I am a concerned citizen of Billings and Yellowstone County wondering why the City Council will be wasting our money again. We need to move people in cars and walking on a high volume street to the interstate, post office and many businesses. An overpass would be the final short and long-term alternative when we have train traffic.
We need to forget about the expensive waste and limited access pedestrian bridge to nowhere. If the council is passionate about this artful platform, they should have a sponsor pay for it — namely BNSF who owns the access and will cause increasing problems. Or a liquor distributor could use it as a patio/bar, and the customers can count boxcars going by.
I have volunteered and worked at a nonprofit museum for 25 years, and money is still hard to obtain. In the past, I asked a City Council member why they were taking out the one-way streets for the third or fourth time in my generation. His comment was because the money is there. Poor answer I thought. That means they are again, again and again complying to someone's agenda. Now this former councilman is running for county commissioner. Will it continue on the same path with no solutions?
I admired John Michunovich's philosophy when he was on the City Council. He would question many ideas and try to limit the waste realistically by treating his vote like the money was his own — not just because it could be there to waste.