Category Archives: Utilities

City considering amendment of downtown plan for drainage projects

The city planning board will consider an amendment to the Downtown Urban Renewal Plan during their June 28 meeting for a drainage project. The City Commission adopted the downtown plan in 2012 and it was the result of the development and adoption of the Downtown Master Plan. That plan “provides a blueprint for the revitalization and redevelopment of downtown, and

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City considering cell towers in park

The city has been approached by Dish wireless with a request to install cell phone towers in a Dudley Anderson Park. The city was initially approached last year and the proposal was brought to the Park and Recreation Advisory Board in the fall. At the time, the board wasn’t supportive of cell towers in parks. During their May meeting, the

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City in talks with telecom company for easements

The City Commission unanimously approved a cable system franchise agreement with TDS Metrocom LLC during their May 3 meeting. The Madison, Wisc. based company has since begun meetings with city departments for their installation plans and during the June 13 meeting, discussed their plans with the Park and Recreation Advisory Board. The company is planning to provide broadband internet, video

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GFPS working to replace, fix faucets, sinks where lead detected under new state rule

Great Falls Public Schools has been testing sinks and fountains for lead under a new rule from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The rule was created in January 2020 and requires schools to check at least every three years for lead in the water of any sink or fountain used for drinking or food prep. Schools’

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City to finalize $2 million grant for sewer crossing at June 7 meeting

City Commissioners will consider ratifying during their June 7 meeting an agreement with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for federal COVID funds for the city’s improvements to Lift Station No. 1. The city’s public works department submitted an application for the first round of the DNRC competitive water and sewer infrastructure grant program. The funding is through

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Two contracts for southwest side water main project on June 7 city agenda

southwest street reconstruction

The city is considering its southwest side water main replacement project and during the City Commission’s June 7 meeting, they’ll consider awarding a $1 million contract to United Materials to reconstruct streets in the area. Last fall, the city replaced water mains in the area and to do so, also removed several mature trees. This portion of the project will

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City beginning water pipe inventory to comply with new EPA rules

The city is preparing for a new rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pertaining to lead and copper in drinking water lines. The city maintains an inventory of water service line material types for residences and businesses within the city limits. Currently, there are 7,000 to 8,000 addresses in the city with an unknown pipe material, according to the

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City approves agreement for new cable service provider

City Commissioners unanimously on May 3 to approve a cable system franchise agreement with TDS Metrocom LLC. The Madison, Wisc. based company has requested a non-exclusive franchise agreement for providing cable television services. Staff is recommending approval of the agreement, under which TDS will provide broadband internet, video and digital voice services in the city. City considering new fees for

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