After two consecutive weeks working long hours on the nondiscrimination ordinance, the Billings City Council will take on what should be a much briefer agenda Monday.
The regular session begins at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall.
The meeting will feature three public hearings:
The first is on proposed 2013-14 fourth quarter budget amendments.
Those amendments include $6,300 for fleet services to fund state-mandated installation of pressurized-line leak detectors in the fuel system, about $28,000 to cover a software purchase, $200,000 for rock removal on Sixth Street, about $1.2 million in various airport projects, $120,000 for a storm sewer project, about $33,000 for software for the Parking Division and a $250,000 change order for the Empire Parking Garage project.
The second is on changes in ward boundaries as a result of annexing property into the city. The property, at the northwest corner of the intersection of Hawthorne Lane and Kyhl Lane in the Billings Heights, was annexed June 9. The annexation requires a change in the boundaries of Ward II.
Two readings of the ordinance are scheduled, for Monday and July 14.
The final public hearing is on a request for a variance at 910 Grand Ave., the site of a new Starbucks as well as an additional restaurant yet to be announced. The developer is proposing 40 parking stalls rather than the 50 that are required. The rationale is that Starbucks and the other restaurant that will open on the site of the former JB’s restaurant will have different peak hours — Starbucks in the morning, and the other restaurant in the afternoon and evening. Starbucks reports that 70 percent of its morning customers typically utilize the drive-through and don’t need a parking spot.
Among the items on the consent agenda are board and commission appointments, various bid and contract awards, the sale of a utility easement, the acceptance of donations to the Parks Department and approval of bills and payroll dated May 27 and June 2.