Category Archives: City Commission

City Commission postpones Wheat Ridge annexation decision to January

City Commissioners voted Tuesday to postpone a decision on Wheat Ridge until their Jan. 15 meeting. The decision was made largely to give city staff time to review revised storm water plans submitted by the developers late last week and on Tuesday afternoon. Commissioners also had concerns about public safety access to and from the development. Commissioner Owen Robinson moved

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Wheat Ridge vote scheduled for tonight’s City Commission meeting

The City Commission is scheduled to vote tonight on the proposed Wheat Ridge Estates subdivision. Developers are requesting the annexation of 20.98 acres for a residential subdivision behind the Wal-Mart on 10th Avenue South. City staff is recommending denial of the project due to public safety, transportation connectivity and storm water concerns as well as potential conflict with operations at Malmstrom

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City considering contract amendment to adjust for paramedic shortage

The nationwide paramedic shortage is being felt in Great Falls and on Tuesday, the City Commission will consider an amendment to an ambulance transport contract that’s needed to adjust to a staffing shortage. The city contracts with Great Falls Emergency Services for ambulance transport. In July, GFES notified the city that due to a paramedic shortage it wouldn’t be able

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City revising section of code dealing with vehicles and traffic

City staff have been continuing their effort to update the municipal code. Up next, Title 10. That section of the city code pertains to vehicles and traffic and most of the updates proposed by staff are non-substantive but some are substantive changes. During the Aug. 21 work session, Assistant City Attorney Joe Cik walked City Commissioners through the proposed changes.

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Citizens ask to save Natatorium; city plan remains closure by Dec. 31

Swimmers of all ages lamented the planned closure of the Natatorium and asked the city to reconsider during Tuesday’s commission meeting. For roughly an hour, residents said they use the Nat, love the Nat and want to keep the Nat, but commissioners said the plan remains the same. The Natatorium will close by Dec. 31 and be razed shortly thereafter.

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City considering code amendment for appeal process

City staff are recommending an amendment to city code as it pertains to appeals to the Great Falls Board of Adjustment. The City Commission is scheduled to hear the amendment on first reading tonight and set a public hearing for Sept. 18. The Board of Adjustment is the quasi-judicial body that hears appeals regarding land use decisions including variances, and also

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City considering readvertising facility project since no bids received

City staff is recommending that the City Commission vote to readvertise and rebid the project for repairs at the Public Works Department. The project consists of: removing metal roof and replace with metal roof installing new roof insulation installing snow cleats demolishing and replacing gutters/downspouts/fascia refinishing exterior walls demolishing and replacing man doors and overhead doors installing new weather stripping installing

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City Commission scheduled to set tax levy on Tuesday

City Commissioners will set this year’s tax levy during their Aug. 21 meeting. Commissioners passed a resolution in July of their intent to raise taxes and now that the city has received its taxable valuation from the Montana Department of Revenue, it can set the mill levy. Under the adopted budget, the city will increase taxes $6.14 for the year

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Wheat Ridge set for what will likely be a heated hearing on Sept. 18

Wheat Ridge is going to a public hearing on Sept. 18. City Commissioners had some discussion during their Aug. 7 meeting about not setting the public hearing but city staff said they believe it should go to a hearing to allow for due process of the project. City Commission to consider setting public hearing on east side Wheat Ridge development

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City Commission to consider setting public hearing on east side Wheat Ridge development

During Tuesday’s meeting, City Commissioners will consider setting a public hearing for Sept. 18 on the first phase of the proposed Wheat Ridge Estates subdivision. City staff is recommending denial of the developers request for annexation, zoning and a preliminary plat but staff does recommend setting the public hearing. Planning board recommends that City Commission approve Wheat Ridge development The

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