Dissolving Douglas County Sewer Improvement District No. 1 goes to county
June 11, 2016
As promised by District Attorney Mark Jackson, an ordinance dissolving Douglas County Sewer Improvement District No. 1 is scheduled for county commissioners Thursday meeting.
Jackson conducted a three-hour presentation on May 23, saying that the sewer district has not had an election to its board of directors since 1984.
Current directors Mike Bradford, John Koster and Steve Johnson do not live in the district, and therefore are ineligible to serve in their capacity, he said.
The district board membership has continued for the last 32 years by appointment.
Bradford is chief executive officer of the Lakeside Inn. Koster is regional president in Northern Nevada at Harrah's Entertainment. Johnson is chairman of Edgewood Companies.
According to the district attorney's office, since none of the directors live in the district, "they are without the legal authority to act or direct the operations of DCSID."
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Absorbing the district could result in savings if the county were to take it over, according to the District Attorney's Office.
The sewer district treats all the effluent from the Lake Tahoe portion of Douglas County and pumps it over Kingsbury Grade into the East Valley.
In 2014, the district proposed selling gravel from 1,000 acres it owns at the end of Stockyard Road to defray the cost of building a new sewer pond. Under the proposal, the district would also dig a retention basin along Buckeye Creek that would remove portions of Minden from the 100-year floodplain.
Jackson said he started investigating the district after a county employee, Planning Manager Hope Sullivan, was served with an ethics complaint. Sullivan lives within two miles of Stockyard Road, and can see her home from the gate to the property.
She contacted the district attorney's office to determine what the state was on disclosure. She was told she had to disclose the incident to her supervisor, which Sullivan did. She recommended the gravel pit proposal at the planning commission, which denied the request 4-3.
Jackson asserts the sewer district arranged for the ethics complaint to be filed against Sullivan in order to coerce county commissioners into voting for the mining operation.
The proposal met with substantial opposition from East Valley residents.
County commissioners meet 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Tahoe Transportation Center in Stateline.