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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two property owners in Bismarck whose backyards are slipping into a creek have been given more time to accept or decline help from the park board in stabilizing the slope.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that the Bismarck Park Board approved a 20-day extension last week for the homeowners whose properties are slipping into Hay Creek.

Negotiations are ongoing between the board and property owners Jim Hopfauf and David Wolf. The board is asking the homeowners to pay more than $81,000 for the stabilization project.

The residents and city officials still disagree on who or what is responsible for the problem, which is also affecting a public walking trail now deemed unsafe.

The board won’t continue planning or engineering a solution for the slope until Hopfauf and Wolf make their decisions.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com