County commissioners OK outsourcing more civil work



Big Horn County will likely be sending more civil work to Greybull attorney Scott McColloch.

Engineer Willie Bridges said he is waiting on county attorney review of the contract agreement for the contractor to proceed with the renovations at the land planning office. He said he hoped the review would be completed Tuesday so the commissioners could sign the agreement and move forward with the project. The agreement was approved about 20 minutes after Bridges completed his report to the commissioners.

Commissioner Keith Grant said the sheriff has told him that they are keeping the county attorney’s office busy so maybe it’s time to give more civil work to Scott McColloch. They have contracted with McColloch for a few civil items this fiscal year including oil and gas work.

Ewen said it is in the budget but items should first be given to the county attorney’s office to determine if they have time to complete the work. Initially during the budget process in July, the commissioners discussed developing a request for proposals to contract for civil attorney work. There is $36,000 in the budget for a part-time civil attorney, per request of County Attorney Michelle Burns.

Commissioner Thomas “Scotty” Hinman expressed concern because of a possible conflict with McColloch and Burns, an elected county employee, being father and daughter.

Ewen said McColloch is the civil attorney for the commissioners and will report directly to the commissioners.

In other engineering business:

•Bridges reported that the county received an extension for 7,500 more yards of crushed gravel on the Eagle Pass pit. He said they can seek another extension if the weather holds.

He presented a utility permit from Deaver Irrigation to replace a pipe on Road 1. They are asking that fees be waived since they are doing the work and installing the pipe. He said he and Foreman Rod Wambeke recommend the fee waiver since it will benefit the county.

•Grant said he is working with the company that brought the Family Dollar Store in Lovell to bring one to Basin. They are looking for a Main Street frontage property.

•The county approved transferring $686 for landfill fees from the roof project from cash reserves to the project fund line item.

Land planning report

There have been no applications for one of the two seats on the Planning and Zoning. Mike Scherman has reapplied for his seat. Mary Russell is not seeking reappointment.

Executive session for about 30 minutes and following made a motion to remove Land Planner Joy Hill from probation status.