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After 6-5 defeat, nondiscrimination ordinance's future clouded

After 6-5 defeat, nondiscrimination ordinance's future clouded

The NDO acronym could take on a new form. Call it the “never dies ordinance.”

August 12, 2014 6:02 pm Photos

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Billings City Council gives assisted living a big assist

The Billings City Council unanimously gave the go-ahead Monday to allow a nearly 100-unit assisted-living facility at the southeast corner of S. 44th Street West and Monad Road in the Lenhardt Square Planned Development.

July 28, 2014 9:51 pmLoading…
Council OKs property sale, waives compensation fee against staff recommendations

Council OKs property sale, waives compensation fee against staff recommendations

Before taking up the public safety levy Monday night, the Billings City Council took two actions that diverged from staff recommendations.

July 15, 2014 3:30 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Open meeting law applies to nondiscrimination ‘initiative’

With the draft nondiscrimination ordinance as the last item on its agenda tonight, the Billings City Council can expect to hear again from many passionate proponents and opponents. The meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. is a work session where no formal votes will be taken.

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Gazette opinion: Council must rectify failure to give public notice

The Billings City Council has violated the Montana Constitution and state statute by failing to give public notice of “council initiatives” and votes.

June 30, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Billings City Council seeks attorney general's opinion on NDO

Billings City Council seeks attorney general's opinion on NDO

Even as city staff continues using City Council input to revise language in Billings’ proposed nondiscrimination ordinance, the council voted 6-5 Monday to seek an opinion from Attorney General Tim Fox’s office on whether it’s legal for Billings to enact such an ordinance.

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Gazette opinion: Stand up for equal rights, City Council members

Over the past few months dozens of people in Billings and beyond have commented on our Opinion pages about the consideration of a nondiscrimination ordinance for our city. Some letter-to-the-editor writers have complained that they are unable to find a copy of this NDO.

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Billings City Council nixes pedestrian bridge plan

Billings City Council nixes pedestrian bridge plan

Citing costs about twice what was expected, the Billings City Council turned down a plan on Tuesday to move an old pedestrian bridge from Joliet to 25th Street.

May 29, 2014 1:15 pmLoading…
Council tables nondiscrimination ordinance in 12:30 a.m. vote

Council tables nondiscrimination ordinance in 12:30 a.m. vote

More than six hours after commencing its Tuesday night meeting, a divided Billings City Council voted to order city staff to suspend work on the proposed nondiscrimination ordinance.

May 28, 2014 4:30 pmLoading…
City turns on the spigot for higher water, wastewater rates

City turns on the spigot for higher water, wastewater rates

Most Billings residents will see increases in their water and wastewater rates beginning July 1. Most increases will be modest, but a few will be more substantial.

May 27, 2014 10:28 pmLoading…
Billings may be pushing its boundary out

Billings may be pushing its boundary out

The Billings City Council laid the groundwork Monday to potentially expand the city limits in the coming years.

April 28, 2014 10:00 pmLoading…
Billings residents rally for climate solutions

Billings residents rally for climate solutions

Carrying signs reading “More wind, less hot air” and “Companies get the profits,” about 85 people attended a noon rally Saturday calling for solutions for climate change.

April 26, 2014 2:59 pm Photos

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Not In Our Town withdraws $25,000 funding request

Not In Our Town withdraws $25,000 funding request

The steering committee raising money for the Not In Our Town national leadership gathering in June has withdrawn the $25,000 funding request it made to the Billings City Council last month.

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Billings City Council approves pedestrian bridge over train tracks

Billings City Council approves pedestrian bridge over train tracks

By the slimmest of margins — 5-4, with 1 abstention and one council member absent — the Billings City Council on Monday approved a construction and maintenance agreement that will lead to the building of a pedestrian bridge connecting Minnesota Avenue to Montana Avenue at North 25th Street.

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Billings City Council votes not to return water park letter of credit

Billings City Council votes not to return water park letter of credit

After more than a dozen people had spoken respectfully and yet passionately about whether the city should return a $100,000 letter of credit to the Oasis Water Park, Mayor Tom Hanel had this to say to those who gathered to see how the Billings City Council would vote Monday: “Ladies and gent…

March 10, 2014 10:14 pmLoading…

Group to discuss possible nondiscrimination ordinance

An informational meeting on the possible effects of a nondiscrimination ordinance that’s scheduled to be considered by the Billings City Council this summer will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, at Billings Beartooth Harley Davidson, 6900 Interstate 90 Frontage Road.

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Proposal would hike residential trash pickup by $2 per month

The Billings City Council is considering increasing residential garbage collection rates by more than $2 per month beginning July 1.

March 03, 2014 10:06 pmLoading…
Billings will experiment with residential plowing, beginning today

Billings will experiment with residential plowing, beginning today

Beginning Tuesday, snow plow drivers will — for the first time — be plowing residential streets in Billings.

February 25, 2014 8:30 am Photos

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Billings parking plan moving right along

City officials are ready to find a company to devise a downtown parking strategic plan – and they might soon be ready to hire someone to manage various parking interests already in place.

February 03, 2014 9:10 pmLoading…
Billings City Council learns details on proposed public safety levy

Billings City Council learns details on proposed public safety levy

According to the formula ((((NxY)x3)/3,650)xA/F)=X, Billings needs to add 31 police officers.

January 22, 2014 9:49 pmLoading…

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