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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…

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.

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Council authorizes refinancing the bonds that built Dehler Park

Council authorizes refinancing the bonds that built Dehler Park

Homeowners sometimes save themselves a few thousand dollars by refinancing their homes to lower their interest payments.

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New sidewalk policy will help eliminate 'trippers'

Billings could soon become a safer place for pedestrians, bicyclists, skateboarders and people in wheelchairs.

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A functional oasis: Shiloh Conservation area opens on West End

A functional oasis: Shiloh Conservation area opens on West End

Just a few yards from the ribbon-cutting ceremony that officially opened the Shiloh Conservation Area on Thursday afternoon, Gavin and Gabby Schwend of Billings were pulling rainbow trout out of one of the stormwater retention ponds.

October 16, 2014 5:20 pm Photos

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Heights middle school plan reviewed, concerns raised at forum

Heights middle school plan reviewed, concerns raised at forum

Construction of a new middle school in the Heights will give residents more than just a school building, an architect told about 45 people gathered Tuesday night for a forum on the project.

September 24, 2014 9:45 pm Photos

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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…

Council set to hear from public on Family Safety Levy

A public hearing followed by a council vote on placing the proposed Family Safety Levy on the Nov. 4 ballot is the final piece of business on Monday’s Billings City Council agenda.

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Council hears presentations on new gateway, transportation plan

Council hears presentations on new gateway, transportation plan

In addition to shaping language on the proposed nondiscrimination ordinance and learning more about a possible levy for police and fire departments, the Billings City Council heard a pair of reports during Monday’s work session that could also shape the city’s future.

July 08, 2014 4:15 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.

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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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Ribbon cutting on June 13 to formally open Inner Belt Loop

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Inner Belt Loop project is slated for 2 p.m. on June 13, in the dog park section of High Sierra Park.

June 03, 2014 4:43 pmLoading…
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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