Incumbent, farmer snare NID posts |

Incumbent, farmer snare NID posts

Will things stay the same at the Nevada Irrigation District?

Voters overwhelmingly re-elected one-term incumbent Nancy Weber to represent the area around Nevada City, rejecting challengers Al Scheinert and Sterling Honea for Division I director.

And they overwhelmingly chose John Drew over Ron Mathis to represent Chicago Park as Division II director.

Drew’s candidacy was endorsed by Ernie Bierwagen, the retiring NID director, whom Drew will replace.

Both men are farmers, and they agree on a number of issues – including the idea that NID is a great organization that has been doing a great job.

But Drew said his election doesn’t mean business as usual for the water agency. “Anybody that knows me knows that if there’s anything I’m not, it’s business as usual,” he said.

For example, Drew would like to see NID become more active in helping extend treated-water lines and irrigation water service to more people.

“There’s people out there paying taxes (to NID) that have no raw water and no treated water,” he said. NID has “got money in the bank. I think we’re going to have to concentrate (on extending) the lines.”

Weber made extending treated-water lines to existing homes part of her campaign, so “maybe we could work on that one,” she said.

Other issues Weber wants to address include finding a route for a proposed Banner Mountain pipeline that doesn’t run along Wings of Morning Drive. If ultimately the pipeline follows that route, she wants to “give (residents) treated water and a new (paved) road.”

She also would like NID to “rework the budget so a layperson can understand it.”

John Taylor, a retired Nevada County agriculture commissioner, was happy Drew was elected.

“We need a farmer on the board,” Taylor said. “Since Ernie got off, I think it’s very important to keep one.”

Sterling Honea 777 11.70%

Nancy Weber 4,504 67.83%

Alfred N. Scheinert 1,325 19.95%

Ronald Mathis 2,327 39.20%

John H. Drew 3,583 60.36%

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