Meyer hired to run county airport

by karla pomeroy

The Big Horn County commissioners appointed Carl Meyer of Greybull as the new airport manager.

Chairman Jerry Ewen said several qualified applicants were interviewed. He said there is no exact starting date as the county is giving Meyer to complete projects at his current employment.

Willie Bridges will continue as acting airport manager, a position he has had since mid 2011 when the entire airport board resigned and the commissioners opted to change management strategies at the county’s two airports.

In other business at the Tuesday, April 3 meeting:

*The contract for the high risk rural road signage project has been received but was not received in time for the county attorney to review prior to Tuesday’s meeting. The commissioners approved a motion allowing the chairman to sign the contract upon review by the county attorney.

*Stefanie Padilla from the county engineer’s office provided a change order for the Basin Library project for new interior entry doors installed with hardware including automatic handicap opening and closing features to match the exterior doors that are already being installed. Padilla said the items were removed in the initial bid to make sure the project came in within budget. The cost of the change order is $10,997.

Padilla reported that work is continuing on the contract with B&G regarding to fuel sales.

*The commissioners asked if anything had been done on removal of the bars in the old county jail where the land planning and engineering office are located. Padilla said some work has been done. The commissioners said they would check with Ken Blackburn who volunteered to remove the metal on his free time and if a schedule can’t be set then the commissioners will contract for someone to handle the project.

*The commissioners approved renewal of several liquor licenses in the county — Hyattville Café, Trapper Creek Lodge, Paint Rock Inn in Hyattville, Oasis Bar near Lovell, The Hideout at Flitner Ranch east of Shell, Dirty Annie’s Country Store east of Shell, Deer Haven Mountain Resort LLC east of Ten Sleep, all retail liquor licenses; Midway Golf Club, north of Basin, for club or limited license; and Antler Inn, Old Shell Lodge, Snowshoe Lodge and Wyoming High Country for retail malt beverage permits.

*The county will be planning retirement parties for Maxine Ruppert, who retired as first deputy in the Clerk of District Court office last month, and will be planning a north end retirement party in August for Charles Fletcher a road and bridge employee for the north crew.