In his third term, Mayor John Engen worked diligently to ensure the security of the citizens of Missoula's water supply and distribution system. In doing so, he and his leadership team pursued ownership of the privately held Mountain Water Company. When the company's international owners declined the City's offers of purchase, the acquisition attempt became the subject of a court case. On behalf of the citizens of Missoula, Mayor Engen and the City of Missoula completed the purchase of the utility that supplies and distributes Missoula’s water. On June 22, 2017 in Judge Karen Townsend’s District Court courtroom, the former Mountain Water Company became Missoula Water.
On June 15, 2015, District Court Judge Karen Townsend issued the findings of fact, conclusions of law, and preliminary order of condemnation. The trial began on March 18 and concluded on April 6.
All videos from the trial are available for viewing on our website. Make sure to click the minutes tab to be able to see the bookmarks in the videos. You can select the date of the trial below.
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The City of Missoula, The University of Montana and the Associated Students of The University of Montana agree to work collaboratively on issues affecting the quality of life in our community and signed a pledge to do so on Dec. 10, 2012. The work will concentrate in four areas: increasing the inventory of quality, affordable housing for students; improving existing rental stock through basic regulation of residential rental property; improving neighborhoods across the city through a well-staffed quality-of-life program; and improving transportation and parking options for all citizens.
Community Quality Life Memorandum of Understanding
Commissioned by Mayor John Engen and Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss, Missoula's plan lays down clear solutions to homelessness. The completed draft launched October 23, 2012, is up for public comment through November 14, when a public meeting and open house will be held.
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|February 22, 2011||Missoula panel on homelessness says more respite beds needed|
|February 19, 2011||Billings finds creating plan to impact homelessness a challenge, but possible|
|February 12, 2011||Families make up most homeless in Missoula area; agencies work for solutions|
|February 3, 2011||Study examines Missoula homeless; Engen hopes to build prevention strategy|
The City worked with the University of Montana to conduct a citizen survey. Residents reported a high overall quality of life, and mentioned housing, property taxes, and streets and traffic as their highest concerns. You can read the entire survey or watch the City Council Committee of the Whole meeting with the results.
Elected officials and staff conducted an open house on May 22, 2018 at the City Council Chambers to gather more specific information from citizens.