- Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2016

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Flathead County is trying to find about $1 million to stabilize a bluff near a housing subdivision and a golf course after it got no bids from contractors based on the money available.

The estimated cost of stabilizing the bluff, located near the Village Greens subdivision and golf course, has more than doubled after a section collapsed in 2010. A second slide occurred in June 2014 after record rainfall.

Homeowners were offered a $400,000 slope stabilization mitigation grant from the federal government, but those plans ground to a halt in April 2014 when the Flathead County commissioners refused to serve as the sponsoring government agency over concerns of liability.

Homeowners Scott Gearhart and Susan Storfa sued the county, and a Flathead District Court judge ordered county commissioners to accept the federal grant, the Daily Inter Lake reported (https://tinyurl.com/nlnq68q).

County grant writer Whitney Aschenwald said people balked when they found out it could cost up to $1 million, with homeowners required to come up with 25 percent in matching funds.

“We’re giving homeowners time to come up with the required match,” she said.

Gearhart is trying to find out if fill dirt from the planned Glacier Rail Park could be used for the slope stabilization.

“For our portion of (matching) contribution, we want to secure a letter from the Flathead County Economic Development Authority” for the fill material, Gearhart said.

Kim Morisaki, project manager for the economic development authority, said the economic development authority board is interested in looking at the possibility.

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Information from: Daily Inter Lake, https://www.dailyinterlake.com

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