Category Archives: Parking

City working on more security upgrades, permanent LPR for garages; addressing motor vehicle records access issue

Security cameras and repairs to a leak that’s impacting an electrical panel are coming to the city parking garages. In 2019, the City Commission approved the use of $450,000 in downtown tax increment financing funds to use for the repairs and upgrades and staff is planning to use about $400,000 in reserves to funds those projects and avoid taking on debt.

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City Commission approves new RV, large vehicle paking rules

Updated 11 a.m. Oct. 20 City Commissioners voted 4-1, with Commissioner Tracy Houck dissenting, during their Oct. 19 meeting to approve a new ordinance regulated large vehicle parking on city streets. With a few amendments by commissioners to the staff proposal, the new ordinance will take effect March 15, 2022; limit RV and other large vehicle parking on city streets

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RV parking ordinance proposal on Oct. 19 city agenda

The proposed changes to the city code pertaining to RV and other large vehicle parking on city streets goes back to the City Commission for consideration on Oct. 19. The commission accepted the new ordinance on first reading during its Aug. 17 meeting and held a public hearing on Sept. 7. During that hearing, a number of people commented for

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City approves 3-year downtown parking contract

City Commissioners approved a three-year parking management contract with SP+, the current contractor, during their Sept. 21 meeting. In October 2020, the city planning department issued a request for proposals for parking operations and management services. The city received four proposals and the Parking Advisory Commission voted in December to recommend the SP+ contract. Parking program resumes generating revenue, begins

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PARK(ing) Day is Sept. 17 in downtown Great Falls

On Sept. 17, a downtown metered parking space will temporarily be turned into a public park and social gathering space for the 8th Annual PARK(ing) Day. “Built with a bit of whimsy, part creative process, it calls attention to the fact that we need more open, public, green space downtown. PARK(ing) Day is meant to create an interesting public space

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Code changes for RV, trailer parking on Aug. 17 agenda for initial review, public hearing on Sept. 7

City Commissioners will consider on first reading a proposed ordinance change related to RV, trailer, boat and other large vehicle parking on city streets. They won’t vote on the change tonight, but will vote on whether to set a public hearing on the proposed change for Sept. 7. The city has fielded complaints about the long-term parking and/or storage of

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City considering changes to RV, trailer parking on residential streets

Due to a number of complaints, city staff has again reviewed the city code regarding recreational vehicles, trailers and the like being parked on city streets for extended periods of time. Jeff Hindoien, deputy city attorney, said that the issue has been reviewed a number of times over the years. City staff has discussed the same issue in at least

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City considering free parking for ADA spots downtown

City Commissioners will consider a proposal during their July 20 meeting to make parking in officially signed ADA parking stalls free to those properly using the spaces. Since the new multi-space kiosks were installed downtown this spring, city staff, members of the Parking Advisory Commission and downtown merchants have received “negative feedback regarding the inconvenient location of the new equipment

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GFPS selling Roosevelt Elementary, Campfire house

This story was updated 2:30 p.m. July 19. Great Falls Public Schools selling the former Roosevelt Elementary School and the Campfire house near Great Falls HIgh School. The school board approved resolutions in early July of their intent to sell the properties. City approves lot aggregation for Great Falls High; work continuing on site plans for GFPS construction projects [2018]

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Parking program resumes generating revenue, begins COVID recovery

From April 5-14, the paid parking system has generated about $5,650 in revenue for the downtown parking system. The new pay stations were installed in March and paid parking resumed April 2. According to the city, the meters have generated $540.36 by cash; $732.82 by credit card; and $397.50 through the Passport Parking app for a total of $1,670.88 on

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