Without much discussion, the City Council breezed through a short agenda Monday night.
The council unanimously approved the three regular items on its agenda, plus the usual consent agenda at the start of the meeting.
Besides a zone change for county-owned land, the other agenda items focused mostly on financial issues. The council approved issuing up to $2.6 million in bonds that will allow Rocky Mountain College to improve energy efficiency on campus.
The city really isn’t involved in the bond sale; it just acts as a pass-through and assumes no risk or costs in issuing the bonds on behalf of the college. The bonds will be paid back over the next 16 years.
The council also approved quarterly budget amendments and accepted a $64,000 donation from BikeNet to help pay for several transportation projects.
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BikeNet, a local group that supports multi-use trails, donated $25,000 toward a pedestrian bridge to be built over the railroad tracks in downtown Billings. The group also donated $35,000 to build a stretch of trail known as the Broadwater Connection and $4,000 for design and engineering on a portion of trail around Swords Park.
The city will also pay a portion of the costs to build the pedestrian bridge. That project has run into frequent criticism from South Side Councilman Jim Ronquillo, who is convinced that it’s a waste of money.
“I still cannot picture in my mind thousands of people using that bridge to nowhere,” Ronquillo said.
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