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Bozeman City Commission Setting City's Goals

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The Bozeman City Manager highlighted his goals for the city and city commissioners to tackle over the course of the next year.

And Bozeman City Commissioners and city staffers are adding to that list at Monday's meeting.

City Manager Chris Kukulski listed nine priorities for what he believes the city commission needs to address in the next 12 months, separating them into three different categories: economic development, improving infrastructure and becoming a more efficient government.

With continued development in Bozeman, one way Kukulski wants to make the government more efficient is to rewrite the outdated unified development code.

Community Development Director Wendy Thomas said it is time.

"The piece of development this community has gone through and is going through, to be using codes that are a generation old isn't going to prepare us for where we want to be the future," said Thomas.

She said the code needs to be simplified.

"I want somebody to come into town and look at the sign regulations, and say 'yeah I understand that'," said Thomas.

The city commissioners also added to that list during tonight's commission meeting.

Mayor Jeff Kraus outlined a list of issues the city commission wanted addressed, which included making Bozeman more environmentally friendly.

"There are two things we can win with LED street lighting," said Kraus. "One, if you build a new street, you have to put in LED street lights. We will still have to work out if they are the same color as operating room lights." Kraus said they should do the same in parking lots.

He also said he wants to make it easier for people to install solar panels on existing buildings, including historic buildings.

The city commissioners want to make improvements to traffic flow and parking downtown, such as revamping Mendenhall Street and possibly building a second parking garage.

Be sure to stay with ABC FOX Montana this week as we continue to break down the city's goals for the next year.

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