by nathan oster
Six more lots in Greybull’s business park went off the market Monday night after the town council approved a deal with Jason Spielman, who was in attendance representing Bighorn Land & Leasing, LLC.
Spielman owns Sheridan-based Mountain View Building, Inc., which builds public infrastructure and does civil improvements across the region. He told the council Monday night that the company has been particularly active on this side of this mountain.
“We think it’s a logical extension for us and would like to establish a permanent location in the Big Horn Basin,” said Spielman. Right now, Mountain View is undertaking a major project in the Greybull River valley that resulted in the hiring of five employees from the Greybull/Basin area.
“My thought is to build a permanent yard that would house a few employees and allow us to run operations on the west side of the mountains from here,” Spielman said, adding that the business is also a Lester Building dealer.
The town’s deal with Spielman and Bighorn Land & Leasing includes lots 16 through 22 in the business park. The six lots are 5.72 acres. The agreed-upon price for the six lots was $17,160, or about $3,000 per acre.
That is far below the appraised value of the property, $34,963.33, but consistent with the town’s other land deals in the business park. Those, too, were done under the economic development exemption contained in state statue, which allows the town to sell the property for lesser than its appraised value if some economic development can be spun out of the deal.
Spielman assured the council that he will continue to employee people from the Big Horn Basin.
For the sale to go through, Spielman and the council had to agree on construction milestones, which are built into all of the business park land sales as a way of discouraging speculative purchasing.
Spielman said has a calendar year to build a shop, which he estimated at 40 feet by 60 feet, and to make the required water system and electrical hookups. If for some reason that work isn’t done, the council will have options, at the end of that calendar year, to grant up to two six-month extensions.
With the six lots that are going to Spielman, the town has now sold 30 of the 36 lots in the business park. The 30 lots have been purchased by nine different businesses. Paul Thur, the town’s administrator/finance director, said all that remains are six lots; three of them sit directly behind the home of Scott Good; the other three are each eight tenths of an acre in size.
Residents of Greybull who are paying customers of the town will be able to dump one truckload of items at the south landfill for free during the month of July as a result of a deal between the town and the solid waste district.
Residents who request them will be given vouchers that they can then take to the landfill. The clerk running the scales will write up tickets. They will be collected at the end of the month, totaled and the town will be billed.
The council urged Thur to publish the notice on their water bills and through the other mediums available to the town. Council members emphasized that the idea behind the free dump day is simply to encourage residents to clean up their properties.
In other business Monday night:
- The council approved a number of budget amendments, reallocating $148,000 to account for increased expenditures in three areas. The line item for Debt Service-Vehicles increased by $81,000 because the town opted to pay cash for new vehicles instead of seeking financing; the Equipment Replacement Sweeper line item grew by $60,000, also in order to pay cash rather than financing; and the Greybull Residential Development line item increased $7,000 due to unexpected expenditures.
- Council members agreed to set a $15 rate for FIR Auto Service, which has a cardboard recycling dumpster on its property. It is the only one outside of town limits, said Dalen Davis, adding that the town empties it about once a week. The town doesn’t collect trash from FIR.
Council members agreed to consider future collection requests on a case-by-case basis.
- The swimming pool project was discussed, but only briefly. While some dirt work has occurred at the site, the town is still pursuing the required permits and waiting on the completion of an environmental assessment. Thur noted that one of the primary short-term challenges will be coordinating the timing of rest of the excavation and the pouring of the concrete.
- Police Chief Bill Brenner indicated during a discussion about the possible hiring of a school resource officer that the town had missed this year’s deadline to apply for a grant that would pay for a portion of the position. The town will have an opportunity to apply again in the spring, he said.
Town leaders were planning to discuss the position with members of the school board on Tuesday night. How they would fund the position in the first year, without the help of any grant money, is expected to be a key point of that conversation.
- Council members discussed the possible purchase of a crack sealer — either new or used — to help repair some of the streets around town. Council members said several streets are in dire need. Town Foreman Dalen Davis was directed to research possible solutions and have a recommendation for council consideration ready for the July meeting.