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.
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.
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.
What’s being asked of taxpayers?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Billings Public Works Director Dave Mumford tried to put the wraps on a street surface known as RAP on Monday.
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.
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.
Lynda Woods, project coordinator for the city of Billings’ Community Development Department, believes Billings is at a tipping point over its homeless and transient population.
The proposed public safety mill levy will be at the heart of upcoming Billings City Council Community Conversations to be held next month.
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.
Monday’s Billings City Council meeting could well be a long one even before council members arrive at the main event.
Is it OK for a good worker to be fired because her employer learned she is lesbian?
Last week, The Gazette reported that Billings Library Director Bill Cochran was awaiting a call from Helena to learn whether state regulators will require additional asbestos removal from the shell of the old Billings library.
The City of Billings and The Billings Gazette are headed to court in a dispute over documents related to a possible mishandling, misuse or misappropriation in the city’s Solid Waste Division.
City staff is recommending the Billings City Council approve the nondiscrimination ordinance during its Aug. 11 meeting — but delay its enforcement.