Change is in the air. Over the past several years, downtown Billings has witnessed a massive transformation, including remodeled buildings along Montana Avenue, a new library, renovated Northern Hotel, a new federal courthouse and a plethora of changes in the medical corridor.
Monday’s Billings City Council meeting could well be a long one even before council members arrive at the main event.
Monday’s Billings City Council work session will include at least one unwelcome topic of discussion — what might be the inevitable arrival of the emerald ash borer.
Billings’ newest lodging, My Place Hotel, opened last week, a key victory for a development supported by public funds.
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.
Before taking up the public safety levy Monday night, the Billings City Council took two actions that diverged from staff recommendations.
In addition to further work on the language of the proposed nondiscrimination ordinance, Monday’s Billings City Council work session, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers at city hall, includes other important considerations:
The Empire Parking Garage’s opening is now set for Aug. 1, a month later than previously announced.
Shawn Warner and his Sletten Construction colleagues have had to battle the elements to construct the 540-slot Empire Parking Garage in downtown Billings, set to open July 1.
Monday’s work session will give the Billings City Council its first crack at the $277.4 million budget proposed for 2014-15.
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.
After a rigorous work session last Monday that featured 90 minutes of testimony over a $25,000 funding request from Not in Our Town, the Billings City Council will handle a more mundane agenda Monday.
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.
Andy Nelson can almost set the clocks of the Western Pawn Shop by watching the traffic pass by his storefront on Montana Avenue.
The Billings City Council didn’t turn thumbs down Monday to paying for a strategic plan to guide and govern downtown parking.
Once three new members of the Billings City Council are sworn in Monday along with Mayor Tom Hanel and two returning members, the council will take a close, hard look at downtown parking.
A year after he was disciplined for insubordination, Assistant Billings Fire Chief Frank Odermann has resigned, saying Chief Paul Dextras placed him in “an atmosphere of intolerable, harassing, retaliatory, and hostile work conditions.”
Competing bids to buy commercial space on the ground floor of the Empire Parking Garage on Montana Avenue will be considered by the Billings City Council next week.
Chris Mallow, the city's former Parking Division supervisor who was accused of stealing about $10,000 in parking fines, gave up more than $8,000 in pay and other compensation when he was fired last month.
The manager of the city of Billings Parking Division, who was placed on paid leave a month ago, will probably have a due-process hearing during the week of May 20, City Administrator Tina Volek said Friday.