Author Archives: Jenn Rowell

Cascade County moving property records to the cloud

Cascade County is migrating to the cloud for property records. A contract with Tyler Technologies is on Tuesday’s commission agenda with a one time $25,340 fee for transitioning from the county server to Tyler’s system. The recurring annual fee $17,500. The upgrade is for the Clerk and Recorder’s Office and was included in last year’s budget, according to county officials.

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Commission adopts budget, including intent to raise taxes and plan to close Natatorium

City Commissioners unanimously approved the $117.9 million budget Tuesday, which includes property tax increases and a plan to close the Natatorium by Jan. 1, 2019. Several members of the public attended the meeting, but no one spoke during the public comment period for the budget. After commissioners made budget comments, Mayor Bob Kelly reopened public comment and Larry Johnson said

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River level low for dam maintenance, impacts city recreation operations

The Missouri River has been low the last week or so to allow for repairs at Black Eagle Dam, but it’s also impacting city irrigation systems. During the flooding in June, NorthWestern Energy crews removed some steel beams and wooden boards to allow more water to pass through the dam. Now NorthWestern needs to replace those and crews need to

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Occupational physical for Great Falls firefighters up for City Commission vote

Commissioners will consider tonight an agreement with Benefis Healthcare Occupational Health for firefighter occupational physicals. The physicals for operational staff were added as a requirement in the labor agreement between the city and International Association of Firefighters Local 8. During last year’s budget process, commissioners approved $35,000 for the annual occupational physicals. But finding a provider proved a more complicated

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City’s longest serving employee has retired from the Great Falls Police Deparmtent

After 44 years with the City of Great Falls, Sergio Carrion retired on Friday. He’s the longest-serving employee with the Great Falls Police Department and across all city departments. Carrion started as a civilian jailer in 1974 when the city jail was located where the Cascade City-County Health Department is now. In Christmas of 1974, the jail moved to the

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Sample tests positive for West Nile Virus in Cascade County

The Cascade County Weed and Mosquito Division has detected its first West Nile Virus positive mosquito sample this year. A WNV positive sample of adult Culex tarsalis mosquitos was collected approximately 6 miles north of Great Falls on July 12. The sample was confirmed to be West Nile Virus positive by the lab at the Montana Department of Public Health

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City budget up for vote Tuesday, includes intent to increase taxes

Most of the discussion around the City of Great Falls’ proposed budget has centered around the Natatorium, but there’s a lot more going on in the $117.9 million budget. Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the budget during their July 17 meeting as well as their intent to raise property taxes. Natatorium closure likely through city budget process The mill

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Paddock Club to be remodeled along with grandstand project at Expo Park

Another construction project has been added to the hopper at Montana Expo Park. Once the fair ends in August, work will start on replacing the grandstands and a complete remodel of the Paddock Club has been added to the plan. On Thursday, Cascade County Commissioners approved a $85,000 contract with Nelson Architects for architectural/engineering services. In June, the commission directed

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