Category Archives: Utilities

Lawmakers hear testimony on bills that would fund $1.3 billion in infrastructure projects

By Caven Wade | UM Legislative News Service, University of Montana School of Journalism In the last 11 years, the city of Havre has had 255 water main breaks. The city’s public works director, Dave Pederson, says 46 of those breaks happened in the last two years alone. “During main breaks, large sections of the city are without water for a long

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City Commission to consider $11 million water treatment plant project contract

City Commissioners will consider awarding a $11 million contract to Sletten Construction Company for the water treatment plant solids mitigation project during their Jan. 17 meeting. Staff is recommending approval of the contract, along with a separate contract for a $546,700 professional services agreement to Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. for construction phase services for the project. The Great Falls

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City Commission to consider $972K TIF request for West Bank Landing

During their Jan. 17 meeting, City Commissioners will consider a request for tax increment financing funds for the next phase of West Bank Landing development. The city planning board voted in November to recommend approval of the request. New hotel, restaurant planned for West Bank Talcott Properties has been developing the West Bank area for years, including West Bank One

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County approves bonds for Montana Renewables conversion project

Cascade County Commissioners voted 2-0 to approve the issuance of $275 million in revenue bonds to Montana Renewables, which is a partner company to Calumet Montana Refining. Commissioner Joe Briggs was traveling and absent from the meeting. Montana Renewables will use the proceeds of the bonds to “finance all, or a portion of, the costs of acquiring, constructing, installing, converting,

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City considering $1.48 million drainage improvement contract

City Commissioners will consider awarding a $1.48 million contract for a drainage project during their Nov. 1 meeting. City staff is recommending that commissioners approved the contract to Ed Boland Construction for a downtown drainage improvement project. There have been increasing short duration, high intensity rain events, resulting in flooding in the city in recent years, according to staff. City

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County accepting water system ARPA applications

Cascade County is accepting applications from licensed residential public water systems within the county whose primary source are ground water wells owned, maintained and operated by the water system. Applicants may not have already received county ARPA funding. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 1 to the County Commission office at 325 2nd Ave. N. If additional funds become

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City considering options for trash pickup, landfill

The city is conducting a study to look at potential landfill and solid waste removal options as its landfill costs continue to increase. In April, City Commissioners approved a professional services agreement with Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc., AE2S, not to exceed $155,217. AE2S and their sub-consultant Jacobs, formerly CH2M Hill, will conduct the first phase of a solid waste

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Park and Rec rejects plan to place telcom nodes on park property

The city Park and Recreation Advisory Board has voted to support staff’s decision not to place TDS Metrocom LLC nodes on park property. The City Commission voted in May to approve a cable system franchise agreement with TDS. The Madison, Wisc. based company has since begun meetings with city departments for their installation plans and during the June 13 meeting,

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City considering contract for updated stormwater master plan

During their Oct. 18 meeting, City Commissioners will consider awarding a $450,327.57 professional services agreement with Great West Engineering Inc. for the city’s stormwater master plan update project. Staff is recommending approval of the agreement. The city is looking to hire Great West to prepare a master plan including an in-depth summary of the existing drainage basins and drainage patterns,

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