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Have you heard something around town and you wonder if it's true? Post your questions here and we will help provide an answer. The intent of this page is to help answer questions that benefit the whole community. If you need help with a City service, please use the My Helena App to submit a service request. You can visit www.MyHelenaApp.com to get started.


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    Is Helena water treated with fluloride?

    Martha asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The City does not add fluoride to its treated water. Fluoride is not detected in water from Ten Mile or Eureka. There is a trace of naturally occurring fluoride in water used from the Missouri River, which supplements the City system during peak demand summer months.

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    If I decide to turn the downstairs of my house into a short term rental (such as an Airbnb), what are the requirements if it's inside Helena's city limits? Where can I find the information? Thank you!

    KK asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The City of Helena does not have permit requirements for short-term rentals. If the house is being converted into a two-dwelling unit, there could be some building regulations that would require permitting. There are fire rated separations required for walls and floor/ceiling assemblies that separate the units. Separations would also be required for mechanical systems.

    Egress windows, smoke and CO detectors, and other code related items would be required and verified. More information on building code requirements can be found at www.iccsafe.org

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    Hello, I have found the ordinances in regard to cannabis cultivation and retail facilities. However, they are strictly for medical use, I was wanting to know if Helena allows for recreational? Thanks!

    Brenden Dallas asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    Yes, there are retail and cultivation facilities currently licensed for recreational use marijuana in Helena. The State has imposed a moratorium on new licenses from January 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023. For a retail facility to receive a license for recreational marijuana, they had to already hold a medical marijuana license or have an application pending with the Department of Public Health and Human Services by November 3, 2020. Applications for new dispensary and cultivation licenses will be available July 1, 2023.

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    I couldn't quite hear the last agenda item in the 7/6 Commissioner meeting (SRO officers). Are the SRO contracts being renewed for another year with the schools? Is there anymore information you can give about how far along this process is or where I could get more updated information on it? I believe I heard them mention that a document was being sent over to be reviewed and signed. Thank you!

    MM asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    Currently there is not an agreement in place, so the memorandum of understanding that the City is working on with the school district would create a new agreement. The new MOU is expected to be a 3 year agreement. The agreement is near complete, with some minor language modifications being finalized. The goal is to have the MOU approved and signed by the start of school. 

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    Today someone was driving a van in front of me and clearly was trying to drive alot slower than the speed limit in an attempt to be ignorant to us behind them, they stopped at the stop sign and no one was coming but they didn't move until I honked and then they still wouldn't go anyways and then started moving very slowly again, my questions are ,is that careless driving or reckless driving? Can they be ticketed if I have it recorded too?

    Stop ignorance asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    If someone's driving behavior causes a hazard to traffic, in general, then it may be citable or worthy of a ticket. This could mean that the driver is not keeping with the flow of traffic or doing something erratic causing a dangerous situation. 

    If a person records this type of driving behavior and it fits the legal definition of a traffic crime, then a ticket could be issued. If the witness is willing to sign a statement and can legitimately identify the driver and the vehicle that they were driving, an Officer can use that information to speak with the driver and if probable cause exists, cite the driver.

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    Has the quiet zone for BNSF/MRL changed? We live one block away from the Henderson underpass, and recently the trains have been blowing their horns quite a bit. Any idea why?

    Mike asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    There has not been any change to the railroad quiet zone. 

    If you believe a train is violating the Quiet Zone requirements, Montana Rail Link accepts complaints using the Contact Us form at https://www.montanarail.com/contact-us/. Be sure to provide as much detail as possible. Understanding it may be hard to provide specific details at night, at least indicating the exact time is important. Other details that can help, when possible, is the direction of the train, type of train, and train number. MRL can review their records and video to determine if the trains are complying with the quiet zone.

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    Will the trail rider come back this season?

    nayr asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The Trailer Rider program will not be operating this summer. The program was run in partnership between City Transit and Visit Helena/Bike Helena from 2013 through 2019. The past couple of years, a private shuttle service provided the vehicle and drivers. Unfortunately they were unable to continue partnering on the program and it had to be put on hold.

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    With all of the national and local awareness I would like to turn over my AR 15 to have it destroyed, how can I ensure it will be destroyed and go about turning it in?

    Martin Lewis asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    Our local law enforcement agencies do not facilitate this type of program. Our Police Department would direct you to contact the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for help destroying the firearm. ATF Agent Caleb Enk can be contacted directly via email (Caleb.T.Enk@usdoj.gov) for assistance. ATF will have you sign over the gun and destroy the gun by burning it.

    Hope this helps. Thanks again. 

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    The unpaved portion of Davis Gulch has recently been regraded, creating more dust than normal this time of year. Since the late 1990's, the city has sprayed unpaved Davis with magnesium chloride in order to mitigate the high amount of dust this unpaved road creates, especially as it becomes busier with increased housing and recreational use. Living just a few doors down from this dirt road, we are heavily impacted by the dust of Davis Gulch, especially in the early evening. Now that the road has been regraded, when might we look forward to it being sprayed to mitigate the dust?

    Rob Freistadt asked 7 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The City does not have a dedicated dust program, but we do spray magnesium chloride on roadways when we have excess supply and are able to. Davis does typically get treated, but we wait until after spring rain season to maximize its effectiveness. So the schedule is generally weather dependent.

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    Do short-term rentals (1-3 months) require a permit if condo is within City Of Helena limits?

    Travis asked 7 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    There is not a permit requirement for a short-term rental within City limits. There are also no zoning restrictions. 

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