Category Archives: City of Great Falls

Proposed city budget includes no tax increases

During their July 7 work session, city staff will review the proposed budget for the new fiscal year. The proposed budget include no tax increases and proposes using reserve funds to cover costs for this year in what City Manager Greg Doyon has called an “economic recovery” budget. The proposed budget doesn’t include new staffing for public safety, other staffing

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Great Falls library to require masks in building

Beginning July 7, the Great Falls Public Library will require patrons to wears masks to enter the building. Masks will be provided by the library, free of charge, to anyone who needs one. Children under the age of 12 will be exempt from the requirement. Library policy is that children are to be accompanied by a responsible person over the

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City restricting to access to Civic Center as front panels cracking, buckling

The city manager has restricted access to the front entrance of the Civic Center due to public safety concerns. A piece of the back panel recently became dislodged, triggering the evaluation of other areas around the Civic Center, including “substantial cracking and buckling of the front panels,” according to the city. City planning to use downtown TIF funds for Civic

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Local officials discuss training, police funding, changes in response to calls for reform

(The above photo is from a joint training with Great Falls Police Department, Great Falls Fire Rescue and the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office in August 2019) For the last month, discussions have been going on nationwide about police reform and reducing for, or disbanding law enforcement agencies. Local law enforcement has been reviewing their policies and procedures and in some

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Parade, fireworks are happening, but will have COVID precautions in place

This year’s July 4 parade and fireworks will be a bit different. Under the direction of the Cascade City-County Health Department and the City of Great Falls, parade and fireworks show organizers have developed plans following the Phase 2 guidelines and COVID-19 preventive measures. To allow for social distancing, the parade has doubled the route and has added “people pods”

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Neighborhood Council 6 meets July 1

Neighborhood Council 6 meets next week at 7 p.m. July 1 in the Civic Center’s Gibson Room. Agenda items include nuisance property complaints, neighborhood concerns, and nominations and voting on council vacancy. Nominees must be registered voters living within the Council area and willing to serve the remainder of a two-year position through December 2021. Interested parties may attend the

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GFFR reminding residents of fireworks safety for July 4

Great Falls Fire Rescue is reminding residents of fireworks safety for the upcoming July 4 holiday. “Our goal at Great Falls Fire Rescue is to educate residents about fire prevention and safety. There is no question about it; the data shows that incorrectly used fireworks can cause injury. I personally want the families in our community to be safe while

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Great Falls library continuing repair, remodel projects

Staff at the Great Falls Library are moving forward with plans to convert the back book drop in the alley into a drive through area for patrons to pick up holds. Library Director Susie McIntyre told the library board this week that city planning and public works departments approved the remodel and staff are gathering quotes from area contractors. The

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