Category Archives: Parking

City exploring options for possible long-term lease of parking system

Discussions about how to best manage the city’s parking program are continuing. Last week, the Parking Advisory Board met to discuss the changes that have been implemented so far and other potential options, to include exploring a long-term lease for operation of the city’s parking system. The city’s contract with SP+ expires at the end of the year and Craig

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Sunday Reads: Sept. 22

Hope you’ve all enjoyed the weather this weekend. Here’s your Sunday reads: CityLab: Parking Reform Will Save the City AP: Bankers Expect Slow Economic Growth Amid Trade War PEW: Yoga, Zumba Narcan: Check Out Your Local Library RTDNA: Elimination of Copy Editors Has Been Disastrous for Newspapers Washington Post: The End of an American Tradition: The Amtrak Dining Car Forbes:

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GFFR seeking fee increase for certain services outside emergency response work

Great Falls Fire Rescue is proposing a fee increase for certain services and the City Commission will consider the change during their Aug. 6 meeting. The fees were last changed in April 2014 and includes fees for investigation reports, facility and equipment rental, ladder testing, hose repair, breathing air bottle filling and more. The proposal would increase the fees by

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Complaints drive GFPD’s abandoned vehicle investigation process

Complaints about abandoned vehicles are fairly common and the Great Falls Police Department is regularly handling those complaints. GFPD’s response to abandoned vehicles is complaint driven and the process is dictated by state and local regulations. “We don’t actively seek out abandoned vehicles,” said Lt. Doug Mahlum of GFPD’s Support Services Bureau. “There are laws that we have to follow before

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City approves parking meter increase for downtown Great Falls

Beginning July 1, parking meter rates in downtown Great Falls will increase to $1 per hour. The City Commission voted 4-1 on Tuesday, with Commissioner Tracy Houck dissenting, to increase the meter rate; replace the annual courtesy ticket with one per lifetime of a license plate; and slightly revise the fines for time violations. The new fine structure will be:

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Increased parking meter fee on Tuesday’s commission agenda

Faced with year’s of deferred maintenance that the parking program hasn’t been able to afford, the Parking Advisory Commission has recommended several changes that the City Commission will consider Tuesday night. Last fall’s proposal to quadruple meter rates on Central Avenue was essentially dead in the water and the PAC has since revised the proposal. $2 meter rate hike proposal

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Appeals court rules tire chalking unconstitutional for parking enforcement; decision doesn’t impact Great Falls

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled this week that chalking vehicles for parking enforcement is a violation of the Fourth Amendment. So far, the decision does not affect Great Falls or other Montana cities since the 6th Circuit includes Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Great Falls does chalk vehicles as part of its parking enforcement program

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$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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Process underway to update city land development code

The city’s development processes and requirements are often blasted as impediments to development, but much of the land use code was revised in 2005 as part of a major community effort after continued complaints about the overall appearance of the city. Now, the city is working to update Title 17, the land development code, as staff continues to revise the

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