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City Commission to Determine Fate of CRP Land

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GREAT FALLS -

Tonight the Great Falls City Commission will have some big decisions to make regarding our money. The Great Falls Public Works has a proposal to the city commission that can ultimately save residents money.

"We're presenting is a lease of property that actually the sanitation division at the Public Works owns and it's 3 1/2 miles north of the Manchester exit on Interstate 15," explains Public Works Director, Jim Rearden.

Since the Federal Government canceled the conservation program, the Great Falls Public Works is turning to the city commission to see if great falls can use the land.

"We purchased the property since 1991 and since '93 it's been in Conservation Reserve Program or CRP programs so we had gotten an annual lease on that property, but that program expired for governmental agencies and so we are looking at other ways to produce revenue for the property," says Rearden.

One of the suggestions is to add a sanitation landfill to the property. Rearden says if the City Commission approves a new lease this will keep customers sanitation disposal rates at a lower cost.

"We haven't utilized such since then we have had long term contract with Montana Waste Systems for a disposal for waste within the city, but it's there if at some point we need it," says Rearden.

Also on the agenda for the City Commission is a hearing to create a flat standard rate for pet adoptions, to make adopting much easier.

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