HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – The Downtown Havre Matters! group convened on Tuesday for a meeting at Bear Paw Development.
Bear Paw Executive Director Paul Tuss announced that the Request for Proposal to hire a consultant to create a Downtown Master Plan has been finalized and is being advertised throughout the state.
Tuss says he has already received a couple of inquiries and anticipates a handful of applications.
“What’s interesting is the RFP only went out a few days ago and we have already heard from firms about their interest in submitting a proposal to the RFP. So I’m very hopeful that there is going to be enough interest that we’ll have some great, qualified firms to help us with this effort.”
Funding for the consultant for the Master Plan is being funded through grants.
The deadline for applications is August 18th. Once finalists for the position are selected, a subcommittee of local stakeholders will interview the remaining candidates and help select the consultant.
Once a consultant is hired, the process of creating a Master Plan will begin. This is likely to include community meetings where public input will be sought.
“I think it’s reasonable to expect that sometime this fall, probably mid-fall, we’ll be at a point where we’ll be conducting public meetings to really gauge public opinion and thoughts, collect ideas about what Havre residents and Hill County residents want from downtown Havre,” Tuss told New Media Broadcasters following the meeting. “What they want it to look like, what they want it to feel like, what the infrastructure needs are, what are the facade development improvements that would be important to make Havre an even more attractive place for business. So I think that this fall will be a great time to solicit public input about that. Really what we are looking for is citizen involvement, citizen input about the look and feel of downtown Havre. What do they want it to look like 10, 20 years down the road.”
The group is next expected to meet in mid-to-late September.
Also at the meeting:
- Havre Chamber Executive Director Julea Robbins said that they are currently in the idea stage for a project to put a restroom in Town Square. The Chamber must get permission from adjacent businesses Wells Fargo and Bear Paw Credit Union, and also must secure funding.
- The group discussed two lofty projects that they would like to look at potentially undertaking. One would be a splash park for kids, potentially between 3rd and 4th Avenues, while the other would be for a Civic Center. Both would be expensive projects that would likely need funding through grants, a mill levy, or other measures. Those in the group said these projects could help make Havre more family-friendly.