Category Archives: City Commission

City finalizing plans for public safety levy

City Commissioners are honing their proposed public safety levy. They discussed the proposal again with city officials during their Jan. 17 work session. City Manager Greg Doyon gave commissioners a condensed version of everything discussed over the last few months to help them “start to narrowly focus” on what they wanted to present to the community. He said his goal

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City plans to demolish Natatorium by end of June

City Commissioners voted unanimously during their Jan. 17 meeting to approve a contract for the first stages of demolishing the Natatorium. Commissioner approved a $34,250 professional services agreement with TD&H Engineering for design and construction phases to support the demolition of the 17,200 square foot Natatorium, which has been closed since the end of 2018. The decision to close the

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City Commission to consider $11 million water treatment plant project contract

City Commissioners will consider awarding a $11 million contract to Sletten Construction Company for the water treatment plant solids mitigation project during their Jan. 17 meeting. Staff is recommending approval of the contract, along with a separate contract for a $546,700 professional services agreement to Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. for construction phase services for the project. The Great Falls

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City Commission to consider $972K TIF request for West Bank Landing

During their Jan. 17 meeting, City Commissioners will consider a request for tax increment financing funds for the next phase of West Bank Landing development. The city planning board voted in November to recommend approval of the request. New hotel, restaurant planned for West Bank Talcott Properties has been developing the West Bank area for years, including West Bank One

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City supporting campaign on local control

Mayor Bob Kelly told fellow commissioners during their Jan. 3 that he wanted the city to support an educational campaign on the importance of local government. Kelly said that the Montana League of Cities and Towns is creating an informational campaign about the importance of local control going into the new legislative session. He said the league is asking the

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City approves $68K TIF funding for downtown renovation

In a 3-2 vote, City Commissioners approved a $68,560 request for downtown tax increment financing funds. The request is for a portion of the cost to install a fire suppression system in the Metropolitan building at 313-315 Central Ave., which is owned by Keith Cron. Staff recommended denial of the request since the applicant is required to install the system

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City approves agreement with housing authority for police services

City Commissioners approved a new community based policing agreement with the Great Falls Housing Authority during their Jan. 3 meeting. The agreement between the city police department and the housing authority has been in place since the late 1980s, according to the city, and is updated periodically. The item was on the consent agenda, but Commissioner Joe McKenney asked to

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City adjusting plans for proposed public safety levy

City Commissioners continued their discussion of the proposed public safety levy during their Jan. 3 work session. Great Falls Police Department Chief Jeff Newton presented on the needs for his department in a revised proposal totaling $4.46 million for what he called the Good+ option in the city’s good, better, best funding categories. Based on the presentations in recent months

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