maclean Cameron Animal Adoption Center Update

During the work session, Doyon told commissioners that he met with members of the Maclean Cameron Animal Adoption Center’s foundation.

Robinson, Moe: City should take over review of partnership options with Maclean

Doyon said he’s asked the deputy city manager to develop a comparison chart of services from the Heart of the Valley shelter in the Bozeman area with the Great Falls Animal Shelter and Maclean. He said there were holes in the information available about Maclean and had asked their board to fill in those gaps.

Doyon said that in his discussion with Maclean, he broached the possibility of the center providing a proposal to the city for services it could provide.

For now, he said the priority is to gather data to determine the need and scope of a possible partnership.

He told commissioners that they wouldn’t likely see anything for several months.