NID panel OKs cost overrun |

NID panel OKs cost overrun

The cost of the Nevada Irrigation District’s plan for distributing irrigation water in the future may increase $92,000, but district officials think it is worth it.

District engineering committee members Nancy Weber and Paul Williams Tuesday voted to give raw water master plan consultant Jeff Twitchell the extra sum. The full board will vote on whether he actually gets it at a meeting in the near future.

Twitchell said the cost overruns occurred when he expanded the scope of work and information needed for the project budgeted at $555,000. The committee and General Manager Ron Nelson appreciated Twitchell’s insight to produce a better planning document, but scolded him for not telling them sooner.

“We’re authorizing a lot of money we hadn’t planned on,” Nelson said. “We’re going in a good direction, but it deviates from the original scope and budget.”

Twitchell said he realized early on that existing district information was not going to be good or modern enough to produce an efficient new raw water master plan. So he added new layers of information including the Nevada and Placer county general plans and computerized geographical information systems.

That caused the cost increase, and Twitchell admitted he should have been clear about that to the district before he did the extra work. Twitchell also said he does not expect any more cost overruns for the plan, which will climb to $647,000 if the board approves the extra money.

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