Category Archives: Utilities

DEQ issues permit for Calumet’s renewable energy project

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has issued a decision on the air quality permit and final environmental assessment for the proposed renewable diesel plant at the existing Calumet refinery property. The permit is for Montana Renewables Inc. and the analysis included the potential emissions from all equipment that will be operated at the renewable diesel plant to ensure the

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Calumet conducting response drill this week

Calumet Montana Refining will conduct its annual river spill response drill in coordination with Rapid Response Solutions August 10-August 12. This response readiness exercise is conducted annually and involves classroom training, land-based training and a deployment of booms in waterways in Fort Benton. Residents may become aware of drill activities and the presence of containment booms in the waterways. There

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Calumet adds jobs for conversion to renewable diesel

Calumet Montana’s conversion to renewable diesel has opened 12 full-time positions at the refinery. “These new positions are tangible signs of growth as a result of an in-progress energy transition project at the plant that is converting a portion of the facility to renewable feedstock processing. In the first half of next year, the renewable manufacturing business will be processing

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County pledging COVID relief dollars for water, sewer projects

The Cascade County Commission held a special meeting on July 21. Commissioners ratified the fire restrictions that were implemented earlier this month and voted to pledge matching COVID-19 relief funds for water and sewer projects that must first go through the state’s competitive grant process. Commissioner Joe Briggs said that the county received the first half of their American Rescue

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City to consider contract to replace water mains dating to 1892

During their July 6 meeting, City Commissioners will consider awarding a $864,765 contract to Central Plumbing and Heating for a water main project. The project would replace about 760 lineal feet of 12-inch water main and 1,800 lineal feet of 4-, 6- and 8-inch water main on the southwest side of town. Water mains in this area of town were

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City budget proposal includes no tax, utility increases

City staff are proposing a budget with no tax or assessment increases for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1. Greg Doyon, city manager, said that staff’s proposal this year will continue the economic recovery model from the current budget and will use fund balance to offset the tax relief. In the current budget, the city didn’t raise any

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City planning water main, street reconstruction project on southwest side

The city public works department is planning a water main replacement project on the southwest side and is proposing to couple a street reconstruction street reconstruction project with it to reduce costs. The water main replacement project includes 2nd Avenue Southwest from 3rd Street to 6th Street; 3rd Avenue Southwest from 5th Street to 6th Street; and 5th Street Southwest

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City considering plats for 28 lots in West Ridge development

More housing is planned for the northern edge of the city in the next phase of the West Ridge development and the city planning board will consider the preliminary plat during their May 25 meeting. The 7.69 acre lot will be platted into 28 new lots for single family and townhomes. The lots will range from 10,656 to 10,662 square

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City has new street light locator map

The city has a new street light locator map to help residents who notice malfunctioning street lights determine who owns it and the process for reporting an outage or damage. To identify which organization is responsible for repairing the light, see the¬†Street Light Locator map. For city owned street lights that aren’t working properly, use this maintenance request form on

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City finalizes water treatment plant improvement project

City Commissioners voted to approve final payment for an improvement project at the city’s water treatment plant. During their April 6 meeting, commissioners¬† voted to the final payment of $204,156 to Sletten Construction and $2,062 to the State Miscellaneous Tax Fund. The project was significantly delayed last year due to delayed delivery of valves and actuators, key components for the

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