Category Archives: City of Great Falls

Wheat Ridge decision postponed to March

A decision on the proposed Wheat Ridge Estates has been delayed to March 5. Spencer Woith, one of the developers, wrote to city staff on Jan. 2 asking that the decision be postponed. In a follow-up email on Jan. 8, Woith said it the additional time was needed to address storm water and emergency access plans in the proposal. Wheat

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Business Improvement District renewal coming to city vote in February

The Business Improvement District is set to be renewed for another decade. On Tuesday, City Commissioners will be asked to set a public hearing for Feb. 19 on the renewal. State law allows for the creation of business improvement districts for the purpose of promoting the health, safety, prosperity, security and general welfare of the inhabitants of the district and to

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Two neighborhood councils meet this week

Two neighborhood councils meet this week. Neighborhood Council 7, which serves Great Falls’ Original Townsite to 12th Streets North and South, meets Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Gibson Room at the Civic Center. Agenda items include Neighborhood watch program, committee reports and neighborhood concerns. Neighborhood Council 8, which serves the area North of Central Avenue between 15th Street

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Rate increase proposed for city trash collection

Great Falls Public Works is proposing a rate increase for trash collection and disposal services to cover costs and fund capital improvements. City Commissioners will consider setting a public hearing on Feb. 5. Staff annually reviews and analyzes the financing needs of the city’s sanitation fund to ensure it has adequate funding for daily operations, capital improvements and emergencies. Commission

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Wheat Ridge developers ask to postpone decision to March

Debate over storm water, public safety and compatibility with Malmstrom Air Force Base delayed a decision on the proposed Wheat Ridge Estates housing development from September to the Jan. 15 City Commission meeting. But, at the request of the developer, it will likely be delayed again. Spencer Woith, one of the developers, wrote to the city in early January asking

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Great Falls cell phone rule challenged in municipal court as unconstitutional

What started as a ticket for using a cell phone while driving is now a constitutional challenge to a city ordinance, which is likely to renew debate over the legality and effectiveness of such rules. Stacie Azure was stopped on July 29, 2018 by a Great Falls Police Department officer because she had a cell phone in her right hand,

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City beginning selection process for new library director

Kathy Mora retired as director of the Great Falls Public Library at the end of December after more than 30 years at the library. Susie McIntyre will be the interim director until a successor is selected. The city has received 11 applications for the library director position. Library director position posted, city accepting applications The process of hiring a new

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First batch of development code changes moving forward

The city planning board voted unanimously to recommend that the City Commission adopt the proposed changes to city code related to land development rules. The city has been working for years to update city code, primarily for typographical errors, correcting numbering issues, and areas where the code conflicts with itself, state or federal laws. Process underway to update city land

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