Category Archives: Great Falls

City Commission to consider contract for sewer repairs are fire stations

Next week, City Commissioners will consider awarding a $149,750 contract to Copper Creek Construction for plumbing upgrades at three of the city’s fire stations. The need for the project arose in 2017 when city staff were planning kitchen and restroom remodels at some of the fire stations. During the initial states of those remodels, it was discovered that sewer pipes

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Aged to Imperfection: A Montana take on Wabi Sabi opens Dec. 11 at The History Museum

The History Museum is hosting an exhibit opening Dec. 11 from 5:30-7 p.m. Aged to Imperfection: A Montana Take on Wabi Sabi features 18 unassuming artifacts from The History Museum’s Permanent Collection. The History Museum Executive Director, Kristi Scott, believes this new exhibition is creating history, “examining Montana’s cultural heritage through these artifacts is really fascinating as the wabi-sabi viewpoint

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City’s official 2019 ornament features Milwaukee Depot and is now available

The official 2019 Great Falls City Christmas ornament is the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Passenger Depot, commonly called the Milwaukee Depot. The ornament was designed by local artist Sheree Nelson and will be available at the Christmas Stroll on Dec. 6 at the corner of Central and 6th Street, near the trolley. The ornaments are $15 and are also

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State Supreme Court upholds local regulations on smoking shelters

The Montana Supreme Court has reversed a decision by the district court and upheld the City-County Board of Health’s regulations regarding the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act and smoking shelters. The Supreme Court issued its opinion in mid-November and remanded part of the case back to the district court for further proceedings regarding the claim of selective enforcement by Totem

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Commission reinstates Design Review Board, with process changes

City Commissioners voted unanimously during their Dec. 3 meeting to reinstate the Design Review Board with changes to the process proposed by staff. They also directed staff to come back to the commission within a year to report on whether those changes have been helpful to the process before the city codifies the new process. Staff proposes reinstating city design

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Staff proposes reinstating city design review board with changes; city manager prefers to continue with staff review

The city’s Design Review Board has been suspended for a year and now staff is recommending reinstating it with changes. Last fall, city staff proposed suspending the DRB for six months since the planning department was understaffed and working on substantial changes to the development review process. Design Review Board discusses its process in case suspension ends After the six

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Maclean requesting extension for submitting proposals for operation of city animal shelter

Some city commissioners have been discussing potential partnerships with the Maclean-Cameron Animal Adoption Center since February and public discussions began in the spring. The discussions have centered around whether a partnership in some form would be beneficial to the operation of the Great Falls Animal Shelter. In October, City Manager Greg Doyon presented a draft request for proposals for the

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