NID may get parcels by eminent domain |

NID may get parcels by eminent domain

Nevada Irrigation District wants to build a new underground pipeline on Banner Mountain so it can eventually mothball its Snow Mountain water treatment plant off Highway 20.

Eight owners of nine parcels haven’t agreed to give easements for the proposed pipeline, so NID directors Wednesday authorized sending letters to the holdout owners, expressing NID’s intent to start eminent domain proceedings.

NID officials say they don’t want to use their authority to get the easements. Right-of-way agent Lee Hoskin said he hopes to successfully negotiate the rights of way and avoid going to court.

Ten property owners have agreed to grant easements.

The planned pipeline will connect the water system supplied by the Elizabeth L. George Water Treatment Plant on Banner Mountain to the water system supplied by the Snow Mountain plant off Highway 20 east of Nevada City.

NID engineers say the “intertie” will allow consolidation of services at the modern George plant and the eventual closure of the small and aging Snow Mountain facility.

The project is estimated to cost $1.6 million.

The new water line will run from Sneath-Clay Road off Gold Flat Road to Red Dog Road via Gracie Road, Banner Mountain Trail and Rocker Road.

NID plans to begin the project this year.

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