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Tina Volek

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.

November 17, 2014 6:00 amLoading…
City administrator to receive her review

City administrator to receive her review

The Billings City Council will conduct its annual evaluation of City Administrator Tina Volek at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the City Hall conference room.

November 12, 2014 5:22 pmLoading…
'Sobering center' suggested to address homeless, transient problem downtown

'Sobering center' suggested to address homeless, transient problem downtown

Creating a place for intoxicated people to sober up could be a key part of addressing downtown Billings’ homeless and transient problems.

November 12, 2014 4:58 pmLoading…
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 amLoading…
Leaders regroup after public safety levy fails

Leaders regroup after public safety levy fails

Officials expressed some surprise and plenty of disappointment that voters narrowly turned down the Billings public safety levy Tuesday.

November 06, 2014 6:00 amLoading…

New sidewalk policy will help eliminate 'trippers'

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

November 04, 2014 6:00 amLoading…
Day 2 of the homeless summit given to brainstorming what might work

Day 2 of the homeless summit given to brainstorming what might work

Attendees and organizers alike left day two of the Community Innovations Summit clamoring for more.

October 30, 2014 2:10 pmLoading…

Billings City Council to explore offering city employees health care choice

With an eye toward offering city employees choice in who provides their medical care, the Billings City Council will be taking a look at how health care provider contracts are devised and agreed upon.

October 28, 2014 6:00 amLoading…
Chronically homeless the subject of next week's summit

Chronically homeless the subject of next week's summit

If nothing else, next week’s two-day Community Innovations Summit could benefit tens of thousands of people who work or live in Billings by devising better, more coordinated ways to deal with the 14 percent of Billings’ 600-700 homeless people who are considered chronically homeless.

October 23, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…

Neighborhood tow trucks would speed response times, wreckers argue

The Billings City Council will ponder during a future meeting whether to allow parking of tow trucks in residential neighborhoods in an effort to speed the time wreckers can respond to accidents.

October 21, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Council to consider new plan for tow truck response

The Billings City Council on Monday will discuss a proposal to allow commercial tow trucks serving the needs of the Montana Highway Patrol and Billings police to park in residential neighborhoods for improved emergency response.

October 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
After 40 forums on safety levy, voters get final say

After 40 forums on safety levy, voters get final say

Todd Buchanan, the main advocate for the public safety levy that will be decided by Billings voters Nov. 4, has helped lead about 40 presentations designed to bring voters up to speed on what proponents view as a clear need to boost public safety funding.

October 19, 2014 12:15 am Related Loading…
Public safety levy 101: Here's everything you need to know

Public safety levy 101: Here's everything you need to know

What’s being asked of taxpayers?

October 19, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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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Smarter traffic signals, safer traveling public

Billings traffic signals are set for major upgrades over the next three years that should help traffic flow more smoothly — even at signals near train tracks.

October 07, 2014 6:00 amLoading…

Council to have a look at Community Conversation feedback

The Billings City Council will not only hear a presentation on the proposed public safety levy Monday, it will get up to speed on how previous public presentations have gone.

October 06, 2014 5:45 amLoading…
Gazette opinion: Breaking down Billings public safety revenues

Gazette opinion: Breaking down Billings public safety revenues

Status quo isn’t good enough for Billings public safety services. Montana’s largest city must improve its police, fire and emergency dispatch services to meet growing demands from residents and visitors.

September 22, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Property tax bills could go down slightly in reappraisal cycle

Property tax bills could go down slightly in reappraisal cycle

While officials with the Montana Department of Revenue threw a lot of numbers around during a presentation on the state’s upcoming reappraisal cycle Tuesday morning, one preliminary figure will be of interest to local homeowners: Next year property tax bills could go down by about 1.5 percent.

September 16, 2014 3:50 pmLoading…

Billings City Council discusses paving material on city roads

Billings Public Works Director Dave Mumford tried to put the wraps on a street surface known as RAP on Monday.

September 15, 2014 10:37 pmLoading…
Officials argue public safety levy would cover rising cost of police, fire protection

Officials argue public safety levy would cover rising cost of police, fire protection

City and business leaders began the conversation Tuesday that will lead to a November vote by Billings residents whether to increase their property taxes to pay for additional police, fire and other services that would cover anticipated growth over the next decade.

September 09, 2014 10:30 pmLoading…

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