Category Archives: City Commission

Natatorium closure likely through city budget process

City Commissioners held an additional budget work session on Wednesday with two members of the public attending and most of the discussion focused on the Natatorium. Aaron Weissman, owner of Teriyaki Madness, spoke in support of indoor swimming, but said he understood that the current facility may be beyond repair. He said where the indoor swimming is offered “is irrelevant” so

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City approved zoning amendment for apartments near Hickory Swing golf course

City Commissioners approved an amendment to a Planned Unit Development zoning for a 36-unit apartment complex on a 2.267 acre parcel located on the south side of American Avenue, between Hickory Swing Golf Course and Emerald Drive. The original PUD only allowed for a retirement community on the lot, so the developers, T&M Properties and Development LLC, needed an amendment

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Proposed city budget would close Natatorium, potentially a golf course

The Natatorium will close by the end of the year unless the City Commission make major changes to the budget presented by city staff Wednesday morning. The $117.9 million budget also eliminates the emergency manager position within Great Falls Fire Rescue and does not fund the six new police officers, including an additional school resources officer that were requested by

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Commission to finalize Great Falls city manager’s salary increase

The City Commission will formally amend City Manager Greg Doyon’s contract during tonight’s meeting. The commission met on May 1 to review Doyon’s performance and during that meeting voted to increase his base salary by 3 percent. Commission gives Doyon favorable review, approves salary increase Doyon’s current contract runs March 24, 2017 through March 24, 2020. His current base salary

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City considering increased fees for public records requests

Tonight, the City Commission will consider a request to set a public hearing for July 3 on a proposed fee schedule for record requests. In 2014, the commission updated the City Attorney’s Office fee schedule for record requests to include: Administrative fee: $15 per request Photocopying fee: $0.50 per page Duplication of video/audio/digital recordings: $15 per CD or other format

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City code changes proposed related to backyard burning, garbage pickup, nuisance provisions

City staff have recommended changes to city code related to food service, garbage collection, swimming pools, tattoo parlors, residential backyard burning, nuisances and more. The City Commission accepted the proposed changes to Title 8 on first reading during their June 5 meeting and will hold a public hearing on June 19. The proposal is part of staff’s ongoing effort to

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Commission approves resolution establishing Great Falls park district

City Commissioners approved a resolution to create the city’s first park district during Tuesday’s meeting. The park district was approved on the May 8 ballot and certified by the Montana Secretary of State. County attorney affirms lawfulness of park district ballot language; vote certified by Secretary of State Under Montana rules, the resolution can be challenged in district court within

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Code change to public drinking ordinance on tonight’s agenda

Commissioners will consider an update to the city ordinance that currently prohibits drinking or displaying alcoholic beverages in public places without city-issued permits. The current ordinance provides exceptions to the prohibitions for certain areas of Centene Park and the Civic Center. City considers code change related to pedlets The ordinance under consideration during Tuesday’s City Commission meeting would allow businesses

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