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Light agenda in store for Billings City Council Monday

December 5, 2016 GMT

The Billings City Council has a two-item agenda to work through during its Monday work session.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 220 N. 27th St.

The Public Works Department will present information on providing wastewater service outside the city limits — in this case, the ExxonMobil Billings refinery.

The city already offers sanitary sewer service to some places outside the city limits, including Blaine’s Trailer Court.

According to information provided in the city council’s Friday packet, the city’s wastewater treatment plant has the capacity to treat the refinery’s wastewater.

The company is expected to utilize the Lockwood sewer system to convey its discharge to the city for treatment. If the Lockwood system is not used, the company must find an alternative conveyance system to the city.

The proposed agreement, which the city council is scheduled to consider during its Dec. 19 meeting, is similar to the pretreatment service agreement with the Phillips 66 refinery approved by the city council in July 2013.

The city council will be asked to approve the agreement without annexing the ExxonMobil Billings refinery.

The city council will also hear the Billings Logan International Airport’s annual customer facility charge report for car rentals at the airport.

The fee is $3 per day that cars are rented at the airport. The fee is used to pay off bonds that paid for the 2011 construction of a quick turn around (known as QTA) car wash at the airport.

During the 2015-16 fiscal year, 85,222 cars got washed, with another 13,318 vehicles dirty enough to require a mud wash. The operation used a little more than three million gallons of water. Each wash cost $1.42.

The CFC fund has a reserve of about $847,000 and is expected to grow to about $1.1 million by the end of the 2016-17 fiscal year, on June 30, 2017.

The report projects CFC revenues for the current fiscal year of about $845,000.

During the current fiscal year, airport officials expect to spend about $500,000 on principal and interest to pay off the 2010 revenue bonds to construct the facility and another $42,000 on overhead lighting for the QTA facility in the car rental lot.

According to the report, no change in the customer facility charge rate is required for the time being.