Dejà vu all over again? |

Dejà vu all over again?

In 1998 NID “announced” it was putting a 4-foot-diameter pipeline through my Pasquale Road property. Even though there was an alternate route along existing NID property, at no additional cost, they condemned my and my neighbors’ properties. Not once did I believe eminent domain was legal in this case, but Ernie Bierwagen and the board voted, with the exception of Nancy Weber, to proceed with eminent domain before they had even made us an offer of compensation.

I was in court with NID three times in an attempt to make them act responsibly. It cost me thousands of dollars but I could never get them to understand the damage they were doing to the community. All I could do was try to improve the construction conditions somewhat for the Pasquale Road homeowners.

NID entered my property without permission, condemned it without necessity, tore it up, cut down trees, cut a swath through my property the length of seven football fields, and couldn’t understand why I was upset! Finally, in the end, they added insult to injury by refusing to return my driveway to county code which was clearly required by the EIR.

Now, the Banner Mountain residents are getting a taste of what I went through for the last four years. I stood largely alone in my battle and was stomped on by NID and their fancy attorneys.

The Banner Mountain folks are off to a good start, but they need the support of the entire community on this one. The battle will be long and arduous, but if the community sticks together and demands that NID respect the property rights of Nevada County citizens, then together we may all win. Maybe we can get help from CABPRO (of which I am a member) and PYPR (of which I am a strong supporter).

We may even see the day when the arrogant, hardhearted, bullies that make up the NID board are replaced with people who really do care about the people and environment of Nevada County.

From a true supporter of private property rights.

Don Haldane

Nevada City

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