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City Council will meet Saturday to discuss the failed public safety levy

The Billings City Council will hold an informal meeting from 8 a.m. through noon on Saturday to discuss the ramifications of the failed public safety levy, which voters defeated in the November election.

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Sen. Daines signs on to term limits bill

Sen. Daines signs on to term limits bill

HELENA — Montana Sen. Steve Daines says he is signing on in support of a congressional term limits bill.

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City Council generally agreeable about plan to extend city services beyond city limits

Billings City Council members were generally pleased during Monday’s work session with a proposal to provide water or wastewater service to three locations outside city limits.

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City Council to weigh in on extending services outside city limits

City staffers plan to ask members of the Billings City Council Monday if they’ll consider extending wastewater service to three properties outside the city limits without first annexing the properties.

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Billings planning department kept busy with 10,000 new roof permits last year

Billings planning department kept busy with 10,000 new roof permits last year

As busy as the city’s Planning and Community Services Department was in 2014, it’s a wonder department officials had time to write their annual report.

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BillingsBeyond meeting rescheduled

The public meeting to garner input for BillingsBeyond, the city's growth policy, has been rescheduled to 4:30-6 p.m. Jan. 29, 2015, at the Billings Public Library.

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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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How, where and how fast will Billings grow?

How, where and how fast will Billings grow?

Tasked with figuring out how, where and when Billings will grow during the coming years, Candi Millar is seeking help — from up to 109,058 of her fellow Billings residents.

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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.

December 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Livestock board cuts jobs, approves furloughs

Livestock board cuts jobs, approves furloughs

The state Board of Livestock voted Thursday to terminate five jobs and furlough other workers to cope with a substantial shortfall in the Livestock Department.

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City Council votes to help bring Popeyes to Billings

City Council votes to help bring Popeyes to Billings

Strong to the finish, Billings’ new Popeyes Louisiana Chicken restaurant gained approval Monday for about $71,000 in tax increment financing assistance.

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City Council will be part of a pair of special meetings

The Billings City Council has been invited to two special meetings in the coming weeks.

December 15, 2014 3:14 pmLoading…
City Council to consider Cajun chicken cooperation

City Council to consider Cajun chicken cooperation

The Billings City Council will decide Monday whether the Magic City is ready to support Cajun chicken.

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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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GOP candidates vie for vacant house seat in Lockwood

GOP candidates vie for vacant house seat in Lockwood

No matter which fill-in legislator is chosen to represent Lockwood and surrounding areas in the Montana House of Representatives in January, he will oppose the governor’s big-ticket initiatives while supporting bills of local import.

December 09, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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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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City Council will offer final instructions to city lobbyist Monday

The Billings City Council will have its final crack at further shaping or amending the city’s 2015 state legislative priorities during its Monday meeting.

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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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Billings considering revamping its special event permitting process

Billings considering revamping its special event permitting process

An ad-hoc committee formed to study Billings’ special events policy will report to the City Council on Monday.

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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.

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City Council asked to pay one more bill on the Empire Parking Garage

City Council asked to pay one more bill on the Empire Parking Garage

Last winter’s brutal temperatures and prodigious snowfall is the gift that keeps on taking from city coffers.

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Some deputy court clerks granted exemption from issuing same-sex marriage licenses

Some deputy court clerks granted exemption from issuing same-sex marriage licenses

As many as four deputies in the Yellowstone County Clerk of District Court’s office have indicated their unwillingness to issue wedding licenses for same-sex couples, and for now they won’t have to.

November 21, 2014 11:08 am Photos

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City Council hears from its lobbyist

Once the Montana Legislature gets down to business Jan. 5, 2015, Ed Bartlett will be the Billings City Council’s eyes, ears — and mouthpiece, too — at the state capitol.

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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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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…

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