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Banner Mountain pipeline

“An inconvenience for some” is what I hear. NID proposes a new pipeline on a back dirt road instead of fixing the already existing canal or following Banner Lava Cap to the Elizabeth George treatment plant just so a few people are not inconvenienced?

Well a few years ago I was inconvenienced for months while they straightened out Banner Lava Cap Road due to the numerous wrecks and deaths. NID: Are you trying to tell me that you did not think far enough ahead that a pipeline was needed for the excess growth? Most cities put their pipelines alongside a two- lane road. Why tear up the pristine “Wings of Morning” one-lane dirt road instead of inconveniencing the traffic?

There is one more problem with Wings of Morning. During real wet years, Wings creates huge sink holes and your car gets stuck. What about all the current mine shafts under us? Will a sink hole be created due to a leaky pipe? Yes, pipes do tend to leak.

I found out at the Helling Library that they have to pump the water for a few feet where there is a small dip on Banner Lava Cap. NID, I suggest you buy a pump. We are not opposed to the pipeline; it’s where you want to put it!

I’ve been living here on top of this mountain for over 20 years and diligently paid NID on my taxes without receiving any of the benefits. Isn’t that convenient for NID – never-ending income for all the Nevada County property. You know what is so hilarious about this? I asked for a fire hydrant and I was quoted I would have to pay out of my pocket $2,000 to $3,500, and now they want to throw in a couple of hydrants for free! Go figure!

Kathy Thomas

Nevada City

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