Category Archives: City Commission

Commissioners approve funding priorities for Great Falls CDBG program

The funding priorities for the Community Development Block Grant funds were approved with little discussion during Tuesday’s City Commission meeting. Staff recommended: 50 percent, or about $622,000, for public improvements and includes that at a minimum, 20 percent, or about $249,000, of the total annual budget must be specifically allocated to retrofit ADA access projects.; 45 percent, or about $560,000,

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City Commission scheduled to make CDBG funding priority decisions on May 15

Staff presented their recommendations for funding priorities for this year’s Community Development Block Grant allocation and on May 15, the Great Falls City Commission is scheduled to vote on the city’s priorities. The city’s allocation is $776,621 this year, up from last year. That’s significant, Planning Director Craig Raymond said, because the trend in recent years has been decreasing allocations

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City considers update to board appointment policy for business improvement districts

City Commissioners will consider a change to the board appointment policy, as it related to statutorily created business improvement districts. During the process to set criteria for city boards, the commission adopted a resolution requiring that candidates be city residents. The Great Falls Tourism Business Improvement District raised concern then and recently over how that would impact their ability to

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City staff making CDBG funding recommendations during Tuesday’s commission meeting

City staff are making their recommendation Tuesday night on funding priorities for this year’s Community Development Block Grant allocation. Staff is recommending 50 percent for public improvements; 45 percent for residential housing rehabilitation and five percent for public services. Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the funding priorities during their May 15 meeting. These percentages would apply to the upcoming

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Wheat Ridge proposal back on planning board agenda Tuesday

The proposal to annex 20.98 acres into the city for the first phase of a housing development is back on the Planning Advisory Board agenda this afternoon, April 24. The board meets at 3 p.m. at the Civic Center. The consideration of the annexation and zoning for the portion of a larger 227.63 acre property owned by the KYSO Corporation. The

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City staff looks at options for turning Missouri Room into office space at Great Falls Civic Center

City staff has outgrown the available space in the Civic Center and the city court judge has indicated the need for a second judge in the near future. An additional judge would need a courtroom and right now, there’s no space, according to City Manager Greg Doyon. City staff is moving forward with design options for turning the Missouri Room

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City to seek proposals for management of both golf courses

The city’s golf courses have been operating in the red for years. City officials are moving forward with a new plan to address the two public golf courses that have been a drag on the city’s budget for years. City Manager Greg Doyon has directed Park and Recreation Director Steve Herrig to develop a request for proposals for management of

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Commissioners approve CDBG grant policies, citizen participation plan

The revamped Community Development Block Grant process is underway for the city. During Tuesday’s CDBG needs hearing, speakers asked commissioners to consider ADA accessibility, economic development, housing and early childhood education/childcare for this year’s funding allocation. Staff will discuss their proposed funding priorities at the May 1 meeting, but they are planning to recommend that 20 percent of the funds

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Changes to Great Falls CDBG process, public needs hearing on commission agenda

The city’s beleaguered Community Development Block Grant program is back on the City Commission agenda Tuesday night with a needs hearing and consideration of the new grant policies. The city has been revamping the process to limit the conflict of interest issues that were highlighted in the process last year and led to a review by the U.S. Department of

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City considers $346,670 contract for ADA sidewalk ramps

City Commissioners will consider awarding a $346,670.00 to Kuglin Construction to install sidewalk ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The project includes 66 ramps and the project will create ADA compliant routes from Smelter Avenue to Riverview Drive East on 4th Street Northeast and 6th Street Northeast, according to the staff report. The routes will provide access to

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