Category Archives: City Commission

City approves parkland swap with Great Falls Public Schools

City Commissioners voted 4-1 to swap six lots in Kranz Park with Great Falls Public Schools for 10 acres of land near Loy Elementary.  GFPS has expressed interest in a portion of Kranz Park, city property, for years for parking near Great Falls High School. The city initially wanted the Loy property, owned by the district, for the planned indoor

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City reviews budget, several funds take hit from COVID

COVID-19 is impacting the city’s budget, particularly in the recreation, events and parking funds where operations have been significantly curtailed. But, one bright spot, staff told City Commissioners during their Jan. 19 work session, is that the city’s golf contractor, CourseCo, is making money and paying some of those profits back to the city, as stipulated under their contract. So

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City Commission asked to set Feb. 2 public hearing for visitor center lease

The City Commission will be asked next week to set a public hearing for Feb. 2 to consider the lease of the city-owned property 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

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City planning more storm drain improvements in industrial park

During their Jan. 19 meeting, City Commissioners will consider a $369,182.50 contract to Shumaker Trucking and Excavating Contractors, Inc., for the Central Montana Agriculture and Technology Park tax increment financing Phase IV storm drain project. The CMATP is located on the north edge of the city and includes Malteurop and ADF. City public works seeking $1.1 million in TIF funds

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City proposes Lions Park as new site for aquatics facility

The city is adjusting it’s plan for the joint indoor aquatics and recreation center to a new site. Initially, the city planned the facility for a site adjacent to the city soccer park, near Loy Elementary and Malmstrom Air Force Base in a grant proposal to the U.S. Defense Department. City pushes hearing on land swap for aquatics facility to

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City’s audit report on Jan. 5 agenda

The City Commission will consider accepting the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for fiscal year 2019-2020 and associated documents. The city’s audit committee, which includes one commissioner, the mayor, two citizens, city manager and the finance director, met Dec. 9. The CAFR document is a 200-plus page bound document and is available in the Finance Department at the Civic Center or on

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Discussions continuing between city, Maclean ongoing for potential animal services partnership

During their Dec. 15 meeting, City Commissioners discussed the proposal from Maclean Cameron Animal Adoption Center again after nearly two years since Commissioner Owen Robinson said he wanted the city to explore a potential partnership between the foundation and the city animal shelter. The commission has not made any decisions regarding the proposed partnership nor have they directed staff to

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City Christmas Tree recycling available for live trees

green pine tree with white snow

Live Christmas trees are biodegradable, which means they can be reused or recycled for other purposes. Great Falls residents are encouraged to recycle their live Christmas trees from Dec. 28-Jan. 8, 2021 at the following locations: Meadowlark Park – Fox Farm and Park Garden Road Malmstrom AFB – Balfour Beatty Community Center – 600 Aspen Christmas tree recycling containers will

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City pushes hearing on land swap for aquatics facility to Jan. 19

The city was planning on conducting a public hearing on Jan. 5 regarding the proposed land swap between the city and the Great Falls Public Schools district. During the Dec. 15 City Commission meeting, City Manager Greg Doyon said that he recommended using the Jan. 5 work session to discuss the status of the proposed aquatics and recreation facility. City,

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