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On Monday, Bill Decou protested the city's elk closure on Mount Jumbo, describing it as "regulation run amok."

"We didn't know the open space would be managed as a game preserve," said Decou, who hasn't seen elk near the Poplar Street trailhead.

Decou made his comments during a meeting of the Missoula City Council that lasted roughly 30 minutes. During council comments, Councilman Bryan Von Lossberg said the nearby Cherry Street access remains open, and the reason spur trailheads are closed is to make it easier to patrol the area for trespass.

"We'd like to cut down on that, both for the elk and for people's safety," Von Lossberg said.

Last winter, an avalanche on Jumbo killed one woman who was in her Lower Rattlesnake home. Trespassers triggered it, but city officials said the closure signs weren't clear during the snowstorm.

In other business, the council also unanimously approved $10.3 million in amendments to last year's budget. Assistant finance director Leigh Griffing said the matter was housekeeping to close out of the 2014 budget.

The items included refinancings, grants that had come into the city during the middle of the year, and projects that came to the council for approval after it adopted the budget, she said. The matter does not affect the current budget.

However, the council also unanimously approved a $157,670 increase in the current 2015 budget. This amount also includes grants and contracts that weren't included in the original budget.

In council comments, Councilman Jason Wiener invited the public to the opening of the new Poverello Center. It takes place 11:30 a.m. Friday at 1112 W. Broadway, near the YWCA Missoula.

Wiener said the government would have to do the work of the shelter and soup kitchen if the nonprofit didn't: "So congratulations to them, and hope to see you there."

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