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Billings, service providers seek solutions to homeless, transient issue

Billings, service providers seek solutions to homeless, transient issue

City leaders and social service providers are hoping that a summit planned for this fall on dealing with Billings’ homeless and transient population can be informed by success stories in other communities, including San Antonio, Texas, and Reno, Nev.

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Parking advisory group to meet the public Aug. 6-7

The public is invited to a series of meetings set for next month that will help shape the Billings Parking Strategic Plan.

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Billings residents to vote on public safety levy

Billings residents to vote on public safety levy

After hearing a presentation from City Administrator Tina Volek and also hearing from the public, the Billings City Council voted unanimously Monday on an ordinance to ask voters to decide on a levy to cover public safety needs caused by the community’s anticipated growth over the next 10 years.

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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 takes 1st step toward levy for police, fire

Council takes 1st step toward levy for police, fire

If the Billings City Council decides to place what’s now being called a Family Safety Levy on the Nov. 4 ballot, it’s going to have to hear from the public and vote on the matter twice before the end of July.

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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: Protect taxpayers from library demolition mess

Gazette opinion: Protect taxpayers from library demolition mess

When the new Billings Public Library opened in January, the grand opening for its main entrance, courtyard and parking garden was set for June 30.

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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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Old library demolition continues to be stalled by asbestos

Old library demolition continues to be stalled by asbestos

In addition to a dispute between the demolition contractor and a subcontractor hired to tear down Billings’ old library, the city confirmed asbestos has been discovered in more areas, leading to oversight and testing by the state Department of Environmental Quality.

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Now that Billings' longest night is over, the real work begins

Now that Billings' longest night is over, the real work begins

On Monday and into Tuesday morning, 143 people offered up to three minutes of testimony on Billings’ proposed nondiscrimination ordinance.

June 10, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Council approves $278M budget, temporary permit

The Billings City Council unanimously approved a $277,674,633 budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year Monday.

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Billings City Council set to determine NDO's fate Monday

With a vote scheduled on whether to move forward with drafting a nondiscrimination ordinance, Monday’s Billings City Council meeting could be one of the most crowded of the year.

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Chamber announces new boards

Chamber announces new boards

The Billings Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2014-2015 board of directors, effective July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015.

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City will make extra space available during Monday's NDO meeting

Because a large crowd is expected for Monday’s Billings City Council meeting on the proposed nondiscrimination ordinance, city officials are offering people who wish to testify additional waiting space in the city hall lobby and conference room, 210 N. 27th St.

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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.

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'It's a problem': Meeting aims at addressing public intoxication, transience

'It's a problem': Meeting aims at addressing public intoxication, transience

A married couple who are considering closing their antique business of 30-plus years because they’re tired of dealing with belligerent drunks. A businessman whose clients feel unsafe coming to his downtown office. Transients who came to Billings specifically to “party” for a week or two. 

May 29, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Billings' growth, mild temps heighten downtown concerns

Billings' growth, mild temps heighten downtown concerns

It’s not illegal to be homeless in Montana, nor to panhandle in Billings or quaff an adult beverage, in the right location.

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Billings Police to begin using encrypted transmissions

Billings Police to begin using encrypted transmissions

The Billings Police Department will no longer be broadcasting its radio transmissions between officers and from officers to dispatchers on frequencies that can be picked up by police scanners.

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City budget talk gives glimpse of coming year

One can often tell what a government agency will be up to during the coming year by looking at its budget proposal.

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Taking the wraps off next year's Billings budget

Monday’s work session will give the Billings City Council its first crack at the $277.4 million budget proposed for 2014-15.

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