NID settles lawsuit over drowning |

NID settles lawsuit over drowning

A wrongful-death lawsuit over a drowning near Dutch Flat Reservoir was settled Wednesday by the Nevada Irrigation District.

District directors approved a $45,000 payment from NID’s insurance carrier to the family of Casey Wolfson, 39. Wolfson was driving through 2 feet of water spilling over the Dutch Flat Reservoir dam in late July 1999 when he and two other passengers were swept down a steep rocky canyon.

Michael Kevin Yokum, 41, also died with Wolfson, but Corey Dorman, 37, managed to kick the back windshield out of Wolfson’s Toyota Celica and escape. All three lived in a tent and trailer camp near the reservoir.

The suit contended NID was negligent for spilling water over Lowell Hill Road. District officials said there had been a warning sign about high water but it was apparently swept downstream as well when NID diverted water over a spillway and the road to fix a bearing in the powerhouse.

In other NID news:

• Directors called for bids for a new 1.1 million gallon water tank for Deer Creek Park to replace one already there that holds 236,000 gallons. The budget for the project is $815,000.

• The board made a change in policy that said any customer who wants a meter moved must pay the cost. The idea came after NID moved a meter and had to spend almost $10,000 repairing and repaving a road cut.

• Board members designated $371,000 toward the Bowman Project Replacement Reserve. Finance Manager Tess Andrews said just rewinding the generator at the dam will cost $800,000. She said NID reserves are close to $70 million.

• New Assistant General Manager Tim Crough was introduced to the board. Crough is a registered engineer who last worked with the City of Grass Valley.

• Maintenance and Resource Committee members John Drew and Paul Williams Tuesday approved a letter for 80 dock owners at Combie Reservoir that limited them to two watercraft per dock for an annual fee of $135. Late fees will include a 10-percent penalty and dock permits will be suspended if not paid after three months.

• Committee members called for requests for proposals to manage the facilities at Scotts Flat Reservoir.

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