Bid awarded for north hangar; business to move from Powell

The Big Horn County commissioners this week accepted a bid for the 75×75 hangar at the North Big Horn County Airport near Cowley.

Two bids were opened at the commissioners meeting Jan. 7. Orville Moore of Moore Quality Flying submitted a bid for $50,250 contingent upon a 20-year ground lease with an option for another 20 years.

Moore, who attended the meeting, said he would allow the restroom to still be used by the public and would allow the county to continue to keep its monitoring equipment in the office.

He said he does not plan on keeping the hangar as a storage facility, but would move his business from Powell. He said he provides flying lessons, does aircraft maintenance and aerial spraying. The business began in 1989 in Montana. He moved to Powell in 2004 when he became airport manager in Powell. He is no longer manager but still maintains his business, which is spread out through three separate hangars. This facility would allow him to have all tools and equipment in one location. He said he has been discussing adding a paint business with Neil Mayes.

Current tenants in the hangar will be allowed 30 days to vacate.

The commissioners approved the bid and authorized Airports Manager Carl Meyer to work out details with Moore.

The county received a second bid from Curtis Abraham for $35,099 with different options on expanding the restroom and pilot lounge.

by Karla Pomeroy