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Tank placement creates snag for Cement Hill water project

A community water project to supply treated drinking water to the Cement Hill Road area near Nevada City could be delayed if the Nevada Irrigation District is unable to complete purchase of a storage tank site.

The project has been planned for several years and has started construction, but hit a snag in February when the owners of a 155-acre parcel in the Sugarloaf Mountain area objected to a district plan to purchase a 0.94-acre tank site.

District engineers said the site is at the proper elevation and best suited to supply the project area, but Kriss Halpern, a Southern California-based manager for Sugarloaf Properties LLC, said the same area offers the best views and homesites for future development.

Halpern does not want the tank on his property, but if it must be located there, he asked that it be moved to a northeast corner, NID legal counsel Tony Soares said. That would cost an additional $215,000, NID engineers have calculated.

Soares said meetings and discussions have failed to produce an accord and the matter will likely go to mediation in early May.

Cement Hill resident Norm Stout urged the NID Board of Directors to move forward with the plan to purchase the property. He lauded NID staff for making a “tremendous effort” to acquire the site. “You have 241 people who are waiting for water,” he said.

Directors authorized acquisition of the land through eminent domain if an agreement cannot be negotiated.

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Nevada City resident and freelance writer Dave Carter contracts with the Nevada Irrigation District.

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