Flume replacement over budget
Replacement of the Cascade Flume with a large-diameter concrete pipeline went $525,000 over budget.
On Wednesday, the Nevada Irrigation District board of directors approved an additional $225,000 for Borcalli & Associates, the engineering firm overseeing construction of the $20 million replacement of the flume on a hillside above Scotts Flat Reservoir.
It is the firm’s second contract adjustment; the board approved a $300,000 increase in October. The project is about two months behind schedule and now in testing.
In other business, NID:
— is planning to use state grant funding to complete a $500,000 upgrade of facilities at the Cascade Shores recreation area at Scotts Flat Reservoir.
Under plans approved by the board, the old 16-foot-wide boat launch ramp will be replaced with a 20-foot-wide ramp and boarding float south of the existing ramp. The district also plans a new wheelchair-accessible restroom.
The project includes the planting of a grove of dogwood trees in memory of the late 13-year NID director and Cascade Shores resident Dave Southern. In a ceremony last October, the recreation area was dedicated as the David E. Southern Recreation Facility. (He died Dec. 11.)
The district anticipates funding the project through a $561,300 grant from the state Department of Boating and Waterways. Work is expected to begin this fall after water levels are lowered and should take about three months.
— approved several matters relating to water service for the new Carl F. Bryan II Juvenile Hall on Highway 49 in Nevada City, but withheld final acceptance of water system improvements into the NID system until Nevada County resolves a minor right-of-way issue. Water is already being supplied to the site.
— approved formation of the Ali Lane Mutual Water Association, which includes 11 parcels on 30.9 acres off Edgewood Road in north Auburn. The association plans to purchase eight miner’s inches of irrigation water this year.
Following their regular meeting, members of the board and management team gathered for a strategic planning workshop. The workshop was led by Brenda McGuire, a Meadow Vista-based meeting facilitator who works in the water industry.
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