Residents take annexation request to county

Barbara Anne Greene

The Big Horn County commissioners discussed a petition for annexation from a group of landowners during their March 19 meeting. The properties in question are west of Greybull and adjacent to the cemetery in Greybull.
A petition for annexation was filed at the county land planning office on Feb. 14. Representing the landowners at this meeting were Charlie Thomas, Darrel Cooper and Thomas Templin. Land Planning staffers Paul Thur and Stephanie May along with deputy county attorney Jennifer Kirk were also in attendance.
Kirk advised the commission that the petition was missing the signature of one of the landowners: the Big Horn County Special Cemetery District.
It was noted that the county couldn’t do anything unless the Town of Greybull agreed to the de-annexation. They have the final say. Even if the town says yes, the county would have some requirements including all easements be in place.
Sheriff Ken Blackburn and Lieutenant Mark Raymond discussed Search and Rescue training at the commission meeting.
Blackburn stated it was a mandatory advanced rope course. The $15,000 cost which needs to be paid up front by the county, as the county is hosting it. The cost would be reimbursed by the state. He was there to seek the commission’s blessing as it could temporarily impact the budget.
“This is a statewide effort. This is the Hoist Team. Not just basic ropes,” said Blackburn.
Commissioner Deb Craft asked how many of the county Search and Rescue group serve on the Hoist Team. Blackburn said he believes 10. The class will be available to other state agencies as well.
Cutting down trees impacting the county’s right of ways has been a huge project, according to the county road and bridge supervisors Shannan Hovey and Eric Mann.
Hovey and BHC Engineer Willie Bridges report that some landowners are cutting trees and disposing of them in the county rights-of-way. Bridges said there is quite a pile of them.
Hovey said the crew cut back a hill on Lane 33 ½. The hill sloughed off before. He speculates a water leak may have caused this. Two right-of-way permits were presented by Hovey. One was to put a sleeve through a county culvert on Orchard Bench Road. The other was an access permit on Lane 41. The commissioners approved both.
Mann noted that the north end crew is done crack sealing for the year. He had hoped to get a few more done but the machine was having issues. Most of the washouts on that end of the county have been fixed. He had three permits from TCT for fiberoptics. All three permits were approved.
Bridges said he would be meeting with Wyo-Ben to discuss the haul road near Greybull.
Commissioner Neves asked about heaves on the highway at three-mile corner near Burlington. Water access lines were put in place. Bridges said he has plans to talk to the contractor and the water district about repairing these again. It was noted that the agreement between the county and the district was that the district was responsible for any issues/repairs.
In other business:
• An update was given on the District Courtroom project.
• A fair update was given by Cash Duncan.