Statement from Bozeman Police Chief Steve Crawford

 

 

 

For immediate release: June 1, 2020 

From Bozeman Police Chief Steve Crawford,

With regard to the George Floyd in-custody death in Minneapolis, we are dismayed and deeply troubled by what occurred and what we saw on that video.  There is no justification for the actions of the now former officer, nor for the failure of the other officers at the scene to intervene, that resulted in Mr. Floyd’s tragic death.

Our organization values the sanctity of human life and the importance of treating all persons with dignity and respect and this act was none of that.  Yesterday, Bozeman gathered to voice its commitment to being a safe, welcoming, and inclusive community. As a profession, we are sworn to protect our communities and all of those within. Please know that your police department is committed to keeping Bozeman safe in partnership with our fellow community members.

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New City of Bozeman City Manager takes the helm

 

For immediate release: May 27, 2020 

Contact:
City of Bozeman
Melody Mileur, Communications Coordinator
406-579-9237 (cell)
Email: mmileur@bozeman.net

Bozeman, MT— Starting Tuesday, May 26, 2020 the City of Bozeman’s new city manager Jeff Mihelich will begin in his new role. The Bozeman City Commission selected Jeff Mihelich to be the city’s top employee at the April 20, 2020 City Commission meeting. The selection follows a rigorous nationwide search for candidates followed by interviews of the finalist conducted by city staff and community members.

Jeff Mihelich comes to the City of Bozeman with 28 years of experience in large cities, small towns, and counties. Prior to employment with the City of Bozeman he served as the Deputy City Manager and Chief Operating Officer in Fort Collins, Colorado.

City Manager Mihelich says, “I’m excited to continue my work in public service here in Bozeman. This community has many opportunities and challenges ahead and I’m looking forward to using my experience to help shape positive and sustainable growth.”

Jeff’s career focus areas include Affordable Housing, Climate Action Planning, Growth Management, Economic Development, Downtown Revitalization, Capital Project Management, Parks and Natural Areas, Solid Waste and Recycling, Transportation, Mobility, Transit, Arts and Culture, Private-Public-Partnerships, Strategic Planning, Budget Development, Finance, Neighborhood Revitalization, Recreation Services, Sports Events and Tourism.

Bozeman Mayor Chris Mehl says, “Having a highly qualified City Manager with as many years of experience as Jeff is an exceptional move for Bozeman. His recent work in a similar mountain town as well as his areas of expertise align him well for our future needs.”

City Manager Mihelich will be available to the media for electronic only interviews. Media interested in an interview should reach out to Melody Mileur, Communications Coordinator, at 406-579-9237 to schedule.

City Manager Jeff Mihelich
Image: Jeff Mihelich

 

 

 

 

 

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5/9/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County

 

 

 

 

 

For immediate release: May 9, 2020

As of Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has 1 new confirmed case of COVID-19, for a cumulative total of 149.  There are 3 confirmed active cases. There have been a total of 145 people recovered and 2,643 tests in Gallatin County. One person has died from COVID-19 complications.

See the full press release here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/.

5/8/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County

 

 

 

 

 

For immediate release: May 8, 2020

As of Friday, May 8, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has no new confirmed cases of COVID-19, for a cumulative total of 148.  There are 2 confirmed active cases. There have been a total of 145 people recovered and 2,590 people tested in Gallatin County. One person has died from COVID-19 complications.

See the full press release here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/.

City of Bozeman readies for gradual and phased plan to reopen buildings

 

For immediate release: May 4, 2020

Contact:
City of Bozeman
Melody Mileur, Communications Coordinator
406-579-9237 (cell)
Email: mmileur@bozeman.net

Bozeman, MT— Starting on May 11, 2020, City of Bozeman buildings will start a multi-week phased reopening plan to gradually reopen to the public. The plan will start the week of May 11th with the Alfred M. Stiff Professional Building, followed by the rest of City buildings the week of May 18th.  This plan is gradual and phased over many weeks and does not necessarily mean that buildings will open to the public immediately or that all staff will be back to work in the building immediately. The City will continue to assess the plan as it rolls out and may adjust dates as needed.

The plan includes a phased approach for employees returning to work in the buildings as well as full or limited hours for availability to the public. All buildings will be taking precautionary measures to protect employees and the public and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Members of the public may notice differences in how service is provided and are asked to practice patience as staff work within this new normal.

Alfred M. Stiff Professional Building:

The Stiff Professional building will start its phased reopening the week of May 11th. Most employees will return to work in the office gradually over the course of the week with limited hours for the public starting on May 14th from 10 AM – 2 PM. Starting the week of May 18th the building will open with full hours.

City Hall:

City Hall will start its phased reopening the week of May 18th. Most employees will return to work in the office gradually over the course of the week. Starting the week of May 25th the building will open with full hours and most departments will open to the public. However, some departments may have limited hours.

Library:

The Bozeman Public Library will start its phased reopening the week of May 18th. Staff will continue to work from home as they are able and other staff will return to work on staggered shifts.

