Wilcox takes out papers for NID board race | TheUnion.com

Wilcox takes out papers for NID board race

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Nick Wilcox, of Penn Valley, filed papers Tuesday to run for a seat on the Nevada Irrigation District.

As The Union reported in late July, Wilcox already had submitted his name for consideration by the board to replace District 5 Director George Leipzig, who resigned.

“The next five years will be critical for us,” Wilcox said. “NID will seek a new license for their hydroelectric facilities, a license that will remain in effect for the next 50 years. The renewed license terms and conditions will have significant impact on NID’s water supply, financial stability and on the environment.

“Despite recent rate increases, NID water sales cover only 60 percent of operating costs,” Wilcox added. “NID will be challenged to continue delivering high quality, reliable and affordable water to its customers, while maintaining fiscal solvency.”

Wilcox, a former chemist, has more than 25 years of experience with water quality and water rights issues, working for a local engineering firm and the state’s water resources control board.

Four other people have said they would run for the seat that represents the area west of Grass Valley to the Yuba County line and includes Penn Valley and Lake Wildwood:

Jack Meeks, of Penn Valley, has spent 14 years on the Nevada County Governing Board of Education.

John Norton, of Penn Valley, served 28 years with the state’s water resources control board.

Martin Harmon, a Penn Valley rancher, claims to have the largest cattle ranch in Nevada County.

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