Category Archives: Great Falls

$2 meter rate hike proposal is dead, parking board recommending more modest increase

The proposal to raise parking meter rates in downtown Great Falls last fall was essentially dead on arrival and the Parking Advisory Commission voted Thursday afternoon to make a more modest increase. They’re planning to take that proposal to a City Commission work session in April, meaning it will be at least May before the commission would take any action

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Interactive budget tool gives citizens more information on what taxes support

The city finance office has created interactive budget tools to help the public see where their tax dollars go. Kirsten Myre, city budget analyst, found a software system and entered all of the city’s data to develop the interactive, colorful tools. [USE THE BUDGET TOOLS] The hope, Myre said, is that the tools will get the public more engaged and

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Cascade County continuing review of proposed changes to zoning regulations

The Cascade County planning board conducted the first public hearing in what will be a multi-month process to update the county zoning regulations. At least 50 people attended the meeting and expressed frustration with the meeting time, the cramped room, the limited information available on the reasons for the changes, the limited time residents had to review the proposed changes

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Business Bites: Yes, Little Athens is coming downtown, eventually

Little Athens Nicholas Geranios has purchased the former Bert and Ernie’s location at 300 1st Ave. S. The Geranios family operates Little Athens in Holiday Village Mall and will be opening a restaurant in the former Bert and Ernie’s space though details are in flux. Bert and Ernie’s closed suddenly in August and has been vacant since. Bert and Ernie’s

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Business Improvement District renewal considered in Feb. 19 public hearing

This week, the City Commission will hold a public hearing and consider renewing the Business Improvement District for another 10 years. The goal of the BID is to maintain, beautify, and stimulate development in Great Falls’ historic downtown district. Downtown business improvement district reaches renewal threshold The Great Falls BID was originally created in May 1989, recreated in July 1999

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City considers donation of retired fire engines to Vaughn Volunteer Fire

The city is considering donating fire engines to the Vaughn Volunteer Fire Department. Jason McAllister, Vaugh VFD chief, told the city that his department had a critical need for a fire engine but the volunteer department didn’t the means of purchasing a new or used vehicle. City approves tax abatement, Civic Center contract, TIF funding, fire engine donation and more

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County ZBOA to hold hearings on hemp facility, FWP headquarters expansion

The Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment will consider a special use permit for a hemp processing facility during their Feb. 14 meeting at 9 a.m. Paul Leach of Venture Property and Leasing, LLC has applied for a SUP to allow a value-added agricultural commodity processing facility on this nine acre property. Leach wrote in the application that the facility

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