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Billings City Council

Council votes to pay extra garage costs

By an 8-3 count Monday, the Billings City Council approved compensating the contractor on the Empire Parking Garage project with $764,268.32 for costs generated by delays and the resulting extra work encountered during last winter’s brutal weather.

November 25, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
City Council asked to pay one more bill on the Empire Parking Garage

City Council asked to pay one more bill on the Empire Parking Garage

Last winter’s brutal temperatures and prodigious snowfall is the gift that keeps on taking from city coffers.

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City Council hears from its lobbyist

Once the Montana Legislature gets down to business Jan. 5, 2015, Ed Bartlett will be the Billings City Council’s eyes, ears — and mouthpiece, too — at the state capitol.

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City Council can avoid a federal fine by self-reporting filing deficiencies

If the Billings City Council moves swiftly enough, the city can avoid paying civil penalties to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for late reporting on past bond issues.

November 17, 2014 6:00 amLoading…
Summit aims to help make Billings a more diverse and inclusive city

Summit aims to help make Billings a more diverse and inclusive city

The 30 or so people who attended Not In Our Town’s Summit on Hate on Saturday learned that everyone is biased — and it’s OK.

November 15, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…
City administrator to receive her review

City administrator to receive her review

The Billings City Council will conduct its annual evaluation of City Administrator Tina Volek at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the City Hall conference room.

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Monday's City Council meeting to discuss Heights land annexation

Monday's City Council meeting to discuss Heights land annexation

A hearing on a proposed annexation, another on the proposed removal of what’s known as a slope easement and a bond refund are the three main pieces of business before the Billings City Council Monday.

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Report: Fewer residents are chatting, texting while driving

Report: Fewer residents are chatting, texting while driving

It may seem like every other driver in Billings is speaking on a cellphone.

November 03, 2014 6:00 amLoading…

Billings City Council to explore offering city employees health care choice

With an eye toward offering city employees choice in who provides their medical care, the Billings City Council will be taking a look at how health care provider contracts are devised and agreed upon.

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City needs a lot of help filling boards and commissions

City needs a lot of help filling boards and commissions

Mayor Tom Hanel and the Billings City Council have a number of openings to fill on city boards and commissions — including an even dozen positions on the Mayor’s Homelessness Committee.

October 27, 2014 4:23 pmLoading…

City Council looking to keep up with a growing community

If Monday’s Billings City Council consent agenda is any indication, the Magic City will continue to grow.

October 27, 2014 6:00 amLoading…

Neighborhood tow trucks would speed response times, wreckers argue

The Billings City Council will ponder during a future meeting whether to allow parking of tow trucks in residential neighborhoods in an effort to speed the time wreckers can respond to accidents.

October 21, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Council to consider new plan for tow truck response

The Billings City Council on Monday will discuss a proposal to allow commercial tow trucks serving the needs of the Montana Highway Patrol and Billings police to park in residential neighborhoods for improved emergency response.

October 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Billings City Council requires just 35 minutes to dispense with its agenda

Setting a near record for brevity, the Billings City Council completed its meeting Tuesday in a mere 35 minutes.

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Columbus Day holiday pushes back city council meeting a day

Thanks to Christopher Columbus and his voyage to the New World, the Billings City Council gets an extra day off this week before tackling another meeting agenda.

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Ups and Downs:

SAINTS success. A sellout Tuxedos and Tiaras crowd of 1,000 helped raise more than $1 million for St. Vincent Healthcare’s new Medical Surgical Center of Excellence. The 36th annual SAINTS fundraiser, organized by St. Vincent Foundation volunteers, set a record high.

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Smarter traffic signals, safer traveling public

Billings traffic signals are set for major upgrades over the next three years that should help traffic flow more smoothly — even at signals near train tracks.

October 07, 2014 6:00 amLoading…

Council to have a look at Community Conversation feedback

The Billings City Council will not only hear a presentation on the proposed public safety levy Monday, it will get up to speed on how previous public presentations have gone.

October 06, 2014 5:45 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: City made a good faith effort, now it's time for the community support

Gazette opinion: City made a good faith effort, now it's time for the community support

How many times have we heard the phrase "public-private partnership?"

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Lewis Avenue residents divided over new bike lanes

Lewis Avenue residents divided over new bike lanes

Thin stripes of white paint might foreshadow wider problems down the road, according to a Billings resident concerned about new bike lanes along a small section of Lewis Avenue near Lewis and Clark Middle School.

September 23, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…

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