Category Archives: Great Falls

City gets high credit rating; additional CDBG funds for COVID-19; looking at “economic recovery” budget; adjusting operations

The City of Great Falls is operating its emergency operations center in a limited manner and changing regular operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak. “The whole operational nature of local government has changed in the last three weeks,” City Manager Greg Doyon told commissioners during their April 7 meeting. He said the city is receiving guidance from federal and state

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MDT starting pavement preservation project in south Great Falls

The Montana Department of Transportation is starting a pavement preservation project this month. The Great Falls South-Urban project begins on 13th Street South by Fields Road, continues west at the intersection with 55th Avenue South, and extends north 3.7 miles on Lower River Road, ending near Overlook Drive. “MDT will use pavement preservation techniques to keep these good roads in good

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Business Bites: Harvest Craft Kitchen opens; Purple Gold back at it; NorMont building new facility; Montana Valley Irrigation opens new location

  Harvest Craft Kitchen Harvest Craft Kitchen opened April 8 in the former Tap House Grill at 220 Central Ave. The new restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for takeout Monday through Friday. Business Bites: Pier 1 closing in Great Falls; work at Joe’s Place; Hi-Line Climbing expansion plans; Fast Signs opens; Purple Gold expanding Food Trucks The

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Some RED HORSE members return from deployment

Twenty-eight members of the 819th RED HORSE Squadron returned from deployment over the weekend. Initially, military officials said they were stuck overseas due to the Pentagon’s stop-movement order that was issued March 25 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 819th RED HORSE airmen stuck overseas due to COVID-19 travel restrictions “These 28 were due to come home, but were told they

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Trump approves federal funding for Montana Guardsmen supporting COVID-19 response

President Trump has approved Montana’s request for funding for National Guard operations in the COVID-19 response. Trump issued a memo on April 7 announcing that Montana, and several other states, will receive funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover costs associated with using National Guard troops for the COVID-19 response. Bullock extends stay home, school closures, dining-in directives

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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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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 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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