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Billings lobbyist directed to support Medicaid, monitor Bullock's pre-K plan

The Billings City Council approved its 2015 Montana legislative priorities by an 8-3 vote Monday, but not without substantial debate.

December 08, 2014 10:08 pmLoading…

City health care plan has saved taxpayers nearly $3 million

By incentivizing city employees to visit one health care provider over another, taxpayers have saved an estimated $2,875,000 over the past three years — and Billings city workers have saved a like amount in premiums.

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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 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.

November 18, 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…

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.

October 28, 2014 6:00 amLoading…

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…

Speare would be strong, fair District Court judge

I believe that William "Bill" Speare, would make a strong and fair Yellowstone County District judge to replace retiring Judge G. Todd Baugh.

September 19, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Council hopes to clear train crossing backup at busy intersection

Council hopes to clear train crossing backup at busy intersection

What started out as a simple request — finding out how to update the computer system that runs stoplights that control traffic at one of Billings’ busiest train crossings, at N. 27th Street and Montana Avenue — apparently isn’t as simple as it seems.

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Parks board asks to trim proposed projects; council OKs liquor license for new bar

Parks board asks to trim proposed projects; council OKs liquor license for new bar

Go back to the drawing board. In effect, that’s what the Billings City Council told the city’s Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Board on Monday. The board had proposed spending about $2.3 million in Park District 1 funds during 2014-15.

August 25, 2014 10:31 pmLoading…
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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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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Nondiscrimination ordinance still tops agenda for Billings City Council

The Billings City Council spent a little time Monday discussing the 2014-15 budget and a lot of time hearing from residents who still want to talk to them about the nondiscrimination ordinance.

June 02, 2014 10:12 pm Related Loading…
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…

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