Category Archives: City Commission

Commissioners want more public discussion before considering changes to ordinance on guns in city parks

Last month, a number of citizens came to a City Commission meeting asking that they be allowed to carry concealed weapons in city parks with valid permits. During the Nov. 7 meeting, many of them returned asking if commissioners had considered their request. Several of the speakers said they believed that Great Falls parks would be targeted by those wanting

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City retains independent accountant for CDBG review

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department told the City of Great Falls last month that it was declining funds for the Community Development Block Grant for Paris Gibson Square and was reviewing funds from the last three years for NeighborWorks Great Falls. The HUD decision came after months of controversy regarding conflicts of interest throughout the city’s grant process

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Commission OK’s rate increase for trash pickup

While ballots were being counted to determine the next City Commissioners, the current commission was conducting business. Commissioners voted Tuesday night to approve a 5 percent utility rate increase for residential customers and commercial construction dumpsters. The rate increase goes into effect on Dec. 1. Increasing landfill fees driving proposed sanitation rate increases For regular residential 96-gallon trash containers, the

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Kelly holds seat, Moe and Robinson take commission seats; chickens and economic levy fail; charter updates approved

Bob Kelly will keep his seat as mayor. As of 9:45 p.m. Tuesday night, Kelly has 9,881 votes and his challenger, Spencer Galloway had 2,591.   Kelly thanked Fred Burow and Bob Jones for their service as commissioners. Jones decided not to pursue another 4-year term. Burow ran, but announced he was dropping out after the primary. His name remained

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Public hearing on sanitation rate increase set for Tuesday’s Commission meeting

City Commissioners are considering a utility rate increase during Tuesday’s meeting. If approved, the rate increase goes into effect on Dec. 1. Before voting, the commission will conduct a public hearing on the proposed increases during the meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center. Increasing landfill fees driving proposed sanitation rate increases Public Works staff annually reviews

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Ballots are due Tuesday, here’s what you need to know

Ballots for Cascade County elections are due by 8 p.m. Tuesday. As of Friday, 13,306 ballots countywide had been returned of the 39,260 that were mailed to voters. Elections officials said they estimated about 1,500 ballots had been returned over the weekend, but they were still processing those ballots. Voters county-wide are being asked about an economic development levy that would allow

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Guns in city parks? Ordinance is unclear, staff seeking commission direction on concealed carry in parks

About a dozen people recently came to a City Commission meeting, requesting that the commission make it legal for those with concealed carry permits to carry their weapons in city parks. During the Oct. 17 meeting, Ron Staley said he believed city code made it illegal for the concealed carry of weapons in city parks. “This leaves law-abiding citizens of

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