City OKs alternative funding for Rodney Street reconstruction

Helena City Commissioners approved the transfer of $1.6 million from the city’s general fund reserves to its streets fund, avoiding a delay of a partially completed upgrade of Rodney Street.

A group of Helena residents filed a lawsuit against the city in District Court in January, alleging its street maintenance district and street assessments are illegal. The city used those street assessments to back the loan initially sought for the Rodney Street Project, and the lawsuit rendered the city unable to secure the loan.