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Martin dumps foe’s backer

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Was it payback? Or a politician’s prerogative?

After 10 years’ service on the advisory board that oversees Nevada County’s sewage operations, Marguerite Leipzig got passed over for reappointment.

County Supervisor Elizabeth Martin picked someone new to take Leipzig’s place: former county supervisor Melody Wilson.

Supervisor Martin made a motion to nominate Leipzig1s replacement, Melody Wilson. Martin1s motion passed 4-0, with Supervisor Sue Horne abstaining.

Leipzig thinks she was passed over because she’s not a supporter of Martin, who’s seeking re-election in November to her second term representing Penn Valley.

“If you don’t support the supervisor, you get (ousted),” said Leipzig, who recently announced she’ll support Robin Sutherland, Martin’s opponent.

“Until now, I never made a big deal about (not supporting Martin). Now is the time to be counted,” she said.

But Martin said politics had nothing to do with it.

“Look, I appointed Jeff Ingram to the airport commission,” she said, referring to the candidate she beat in the 1998 election.

Martin’s appointment of Wilson had “everything to do with the need for a fresh, new voice and new energy to solve these complex (sewage) issues,” Martin said. “She’s a very smart woman … She sent us an absolutely marvelous application.”

Leipzig has been an outspoken critic of the latest round of sewage plant permits which state regulators have proposed for Nevada County. One will require an estimated $5 million in upgrades for the Lake Wildwood sewage plant, possibly tripling customer’s bills.

With the exception of Supervisor Horne, Leipzig criticized the county board’s stance on the new permits.

“We would have liked them to go down there and fight for us, but it didn’t happen,” she said.

Martin hotly disputed that, saying she helped the county get a one-year extension to meet the new Lake Wildwood permit by personally calling people she knows on the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board.

“They are the law,” Martin said of the new regulations. “We have, in my view, been stymied in our efforts to resolve our permits by lack of fresh thinking.”

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