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CASEY PAGE, Gazette Staff

The long-awaited development plan for the proposed One Big Sky Center — including a description of what form the project will take — will be unveiled during Monday’s Billings City Council work session, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in Billings City Hall, 220 N. 27th St.

Hammes Co. representatives Bob Dunn and Rob Robinson will present the plan.

A vote on the development plan is set for the council’s Dec. 11 business meeting.

In October, a Billings contingent visited the Titletown District around Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, which Hammes Co. was instrumental in developing. Company officials told the group that the thinking around One Big Sky Center was evolving from the original concept — a hotel, apartment building, office space, conference center, retail, parking garage and other facilities — to developing some kind of themed district.

Airport facility charge

People renting a vehicle at Billings Logan International Airport are charged $3 per day, up to 14 days, to help the airport pay for car wash equipment replacement, facility upgrades and improvements, and new facilities that may benefit the car rental companies that operate at the airport.

As of June 30, CFC reserves stood at about $1.2 million, said Kevin Ploehn, director of aviation and transit. That’s expected to rise to about $1.5 million by June 30, 2018.

The charge helps repay a 2010 bond issue of about $6.5 million, which was used to construct a Quick Turn Around facility that washes rental vehicles.

More than 81,000 cars were washed during the 2016-17 fiscal year, with another 11,000 or so mud washes reserved for extra-filthy rental vehicles.

The average wash per vehicle was $1.56.

“The main benefit of this program has been the efficient turnaround of rental cars by the car rental companies at a very reasonable price with no cost to the city,” Ploehn wrote in a memo. “This has truly been a successful private/public partnership that has provided significant benefits to all parties involved.”

Park Maintenance Districts

The budgets for maintaining 36 park districts around town have been set for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

While some park budgets, such as High Sierra Park, are up significantly, enough budgets have been lowered so that the overall budget for the current fiscal year is about $1 million. It’s been about $1.1 million for the two previous fiscal years.

Evidence Center

The council will also hear an update on a planned new Evidence Center. Information was not included in the Friday packet.



City Government Reporter

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