City of Billings

The Billings City Council will consider a deannexation request in the Heights during its Tuesday business meeting.

LARRY MAYER, Gazette Staff

After approving a number annexations over the past several months, the Billings City Council will consider a de-annexation during its Tuesday meeting.

The business meeting, which is being held a day later than usual because of the Columbus Day holiday Monday, begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at City Hall, 220 N. 27th St.

The hearing to exclude portions of the Terrace Estates Subdivision — 49 undeveloped acres owned by James and Jo Ann Boyer north of Alkali Creek Road and south of Kootenai Avenue in the Heights — is the only regular item of business on the council’s agenda. It will include a public hearing.

According to a report from Planning and Community Services Director Wyeth Friday, the property was intended for residential development and has been providing city tax and assessment revenue even as undeveloped land for the past 35 years.

Much of the property has floodplain and topographical challenges for development and delivery of city services, Friday wrote.

Friday’s report indicates that comments from a number of city departments, including police, fire, public works, MET Transit and planning, expressed no significant impacts to their services if the property were de-annexed.

The council’s other business items Tuesday come from the consent agenda. They include:

  • Approving a $1.2 million contract with Western Municipal Construction to extend about 1,600 feet of water and sewer main along King Avenue West to the west from 44th Street West. An adjacent developer will bear part of the cost.
  • Extending, by five years, a lease agreement with Alpine Immobilien LLC, which has leased airport space since 2012. In addition, the Federal Aviation Administration seeks a five-year extension for its garage and shop on airport grounds.
  • Approving a nearly $340,000 contract to equip 12 work stations with 911 consoles at the new dispatch center currently under construction. In addition, the council is being asked to approve about $141,000 to upgrade the computers that support two new radio consoles.
  • Approving a contract with Great West Engineering not to exceed $75,000 for miscellaneous engineering services at the Billings Landfill.
  • Accepting a $1,000 donation from the March against Drugs and Violence to plant a tree and place a commemorative plaque at the new South Park splash pad. The tree and plaque are in memory of people who have lost their lives to drug abuse and violence.
  • Approving the application and acceptance of an approximately $86,000 Justice Assistance Grant, a federal crime-fighting grant program. The Billings Police Department plans to use its share, about $74,000, to purchase interior patrol car equipment, patrol rifle ammunition, six radar units, drug kits, stun guns and cartridges, and uniforms and promotional items.
  • Approving $35,000 from the Downtown Revolving Loan Fund to Limber Tree Yoga.
  • Approving final plat for Annafeld Subdivision, First Filing, 80 lots on about 33 acres at the south side of Elysian Road and on the west edge of the Hogan Slough. The subdivision is proposed for commercial, professional office and residential use and is owned by McCall Development.

At 5:30 p.m., the council will meet in executive (closed) session to discuss litigation strategy.

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