County Seeks Applicants for Important Boards

Yellowstone County is looking for a few good volunteers.

County Commissioners have extended by one month the application deadline for candidates to fill vacant positions on two county boards.

They plan to fill, by the end of the year, three vacancies on the Metra Park Advisory Board, and four vacancies on the governing board of Big Sky Economic Development Authority (BSEDA). BSEDA vacancies are greater than those of the normal annual rotation because of the resignation of Monica Lindeen. Lindeen will be moving to Helena, having been elected State Auditor earlier this month. She attended her last meeting of the BSEDA Board last week.

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BURD Hopes to Encourage Property Owners to Annex

Members of the Billings Urban Renewal District (BURD) will focus efforts on encouraging owners of property which technically remain in the county to annex into the city. Doing so will result in a stronger master plan for the Tax Improvement Finance District (TIFD), members said, at a meeting last Friday.

The TIFD is a designated area east of downtown Billings within which future increases in tax revenue will be spent upon infrastructure to improve its economic viability. The BURD is an organization of property owners within the TIFD who are overseeing the process and are currently conducting a master plan for the TIFD.

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Billings Bypass Still on Burner

Pushed to reduce the number of alternative routes under consideration, the Billings Bypass Advisory Committee, said they need more information regarding costs. The committee will meet again before the year is out to review figures and determine which routes should be closer scrutinized as the final choices for a bypass which will one day carry traffic around Billings to the north.

Reflecting frustration at how long an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is taking in the planning process, Yellowstone County Commissioner Bill Kennedy said, “If we are still looking at routes next year at this time, I am going to say ‘Let’s stop this project.’ Then I’m going to say ‘Let’s stop it and apply the money to alleviate the traffic problem around Metra Park.’” “Here we are a year later and still talking about what the options are,” said Kennedy, who was one of some 20 committee members and transportation officials in attendance at a meeting last Wednesday at the Holiday Inn.

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