Gallatin County Courthouse File

The Gallatin County Courthouse is shown in this August 14, 2018, file photo.

Gallatin County and a Missoula-based construction company are working toward settling a lawsuit over work on the county storage facility.

The county sued Outback Construction, Inc., in April for breach of contract and fraud, alleging the company’s actions caused more than $94,400 in damages, according to court documents.

The county and Outback Construction are now discussing a settlement, hoping to resolve their disagreement outside of court.

Gallatin County Deputy Attorney Erin Arnold said she can’t talk about the details of the settlement talks because they are confidential. Outback Construction couldn’t be reached for comment.

Outback Construction was the general contractor for the $1.22 million storage facility near the Law and Justice Center on South 16th Street. The building houses equipment and documents and replaced the county’s use of rental storage units.

Based on its contract with the county, Outback Construction said it would pay all subcontractors for their work and materials, court documents said. In November 2018, Outback told the county the project was finished and it had paid all subcontractors. The county then paid Outback for the project.

The county later learned that at least nine subcontractors hadn’t been paid and sent a letter to Outback in February demanding it pay the money owed to subcontractors.

When Outback did not respond, the county sued.

Perrin Stein can be reached at 406-582-2648 or at Follow her on Twitter @PerrinStein.

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