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City Council gives city administrator high marks

City Council gives city administrator high marks

City Administrator Tina Volek received marks that were generally well above satisfactory during her closed-door performance review held last November, City Councilwoman Jani McCall said Friday.

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Ethics Board votes to postpone hearings on 3 city officials

Ethics Board votes to postpone hearings on 3 city officials

The Billings Ethics Board decided Thursday that it needs more time before evaluating ethics complaints against two City Council members and the city administrator.

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No criminal charges resulting from city employees' misuse of $12,000 public cash

No criminal charges resulting from city employees' misuse of $12,000 public cash

A landfill supervisor resigned last summer after at least $12,000 of city money went missing, and another employee was suspended for four weeks.

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Judge orders city officials to turn over most documents in landfill case

Judge orders city officials to turn over most documents in landfill case

District Court Judge Michael G. Moses has ruled that Billings city officials must turn over to The Billings Gazette most of the documents detailing alleged mishandling, misappropriation or misuse of public funds by landfill workers.

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City Council annexes nearly 100 acres in east, west Billings

By unanimous votes Monday, the Billings City Council approved annexations and zoning changes that could have significant effect on the Magic City’s future.

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Former thrift store a candidate for city warming and sobering center

Former thrift store a candidate for city warming and sobering center

The Salvation Army’s former thrift store at 10 S. 30th Street is one of a handful of buildings city officials and service providers are exploring as a warming or sobering center to serve Billings’ homeless and transient population.

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Utah company hopes to bring a 1,000-foot slippery slide to Billings in August

Utah company hopes to bring a 1,000-foot slippery slide to Billings in August

City officials are in conversation with a Utah-based company that wants to bring a 1,000-foot water slide to Billings for a day in August.

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Last of library asbestos removal bills will cost Billings $85,025

Last of library asbestos removal bills will cost Billings $85,025

With Monday’s Billings City Council approval for payment of a final $85,025.25 bill for asbestos removal at the old Parmly Billings Library, Library Director Bill Cochran said he thinks that’s the last of the payments.

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Billings City Council plans another run at public safety levy

Billings City Council plans another run at public safety levy

No decision has been made, but the Billings City Council was in discussion Saturday over when to ask voters for another chance at a public safety levy, how long the levy should last and what it might cost taxpayers.

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A feat never tried before — plowing 400 miles of Billings streets

A feat never tried before — plowing 400 miles of Billings streets

Beginning at noon Friday and continuing through the weekend, snowplow drivers in Billings will be undertaking a feat they’ve never tried before — plowing all 400 miles of the city’s residential streets.

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Real steps being taken on behalf of Billings' homeless, transient residents

Real steps being taken on behalf of Billings' homeless, transient residents

Committees working to find solutions to aid Billings’ downtown transient and homeless populations made announcements Wednesday that could prove to be game-changers.

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Lawsuit seeks damages in 2013 officer-involved shooting

Lawsuit seeks damages in 2013 officer-involved shooting

The wife of a man killed in an officer-involved shooting two years ago has filed a wrongful death and civil rights lawsuit against the city of Billings and one of its police officers.

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Gazette opinion: Traffic: The most dangerous part of a YMCA workout

Gazette opinion: Traffic: The most dangerous part of a YMCA workout

If you are standing directly across the street from a door you want to enter, how likely are you to walk a block to the corner, cross the street and walk a block back to that door?

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City of Billings takes aggressive stance when it comes to lawsuits

The city of Billings is defending itself in 19 lawsuits filed in District Court, and is the plaintiff in two other cases — one of which involves the Billings Gazette.

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Tank-making plant and neighbors closer to accord

Tank-making plant and neighbors closer to accord

A longtime South Billings dispute between neighbors and a firm that manufactures tanks for the oil patch may not be over, but the two sides made progress Thursday night.

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Grant from Phillips 66 will allow firefighters to videoconference

A $40,000 grant from Phillips 66 will help protect Billings residents from potentially slower fire and other emergency response times by allowing for videoconference training for firefighters.

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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.

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Ideas to reduce transiency, public intoxication start to percolate

Ideas to reduce transiency, public intoxication start to percolate

City, business and social service leaders continued to collect and report on ideas for dealing with and helping the Billings inebriate and transient population during a second follow-up Wednesday to October’s two-day Community Innovations summit.

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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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City Council can avoid a federal fine by self-reporting filing deficiencies

If the Billings City Council moves swiftly enough, the city can avoid paying civil penalties to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for late reporting on past bond issues.

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