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An item on the Billings City Council’s consent agenda Monday would provide a $2 million boost for the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children program.

Michael Goguen, a venture capitalist and philanthropist with a home in Whitefish, has pledged $2 million over the next five years to the program, which is statewide but is administered by the Billings Police Department.

According to a memo from Police Chief Rich St. John, the donation will be used for equipment, personnel and logistical support.

Program funding

For the 2013-14 fiscal year, the U.S. Department of Justice grant to fund the program totals $256,253. That grant supports the Billings Police Department and 13 affiliated agencies in the education, investigation and prosecution of online child exploitation and pornography cases.

Monday’s regular meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers, includes these agenda items:

A public hearing and first reading of an ordinance revision that would allow the family of a qualifying cremated veteran to be placed in the veteran columbarium (a place where urns containing cremated remains are stored) or buried in a veteran memorial grave in Mountview Cemetery.

A public hearing and resolution on about $465,000 worth of curb, gutter, sidewalk and storm drain improvements at various locations around the city. Public Works Director Dave Mumford said the work is the continuation of annual improvements to deal with tripping hazards, drainage problems, property owner requests, complaints and miscellaneous concrete work brought to the attention of the city engineer’s office.

A public hearing and resolution on raising collection, disposal and landfill fees for the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1. The city council discussed the proposal during its March 3 work session.

A public hearing and first reading of an ordinance revising the municipal code to include permit agreements with private haulers and updating and clarifying solid waste regulations.

A public hearing and resolution approving the Capital Improvement Plan for the coming five fiscal years, 2015-19; the 2014-15 Equipment Replacement Plan and the 2014-15 Technology Replacement plans. Taken together, the three plans call for about $79.9 million in spending during the 2014-15 fiscal year. All three plans were presented during the March 17 work session.

A resolution authorizing a loan for the $6.1 million construction of a 2-million gallon reservoir adjacent to the existing Chapple Reservoir.

The loan, at 3 percent for 20 years, comes through the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

The new reservoir will serve Zone 3 West and be located west of Rimpoint and north of Rimrock.



City Government Reporter

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