By Michael Howell
After several months of futile efforts at trying to deal with a failed septic situation at a property on Bowman Road, an action was recently filed in Ravalli County District Court by a Deputy County Attorney from Beaverhead County to prevent the residence on the property from being occupied.
The issue was passed on to Beaverhead County for action due to a conflict of interest expressed by the Ravalli County Attorney’s office. The owner of the property is Carl Alfred Larson, but his daughter, Carla Larson, who works at the County Sheriff’s office, holds power of attorney relating to the property.
The court action was commenced after it was determined the wastewater disposal system on the property had failed and after repeated unsuccessful attempts to have the property owner fix the system and bring it into compliance with sanitary regulations. In addition and related to the injunction, the County alleges that the use of the property by the defendants violates the county wastewater treatment regulations and that the defendants failed to comply with a lawful compliance order from the Ravalli County Health Officer and that the situation constitutes a public nuisance.