The Nevada Irrigation District will take over recreational operations at the Peninsula Campground at Rollins Reservoir, effective Friday.
The district will purchase the existing private recreation lease from concessionaires Gary and Chris Unitt, who have operated the NID-owned campground since 2004.
The purchase, approved Wednesday by the NID Board of Directors, includes campground assets, including good will, inventory, improvements and customer base.
The purchase price is $300,000, an amount negotiated in recent weeks and accepted by the sellers.
NID Recreation Manager Peggy Davidson said the campground, which is now closed for the season, will reopen in spring under NID management.
Attractions at Peninsula include 70 campsites; boat launching, slips and rentals; a convenience store and day-use beach.
Peninsula becomes the fourth campground under the management of the NID Recreation Division. The district already oversees recreational activities at Scotts Flat Reservoir, as well as the Orchard Springs and Long Ravine campgrounds at Rollins. The Greenhorn Campground at Rollins is the last remaining private recreation concession with NID.
NID’s Scotts Flat and Rollins reservoirs are among the leading outdoor recreational attractions in western Nevada County. The district also works with the U.S. Forest Service to provide recreational opportunities to the public at its mountain reservoirs.
In other business, NID directors:
• Accepted a proposal from Bar None Auction Services of Sacramento to transport, handle and sell the district’s surplus vehicles and equipment. The company will advertise and promote the sales in NID service areas so local residents will continue to have the opportunity to purchase the surplus items.
• Approved updates to the job descriptions of many of the district’s employment positions. Officials said some of the revisions reflect increased job responsibilities and will result in $25,000 in additional annual payroll costs. NID employs 170 in Nevada and Placer counties.
• Heard an update on the district’s ongoing negotiations with the Pacific Gas and Electric Company toward a coordinated operating agreement to succeed an existing 50-year agreement that lapses in 2013.
NID’s Yuba-Bear Hydroelectric Project and PG&E’s Drum-Spaulding Hydroelectric Project are connected and operated in tandem.
The next regular meeting of the NID Board of Directors will take place at 9 a.m. Oct. 24 at the NID Business Center, 1036 West Main St. in Grass Valley. NID board meetings are open to the public.