NID delays vote on Rollins’ docks |

NID delays vote on Rollins’ docks

Nevada Irrigation District directors agonized for almost two hours Wednesday over a proposal by lakeside property owners to build the first private docks on publicly owned Rollins Reservoir.

Then they voted 4-1 to send the issue back to committee for further review.

Three docks with a total 21 slips are proposed along the Greenhorn Creek arm of the reservoir. The docks would extend up to 44 feet into a portion of the reservoir heavily used for water-skiing and wakeboarding.

The docks would require a 200-foot, no-wake zone, leaving just a small space for speed boats where the lake is narrow.

Although the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, which enforces boating safety, determined the docks would not be a safety hazard, board members continued to express concern.

Other lake users also voiced opposition to the docks, citing safety concerns and the pressure for more docks in the future. They announced they had collected the signatures of 55 people asking that environmental studies be conducted on the dock application.

District officials acknowledged that property owners at the reservoir have legal access to the reservoir.

NID legal adviser Bill Spruance said that when NID acquired land in the 1960s to build Rollins Reservoir, the district granted access rights to some properties as part of the acquisition process. Access became a major issue in 1990, when owners first sought to build docks.

Further review was scheduled for the Sept. 24 meeting of the board’s Maintenance and Resource Management Committee.

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