Category Archives: City of Great Falls

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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Harbor Freight is coming to Great Falls

It’s long been rumored that Harbor Freight was eying Great Falls and it appears to becoming a reality. On Thursday, the company submitted applications for interior and exterior renovations of the former Herberger’s property. Craig Raymond, city planning director, said Harbor Freight isn’t proposing much for the exterior renovation so the city won’t likely require parking lot improvements. A major

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North 40 applies for variances to city code, Board of Adjustment hearing to be scheuled

Rumors have been circulating on what’s holding up the new North 40 Outfitters store on the former Kmart and Big Bear properties at the corner of 3rd Street Northwest and the Northwest Bypass. The sale of weapons near a school is not the issue, according to Craig Raymond, city planning director, who also confirmed that with the Great Falls Police

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HUD closed case with city over CDBG conflicts of interest

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has closed its case with the City of Great Falls over conflict of interest issues in the Community Development Block Grant Process. [READ: HUD’s July letter] The city notified HUD of issues involving City Commissioner Tracy Houck and Paris Gibson Square, where she is the director, during last year’s grant allocation process.

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County budget approval pushed to Sept. 25; city will revise mill levy

The Montana Department of Revenue notified Cascade County and the taxing jurisdictions within the county of an error in their 2018 certified taxable values. That error has caused the Cascade County Commission to delay their budget and mill levy vote to Sept. 25. The affected taxing jurisdictions have requested revised certified values from DoR. County postponing budget vote due to

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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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Annexation for 83-home subdivision up for city consideration

City Commissioners will conduct a public hearing Tuesday on the proposed annexation of 20.5 acres for a proposed housing development from NeighborWorks Great Falls. NWGF is proposing an 85-lot subdivision along 20th Street South and 24th Avenue South with 50 lots dedicated to the mutual self-help program. The proposed development also includes 33 lots for one and two-bedroom Cottage style

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Park district assessment to be set during Tuesday commission meeting

City Commissioners are scheduled to finalize the park district during their Sept. 4 meeting and officially set the levy for the first year. Commissioners are scheduled to hold a public hearing Tuesday on the park district assessment. The cost of planned improvements for the first three years of the park district is $1.5 million annually. City to set public hearing

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