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City Of Columbia Falls
City Hall
130 6th St West
Columbia Falls, Montana 59912

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Teakettle Fishing Access Site Proposed Improvement Draft EA

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for the Teakettle Fishing Access Site (FAS) Proposed Improvement draft environmental assessment (EA). Teakettle FAS is located along the Flathead River in Columbia Falls, Flathead County (T30N, R20W, S16). FWP proposes to expand and improve the parking areas, develop a new drive lane, install barrier rock to control vehicle movement, and repair existing boundary fencing.


The draft is out for a 30-day public review through Friday, June 12, 2015. Copies of the draft are available at the FWP office, 490 N. Meridian Rd., Kalispell; Montana State Library, 1515 E 6th Ave., Helena; FWP State Headquarters, 1420 E 6th Ave., Helena; the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov under Submit Public Comment, then Fishing, then Public Notices-Fishing; and available for viewing at local libraries.


Contact person: R-1 FAS Manager Tony Powell at (406) 751-5423 or e-mail to tpowell@mt.gov.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT REVIEW STUDY COMMISSION ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF SURVEY The Community Survey period ended on March 27, 2015. The Study Commission is reviewing the information at their meeting, Monday, March 30th, and will hold a special meeting on Thursday, April 9th to review the information with the public. The public in invited and encouraged to attend all of the Study Commission meetings. Please click on the Local Government  Review link above to see all of the Study Commission information in detail.

City of Columbia Falls Makes Top Ten Safest Places to Live in Montana List   
Click Here to Read Further—->  The SafeWise Report



The City Council thank all of you that were able to attend and participate in the first sessions. Over the next 5 – 6 months, the City will be developing an Urban Renewal and Tax Increment District. The next step is to adopt the District boundaries and the Resolution of Necessity of Need. The Council will provide any updates or new information at each Council meeting, held the first and third Monday of each month.  For those of you unable to attend the first sessions, here is the power point presented by Community Development Services, Inc.:

TIF Overview Presentation – Columbia Falls

Tax Increment Financing Update – Statement of Need:

Read this report for an excellent summary on the history on Columbia Falls business and industry and the support for the proposed District and Urban Renewal Plan:

Statement of Blight-December 2014 CF 1

Where to Recycle:

2015-WasteNot Recycling information


2014 Drinking Water Report CCR Final.doc
2013 Annual Drinking Water Report 6-17-2014

Fall Newsletter 2014 – Final
Spring Newsletter 2014


City of Columbia Falls Mission Statement:

The mission of the city of Columbia Falls is to foster a community that appeals to individuals, families, businesses and investors. Columbia Falls is a city that encourages individual rights and responsibilities, promotes aesthetics and recreation, and provides safety and security. By listening to its citizens and responding to their needs, by respecting diversity and differences of opinion, and by evaluating the status quo and practicing thoughtful planning, the city provides excellent value at reasonable cost.

Facts and Figures

Incorporated: 1909
Population: Per the 2010 Census = 4,688.

Acres: 912.3

Form of Government: Commission – Manager (Council – Manager)
Members are elected at large on a staggered 4 year term.

Regular City Council Meetings occur on the 1st & 3rd Mondays of the Month

Number of City Employees – 31

City Department Heads

City Manager – Susan M. Nicosia, CPA, MPA
City Attorney – Justin Breck
Deputy City Attorney – Stephanie Breck
Police Chief – David Perry
Fire Chief – Rick Hagen
Public Works Director – Grady Jenkins
City Clerk – Barb Staaland
City Treasurer – Todd Watkins
City Judge – Susan “Tina” Gordon
Building Inspector – Virgil Bench

Learn more about the city departments here.