Pair to serve on pipeline panel |

Pair to serve on pipeline panel

Two Banner Mountain residents have been appointed to a citizen’s committee that will oversee a controversial proposed water pipeline project.

Frans Velthuijsen and Curt Motola will represent the Banner Mountain Homeowners Association on the Lower Cascade Advisory Committee.

The committee will advise the Nevada Irrigation District as it firms up plans to build a 51/2 mile-long, 4- to 5-foot diameter pipeline to carry water that now flows through the Lower Cascade Canal.

Pipeline construction could require cutting a 40-foot-wide swath through the woods in some places, NID officials said when they unveiled a proposed pipeline route at a Feb. 15 meeting at Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

“The … proposed pipeline will directly impact about 150 households,” wrote Banner Mountain resident Bob Bryngelson in a March 3 e-mail to NID chief engineer Tim McCall.

Bryngelson sent his message the day after Banner Mountain residents held a “neighborhood alert” meeting at Madelyn Helling Library. More than 70 people showed up.

Bryngelson wrote that residents may prepare a formal request to NID to evaluate alternate pipeline routes and ask that NID pay to install fire hydrants along any pipeline built.

Although NID issued a proposed pipeline map, the project is still in its infancy and “we have not selected any route at this time,” NID general manager Jim Chatigny said Monday.

NID has received quite a few letters, e-mails and phone calls from the public about the project, Chatigny said. NID staff will prepare a written response to each comment, he said.

The comments will help NID develop, before the end of the year, a preferred alternative for pipeline construction, Chatigny said.

If people have comments about the project, they should write McCall, Chatigny said. All messages and NID’s responses will eventually be posted on NID’s Web site, Chatigny said. The Web site has a section devoted to the project.

To read about the Lower Cascade Canal Modernization Project on NID1s Web site, log on to

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