JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The town of Jackson will ask the state for $4.75 million in grant money to help stabilize a creeping landslide that damaged and threatened several homes and businesses.

The town council unanimously approved the funding requests this week.

Town Manager Bob McLaurin says the estimated cost of stabilizing the hill to the town is $5.5 million.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that the proposed solution includes building a wall and buttress to hold the moving hillside in place and digging out and replacing the bottom clay surface of the slide with stone.

The town would like to begin with that mitigation work this year to prepare for the 2015 thaw, which experts fear could accelerate the ground movement.