NID OKs docks at Rollins Lake |

NID OKs docks at Rollins Lake

An old agreement came back to haunt the Nevada Irrigation District Wednesday.

After 10 years of self-described foot-dragging, NID directors voted 3-to-2 in favor of allowing three boat docks with 17 slips to be built on a narrow arm of Rollins Lake.

It was a victory for property owners, including the owners of Rollins Lakeside Inn Resort, who’ve been struggling for a decade to get NID to approve the docks.

But some lakeside residents pleaded with NID directors to oppose the docks because they feel they’ll increase boat-traffic congestion in the narrow, Greenhorn arm of the reservoir.

They also fear the docks could eventually prompt a 5 mile-per hour speed limit on one of the lake’s best spots for water skiing.

The story began some 40 years ago, when NID used eminent domain to take property on which the reservoir is built.

Back then, to save money, NID officials agreed to give some property owners the right to build docks.

NID board President R. Paul Williams bemoaned that decision Wednesday before finally casting the deciding vote in favor of the docks.

“It was greed on the part of the district” back then, he said. “I’ve never felt (dock construction) was good for the district.”

But “we’ve drug our heels, I’ll admit, for a lot of years,” Williams said. “I think I’m obligated to go along and say yes.”

The Rollins Lakeside Inn, owned by Pat and Larry Hudson, will use eight slips, and landowner Mike Butler will get several slips for properties he owns.

P. Scott Browne, the Grass Valley attorney who represented the dock applicants, said they’ve spent years jumping through every hoop imaginable to get permission to build the docks.

“This is the oldest file in my office,” the attorney said. “The amount of environmental review for a project this size is absolutely incredible.”

Browne thanked the NID directors for their decision, pledged continued cooperation with NID, and predicted the docks would work out fine and wouldn’t hurt water skiing.

NID directors approved the project and accepted environmental documentation called a “mitigated negative declaration.”

Opponents of the project submitted petitions with more than 50 signatures asking the NID board to do a more detailed environmental study called an environmental impact report.


NID directors voted 3-to-2 in favor of allowing three boat docks with 17 slips to be built on a narrow arm of Rollins Lake.

Nancy Weber………….No

Ernst Bierwagen…….Yes

Scott Miller…………….No

R. Paul Williams…….Yes

George Leipzig………Yes

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