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One Big Sky Center meeting

Hammes Company president Bob Dunn outlines his company's plan for the One Big Sky Center project in this July file photo.

Approving a memorandum of understanding over the new concept for One Big Sky Center tops the Billings City Council’s Monday agenda.

The business meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at Billings City Hall, 220 N. 27th St.

During last Monday’s work session, Hammes Co., which has done extensive research on the project first proposed by MontDevCo, said it will need 60 more days to complete its study leading to the signing of a development agreement with the city.

In November 2016, MontDevCo signed the original pre-development memorandum of understanding with the city. The council approved a pair of amendments last summer extending the MOU through Dec. 11 and adding Hammes Company as a development partner.

According to Interim City Administrator Bruce McCandless, a development agreement that commits city funds will require separate council action.

Consent agenda

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Among Monday’s consent agenda items:

  • The approximately $129,000 purchase of a 12-yard dump truck.
  • A $430,000 purchase of a dozer for the landfill.
  • Buying two side-load trucks and four front-load trucks for a total of about $1.4 million.
  • An almost $80,000 software purchase that will automate dispatchers’ questioning process while handling emergency medical dispatch calls. Interim Fire Chief Bill Rash said in a memo the new software will reduce the chance for operator error and integrate the questioning and caller instructions into the computer-aided dispatch report of each incidence.
  • A right-of-way agreement with the Montana University System required to construct a roundabout at the intersection of Central Avenue and 38th Street West. Public Works Director Dave Mumford said Montana University System has agreed to donate the right-of-way in exchange for a portion of the improvements being installed along its Central Avenue frontage.
  • The addition of about $45,000 to the professional services contract with HDR Engineering to study the feasibility of adding to the water storage capacity in Zone 4 and using pumps to enable the additional water to be used in Zone 5, the airport vicinity, and Zone 6, the area west of the airport and north of Highway 3.
  • An agreement to form a committee to identify options to releasing a $100,000 line of credit put up by the Better Billings Foundation in 2009 to ensure the performance of the Oasis water park.
  • The payment of almost $3.5 million in claims, dated Nov. 13-14 and Nov. 20.
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