edean@helenamt.gov

PO Box 1571

Helena, Montana 59624

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COMMUNITY UPDATES

January 15, 2020 Update

Hi Team, 

 

I am just over ten days into my tenure as a Helena City Commissioner and it has been a whirlwind. There will be a number of significant items before the Commission in the coming months and I am working to be as prepared as possible. 

 

With that said, it’s been a blitzkrieg of information and I need the expertise and perspectives of our community on these many issues. I am here to represent you; but will need your help. 

 

Here are several items the Commission will be discussing in the coming weeks: 

  • Building a new Municipal City Courtroom- You can read more about this here

  • Beattie St. Trailhead- In addition to the previously budgeted $200,000, City staff have recommended an additional $900,000 for this project. The Helena Citizen’s Council has recommended the Commission instead consider a low-impact option adopted by the HCC.  

  • Helena Open Lands Recreation Plan Update-  This will serve as a guide to help direct policy and future decisions regarding open land recreation in Helena, you can read the plan here.

  • CAFR Adoption- The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is a review of the City’s past year of financials. You can view the Budget Status Update here. I will post the digital CAFR when it is available online.

  • Surplus Property- You can read the minutes of the 12/9/19 meeting here (page 2) and an IR article here. Currently, staff have identified Performance Square and portions of Lockey Park as options to sell as “surplus property.” 

  • Parking Evaluation- The City will be engaging in a conversation on Downtown Parking on Wednesday, January 22. You can find my previous proposal on parking here.

  • Growth Policy- The updated draft 2019 Growth Policy can be found here.

 

In addition to these items, I’m continuing to work to make our local government accessible and approachable. This includes streaming and digitally archiving all meetings, including Administrative Meetings, and providing information to the public and Commission in a timely manner.  

 

My commitment to improving the quality of life for all who call Helena home through greater transparency, reliable city services and economic opportunity remains my North Star. Since the election and in my first ten days, it’s become clear to me that the public is unaware of many of the items before the Commission and the impact (positive and/or adverse) they would have on the community. This is particularly why your participation and voice is more important than ever. 

 

To help in these efforts, I will be transitioning my website, www.deanforhelena.com, from a campaign website to a resource for the public on our local government including initiatives and issues I will continue to champion. 

 

Please be sure to share your perspectives and expertise with the Helena City Commission by emailing mayorandcommission@helenamt.gov. I’m always an email or phone call away and look forward to connecting with you. Thank you and talk soon!

 

Best,

Emily

 

edean@helenamt.gov

(406)461-7594

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Upcoming Meetings

January 22, 2020 – Administrative Meeting

January 27, 2020 – City Commission Meeting

February 4, 2020 – City/County Joint Work Session

February 5, 2020 – Administrative Meeting

February 10, 2020 – City Commission Meeting

February 19, 2020 – Administrative Meeting

February 24, 2020 – City Commission Meeting

 

You can find all past agendas here and minutes here