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Council splits its votes on a pair of issues during Monday's brisk meeting

The Billings City Council took 41 minutes Monday to dispense with everything on its slim agenda from the Pledge of Allegiance to the closing gavel.

March 10, 2015 6:00 am(1)

City Council narrowly approves zoning request

By a 6-4 vote Monday, the Billings City Council approved a zoning change that could bring a new restaurant or retail outlet — or perhaps an office building — to the Eighth Street West and Grand Avenue intersection.

February 24, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Gazette opinion: Get schooled Feb. 26 in school, city elections

In May, four of the nine seats on the Billings school board will be up for election.

February 06, 2015 12:00 am(0)
City Council wants to hear from the public on at least four topics Monday night

City Council wants to hear from the public on at least four topics Monday night

A full agenda replete with four public hearings awaits the Billings City Council on Monday evening.

January 12, 2015 12:15 am(0)

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 pm(0)

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 am(0)
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 pm(0)
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.

November 11, 2014 6:00 am(0)

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.

October 13, 2014 5:30 am(0)
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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Nondiscrimination ordinance good for business, crowd told Tuesday

Nondiscrimination ordinance good for business, crowd told Tuesday

Nondiscrimination ordinances can be as good for business as they are for the people whose civil rights they protect.

July 15, 2014 9:04 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 pm(0)

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.

July 07, 2014 12:00 am(0)
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.

June 23, 2014 11:00 pm Related (0)

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.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am(0)
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 pm(0)
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 pm(0)
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 pm(0)
Safety, family and fun at the heart of parks improvements

Safety, family and fun at the heart of parks improvements

The board that oversees Billings’ 2,580 acres of parkland checked out some of the results of the $2 million-per-year citywide park district this week.

May 16, 2014 4:30 pm Photos

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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.

March 24, 2014 10:09 pm Related (0)

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