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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 5 2014 9:10 p.m. MDT

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Logan, UT

Hello you build your house on a mountain then cry foul when the mountain falls. I think some common sense is needed.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Let the lawyers sort it out. Don't use my tax money. I don't live next to the country club.
All the engineers involved should have some sort of insurance if they can sign off on plans.
I suppose the fine print indemnifies just about everyone. But a judge will determine if they can get away with it.
Perhaps these folks who live up on the hill need to pitch in and get a good lawyer. (Hint: NO ONE ELSE is going to represent you well. Not the city. Not the developer. You need your own lawyer.)

Reasonable Person
Layton, UT

Folks, the people who DID buy that home are the Peruvian Consul and his family. Obviously they did not know the history of the area and obviously, there was no one to guide them.

They paid cash (no mortgage) so there were NO inspections or requirements.

Medical Lake, Washington

I thought the statement was interesting when it was stated that engineers for both the city and developers found the area safe for building. Might the same engineers also take a vote and determine that foundations won't get wet in the middle of Lake Utah?

Long time residents seemed well aware that building in such locations wasn't safe and they didn't need professionals to point that out. At some point, common sense really needs to be reinstated in the decision making process. Maybe I'm wrong, but the current strategy involved in many locations is: Built anyway, get in - get out with your money in hand and hope things hold up long enough for you to get out of town; oh yes, and make sure that someone else is slated to take the blame if plan A doesn't work out.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

The taxpayers will pay the bill. The developers will go scot free. That's the way it's done in Utah: Privatize the profits, socialize the costs.

"The foolish man built his house in North Salt Lake, the foolish man built his house in North Salt Lake..."

Bluffdale, UT

the libraries used to have geological maps of the valley of salt lake and what was under each area such as clay, or sand, or rock. i live in riverton a fairly stable area because of a hard clay foundation. look up where you live.

Logan, UT

If you notice virtually everyone who commented here is saying the same thing. You build on a mountain, you cry that it came into your backyard, we the tax payers are paying for it. Does that pretty much sum it up? Apparently the wrong people are not listening.

Provo, UT

When I buy a house, it comes with a warranty and certain guarantees that the house will meet minimum quality standards. If it doesn't, then the builder is liable and responsible for making it right at his own expense.

The same goes for land. When a developer sells land, it comes with a warranty and guarantees.

These lots need to be made right at the expense of the developer, pure and simple.

Ivins, UT

The government is no substitute for using common sense in protecting ourselves or our assets. There is too much money involoved which clouds the vision and impairs the judgment.Many of our dreams are built upon sand and gravel. Read the Sermon on the Mount or even the story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf (in this case the greedy real estate developer.

Vernal, UT

“For preparation, the best thing you can do is plan for yourself, no matter where you live.”
Dwayne Baird

And part of that preparation, way ahead of time was for me the home owner to do my homework and not just fell in love with the hill side and hill top (with a great view of the valley) location.

Taylorsville, UT

Clearly terrorist activity: Tupac Amaru's revenge. Machu Picchu and other Incan cities of refuge were built on mountain tops and cliff sides, but always on rock. In Colonial Peru the poor lived on hillsides while the rich lived in valley bottoms. It is a remarkable coincidence that the Honorary Peruvian Consul of Utah's house should bite the dust, but when in Utah do as the Utahns do. They ought to know how and where to build houses. Machu Picchu still stands. Then again, modern wealthy Peruvians know better than to build on hillsides. The Consul should know better too--don't trust those incompetent Americans. --AGF

bountiful, UT

i don't think taxpayer should be stuck with this. both the developers and homeowners new they were building on a hillside. there are some places homes should not be built.

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