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What might be branded as “The Return of the Dirty Dozen” will ride into council chambers Monday.

The Billings City Council’s work session begins at 5:30 p.m. in chambers at City Hall, 220 N. 27th St.

Each quarter, the city’s Code Enforcement Division highlights for the council 12 properties slated for cleanup or demolition as part of its “The Dirty Dozen” nuisance abatement campaign. With compliance achieved — either through cleanup or demolition — six properties from last quarter’s list have been removed.

But six other properties have joined the six that weren’t abated over the past three months to make up the current list.

Among first-time Dirty Dozen denizens is an open storage nuisance on Cook Avenue, representing the 82 open storage cases identified between January and March.

Ranked seventh on the list are two structures on Washington Street labeled as dangerous. The fire-damaged houses have led to frequent trespassing complaints and have impacted the property values of surrounding homes, according to information provided in the council’s Friday packet.

Number 4 on the list are a number of West End homes and fences tagged in recent weeks by graffiti vandals. To date, 62 cases have been reported.

As they did last Monday, council members will once again discuss the One Big Sky project — in this instance, the development planning agreement. Information regarding the proposed agreement was not included in the Friday packet.

Other discussion items on Monday’s agenda include:

  • A review of the Community Development Division’s proposed Annual Action Plan and recommended budget allocations for home buyer, home repair, foreclosure acquisition and rehabilitation, affordable housing development and the Billings Metro VISTA project. The council will hold a public hearing on the plan April 23.
  • Quarterly reports on the city’s three urban renewal areas — South Billings, East Billings and downtown.
  • Proposed noise ordinance amendments. The council will discuss limiting the number of waivers that event holders can obtain as well as a proposed scope of work by consultant Dan Autenrieth, a Montana Tech University assistant professor. Autenrieth’s work will cost an estimated $2,000 without traveling to Billings and about $3,000 should the council require an in-person presentation. He proposes to provide an expert review of Chapter 17 in the city code — titled "Noise" — and evaluate the “feasibility and appropriateness of the public recommendations related to the revised noise ordinance.”


City Government Reporter

City reporter for The Billings Gazette.