Butte commissioners approve Brincks demolition, nondiscrimination ordinance


BOZEMAN, Mont. - On Wednesday night, the Butte Council of Commissioners gave the green light for final demolition of the Brincks-Deluxe buildings, and passed final approval of the antidiscrimination ordinance.

Commissioners voted 11-to-1 to hire an outside contractor to begin demolition of the Brincks building.

That means crews will get straight to work to take off the top 8 to 10 feet of the buildings, then Butte-Silver Bow will step in to take care of the rest of the demolition.

The project will cost about $55,000. Chief Executive Matt Vincent said work is set to start Thursday morning.

As far as the antidiscrimination ordinance, 10 commissioners gave final approval while 2 voted against the measure.

The ordinance will protect gay, lesbian and transgendered individuals from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation.

Members of the LGBT community will be able to seek civil damages in justice court, and anyone found in violation of the ordinance three or more times in a 12-month period could face a misdemeanor fine of up to $500.

The ordinance is set to take effect in 30 days.

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