Tryon’s January 7 Great Falls City Commission Meeting Recap

Editor’s note: E-City Beat has requested and received permission to copy and paste Great Falls City Commissioner Rick Tryon’s reports from his public commissioner’s Facebook page, ‘Rick Tryon for a Greater Great Falls’.


As a way to partially fulfill my personal commitment to working for transparent and responsive City government I’ll be posting brief weekly previews and recaps of Great Falls City Commission work sessions and regular meetings.

The idea is to highlight a few of the upcoming City Commission meeting topics that would be especially relevant and interesting to local citizens and to encourage your feedback, ideas and input, through the comments section here and by your personal attendance at the meetings if possible.

You can find the full agenda and agenda packets for the upcoming meeting, as well as minutes for previous meetings, here –

WORK SESSION RECAP – Tuesday, January 7, 2020 – 4:30pm

Parking and Land Development Code Revisions – Craig Raymond. (Continued from December 3, 2019)

Development Review Update – Craig Raymond and Jim Rearden.

While I support the efforts to streamline our development code and processes I have some serious concerns about the proposed fee increases for developers and builders.

The City Commission will be discussing, vetting and voting on the increases and process changes in the next couple of months.

Please take note and plan to attend the meetings and make your views known during public comment.

REGULAR MEETING RECAP – Tuesday January 7, 2020 – 7:00pm

Reappointment/Appointment to the Great Falls Planning Advisory Board/Zoning Commission.

Members Seeking Reappointment are Michael Wedekind (10/7/2015 – 12/31/2019) and Charles Pankratz (6/20/2017 – 12/31/2019)

Applications from Other Interested Citizens – Laura Vukasin

The City Commission voted unanimously to reappoint Mr. Pankratz and appoint Ms. Vukasin.

While I voted for Ms. Vukasin and think she’s a good choice for the Planning Advisory Board/Zoning Commission, I did so with concerns and an admonition about the potential for the appearance of conflicts of interest due to her position as President of Marketing for a local bank.

You can see my brief comments here

Please feel free to go look at the details in the agenda packet and minutes which I linked above for a comprehensive handling of the items that have been or will be discussed/decided and weigh in with any of your own comments or suggestions here.

This is your city government and these issues affect you and your family. YOU’RE THE BOSS.

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