Commission meeting underway. Energy Smackdown awards being handed out.
135 households signed up. Only 29 entered all data. 13 reduced energy use. Two people receiving awards: Bradford Watson and Coreene Masse.
One of the ways Masse's family reduced energy use was by using dogs as heat in the winter. Drew laughs from the crowd.
Staying on energy, Natalie Meyer now talking about energy audit related to budget
Budget now being discussed
Budget as presented calls for $69 property tax increase for the typical resident. That can be reduced by $1.44 because voters didn't approve study commission
@MayorKrauss suggesting cuts. “The money’s not out there to spend on every single thing on this list.”
Deputy Mayor Carson Taylor: "I think this is a very tough year.”
Commissioner Cyndy Andrus: "It is going to be a tough year, but I think the community understands we’re going to have to make some changes and I think they’ll be ready for it.”
There's talk of cutting the budget by $675,000, the remaining payment for the settlement for North Park lawsuit.
A couple people have spoken during public comment, asking city to hire a bicycle/pedestrian coordinator
Girl just spoke in favor of YMCA-city aquatics partnership, drawing loud applause from crowd.
More people, including a few kids, speaking in favor of city partnering with YMCA for aquatics facility at Gallatin County
DJ Missy O'Malley said she's not leaving Bozeman until we get a YMCA here. Speaks in favor of the YMCA-city partnership at the Regional Park
That was public comment. Commission now considering a subdivision request before it gets to aquatics center
Conversation on aquatics center starting
Assistant City Manager Chuck Winn answering questions commissioners asked earlier: non-compete between Ridge and Y, parking at county park, etc
Commission hasn't OK'd plan for design or cost for aquatics facility. That will be addressed at another date.
Winn proposing 3 choices for city: Partner with Y at Vaquero, partner with Y at Rose Park or build alone at Rose Park
Commissioners are now asking questions of staff, YMCA and consultants
Questions by commissioners complete. 5 minute break
Public comment now underway on aquatics center
Deputy Mayor Taylor motions to partner with the YMCA and proceed with developing joint facility at Vaquero Parkway
Deputy Mayor Taylor: The easy thing would be to go to Rose Park, but the prudent thing is to work with the Y
Commissioner Pomeroy also supports partnership with Y
@MayorKrauss: "The Y has stepped up. The county has stepped up. The ball is in our court."
@MayorKrauss: "I think the Vaquero YMCA partnership shows vision."
@MayorKrauss: “We understand the vision of he community. We understand the vision of the Y, and I think we should go ahead with this.”
Commissioner Mehl: “I’m concerned that the city will be out at Vaquero”
Meeting suspended until 10: 30 p.m.
Commissioners Mehl and Andrus say
they are really struggling with the decision
Motion to partner with Y at Vaquero passes 3-2 with Mehl and Andrus voting no