Category Archives: Utilities

City to consider $4.4 wastewater plant project during Oct. 4 meeting

City Commissioners will consider awarding a $4.4 million contract to Sletten Construction during their Oct. 4 meeting for the wastewater treatment plant clarifier rehabilitation project. The project work includes: complete removal and improvements to the designated secondary clarifiers including: standpipe and mechanism replacement, effluent launder replacement, concrete surface restoration and coatings, and replacement and addition of controls equipment, according to

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City construction survey will cause temporary lane closures

The City of Great Falls is conducting a construction survey that will require temporary lane closures on 1st Avenue South and 7th Street South periodically between Sept. 27-Oct. 5. During the construction survey period lanes may be closed to traffic. Business access will be provided during this period. City personnel will provide barricades and closure signs in the area of

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Public cautioned to stay out of Missouri River bed during drawdown

On Sept. 25, NorthWestern Energy will begin drawing down Rainbow Reservoir about 11 feet from the current full-pool level to replace wooden flash boards on the face of the dam. The wooden flash boards were last replaced in 2004, according to NorthWestern Energy, and the aged boards are leaking water, requiring a high level of maintenance and frequent repairs. Replacing

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City developing plans for new federal rules on lead in drinking water

The city is preparing for new federal regulations pertaining to lead levels in public drinking water that are set to go into effect October 2024. The rules will lower the amount of detectable lead in the water that triggers treatment actions and data reporting, with the potential for significant cost to the City of Great Falls. The new rules are from

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City considering $1.4 million GFDA request for loans to local business

During their Sept. 6 meeting, City Commissioners will discuss the city’s federal COVID relief funds. During the work session, Tom Hazen, the city’s grant manager, will review the community applications for American Rescue Plan Act funds and the scoring process. The grant applications were due in July and the city received 34 applications totaling $10,464,425.81. City beginning review of ARPA

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County approves Calumet tax abatement

County Commissioner voted unanimously during their Aug. 23 meeting to approve a new or expanding industries tax abatement for Calumet Montana Refining’s renewable fuel conversion project. The abatement is established under state law and allows the company to be taxed at 50 percent of its taxable value for five years with equal increases in each year thereafter until reaching 100

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Commission to consider amendment to downtown plan for drainage projects

City Commissioners will consider during their Aug. 16 meeting an update to the downtown urban renewal plan and two stormwater projects. The commission adopted the Downtown Urban Renewal Plan in 2012, after the development and adoption of the Downtown Master Plan, which is a “blueprint for the revitalization and redevelopment of downtown, and recommended the creation of an urban renewal

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NorthWestern Energy continuing power line upgrades downtown

NorthWestern Energy is upgrading power lines in downtown Great Falls. Traffic will be detoured from 5-9-a.m. on Aug. 10 5th Street South from Central Avenue to 1st Street South. The alley between Central Avenue and 1st  Avenue South from 4th Street to 6th Street will be closed at the same time. The upgraded lines will increase service reliability. Traffic interruptions

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Calumet announces investors for renewable diesel project

Calumet Specialty Products Partners’ unrestricted subsidiary, Montana Renewables LLC has conducted a series of transactions. Montana Renewables is a renewable fuel business. The company is converting part of the existing Calumet refinery into a renewable diesel plant. City approves Calumet tax abatement Warburg Pincus has agreed to invest $250 million in Montana Renewables in the form of a participating preferred

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Calumet shutdown, maintenance begins Aug. 1

Calumet Montana Refining will have a planned refinery-wide shutdown and maintenance activities beginning Aug. 1. The planned activities are expected to last about eight weeks, according to release from the refinery. City approves Calumet tax abatement The shutdown and startup activities will cause periods of flaring, according to Calumet. There will be increased traffic on Smelter Avenue near the former

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