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GV Council OKs NID study

A consultant should be hired to study whether the Nevada Irrigation District should run the city’s water system, the Grass Valley City Council unanimously voted Tuesday.

NID directors, who are scheduled to decide today whether to hire a consultant, will share the cost of the study, estimated at about $45,000. The city’s share of the cost would be $25,000.

The idea of transferring the city’s water system to NID has been discussed for years, said city and NID officials.

Before that can happen, however, city officials need to understand how much residents will be charged for water, the condition and the compatibility of the two water systems, and other issues related to the takeover.

“There are a lot of issues to consider in this,” City Administrator Gene Haroldsen said before the vote.

NID General Manager Jim Chatigny told the council the study needs to be done. “If you don’t look at it, you’ll never know if it was right or wrong,” Chatigny said, speaking of the takeover.

In another matter, Joe Heckel, the city’s new community development director, was appointed to represent the city on the community advisory committee for Natural Heritage 2020. Heckel replaces Vice Mayor Patti Ingram.

The council also accepted a report from the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District, which says most of Grass Valley’s smog is transported by air from the Sacramento Valley.

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