Category Archives: City Commission

City seeking applicants for multiple boards

The city is seeking applicants for multiple advisory boards and commissions. Citizen Interest Forms are available at the City Manager’s office, Civic Center, Room 201, by calling 455-8450; or online on the Citizen Interest Form Page.‚Äč BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT/APPEALS There are two openings on the Board of Adjustment/Appeals for three-year terms beginning Oct. 1, through Sept. 30, 2023. The board

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City Commission approves downtown church permit; removes distance requirement for alcohol sales from churches

City Commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance to remove the restriction for the sale of on-premise alcohol sales within 600 feet of church. The proposed change came about when the city received a conditional use permit application for a church in the vacant space at 427 Central Ave., on the corner of Central and 5th Street across from Last Street Bistro.

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City has been awarded $10 million grant for indoor aquatics facility

Updated Sept. 22 with information from the Defense Department. The City of Great Falls has been awarded a $10 million grant from the Department of Defense for a $20 million indoor aquatics facility. Steve Herrig, Park and Recreation director, said that he had been anxious all day awaiting news of the grant award, since Sept. 15 had been the date

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City, GFPS planning land swap for aquatics facility, parking

The City of Great Falls is expecting to hear by Sept. 18 whether its been awarded a $10 million grant through the Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program administered by the Office of Economic Adjustment. The grant would fund half of an estimated $20 million joint indoor aquatics facility that would be owned and operated by the city and open to the

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City Commission to consider ordinance change for alcohol near worship facilities; permit from church for downtown location

During their Sept. 15 meeting, City Commissioners will consider a proposed ordinance change that would remove the restriction for the sale of on-premise alcohol sales within 600 feet of church. The proposed change came about when the city received a conditional use permit application for a church in the vacant space at 427 Central Ave., on the corner of Central

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City Commission chooses not to pursue nondiscrimination ordinance; instead will draft resolution in support of protected classes, including LGBTQ+ community

The consensus among City Commissioners after a three-hour work session on Sept. 8 was that a nondiscrimination ordinance was not the route to pursue to address discrimination toward the LGBTQ+ community in Great Falls. They instead asked staff to start drafting a resolution that would state their support of protected classes of people, to include the the LGBTQ+ community, and

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City holding special meeting on proposed nondiscrimination ordinance on Sept. 8

On Sept. 8, City Commissioners are holding a special meeting to discuss a nondiscrimination ordinance that has been requested by a group of local citizens. Commissioners blocked three hours for the meeting to focus solely on discussion of a NDO. City Commission opts to continue discussion on proposed nondiscrimination ordinance In July, local activists came to a City Commission meeting

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Cattery construction completed, fundraising for equipment ongoing

Construction on the cattery addition at the Great Falls Animal Shelter is complete, but it will still be a few months before it’s completely finished with final touches, equipment and the new cat condos. The shelter is still fundraising to finish the project and purchase cat condos for the general cat area that will house 40-50 cats. Cat condos will

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City Commission approves portion of TIF request for downtown project, funds for wayfinding project

City Commissioners voted 5-0 during their Sept. 1 meeting to approve up to $25,440 in tax increment financing funds for the owners of the Metropolitan Building at 313-315 Central Avenue for reconstruction of the public sidewalk and vault along Central. The applicant, Keith Cron, had requested a total of $132,392 for that work, as well as the installation of a

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Tourism submits proposal to lease Overlook Drive building; City intends to re-issue the request for proposals

Great Falls Montana Tourism submitted a proposal to move their operations to the city-owned facility at 15 Overlook Drive. In August, the city solicited proposals to lease the former Visitors Center, which has been vacant since the summer of 2017, when Great Falls Tourism moved downtown, to the basement of 100 1st Ave. N. City seeking lease proposals for former

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