Category Archives: City of Great Falls

River level low for dam maintenance, impacts city recreation operations

The Missouri River has been low the last week or so to allow for repairs at Black Eagle Dam, but it’s also impacting city irrigation systems. During the flooding in June, NorthWestern Energy crews removed some steel beams and wooden boards to allow more water to pass through the dam. Now NorthWestern needs to replace those and crews need to

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Occupational physical for Great Falls firefighters up for City Commission vote

Commissioners will consider tonight an agreement with Benefis Healthcare Occupational Health for firefighter occupational physicals. The physicals for operational staff were added as a requirement in the labor agreement between the city and International Association of Firefighters Local 8. During last year’s budget process, commissioners approved $35,000 for the annual occupational physicals. But finding a provider proved a more complicated

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City’s longest serving employee has retired from the Great Falls Police Deparmtent

After 44 years with the City of Great Falls, Sergio Carrion retired on Friday. He’s the longest-serving employee with the Great Falls Police Department and across all city departments. Carrion started as a civilian jailer in 1974 when the city jail was located where the Cascade City-County Health Department is now. In Christmas of 1974, the jail moved to the

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Legislative committees consider changes to tax increment financing; local governments opposed to limiting local control

State legislators considered three draft bills related to tax increment financing during a Wednesday morning committee meeting. None of the bills made it out of committee yet and there was wide opposition to two of the three bills during public comment. The effort on TIF related bills will likely continue in the 2019 legislative session. One of the bill was

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City approves $150,000 of tax increment financing funds for storm drain project

The city has approved using $150,000 of tax increment financing funds for storm drain master plans and engineering design in the Central Montana Agri-Tech Park, which includes Malteurop and ADF. The storm drain project will also cover properties east of Black Eagle Road. The city has been working with TD&H to complete the designs for the storm drainage network in the

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It’s a holiday week, but don’t forget the fireworks rules

It’s a holiday week in Great Falls and Great Falls Fire Rescue is reminding residents to follow the rules and safety precautions for fireworks. City officials also ask that residents using fireworks be respectful of their neighbors, especially veterans and pets. According to the Consumer Product Safety Committee 2014 Annual Report, 230 people on average visited the emergency room every

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GFFR hires new paramedic, third female in department history

Great Falls Fire Rescue has been actively recruiting paramedics to address their shortage and the newest rookie is helping fill that role. Brooke Lindskog is a paramedic and is also the third woman to be hired at GFFR. The department hired the state’s first professional female in 1982 and Maren┬áReilly, the second female hired at GFFR, has been with the

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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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