City of Helena swears in mayor, new commissioners

Nolan Lister

Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins and new City Commissioners Eric Feaver and Melinda Reed took their oaths of office Thursday evening.

Collins won reelection in November by a wide margin and thanked the Helena community for its faith in him.

“I heard you during my campaign,” he said after being sworn in by District Court Judge Mike Menahan.

Collins said street repairs, homelessness, the housing crisis and water and sewer infrastructure were among the most frequently cited issues he heard about on the campaign trail.

The city is poised to spend millions of American Rescue Plan Act dollars doled out by the federal government on all of those issues in the coming years.

Collins’ wife and daughter, who traveled from the United Kingdom to surprise her father, were in attendance Thursday evening.

Feaver, who spent almost 40 years working for the government employee union, said he is finally in a position to give back to the city that he said has given him and his family so much.

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Following his swearing in, Feaver called for more robust relationships with the county and Helena Public Schools.

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