Genoa drainage faces rocky road |

Genoa drainage faces rocky road

by Jo Rafferty

Genoa’s town manager has tried meeting with state transportation officials about drainage improvements needed at Highway 206 and Carson Street, but to no avail it appears.

Now it is the county’s turn to bend their ear when Douglas County meets with Nevada Department of Transportation officials, said Genoa Town Manager Paul Williams.

What is needed, according to Williams, is two large drop structures or inlets on each side of 206 to reroute Genoa Creek to the south.

The problem arose after Genoa Creek, which used to flow along where Carson Street is now, was rerouted to south of Candy Dance Lane many years ago, he said.

Ever since then, during storms the creek “will sometimes jump the bank and come down Carson Street,” and other times it will just overflow, said Williams.

The project is estimated to cost $114,000, and was already part of the department of transportation’s 2004 5-year Transportation Plan for Douglas County, as well as a proposal for a stoplight at Highway 395 and Genoa Lane.

“Last year we asked for it, but (NDOT) didn’t do it,” said Williams.

In November, Williams met with Keith Munro, deputy chief of staff and general counsel for Gov. Kenny Guinn, hoping to enlist his support on the drainage project.

“He went along with NDOT,” said Williams.

Now the board hopes the county manager Dan Holler will have better luck convincing the state of the project’s need.

Douglas County is working on upgrading a waterline also along Highway 206 in a separate project. Williams said his project could possibly be added to that one.

“The county might participate financially on our behalf,” said Williams.

Holler said he has all his information on the project together and is ready to meet with state officials.

A meeting last week was canceled due to an accident that caused a traffic jam in Reno.

Williams suggested sending the Douglas County commissioners letters asking for their support, especially since they are currently formulating their redevelopment budget for 2005.

Chair Bill Donohue also said it would be beneficial if more property owners affected by the flooding wrote their own letters to the state.

Genoa Town Advisory Board members voted to keep the drainage improvement project and the plan for a light at Highway 395 and Genoa Lane on the 5-year plan, and to add another recommendation for an improvement to the intersection of Genoa Lane and Main Street, possibly a round-about.