Category Archives: Utilities

County approves intent to change zoning regulations

Cascade County Commissioners approved a resolution of intent to rezone 14 parcels owned by NorthWestern Energy and add ‘data center’ to the zoning regulations during a special meeting on Oct. 21. The resolution of intent is open for the next month and unless a petition is filed with a certain number of signatures, the commission will have a second hearing

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Road closures this week on lower northside for utility, road work

The City of Great Falls has a contract with United Materials of Great Falls, Inc. for the replacement of water mains and street reconstruction on 5th and 6th Avenues North from Park Drive to 7th Street North and on Park Drive from 4th Avenue North to 5th Avenue North. Beginning Oct. 14th through Oct. 16, weather permitting, 5th and 6th

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City transitioning to new utility billing software, customers will see some changes

The City of Great Falls Utilities Department is implementing new utility billing software in the next few months. Monthly billing statements will look the same and contain the same basic information, but the account numbers-customer numbers will be changing, according to the city. There will also be a few changes in the way customers are able to pay their bills

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Skubinna named city public works director

Paul Skubinna has been named the city’s new public works director, replacing Jim Rearden, who retired March 31. Skubinna will assume the role as director on Aug. 24.  Skubinna has been the city’s Environmental Division Manager since 2015. Prior to that appointment, he worked for the Montana Department of Environmental Quality and in private sector consulting for 15 years. He served

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Utility work to close portion of 9th Street South starting Aug. 24

Energy West Montana will be performing natural gas utility maintenance on 9th Street South between 8th Avenue South and 10th Avenue South. The maintenance project will require a temporary closure of northbound traffic on 9th Street South. The contractor will be working in this area between Aug. 24-Sept. 1. Other temporary closures may be required to complete the scope of work.

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City considering sewer river crossing

City Commissioners will consider a $187,868 contract during their Aug. 18 meeting for a sewage lift station river crossing feasibility study. City staff is recommending approval of a professional services agreement with TD&H to conduct a condition assessment of the existing force main at the 6th Street Pump Station, as well as an evaluation of the available options to create

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Water main project to close roads on lower northside

The city has contracted with United Materials for a water main replacement project on the lower northside. Beginning Aug. 19, Park Drive will be closed to traffic between 4th Avenue North to 5th Avenue North. City planning $2.48 million water main replacement on lower northside United Materials will provide barricades and detour signs in the area for traffic routing. It

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Gore Hill water tower finished under budget; city issuing final payment

During their July 7 meeting, City Commissioners will consider approving final payment to Landmark Structures for the Gore Hill water tower replacement. The final payment is $50,559.32 to Landmark Structures and $510.70 to the State Miscellaneous Tax Fund. City Commission approves $55K contract for Gore Hill water tower artwork The project installed a new 500,000 gallon water tower on Gore

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City working on water utility assessment, emergency plan to comply with 2018 federal law

In 2018, Congress passed the America’s Water Infrastructure Act, that was signed into law, and requires community drinking water systems that serve more than 3,300 people to complete a risk and resilience assessment by Dec. 31, 2020 and develop an emergency response plan by June 30, 2021 for their water utility. The plans must be certified by the community water

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