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Yellowstone County Discussions

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County commissioners are expecting to hear an update from the Lockwood safety district advisory board.

The committee was created after voters decided in February to approve a levy to create sidewalks and lighting on streets to make it safer for pedestrians. Committee members have been working on identifying the important areas and to prioritize which projects should be done first. Commissioner Bill Kennedy wants to hit the ground running as soon as school begins in August.

"It’s really a whole community effort coming together and looking at their proposals over a period of so many years and getting everything, trails, sidewalks and lighting to make sure that the community is safe,” Kennedy says.

The county commissioners have been in budget hearings this past week too. One of the items of discussion was expanding the county jail, which would cost around $7 to $8 million. Kennedy says the need is there, but the question is how to fund the project as they also have other projects like the Yellowstone County Courthouse renovation.

"So it's an awful lot of dollars to come up with in a budget year or over a few budget years to look at," Kennedy says.

Budget hearings for the commissioners continue Thursday.

 

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