Thursday, October 28, 2010

Urban Chickens

Earlier this summer, there was discussion at all of the Neighborhood Councils about allowing chickens within the city limits.

As a member of Neighborhood Council, I received notice yesterday that the City Commission has instructed the Planning/Community Development Department to not proceed any further with pursuing an urban chicken ordinance. All paperwork will be retained, if in the event, the issue is revisited.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Free Crime Prevention Seminar

What: Crime Prevention Seminar
When: Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 10:30am-4:00pm
Where: Great Falls Public Library

The seminar is open to the public, and is free of charge. Pre-registration is required. To register, contact certified Refuse To Be A Victim instructor, Scott Nordstrom, at 406-422-5019 or

Refuse To Be A Victim® Seminars teach methods to avoid dangerous situations and prevent criminal confrontations. Experts agree the most important factor in surviving a criminal attack is to have an overall safety strategy before you need it. Seminar topics address personal safety issues as well as home, automobile, telephone, technological, and travel security. Seminar participants are presented with a variety of common sense crime prevention and personal safety strategies and devices they may integrate into their daily lives.

Historic Water Rights Petition

Here is a petition to restore Great Falls' Historic Water Rights claims. You may circulate it among your family and friends.

Return no later than November 1, 2010.

Neighborhood Councils - Week of October 25, 2010

Only one council is meeting this week:

When: Thursday, October 28 at 6:30pm
Where: Heritage Baptist Church - 900 52nd Street North

County Commissioner Joe Briggs
Committee reports
Neighborhood concerns

Council 4 has a vacancy. If interested, and you are a registered voter and live within the council boundaries, please contact Patty Cadwell at 455-8496 for more information.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cable 7 Dissolution

As many of probably already know, due to a lack of funding and a contract with the City of Great Falls, the board of directors of Cable 7 voted to dissolve the corporation effective October 1, 2010.

Click here to see the details and documents generated to date.

City Advisory Board Openings

The following City advisory boards have openings:

Community Development Council:
The Community Development Council has two openings. The Council consists of ten members appointed by the City Commission. The Community Development Council reviews CDBG funding applications and makes recommendations to the City Commission concerning funding from the City’s annual Community Development Block Grant. Interested applicants must live within the city limits. The Council meets on demand, generally in February and March. For more information, contact Chris Imhoff at 455-8407.

The NALGC has one opening for a City-appointed representative for a four-year term. The NALGC consists of three standing members (highest ranking Native American officer in the Great Falls Public Education system, Indian Heritage Association Director, and the Indian Family Clinic Director) and four rotating members (two appointed by the City Commission and two appointed by the County Commission).

The NALGC serves as a local point-of-contact for all local City and County government departments to represent the Native American community at the City and County government meetings, functions, and events; to advise City and County governments on Native American needs, issues, forums and planning; to assist and advise in the coordinated review of the status of the local Native American community; and to serve as a clearinghouse of information on grants, employment opportunities and economic development activities for dissemination to Native American communities. Meetings are scheduled quarterly for the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 PM. For more information on the Commission, contact James Parker Shield at 761-3377.

Applications can be picked up at the City Manager's office at the Civic Center, room 201 or by using the online application form available in pdf format.

Deadline to apply is Friday, October 22 by 5:00pm.

Neighborhood Councils - Week of October 18, 2010

Two councils are meeting this week:

When: Monday, Oct. 18 at 7:00pm
Where: Great Falls Clinic Specialty Center

County Commissioner Joe Briggs to discuss two county studies
Information on a planned Benefis Health System building project
Committee reports
Neighborhood concerns
When: Thursday, Oct. 21 at 6:00pm
Where: Great Falls PreRelease Center, Women's annex

Deputy city manager Jennifer Reichelt
Committee reports
Neighborhood concerns

Sunday, October 17, 2010

October 19, 2010 Work Session

When: Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 5:45pm
Where: Gibson Room, Civic Center


1.Golf Fees – Marty Basta
2.Rural Fire District Access to City Hydrants – Jim Rearden & Chief McCamley
3.Fire Investigation Canine – Chief McCamley

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Cable 7

I was unable to attend last night's City Commission meeting, but according to this article in today's Tribune, an exchange between members of the City Commission and Cable 7 board became contentious.

Last Thursday, the Cable 7 board voted to dissolve the channel, because they do not have enough funding to pay for liability insurance and new equipment. The board blames the City Commission for not allocating this funding.

If you attended last night's meeting, please share your comments.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Neighborhood Councils - Week of October 4, 2010

Two councils meet this week:

When: Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00pm
Where: Sunnyside School music room

Last week's Council of Councils meeting
Neighborhood concerns
Vacancy on the council

When: Thursday, October 7 at 7:00pm
Where: Riverview School cafeteria

County Commissioner Joe Briggs
Committee reports
Neighborhood concerns