Category Archives: City of Great Falls

Downtown group asks for $125K in TIF funds for tree maintenance

The Downtown Development Partnership voted during their Feb. 24 meeting to recommend approval of a request for up to $125,000 in tax increment financing funds over five years for tree trimming and maintenance downtown. The request from the Great Falls Business Improvement District would allow the BID to better maintain trees and replace any that are deemed unhealthy. Under city

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Board delays decision on renaming library

The Great Falls Public Library board voted to postpone a decision on the request to rename the library for Alma Jacobs, who served as head librarian at the GFPL and the state librarian, both historic firsts for a Black woman during her time. The request was initiated by Ken Robison, a local historian, in December and led the board to

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Mental health, crime focus of multiple agencies

Crime is a concern in most communities and in Great Falls, it’s again become a focal point of conversation for government officials. Most acknowledge that local crime rates are concerning, but many will say it’s a more nuanced conversation with more complicated solutions than simply adding more law enforcement officers. Mental health, poverty, substance abuse and trauma are factors, and

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Planning board to consider permit for equipment storage

The city planning board will consider a conditional use permit for a property at 214 7th Ave. S. to address a neighborhood complaint. Sheffels Farms, Inc. has owned the property since the 1950s and the property has typically been used in a fashion that would be considered industrial in nature, according to the city staff report. There’s been little use

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Paid parking resumes downtown April 2, new pay stations will be installed mid-March

The new parking kiosks are coming to downtown Great Falls this spring. The City Commission voted in November to purchase 16 pay stations, two of which will go in the city’s parking garages, and the other 14 will line Central Avenue from Park Drive to 8th Street. There will be one station per block on each side of the street,

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City utility bills may be delayed due to Texas weather

City utility bills may be delayed due to the weather in Texas. The city utility bills are printed and mailed by a company called DataProse located in Coppell, Texas. “While power outages have been occurring in Texas, DataProse has been able to maintain operations and keep current with bill printing and mailing,” according to the city, but on Feb. 17,

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Neighborhood Council 4 meets Feb. 25

Neighborhood Council 4 meets at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Heritage Baptist Church, 900 52nd St. N. Agenda items include city code enforcement and citizen complaint form discussion with Code Enforcement Tech Heather Rohlf; Great Falls Police Department chief replacement plans; and neighborhood concerns. More information on NC4, including boundaries and contact information, is here. Monthly agendas are posted

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City receives FEMA grant for riverbank stabilization project

The city has received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the Missouri River North Shore Stabilization project, the first phase of which would stabilize about 500 feet of shore line. City Manager Greg Doyon said during the Feb. 16 commission meeting that the city had been successful in their grant application. Local groups have been pursuing the

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CourseCo gives annual update on golf operations; commission approves increased golf fees

CourseCo is going into its third year managing the city’s two municipal golf courses and in 2020, the company saw increased rounds played and revenues. Michael Sharp, CourseCo president, reviewed the operations at Eagle Falls and Anaconda Hills golf courses during the City Commission’s Feb. 16 work session. Increased golf fees proposed for city courses Sharp said that COVID-19 challenged

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