Billings City Council will be all ears Monday evening

2014-04-28T09:15:00Z 2014-04-28T10:29:04Z Billings City Council will be all ears Monday eveningBy MIKE FERGUSON mferguson@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Monday’s Billings City Council meeting could include as much listening on the part of council members as talking.

The city council has scheduled no fewer than six public hearings during the regular meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers.

The public hearings are on these matters:

— A proposed zoning change, from Residential 6,000 to Residential Manufactured Home, on a 7,500-square-foot parcel in the North Park Subdivision on North 15th Street. The Planning Commission voted unanimously following its public hearing April 1 to recommend denying the request.

— Revisions to the 2012 Limits of Annexation map. The policy and map are revised every time the city’s Capital Improvements Plan is changed. This year’s recommended changes are to the map only, not the policy.

— About $858,000 in upcoming federal housing funding to benefit low-income residents.

— Proposed aquatic fee increases at municipal swimming pools.

— Third quarter (January through March) budget amendments, including a parking study, a transfer of funds to help pay for construction of the Billings Public Library, nuisance abatement costs and $270,000 to pay for extra snow and ice removal this past winter.

— The city’s strategic plan, which if approved will be in effect for fiscal years 2015-19. The plan includes goals, objectives and actions planned in eight strategic areas: honest, responsive government; comprehensive, orderly growth; transportation; sustainable economic development; involved, united community; public safety; quality of life; and infrastructure.

Among consent agenda items are an airport employee parking lot project, the selection of a contractor for the 2014 street maintenance program, an amendment on an agreement for engineering services for airport ramp rehabilitation and final plat approval on three subdivisions.

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