Category Archives: City of Great Falls

City cancels Neighborhood Council meetings through April 24

To comply with the federal social distancing guidelines and state stay at home directive, the City of Great Falls has canceled Neighborhood Council meetings through April 24. During the suspension, residents are encouraged to reach out to their council members directly. The council members’ contact information is posted online. The Citizen Complaint & Request Form is also available for residents

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City approves changes to landscape code; rezone, lot aggregation, road vacation for Russell Museum

Updated 5 p.m. April 8 to add more information on the commission actions. City Commissioners voted during their April 7 meeting to approve changes to the landscaping code that would lessen requirements for trees and shrubs in many instances for commercial and residential development; and approved a rezone, lot aggregation and street vacation for the C.M. Russell Museum. Rezone, aggregation

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Rezone, aggregation and street vacation for Russell Museum up for vote at April 7 commission meeting

City Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on a request from the C.M. Russell Museum and Trigg C.M. Russell Foundation to rezone and aggregate some parcels as they go through a master plan process and consider expansion, as well as vacate 5th Street North between 12th and 13th Streets. In February, the city planning board unanimously voted to recommend that

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Landscaping code changes up for consideration at April 7 city commission meeting

After about a year of review, city staffers are bringing proposed changes to the landscaping code to City Commissioners for final consideration. During the April 7 meeting, commissioners will conduct a public hearing on the proposed changes, which staff said in January are “pretty aggressive.” City testing phone-in option for public comment during commission meeting The proposed changes were presented

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City likely to indefinitely postpone consideration of energy task force

The City Commission will consider postponing indefinitely consideration of a proposal to establish an energy task force due to COVID-19. Initially, the proposal was considered in February and commissioners pushed their decision to March 17. City delays several agenda items to April due to COVID-19 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, commissioners pushed it again to April 7 since the city

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City seeking grants for new aerial truck, safety and decontamination gear

During the April 7 meeting, City Commissioners will be asked to approve the submission of grant applicants fro a new fire ladder truck and safety and decontamination equipment. Great Falls Fire Rescue is asking for approval to apply for Assistance to Firefighter grants through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. One grant would replace the city’s 1996 Smeal 75-foot ladder

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City, county testing remote options for public comment during commission meetings

City Commission meetings are looking a bit different these days. During the April 7 meeting, the city is testing call-in system for public comments. The city began changing the meeting format last month as the COVID-19 pandemic spread. The meetings are being held by video-conference, but the city is still make the effort to meet the requirements of open meeting

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Road closures in Fox Farm area for completion of water main river crossings

Construction to install water main crossings under the Missouri and Sun rivers will restart April 7. Crews are finishing the portion under the Sun River and construction is expected to last about 45 days. Missouri River water main crossing complete and in service; Sun River crossing nearly complete For this portion of the project, Alder Drive from Fox Farm Road

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Mike Judge named interim city public works director; city seeking permanent replacement

City Manager Greg Doyon named Mike Judge as the Interim Public Works Director while the city completes its search for a permanent replacement. Judge assumed the interim role effective April 1. The former director, Jim Rearden, retired after 33 years of service on March 31. City public works director retiring Prior to this appointment, Judge served as the Utility Systems

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