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The City Council tonight will consider a two-year contract for City Administrator Tina Volek that increases the city's contribution to her retirement package but offers no increase in salary. The council meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 210 N. 27th St.

The contract, which is likely to be approved by the council, is part of a routine renewal every two years. If approved, the contract would keep Volek's base salary at $114,337.60 a year while adding 2 percent of that amount to the city's contribution to her retirement package. Another 2 percent would be added in 2010, bringing it to 10.8 percent of base salary, or about $12,348, the amount of the city's annual contribution to her retirement package.

Last year, Volek received a 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment and a 5 percent performance raise, worth about $8,466 combined. In the new contract, Volek has waived any COLA raises for the next two years.

The council gave Volek a closed-door performance review in October, and council members said the review went well. In a summary of the review, Councilwoman Jani McCall laid out several goals the council wants Volek to work toward.

The goals include improved communications and more delegation of tasks.

The council will also consider a new $331 fee proposed by the Public Works Department to cover staff time needed to review master site plans for certain developments. Late last year, the council approved a similar $240 fee for the Planning Department. Contacted Friday, several council members said they hadn't heard of the fee before seeing it on the meeting agenda.

Also on the agenda is a public hearing for changes to the city's community block grant program. Community Development Manager Brenda Beckett told the council last week that the state will receive an extra $19.6 million in federal housing funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Montana communities must apply for the new money, which will be used to buy and redevelop foreclosed properties. In order to apply for the money, the city must hold a public hearing and change its annual plan for the community block grant program.

The council will also consider a special review for an alcohol license at Rock Creek Coffee Roasters in downtown Billings. The cafe received the license, which doesn't allow gambling, and would like to serve alcoholic drinks in the business, which is located in the Babcock Building at 124 N. Broadway. The city Zoning Commission recommended approval of the special review at a meeting Jan. 6.

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