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NID panel firm with past board member

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Ernie Bierwagen has been going to Nevada Irrigation District meetings for 82 years and just stepped down from the NID board after 25 years of service.

But even Bierwagen is subject to NID rules and regulations when it comes to routine water delivery matters for customers.

“We don’t want to be accused of being partial to you,” NID engineering committee member R. Paul Williams said at a meeting Wednesday.



Bierwagen – soon to be 88 – was requesting water service to a parcel of land on the family acreage in Chicago Park. Bierwagen was hoping to use a small strip of land to get a lateral pipeline to the property on Lower Colfax Road from NID’s main pipeline that runs along Highway 174.

Bierwagen had hooked up a similar pipeline with another family compound parcel in 1995. He had approval to do it on another family parcel, but didn’t do it. That’s the same parcel he wants the water for now.




Since then, a new NID regulation disallowed that possibility, calling for those who want hookups to have at least half of their property fronting a main NID line, which Bierwagen’s parched parcel doesn’t currently have. He requested NID to revert to the original agreement for a lateral pipeline from the highway for the second parcel.

But Williams and fellow committee member George Leipzig weren’t cutting any favors for old board members and stuck by the new frontage rule.

“You understand why we have to be careful to treat you like other people?” Williams asked Bierwagen.

Bierwagen said that he did, adding, “I refused to put this on the agenda until I was fully off the board.”

Williams and Leipzig offered Bierwagen a compromise and, perhaps, costly solution. If he chooses, he can pay to run a full eight-inch line off of Highway 174, down an adjoining road to his property.

Bierwagen said he would check the cost of the solution and get back to NID before he committed to it.

Later, the irony of the situation hit Bierwagen, because he had voted for the new frontage regulation which gummed up his plan while he still a board member.

“Actually, I cut my own throat,” Bierwagen said Thursday. “I should have immediately got a hookup,” before the frontage rule and vote came up.


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