Tenants fight to stay at lake spot
A showdown looms today between the Nevada Irrigation District and the long-term tenants and former concessionaire of Orchard Springs Resort at Rollins Lake.
Of the 25 long-term campground tenants, 14 have left and three have signed agreements with NID to leave by April 15.
But eight more are standing by the leases that a fired concessionaire signed with them, saying the leases are valid and they’re going to stay.
On Tuesday, NID Recreation Manager Peggy Davidson said the remaining eight could be evicted Thursday if they did not sign the NID agreement.
In addition, NID board members today are expected to discuss who will manage the campground in the future. They’ll also consider a lawsuit being threatened by Bill Hanan, the man who previously ran the concession for NID at the resort on Rollins Lake and who signed the leases with the long-term campers.
NID ended Hanan’s concession on Jan. 25 because he had no insurance and failed to pay campground royalties to the district on time. At the same time, NID sent the long-term campers eviction notices, saying their leases were unauthorized; board members recently gave them until April 15 to sign an agreement to leave.
At an NID committee meeting Tuesday, District General Manager Ron Nelson said 14 of the 25 tenants are already gone, but only three of the remaining 11 have signed agreements to leave.
“It’s in their best interest to sign it,” board member John Drew said. “It won’t do them any good to not participate. There’s no benefit for them to hold off.”
At the same meeting, Hanan made a proposal to get the lease operations back. Hanan said he had three good years at the campground and made a mistake by trying to manage it from afar last year.
Compounding the challenges, Hanan’s lawyer, Chuck Farrar, has said his client may sue NID and challenge both the termination of his concession and his eviction, NID Assistant General Manager Tim Crough said. Hanan owns a modular home which is parked at the NID-owned resort.
The possible lawsuit will be discussed today, Drew said.
After the special session, the board also will take up Hanan’s proposal to return and another proposal from former campground concessionaire Ed Vincent. Vincent, who lives nearby and said he has become friends with Hanan, was the concessionaire from 1993 to 2003.
A third option is for NID to run the resort and campground this year. NID has budgeted $75,000 to get it ready and will operate it if the board does not act on the concessionaire issue, Nelson said.
To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 477-4237.
WHAT: NID meeting
WHEN: 9 a.m. today
WHERE: NID headquarters, 1036 West Main Street, Grass Valley
WHY: To decide who will run Orchard Springs campground this year and the possible eviction of some long-term tenants and the former concessionaire.
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