The Library building will remain closed to the public for all of Phase 1 of the Governor’s Phased Reopening plan. At this time there is no expiration date to Phase 1 per the Governor’s directive.

Digital services will continue to be available. Beginning May 18th the Library will begin offering curbside service of delivery materials to patrons. Details for how this service will be implemented are in the final planning stage. More information will be posted to the Library’s website and social media channels as available.

Parks and Recreation:

The Parks and Recreation Department will start its phased reopening the week of May 18th. Most employees will return to work in the office. Regular field operations are ongoing and resumed in early May. Offices in Beall Center and Story Mill Community Center will open to the public with full hours however gymnasium space in Story Mill Community Center will remain closed to the public.

City park playgrounds will remain closed to the public for all of Phase 1 of the Governor’s Phased Reopening Plan.

The Bozeman Swim Center will remain closed to the public for all of Phase 1 of the Governor’s Phased Reopening Plan.

Reservations for recreation and park facilities and program registration, in compliance with the current phasing of the Governor’s Phased Reopening plan, will resume in person, online or by phone starting the week of May 18th, 2020.

City Commission Meetings/Public Meetings:

City Commission meetings will continue to be held virtually through the month of May with public comment and access information listed in agendas.

With a few exceptions the City of Bozeman’s citizen advisory boards will not convene during the month of May.

For detailed information about individual department operations, visit the City’s COVID-19 webpage at www.bozeman.net .

The City of Bozeman closed its buildings to public entrance in mid-March in response to COVID-19. Despite building closures, City departments continue to complete essential work duties. The Bozeman Police Department and the Bozeman Fire Department continue to provide for our community’s essential health and safety needs. Solid Waste curbside pick-up continues.

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5/2/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County

 

 

 

 

For immediate release: May 2, 2020

As of Saturday, May 2, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has no new confirmed cases of COVID-19, for a cumulative total of 146.  There are no confirmed active cases. There have been a total of 145  people recovered and 2,255 people tested in Gallatin County. One person has died from COVID-19 complications.

For full press release see here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/.

4/25/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County

 

 

 

 

 

For immediate release: April 25, 2020

As of Saturday, April 25, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has a cumulative total of 146 COVID-19 cases. There have been a total of 143 recovered in Gallatin County. There have been 1,994 people tested in Gallatin County.

For the full press release see here.

The GCCHD Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/.

4/18/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County

For immediate release: April 18, 2020

As of Saturday, April 18, 2020, at 12 p.m. Gallatin County has a cumulative total of 142 cases.  There have been a total of 136 recovered in Gallatin County. There have been 1,722 people tested in Gallatin County. 

For the full press release see here.

This data and more can be found on the Gallatin City-County Health Department’s new dashboard on our website at this link: https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/.

The GCCHD Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/.

4/11/2020 Update on COVID-19 in Gallatin County

For immediate release: April 11, 2020

As of Saturday, April 11, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. Gallatin County has a total of 135 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those cases, two patients in the county are currently hospitalized.

For the full press release see here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/

Two Bozeman based initiatives aim to bring life back to local business

 

For Immediate Release: April 9, 2020

Bozeman, MT –   Businesses across Montana remain under restrictions following Governor Steve Bullock’s extension of a directive for on-premise food and beverage services. In Bozeman, two new online resources have become available to support business and provide a new way for communities to support their local economy. HelpMontana.org makes purchasing gift cards to support Bozeman businesses easy, efficient, and helps get cash flow immediately to small business owners. BozemanStrong.org is a crowd sourced platform for the Gallatin Valley that collects and shares information about open businesses, how you can support them (whether it’s pick up, delivery, gift cards), and even information about special hours for vulnerable populations.

More info about HelpMontana.org

HelpMontana.org offers a way for the community to support participating businesses by purchasing $65 assorted “card packs” of five $15 gift cards to Bozeman restaurants, bars, and retailers. The gift cards total a redeemable value of $75 and can be used now at businesses offering take-out, curbside pickup, or delivery, or can be saved for when normal operations resume.

Employees of participating businesses may promote the sales of card packs by signing up for free at HelpMontana.org and sharing a promo link on their social media or through email. For each card pack sold through their promo link, the employee receives $5 from HelpMontana.org.

About 77% of funds raised through the HelpMontana initiative go directly to local businesses. Employees receive over 7% and the remaining 15% goes towards 3rd party hard costs such as website and transaction fees, shipping, admin support, and order fulfillment. In addition to the sales of gift card packs, donations are also accepted as a way to contribute to local businesses’ need for near-term cash flow.

More info about BozemanStrong.org

BozemanStrong.org crowd sources information about local businesses in the Gallatin Valley and provides a comprehensive map and list for community members to use when looking to purchase goods or services. Business not listed on the map can submit their information through a simple form that is free for all local area businesses.

Contact info for questions about HelpMontana.org:
Brit Fontenot, City of Bozeman
406-579-1302
bfontenot@bozeman.net

Ryan Rickert, President Clean Slate Group
605-376-5577

Contact info for questions about BozemanStrong.org:
Jon Henderson, City of Bozeman
406-579-8223
jon.henderson@bozeman.net