Category Archives: City Commission

City developing plans for new federal rules on lead in drinking water

The city is preparing for new federal regulations pertaining to lead levels in public drinking water that are set to go into effect October 2024. The rules will lower the amount of detectable lead in the water that triggers treatment actions and data reporting, with the potential for significant cost to the City of Great Falls. The new rules are from

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City amends ambulance transport agreement

City Commissioners unanimously approved an amendment to the agreement for medical transport with Great Falls Emergency Services during their Sept. 20 meeting. It’s the second amendment to the agreement that was originally approved in 2014. The city contracts with GFES for ambulance transport services of 911 medical calls for those in the city limits and the contracted fire districts that

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City to consider SRO agreement with school district

During their Sept. 20 meeting, City Commissioners will consider the 2022-2022 school resource office agreement. In the agreement, the city provides four police officers to Great Falls Public Schools and the district pays the city $359,307.50 for the year. Under the agreement, the district covers 75 percent of the wages and associated equipment for the four SROs. The city pays

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GFFR receives grant for safety equipment

City Commissioners will consider during their Sept. 20 meeting whether to accept a $99,545.45 grant for Great Falls Fire Rescue. The grant is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant for the purchase of self contained breather apparatus equipment and cylinders. GFFR was notified earlier this month that it had been awarded partial funding of its original

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City considering changes to casino zoning requirements

City staff are proposing changes to the code requirements related to casinos. The city planning board will review the proposed changes during their Sept. 13 meeting and will be asked to make a recommendation to the City Commission on whether to adopt the changes. The proposed change was prompted by the property owner at 2416 11th Ave. S. who is

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City approves $1.4 million to GFDA for revolving loan fund

City Commissioners unanimously approved $1.4 million CARES Act funds to the Great Falls Development Authority for their revolving loan fund, which goes to local businesses as gap or bridge loans. During the Sept. 6 meeting, Jolene Schalper of GFDA said that those projects won’t happen without the gap loans to help their financing. City considering $1.4 million GFDA request for

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Internal scoring of community ARPA grant applications underway

The city is continuing its review of community applications for American Rescue Plan Act funds. Applications were due July 15 and the city received 34 applications that total $10,464,425.81. Tom Hazen, the city’s grant administrator, began reviewing the applications for completeness and eligibility. City beginning review of ARPA applications from community agencies He told City Commissioners during their Sept. 6

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City adopts zoning rules, in case voters allow marijuana business operations on November ballot

City Commissioners approved regulations for marijuana business operations within the city limits. The framework would only go into effect if the District Court finds that the city cannot prohibit marijuana activities as it currently does, or if the voters opt to allow marijuana activities in the city limits on the November ballot. Proposed city marijuana sales regulations on Sept. 6

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Proposed city marijuana sales regulations on Sept. 6 agenda

The City Commission will conduct a public hearing during their Sept. 6 meeting on proposed regulations for marijuana operations. Commissioners voted 3-2 during their Aug. 16 to set the hearing on the regulations as proposed by staff. City sets Sept. 6 hearing on proposed marijuana regulations The framework, as proposed by staff, and if approved, would only go into effect

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City considering $1.4 million GFDA request for loans to local business

During their Sept. 6 meeting, City Commissioners will discuss the city’s federal COVID relief funds. During the work session, Tom Hazen, the city’s grant manager, will review the community applications for American Rescue Plan Act funds and the scoring process. The grant applications were due in July and the city received 34 applications totaling $10,464,425.81. City beginning review of ARPA

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