Mayor John Engen

Water Purchase
3:37 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

City of Missoula goes to court to get water system

Missoula Mayor John Engen speaking to reporters about the Mountain Water eminent domain filing
Credit Sally Mauk

The city of Missoula has filed to obtain its privately owned water system through eminent domain. The complaint was filed in District Court. The city has been trying to negotiate a purchase of the Mountain Water company from its owner, the Carlyle Group, but has not been able to reach agreement. Missoula is the only major Montana city not to own its water system, and Mayor John Engen says it's in the public's best interest to control its water. He says the current owner is only interested in profit and has not been a good steward of the water system.

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Missoula Water
9:56 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Water fight boiling in Missoula

Missoula Mayor John Engen

A public hearing will be held later this month before the Missoula City Council on a proposed ordinance that would give Mayor John Engen authority to open negotiations with The Carlyle Group to purchase Mountain Water Company.

Carlyle, a global alternative asset manager, purchased Mountain Water about two years ago, with the stipulation the city of Missoula would get the first shot at buying the utility if it ever went up for sale.

In this feature interview with Edward O'Brien, Engen explains why he thinks it's important to pursue this discussion - and why now.

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Fireworks ordinance
1:55 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Wanna use fireworks in Missoula's city limits? It may cost you...

Credit City of Missoula

When it comes to fireworks there doesn't seem to be lots of middle ground; you either love them or would be quite pleased if you never heard or saw one again in your life.

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