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City of Cut Bank officials had a lengthy discussion about the rubble of the old Glacier Hotel during last week’s City Council meeting and had scheduled a special meeting on Oct. 7 to further discuss how to handle the public health hazard. The meeting, however, was cancelled after owner Don Burlingame informed City officials he had plans for the site.

According to the Glacier County tax search website, Burlingame is now current with the taxes on the property after owing more than $50,000 in back taxes on the property.

The City of Cut Bank contracted with Air Water Soil, LLC, to determine the level of asbestos and lead in the rubble. Although the lead content is not an issue, the report stated the “debris piles” should be “considered to be RACM-contaminated” and “must be removed, transported and disposed” in accordance with federal, state and local asbestos regulations.

City Attorney Robert Smith estimated the cost to do that between $300,000 and $400,000.

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